Scrap Bag: Vogue covers modern quilts, Longoria sews, button quilt, and more

Unlike the photo of coordinated red-and-white scraps shown below, I have a very mixed bag of quilt- and sewing-related tidbits today — the good news is there should be something here for everyone!

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Frequent QN contributor Georgina B. Fries of Bellwether Dry Goods was recently profiled in her alma mater Rowan University’s alumni magazine, in which her work with Quilters Newsletter was mentioned. Be sure to keep an eye out for our June/July 2016 issue for a scrappy one-block pattern from Georgina that has plenty of space for beautiful custom quilting.
rowanmagazine.com

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In more university news, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, home of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, published an article online about a button quilt made by Mary Elizabeth Shelby of Kansas City, Missouri, that was donated to IQSCM in 2014. The quilt is a piece of seersucker embellished with 11,923 buttons; at 87″ x 79″ and weighing 65 lbs., it’s too fragile to be hung vertically and is laid flat in the bottom drawer of a storage unit. “Carolyn Ducey, curator of collections, said she hopes to include the quilt in an exhibit of whimsical quilts in 2017.”
news.unl.edu

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From Vogue comes “Not Your Grandma’s Quilt: Why the Patchwork Blanket Suddenly Feels Cool Again.” My feelings about the use of “not your grandmother’s quilt” aside, this article and slideshow about modern quilts, including some designed by Pauline Boyd for Pottery Barn, has some interesting design inspiration in addition to offering insight into the types of quilts that appeal to people who aren’t normally “into” quilts.
www.vogue.com

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here’s a link to details about a quilt challenge being organized by Suzanne M. Jones tentatively entitled “HERstory,” honoring the amazing accomplishments of women in this past century. This collection will be published in a book by Schiffer Publishing in 2019.
www.susannemjones.com

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The centennial of the Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, which set in motion events leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland, is approaching. A group of 77 Irish women recently completed a quilt to commemorate 77 women who were arrested in May 1916 for taking part in the rebellion. “When the women of 2016 had finished talking to relatives of the 1916 women and mined the military and pension archives, each designed a panel for the Rising woman she had been paired with. The panels were sewn together to form a quilt, which will hang in the new exhibition centre at Richmond Barracks.”
www.irishtimes.com

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Broadly.com published “Mark My Words: The Subversive History of Women Using Thread as Ink,” an examination of some of the ways women of different eras have told and continue to tell personal stories through embroidery (and not all of them happy stories, but always compelling).
broadly.vice.com

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Glamour Magazine has given the world the video “20 Minutes of Eva Longoria Sewing, While Reading the Entire Wikipedia Entry on Sewing,” which is exactly what it sounds like with occasional side comments thrown in by Longoria while she cuts fabric for and hand stitches a pillow cover. For the record, she does seem to know what she’s doing, especially considering she’s reading a teleprompter while stitching.
www.youtube.com

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How long does it take you to make a quilt? That’s the question quilter Stephanie Boon has been posing to other quilters in a series for her blog. In this particular post, Boon interviewed Kaja Ziesler, an improvisational hand quilter. Spoiler alert: it take Ziesler a lot longer to finish her quilts than if she were machine quilting them, with very cool results.
www.dawnchorusstudio.com

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The New Madison Public Library in New Madison, Ohio, decided to celebrate National Quilt Month by working with a local quilter to challenge the kids who attend the LEGO Club to recreate quilt patterns with LEGOs. The event was held on March 15, but they haven’t posted any photos of the kids’ creations on Facebook unfortunately. Still, it’s a neat idea, isn’t it?
www.facebook.com

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In my December 23 Scrap Bag post, I included a news item about a hexagon quilt that was made by the community of Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England, for their sister city of Appomattox, Virginia, as part of ongoing cultural exchange projects. The quilt has made its way stateside and is currently on display at Appomattox Elementary School and then will be displayed at either the Clover Hill Historical Village or the old Appomattox County Jail when the society’s museums open in April.
www.newsadvance.com

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lhe5kakgb7gbotebonwp Scrap Bag: Vogue covers modern quilts, Longoria sews, button quilt, and moreDo you consider yourself a beginning or newbie quilter? Or are you still an aspiring quilter? Perhaps you could use a refresher course in your skills? Then be sure to check out “My First Quilt” hosted by Sara Gallegos on QNNtv.com. Registration for the entire multi-part series is FREE, and it covers all the basics, starting with the tools you need to choosing fabric to using precuts and much more. Click here to learn more about the free “My First Quilt” series!

