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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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What is it about castles, princesses, unicorns and dragons? We just can't get enough of them.... in movies, books, fairytales...and fabric! The image above is a photo I took last year while visiting Glamis Castle in Scotland, where the Queen Mother grew up. I've included a collage of fantasy fabrics... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Luana Rubin
If you haven't had time to check out our videos from Houston, be sure to have a look this week! We now have 6 videos from the quilt festival and IQA exhibits, and the latest one features Portrait and Figurative art quilts... one of MY favorite categories! Friday was Double... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Luana Rubin
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Let the Good Times Roll! This eye-popping eQuilter Free Pattern features the gorgeous Fabracadabra collection by quilt artist Paula Nadelstern. Paula's bold Mardi Gras color story takes you to the street party in New Orleans, and you'll be hearing Samba rhythms as you sew together this kaleidoscope of jazzy hues.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Luana Rubin
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Holiday shopping sure has changed! I can go through almost my entire list, sitting in my jammies and slippers with the kitty on my lap and a cup of tea next to the keyboard. This leaves more time for baking cookies and sewing last minute holiday projects. Who wants to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Luana Rubin
I have just returned from 3 days in Aurora Illinois, at the BERNINA Ambassadors Reunion. First of all let me just say again that I am so honored and appreciative to be a part of this group. It brings together such a stellar gathering of talent in our industry, giving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Festive Red Poppies twirl on a dramatic Midnight Black background, in this week's eQuilter Free Pattern. This clever quilt design with 3 poppy prints by Chong-A Hwang, combines 6" (Large) and 11" (Huge!) floral prints, and a large scale Poppy Garland Stripe for the borders. Best of all, this is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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from the Dec 3 eQuilter newsletter: Tonight I am writing from Aurora Illinois, near Chicago. I am attending the Bernina Ambassador Reunion, networking with Bernina national teachers, authors and designers, having fun learning and playing on Bernina top-of-the-line machines. Lucky me! Since I am out of town, Sophie and Paul... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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EXCITING BIG NEWS! - We just received the SAQA fundraiser collection "Urban Textures" from Andover - based on the fabulous work of 6 artists, and curated by Luana Rubin. The other big news is that we are bringing in Aurifil Threads, due to popular demand. See the first batch of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Welcome to the colorful world of Laurel Burch, in this week's exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern! If you love horses, you'll be mesmerized by the colors and rich gold metallic of this "Embracing Horses" collection. Note that there are 3 color stories for this collection - Multicolor (as shown), Teal, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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from the Nov 26 eQuilter newsletter: This gorgeous quilt "Renaissance" by Zena Thorpe richly illustrates the celebration of abundance and gratitude that we feel at Thanksgiving time. Quilters seem to have a special sense of appreciation... they share their abundance with others throughout the year, in the form of quilts,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
from the Nov 22 eQuilter newsletter: Every year I am shocked when the holidays are upon us. How is it possible that we've arrived at Thanksgiving Week again? It is a constant reminder that the years slip by faster and faster, and the most important thing is to make the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This Exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern features a cool jeweltone palette with rich gold metallic, from the opulent 'Dynasty' collection by designer Chong-a Hwang. The ornate detail shown above is a small part of this exquisite quilt pattern: The pattern requires 31 sheets of foundation paper, and Carol Doak's Foundation Paper... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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from Nov 19 eQuilter newsletter: This weekend while at the Color Marketing Group's international conference in Orlando, I was enjoying the colorful Cuban, Mexican, and other Latino influences... the colors, the food and the music! If you like to watch trends, you may have noticed how South-of-the-Border culture has been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
From Nov 15 eQuilter Newsletter: This weekend I am writing to you from the Color Marketing Group's international conference in Orlando. After leaving the zero degree weather in Boulder, my first flight was canceled, then I flew to Washington DC, then went standby from DC to Orlando and arrived at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This stylish quilt design has Red Poppies, Asters and Bluebells on a Black and White geometric and striped background design... from the 'Poppy Panache' collection designed by Ann Laner for Benartex. It reminds us of Audrey Hepburn's fantastic hat and dress in the Ascot scene of My Fair Lady! Cecil... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This time of year in the US, most of us are making plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. For many of us, this holiday has transformed from a story about Pilgrims and Native Americans, to a day of Gratitude. Often we make plans to travel to gather with family and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Luana Rubin
As promised, I am following up with the second part of our Quilt Market Preview - to let you know more of our favorite collections at Quilt Market - which you will see arriving here in the next several months. (Quilt Market Preview - Part 1 - was in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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If you have kids or grandkids, you probably know that the movie "Frozen" is the biggest thing since Mickey Mouse, and Frozen licensed gifts are at the top of most little girls' holiday Wish List. This week's exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern is cleverly designed around this stunning panel showing the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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When I was a girl, I was a horse doodler. I would draw horses all day long.... in class, at home... was totally horse crazy. For my 12th Christmas I got an oil painting set and my first painting was of a ghostly white horse galloping across a cobalt-blue night... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Luana Rubin
from the 11/1 newsletter: Quilt Market Review * I am mulling over all the fabric and color trends that we saw at Quilt Market, and all the fabulous quilts on exhibit at Quilt Festival. It was great to meet so many of our customers for the first time, on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern gives you a peek through a garden gate, to a sunny bed of poppies, calla lilies and golden dahlias! Luscious florals and abstract watercolor coordinates are from the 'Pandora' collection by Chong-A Hwang. You may order the pattern as configured, (click through here to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week I am writing to you from the Quilt Festival in Houston, celebrating 40 years with their "Ruby Jubilee". When you enter the quilt exhibit area, you will see the winner of the eQuilter-sponsored "World of Beauty" award, plus the other top prize-winning quilts. Be sure to look for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin
from Oct 25 eQuilter newsletter: I am writing to you after our first day at Quilt Market in Houston! This is the wholesale show where we go to order the fabrics that will arrive in our warehouse over the next several months. We're so excited about the things we've seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Garden parties, iced tea, crisp linens, and a patio overflowing with purple and blue hydrangeas. This week's eQuilter Exclusive Free Pattern will take you there! This charming quilt design features the exquisite floral artwork of Chong-A Hwang, coordinated with the saturated hues of hand-dyes from Bali. You may order the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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from Oct 22 eQuilter newsletter: I'm back from my Arctic adventure with my fellow quilter travelers. We had some amazing encounters with lots of polar bears, plus we saw ptarmigan, arctic fox, arctic hare, snowy owls and bald eagles. AND... to top it all off...I saw the Northern Lights for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin