New England Quilt Museum, February – April 2017

May 25, 2017

We are not very reliable bloggers, please forgive us! During the period the Water is Life exhibit was on display at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, we focused on future programming and getting as many visitors as possible to the museum to view the quilts. The exhibit was on display February 15 – April […]

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Artists’ Reception at the New England Quilt Museum, March 4

March 3, 2017

If you are in New England, we hope you can make it to the artists’ reception for “Water is Life: The Impact of Clean Water on the Lives of Women and Girls.” The reception will be on Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 am at the museum which is located at 18 Shattuck St in Lowell, […]

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Hollis Chatelain – Artist and Activist

November 25, 2016

Luana Rubin interviewed artist Hollis Chatelain at the Houston International Quilt Festival about her work, about water issues, and about using her voice through her art to raise awareness and bring about change.

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Water is Life Video from Italy Exhibition

November 22, 2016
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Luana Rubin to Give Exhibit Tour in Houston

October 31, 2016

If you are planning on attending the Houston International Quilt Festival this week, be sure to stop by the Water is Life Exhibit. Our wonderful sponsor, Luana Rubin, of, (who also has a piece in the exhibit), will be giving walking tours of the exhibit on Thursday, Nov 3 at 1:00 and 6:00. The […]

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Source of Life – Hollis Chatelain

September 27, 2016

Source of Life Hollis Chatelain – Hillsboro, North Carolina   Artist’s Statement Water is The Source of Life. We sing and dance to it, pray for it and dream and write about it. Water quenches our thirst, grows our food, washes us and gives us a means for play and relaxation. As our world becomes […]

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She Brings them Water – Dawn Piasta

July 25, 2016

She Brings them Water  Dawn Piasta – Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada Artist’s Statement: Living on a farm I truly understand the value of water.  Although modern conveniences are at hand, my family and I still rely on water from a well 1/4 mile from home. The safety of the water is our responsibility. The well maintenance […]

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Ancestral Rice Growing – Cathey LaBonte

June 17, 2016

Ancestral Rice Growing Cathey A. LaBonte – Moosup, Connecticut   Artist’s Statement My intent in this quilt is to visually communicate the importance of clean, fresh water for growing rice, a staple in the diet of many people around the world. My piece is inspired by “Ancestral Rice Growing” and influenced by my Pacific Islander heritage […]

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Our Journey – Pauline Barrett

June 15, 2016

Our Journey Pauline Barrett – Killeen, Texas   Artist’s Statement In our society today, the triviality of everyday life often obscures what is of greater importance. It is so hard to believe that something can be taken for granted and wasted by so many and yet be such an invaluable lifesaving resource that is so […]

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A Tree of Life – Lin Schiffner

June 5, 2016

A Tree of Life Lin Schiffner – Nevada City, California   Artist’s Statement: Awareness that clean water is essential to life and critical to the existence is spreading across the world. The threat of global warming further threatens world populations as droughts reduce reserves making clean water increasingly scarce. Endangering the existence and quality of […]

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Barbara Eisenstein – Life Needs Water, Clean Water = Healthy Life

June 3, 2016

“Life Needs Water, Clean Water = Healthy Life” Barbara Eisenstein – Bethesda, Maryland   Artist’s Statement: Life needs water. Healthy life needs clean water.  Six hundred sixty-three million people on Earth do not have access to clean water–for drinking, food preparation, bathing, washing–and the consequences are disastrous: Every 90 seconds a child dies from the […]

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Cool, Clean Water – Elinore Sigler

May 30, 2016

Cool, Clean Water Elinore Sigler – Paris, France   Artist’s Statement There seem to be two schools of thought for quilters where designing a quilt is concerned: those who carefully draw and design and then make what they have put down in their notebooks, and those who start with a general idea and improvise. I’ve […]

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Water Line – Phyllis Stephens

May 18, 2016

Water Line Phyllis Stephens – Fayetteville, Georgia   Artist’s Statement: I am a dreamer; I dream of the day where every human being has access to clean water. I depict children waiting in line for unclean water when what is needed is a water line that pumps in clean water. As I think about the […]

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Seeking Water – Jeanne McAfoos

May 16, 2016

  Seeking Water Jeanne McAfoos – Rome, Italy   Artist’s Statement: In using the traditional pattern called Storm at Sea, I selected various colors to represent the search and hardships of finding clean water by the women and children of the world. The color burgundy represents the dangers involved in finding drinkable water. The orange […]

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7 Months Ago – Allyson Allen

May 13, 2016

7 Months Ago Allyson Allen – Sun City, California   Artist’s Statement: Everyday this young girl makes the perilous trek from her village to the river to collect the water her family desperately needs for drinking and cooking. One fateful day, her routine turn dangerous. Two strangers raped her. She still had to continue on […]

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When the Tap is Finally Turned On – Anita LaHay

May 12, 2016

When the Tap is Finally Turned On Anita LaHay – Alberta, Canada   Artist’s Statement: “Water is a precious commodity.” That is what my mother always used to say to us when we were kids in the 70’s and 80’s. This statement is true now more than ever. I have never had to haul water […]

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The Well Map – Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix

May 10, 2016

The Well Map Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix – Geneva, Switzerland                                                                                           […]

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Solar Sister Exhibit at Narragansett Bay Quilters Association Show

April 25, 2016

            The Solar Sister Exhibit was on display at the Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association (NBQA) bi-annual quilt show in Kingston, Rhode Island April 23-24.  The quilts were seen by over 1000 visitors and elicited praise for their artistry, content and commitment to women’s empowerment. Solar Sister Exhibit quilters Lorraine Landroche, […]

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A Clear Necessity – Ann L. Scott

April 18, 2016

  A Clear Necessity  Ann L. Scott – San Diego, California The lone seed in A Clear Necessity is a reminder that without water there is no sustenance. Every time I turn on a faucet, water a plant or clean out a paintbrush, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to live here in California, […]

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Six Per Cent – Laura Cooke, Barrington, Rhode Island

April 14, 2016

  Title of Quilt: Six Per Cent (dimensions: 19″ width x 25″ length)   Artist’s Statement: The African continent is a patchwork – of cultures, of languages, of ecosystems – and bringing clean water to this continent may be a challenge. But the consequences of success will be powerful, especially in terms of changing the […]

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