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Luana Rubin
Boulder, Colorado
Owner of eQuilter.com, Designer & Color Expert
Interests: Painting, photography, writing, international travel, my fragrant flower garden, learning new languages, supporting international charities that help children, environmental issues.
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Do you dream of traveling to Italy? Whether you hold sweet memories of Bella Italia, or you dream of a trip to Italy in the future, this Exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern is the stuff of Italian Dreams! Fabrics featured include landmarks from Italy (Rome, Florence, and Pisa), plus Chianti and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Luana Rubin
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It seems like the more we delve into possibilities and expressions of the Digital Age, the more we begin to treasure and collect more tangible objects from a previous age... the Paper Age. I started collecting antique books over 30 years ago, because I loved their gold-stamped graceful covers, their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Luana Rubin
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As a lifelong trend watcher, I get a kick out of watching the seeds of trends that are planted, and sometimes grow beyond our expectations. The movie Frozen is one of those that became a mega-trend, as evidenced by the fact that we can't keep Frozen fabrics in stock! I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Luana Rubin
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Dia de los Muertos is a colorful celebration that comes to us from Mexico. Dancing skeletons, sugar skulls, and flowers are all a part of The Day of the Dead, which honors friends and loved ones who are deceased. Now it is celebrated in the Southwest US as an extension... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Luana Rubin
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This week's inspiration comes from an antique hand-hooked rug that I photographed in Jaipur last September, during my tour of India. Although paisleys are associated with India, and have developed into an infinite range of mutations throughout the world, there are plenty of other motifs which started in India and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This last week several people I know in the quilting world have lost loved ones, and with the loss of Robin Williams (whose Mork and Mindy show was set in Boulder), I've been thinking about how precious and unpredictable this life can be. This is why many of us make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Legendary Trains traveling across a magical snowy landscape, are the stuff of Winter Solstice Dreams. Enter this Arctic fantasy, and you can almost feel the icy wind on your cheeks, and hear the haunting whistle of the steam engine. This week's Exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern combines crisp large-scale Snowflake Batik... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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What's your secret for getting those Creative Juices flowing? How do you kick your Inspiration into high gear? Some do it by playing their favorite music. Some by going for a run or walk to clear their head. How about a little of both - *DANCE*! The music that irresistibly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Are you getting all 3 of our weekly newsletters? If not, I want to bring to your attention our Midweek Creative Nudge, and our Friday Free Pattern Newsletter. The popularity of these 2 newsletters is growing like crazy, so check it out and see what all the fuss is about.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Late summer brings the sunny yellows of Black-Eyed Susans, set against the deep blue of twilight skies, and migrating bluebirds. This week's eQuilter Exclusive Free Pattern features a lush panel with intense summer jeweltones and gold metallic. You'll be dazzled by the stunning artwork from artist Chong-A Hwang, a licensed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Reposted from 8/3 eQuilter newsletter: So I have come back from South Africa, and checked off "Africa" on my Bucket List. I've been trying to figure out how to put the experience into words, and in the process found this page of quotes. The one that really jumped out at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Summertime is a time of joyful celebration in the flower garden, and over the centuries we have continued the celebration by remembering the colors of the garden in our textile arts. My inspiration tonight comes from Crathes Castle in Scotland, where I visited a year ago. It is about 15... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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reposted from 8/1 eQuilter newsletter: This stunning winter quilt uses scenic batiks and snowflake panels, to create this bold visual effect. Bordered by a scenic batik with deer in a snowy forest, this quilt evokes deep winter nights and the hush after a snowstorm. Cranberry Red, Midnight Navy and Crystal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Reposted from 7/30: I am writing to you from the Cape Town Airport, as I wait to board the 1st of my 4 flights home. As I reflect on the meaning of these 9 days in South Africa, it strikes me how poverty is in some ways the same throughout... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin
We have a new video up - on Indigo Ikats! http://youtu.be/oTyC-vhtxbo Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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I am writing to you tonight from Cape Town in South Africa. It is winter here, but a relatively mild coastal winter season... it was a partly cloudy/rainy 57 degrees fahrenheit here today. It is a week since I left Colorado. I spent 2 days getting to S. Africa, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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The tales of old come alive in this lively tableau of Knights, Wizards and Dragons. Fans of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter will love the detail in this Magical-themed quilt design .... another eQuilter Exclusive Free Pattern! You may order the pattern as configured, (click through... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Greetings from South Africa! We hit the ground running Monday - landing in Johannesburg in the morning and visiting an Arts and Crafts collective at Nelson Mandela Square later in the day. Tuesday we spent the day at Lesedi Cultural Village, learning about 5 different South African Ethnic Groups (previously... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Caryl Bryer Fallert is one of the Founding Godmothers of the Art Quilt movement, and her work with Color and Design has been a benchmark for creative quilters over the decades. Here is a gorgeous chromatic Log Cabin design, using a rainbow of colors from her latest Feather blender collection.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Welcome to the Quilting Arts TV Blog Hop! I am excited to help kick off this weeklong blog hop with the other guests for Series 1400. Just in time too - because tonight I'll be flying to Frankfurt and then Johannesburg - on Carolyn Mazloomi's tour group to the International... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This one is for all of you who share photos of cats on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. We love sharing images of our own beloved cats, and we love clicking through pictures of cute, silly, grumpy, sleepy, playful kitties. A couple weeks ago we brought home an adult female cat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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I know many of you are anxious to know that Dana's heart surgery went very well this week, and we are told she had the best outcome possible. Thank you for your prayers, and we wish her a speedy recovery during her 6 week medical leave. We are still collecting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Summertime is often a time for outdoor music festivals, a musician playing on a street corner, and music wafting through an open window at night. One of my great inspirations is music, and all of our children have become musicians and music lovers. We often are going out to hear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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July 19 I am departing for South Africa with Carolyn Mazloomi's tour group. I still have room in my large 2nd suitcase for donated lap quilts for the kids in need there, if you'd like to participate. See last week's newsletter for details, or contact eQuilter customer service. The next... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Castles, Fairies and Unicorns... Oh My! This dreamy fantasy land will appeal to all ages of magical thinkers, set in celestial sashing with vintage map coordinates. Should the question of matching pillows and curtains come up, we have lots of these novelty prints, or you can add wizards and dragons... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Luana Rubin