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Thinking of women’s voices today…

Just learned that quilter Ann Loveless of Frankfort, Mich., won the $200K first prize in the 19-day Art Prize public voting contest in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her quilt is titled "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore." There were 1,524 pieces of art submitted by 1,805 artists from 47 countries.

Read about the contest 

See the quilt

How lovely that her piece is valued as art by the public enough to give it that fine recognition. Those of us who have been working with fabric a long time know that this hasn’t always been true…

Many have worked very hard to bring women recognition as artists. We have just learned of the passing of Linda Reuther, a powerful voice in the 70’s that helped bring this about. In her short autobiography published in Sojourn Magazine 1998*, Linda wrote, “The focus of my life has been supporting women in finding their voices.” Linda researched the world of 19th-century women and their quilts. This included co-curating shows at the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Art Institute, working on the Amish quilt show at the deYoung Museum, and creating and operating a quilt gallery, Mary Strickler’s Quilt, in San Rafael in 1972 for ten years with her partner Julie Silber. The shop showcased wonderful antique quilts from all parts of USA.

Although I don’t believe that Linda was ever actually a member of EBHQ, her life’s work is woven throughout our history and instrumental in what we have become…and will continue to grow to be.

Deanna Davis, EBHQ President

* Read Linda's autobiography

Oklahoma Quilts

EBHQ quickly sent 16 quilts to Mission of Love to be delivered to tornado survivors in Oklahoma. Luana Rubins of eQuilter Fabrics <equilter@equilter.com> helped deliver the quilts and just posted the following on her newsletter:

"Today was one of those days that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Today Sam (her daughter) and I flew to Oklahoma City, went to the Town Hall, starting spreading out some of the 400 donated quilts, and then met the people of Moore, Oklahoma who lost their homes and loved ones.

Then we went on a tour of the tornado's devastation in the town, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School where 7 children died.

I met 2 mothers who had lost a child, and lost their home.

Then we went to a nearby hotel where so many homeless families are waiting endlessly for a place to call home.

Everywhere we went, we personally gave your handmade donated quilts to those who had suffered a grave loss. We also gave a quilt to a young woman who was a first responder, who is still recovering from what she experienced.

We gave a quilt to the first grade teacher who had her kids put all the desks in the corner, and then they played a game crouching under the desks, singing as loud as they could as the tornado screamed towards their school.

When I hugged the 2 mothers who had lost a child, and let them pick out a quilt, I told them that with these quilts comes the love and comfort of 400 quilters who sent us these quilts as soon as they heard we were doing a quilt relief project for Oklahoma.

One woman repeated over and over again - "You have to tell all these quilters thank you for being so generous - for thinking of us and sending these beautiful quilts!" There were many tears to go along with the hugs.

...and this was only for a few hours this afternoon.

Tomorrow we'll be at the Moore City Hall from 9 am to 5 pm, meeting families and hugging every person who receives a quilt made by all of you wonderful quilters.

The outpouring of love from so many of you, is palpable as we spread out all the colorful quilts. I will do my best to transfer this love and caring to every person I meet tomorrow, who has suffered a great loss.

Many thanks to Kathy Price and her co-pilot Karen who drove the truck full of quilts down from Ohio.

My thanks also to EE Schenck and Patty Reed Designs, for the 400 sturdy pink "Hope" tote bags that are being matched up with each donated quilt.

Most of all, my humble thanks to all of you who rushed to send your comfort quilts for the people of Moore, Oklahoma. Your love and caring is an amazing gift of selfless generosity for these families who have lost so much.

Best wishes and Happy sewing,"
Paul and Luana Rubin


Click here for Susan Dague's tutorial on how to make fabric postcards.


Saturday, March 2, over 20 of us went to Textile Dreams Studio to learn how to make fabric postcards. Sue Fox showed us how it is done, provided us with lots of materials, and gave us good design tips. It is all very easy. She had lots of examples to get us going. The point is to loosen-up, have fun, make something. It was ok to repeat oneself - we didn't have to make all separate creations. It was a chance to use those decorative stitches on our machines.


Since last summer your Membership Outreach Committee members have been holding a monthly Modern Quilters MeetUp as a marketing tool to attract a new generation of quilters. After developing and refining this idea, we are now ready to open the MeetUps to all EBHQ guild members. Attendees are encouraged to bring a perspective member as a guest. EBHQ members attend at no cost, visitors $5.

   A Valentine MeetUp

The MeetUps take place the second Thursday evening of each month and the format differs from Drop-In. Starting at 6:30 pm with a potluck, a Tips & Tricks segment with a short demo follows at 7:00. Show & Tell is next and/or time to work on individual projects. At 8:45 we start folding up and close at 9:00 pm.

The MeetUps take place at the United Methodist Church, 980 Stannage Avenue, Albany, CA. The church is on the corner of Marin and Stannage, two blocks from San Pablo Avenue. map  Entrance to the MeetUp is on Stannage Ave., on right side of the building. Go through the wooden gate to the clear glass doors. The upcoming dates are: March 14, April 11, May 9 and June 13.

Childrens Quilts News

Here is encouragement to keep making the quilts we donate to worthy causes.  Take a minute to read this note of appreciation from the Onesie Twosie organization of Kensington.