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INSPIRATIONS for MAY 2021 and more…
A Few Suggestions from all over the Quilting/Crafting World – Barbara Hull


Carolina Oneto, an international modern quilter from Chile, will be visint via Zoom at the Long Island Modern Quilt Guild on Wednesday evening, Nay 19th. Members and non-members are invited to LIMQG for “Befriending Color” a lecture and trunk show. $20.00 fee for visitors. Program in English. For more info, see https://www.limqg.com/events–guest-speakers.html which includes a link for payment. Reserve by afternoon of May 10th. See Carolina’s vibrant pieces at https://carolinaoneto.com and Instagram. (Thanks Chris Martinez.)

Japanese Textile and Craft Fair takes place in London, May 26-30. “The festival celebrates all types of japanese textiles and other crafts including Shibori resis dying, Katagami stencilling, Sashiko and Kogin embroidery, Boro, Saori weaving, mud dyeing, Japanese pottery crafts including Raku” and more. Lectures will be delivered via Zoom by David Owen Hastings, textile/paper artist based in Seattle. https://www.romordesigns.com/japanese-textiles-and-craft-festival

The 2021 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE) will be held September 16-19. “Under the proposed future restrictions in Pennsylvania, this show should be green-lighted to take place onsite at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.” This is a live (yeah!) Mancuso show, with classes online. Follow the story https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/   

A note from one of our previous lecturers, Laura Wasilowski. “How a Quiltmaker Becomes a Filmaker” surely has something to do with a pandemic. Laura is now online for those of us who enjoyed her. Learn more at https://quiltersaffair.com/collections/laura-wasilowski and see her materials at ArtFabrik.com.  (Thanks Karen Gulotta)

Road to California Registration opens April 1st for classes May 21-23. If you have not yet tried a class on Zoom, find some that “speak” to you as a quilter. www.road2ca.com

Botanical Colors site hosts “Feedback Fridays” conversations with artists using natural dyes, both non-toxic and biodegradable. FEEDBACK FRIDAY VIDEOS Archives – Botanical Colors


Don’t forget the M&S Schmalberg Fabric Flowers Company tour on Friday evening, May 7th. Last of its kind in the NYC Garment District making exquisite silk flowers. NY Adventure Club. Approx. $13.00  https://www.nyadventureclub.com/event/ms-schmalberg-nycs-last-custom-fabric-flower-factory-webinar-registration-149564572663/ (Thank you TSGNY)


The Museum at FIT has a virtual symposium on April 30th: “Ravisihg: The Rose in Fashion” 6pm EDT on YouTube. And “The Roaring Twenties and The Swinging Sixties” organized by FIT grad students is live! https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/events/symposium/ravishing-rose/index.php

Newark Museum Offers a virtual tour of “Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place” on Thursday, April 1st, at 7:00 PM. A pre-recorded event of their exhibition in 2016. https://www.newarkmuseumart.org

Shelburne Museum hosts “Pattern & Purpose: American Quilts” Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb established the Shelburne Collection, first to show quilts as art in a museum setting. See 20 objects spanning early 1800s to the beginning of this century. Pattern & Purpose – Shelburne Museum More to explore in online exhibitions.

Bronx Museum of the Arts features “Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch” the quilt-based works of a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. American history entwines with African American history on a national and international level. Live exhibit ends April 5th. Online watch “A Guided Tour: Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, with Joiri Minaya,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=acY1Nq-asck&t=189s

New England Quilt Museum features three virtual exhibits: “Deeds, Not Words” celebrates a century of woman suffrage; “Quilted Canvas III: Still Here!” shows pioneering art quilters; and “Salvaged” contains story quilts. Warm up a delicious drink and enjoy! Calendar-Index — NEW ENGLAND QUILT MUSEUM https://www.neqm.org


TheMourningProject.com is creating a 38’ installation drawing attention to high infant mortality rates in the U.S. Mary Vaneecke is looking for 225 fiber artists to create 100 pairs of booties and attach them to fabric panels. The installation will travel. Contact: mvaneecke@gmail.com


“Textile Talks” continues each Wednesday at 2:00 PM live via Zoom. Sessions are sponsored by the International Quilt Museum, The Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. Past events may be found on YouTube. Textile Talks | Quilt Alliance

All of these exhibits/events are available at the time of compilation. Check websites for currency. Additions and suggestions always welcome. Happy Quilting! Barbara Hull


A Few Suggestions from all over the Quilting/Crafting World – Barbara Hull

Some items listed last month are still ongoing, but here are a few more for your enjoyment.

