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Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

  This morning Fern and I went to Livermore to see the Quilting in the Garden Show.  What an amazing setting. About 200 quilts hanging high up on clothes lines and attached with clothes pins.  Because of the setting the … Continue reading

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Eté 2016!

The summer is coming to an end and I have not done much quilting  but I have done a lot of traveling and gathering of ideas, images and inspiration. I always get renewed when I spend time in Pradelles,  the … Continue reading

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Quilts and Book Bags at Berkeley Public Library

The 35th Annual Quilt Show at the Central Library is in full bloom.  54 colorful quilts are displayed on the 2nd floor till June 5th.  I went to the reception for the opening of the show with 3 of my … Continue reading

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Giraffe Quilt

My friend Lisa wanted to give a quilt to a little kid that is really important in her life, Westley, 1 year old.  I suggested that we’d do a trade –i want to retile my outdoor table and that is … Continue reading

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Field Trip at the Oakland Museum

At the end of each semester i have taken the habit of bringing my students from Harbor House on a field trip to get inspired while seeing art, beauty and other quilters’ work. Last year we went to the San … Continue reading

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Quilts from Harbor House for Sale at Gift World

This coming Sunday, December 6, 2015 First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley has invited Harbor House to participate in Gift World, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley -10:15am to 1:30pm.             We will have a range of quilts … Continue reading

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Quilt Inspirations

I just came back from a fabulous trip in Europe. I did take lots of pictures but my favorites are the ones from the mosaics of  Torcello, an island just outside of Venice. Murano and Burano are the two islands … Continue reading

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Harbor House Quilting Project

The women of the Harbor House Quilting Project and I participated for the first time to the Solano Stroll.  It was quite successful.  We sold quilts  from 3 different women. We also had a raffle quilt that brought in some … Continue reading

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2 Small Quilts for baby Jules

My beautiful niece Ariane –i made a quilt for her 30th birthday— had a little boy, Jules, on June 6.  I am a little superstitious so i only make quilts after the baby is born.  I am off to France … Continue reading

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Upcycle at the Richmond Art Center

After the sweet rain of Friday night it was such a treat to be out in the courtyard at The RAC setting up for Upcycle.  Fern and I, the Textile Mavens, were surrounded by the bursting energy of the staff … Continue reading

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Quilted Bookmarks at the Berkeley Public Library

           We did it again! And what a successful event! The Story Room was full of life and laughter with so many patrons of the library participating in making quilted bookmarks.  The most amazing part of the program was the … Continue reading

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Les Petits Mouchoirs & +!

Just spent the week-end in Graton with the Pickles and i managed to achieve all i wanted! Yeah! First of all I made a quilted curtain with les petits mouchoirs (petit mu chua) that my cousin Noël and his wife … Continue reading

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Unconventional & Unexpected American Quilts

Yesterday, beautiful Saturday in Sonoma, i decided that i could spare an hour or so of incredibly nice weather and go inside the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.  I was not disappointed.  The show entitled Unconventionsal and Unexpected: American Quilts … Continue reading

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Not Quilts! but still in the sewing room.

I do have a few quilts on the back burner and some ideas that need to come together. But meanwhile i have been sewing for my grand-daughters.  A three tier skirt for Tessa, so she can twirl around, with the … Continue reading

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From Upholstery Sample Book to a Quilted Table Runner

At one of our monthly meeting of the SOFA 8, Kathy wanted to give us something.  Come outside she said, and then she opened the trunk 0f her car that was full to the brim with sample books from many … Continue reading

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All I Made is a Dolly Quilt

I love being in my sewing room and making quilts,  but because of the rest of my life: traveling to Italy, Switzerland and France –a few photos below– and the work called for after the publishing of our 14th book … Continue reading

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Liberty Quilts for Mom and Niece

I love Liberty Fabric.  I get that from my mom who is from London.  As a kid she would take me into the Liberty of London Store and since then, I go to the store every time I am in … Continue reading

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The Textile Mavens are in a Quilt Show

Fern and I belong to a quilt critique group SoFA8. At our monthly meetings we share ideas, fabrics, designs and give each other feedback.  SoFA8 stands for Society of Fabric Artists, the 8 is for our original number of women … Continue reading

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Restoration of Leah’s Quilt

My friend and neighbor Leah Kaizer asked me if i could restore a quilt she had since she was a little girl. Her grandfather Samuel Kaizer came from Poland to San Francisco in 1906 and ended up living in Los … Continue reading

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Quilted Coasters at Hilltop Mall

Hilltop Mall in Richmond recently provided the perfect space for getting the community involved in an art project, and to promote the amazing services of the Richmond Art Center. With the help of five fabulous volunteers, I coordinated a project … Continue reading

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Quilted Bookmarks at the Berkeley Public Library

Fern and I recently did our third program at the Main Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, thanks to Debbie Carton, Librarian extraordinaire. The first one was Quilting by Committee, then Quilting Condensed, and last week’s program Quilted Bookmarks. We … Continue reading

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Upcycling Workshop at Hackermoms

Come and join us for a fun workshop at Hackermoms! Bring a friend & spread the word! Pillows, Runners, Purses, Mats, Coasters, & even Quilts!   Turn your old sweaters, shirts, jeans, ties, t-shirts and even furs into something new … Continue reading

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From Shirts to Quilt

I asked Bart to make room in our closet by getting rid of shirts he wasn’t wearing anymore. Although some of the shirts were frayed, they were among his favorites, so I decided to turn them into a quilt. I … Continue reading

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Quilt of Cats and Dogs in the Lonestar State

My good friend Sandy –and kind of my sister-in-law (i love and adore her brother!) asked me to make a quilt for her 11-year-old grand daughter, Helen.  I thought i’d have a better chance of being sure that Helen would … Continue reading

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Quilt out of the Grenier de Pradelles

Grenier de Pradelles is the attic in the village in France where i was born. I love going to my birth village,  Pradelles in  Haute-Loire, one of the most remote region of France, still very rural and often referred to … Continue reading

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A Quilt From Coat to Quilt –and that is mink!

This idea came to me when i was in New Orleans caring for my son Baruch. He bought a new couch and mentioned how it would be great if i could make him a throw to have there on the … Continue reading

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