So Many Books Part 22!

Today in the video studio side of the Quilters Newsletter office, we’re filming Quiltmaker‘s Lessons in Creativity series 4. Series 3 is inspired by a red, white, and blue log cabin quilt and all the things you can do with a log cabin quilt block. Episode 4 airs tomorrow on QNNtv.com, and since it’s a free series, all you have to do to watch the full episodes is register for free and login with your email address. If you miss Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community or Quilters Newsletter Machine Quilting Tips & Techniques or even Quilters Newsletter Workshop, you can find all of the episodes on QNNtv.com as well, viewable by individual purchase or by subscription to the site. If you’re here looking for inspiration, we’ve also got some great books in this week’s giveaway prizes below:

Part 22 Prizes 1 2 So Many Books Part 22!Prizes 1 & 2 are identical and include Cheerful Charm Quilts by Martingale, Super Scrap Quilts by Martingale, Seamingly Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh for That Patchwork Place, and Strip-Smart Quilts II by Kathy Brown for That Patchwork Place.

Part 22 Prizes 3 4 So Many Books Part 22!Prizes 3 & 4 are identical and include Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury for That Patchwork Place; The Travelers Companion by Elaine Schmidt for Kansas City Star Quilts; Super Quick Quilts by Martingale; and Big-Print Patchwork by Sandy Turner for Martingale.

To enter for your chance to win one of these three sets of books, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, July 24, 2016, telling us about the most traditional quilting project you’ve ever made. If you have a preference between the prizes, let us know that in your comment as well. Since winners are randomly selected, we don’t guarantee you’ll win your preferred prize if chosen, but we’ll do our best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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Fabric for Life – What a Dream Come True that Would Be

I haven’t got any fun sewing to show today. I’ve spent the last week working more on the quilt I talked about in my blog post last week. I am so close to done that I didn’t want to come to work this morning. I have the last eight blocks partially assembled. There are several units in each block. I have the units finished and have started sewing them together. I hope to finish the quilt top and get it sent off to the quilter this week. I find myself sending quilts out to be quilted more often these days, especially with the bed-size quilts.

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All the Units for the Remaining Blocks

I’m truly excited about this quilt. It’s going to be beautiful. Watch for it in the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting.

But even though I don’t have any fun sewing to share with you, I do have something pretty fun to tell you about today. Keepsake Quilting is celebrating their 30th anniversary and they are doing a huge Fabric for Life giveaway. FabricforLife2016 450x300 Fabric for Life – What a Dream Come True that Would Be

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I think any one of those prizes sounds like a good thing. If you don’t enter, you won’t win, so check it out. I’d love it if someone who found out about the giveaway from my blog post was one of the winners. You’d tell me, wouldn’t you?

Now, for more about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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A Stack of Books pillow for my reading chair

In a blog post from a few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to make a small project from Penny Layman’s The Paper-Pieced Home. Which I did end up doing, but of course these things always take a little longer than I anticipate. Regardless, I’m really happy with my results.

MQM06 A Stack of Books pillow for my reading chairPenny’s book contains 40 original foundation piecing designs representing different household items with a retro touch: bathtub, shoe, rotary phone, console TV, gardening tools, bathing suit, and so on.

The pattern I decided to tackle first was the Stack of Books block (I printed foundation patterns for a couple of other blocks to have on hand for when inspiration strikes, including Layer Cake and Fruit Bowl).

 

Here’s an image of Penny’s version of the Stack of Books block from the book.

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You’ll notice that the spine of the book on the left that’s leaning up against the stack has a title — in this case, Paper Piecing Is Fun – that Penny stamped on. Because I don’t have stamping supplies that would allow me to customize a title, I decided to hand stitch the title of a classic that would represent the sense of “discovering” a story as if for the first time ever and losing myself in it — in my case, Jane Eyre exemplified that experience.

I realized that I could hand stitch just one piece of fabric in place of needing five as in the pattern (a center stamped panel with four green patches surrounding it), which would further simplify the amount of foundation piecing in an already straightforward design.

