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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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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
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from Oct 18 newsletter: Right now as this newsletter goes out, we are having our farewell dinner at the Fort Garry historic hotel in Winnipeg, at the end of our weeklong Polar Bear Tour. We had quilters come from all over the US, plus one husband and one local Winnipeg... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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Searching for a "FROZEN" quilt project, for your favorite Ice Princess' holiday gift? This week's eQuilter Exclusive Free Pattern is a creative mix of official licensed Frozen prints, a Hoffman Snowflake Batik, and Michael Miller glistening pearlized Fairy Frost. Our Frozen fabrics sell out quickly, so nab this project while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Luana Rubin
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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