Scrap Bag: Quilt-themed statue in SD, Watergate crazy quilt, oldest indigo-dyed fabric found, and more

Behold: your weekly wrap-up of quilt and textile news tidbits to help get your weekend sewing off to a great start has arrived!

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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 DakotaDignity, 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.
www.ksfy.com

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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.
thimblebyvillage.com

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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.
www.yourwestvalley.com

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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.
www.fastcodesign.com

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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.
www.sciencenews.org

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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.
www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes

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QNON16 Cover 500 221x300 Scrap Bag: Quilt themed statue in SD, Watergate crazy quilt, oldest indigo dyed fabric found, and moreOur October/November 2016 issue is officially on sale in quilt shops, bookstores, newsstands and online at Quilt and Sew Shop in both print and digital editions.

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.

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Remember Me

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.

 

 

 

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Flying Leaves

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.

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Autumn Glow

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.

 

 

 

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Falling Leaves

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.

 

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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Catalina and Van Gogh

In the last few days here at Quilters Newsletter, we’ve been receiving a lot of very nice missives about how our magazine issues have inspired quilting projects, have been read cover to cover, and have been kept even when other items were having to be downsized. QNON16 Cover 200 Catalina and Van GoghWe’ve always enjoyed hearing from our readers and appreciate the sentiments in each and every email, snail mail letter, and message on social media. Tomorrow (Thursday, September 22, 2016) will see the last send of our email newsletter, and our final print issue officially went on sale on newsstands yesterday. It, along with many back issues, are also available at Quilt and Sew Shop. That said, our weekly giveaways will continue for another few weeks, and we’re still posting new content here on our blog and on social media, so please keep coming back to see all the new quilting news and blog prizes!

Prize 1 this week is a bundle of fabrics from the Catalina Ultra Violet collection by Marti Michell for Maywood Studio. CatalinaUltraViolet 2 Catalina and Van Gogh

Prize 2 is a bundle of fabrics from the Vincent van Gogh collection by Van Gogh Museum for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. vanGoghBundle 1 Catalina and Van Gogh

Here’s a picture of both prizes sitting side-by-side: CatalinanvanGogh 600 Catalina and Van Gogh

For inspiration on what to make with either Catalina Ultra Violet or Vincent van Gogh collections, check out the blocks we made for featuring the collections in the Staff Picks section of Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016MaywoodStudio CatalinaUltra Catalina and Van Gogh RobertKaufman VincentvanGogh block Catalina and Van Gogh

To enter for your chance to win one of the two fabric bundles, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, September 25, 2016, telling us if you tend to use more bright colors or muted colors in your quilting. 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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PIGS Come in All Sizes

Last week, I pulled out a big quilt from my stack of PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks). I’m pretty encouraged by the fact that it is September and I am on target for meeting my goal of finishing one of my PIGS every month. Here is the quilt top.

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The Quilt Top

And here is the pieced quilt back.

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I love this crazy pieced back.

The reason I chose this particular PIG to finish is that it is big. It’s a large quilt, already sandwiched with batting and backing so it takes up a large amount of space. And with my limited storage space, that’s a good thing to consider.

This particular quilt is a floor quilt, meant to be placed on the living room floor as an area rug. I started it early last year because we were moving to a new home with hardwood floors nearly everywhere. The floor quilt needed to be large so I found a pattern on Moda’s website for a fast and easy quilt and modified it in EQ7 to make it big enough.  I am such a fan of EQ. If you aren’t familiar with EQ or would like to know more about how to use it, Craft U has a course by Nancy Mahoney entitled Design Quilts with EQ7 that is a winner. Nancy is a wonderful teacher as well as a gifted designer. Check out her online course.

Because floor quilts are a bit unusual, let me tell you a few of the things I think about when I’m designing a floor quilt.

  1. These quilts will be walked on. That means I don’t want something really special. There will be no intricate applique, no embroidery, no double wedding rings or special blocks from my stash of inherited family treasures on my floor quilts.
  2. I don’t want it to take a long time to piece. It needs to be an easy quilt to make.
  3. I tend to use darker colors on floor quilts. The closer the quilt will be to the front door, the more I think about colors and a pattern that will hide any dirt that may be tracked in.
  4. I consider washability. I use ordinary quilting cottons. This floor quilt is so large that it will have to go to the laundromat to a large commercial machine.
  5. Style can be whatever goes with your decorating style. My quilts are typically very traditional on the front but the backs are usually improvised and can be really wild.
  6. I quilt floor quilts heavily. The dense quilting makes the quilt stiffer, so it stays in place more easily than something that is floppier. And I feel like they wear better with more quilting.