 

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Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS LAURA, CATHIE, and LUANNE.

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, Wednesday March 17, which means that I have now missed the third year in a row of my self-imposed deadline to have the shamrock quilt I’m making finished before the holiday (unless, of course, I get industrious and finish it tonight). Every year so far I’ve pulled it out again and gotten just a bit further with it. You can see a bit of the top half of the quilt in the picture below. The white lines are chalk marks denoting where I plan to (or already have, with dark green colored thread) place(d) the quilting.St Patricks Quilt Waiting To Be Quilted Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

And here’s a slightly blurry picture from a year ago showing more of the quilt so you can see the pieced part of the shamrock. I’m still not certain whether or not I plan to add a bit of applique stems to the leaves: Shamrock Quilt Center PreQuilting Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

In hopes some gorgeous new fabric will inspired us to finish our UFOs and not just put them away for another year, this week’s giveaway includes three bundles of fabric from the Artisan Spirit Ambience collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, one bundle to each winner. Prize 1 is a bundle of the green colorway: GreenBundle2 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

Prize 2 is a bundle of the blue colorway: BlueBundle2 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

And Prize 3 is a bundle of the gray colorway: GrayBundle2 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

Here’s a picture of all three prize bundles together: Ambience Week 2 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 2 of 2

To enter for your chance to win one of the bundles of Artisan Spirit Ambience, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, March 20, 2016, telling us about a project you’d like to get finished sometime in the near future. 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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Another Pieced Back Finished

I’m pleased to say I finished my quilt back. I’ve been working on it for several weeks and I’m glad to be done.

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The Completed Back

Here’s another view of the back; there’s better light in my office but I couldn’t get far enough away to photograph the entire back.

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Again – the Pieced Back

And this is the quilt top.

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The “Embroidered” Quilt Top

 

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A Close-up of the Back

I have used pieces and parts of several fabric collections in this back. There were handkerchief panels, doll panels and embroidered block panels. I put them together with a few pinwheel blocks that were step-outs for a project a while back and lots of strips and bits from my 1930s reproduction print fabric scraps. As always, I am amazed that I pieced the front and the back of a bed-size quilt and the pile of fabric in the storage tub seems only a tiny bit smaller. I think I must need to make about 20 scrap quilts in order to make a noticeable difference in the amount of fabric I have.

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A “Good” Doll and One That Had Holes in Her Head

Much of my fabric came from “fabric grabs” at work.  Several fabric companies send us samples. When the sample fabrics are no longer current, the staff here gets together and all of us get to select fabric to take home for our personal use.

Some of the fabric samples we bring home are attached to header cards by staples – my favorite method because it doesn’t damage the fabric. But sometimes the fabric is attached by grommets that leave holes in the fabric. I had six dolls and four complete hankies that I could use as they were but there were four dolls and a few hankies that had holes from the grommets.  I cut the dolls across the holes then added a 1” strip of fabric. That 1” strip minus the seam allowances in it and in the doll panel means that the doll panel remains at its original measurement, so the doll’s head is not distorted. If I’d just made a seam to eliminate the holes without adding the 1” strip, the dolls head would have been ½” shorter and her head would have looked strange. I simply cut the hankies in sections to remove the holes.

I was asked what this quilt is for. It made me laugh to realize that this is a quilt that I didn’t make for anything other than the sheer pleasure of making a quilt. I have two projects for magazines that I will be working on for the next while but this one was for “just because.”

Hopefully, before the day is gone, I’ll have a chance to contact my quilter and get this one on her schedule.  It’s going to need a name but, as usual, I haven’t a clue what that will be.

One of the reasons I like to make pieced backs is that they use scraps, lots and lots of scraps. Something we hear from all of you is that you like ideas for scrap quilts. Today, I found Devoted to Scraps from Quiltmaker at a special price of $10.79. Also in the April/May 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter, I wrote about making pieced backs and you can see several of my quilts, front and back.

That’s all for now. Remember, 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: “Dear Sweet Sewing Machine” song, ‘quilted’ eye shadow, 23-foot-tall quilt, and more

Today’s Scrap Bag of quilt-y tidbits and trivia items is bursting at the seams — won’t you take some of them off my hands?

