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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! (Well, at least to everyone in the States)

I hope your days are filled with good food, good people and good memories. (Whether you celebrate American Thanksgiving or not)

 

orange squash for thanksgiving

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A quilt up there

Observant readers (or at least those who are reading this at wordpress, not a feed reader) will notice a new header (or banner, or whatever you call that photo up top)

The threadspools I put up when I started, where fine, a photo I had and liked, with a clean look and lots of white space for the name (you might also have noticed how much I like white space)  and I didn’t think much more about it.

cottage style quilt binding edge photograph

Until I had a really successful photo shoot with this quilt.  I looked at this photo, loved it and thought: ‘you know, that would make a good blog header, and hey, it actually has a quilt, not just thread’.  Something like this:

 

quilt photo blog header for pioneer valley girl

Imagine, I'd actually added text over there on the right

 

 

And, you know, I still like that photo. The composition’s great for a header. But, well, happy as I am with this quilt, it’s not really an accurate representation of most of my style. If I saw that photo, I’d expect something a lot more traditionally pretty, girly, cottage-y than you’re actually going to get here.

So I grabbed one of my favorite quilts off the back of the couch for a new photo shoot, and got a couple of art-y photo’s I liked.

mosaic of modern quilt photos

Mose of which, work terribly for banners. 190 x 760 is an unusual set of dimensions, and clearly not a size I naturally photograph for. Except, folded quilts are one of my favorite things ever, and conveniently oriented for a long, narrow banners.

Success – lots of white, splashes of solid blue-green, my favorite quilt, some open space for text, a quilt photo-header that’s actually representative.

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If you haven’t seen it, there’s a fabulous fundraiser going on at Handmade by Alisa

She writes “This is a fundraiser for Action Kivu, an organization in eastern Congo that runs a sewing workshop for victims of the conflict there. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.”

“Action Kivu provides some of the eastern Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Their approach is spearheaded through two programs. First, they run a sewing workshop that teaches women who are victims of the conflict to sew. This leads them to be able to support themselves and their families. Secondly, they pay for children to go to school which is not free in Congo. It costs $40 a year, per child. That’s very little money that makes a big impact.”

More information here

She’s set a goal of $10,000 in donations – they were at a little over $7,500 when I gave yesterday, and a little over $9000.  That’s an amazing testament to the generosity of this online community.

I’ve been watching it all week, but finally got my act together to give yesterday:  if you can, head over there to contribute what you can. I know times are tough right now, but nothing reminds me of how fortunate I really am than making a donation, however small.

(And if you need an added incentive, she’s lined up some fabulous fabric prizes if you donate before Sunday 8/29 — think Heather Ross and Flea Market Fancy)

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Vermont Quilt Festival "Flower Power" - Pat Gaston

Vermont Quilt Festival "Flower Power" - Pat Gaston

A simple block, vibrant colors, great quilting

Vermont Quilt Festival - "Orphan Blossoms" - Timna Tarr

Vermont Quilt Festival - "Orphan Blossoms" - Timna Tarr

Love this mix of vintage blocks (from ebay), that bright green and new piecing/quilting.  (And the quiltmaker… also from the Pioneer Valley)

Vermont Quilt Festival - Champlain Valley Colors - Mary Alice Rath

Vermont Quilt Festival - Champlain Valley Colors - Mary Alice Rath

And, my favorite of the show (I want this one for my office wall) I really like slightly abstracted landscapes

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