This floor quilt will be on a hardwood floor, so I will need to put a no-skid backing under it. There are products you can paint on the back but since mine is reversible, I won’t do that.

During a two-week time frame in February of 2015, I made the quilt top and pieced the back. I talked about it in my blog here and here. I realized as I was working on the quilt that it wasn’t going to be as large as I wanted it so I decided to quilt the center section and then add the borders and quilt them. I quilt on a domestic machine, and moving all the bulk of a large quilt is hard work. So I started quilting. I got more than half of the center of the quilt quilted but then something happened and I put it away. And there it sat, and sat, and sat.

Now here is a funny part of the story. A few months ago, I got frustrated at the marks on our hardwood floors and bought an area rug for the living room. Yes, that’s where I planned to put the floor quilt. But I was really busy with must-do sewing and didn’t have time to finish the floor quilt. And now I’m finishing the floor quilt and I’m not sure where it is going to go.

My husband Bake and I did some measuring and figured it will fit under the dining room table with a couple of minor adjustments to the original plan.

I finished quilting the center of the quilt top this weekend.

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The Center Quilted

I pieced 15” strips together to make borders for the sides of the quilt. In order to fit in the new place, we decided to add piano key borders to the sides of the quilt only. The quilt will finish at 100” x 108”.

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Borders Pieced

Adding the borders to the quilted top is not difficult. I add the batting first. I don’t overlap the batting, which would make a noticeable ridge in the finished quilt. I butt the edges and zigzag them together, using a little longer and a little wider zigzag stitch than the default on the machine. I use matching thread so it won’t show through, although this quilt is so dark I don’t think I needed to worry. And I use a foot called a narrow edge foot. It’s designed to sew lace to the edge of hems in garments but it works really nicely for this too. I just guide the two pieces of batting so they bump into the blade at the center of the foot; one piece of batting bumps the blade on the right side, the other bumps the blade on the left side.

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Adding the Batting

Then with my ¼” foot, I sew the backing to the back of the quilt and the borders to the front of the quilt. If the quilting goes clear to the edge of the quilt top, I stitch the borders on through all the layers.

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Adding the Piano Key Border

Then I press carefully and it’s ready to pin baste.

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Pressed and Ready to the Next Step

I brought it to work with me today. I hope to get the pin basting done so I can work on quilting tonight. I plan to do straight-line quilting going only the long way on the borders. I don’t want all the knots I’d have if I stitched in the ditch, and I don’t want to have to turn the quilt.

Now until next time, remember to find 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: “Dear Jane” exhibit, quilts at new African American museum, stolen military quilts, and more

Quilt news big and small, inspiration and motivation — it’s all here for the taking!

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The iconic “Dear Jane” quilt that tops many quilters’ bucket lists is put on display only one time a year for a few weeks, and now is that time! The original 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt is available for viewing through October 10 at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. If you can’t make it this fall, start saving your pennies and making plans for next year.
benningtonmuseum.org

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The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institutions of museums, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, opens in Washington, D.C, on September 24. The museum already has about a dozen quilts in its collection, including pieces by Yvonne Wells, Mensie Lee Pettway of Gee’s Bend, and other quilts ranging from the mid-1800s to the 20th century, some of which can be viewed online.
nmaahc.si.edu

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It appears that five quilts made for wounded American servicemen overseas are still missing after they were stolen from a garage in South Boston, Virginia, a few weeks ago, along with a number of other items. Details in the online news story are skimpy, but if you’re in that region, perhaps keep your eyes out for patriotic quilts for sale. You never know …
www.yourgv.com/news

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Are you one of those quilters who paints bedrooms to match your quilts? You may be interested in design blog Apartment Therapy’s preview of interior paint colors that are shaping up to be hot in 2017, from taupe to cool blue to a soft violet. Would they show your favorite bed quilts to their best advantage, or maybe inspire you to make an entirely new quilt?
www.apartmenttherapy.com

