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In Memory of Peter Hudson

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Peter Hudson, Jan Taylor’s son, passed away on Sat. 3/26/11 after an 18 year long battle with a brain tumor.  He died peacefully at home in Oakland, CA.

He was 41 years old, and was Administrative Manager for the Bay Area Youth Action Consortium (BAYAC).  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and coworkers.  His life was too short, but the world is a better place for him having been in it.

If you feel like doing something in his memory, give to charity. You can choose your own, of course, but Pete had two suggestions:

The American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org) which supports the types of research that gave him 18 good years after his tumor was diagnosed. Let’s hope the research continues so people in the future get even more time.

And, Bay Area Community Resources (www.bacr.org), designated for the Bay Area Youth Action Consortium (BAYAC). Pete’s work at BAYAC over the last decade gave his life meaning and purpose.

Infinite Variety – A Trip to NYC

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When I heard about the exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, I thought it would be a great trip.  I have a niece who is presently attending college in NYC.  This gave me a great opportunity to go to NYC and stay with her.  I mentioned this to Carol Sullivan.  We both decided it was a must do trip.

The exhibit “Infinite Variety – Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” is phenomenal.   Just walking through the door you are awestruck.  It’s hard to fathom you are looking at 650 red and white quilts.  The way the quilts are displayed you feel surrounded by history. 

Previously, I was never particularly fond of red and white quilts.  Now I have a greater appreciation of theses two color quilts.  The variety of quilts is just stunning.  There were appliqued, pieced, and Hawiian applique.  There were a few variations on bar quilts.  Quite a few used the same block but the different color placements and settings made the exhibit all the more interesting   Who knew you could do so much with just two colors.  Will I be making a red and white quilt in the future? No, but blue and white is definitely a possibility.

If you can get to NYC this week, it is well worth the trip.  The red and white quilt exhibit runs through to March 30th.  If not, the museum will be coming out with a catalog of all the quilts in the exhibit.  Once I get home I will upload the pictures Carol and I took.

Your friend in quilting,

Cathy Harnisch

NY Quilt Show Bus Trip – One Day

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Linda Pearl of The Patchwork Pearl has arranged a one day bus trip to New York City to view “Infinite Variety; Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum. This is an exhibit of more than 650 red and white American textiles, the largest quilt exhibit ever presented in New York City. The bus will leave from Nashua NH at 6 am and the cost is $75. Contact Linda@thepatchworkpearl.com or call 603-233-0320 for more information.

Successful UFO Auction!

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Thanks to Ildi Tary and her helpers, over $2000 was netted at the UFO auction this year. It appears to be a record for the books!

Ildi will pass the excess “treasures” along to Angie Cyr for the White Elephant Table at the Quilt Show- so watch for the bargains.

Journeys

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Quilters Journey’s

What a great January meeting!  We heard and saw the journey’s of three great members.  Mary Ginn, Helen Gosselin and Carol Robinson.  So very different  in the journey’s they have had but yet all with the love of quilting and some great samples for us to see and enjoy.   Many members comment that journey’s is one of their favorite meetings when we have it.  Thanks again ladies for taking the time to lug all your samples for us to see and enjoy.