Program #53 – Five Incredible Quilters

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Interviews from the Empty Spools Seminar at Asilomar. Each of these ladies are fabulous quilters in their own right and I stand in amazement of each of them. The time spent with each quilter is precious to me and I loved getting to know them better — I hope you will too.

The first interview is with Emma Allebes, of Fair Oaks, California. Emma was the Artist in Residence at the Empty Spools Seminar at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA that I attended.

Emma is a quilter and Wearable Arts designer extraordinaire, with multiple years of incredible talent and honors under her embellished “belt”. I have a great amount of respect and awe for Emma and her creative gifts.
We were lucky enough to have her as our Guest Speaker at the “A Bountiful Harvest” Quilt show in 2004 where Emma wowed a standing-room-only audience.

A picture of Emma with classmate Susie Hardy.

Emma’s Taxi Ensemble at the quilt show.

Emma’s amazing talent includes copious beading on her garments and quilts. Emma has had beads and buttons made for her for her projects. Emma’s Taxi pants are pieced in 1″ squares — yep, for real — that is not printed material!

My very favorite quilt of Emma’s, “Deseret”, which means “honey bee” in Hebrew. The back of this quilt is covered with black netting that has an octagon shape, and with bee appliques. Emmas quilts with a double thread so the quilting really shows. Like I said, her talent is amazing!

Emma will be a part of the River City Quilters Open Studio the first weekend in June. If you’re in the area, check it out — you will not be disappointed in Emma’s studio! For more information, go to River City Quilt Guild.

Here is the full interview with Emma:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jan Krentz at the eye-popping hour of 7:00 a.m. on a beautiful sunny morning. Since Jan was teaching, we had to get the interview in early. We met in the Lodge, which was designed by the fabulous architect, Julia Morgan (Hearst Castle). Unfortunately, you’ll be able to hear a door slamming over and over again, as people came in to get their morning coffees — a little frustrating in post-editing.

Jan in her element, teaching, with her students looking on.

Here is the full, unedited interview with Jan:

Visit Jan’s website at Jan Jan may be in your area soon!

Next is my interview with Barbara Olson, an incredibly talented art quilter. Barbara talks about her quilt “In the Beginning” which was chosen as one of “The 20th Century’s 100 Best American Quilts” and subsequently purchased by Quilts, Inc. Now can you see why I was so awestruck when I interviewed Barbara?

Here is the full, unedited interview with Barbara:

Visit Barbara’s website at Barbara Olson Quilt Art.

Barbara and me in the main room of Lodge house.

Peggy Martin is the next interview where she talks about her book, “Quick-Strip Paper Piecing” and teaching at Asilomar in August. By the way, there is still space in her class! Don’t hesitate.

Peggy with her San Diego Firestorm quilt.

Here is the full, unedited interview with Peggy:

Don’t forget to visit Peggy’s website for more information about her and her process. Go to Peggy Martin.

Last but not least, is my interview with Betty Alofs – exceptional Pictorial Art quilter. When you visit Betty’s website Betty, you’ll realize that you have seen her quilts before. It could be because she has been a guest on “Simply Quilts” and “America Quilts Creatively”, or that you’ve seen her patterns in your favorite quilt shop. Betty is going to be an Artist in Residence at Asilomar next year.

Here is Betty with her quilt “You’ve Got Mail” — Betty gets her inspiration from many sources. The inspiration for this quilt was found on a country road near Betty’s home.

Empty Spools Seminar’s 2007 schedule will be available online in June. To view it, go to Empty Spools Seminars brochure.

Finally, I want to post some pictures that I took at Asilomar that make my experience there very memorable. I hope the pictures, along with the interviews with Emma, Jan, Barbara, Peggy and Betty will inspire and tempt you to attend an Empty Spools Seminar in the future. Everyone agrees, once you attend, you’re hooked!

Asilomar Sunset…after a particularly rainy day. What a gift this sunset was! It included a double rainbow.

My sewing area in the classroom with Sue Nickels and Pat Holly — five days of bliss.

Priscilla and me. I met Priscilla the first time we both attended Asilomar. What a pleasure to be in class with her again.

Sue and Pat’s class at Asilomar. We all agreed that it was the best class ever.

Thank you for being patient with me — and for the email and prayers for my sister, Susan. Quilters truly are the best people on earth!

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