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Just found this article From the Wall Street Journal!!  Enjoy the article and the slide show!  Wish I had been able to attend the exhibit, but even in the slide show  the quilts are amazing. . .

New York quilt collector Joanna Rose received her first quilt, a red and white blanket with a schoolhouse design, upon the birth of her first child in 1957. She hasn’t stopped collecting since and has amassed more than 1,300 quilts. When Ms. Rose, who belongs to a prominent New York real-estate family, recently turned 80, she decided to put her entire collection of red and white quilts—some 651—on public display.

ICONS quilts

Hosted by the American Folk Art Museum, “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” at the Park Avenue Armory, beginning next Friday and ending March 30, will be the largest textile exhibition ever presented in New York City.

Red and white is a classic color combination in quilt making, popular since the early 19th century as a result of the remarkable colorfastness of Turkey red dye, discovered in the Mediterranean and derived from madder root. Ms. Rose’s quilts, made in a variety of patterns and designs, span the 19th to the 21st centuries. No two are identical, and most bear the unique signatures of their makers, sewn neatly at the corners. Elizabeth V. Warren, the exhibit’s co-curator, discovered that two of the quilts, bought separately years apart, were created by the same quilter.

To display the collection, the exhibit’s curators decided on a strikingly modern design. The American Folk Art Museum held a competition for the quilts’ display, inviting submissions from a range of design firms, and ultimately decided on Thinc Design, a New York-based firm that is known for contemporary work. The company is responsible for the interiors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Beijing Olympic Games Pavilion.

Thinc’s design organizes the quilts into tiers and spirals, ascending to the rafters in three-dimensional circular pavilions and transforming the 55,000-square-foot space of Manhattan’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall at the Armory. “It’s more of a happening than an exhibit,” says Ms. Warren, comparing the project to an indoor version of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates,” a site-specific project featuring 23 miles of gates positioned around Central Park in 2005.

A 2010 Quilting in America survey, conducted by TNS Global Inc., indicated that quilting is now a $3.6 billion industry, with upwards of 21 million quilters active in the U.S. alone.

The auction market for quilts has fallen somewhat from its peak about 20 years ago, when quilts became extremely popular with Americana collectors. In 1987, a Baltimore Album Quilt dating to 1840 sold for $176,000 at Sotheby’s; a pictorial Civil War-era quilt sold for $264,000 at the auction house a few years later.

Though the market has cooled off somewhat since then, a rare, beautiful quilt in perfect condition could still fetch $100,000 or more today, says Nancy Druckman, Sotheby’s folk art specialist.

By presenting the exhibit free to the public, the Folk Art Museum hopes to attract new audiences. “This should not be looked at solely as a quilt exhibition,” says Ms. Warren. “The design is so extraordinary that it should appeal to those with an interest in design and graphics.”


Gallery: Quilts at “Infinite Variety”

Article - Crocker Infinite Variety


Did you check out the “supermoon” on Saturday? If not, check out some of these photos from various websites.

Not sure what a “super moon” was???  Well, on Saturday night, the moon appeared about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal,  according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  The moon’s orbit was the closest to the Earth that it has been since 1993, and that combined with a full moon created the supermoon effect.

WASHINGTON – MARCH 19: In this handout photo provided by NASA, the full moon is seen as it rises near the Lincoln Memorial, March 19, 201, in Washington, DC. The full moon tonight is called a ‘Super Perigee Moon’ since it is at it’s closest to Earth in 2011.

19 March 2010 shines brightly over Buckinghamshire, UK

     Washington Moonrise

Washington Moonrise  Credit: Tim McCord Skywatcher Tim McCord of Entiat, Washington caught this amazing view of the March 19, 2011 full moon – called a supermoon because the moon was at perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit – using a camera-equipped telescope.

Supermoon as Seen Aboard the International Space Station

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli took this photo of the “supermoon” aboard the International Space Station on March 20, 2011.

Recently, I had an email from Charlotte Warr Anderson, with her permission, I am sharing it here. Please give it a read, Charlotte has done some wonderful research for all of us in the quilting world.  Thanks, Charlotte!


“I thought I’d give you all a heads up about Frixion Erasable pens. A student showed me hers at Road to California in January. She drew a line, thin but quite black, and then ironed it and the line disappeared. It looked like the coolest thing ever!

So I went in search of these pens, which you can get a Staples. I bought the pack that has three colors in it – black, red and blue. Being quite the skeptic about things that are too good to be true, I read the back of the package. In small print it says: “Do not expose to extreme temperatures (<14 degrees F;> 140 degrees F). If pen is exposed to temperature that reaches 140 degrees F the ink will be colorless when writing. To restore color, cool to at least 14 degrees F and the ink will again write in color.”

Aha! I said to myself. If you iron the ink it’s going to be way over 140 degrees so it’s going to disappear. So I took some fabric and scribbled on it with all three colors. Then I ironed it and, sure enough, all the scribbles disappeared. But then I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and all the lines reappeared. I left it for about a week and a half while I went travelling and today I tried to wash the ink out. It didn’t come out with soap and hard scrubbing and not even after I put rubbing alcohol on it. So then I ironed the piece dry and all the lines disappeared and then it went back to the freezer and all the lines reappeared (perhaps just a bit fainter).

This experiment was enough to persuade me that these pens are too good to be true and even sort of creepy – the ink is always there even if you can’t see it. I wouldn’t use them on any fabric or quilt you really cared about.

If I had a blog I would have put this on there,  but since I don’t any of you who want to pass on what I’ve written can feel free to copy and paste this post


Very interesting article from Pantone!


Each year, Pantone surveys the cultural color landscape and pinpoints an emblematic color that both reflects the zeitgeist and portends the central, imminent color trend across every industry where color is crucial to success.

To decide on the Color of the Year, Pantone color experts confer with a broad cross section of designers from around the world who are involved in fashion, home furnishings and industrial and print design to find out the colors they think will be important in their businesses for the coming year. This input is sifted to find the color family that is fresh and new, as well as common to many different industries. From there, Pantone narrows the palette down to a specific shade within that color family that is consumer friendly and can be used to sell all types of products and packages.

In making its annual color selection, Pantone also considers cultural factors such as social issues, the economy, technology, lifestyles and play styles, diversions, entertainments and the needs, moods, fantasies and aspirations of consumers.

Here is a look back at the first millennial decade as seen through the PANTONE Color of the Year prism:

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