The first thing I did, after printing full-size foundation patterns from the CD that comes with the book, was to pull some text prints from my stash and audition them together.

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I decided only to use the text prints with cream or ivory backgrounds and then to coordinate the rest of my fabrics with them.

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Using semi-transparent foundation-piecing paper allows you to figure out exactly where to fussy cut your patches.

I love this recipe print, which I believe was made in the 1960s or perhaps early 1970s and that I found in a thrift store a couple of years ago.

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These three sections went together very quickly. I used scraps of chambrays from Andover Fabrics for the book covers, as their texture is very similar to that of clothbound books.

And then it was time to do some stitching. First I auditioned some size 8 perle cotton threads in different colors by stitching them on the fabric I planned to use to see what I preferred.

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auditioning size 8 perle cotton threads

After I’d made my choice, I traced the book title (taken from the spine of my own copy of Jane Eyre) onto my fabric and pinned a piece of cotton batting to the wrong side to act as stabilizer.

It … didn’t go as planned. At first I tried to replicate the serif font I had traced, but I am not an experienced embroiderer and I quickly saw that I was not going to end up with anything close to the look I wanted.

So I traced the title onto another piece of fabric and tried again, this time with a straight stitch. Again, I was not happy with the results.

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attempts #1 and #2 at hand stitching the book title

Attempt #2 was an improvement over attempt #1, but it still wasn’t what I would call good, or even acceptable. (Please ignore my crude stitches and admire the beautiful texture of the fabric in the picture above — isn’t it lovely?)

After attempt #2, I realized that size 8 perle cotton was not the right thread for this job. So I went back to look through my stash of threads for hand work.

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This is the what I ended up with: Weeks Dye Works 3-strand cotton floss in Scuppernong (what a great word, by the way! It’s a type of grape, one I’d never heard of before). It was the right thread for this project.

Once I’d finally finished this step, the rest of the block was a breeze.

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I added borders to bring the 10″ block up to 16-1/2″ square to make it into a pillow sham, again using a coordinating chambray from Andover.

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My version ended up being rather subdued, as appropriate for a library or a study as for my living room owing to the fabrics I used. But I can totally picture, and now kind of want to make, a “beach read” version with bright, summery fabrics — it would look great on a tote bag, don’t you think?

Just so you know, The Paper-Pieced Home is available from quiltandsewshop.com for $19.88, a savings of 26% off the regular retail price and a great value for 40 foundation patterns and 10 project patterns, plus all the basics you need to know about foundation piecing if you’re new to the technique. If it interests you at all, you should definitely check it out — it’s a lot of fun!

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And just so you know, Quilt and Sew Shop is having a Customer Appreciation Sale through July 20. Use coupon code THANKU20 to receive 20% off your order at checkout (some exclusions apply).

As always, to find out about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,  Pinterest,  Instagram,  YouTube,   QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see  Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on  Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Hand-dyed Indah Batiks and Solids

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS SANDY!

July is almost half-over and there are only twenty-three weeks until Christmas, but who’s counting? There’s still plenty of time (okay, one week) to get Quilters Newsletter‘s June/July 2016 issue QNJJ16 Cover 800 221x300 Hand dyed Indah Batiks and Solidson newsstands and at quilt shops if you don’t already have your copy, and lots more time to make gifts for Christmas (stay tuned for our Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2016 issue coming out in August). Our June/July 2016 issue has easy, intermediate, and challenging quilt patterns; fabric dying and hand-piecing techniques; and 80 gorgeous quilts for inspiration. You can check out previews of the articles and the two free quilt patterns and one free quilt block pattern on our website.

A featured fabric collection in the Staff Picks section of QN June/July 2016, this week’s giveaway prize is a bundle (shown in two stacks below) of Hand-dyed Indah Batiks and Solids by ME+YOU for Hoffman Fabrics:Hoffman Indah Hand dyed Indah Batiks and Solids

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to make with Hand-dyed Indah Batiks and Solids or any other collection, why not try Skyrocket, a free block pattern on the QN websiteStaffPicksBlock1 550 Hand dyed Indah Batiks and Solids

To enter for your chance to win one a bundle of Hand-dyed Indah Batiks, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, July 17, 2016, telling us what quilt block you would most like to have a pattern for. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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It Will Be a Beauty, But …

I started working on a quilt this weekend for an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting. It’s one I designed myself using Electric Quilt 7. I love designing with EQ but because the computer is drawing the blocks and I don’t have to hand draw them, sometimes I don’t think of how many pieces will be in a quilt.