MARCH 2021:

Sites for Learning New Skills

Global Quilt Connection New showcases offer more teachers for quilt guilds as well as direct to quilters. Several well-known artists are featuring new classes with topics to be offered later in 2021. Each showcase is posted. Take a look!   GlobalQuiltConnection.com

iQuilt American Quilter’s Society sponsors classes.  Membership not required. 



Manhattan Quilters Guild: Two exhibits from the Manhattan Quilters Guild at Concordia College in Bronxville. “40 X 40 AT 40” and “Mask Momentum” links via website Manhattan Quilters Guild

Recycling with Love
Recycled Fabrics Become “Ugly Quilts” for Homeless – You Oughta Know (2020) – YouTube

Woven Sewn HomeCroton Free Library – Current Exhibitions


Whitney Museum of American Art: “Making, Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019” at the Whitney has been extended through 2021. 

American Folk Art Museum: “Explore the Collection” at the American Folk Art Museum. Choose “Textiles” and search “Quilts” to find your favorites. My fav: Log Cabin Quilt, Courthouse Steps Variation – Results – Search Objects – eMuseum (folkartmuseum.org) Thank you, Mr. Steinberger.

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
“Exploring Textiles: Girl Scouts Visit the Met” 2016 blog entry from the Ratti Center (metmuseum.org)
“Sunday at The Met—Behind the Scenes: Antonio Ratti Textile Center and the Department of Textile Conservation”   (metmuseum.org)

Kaffe Fassett’s Exhibition via YouTube:
Eye Candy from YouTube 2017.11.20 Kaffe Fassett’s, Exhibition, “Colour at Mottisford”
Abbey, UK 2017.11.20 Kaffe Fassett’s, Exhibition, “Colour at Mottisford” Abbey, UK –

National Quilt Museum: 2021 Exhibition Flipbook

The Museum at FIT:  Explore an array of exhibitions online.

Visions Art Museum San Diego: Virtual Tour – Visions Art Museum

Industry News

Subscribe to Meg Cox’s free newsletter “Quilt Journalist Tells All”

Read Scott Fortunoff’s latest “Tales of a Fourth Generation Textile Executive” blog on the process of acquiring another fabric company. Welcome Fabric Fans!  

The Quilted SUV:  Tulsa woman creates quilted cover for her SUV.  TulsaWorld.com


Creative Sparks Online Learning – sponsored by the C&T Publishing Company. This site offers various craft classes for sewists and quilters. Visit https://creativespark.ctpub.com to view classes and to register. Some featured quilt instructors: Cindy Grisdela, Laura Wasilowski and Becky Goldsmith.

Our Member-at-Large and Sunshine & Shadows Co-Chair, Karen Gulotta, brings news of a Needle Craft Circle that anyone may join. Currently, the group is meeting every week on Wednesday at 1 pm, online, hosted by Hillside Public Library. To see the listing of dates, please go to www.hillsidelibrary.info. On the home page scroll down to the Events & Programs box (lower right) which will take you to Adult Programs then click on Arts & Crafts. There you will find dates and registration buttons for the Needle Craft Circle.

Bisa Butler: Portraits at the Katonah Museum of Art http://www.katonahmuseum.org/exhibitions/virtualexhibitions/

Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day at the Fresno Art Museum. www.fresnoartmuseum.org  Use the virtual exhibition portal.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions and Willi Smith: Street Couture are documented at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. https://www.cooperhewitt.org/events/current-exhibitions/

Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panama at the Cleveland Museum of Art https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/fashioning-identity-mola-textiles-panama

Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

In Stitches: Contemporary Approaches to Needlework at the Racine Art Museum

Mandatory Color: SDA Annual Juried Member Exhibition. Mandatory Color Exhibition
Also check this page for virtual exhibitions curated by members. https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/exhibits/online-exhibitions/

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has extraordinary online resources. www.metmuseum.org Also, look for Art for the Community: The Met’s Circulating Textile Exhibitions, 1930-1942. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/art-for-the-community

Stay Connected to the Museum at FIT. The Museum at FIT has dozens of earlier exhibitions and videos online.   Learn about them at this link: https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/news/archive/2020/stay-connected.php

Cloth Roads: a Global Textile Marketplace has a list of fiber-related videos on their resources page. Inspiration for related crafts and future travels, too.     https://www.clothroads.com/resources/global-textile-events/

Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert.