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September 2021:  Season will be turning, soon…not quite ready, yet… – from Barbara Hull

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show is live online September 9 to 11. This year you can vote for your favorite Nancy Zieman instruction show. Right now, they are soliciting quilts for charitable projects and still accepting pieces for the auction. Free. Last year was a very well organized online event. I found some small vendors with delightful patterns and products, just the sort of people/companies that make shows so much fun. The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show

Closer to home and mostly in person the 2021 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PQNE) will be onsite at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Dates: September 16-19, 2021. A Mancuso event. Hybrid affair, in that certain workshops will be available online. Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza » Mancuso Show Management (quiltfest.com)

Even closer to home the ELIQG Quilt Exhibit at Hallockville Museum Farm, Sound Road, Riverhead on September 11 and 12, 2021. Raffles. Children under 10 free. More details and map: ELIQG Quilt Exhibit – Hallockville Museum Farm

It’s time for the annual Scott Sent Me 2021 contest sponsored by, who else? Scott Fortunoff and Jaftex Corporation (home to Tula, Kaffe, Allison Glass, and many more…) See how many shops you can visit in the US/Canada from September through November.  He spends each summer encouraging fabric shop owners to up their game and put their best foot forward via social media. Then he lets us, his customers” customers, loose on the quilt shop world. Account of the travels of the 2020 winner was amazing. Of course, there are rules, and he is very clear about what goes and what doesn’t. If you are vacationing or traveling after Labor Day, give it a whirl. Details here: #ScottSentMe2021 Instructions & Rules – Welcome Fabric Fans! (scottfortunoff.com)  Back story is on his blog. (Scott has been an ESQ speaker.)

September 2021 is New York Textile Month IV. The online calendar includes an astonishing array of participants and programs and fiber forms. The Lilly Pulitzer Exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum is one that caught my eye. Spend some time with this one. I look forward to it every year. Events 2021 — New York Textile Month

Piece of Mind demonstrates the work of Mary Lee Bendolph, a leading quiltmaker of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Her first solo NYC exhibition. 14 quilts. August 26-Sept. 25 2021. Reception Aug. 26. Nichelle Beauchene Gallery, 7 Franklin Place, NY (212) 375-8043  Nicelle Beauchene (Thank you Robin Schwalb)

Barbara Hull

August 2021:  Need a little inspiration on a warm day? – from Barbara Hull


2021 Grand National “Crossroads” exhibit includes 48 works of fiber art from Canada. Fibre Art | Canada | Grandnationalfibreartexhibition.com (Thank you TSGNY)

Latinx Abstract is online through August 31 at BricArtsMedia in Brooklyn. Varied techniques and materials in fiber. Latinx Abstract (Online Only) | BRIC (bricartsmedia.org)

“Pattern and Purpose” is online at the Shelburne Museum. Twenty masterpieces from their unique collection founded by Electra Havemeyer Webb. Pattern & Purpose – Shelburne Museum


“Craft Front and Center” shows the deep connection of “craft” to major artistic movements. “What Can You Do with a Thread” section explores fiber. Through Feb. 2022. Some video on website. https://www.madmuseum.org/exhibition/craft-front-center And do not miss the Fisher Dollhouse. https://www.madmuseum.org/exhibition/fisher-dollhouse-venetian-palazzo-miniature Both at the Museum of Art and Design.


Textile Talks has a playlist on YouTube that lists the presentations sponsored by all the collaborating institutions. Find your favorites, catch up on what you missed. Textile Talks – YouTube

“The Rose in Fashion” symposium from the FIT exhibit has a playlist on YouTube. Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium – YouTube  Dip in for the mythology, history of the rose in fashion and history.


Quilters Take a Moment is “a virtual fundraising event for the nonprofit Quilt Alliance with speakers, interviews, conversation, exhibits, and treats for quilt lovers”. (It replaces the live “Quilters Take Manhattan” some of us have attended in previous years.) Live on September 17 and 18 online. Info and tickets here: Quilters Take a Moment 2021 – a Quilt Alliance event (qtm2021.org)

Still having breakfast with my three favorites: Donna, Kimberly, and Jennie… Christmas in July is everywhere…to entertain me at lunch! And ordered another new ruler today!

Suggestions welcome!

Happy Quilting

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.