Behold: your weekly wrap-up of quilt and textile news tidbits to help get your weekend sewing off to a great start has arrived!
Here’s a new stop for you to add to your next quilter’s road trip itinerary: a 50-foot-tall statue depicting a Lakota woman wrapping herself in a traditional star quilt has been installed in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Dignity, designed by Black Hills artist Dale Lamphere, is made of stainless steel and is visible from Interstate 90. Click the link to view a time-lapse video of the installation.
Judith Brodnicki of Omaha, Nebraska, recently traveled to Lincolnshire, England, with a quilt she made that will be used to raise funds to help preserve St. Margaret’s Church in the village of Thimbleby. Brodnicki initially learned about Thimbleby when she responded to an appeal sent via Twitter by an English costume designer who was looking for help creating authentic knitted costume pieces for a World War I-era movie being filmed in the village. After the film, Tell Them of Us, was complete, Brodnicki went the extra mile and made a large throw quilt incorporating fabric from her stash as well as some scraps from costumes made for the film. “It’s a symbol of the work we did together to honor and remember all of those sacrifices from The Great War, whether at home or on the battlefield,” she said.
Last month, Lois Lundgren of Sun City, Arizona, completed a crazy quilt she started making in 1972 in response to the Watergate scandal. On it, she included the names of the 14 men who were convicted to prison sentences for their part in the break-in as well as the names of senators who sat on the Watergate committee. The quilt has reportedly been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection.
Would I be telling you about this photo app if it weren’t called Finger Quilt? Probably not. But it looks fun if you enjoy capturing, manipulating and sharing images with your smartphone. Finger Quilt allows you to take individual images in a grid framework to create one large image, similar to a watercolor quilt or collage.
Ancient scraps of woven cotton excavated from a site in Peru have been identified as the oldest known pieces of indigo-dyed fabric in the world. Previously, the oldest known indigo-dyed fabric found in Egypt was thought to be 4,000 years old; the Peruvian textile is believed to be 6,000 years old. Although indigo-producing plants are found in many parts of the world, the technique of using the plant to produce a deep blue color is more complex than other more straightforward dyeing techniques. Archaeologists are intrigued by growing evidence of how indigo-dyeing was developed independently around the world.
On a somber note, on behalf of Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and all of the other quilting magazines at F+W, I’d like to extend condolences to our colleagues and friends at Timeless Treasures on the death of marketing manager Emily Cohen. I worked with Emily frequently via email and a few times in person at Quilt Market to stay up to date on the latest prints and Tonga Batiks from Timeless and always found her to be very helpful. We also extend our sincere condolences to her loved ones.
Inside we have three full quilt patterns as well as the fourth and final installment of our series quilt. Two of the full patterns are perfect for those who love autumn and promise of crisp mornings, falling leaves and pumpkin spice (or even un-spiced pumpkin).
All of them are also available as stand-alone patterns available for digital download from Quilt and Sew Shop.
The first, Remember Me by Jennifer Schifano Thomas, is a three-block, queen-sized bed quilt. Rated intermediate, this quilt goes together relatively quickly thanks to fast strip-piecing techniques. Click here to learn more about the pattern at Quilt and Sew Shop.
The other fall-themed pattern in the October/November 2016 issue is Flying Leaves by Katrina Thomas. This throw is also rated intermediate and can be made with templates provided in the pattern or with tools designed by Deb Tucker, as Katrina did. Click here to learn more about this pattern at Quilt and Sew Shop.
While we’re on the subject, I don’t want to pass up the chance to tell you about a couple of additional autumnal patterns from recent issues.
Autumn Glow by Connie Kauffman appeared in our August/September 2o16 issue. Rated easy, this 47″ x 59″ wall or small throw quilt can be made with traditional or foundation piecing techniques. Click here to learn more about the pattern at Quilt and Sew Shop.
And finally, Falling Leaves also by Connie Kauffman appeared in our June/July 2016 issue and is available as both a kit and digital pattern. Rated challenging, this is a mixed-technique wall hanging that you will be proud to display year after year when fall arrives. Click here to learn more about the kit, which includes batiks from Island Batiks; backing is available separately. Click here to learn more about the pattern at Quilt and Sew Shop.
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