I met Roberta when I joined the Berkeley Garden Club. Some of her flower photographs were on display and I thought she was quite talented. Recently in a conversation she mentioned that she had taught quilt making in Japan and mentioned her Boro quilts. Boro is the Japanese way of patching clothing, and if you have seen some of my purses in previous blogs you can probably tell I’m mad for Boro. I was excited to find someone who knew and appreciated Boro as I did and knew I had to feature her quilts in a blog.
ROBERTA HORTON’S WORDS
I was trained as a teacher and taught home economics for 5 years in junior high and then high school. When I retired in 1970 I discovered quilt making and soon was teaching to adults, who were volunteers rather than draftees. I taught privately which evolved into adult education, which morphed into travel teaching in 49 states and 14 countries. After amassing my Million Miler status with United Airlines I retired.
I collected fabric and ideas from those travels, as well as designed plaids and striped fabrics that were hand woven in India. I wrote 6 quilt books sharing what I had learned. My quilts are both from traditional patterns as well as composed free form. The amount and style of the fabric dictate where I place the pieces. My quilts are of no particular size but are as big as they need to be, meaning I have said enough or run out of fabric. The fabric dictates where I go and I love to listen to it.
I have started using photography in my quilts. The interest started with my ancestors pictures and has evolved into small quilts for friends featuring childhood pictures.
For 11 years I designed quilts for Kaffe Fassett’s books using his fabrics. It was fun to see the quilts which were beautifully photographed in exotic locales.
ROBERTA HORTON’S QUILTS
ROBERTA WITH JAPANESE RAG BORO QUILT
HUNGARIAN STEPPING STONES
DETAIL OF FUMIKO
ROBERTA AND JANIE
DETAIL OF McLEOD HOUSE
CALICO CAT CAFE
GREAT GREAT GRANS QUILT
DETAIL OF CORROBOREE
OUR GARDEN ART SALE IS COMING JUNE 2ND AND 3RD
GOOSE COTTAGE IN ALAMEDA, 1610 MINTURN STREET, 10:00-4:00
MOSAIC GAZING BALLS, BIRDHOUSES, POTS, PICTURES AND MORE
RON DENNIS’S NEW WORK
RON’S SMALL TABLES
SUZANNE DURAN’S NEW WORK
WANDA FUDGE’S NEW PIECES
A SAMPLE OF OUR MANY NEW PIECES TO DECORATE YOUR GARDEN.
JUNE 2ND AND 3RD….10:00 to 4:00