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The Times of India offered a slideshow of ways to use saris to refurbish your home, including throw pillows, patchwork curtains and a quilt. Lovely!
timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Have you experienced the loss of your quilting mojo? I know I have. In a 2014 blog post that I just came across recently, Mary Earle-Sigler of The Daily Sew adapted a list of 10 types of writer’s block to address “sewer’s block” and ways of overcoming it.
www.thedailysew.com

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QNON16 Cover 500 221x300 Scrap Bag: Dear Jane exhibit, quilts at new African American museum, stolen military quilts, and moreIn Case You Missed It: QN’s October/November 2016 final issue goes on sale September 20, and it will be our final issue in print. There will be some more to be said about this coming soon, but for now you can read the official press release on our blog here, and read about the donation of our archival materials to the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin here.

 

 

 

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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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More Roses

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

Sometimes when you’re certain you’ve found all there is to find of something in your stash, you find some more of it. That’s what happened this week when we went into the Quilters Newsletter stash of giveaway prizes to plan this week’s giveaway. QNAS16Cover 200 More RosesWe gave away a bundle of The Rose Collection last week, thinking that’s all we had of that collection for giveaways, but then this week we found another bundle! The Rose Collection by Anna Griffin is a collection we picked for our Staff Picks feature in our August/September 2016 issue, which is still available on newsstands, at bookstores, and at quilt shops through September 19, and indefinitely at Quilt and Sew Shop. If you don’t already have your copy, you’ll want to check out the easy, intermediate, and challenging quilt patterns; the articles on Hawaiian scrap quilts and leather quilts; the workshop on gel plate monoprinting; and more.

This week’s prize is a bundle of slightly oversize fat-quarters (approx. 22″ x 23.5″) from The Rose Collection by Anna Griffin:
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To enter for your chance to win a bundle of The Rose Collection, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, September 18, 2016, telling us about something you’d like to find more of. 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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Quilters Newsletter and the Briscoe Center for American History

Quilters Newsletter has donated its archives including a copy of every issue of its magazine and more to the Briscoe Center for American History. In honor of this donation, check out scanned cover images of the first issue, each five-year-anniversary issue, and the last issue (October/November 2016), below. Click here for the Donation Press Release in PDF form, or read the text of the release below the cover images. Click on any of the covers for a larger image. Click here for more information on Quilters Newsletter discontinuing its print magazine.

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Quilters Newsletter Archives donated to the Briscoe Center for American History

Golden, CO, August 25, 2016: F+W Media has announced that it is donating its Bonnie Leman Papers documenting Quilters Newsletter magazine to the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. F+W recently announced it will discontinue the print magazine after 47 years in publication.

By passing the archives on to the Briscoe Center, Kristi Loeffelholz, General Manager of F+W’s quilting/sewing division, said, “Researchers and future generations of quilters will have access to an abundance of quilting history, and the legacy established by Quilters Newsletter founder Bonnie Leman will be preserved. The Briscoe Center has an extensive collection of quilt history documentation and we’re thrilled to be able to add to that valuable collection.”

The archives include, but are not limited to, Mrs. Leman’s handwritten and typewritten notes providing insight into her inspiration and motivation for the magazine, as well as copies of every issue of Quilters Newsletter. There are also quilt patterns from the magazine and Leman Publications, the book publishing company associated with Quilters Newsletter and Quilts and Other Comforts, a mail-order catalog company that was also part of the Quilters Newsletter brand. Patterns from other sources are also included, some of which were published in newspapers and magazines nearly 100 years ago.

Katherine Adams, the Briscoe Center’s quilt curator, said, “I am very excited about the prospect of adding this important collection that helps document the history of American quilt making. As with Joyce Gross, whose collection we own, Mrs. Leman’s influence in shaping and promoting the quilt revival of the 1970s cannot be overstated. In addition to the file copies of Quilters Newsletter, of special interest in the collection are the many articles she annotated with handwritten notes, her typed commentary on various quilts, and examples of patterns she designed.

