A Newsletter of Content, Context and Contacts for Quilters Everywhere.
August 2019
Dear Friends...

I have a lot of news to share with you this month, and I love hearing from so many of you about the changes that have been going on behind the scenes here. I love a supportive network of creatives, and all the feedback I've been receiving has my year of SPARK going like gangbusters. And I thought that the second half of 2019 was a good time for an update.

First off...yes, that's me in the photo. That's what you're supposed to do with a new headshot...and when you have Bonnie McCaffery coming to do photos in your backyard, you run to make your appointment. I've become part of the Silver Sisterhood, which I love - and hopefully, this will help prevent some of the head snapping that's been going on as I've met so many of you out and about. I actually am mostly used to it by now - it's the length that still gets to me.

So...the mystery of life (as in...is the latest Pearl a boy or a girl)...Wes arrived in May, and we all instantly fell in love again. This summer has been hectic, but I'm ohh so lucky for that - I'm embracing the new normal in that. His quilt is up to the quilting stage now - it should be done soon. I hope he loves it -it has a very special message in it from Nana to him.

The picture at the top of this newsletter is my brand new logo. I love this - it retains my original colors, and the semblance of the star - BUT it has a clean, contemporary feel to it. It's sort of where my quilting aesthetic is settling. You'll be seeing it on my patterns and products going forward. It's amazing what you can do with software now. (The photo of the star that you're so used to seeing is actually the very first quilt that I ever made, and I have an affinity for the lonestar pattern. I want to revisit that soon (my bucket list is the size of a front end loader).

For those of you who are used to seeing me in the vendor mall at shows, SPARK has taken over that as well, and when I'm at events now, I'm using the term 'free range' to describe it. I learned a lot during my time in the vendor mall - which mostly confirmed what I already knew, that vendors are the hardest working people at a show. When you see me at a show this year, you'll most likely see me in the aisles - or the classroom. I'd love to chat and see what you're up to.

And I've been crafting some time to plan for new items coming to you later this year. How's that for a tease?

Spotlight is back (yeah!), and I am so grateful to Sue Bleiweiss for sharing with me (and all of you) her latest creative endeavor, a new line of embroidery designs designed exclusively for Global Artisans Designs. Check out the Spotlight section below for more information about her new designs, and how you can win a new copy of her latest book - just for readers of Cornerstones.

And finally...take a look at the calendar to see ALL the amazing shows that are coming up in the next few weeks. I have some news on that front too, but that's going to have to wait until next time. The link on my webpage under calendar is active (obviously)...so make sure your guild submits their upcoming event. They can't ALL be in the next 90 days, can they?

Until later...

Linda
So, while I'm SPARKing my way through the year, I went to the Vermont Quilt Festival in June. I had an amazing time, and loved the show - I always do. Vermont does it right.

While I was there, I decided to try this video thing out, since according to everything I've read, it's here to stay.

This video is short ( I learned that you always do it early in the day!!), and it gives you a peak at My Happy Colors, which was my entry into Vermont this year.

Enjoy...
Return of Spotlight: Sue Bleiweiss
This month, I’m reintroducing the Spotlight feature to the newsletter. I hope to share with you some news and insights from people I’ve met in my creative journey. We are very lucky to live in such an amazing concentration of creativity.

Sue Bleiweiss is an award-winning quilter, author, innovator and creator. She is also one of the artists behind the Threads of Resistance traveling quilt exhibit from a couple of years ago.   

It should be noted that since I first interviewed Sue for this article, she has become a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Quilt Musuem. She has also been juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and had her first Corporate artwork installation completed. She is a force in the quilt world, and I am grateful for the chance to reconnect with her, and for the time we have had to spend together.

Her latest book is Modern Art Quilts, which was released at Quilt Market this past fall; it features her original piece “Inside Out”, which won first place in Applique at QuiltCon 2017. Please keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of the book! (thank you, Sue!). For more information about Sue’s entire body of work, please visit www.suebleiweiss.com .

I met Sue Bleiweiss when she relocated to my area a couple of years ago, and we spent a wonderful day together looking at color at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. When I became familiar with Sue’s signature look of designing (whatever the medium), I immediately found myself relaxing and having fun with her whimsical style.

Her quilt making is done with fabrics that she has dyed herself, and her approach to raw edge applique is refreshing and relaxing. Sue is a wealth of information on art quilting – in many mediums.

A hallmark of her style is her work is centered around concepts which are easily distortable, such as buildings, structures and florals. The clean lines and coloring book feel easily translates especially well into embroidery designs. Sue enjoys this creative outlet and uses it as a way of having fun with her creativity.  

This year, I became reaquanited with with Sue as she has branched out into another medium – embroidery. In March, she introduced a series of embroidery designs working in conjunction with Global Artisans Designs , a fair trade based importer of threads and ribbons in a variety of weights and sizes.  (Disclaimer, Global Artisans is a client of mine).  

Sue’s designs are available in a kit format, and they are scaled to be able to incorporate into smaller projects – bags, clothing embellishments – as well as stand alone pieces.
She has created a catalogue of fresh work, all of which is in her signature style for this new, relaxed medium. Most of work centered around buildings and structures – easily distortables….florals…The clean lines easily transfer into stitching – coloring book feel translates into embroidery designs. Having fun – not tedious and laborious. If you find yourself looking for a portable project, you might want to check out her designs.

To win a copy of Sue’s book, Modern Art Quilts,  simply hit return to this newsletter, and ask to be entered into the giveaway...I'll be keeping it open until Monday, Aug 12th, and then I'll draw the name of the winner out of a hat.
So a funny thing happened at Vermont Quilt Festival...
So, while I'm SPARKing my way through the year, I went to the Vermont Quilt Festival in June. I had an amazing time, and loved the show - I always do. Vermont does it right.

While I was there, I decided to try this video thing out, since according to everything I've read, it's here to stay.

This video is short ( I learned that you always do it early in the day!!), and it gives you a peak at My Happy Colors, which was my entry into Vermont this year.

Enjoy...