Are you ready for some weekend sewing? I know I am! But first, some end-of-the-week tidbits of inspiration from the quilting and sewing world.
Even in my business, this isn’t a story you see every day: a 116-year-old quilt shop in Salem, Oregon, is scheduled to close by the end of the summer. The owners of Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest have decided to retire and weren’t able to find a buyer for the shop located in Salem’s historic district. Click the link to watch a video broadcast by a local news station.
A few days after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, the one-year anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church was observed in Charleston, South Carolina. At the same time that quilters were mobilizing to provide comfort quilts for families and victims in Orlando, an exhibit of prayer quilts and other items that had been sent to Charleston last year was put on display at Mother Emanuel. The exhibit runs through June 30.
Did you know rock star Sheryl Crow is a quilt collector? Apparently she is, as well as a supporter of the local arts scene in Franklin, Tennessee, south of Nashville. For the recent City Farmhouse Summer Pop-Up Fair, she donated three vintage cutter quilts “to be repurposed into individual pieces of art by creatives who applied for the challenge and were hand-selected, based on previous works and artistic ability.” The pieces created with the vintage quilts were auctioned for charity; in 2015, Crow helped raise $20,000 for the World Food Program by selling a range of goods from her personal collection. For one example, click here to see a settee that was reupholstered with a hexagon quilt.
This Craigslist “for sale” listing made the rounds here at the office the other day. A woman in Dallas is trying to sell a yo-yo quilt she made for $600 so she can buy a new dishwasher. Considering it is queen-sized and there are more than 3,500 yo-yos in it, that works out to less than 17 cents per yo-yo. We all agreed that this woman’s work is worth more than that — what do you think?
Science agrees that even if you’re bad at it, making art can reduce stress. So stop apologizing for your less-than-perfect seams or questionable fabric choices — just keep quilting!
The Friendly Circle Quilt Club of Morgan County located in southeastern Ohio has just celebrated their 100th anniversary! The group currently has 20 members who meet once a month and complete 10 quilts a year. Some members have been part of the group for more than 40 years, and one member is a granddaughter of one of the group’s founders. Congratulations to all for such amazing continuity!
(The phrase “The girls say their twenty members meet once a month” in the original article made me laugh because it reminded me of a story my grandmother loved to tell. A long time ago, when my older cousins were small children and were visiting our grandparents, my grandmother announced that “the girls” would be coming over to play bridge and the kids should behave themselves. After her guests had arrived, one of my cousins went into the front room and said, “Girls?! These aren’t girls, these are old ladies!” Honestly, she laughed about it for years afterward. But I digress …)
Lawanda Baker and Somaya Singh, winners of the Juneteenth Mural Contest sponsored by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, paid homage to the African American tradition of quiltmaking and speciﬁcally to the creativity of the Gee’s Bend quilters with a mural they painted outside the facility.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation has announced that artwork inspired by popular barn quilt patterns is now on display in Highland County. An extension of the 47-year old “Virginia is for Lovers” brand called “LOVEworks,” the series of public art installations feature giant LOVE letters in towns and cities across the Commonwealth. The large Highland County Barn Quilt LOVEwork letters are decorated with maple leaf blocks, double wedding rings, flying geese and log cabins.
If you are like many quilters, then one quilting topic you probably would like to know more about is how to resize blocks and patterns. And who can blame you? Once you know how to do the math* to resize a block or quilt pattern, the sky is really the limit when it comes to the variety of things you can make.
*Now don’t stop reading just because I said the M-word. You can do this, and our colleague at Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Debra Finan can show you how in her upcoming webinar “How to Resize Quilt Block Patterns.” A highly experienced quilt magazine editor, Deb will give you the insight you need to learn how to break down many of the most popular blocks — log cabin, Ohio star, flying geese and so on — and recalculate the patch sizes needed in order to make the block larger or smaller depending on your needs. Trust me, you do not need to be a math whiz to do this successfully, you just need some knowledge and a little practice.
Click here to learn more about this live webinar taking place June 30 (note that the recorded webinar will be available within one week after the live event).
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