Thank Your Lucky Stars

I’m back! Can’t imagine how 6 weeks has gone by since I last posted on the blog. Time really does fly. And not a minute too soon; I’d just about forgotten how to do this!

I am most happy to report that a major project is completed and out into the world. “Thank Your Lucky Stars” (cleverly titled by my mini-group) is a queen-sized quilt that I made for East Bay Heritage Quilters’ next quilt show, Voices in Cloth 2012. Along with Cara Gulati’s quilt seen below, “Stars” will be raffled off as a guild fundraiser, with the winners being drawn at the close of the show, the exact date to be announced. ¬†Stay tuned to hear how YOU can buy tickets to win one of these beautiful bed quilts.

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Another Great Field Trip Last Week

Alice Beasley's quilt: Isle of Dreams

Alice Beasley’s quilt: Bette’s Diner

Thursday morning, a group of my ¬†East Bay quilting pals and I drove over to Stanford U. to see Alice Beasley’s quilts. To our surprise they were scattered among several buildings on the campus, so we found ourselves on a treasure hunt to find them all. The quilts are indeed treasures, and well worth the hunt. We so enjoyed seeing them all. She uses everyday commercially printed cottons to make some amazing fabric portraits. Her attention to detail is incredible!

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Oh, those Crazy Quilts!

Today Joyce and I ventured into San Francisco to catch an exhibit of about a dozen crazy quilts on loan from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. What a treat! I truly did look for “no photo” signs and did not see any. I cautiously proceeded to take a couple iPhone (no flash) pictures and then got busted by the security guard (who by the way was concerned about photography in the historical building, NOT because of the fragility of the quilts!)

The upper detail shot shows a whimsical patch of four gnome-like figures stirring up a Christmas pudding.

Detail shot #2: The maker of this quilt in 1888 evidently felt the need to explain what it was she was making. How lovely to have it labeled for us!

 

 

 

 

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Who, me? A blogger???

Who would have thought that I, Jane Herlihy, would have a blog page? It all seems too 21st Century, too hip, too modern for someone who can be happy for hours with a needle and thread. But several people have convinced me that this is the most expedient and most cost-efficient way to display my quilts on the web, so here goes….

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