I should have had a clue when we selected the quilt for publication. The entire team started teasing me about how I was going to disappear for a couple of weeks as the deadline for finishing the quilt drew near.

On Friday, I started writing the actual pattern that will go in the magazine. The first step in that process is to figure the yardage. We count the patches of each color in each block and calculate how big the patches need to be, and then multiply by the number of blocks in order to figure how much fabric to purchase. I realized the scope of the project with the total patch count. I’ll have 1,977 patches in my queen-size quilt. Oh, my!

I have the fabric. It’s four different batiks in beautiful shades of blue and purple from Robert Kaufman.

On Saturday, I started sewing. The quilt has two different blocks. I completed all the first blocks on Saturday. There are 13 of them. I used all the tricks I know of to make the sewing go quickly. My machine is in tip-top running order. There was a new needle in it. I sew with only high-quality thread. My rotary cutter has a good blade. I strip-pieced whenever I could and marked big blocks of fabric so I could stitch 18 of the half-square triangles (HSTs) at a time. That seemed like the smartest and fastest way to piece the HSTs for this particular quilt.

Mary Kate and I did a segment for QNNtv.com about different ways to make half square triangles. I think the method you choose depends on how many of a color combination you need to make. In this case, I was making a whole bunch in the same two fabrics so a large block of fabric seemed like the best idea.

When I’m making just a few, I frequently use Thangles or other marked paper. There are a few choices at quiltandsewshop.com. Remember that marked paper comes in sizes. Shop for the paper that corresponds with the finished size of the HST you are making.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to learn more, my friend, Sara Gallegos, did a great explanation of half-square and quarter-square triangles on My First Quilt for QNNtv.com.

Sunday, I didn’t have nearly as much time to sew, but again, I strip pieced as much as possible. I need 80 of these little 9-patch units.

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9-Patches in Progress

And I made many, many HSTs by cutting big squares of fabric, marking a grid and stitching 18 HSTs at a time. All in all, I used 2 partial and 2 new spools of thread this weekend and I’m so very pleased with my progress. Here’s what was on the table by my sewing machine this morning. And yes, I realize the two rows I’ve yet to stitch are in the reverse order. Because rows 1 and 2 are exactly the same as rows 4 and 5, I didn’t stack rows 4 and 5. I put all of those parts in rows 1 and 2 and when I was done stitching a row, I put it clear to the left, out of the way. I should be able to finish the rest of these blocks tonight.

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Blocks – Ready to Finish 

I do want to tell you one funny thing. As I was sewing this weekend, I binge watched all of season one and part of season 2 of the Outlander series. It is set in Scotland; they speak with Scottish accents and there is quite a bit of Gaelic dialogue. This morning when I came to work and began writing my blog, I typed LMcCaqll’s Qluiltng. I wondered if I had accidentally learned some Gaelic. But I think I maybe was just thinking too fast for my fingers to keep up.

Until next time, for more about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Scrap Bag: WWII hankie quilt, antique mini sewing machine, Pulse comfort quilts update, and more

I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s time for some sewing therapy. Here are some stories from around the quilt world to fuel your weekend’s endeavors.

