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INSPIRATIONS  for  July  2021 – from Barbara Hull


There are waves of new fabric whenever I open the computer. Christmas, winter, fall, Halloween, and Fourth of July seem to have landed simultaneously. I must confess I added “stuff” to the stash this past month. Two cute Halloween patterns arrived this morning, despite my best resolutions.  Maybe it’s time to skip breakfast with Kimberley, Jenny, and Donna each morning, and just see one or two of them for lunch now and then…?  Let’s see, Susan Brown is good for lunch…and there’s more. Which designers and teachers are attracting your curiosity and fueling your ideas?

Have you seen the magnificent third edition of Barbara Brackman’s life work The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns? Barbara’s signature work has been updated and dished out piece by piece in her wonderful historical blogs over many years. The visual wealth in this “bible” is astounding. I have spent hours poring over it. Even if you are a “strictly modern” quilter, find a copy and look carefully. It has enormous inspiration for quilters of all tastes, styles and ages.


Tickets are now available for 2021 Quilt Festival Houston at the end of October. Sign up for the e-zine for festival news at  Quilt Festival Houston – Quilts

Manhattan Vintage, one of my favorite NYC trade shows, is back.  I love the workmanship, images, tools, trims, buttons that spark ideas and (sometimes) come home with me. They were back live on West. 18th St. in June. Sign up at Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show for future dates.

Article from Antiques and the Arts: “Quilts from the Goggans Family of the Chattahoochee Valley” (May 11, 2021) https://www.quilts.com/quilt-festival/quilt-festival-houston  See the value of provenance.

Mancuso is presenting the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza Sept. 16-19 in Oaks PA live. However, video classes are available for those of us who will not be on the road. Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza » Mancuso Show Management (quiltfest.com)

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show 2021 will be virtual again. Contest and challenges are now open. It was a well presented event last year. Catch it if you missed 2020. The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show

“Marian Anderson: a Digital Installation” at the Museum of the City of NY. A coat and eleven performance gowns document the artist and her time.  Donated by Bette Midler. Marian Anderson: A Digital Installation (mcny.org) (thank you TSGNY)

“The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell” is the first virtual exhibition from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University. Each object reflects on the experience of a university member during 2020. Objects — 2020 | The Clothes We Wore and the Stories They Tell (thank you TSGNY)

Don’t forget to enter the Long Island Fair (thank you Jo-ann and Anne) https://www.lifair.org/?utm_campaign=ab4a2bc7-10d0-43ca-bf8b-0fb2397579a1&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail_lp&cid=e8cc4f04-0e4e-4273-80c2-61b3e12caa7a


New INSPIRATIONS…JUNE 2021…Happy New Membership Year for ESQ


In case you missed it, watch the video to the outdoor show by Brooklyn Quilters https://fb.watch/5hxHzvacjv/

The Textile Study Group of New York has recently posted the thirtieth gallery of works by their members. TEXTILE STUDY GROUP OF NEW YORK (tsgny.org)

Still posted on the American Folk Art Museum website WALL POWER! Quilts from the Werner and Karen Gundersheimer Gift | American Folk Art Museum

 The International Quilt Museum offers a wide range of online exhibits and virtual events. Virtual Experiences | International Quilt Museum – Lincoln, NE

The 14th exhibition of Art Quilt Elements is both online and live. Art Quilt Elements  is sponsored by the Wayne Art Center in PA.

The Quilt Festival features a changing gallery from previous shows. Currently showing “Life in the Bayou City” a look at Houston. Quilt Gallery – Quilts

Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum looks at 20 major items in their collection. Pattern & Purpose – Shelburne Museum


“The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties is the first virtual exhibition coproduced by The Museum at FIT and the School of Graduate Studies that was curated especially for an online audience. The exhibition features twenty-six objects from The Museum at FIT, fashion illustrations from FIT’s Gladys Marcus Library Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC), and additional archival photographs and films that further demonstrate the parallels between the fashion of the 1920s and 1960s.” Exhibitions | Fashion Institute of Technology (fitnyc.edu)


If you missed the wonderful weekend of May 22-23 with the Global Quilt Connection program online, hope you just don’t do such a thing again! Happily, there will be an all new program the weekend of October 2-3. Mark your calendar. Hope to see you there enjoying the fun. Global Quilt Connection Remember, anyone is welcome to use and enjoy this growing site.