“Mrs. Leman’s papers will make a very welcome addition to the Briscoe Center’s growing body of American quilt history documentation in its Winedale Quilt Collection. Our Winedale Collection contains more than 500 American quilts (including comforters and redwork) spanning the years 1790 – 2009, plus study textiles and fabric samples. In addition, the collection houses approximately 200 linear feet of documentation supporting the study of American quilts, quilt making, and quilt makers. Our library relating to quilts exceeds 1,600 books and periodical titles, with new titles added regularly. Types of documentation in the Winedale Quilt Collection include extensive subject, biographical, and clippings files (including a bio file for George and Bonnie Leman); commercially published quilt patterns and kits; original and copies of correspondence; newsletters, calendars, and posters; exhibit catalogs and quilt–related pamphlets; and objects—everything from a brass sewing bird to a wood printing block to clothing made from cotton sacks.”

Mrs. Leman and her husband George founded Quilters Newsletter in 1969 and published the first issue in September of that year. Quilt historians and experts agree that by researching and publishing information about a domestic pastime that had fallen out of vogue Mrs. Leman shaped and guided the revival of quilting that occurred in the mid-1970s. She and Quilters Newsletter will forever be linked to the history of quilt making not only in the U.S., but also around the world.

F+W also serves quilting enthusiasts by publishing other magazines, books and digital patterns, and also offers video instruction, in-person events and products under the brands of McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Fons & Porter, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and Keepsake Quilting.

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Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016

Quilters Newsletter‘s last issue is currently shipping to subscribers, and though its official on sale date on newsstands, bookstores, and at quilt shops isn’t until a week from today, Tuesday September 20, 2016, it’s already selling in print and digital issue versions at Quilt and Sew Shop. Previews of each of the articles and patterns in the issue are on the October/November 2016 issue page on our website.

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If you’re a subscriber and hadn’t already seen the news that Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016 will be our last issue, the editor’s letter in that issue covers the announcement. Due to our far-in-advance publishing schedule, our last issue was the first issue we were able to include the notification in. After the last issue of Quilters Newsletter, all subscribers will transfer to sister publication Quilting Arts, a venerable title in its own right. If you wish for your remaining subscription issues past Quilters Newsletter‘s October/November 2016 issue to be sent from one of F+W’s other quilting titles, or if you wish to request a refund for the remaining unmailed issues, please contact our subscriber services department at 1-800-477-6089 (US) or 1-386-597-4387 (International).

The official statement about the end of Quilters Newsletter reads:

After much analysis and discussion with our team, we have made the difficult decision that Quilters Newsletter magazine will publish its last issue with the October/November 2016 issue. Back issues of Quilters Newsletter will still be available at http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/category/magazines/.

For several years, we have attempted to provide the very best patterns, information and instruction that you – our readers – demand. But, due to changes in the market and the magazine industry, it was no longer economically viable to publish the magazine.

And this was the press release announcement emailed to past and present Quilters Newsletter contributors:

A Message from Quilters Newsletter

Quilters Newsletter has held a very special place in the hearts of quilting enthusiasts for 47 years, and has been a source of inspiration and learning for quilters around the world. However, the magazine will no longer be published after the October/November 2016 issue. Quilters Newsletter subscribers will receive Quilting Arts magazine beginning with the December/January 2017 issue.

Quilters Newsletter began publication in September 1969 and was founded by Bonnie and George Leman. It was the first – and for many years the only – magazine devoted solely to the interests of quiltmakers. Bonnie composed the first issue on a manual typewriter at her kitchen table, and the day it was published was the same day she gave birth to the youngest of her seven children.

That day marked the beginning of an international phenomenon. Many quilt historians agree that Bonnie almost single-handedly launched a quilting revival around the time of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 by researching and publishing information about a domestic pastime that had fallen out of vogue since the end of the Great Depression and the onset of World War II. No one can deny that she shaped and guided that revival during subsequent decades.

Bonnie Leman and Quilters Newsletter will forever be linked to the history of quiltmaking in the U.S. and abroad. It’s a legacy that will never be forgotten.

F + W is committed to the quilt industry and will continue to serve the community by publishing magazines, creating videos, online education, books, in-person events, ecommerce products, and more under the brands of Fons & Porter, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Keepsake Quilting, and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. We will continue to evolve in order to serve a community with ever-changing habits and media preferences.

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I Wasn’t Planning to Make a Holiday Placemat …

I wanted to tell you about what happens when things go wrong – or even maybe go wrong.

