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May 15, 1999
A 10-foot-by-10-foot quilt celebrating California's 150 years of statehood will be on display today during an annual quilting convention. The quilt, representing all 58 counties, was designed by more than 300 people from across the state. After touring California, the sesquicentennial quilt will be permanently displayed in Sacramento. The quilt will be in town for the annual convention of the Valley Quilt Makers Guild and the San Fernando Valley Quilt Assn.
February 25, 2014 | Lisa Boone
When an exhibition of minimalist, hand-stitched quilts from Gee's Bend, Ala., went on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2002, the collection of 60 quilts by former slaves and their descendants served as a catalyst for a new generation of modern quilters. “These quilts opened up new possibilities of what quilts could be,” writes Rachel May in her new book, “Quilting With a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community” (Storey, $19.95, 224 pp.)
May 11, 1996 | ERIN TEXEIRA
The San Fernando Valley Quilt Assn. will show off its wares, display quilted clothes in a fashion show and auction nearly three dozen of its painstakingly sewn patchwork blankets as part of its 14th annual Quilt Faire today at the Cal State Northridge Student Center. About 100 quilts--some made entirely by hand--will be displayed, and 32 made by association members will be auctioned.
October 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
With her long blond ponytail floating above her inside the International Space Station, astronaut Karen Nyberg calmly explains the challenges of quilting in weightlessness. "Now that I've tried my hand sewing in space," she said in a video released Thursday by NASA, "I can say one thing with certainty: It's tricky. " As if being a mechanical engineer and astronaut isn't significant enough, the avid quilter brought sewing supplies including fabric, scissors, thread, five needles (but no pins)
June 17, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
A colorful quilt made by students at the Held Enrichment School for Academics and Arts went on display Wednesday at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History. The "friendship quilt" is part of a six-week exhibition that showcases 14 quilts chosen during the museum's annual "Class Quilts, LA" competition. The 3-by-5-foot quilt was created by 23 students from 8 to 11 years old.
July 11, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
So how do you make an American Quilt? The pursuit of the finer points of quilting has brought nearly 400 enthusiasts from throughout the United States to the Concordia University campus in the hills of south Irvine. They have come to Camp Watch-A-Patcher, a summer camp for quilters held every two years by the 15-year-old Orange County Quilters Guild. "I was a biology major, and then I discovered quilting," Santa Ana quilter Christine Gill said. "I had never sewn a stitch before in my life.
Almost every week, another 19-by-19-inch square is added to a quilt representing those killed in Orange County, many of whom were teen-agers. A panel for Carl Dan Claes, the 14-year-old who was found slain in Lemon Heights, will be the 24th. The quilt was begun in January by Los Amigos of Orange County, a coalition of residents, activists and business people who this week shared it with Claes' family at a memorial service at his home.
November 28, 1992 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
Ed Miller locked himself away for five days recently to put together a quilt panel for a friend who had died of AIDS. During that time he fluctuated between being angry and sad while remembering the good times they had shared. Making the quilt was a cathartic experience, said Miller, 31, of Stanton. It also gave him the chance to create a memorial for his friend. "I wanted everyone to know that he was here and made contributions," Miller said.
March 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
A portion of the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt will be on display from April 6 through April 8 in the University Student Union at Cal State Northridge. To prepare for the show, CSUN is hosting free workshops in which people can learn to make panels for the quilt. Each panel represents a person who has died of AIDS. The panels that are made at the workshops will be added to the AIDS quilt.
October 12, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mourners of AIDS fatalities carpeted the National Mall with an enormous memorial quilt, each of its 38,000 panels dedicated to one of the more than 300,000 Americans who have died of the disease. The quilt, laid out on 21 miles of black matting to create a giant grid of walkways allowing visitors to inspect each panel, stretched a mile from the Washington Monument to the Capitol.
July 19, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Sitting atop a low table draped in a geometric quilt, Pakistani textile artist Naina intently stitches a red-and-blue block. For the next hour, she works nonstop, finishing the intricately detailed appliqued square as a fascinated audience looks on.  The artist, who is in residency at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena through Sunday, uses no patterns, photos or drawings. "It's in her head," said her husband, Surendar Valasai, who serves as her interpreter and is chief executive of the Lila Handicrafts collective she represents.
