What's Up With
Meg Cox Now?
Here I am with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, attending a recent meeting of the Empire Quilt Guild of Manhattan.
We were promoting the August 5 & 6 events of
Quilters Take Manhattan, the fundraiser for the Alliance for American Quilts.
Do you want to help promote the event? Email email@example.com, and I can send you logos and info you can post online, blog about or send to quilt friends.
I might even have some extra copies of these nifty postcards for you to hand out.
For more about
journalist, author, quilter and president of the Alliance for American Quilts,
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A peek ahead:
Meg is beginning to book lectures & workshops for 2012.
A revised/expanded version of her 2003 book, The Book of New Family Traditions, will be published next spring.
To celebrate, she is creating new lectures & workshops about the intersection of quilting tradition and family ritual.
Yes, there will be at least one quilt in the new traditions book!
to book a talk or workshop, or learn more.
Great New Product
of the Month
OK, so everyone knows that Interweave is this awesome publisher, right? Which produces QuiltingArts magazine and many other titles, plus great craft books.
Just lately, they have totally been rocking the newish field of e-magazines like nobody's business, including the awesome InStitches.
New now is this:
Artisan Hues in Fiber & Fabric."
This is a standalone publication, which you download for $9.99 and you get:
3 tutorials (PDF)
This pushes the envelope in that the material is fresh. Topics like how cochineal dye is made from insects, and how to do the Japanese technique of Kakishibu.
Click on this image to get complete details at the Interweave site:
P.S. This is not an ad but my honest opinion. If and when anyone does buy or sponsor material in my publication, it will be clearly marked.
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Summer has come, but the quilt scene doesn't slow down.
I'm frantically trying to finish a quilt for the December issue of The Quilt Life magazine, and start a sample for a workshop I'm teaching in the fall. If only I can get the fabric bought and cut, I can start my red and white charity quilt while I'm lounging with my family at the beach in August.
Here is another batch of news and reviews, letting you know some of the cool happenings in the Quilt-o-sphere. I hope if you like what you read, you'll forward this newsletter to others.
Welcome to all my new subscribers, including members of the Calico Cutters Quilt Guild in Paoli, Pennsylvania, where I recently lectured. Thanks again for letting me go first on a hot day, in the new venue without air conditioning!
Keiko Goke & A Peek into Japan's Disaster Recovery
The aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami will last for years, and one of the country's top quilters lives in the area near the damaged nuclear reactor. That would be Keiko Goke, whose recent fabric line is pictured above.
Keiko's gorgeous fabrics are sold in this country by Liza Lucy's online fabric company, Glorious Color, best known for selling most every fabric created by colormeister Kaffe Fassett. For all of this year, Glorious Color will be donating every penny of its profit from her fabric lines to this Japanese designer. Go to www.GloriousColor.com to order some. Meanwhile, head on over to Keiko Goke's website, http://www.keikogoke.com and click on her blog. It's in Japanese, but in the righthand sidebar is a column of languages, so you can choose to get an instant translation into English (with sometimes puzzling results, but it gives you the gist), to see what Keiko's life has been like since the quake. Day after day, the majority of her images are hopeful ones, like flowers and shrubs growing in her garden. But recent postings are about an anti-nuclear demonstration she attended. Check it out!
Why You Will Want to Volunteer for AAQ at Festival
Would you like a chance to help write history and have fun too?
Join me at International Quilt Festival in Houston in November, where volunteers for the AAQ will interview more than 90 notable Texas quilters for the AAQ's oral history project, Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories.
We're looking for volunteers to do these interviews, which will later be archived at the Library of Congress. All you have to do is take some training, and sign up for at least one 3-hour block.
*** Start their training online before Festival (unless they are already doing interviews for the project.)
***Finish their training at a a final in-person session at Festival.
***Be invited to celebrate at a special volunteer & staff party.
***Be part of something important, documenting and preserving the stories of quilts and their makers.
I've done a number of Q.S.O.S. interviews myself, from A-list quilt celebrities to the president of my local guild, and it's a very rewarding experience. You can find out more about what is required and let the AAQ know when you could do interviews, by clicking on this link: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/2011IQFinfo.php
Meanwhile, have you bought tickets yet for the AAQ's three fabulous fundraising events in Manhattan in August? Tickets are almost sold out for the Friday night event, a panel about the Modern Quilt Guild movement, plus a Q.S.O.S. interview of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, a founder of Manhattan's Modern Quilt Guild chapter, in her Garment District loft.
Tickets still left for Saturday's two events, "Marianne & Jay on the Runway," with Marianne Fons and Jay McCarroll, and the Saturday night cocktail party at the City Quilter shop. Buzz is growing for these events!
You do know about the great guild giveaways, right? When you buy a ticket, be sure to list the name of your guild, if you belong to one. Cuz for every 10 tickets sold to the Marianne & Jay event, guilds get one free. And the guild that sends the most people gets some really cool prizes.
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Major Patchwork Show at Newark Museum in Fall
Mark your calendars now: the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J. is having a major quilt exhibition starting September 13, running until the end of 2011.
If you don't know this museum, you're in for a treat. It's a rarity in that it offers both arts and sciences, in a literally patchworked melange of buildings. It is one of the least pretentious and most inclusive museums I've ever been to, and it offers great craft workshops as well.
The show Patchwork: From Folk Art to Fine Art will feature about 25 quilts from the museum's impressive collection of about 150. They've got gems from all the major eras of quilting with such fine examples as this recent quilt by Teresa Barkley.
In addition, there will be a display in another gallery at the museum entitled The Global Art of Patchwork, showcasing quilts from the museum's African and Asian collections. Go here for more: www.newarkmuseum.org.
|Book Review: Perfect Summer Read for Quilters|
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I want you all to know that I have serious lit cred. Not only was I an English major in college, but I have been in multiple book groups, and I read every word of Ulysses by James Joyce. But for summer, I love reading something light and breezy.
My recommendation for this summer is Marie Bostwick's brand new novel, Threading the Needle. Yes, it is the fourth in a series featuring the Cobbled Court quilt shop, but you don't need to read these novels in order, especially since this one is mostly about two new characters.
Overall, these books are very satisfying because Marie really gets what makes quilters love their craft, including both the doing of it and the social aspects. The women in the books work through some pretty horrendous struggles at times, and quilting helps keep them centered. Very realistic!
This book is fun partly because the story of Madelyn Beecher is ripped from the headlines: she is the wife of a jailed Bernie Madoff-type crook, who is left with little and has to skulk back to the small town where she grew up. Marie makes this story of friendship and redemption a page turner where resilient, creative people find ways to make do in hard times.
Speaking of the economy, I want to add that buying this book won't break your budget. It's only in paperback, and is very reasonably priced.
Read it, and if you love it like I did, try the other three in the series.
And one more recommendation while I'm at it: the most fun other book I have read recently was A Discovery of Witches. An intelligent novel about witches and vampires you won't be embarrassed you read!
I'll be back in your in-box in July.
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