One of our readers sent an email last week, saying we’d made a mistake when we wrote the pattern for Grand Fir Garland in Best Christmas Quilts 2016 from Quilters Newsletter. It’s this pretty table runner and placemat set designed by Marcia Harmening.

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Grand Fir Table Runner and Placemats

Our reader thought the measurements we’d given were wrong. So I read the pattern through carefully and measured the templates we provided for the tree and the bauble. Then I talked with Mary Kate. We agreed that our pattern and our math were correct. I emailed our reader and told her that it would work. That if she hadn’t already, she could go ahead and start sewing. She emailed again and said it really wouldn’t work so my next step was to go to the sewing studio and make a sample.

First, I traced the pattern for the bauble onto interfacing as Marcia did and pinned it to the fabric.

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Ready to Stitch

Then I stitched on the marked line and turned the bauble right side out.

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Checking the Measurement

I measured my completed bauble and it measures 9¾”. Six  baubles will fit on the background. Ah, sweet relief. There isn’t an error.

We are so careful. At least three members of the editorial team check each pattern, not to mention our experienced graphic designers. That doesn’t mean mistakes never happen but they don’t happen very often.

But now that I had the bauble made, it seemed wasteful to just throw it in the corner somewhere. I’d selected a set of fabric samples from Holiday Magic by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics when I made the bauble. So I used two more fabrics from the collection to finish the front of this holiday placemat.

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Ready to Make the Quilt Sandwich

The Christmas tree is simply fussy cut and fused in position. I’ll stitch it down when I stitch the bauble in place. That will be after I’ve assembled the quilt sandwich so the blanket stitch I use to stitch them in place will be the quilting for the center of the placemat. Then some simple quilting on the red background and my pretty little placemat will be ready to bind and I’ll have something new for my holiday decorations.

Isn’t it fun how different my placemat is from the original that Marcia designed? The fact that there is so much room for artistic interpretation is one of the things I love about making quilts.

Best Christmas Quilts 2016 is available at your local quilt store, in bookstores, on newsstands and at quiltandsewshop.com (hard copy or digital download). It has loads of wonderful ideas for you and there is plenty of time to finish several before Christmas.

And now, to find 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: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

Sorry I’m a little late with this week’s roundup of quilting and sewing news tidbits — did I miss anything?

IMG 2424 300x300 Scrap Bag: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska has chosen United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt as its Quilt of the Month for September to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The quilt consists of more than 140 individual quilts or panels, which consist of 25 blocks. Each block is dedicated to a victim of the attacks. The total square footage of the quilt is more than 15,500 feet and, if laid end to end, it would cover more than five football fields.
www.quiltstudy.org

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Susan Madden of Salt Lake City, Utah, was the subject of a segment on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” news program that spotlighted the two weeks the landscape quilter recently spent as artist-in-residence in Mesa Verde National Park. “I see everything as a piece of fabric,” she explained to journalist Conor Knighton, who seemed impressed by the boxes of batiks she brought with her to Colorado. Oh, if only he knew what a full stash looks like.
www.cbsnews.com

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On This Winter Day by Nancy Prince and Linda French was awarded Best of World at the  2016 World Quilt New England competition; it previously won Best of Show at International Quilt Festival in 2014. Click the link to see photos of all the winners; congrats to all!
www.quiltfest.com

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The Quilter’s Bug Shop blog collected and captioned a bunch of old sewing machine print ads ranging from the late 1800s to the 1960s for your weekend amusement.
quilters-bug.myshopify.com/blogs

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The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild put out a call in May for maple leaf blocks to be made into quilts for survivors of the terrible fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. They ended up receiving 2,000 blocks from across North America, Australia and the British Isles, which have been pieced into quilt tops; now they’re in the quilting and binding stage and plan to be able to send the quilts off in October.
www.ottawacommunitynews.com

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A quilt created to show the stories of people, places and events to represent the Exhibition of 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation is on display at the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville, Maryland, through the month of September. More than 400 people contributed to the large story quilt, which was designed by Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither.
www.your4state.com/news

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Fashion designer Kelsy Parkhouse’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection features quilt-inspired garments, some even constructed from antique cutter quilts, and the photo shoot for the collection shows the models standing around a patchwork “quilted pool.”
www.nyunews.com

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NancyMahoneyEQ7 EmailTop Scrap Bag: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

Do you EQ? Or are you like me, someone who has Electric Quilt software installed on her or his computer but hasn’t really learned how to use it? Well, if you’ve gone to the trouble of getting EQ but don’t quite know how to get started, or you’re designing quilts that are difficult to make in real life, take a look at Nancy Mahoney’s upcoming online class for Craft University.

