Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A new frontier for Georgia, a blog!



Quilts from my friend Luda in Kazakhstan



For almost 20 years we owned and operated Bonesteel Hardware & Quilt Corner. My, that was a busy time. How did I do it?---TV, books, travel, teaching, lectures, designing and family. Well, I had lots of help and a supportive family. Also, I had Norma, my trusted secretary. Now, all I have is the computer, my Bernina's, a retired husband, seven grandchildren and a good stash of fabric. Well, that is just about any upstanding quilter needs!

I am still designing and making quilts even though my beds and cupboards are full. What I can never give up is the people interaction. Once a month at My Quilt Shoppe (not mine, owned by Lanna Gordich) I do a Coffee Clatch get together where we exchange ideas and just have a mini quilt meeting. There is always so much to share. Everything from techniques, problem quilting lines, new tools and of course, "show and tell". Come visit if you are in the area. The store calendar is at www.myquiltshoppe.com Check out my Quilt Corner in the fabric room of the store. We have all just heard that In The Beginning, that wonderful quilt shop in Seattle, WA is closing their doors. New opportunities await Sharon and Jason Yenter. Things change!

We often question--why aren't more of our friends experiencing the joy of quilting? I contend there is no pride in saying, like I often hear on some of the decorating shows, "and you don't even have to sew it". Velcro and a glue gun are not the answer. We want to say, get with it and learn to sew. It is a joy and such a fulfillment and will open so many doors in your life. Please do not forget buttons and buttonholes. My new machine makes perfect, repeat button holes and can even determine the proper opening by the button size.

News Flash for Quilters! Great news with The Alliance for American Quilts moving to Asheville, NC. They are joining forces with HandMade in America www.handmadeinamerica.org Check this organization out on line and then join. Take a few minutes and read some of their accomplishments as they document, preserve and share our great quilt heritage. www.centerforthequilt.org/qsos/qsos/html

Another favorite long standing organization is the AQSG, which stands for the American Quilt Study Group. My goal this year is to visit Lincoln, Nebraska and see their headquarters. Blanket Statements, their newsletter, is always full of good history, ideas and notable names in our field.

The internet has become the new daily diary for quilt connections. People from my past have found me--a classmate from Oak Hall at Iowa State College and a pen-pal-well, an email-pal from Kazakhstan. A quilter recently from a western state emailed me to say that one of her quilts from my design was bought by Robin Williams (ala Hollywood!) Just look what quilt connections do for the soul. Every day a new experience related to fiber happens. My advice for those just starting with their quilt career is to keep a diary. One never knows when you will have to call upon the past!


I am proud to be participating in the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, a program to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer's disease. It has two parts: a traveling art quilt exhibit interpreting Alzheimer's in fiber art that will tour the US for three years, and an on-going sale of small art quilts. All proceeds will go to Alzheimer's research.

So long for now, but look for updates with whatever crosses my needle.
Georgia

10 comments:

Linda said...

I jave just recently rediscovered your show on PBS! I love the clothing segments! Keep up the great quilting!

randy said...

Hi-I have been following Georgia since 1980-she is an absolute genius.....does anyone know of any groups in raleigh?

Needle_rose said...

I just saw the Alzheimer exhibit at the Road to California quilt show - very profound and touching.

Georgia, just received the two books I ordered and a light bulb went off from one of your tips: use old sewing machine needles as nails to hang up a picture.

You're awesome!

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msmomo said...

Georgia,

I am happy to find you on the net. I had put down a quilt that I started 23 years ago. I started it with your inspiration from your excellent book Lap Quilting. I had never quilted before but that book was just excellent in direction. It's a quilt for my daughter who is now 25. It's almost done. It was like I put it down after I had my second daughter and never got back to it. I'm going to give it to her and leave one square out to make a wall hanging for her lil baby son. I'm finishing the sampler quilt from page 8, upper left photo. I had planned on getting it done many years ago, to give to my daughter when she was a child but never did. It's never too late. She will always appreciate it and what it represents.

Thanks Georgia!! You never get out west it seems. I live in California.

Marge said...

I too have recently discovered Georgia's show on my local PBS station.

I have heard her a few times mention projects with the jars of dog ears she collects. What projects is she speaking of? Where can I find more information?

Thanks a bunch!
Marge

Peggy said...

I am in possession of you’re 1989 A Pattern Club for Quilters 3-ring binder with 28 vinyl templates. None have been used, several still in the mailing wrapper. Mint condition.

My friend was interested in quilting and had subscribed to your club. Never quite got into the project and now is unable to even consider due to a very serious stroke. I am helping her husband go through her craft room to find new homes for things due to his recent cancer diagnosis.

If anyone knows how to sell, who would be interested, I would appreciate a referral to phintz@hints.com. Loving crafts and hobby tools should always be in loving hands.

Molly Potter said...

Hi Georgia:
I've been a fan for many years, and first learned your lap quilting method 27 years ago.
One of your prized books was lost in a basement flood so I no longer have it, but would dearly love to have the pattern for the Swedish "Mormer" grandmother's quilt design that it contained. Would you consider sending it to me? I'd be forever grateful.
Thanks for your many wonderful years of quilting dedication,
Your fan,
Mary Roberts
maryroberts0101@gmail.com

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Linnea Marie said...

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(425) 455-1116
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Linnea