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Issue 11: Southern California


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Grab your sunglasses. Grab some avocados. Grab that Map of the Stars and hop into the nearest convertible because we’re going to Southern California!

In Issue 11: Southern California, the latest installment of Quiltfolk’s grand tour of quilted America, you’re going to meet remarkable people who live, work, and sew in sunny “SoCal,” the land of orange groves, naval bases, and year-round sunshine. (Southern Californians are so nice, it’s actually hard to be jealous about that last thing.)

California is just too big to tackle in a single issue of Quiltfolk — we’d have to make difficult choices about which stories to exclude. So, for Issue 11, we zeroed in on the beauty of the state’s southern half. We are proud to bring you the stories we found there the way no other magazine can.

See you on the beach!

Previews from Issue 11

Eleanor Burns Says, “On with the Show!”

Beloved by millions of quilters for more than 40 years, the singular sensation that is Eleanor Burns educates and inspires with her joyful antics behind and in front of the camera. This longtime San Diego resident showed us around the bustling Quilt in a Day headquarters and shared her time and her stories with us — and soon with you, too.

Latifah Saafir — Thoroughly Modern

Beloved by modern quilters around the world, Latifah Saafir makes quilts that pop. She also has the distinction of being one of the cofounders of the Modern Quilt Guild. In her rise from a quilter to an industry influencer, Saafir has shown herself to be forward-thinking, boundary-pushing, and always LA-cool.

Meet The Hoffmans — A Fabric Family

Many quilters know about Hoffman California Fabrics, but few know the story behind the company. The Hoffmans have been running their family textiles business for four generations and introduced batiks to America. They are proud of their Southern California ethos: work hard, then surf.

Sandra Johnson

You know you’re doing something right when every member of the Quiltfolk crew wants to listen to your stories and spend the day in your studio. Quiltmaker and exceptional garment maker Sandra Johnson of Anaheim works with fabric, but poetry, personal convictions, and a lot of love are just as much a part of her finished products.

Jean Ray Laury — A Quilter With a Legacy

The late Jean Ray Laury made quilts like no other. This exceptional artist lived in Fresno for much of her life; she raised her family there, wrote books there, and made legendary work there that helped spark the studio art quilt movement. Laury is the first subject featured in Quiltfolk’s new Legacy series, where we bring you the stories of remarkable quilters who hold a place of honor in our memory.

Sabrina Gschwandtner’s Film Quilts

In the shadow of the Hollywood sign, a quilter of a different kind is at work in her studio. Sabrina Gschwandtner’s Film Quilts are made of actual film, not fabric. The similarities between film strips and fabric strips will delight you — and the work of this LA artist will blow you away.

A Veteran’s Day — A Quilts of Valor Story

More veterans make their home in California than in any other state. When we learned this, we decided to seek out a Quilts of Valor story for Issue 11. Retired US Army Specialist Danny Crosser’s story is a special one — and it’s an honor to share his Quilts of Valor experience with you.

Hoover High School — The Language of Quilts

It’s hard to know a person’s story just by looking at them — and it can be especially hard to get to know a teenager. But in a San Diego classroom, immigrant teenagers are using the power of quilts to depict their transition to life in the US.

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