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The wedding of “General Tom Thumb,” as entertainer Charles Stratton was popularly known, to Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump in 1863 was the celebrity wedding to top all celebrity weddings, even by current gossip-drenched standards. The couple, both of whom were under 3 feet tall and worked for P.T. Barnum, were later received by President Lincoln in the White House, such was their popularity at the time. One of the wedding presents “Mrs. Tom Thumb” received was an elaborately decorated miniature sewing machine and cabinet from Wheeler and Wilson Manufacturing Company, which is now in the collection of the Smithsonian.
americanhistory.si.edu/blog

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Using antique cutter quilts for garments is nothing new; Ralph Lauren famously stirred up controversy in both the quilt and fashion worlds when he showed a women’s collection made from vintage quilts in the early 1980s. Young New York designer Emily Adams Bode is readying a men’s wear line in which she incorporates a wide variety of vintage textiles including quilts, such as a pair of LeMoyne star trousers.
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Oregon resident Doris Smith was the recipient of an enormous “gift of love” from her friend and fellow assisted living facility resident Joanne Smith (no relation) when Joanne and another quilter made a lovely quilt out of hand-stitched handkerchiefs Doris had received as a young Army cadet nurse during World War II.
www.thedalleschronicle.com

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Color trends throughout history have come and gone due to a variety of factors beyond the fickle preferences of designers. For instance, the vogue for black-and-white fashions during and after World War I was a direct result of the war itself according to this very interesting article on the Smithsonian blog: “In March 1915, several months after the beginning of World War I, the British navy began to blockade German ports, preventing any exports of goods overseas. As a result, the textile and paper industries in the still-neutral United States suffered a serious shortage of good quality synthetic (chemically based) dyes. ‘Sulfur black’ was the one dye that firms outside Germany produced in quantity and of consistent quality.” Even though My Fair Lady (and Pygmalion) are set in the Edwardian era preceding WWI, I can’t help but think the costume designer for the film was heavily influenced by this trend when it came to designing the famous Ascot scene.
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Fiber artist Karen Reimer has created a site-specific large-scale installation of fabric and sand entitled Shoreline Spaceline, on view this summer at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, for which she made a pieced canopy from more than 200 yards of hand-dyed indigo fabric. “From the gallery floor, the fabric resembles a stylized sky overhead. The experience of the same fabric from atop the Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk turns sky into an ascending wave of water on the cusp of washing over our feet.”
www.hydeparkart.org

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A couple of weeks ago I reported that the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild was accepting heart blocks to make comfort quilts for survivors, victims’ families and first responders involved in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. It pleases me to no end to report that the quilt industry has stepped up to help out; according to the OMQG’s website:

The guild has received numerous donations from a wide assortment of companies: Robert Kaufman donated 99 yards of wide backing; Andover donated 11 bolts; Windham donated 10 yards, 2 bolts, and a box of scraps; Aurifil donated spools and cones of light gray thread for assembling blocks into quilts (one spool per member was distributed at the meeting); Filtec donated cones of white and gray thread for longarm quilters; The Sewing Studio donated a bag of 2-1/2”scraps for binding (after asking what was most needed); StoryPatches is donating fusible labels featuring a heartbeat line on a rainbow (which will arrive next week); Spoonflower donated 2 yards of fabric to color and cut up; Warm & Natural has said it will provide all the batting needed (sending one roll at a time); Dream Batting and Hobbs have also donated rolls of batting; Beth’s embroidery people have donated batting. Sew Mini Things in Mount Dora has held Sew Days at which people use the shop’s machines, fabric and thread, and have made 90 blocks in 3 days so far.

Meanwhile, boxes of blocks and quilts arrive daily, and longarmers including Karen McTavish are donating their services. Click the link to read more, especially if you want details on how you can contribute.
theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.com

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Kate Colleran is a top-notch designer who works often with Quilters Newsletter and our sister publications Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting. She’s also a friendly and lively person who I’ve gotten to meet on a few occasions when she’s dropped by the office for a project (she lives here in the Denver area).

Both of those traits will be on full display in Kate’s new online course, Creative Quilting for Home Decor. In this course, Kate will demonstrate designs and techniques for making quilted pillows, table runners, table toppers and placemats in a variety of styles. She’ll even show quilters like me who have avoided zippers like the plague why they’re not anywhere near as scary as we think they are.

Click here to learn more about Creative Quilting for Home Decor on craftonlineuniversity.com.

As always, to find out about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,  Pinterest,  Instagram,  YouTube,   QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see  Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on  Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Miscellaneous Notions

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS LIZ, LORI, and AUDREY!

