Top 10 Quilt News Stories of 2012

There’s always something exciting happening in the world of quilting, isn’t there? We at Quilters Newsletter scour the planet to find out about fascinating people, places and happenings to share with you, and in this list (in the order that they appeared in Quilters Newsletter) we share the top 2012 quilt stories that captured our attention, and perhaps yours as well.

QN Launches QN TV – On July 5, 2012, we started airing episodes of our very own internet TV show! Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community can be streamed for free at Check out the list on our blog of our Top Ten episodes, and make sure to catch all the shows that you might have missed. We’re looking forward to our TV schedule in 2013, with many more great quilters to feature and techniques to demonstrate, so stay tuned!

Re-creating the Bayeux Tapestry – in a quilt! That’s what Pam Holland decided to do after happening upon a book about the famed tapestry. She traveled around the world and through time as she researched, sketched, sourced materials to replicate the intricate piece. “This is not a project but a passion,” Holland said. “No one will see the quilt in its entirety until it is completed.” We’ll be first in line to view it when it’s finished. (February/March 2012)

Eleanor Burns Inducted into Hall of Fame – It’s likely that every quilter knows the name Eleanor Burns, and quite a few may have a book or two of hers … or a whole bunch. She’s written over 100 of them! Whether she’s helped you make a Quilt in a Day, or simply inspired you to start quilting, no one can deny that she has contributed a great deal to quilting. A leader in the industry for decades, she was inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in July 2012. (April/May 2012)

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April/May 2012

Baskets: New Quilts from an old Favorite – In what could be the most fun annual contest ever, the National Quilt Museum challenges quiltmakers to reinterpret traditional block designs in new ways. The block for 2012 was the basket block, and the Museum displays the new quilts alongside antique quilts of the same pattern. We also loved the accompanying book for the exhibit, Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite, edited by Linda Baxter Lasco (American Quilter’s Society, 2012). FYI, the block for the 2013 contest is Jacob’s Ladder; it’s never too early to start designing your entry! (April/May 2012)

SAQA Redefines Art Quilt – Studio Quilt Art Associates (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes art quilts worldwide, so they have a vested interest in making sure that the current definition of ‘art quilt’ is accurate and inclusive. The new definition reads, “The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” Including the word ‘references’ is key, and will allow for more creative techniques and materials to be incorporated in works that can be considered art quilts. (June/July 2012)

Crazy Quilt Sells for $74,000 – Robyn Melia of Australia didn’t set out to make an intricate 6-foot-square crazy quilt; she was just going to practice some historic embroidery designs to try on a border. One stitch led to another, and she ended up creating an intricate, densely worked crazy quilt. Estimating that it took her over 3000 hours to complete, Melia priced her quilt accordingly at a mere AU$80,000. It caught the eye of Lynette Brown, daughter of one of Australia’s most prominent art collectors, who worked with Melia to eventually purchase the quilt for AU$70,000 (US$74,000). (June/July 2012)

AAQI Receives its 10,000th Donated Quilt – The Alzheimer Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) reached a milestone in April 2012 when it received its 10,000th donated quilt from Kristen Shields of Bend, Oregon. In September the 12,000th quilt was received. AAQI sells small donated quilts and uses the profits to fund Alzheimer’s disease research through its Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts program. Since 2006, the organization has raised more than $870,000 for the cause. (August/September 2012)

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August/September 2012

5 Questions for 5 Modern Quilters – Modern quilting is like a big steam train running through the quilting world – running at full speed, gaining momentum and making plenty of noise. Whether you want to get on that train or watch it from a distance, modern quilting is an exciting movement that has inspired a new generation to start sewing. We asked five prominent modern quilters about their work, style and modern quilting in general. The first quilt conference and show dedicated entirely to modern quilting, QuiltCon, will take place February, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (August/September 2012)

Nancy Zieman Celebrates 30 Years on the AirSewing With Nancy, the PBS TV series hosted by Nancy Zieman, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. The event was marked by a two-part retrospective show, featuring flashbacks and special guests of the show’s three decades. Zieman is an undisputed institution in the sewing world, and her personal quilt passion is her landscape quilts which can often be seen using to decorate the walls of her television studio. Congratulations, Nancy! (October/November 2012)

AIDS Quilt Marks 25 Years – The AIDS Memorial Quilt, first conceived in 1985 by Cleve Jones, has since become a worldwide phenomenon; portions of it are continually traveling and being displayed around the world as it is now too large to show in its entirety. It contains over 48,000 3’ x 6’ panels dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals, weighs 54 tons and has been viewed by more than 18 million people. (October/November 2012)

Do you have any quilt stories that you would like to share? We’d love to hear them! Is there anything you’d like to hear more about? Less? 2013 is just around the corner, and finding out what it will bring to quilters everywhere is our job. If it’s news in the world of quilting, it will be in Quilters Newsletter.

Thanks for a great year, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for news, fun and inspiration! Keep checking our website for more favorites of 2012.

About Gigi Khalsa

Associate Editor at Quilters Newsletter
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