Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Is There Something Hidden In Our Ancestry?

Good Day,

My 4-times Great-Grandfather Philip Abrahams, was also Feivel Goldsticker, (Goldsticker being Hebrew for Embroiderer). His son, Victor Abraham, my 3-times Great-Grandfather was appointed Embroiderer to Queen Victoria.


You can see my Smith Abraham Ancestry chart at this link to A Genealogy Hunt.

I did these 2 pieces of needlepoint quite a number of years ago.



Andy's 2-times Great-Grandfather Jacob (aka Jacques) Brunhammer was a Textile Designer in Alsace, France. And Andy has a degree in Textile Engineering.

You can see Andy's Brunhammer Ancestry chart at this link to A Genealogy Hunt.

Looks like there may be something passed along by ways and means of familial connections.

Thanks Bernard.

Follow our progress at Quilts SB, at both our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/ and our Quilts SB Website - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/.

Andy and I hope you consider our presentation and posting of our work and details of our journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Our Cranes Quilts Update - The Hope Project

Good day,

We've done it. Andy and I have finally completed what we said we were going to do 15 months ago, sometime about October 2017. We've completed The Hope Project, our fabric compendium of 1,386 Origami Cranes.


The Hope Project will premiere at the UUC Octagon Art Center in Clearwater, Florida the weekend of January 12 and 13. The address of the UUC Octagon Art Center is 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. An Artists' Reception will be held on Saturday, January 12 from 1 to 5 pm.

Thanks to Madhu Mathur of India, and Marijke van Welzen of The Netherlands, for designing and constructing two additional pieces to join our 48 other Cranes quilts. Madhu's piece "The Broken Wing" is a beautiful hand sewn quilt using silk fabric. Marijke's amazing coat "Coat of Cranes" include 40 Crane blocks which Andy and I created and sent to her.

An accounting of all 1,386 Crane blocks that Andy and I created, in varying sizes of 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-inches, realize that there are 23,562 pieces of fabric in 49 Quilts plus 1 Quilted Coat the create all the blocks.

Nine (9) Crane Quilts and the quilted Cranes Coat are free-hanging and standing unique quilts. Thank you to Cathleene Tokish of Sweet Darling Quilt Shop in Lutz for lending us the Mannequin.

40 of the Crane Quilts that Andy and I designed and created are included in our Cranes Spectrum. Each of the 40 quilts are composed of a unique batik color and shade representing the 3 primary and 3 secondary colors. Each of the 40 is unique, and each is composed of 3-; 4-; 5-; or 6-inch Crane blocks.

Our thanks to Ricky Rodriquez, filmmaker, who has been working with us to create a short video documentary of The Hope Project.

For any information and/or details please feel free to contact Andy or Jim at jsmith58@gmail.com or (813) 962-2943.

Here's hoping that you get a chance to see visit The Hope Project.

Check out our initial notes regarding The Hope Project at http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2018/04/origami-cranes-our-obsession.html.

Jim and Andy
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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Our Cranes Quilts Update

Good Day,

Labels have been created for all Cranes Quilts. Next on the agenda - sleeves, Spectrum shade orientation, hangers, and write-ups.


Here's hoping my PC will hold up, between crashes of my graphic card.

Our tally of Cranes Quilts that will be included in our Hope Project - 50 quilts and 1 coat

40 Quilts in the Cranes Spectrum - Jim and Andy

9 Cranes Quilts - Jim and Andy

1 Hand Sewn Cranes Quilt - Madhu Mathur

1 Crane Coat - Marijke van Welzen, Jim and Andy

We're counting the number of Cranes. Looks like we're closing in on about 1,300.

Mark your calendars for January 12 at the Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater.


And there is a ton more things to get done before January 10.

Read our initial notes at Quilts SB - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2018/04/origami-cranes-our-obsession.html

Follow our updates, progress and history at our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/

Our Hope - Cranes Quilts - Project will premiere in January in Clearwater. Stay-tuned for updates.

Andy and I have booked 4 Shows of our Quilts for the first part of 2019.

Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater Jan-Feb = Hope (Cranes Quilts) Project https://www.artstampabay.com/organization/octagon-arts-center/

Charles J. Fendig Library, Tampa Feb-Mar = JSAB Art Pieces (tbd) https://www.hcplc.org/locations/charles-j-fendig

Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa Mar-Apr = Hope (Cranes Quilts) Project  http://www.carrollwoodcenter.org/the-crane-project/

Mirella Cimato Gallery, St. Petersburg May-Jun = JSAB Art Pieces (tbd)
http://stpeteopera.org/art-in-the-mirella-cimato-gallery/

Andy and I hope you consider our presentation and posting of our work and details of our Hope -Cranes Quilts - Project journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Our Hope - Cranes Quilts - Project Update

Good Day,

We're getting a wee bit antsy. It is Our Hope - Cranes Quilt - Project.


Andy and I started with our initial idea about 1 year ago. We have completed more than 50 Cranes Quilts including the Cranes Spectrum.

Set up for the initial showing of is set for January 10. Our Hope Project will begin its showing at the Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater on Saturday, January 12. (More details will follow)

We've decided to change our tactics in creating and constructing our final quilt - The Mon-ster Crane. (That's just a name we're using for now.)

Instead of fabric and strip piecing we're now using appliqué. Not sure if that technique will work., but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

We are only using 2 fabrics choices to create our Monster Crane Quilt, the image and white, of course.


And there is a ton more things to get done before January 10.

