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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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I spent Tuesday in Winnipeg, and fortunately I took a local quilter's advice and went to the newly-opened Canadian Human Rights Museum. What an incredible experience! This is a world-class museum that educates and inspires not only through its exhibits, but also with its stunning architecture. The winning design was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Hello to my quilter friends in Winnipeg! Can't wait to see you at the reception Monday night! Some of my fellow Polar Bear Tour travelers will join me, so we can have a mingling and comparing of notes, between American and Canadian quilters. Sunday Oct 19 at 1 pm I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's Free eQuilter Exclusive Pattern is a timely narrative of artist Frida Kahlo, and the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) in the form of a beautiful Retablo Shrine wallhanging. These portable alters or shrines are for contemplation and worship while traveling, at work, or home. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Here in Colorado, we love our mountains, our blue skies and pine forests, and our abundant wildlife. Deer, elk, moose, bears and mountain lions are present in our National Park, and often on the fringes of our town Boulder. Yesterday I took my mom up in the mountains to see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Join us in a colorful desert garden, in this week's eQuilter Exclusive Free Pattern! Chong-A Hwang's fascinating collection of delectable succulents (plump flower-like cacti) is what you might find in a Southwest garden, or cactus terrarium. Drop these (or other Southwest fabric designs) into this distinctive pieced pattern, which reminds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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from the Oct 1 eQuilter newsletter: (last Tuesday) I am writing to you from the Rome Fiumicino Airport in Italy, before I board my plane to fly home Tuesday. I've taken lots of photos, and I will be sharing them with you once I get home and the dust settles.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Luana Rubin
From the 9/27 eQuilter newsletter: (last Saturday) In case you missed my newsletter earlier this week, I've been in Venice working on a design research project. It just also happened to be the week that George Clooney's wedding party arrived in Venice! A couple nights ago we were waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern invites you into an elegant setting, full of glittering opulence and floral beauty. Join us in the Drawing Room of a Victorian home, as we celebrate Christmas with golden ornaments, poinsettias and pine boughs, and gift box full of golden snowflake-stars. You may order... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Greetings from Venice. Yes, ~that~ Venice. *smile* I am here doing research for a design project. Today I spent hours at the Gallerie dell' Accademia, photographing textile details from Renaissance-era paintings by Venetian artists. It is very clear that the Venetian painters wanted to make the cut velvets and silk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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The opulence of Beau Monde has arrived! This 23-piece group was a favorite at Quilt Market. And you can download the 'Art Deco' Free Pattern to match. _______________________________________________ Today I am writing to you from New York, as I prepare to leave for the "Quilters Take Manhattan" conference at FIT.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern is a sizzling, fizzing, eye-popping combination of 4 Effervescence colors! Order as is, or choose from a total of 12 colors of this bubbling celebration of color! Please note the use of the selvedge border for a creative finish to this quilt design. Too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Some of our favorite holiday designs are the ones depicting pets or wildlife in the Christmas spirit. We love to share the holidays with our beloved pets, and it is so special to see wildlife in the snow on Christmas Day. Some of you even like to dress up your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's collectible favorite is full of graceful elegance and Asian sophistication, in Kona Bay's much-anticipated "Nobu Fujiyama Serene" collection. Four years ago, we lost one of the beloved founding mothers of the quilting industry - Bonnie Leman was the founder of Quilters Newsletter Magazine in 1969. I have a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern takes you to the Farmers Market at the height of the summer harvest. Fill your basket with rich juicy fruits, lovely vegetables, wrapped in sweet golden honeycombs. Use our fresh fruit and vegetable choices, or visit our Farmers Market category and choose your own!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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The hot bright colors from Latin America continue to filter into the color trends of the US, along with the Day of the Dead, indigenous Mayan textiles, and Mexican folk art florals. It is a whirling melange of colors, like the ruffled and tiered skirts of Mexican dancers. If you've... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This short holiday sure went by fast! Many of you probably have the same problem - I am juggling about 5 projects and deadlines - on top of the usual work and family happenings. You may remember this summer I was invited to meet Pres Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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This week's Exclusive FREE eQuilter pattern features the work of designer Chong-A Hwang, and is inspired by the stained glass windows of Tiffany. In this rich jeweltone quilt with opulent gold metallic details, we gaze out through a lattice window, to the flower garden beyond... a scenic slice of paradise!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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We've had some chilly evenings here in Boulder, and some leaves are already beginning to change. It seems that Fall may arrive early this year, and the changing of the seasons always makes me think of the opposite seasons that are changing now Down Under, and all across the Southern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Luana Rubin
This week we have a new video on how to mix batiks with large scale tropical floral prints. We hope it will give you some ideas about what to do with those gorgeous big flowers that are still folded up in your stash! I'd like to say, in honor of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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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 Aug 28, 2014 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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 23, 2014 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 Aug 22, 2014 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