March 7, 2013 | By Jessica Ritz
The seductive new Century City restaurant Hinoki & the Bird , reviewed by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold last week, conveys a dark intensity. But take a closer look at some of the interior details and you'll find a degree of playfulness. Milo Garcia of MAI Studio in Los Angeles wanted the restaurant, the newest concept from chef-owner David Myers, to have a touch of glamour but also a sense of humor - a combination that plays out in two particular areas: bathroom subway tiles that cleverly double as mirrors and striking block-patterned denim banquettes.
September 26, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Haptic Lab, the design studio known for creating intricately detailed "soft maps" -- quilted renderings of cities and neighborhoods -- has released a do-it-yourself quilt kit so that you can create the look yourself. The $38 DIY kit includes a single-use template so experienced sewers can create their own 36-by-42-inch map of the United States. The kit also includes sewing instructions and a material list to bring to your local quilt shop or fabric store. Fabric, batting and thread are not included.  Haptic Lab's finished keepsakes normally range from $145 for a baby quilt to $450 for a larger size that the company says fits full to king-size beds; custom pieces are priced as high as $1,200.
August 14, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
I make books. That's what I do. I made my first book about 17 years ago, a feat I consider a miracle. On a whim I took a class on making cased-in books with hard spines, and when I looked at the finished product I was astounded, as if I'd made a car with my bare hands. I say that not to brag, since I completely credit the teacher with my success. But the fact that I could actually construct a book that had covers and pages and could be written in was thrilling. That feeling has never left me in almost two decades, and it's what compels me to make and design books as well as write books on bookbinding.
March 10, 2011
EVENTS The 31st biannual Pomona Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival returns to the Pomona Fairplex. Over the course of three days, novices and experts alike will find plenty to outfit their projects from more than 60 sewing, quilting, needle-art and crafts exhibitor booths (offering wares by local and national companies), exhibitor seminars and an array of "Make and Take" workshops, among them, no-sew quilted wall hangings, easy stained glass and beading projects for all skill levels.
October 17, 2010 | By Kelly Merritt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When the Blue Ridge Parkway beckons me, I answer, especially in autumn, when I long for its twists and turns, its waterfalls, natural gardens, forests and upland meadows that dot its nearly 500 miles in Virginia and North Carolina. Little has changed here in the 75 years since the parkway construction began, permanently linking Virginia's Shenandoah National Park in the north and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south. It took 52 years and hundreds of workers to complete this public works project, which helped Appalachia climb out of the Great Depression.
April 3, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
A feeling of sadness overcame Cal State Northridge student Lien Huynh as she viewed a 12-by-12-foot portion of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt through a glass display case in the lobby of Sierra Hall on campus. "That one with the picture is very depressing," said Huynh, 21, a senior sociology major, as she pointed to a section of the quilt with a photo of an AIDS victim who died at the age of 32.
January 18, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Oakland woman's quilts scheduled to be displayed at an event for President-elect Bill Clinton's inauguration were stolen just hours before the woman was to leave for Washington. Police said Arbie Williams and her daughter, Juanita Parker, were loading their car when the quilts were taken.
July 18, 2010 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
For almost 80 years the pretty quilt, hand-stitched from scraps of old farm clothes and backed with fabric from flour sacks bought at a local mill, had been forgotten at the bottom of a family trunk. Then one day two summers ago, an elderly couple walked into a local museum, shyly offering up the surprisingly well-preserved quilt for sale. The 90-year-old man, who had lived his whole life on the flat plains an hour north of Denver, was divvying up family heirlooms when he found the mysterious quilt.
May 16, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
    In the 1970s, artists such as Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago reclaimed crafts such as sewing, weaving and quilting and used them to create new and often politicized work. At the time, it was a radical gesture; today, these techniques have been absorbed into the artist's toolbox, as we see in "Stitches," a group show at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena through June 6.      "I've always had a fascination with process and material-based work," says  curator Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne.
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