Do you ever open a drawer and find things you weren’t expecting to find there? Around the Quilters Newsletter office, we’ve been doing a bit of organizing lately, and when I started organizing some of the items which had been earmarked for giveaways, I found some quilting notions that need new homes. All three of the prizes this week are composed of notions that may or may not go together as a set but can be quite useful:

MiscNotionsPrize1 Miscellaneous NotionsPrize 1 includes Clover Stacking Cases in Small and Medium; Clover Stacking Quilting Pins; Clover Clam Shell Accessories Case (Forms); Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner by Lois L. Hallock from That Patchwork Place; and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.

MiscNotionsPrize2 Miscellaneous NotionsPrize 2 includes No See Ums Starter Kit for hanging quilts; Quilt Label Collective Volume III from C&T Publishing; Fussy Cut Postcard Ruler by Michelle Civetti from My Quilting Service; The Petal Pack from Makin’ it Cute by Me and My Sister Designs; and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.

MiscNotionsPrize3 Miscellaneous NotionsPrize 3 includes Clover “Quick” Yo-Yo Maker; Sashiko Needle Sampler by Pepper Cory for Colonial Needle; Clover Black and Gold Needles Quilting No. 12 and Quilting Between No. 9; Clover Gold Quilting Needles Between No. 10; John James Big Eye Quilting Needles Size 10; and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.

To enter for your chance to win one of these three sets of notions, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, July 10, 2016, telling us about something in your quilting life you would like to get organized. If you have a preference between the prizes, let us know that in your comment as well. Since winners are randomly selected, we don’t guarantee you’ll win your preferred prize if chosen, but we’ll do our best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

To find out about more giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and to see all the beautiful quilts we like to share, join us on FacebookTwitter, Google+, Pinterest, InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see quilting tutorial videos and shows on QNNtv.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Sewing? Making a Quilt? Who? Me?

I make quilts all year. It doesn’t matter to me whether the weather is cold or hot. I just like to make quilts – so I do.

Some weeks are crazy though and nothing happens at the sewing machine. That was the case this past week. I sewed two very small projects and I can’t show either of them to you because they are for upcoming issues.

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Snail’s Trail Quilt Top

But I do have this small quilt to show you. I started it quite a while back. In fact, the first time I find a photo of it was in my blog post just over two years ago. And even with all that time passing, it still isn’t done enough for what I need. It’s just been hiding in a box of PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks).

I need to have it ready to put in a machine quilting frame on Thursday and at this point, there isn’t a back for it. I love to make pieced backs and there are some great leftover pieces from making the front of this quilt but I won’t have time to put them together. It usually takes me as long to make the back of a quilt as it does to make the front. So this quilt may have a plain back. I guess time will tell.

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Design Wall – June 2014

 

I did get a kick out of how differently I arranged the blocks for the quilt top as compared to when I blogged about it earlier.

 

It just makes me think how much I like using my design wall and playing with the arrangement of the blocks until I have something that I love. By rotating the blocks, I came out with a completely different look than I had on the wall back then.

I originally made the blocks for a segment on QNNtv where we talk about how to prepare individual blocks to hang on the wall. I love the look of quilt blocks as wall decorations.

But now, I have a meeting in just a few minutes. I better prepare for that. And I’ll be scheming on how I can make time to do some sewing this week.

In the meantime, for more about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest,  Instagram, YouTube,  QNNtv.com and our website. Plus, see Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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More from Pepper Cory’s “Southern Scrap Quilts”

Quilt author, teacher and hand quilter extraordinaire Pepper Cory contributed the article “Southern Scrap Quilts: More Than the Sum of Their Parts” to our June/July 2016 issue, and I was lucky enough to be the editor assigned to take it through the production process.

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I’ve loved working on anything Pepper has contributed to QN since I’ve been here because she makes my job so easy. Actually, the hardest part is usually cutting down her well-researched and -written text to fit the constraints of our page counts. Sometimes I’m able to condense paragraphs by cutting out a word or two here or there, but occasionally I’ve had to pull out entire paragraphs. No matter what I do, my goal has always been to preserve her voice as much as possible, because she’s just so darn engaging, entertaining and enlightening.