I’ve been fortunate to work with Nancy a number of times, and I can attest that she is a genuine quilt world rock star, which means she’s an amazing designer, an exacting technician and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Having written and edited patterns for quilts she’s designed, I can assure you that the woman knows not only how to design beautiful quilts but they are patterns that you can actually make.

So if you’re not getting your money’s worth out of your EQ software, let Nancy show you all the ins and outs of what is a fantastic design tool for any quilter. And if you preregister for the class before September 19, you’ll receive access to Nancy’s Beginning EQ7 Webinar, a $19.99 value, which will further improve your skills overall.

Click here to learn more about the class Design Quilts with EQ7 & Nancy Mahoney from Craft University and to view a short preview video.

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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Quilt exhibits to visit Autumn 2016

calendar O N 2016 260x300 Quilt exhibits to visit Autumn 2016In the What’s New section of our October/November 2016 issue, we give you the skinny on a bunch of amazing quilt exhibits around the country along with images of some of the quilts you’ll see if you’re able to go to any of them in person.

However, we’re never able to include every current quilt exhibit in the print edition, so here are some additional exhibits you might want to know about.

This blog post is starting off as a list of nine U.S. venues and one in Canada hosting quilt exhibits this fall. But be sure to check back, because I will add exhibits to this list as I learn about them.

If you’re looking for upcoming quilt guild shows as well as general information about quilt museums around the U.S. and in Europe, visit the McCall’s Quilting website to see their Quilt Museums and Shows page for current listings.

Quilt historian and author Barbara Brackman has also put together her own listing of summer and fall exhibits of antique quilts and posted it on her blog.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see some quilts!

** Updated September 23, 2016 **

 

ALABAMA

Alabama Quilts August 1 through September 30 at the Gorgas House Museum in Tuscaloosa. This exhibit of a selection of historic quilts from the collections of the University of Alabama Department of Human and Environmental Science will feature six quilts from the Ragland African American quilt collection as well as local 19th-century signature quilts.
events.ua.edu

 

ARIZONA

The Quilts of Emma Andres and Her Contemporaries (1930-1940) through September 30 at the Sharlot Hal Museum in Prescott. This special exhibit features 11 quilts from the 1930s and 1940s, made by quilter extraordinaire Emma Andres and several of her contemporaries.
www.sharlot.org

 

CALIFORNIA

Recent Works in Fiber by Kimiko Kogure through September 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. Kogure draws on her Japanese heritage and childhood mhttps://middlesexhospital.org/zahngalleryemories to create her art quilts; you can read more about her in an article published by mercurynews.com.
lamorindaarts.org/orinda-library-art-gallery

2016 Quilt and Fiber Arts Show through October 15 at the Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum in Lower Lake. This textile show began in 1993 as a quilt show and has since expanded to include weaving, baskets, sewing, applique, silk screening, needlepoint and more; read about it on www.record-bee.com.
www.co.lake.ca.us

 

CONNECTICUT

Seasons on the Shoreline through October 29 at the Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery in the Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook. Sisters in Cloth, a group of Connecticut shoreline SAQA artists, imaged local scenes using hand-dyed cotton. The exhibit is paired with Sister’s Journeys, another collaborative collection.
middlesexhospital.org/zahngallery

 

FLORIDA

Fiber as Art October 3-25 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. This invitational exhibition shows the diverse work of fiber artists Pat Kumicich, Jeannie Thomma, Sharon and Bob Warner, and Allison Ouzerson.
marcoislandart.org

 

IOWA

Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts through September 30 at the Harmon Fine Arts Center at Drake University in Des Moines. A solo show featuring quilts by Thomas Knauer, Quilters Newsletter columnist and host of QNNtv’s “Design Studio.” You can read more about the quilts and the stories behind them here.
theandersongallery.wordpress.com