Read our initial notes at Quilts SB - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2018/04/origami-cranes-our-obsession.html

Follow our updates, progress and history at our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/

Our Hope - Cranes Quilts - Project will premiere in January in Clearwater. Stay-tuned for updates.

Andy and I have booked 4 Shows of our Quilts for the first part of 2019.

Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater Jan-Feb = Hope (Cranes Quilts) Project https://www.artstampabay.com/organization/octagon-arts-center/

Charles J. Fendig Library, Tampa Feb-Mar = JSAB Art Pieces (tbd) https://www.hcplc.org/locations/charles-j-fendig

Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa Mar-Apr = Hope (Cranes Quilts) Project  http://www.carrollwoodcenter.org/the-crane-project/

Mirella Cimato Gallery, St. Petersburg May-Jun = JSAB Art Pieces (tbd)
http://stpeteopera.org/art-in-the-mirella-cimato-gallery/

Andy and I hope you consider our presentation and posting of our work and details of our Hope -Cranes Quilts - Project journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Q159 - The Silence of Sounds - A New Quilt

Good day,

Andy and I created and completed our 159th quilt –

The Silence of Sounds.

The Silence of Sounds
Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer
October 2017

We completed The Silence of Sounds this past October 2017.

We created The Silence of Sounds to be a part of a quilt challenge. The challenge was placed on hold, and we held back with presenting our completed effort. But today seems to be the best time as ever to present our effort, design, construction, and completed effort.

The quilt challenge was to create a representative Pink Triangle and to include a reflection of a song that may have meant something to our lives.

We created our The Silence of Sounds to reflect the essence of our thoughts of the song The Sounds of Silence.

As Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel released their classic tune “The Sounds of Silence” in 1964, I was just turning 13. It was a song that I played repeatedly through my teen years and early 20s.

The resounding notes and words silently screamed the wonder and confusion constantly wracking the depths of my psyche.

“And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking 
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence”.

Today there are many countries, worldwide, which go out of their way to silence the freedom of thought and voice. One recent and atrocious example is the forcible disappearance, abduction, imprisonment of more than 100 male residents of the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation.

"A pink triangle has been a symbol for various LGBT identities, initially intended as a badge of shame, but later reclaimed as a positive symbol of self-identity. In Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, it began as one of the Nazi concentration camp badges, distinguishing those imprisoned because they had been identified by authorities as homosexual men, a category that also included bisexual men and transgender women. In the 1970s, it was revived as a symbol of protest against homophobia, and has since been adopted by the larger LGBT community as a popular symbol of LGBT pride and the LGBT rights movement." (Reference Wikipedia).

Our The Silence of Sounds, in the shape of a triangle, includes silhouettes of Andy and myself. The dimensions of our quilt are 29” width and 25” length.





Follow our progress at Quilts SB, at both our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/ and our Quilts SB Website - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/.

Andy and I hope you consider our presentation and posting of our work and details of our The Silence of Sounds journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Q158 - Riverol - New Quilt

Good Day,

And while Andy and I are going Crane crazy, we have taken some breaths to design and complete a couple of other quilts.

Today I would like to introduce you to our 158th quilt "Riverol".


Riverol is our new quilt to celebrate the recent birth of a new little one.

The dimensions of our new quilt are 50" length and 45 1/2" wide. The fabrics are “Ooh La La” by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics.

Our Riverol is designed based on the "Strip and Flip" baby quilt, as presented on Cluckclucksew.com.

Here are some additional images -









Names and dates have been masked out for the purposes of privacy.

Follow our progress at Quilts SB, at both our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/ and our Quilts SB Website - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/.

Andy and I hope you enjoyed our presentation and posting of our work and details of our Riverol journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cranes In The Sky - 5 More Days

Good day,

As promised, here is the 2nd-half, 5 more days that Andy and I spent working, completing, and delivering our newest Cranes in the Sky quilt bedspread.

The 1st 5 days are summarized at our posting "A Break From Our Project - Sort Of".

Day 6 – Halleluiah, Part 4 has been completed. The top design is amazing.


We now move on to Part 5. Part 5 covers an area of 5,512 square inches and includes a 26” drop on the sides of the Twin-Size Cranes Quilt Bedspread.

Our design will include approximately 212 parallel lines.


Day 7 – Parallel lines, 1-inch apart, approximately 26” each, equals 212 lines of stitching.


We now realize the size of our Cranes Bedspread Quilt. The clean geometric design of 25 Cranes on the white Kona fabric is amazing.

Target for Day 8 is to complete and clean up all quilting. All-things-being-equal we should be able to attach the binding.

Day 8 – Guess what?

The quilting of our latest, the Cranes Quilt Bedspread has been completed.



Next steps, the binding, the creation of a label, and the once-over with a magnifying glass.

Andy and I have decided on the name of our new quilt bedspread, “Cranes in the Sky”.

Day 9 – You know the thrill you have when you can see the tape at the finish line? Well that’s how Andy and I are feeling right now.

All the quilting for our new Cranes in the Sky has been completed. The binding has been attached and hand sewn.


Next step is the label. and then the delivery.

Day 10 – Label completed and Attached.


Cranes in the Sky to be delivered today.

When Andy and I give our word, we really try to deliver.

Cranes in the Sky delivered on August 31, 2018.



Praise be that our Quilt fits the showcase bed. And overview of the plans for the Exhibition display is astounding.

Cranes in the Sky will be showcased at the Florida CraftArt “At Home with Craft” Exhibition, September 7 through October 27 in St. Petersburg, Florida.



Thanks for your support.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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