With that in mind, here are a few full paragraphs I cut from her “Southern Scrap Quilts” article that are too interesting and fun not to share.

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I was delighted when Quilters Newsletter approached me to write an article on Southern scrap quilts since I own a bunch of those! When I buy any vintage scrap quilt for my collection, I try to find out who made the quilt, where, and when. Occasionally I’ve bought a quilt in the Midwest or New England with the conviction that the quilt’s maker was Southern because the quilt had Southern characteristics. It seems that Americans, even in the 19th century, are very mobile people! But seeing as how this article is for a readership that enjoys old quilts (but might not be as obsessed as I am on the subject) this essay won’t delve deeply into the minutia of determining Southern quilt origin but speak in general terms on the subject.

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Carolina Lily quilt found in Michigan but likely Southern. Recently purchased—found in a trunk at the side of the road on the East side of Detroit. Lots of Southerners moved north during/after WWII to work in the auto plants. Photo by Pepper Cory.

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Necessity Is a Mother 

A Southern scrap quilter was likely not a person who had a lot of disposable income and rather than purchase fabrics, she’d use scraps left from sewing clothes and recycle bits of dresses and shirts that hadn’t seen hard wear. Here’s an example from the same school of thriftiness that says “Use everything but the oink-“ — a lecture from a Kentucky woman on how to ‘break down’ a man’s shirt. “First off, you cut off all the buttons and save ‘em in a jar. Then you cut off the sleeves and then cut off the cuffs. Sew the sleeve ends shut so as to make jelly bags. (Jelly bags are for straining fruit when making jelly). Then look real careful at the collar and yoke—usually they’re gone so are good  just for the ragbag. Cut square pieces from the front and back and hem ‘em for dish rags. But the shirt tail—that’s been tucked in and ain’t used nor faded—that you can use in a quilt!”

3 wool string star Reels family NC More from Pepper Corys Southern Scrap Quilts

Reels Star quilt found in Vancesboro NC, attributed to African American family surname Reels. Found after the backside had been used as a painter’s dropcloth. Photo by Pepper Cory.

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Cut-aways (scraps left from manufacturing) were also sold straight out of the factories. For two years as a teenager, I lived in a town in South Carolina that was home to a dress manufacturing plant. On Tuesday evenings after supper, women with folded paper bags under their arms would queue up along the sidewalk leading to the side door of the plant. They stood and talked and smoked until 7 PM when the doors were thrown open and then the women rushed in to riffle through the bundles of leftover fabric. As they left with their treasures, their bulging paper bags were weighed at a table near the door and for a few dollars, they could buy enough scraps to make several quilts.

20 Florida House block More from Pepper Corys Southern Scrap Quilts

A minimalist house pattern quilt, 1950s, from Florida. Maybe a ‘half-scrap’ quilt since house fabrics are leftover dress fabric but sashing/cornerstones were obviously bought fabric. Love how the roofline seems to hover over the house! Photo by Pepper Cory

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As a Southerner, I continue to make scrap quilts and teach scrap quilt classes. I know in my heart of hearts that people need to work in a relaxed and open manner, as when making a scrap quilt. We have many examples of dazzling and complex quilts and it’s time that we recognize the scrap quilt as an important tap root of the craft. It’s a serious mission for some of us! I feel that from disorder comes order and from discards beauty is born. Rather a high falutin’ notion for a scrap quilt but I’m sticking with it.

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Detail of a c.1920s Spools quilt from Texas. Photo by Pepper Cory.

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Quilters Newsletter June/July 2016

To read the entire article and see more photos from Pepper’s collection, be sure to get your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s June/July 2016 issue, which is still on newsstands, in quilt shop and bookstores, and available online in print and digital editions.

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Scrap Bag: Bonnie Hunter gets honest, Bicentennial quilt found, celeb’s quilt-themed baby shower, and more

Happy 4th of July, y’all!