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Did you know there was a song in Fiddler on the Roof called “Dear Sweet Sewing Machine?” Neither did I!* That’s because the duet for Tzeitel and her tailor husband, Motel, was cut from the original production during previews back in 1964. Fortunately for us, when it was time to record the cast album of the current Broadway revival, they added it to the schedule and also filmed a very sweet video for it, which you can watch on the Playbill website. Quilters, we have our anthem!
www.playbill.com

*Although I’m sure some of my geekier musical theatre friends have known this for years.

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Last year Quilters Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker sponsored the Be Creative! Quilt Challenge, and the results are in and included in the April/May 2016 issue of QN. The winners and finalists will be displayed at all Original Sewing & Quilt Expos and the America Quilts Expo in 2016. Finalist Jean Kritenbrink blogged about her quilt, Shortcut – nicely done, Jean! (You can view the top three prize-winning quilts on our website.)
quiltinjeanie.blogspot.com

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Reed College math professor Irena Swanson combines a love for numbers with a passion for quilting in developing tube quilting techniques. “The method isn’t just accurate and fast. It’s also pretty much foolproof,” said one local quilter of Swanson’s approach.
www.reed.edu

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Could this crosshatch eye shadow technique from Paris Fashion Week be all the rage at Houston next fall? The models in Chanel’s runway show all sported the look, which is said to emulate the diamond quilting on the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag.
nymag.com

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Terrie Hancock Mangat’s Medicine Bough Mountain Retreat (2015) takes the prize for the tallest quilt I’ve ever heard of at 23 feet. This 3-part, heavily embellished art quilt is on display through May 1 at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico. You can watch a video on YouTube in which Terrie talks a bit about her inspiration and techniques.
www.youtube.com

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A new exhibit of quilts by Marie Webster just opened at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, so the Indianapolis Monthly asked local quilt shop owner Heather Givans to pick six of her favorites from the show and describe what she likes about them.
www.indianapolismonthly.com

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This may not end up having any impact on the dyes used for textiles, but considering how the pursuit of vibrant and colorfast pigment has spanned millennia, this is kind of cool. A brilliant new blue pigment was discovered serendipitously by Oregon State University chemists in 2009 and is just now reaching the marketplace, where it will be used in a wide range of coatings and plastics. The vibrant blue is so durable, and its compounds are so stable that the color does not fade.
oregonstate.edu

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Pi Day approaches — not Pie Day, but Pi, that is, 3.14159 etc., which has come to be celebrated on March 14. John Sims, who describes himself as a multimedia political MathArtist, designed  pi-derived quilt patterns and worked with a group of Amish quilters to create various iterations in addition to formal dresses. Read more and watch a video of his exhibit SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto at the link below.
www.huffingtonpost.com

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As many rock and pop music fans know, producer George Martin, the actual Fifth Beatle if ever there was one, died on March 8 at the age of 90. “Mary Kate, what does this have to do with quilting?” you ask. Well, it gives me the opportunity to share one of my favorite behind-the-scenes Beatles stories. To create the swirling, somewhat eerie wash of sound that underscores the instrumental coda of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” Martin decided to take audio tapes of old carnival organ music, cut them into pieces, throw them into the air, pick them up from the floor at random and splice them back together again. Which means that the song has an actual scrappy pieced background! Now go dig out your copy of “Sgt. Pepper” and listen for yourself.
www.rollingstone.com

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LSW0416 Scrap Bag: Dear Sweet Sewing Machine song, quilted eye shadow, 23 foot tall quilt, and moreDo you have an embroidery machine but aren’t quite sure how to get the most out of it? In the webinar Machine Embroidery 101, instructor Lisa Shaw will go under the hood and explain basic machine anatomy and how the various parts work to stitch a design. She’ll also cover machine embroidery essentials, how embroidery designs are created, embroidery software basics and how to expand your skills for greater creative expression. During the live webinar on March 22, participants will have the chance to ask Lisa specific questions; after the live event, the webinar recording will be available on-demand. Click here to learn more about the Machine Embroidery 101 webinar!

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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Yvonne Porcella: A Remembrance

As many quilters already know, art quilt pioneer and member of the Quilters Hall of Fame Yvonne Porcella died on February 12 after fighting cancer for six years. In addition to obituaries in local newspapers the Modesto Bee and the Calaveras Enterprise, Yvonne has been eulogized by many leaders in the quilt world, among them Quilts, Inc., the Quilt AlliancePokey Bolton and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), which she founded in 1989.

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Yvonne Porcella photographed on May 12, 2013, which was both Mother’s Day and her 77th birthday

Prior to International Quilt Market 2014, I must confess that I didn’t know much about Yvonne’s work. Yes, I definitely knew her name and had read her bio in my desk copy of The Quilters Hall of Fame honoree book, to which I refer often. But I didn’t have a true sense of her art or of her impact on the quilt world.