 

KENTUCKY

Carryin’ on the Tradition IX September 11-October 22 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville. The Piecemakers Quilt Club of Hopkins County will feature a variety of special exhibits in the show including displays of Quilts of Valor and a baby quilt exhibit showcasing the continuing service project of providing quilts to the Baptist Health NICU.
www.glemacenter.org

Backward & Forward: 20th Century Quilts through March 5, 2017, at the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. More than 30 quilts and wall hangings from the university’s collection of more than 250 illustrate how Kentucky quiltmakers looked to both the past and to the future for inspiration. Click here to view a gallery of images from the collection.
www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016 and Whistler in Quilts through September 24 at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. With quilts comprised of at least 50 percent handmade fabrics, this juried exhibition showcases the breadth of technique and style that can be achieved through the quilter’s manipulation of his or her medium.
www.whistlerhouse.org

 

MINNESOTA

Quilting Art Today through October 16 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The exhibition includes several components: “Minnesota Hail to Thee,” a Minnesota Quilts challenge competition; themed works by the international collective Voyage Art Textiles; traditional designs by Mary Chalmers; contemporary art quilts by Swedish textile artist Katriina Flensburg; and selected quilts by artists Lola Jenkins, Arden Harrison-Bushnell, Janet Hagberg, Melissa Sobokta and Joseph Mallard.
www.asimn.org

 

NEW YORK

Painted, Pieced, and Padded: Masterwork Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum through November 6 at the American Folk Art Museum Collections and Education Center in Long Island City. Ten masterwork quilts from the museum’s collection will be on view as part of New York Textile Month, a month-long, citywide festival that celebrates textile creativity. Note that visitation is by appointment only; click the link for details.
folkartmuseum.org

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation through January 16, 2017, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte. This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to expressive, decorative quilts, artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed media artists who improvise upon the form.
www.ganttcenter.org

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Piecing Together a Changing Planet October 3-28 at the Montgomery County Community College Art Gallery at Pottstown. This juried show of 26 art quilts, a partnership between the National Park Service and SAQA, highlights a few of the many ways that America’s 401 national parks are being affected by climate change and pollution.
www.mc3.edu

Quilts: The Next Layer through January 31, 2017, at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. Take an up close look at more than a dozen exquisite quilts recently donated to CCHS that have never before been on exhibit.  Pieced or appliqued in the 1800s, they reveal an array of designs in cotton or silk fabrics.
www.chestercohistorical.org

 

VERMONT

1863 Jane Stickle Quilt through October 10 at the Bennington Museum. The iconic “Dear Jane” quilt that tops many quilters’ bucket lists is put on display for only a few weeks every year, so if you can’t make it this fall make sure to set yourself a reminder for next year.
benningtonmuseum.org

 

VIRGINIA

Trail of Quilts September 16-October 30 in historic Stanardsville. Quilts will be on display at The Palette Art Gallery, Pioneer Bank, United Bank, the Greene County Library, The Noon Whistle Pottery, Rhodes Gallery at the Greene County Historical Society, UVA Credit Union and the Greene County Visitor Center.
www.dailyprogress.com

And Still We Rise: African American Story Quilts through December 31 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. This traveling exhibit features nearly 70 handcrafted story quilts created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network.
www.themsv.org

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Earth Stories through October 2 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Twenty-four SAQA artists from around the world were chosen to interpret a “story” of their choice, in two quilts each (72×72 and 12×14 inches). Read more about it on the SAQA website.
www.hmoa.org

 

CANADA

My Corner of the World through October 10 at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario. This 80-piece show was developed in collaboration with SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). A two-part exhibition, it consists of 40 pieces from SAQA Canadian member artists, and 40 pieces from SAQA International member artists.
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca

 

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Quilters Newsletter Oct/Nov 2016

Be sure to get your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s October/November 2016 issue featuring images of 75 fabulous and inspiring quilts, including some from both the historical Mountain Mist collection as well as new versions of those classic patterns made in today’s fabrics.

The October/November 2016 issue is already arriving at subscribers’ homes and officially goes on sale September 20 in quilt shops and bookstores, on newsstands, and online from quiltandsewshop.com in both print and digital editions. You don’t want to miss it!

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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