Why is it that Jews seem to have very little history with quilting? Jenna Weissman Joselit says it may have something to do with how common geese were in the Old Country.
Heather Stoltz discovered quilting and fiber art in an unconventional way. Then again, approaching things unconventionally isn’t anything new for her. With a degree in mechanical engineering in hand, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Jewish Women’s Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Quilting, Israeli style A collection of kibbutz-inspired quilts made in Israel is to be displayed in August at Europe’s premier quilting show. With just 350 members, the Israel Quilters Association (www.israeli-quilt.com) has put Israel on the quilting map since 1982, taking an Old World craft and imbuing it with a uniquely local narrative. Now, a collection of Israeli-made quilts celebrating 100 years of the kibbutz movement is heading to Europe’s largest quilting exhibition in August — the Great Britain Festival of Quilts (www.twistedthread.com). The pieces are made of top-quality, imported cotton. “Every fabric tells a story, every fabric has its association, whether it’s lace or velvet or denim,” says veteran quilter Linda Bar-On.