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I have just spent a wonderful week at the Empty Spools Seminar held at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, California. When I left home Chicago was grey and dreary, the spring sprouts were just a few inches tall. But while I was enjoying the beach and good company, Mother Nature was going bonkers at homedaffodils blooming and tulips yearning to open. Three weeks later and the transition is complete. Stormy Spring winds have blown the blossoms off the flowering bushes and trees and everything is green, green, green.
But that was not the only progress being made while I was gone. The Four Seasons patterns were being spun out of the printer and were on my desk to greet me when I arrived home. They are BEAUTIFUL! I am so pleased with them and I hope you will be, too! They are designed to be part of your family's seasonal celebrations. The directions are lovingly written and easy to follow. They are an intimate size, 18 square, and easy to handle perfect for most homes.
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As usual, please let us know of your Sassaman fabric projects. This month we have several new additions to the Exotic Fantasy department (see below). Email pictures of your projects as well as descriptions and a short bio to email@example.com.
Fiberarts Design Book 7...
Hot off the press is Fiberarts magazine's 7th retrospective. This 217-page hardbound art book features the work of hundreds of contemporary fiber artists, including Jane's Ground Cover I quilt.
A beautiful book with countless full-color reproductions, the introduction notes the joy the curators had in observing
Fiberarts Design Book 7 is published by Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Co. (ISBN # 1-57990-521-8). Visit Fiberarts on the web at www.fiberartsmagazine.com
Jane to Debut Series of 3 Quilts ...
The Gallery at Studio B of Grandview in Columbus, Ohio will be the host of the annual exhibit of "Small Works," where Jane will debut three new small-scale quilts. The quilts are a continuation of her Forgotten Garden series, the first of which debuts in this month's issue (read more). We will debut the entire series later in the summer.
"Small Works" runs from May 25 to July 3, 2004. For more information, call Patti Bell at 614-481-9802.
Spring 2004 Surface Design Journal...
In the latest issue of Surface Design Journal, Jane's Pushing Up Daisies is mentioned in a review of the Associations's conference in Kansas City last June. Thirty area galleries launched exhibitions focusing on the "Hands On" theme of the conference.
Reviewer Maria Elena Buszek comments that at first glance Jane's quilt , "a seemingly abstract 'quilted garden'...is, in fact, comprised of a brightly-colored skull-and-moth pattern framed in a 'patch' of jagged grass; it suggest the burial theme to which the title alludes. Part comic illustration, part 'Day of the Dead' offering, this piece turns the functional quilt into a kind of talismanic shroud in which living viewers are asked to imagine themselves staring down their mortality with humor and defiance."
The Surface Design journal is available at better bookstores. You can visit them on the web at www.surfacedesign.org
Jane's Floral Fantasy on Simply Quilts...
We are still anxiously awaiting Donna Wilder's appearance on Alex Anderson's HGTV favorite Simply Quilts. Donna is the CEO of FreeSpirit Fabric, the manufacturer of Jane's fabric line and she taped the show last Fall with bolts of Jane's Floral Fantasy and Jane's quilts in tow in order to discuss the episode's topic, Working with Large Prints.
The show's number is 1029, and in lieu of better information form HGTV, we think it will probably air sometime August 2004. Keep your VCR's poised when it finally airs!
More Floral Fantasy Quilt Contributions...
Four new quilts debut in our Exotic Fantasy Quilt Gallery. This is the place where we showcase your projects made with Sassaman fabrics. We're always thrilled to see what your imagination conjures up with Jane's designs!
Our First Print Ad...
Keep and eye out for our first print ad in Fons & Porters' Love of Quilting. It is a colorful 1/4 page ad featuring the Wee Willow quilt pattern and it debuts in the June/July issue.
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