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A Nigerian woman named Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale created a business initiative she named Tosin’s Turn Trash to Treasure that employs women who’ve survived domestic abuse to create quilts, shopping bags and other products out of dressmakers’ scraps. ”I am a survivor of domestic violence [so] when I became emancipated, I decided to help willing women to transform their lives too. That’s why I started ‘Tosin’s Turn Trash to Treasure‘; [to] turn abused women to assets.”
www.upworthy.com

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Students at a primary school in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England took first place in the under 16 category at the Quilts UK 2016 National Quilt Competition for the third year in a row. The theme of their quilt for this year was “Then and Now” and looked at the differences between ways of life, toys and leisure from World War I to the present day. “The children love it, they’re very keen, they are already asking what we’re going to be doing next year,” said quilting teacher Jenny Kittos.
www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

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As a general rule I don’t watch shows or movies about zombies or vampires, so I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with this actress’ work. But I may already love Alexandra Breckenridge (“The Walking Dead,” “True Blood”), who had a hand-stitching activity at her recent baby shower. According to People.com, “guests each contributed a square for Breckenridge to take home and make a quilt out of for her baby boy.” Looks like it will be a lovely hand-embroidered quilt!
celebritybabies.people.com

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In honor of Indiana’s state bicentennial celebration, Indiana First Lady Karen Pence recently unveiled a quilt titled Migrations Over the Crossroads of America. Quiltmaker Gloria Klutzke was present at the ceremony and said the quilt incorporates her love for history and maps by displaying key historical sites and the state’s topography.
thestatehousefile.com

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Founder of eQuilter Luana Rubin blogged about a third batch of quilts that were made for and recently delivered to survivors of Nepal’s massive 2015 earthquake. The delivery was made possible by the CU Boulder chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Click the link to see photos of some of the women and children who were made homeless by the earthquake posing in front of their new (beautiful) quilts.
blog/2016/06/creative-nudge-quilts-nepal.html

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Bonnie Hunter is very well known in the quilt world for her wonderful scrappy designs and travels a lot to teach and lecture around the U.S. and abroad. I’ve never met her but based on her blog and Facebook posts, she seems like a very upbeat, positive person. That’s why it struck me as pretty brave of her to write so honestly about her reaction to essentially being scolded by a quilter upset that Bonnie had to cancel a guild appearance. Mind you, this was not a last-minute cancellation, but for something scheduled for over a year from now. In her blog post Bonnie wrote, “I have to live my life the way it works for me.  And this means, that unfortunately I have had to let a couple of guild visits go.” She sounds exasperated. And tired. Finding balance in life is hard, even when you’re doing something you love.
quiltville.blogspot.com

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A quilt made in Athens, Alabama, by a second-grade class in 1976 to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial was found in a Nashville consignment shop by a family member of Roy Patton, who was one of the students who participated. The quilt was included in last month’s Fiber Arts Exhibition presented by the Athens Art League. “It’s got a lot of attention,” Patton said.
www.enewscourier.com

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The New England Quilt Museum is raising emergency funds to replace its 1970s-era climate control system, a necessity in a facility that houses antique textiles.
www.nequiltmuseum.org

Just in general, please consider supporting your quilt museum of choice when it comes to your charitable giving. They all seem to operate on shoestring budgets, and they do important work when it comes to preserving and protecting our cultural heritage. In no particular order, here’s a list of some of the other quilt museums in the U.S. that I try to keep up to date with; my apologies to anyone I’ve overlooked.

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles in San Diego, CA  www.visionsartmuseum.org

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, CA www.sjquiltmuseum.org

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum in La Conner, WA www.laconnerquilts.org

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI wiquiltmuseum.com

Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA www.vaquiltmuseum.org

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY www.quiltmuseum.org

International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE www.quiltstudy.org

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO www.rmqm.org

Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN www.quilterhalloffame.com

Great Lakes Quilt Center in East Lansing, MI www.museum.msu.edu

Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum in Kalona, IA www.kalonaiowa.org

Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, TX www.texasquiltmuseum.org

 

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