That changed in Houston, and I have Victoria Findlay Wolfe to thank for it.

I had set up a coffee meeting with Victoria, with whom I was working via email on an article for our Best Tradition with a Twist Quilts 2015 special issue. During our conversation the topic moved to Yvonne, who was at Market to promote her self-published memoir.

“Have you met her?” Victoria asked.

“No,” I replied.

“You have to,” Victoria said. She went on to tell me about Yvonne’s zest for life and amazing attitude, particularly in light of the fact that she was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer and was getting around the convention center on a motorized scooter. She practically made me promise I would visit the Mistyfuse booth, which was Yvonne’s home base during the show.

When I did have a few minutes to swing by the Mistyfuse booth, Yvonne wasn’t there. So I made a mental note to try again, even though I really had no idea what I’d say to her in person aside from, “Uh, Victoria sent me. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

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“Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!” interview with Yvonne Porcella at 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston. Photo from Quilt Alliance.

It might have been later that afternoon when I was taking some time between appointments to look at the quilts on display that I found myself in a long aisle that displayed a retrospective of her work, quilt after quilt of exuberant, saturated, unapologetic color and pattern. I glanced down the aisle and what did I see but a small woman wearing a hat and glasses, rolling toward me on a motorized scooter.

“Excuse me, are you Yvonne Porcella?” I asked. She was, of course, so I introduced myself as being from Quilters Newsletter, and we proceeded to talk for about a half-hour I believe. She pointed out details on some of her quilts, told me about her memoir, and even interrupted herself to point out a fabric she’d designed a few years prior that had been used in a quilt by someone else hanging on the wall behind me.

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detail of Fiesta in Fabric by Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli; the striped inner border and binding were made with a print designed by Yvonne Porcella

A couple of times during our conversation I marveled at the serendipity of it all, to be standing there having a private conversation with such an influential artist and major player in this industry surrounded by her work. And she was so nice and gracious on top of it all. Being from QN might have raised my profile in her eyes, but I have no doubt she would have taken as much time with anyone who had happened to meet her in the same way.

I also found that Victoria’s description of her was spot-on; she was so full of energy, so full of spirit, despite the fact that most of us in those circumstances would have felt fairly wretched. If she felt under the weather, she never let on. It was all about the quilts, and to be honest, the business of quilts, as that’s what Market is for. We discussed the possibility of excerpting her memoir in QN, which we ended up doing in our August/September 2015 issue. I was very happy to be the assigned editor for that feature.

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We closed the article with an excerpt from the final page in her book, titled “Gratitude,” which perfectly encapsulates the energy she projected in life, in her books and through her quilts.

I have enjoyed a life of travel to exotic destinations, meeting extraordinary people, experiencing more joys than sorrows. After reading this book I hope you understand how I work and Why. … I am forever grateful to those who made it possible for me to live life to the fullest.

To learn more about Yvonne Porcella and to see a gallery of her work, visit her website at www.yvonneporcella.com. Her memoir is available through her website.

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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Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! CONGRATULATIONS LAURA, JUDI, and PAT!

Have you ever started a quilt project you thought you were going to love and then didn’t like it so much? I couldn’t say I had until this last weekend. One of the projects I’m working on is a bento box lap-size quilt, and I’m making the front in a winter colorway and the back in a Halloween colorway. WinterVersionBlocks 300x203 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2 (Or maybe the Halloween colorway is the front and the winter colorway is the back?) When I had the winter colorway in the stage where only a couple of blocks were completely sewn and I’d sewn each of the quarters of the rest of the blocks, I really liked the colors. Then I got all the blocks up on my design wall, and suddenly I was bored with it. I got the Halloween colorway up on the design wall next to it and love the Halloween version. Maybe I should add some appliques to the stone-colored fabrics in the winter version to spice it up a little? HalloweenVersion Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2WinterVersion3 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

No matter what I do with my bento box quilt, I’m sure the three winners of this week’s giveaway — three bundles of fabric from the Artisan Spirit Ambience collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, one bundle to each winner — will have plenty of fun with their prizes. Prize 1 is a bundle of the purple colorway: PurpleBundle1 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

Prize 2 is a bundle of the pink colorway: PinkBundle1 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

And Prize 3 is a bundle of the orange colorway: OrangeBundle1 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

Here’s a picture of all three prize bundles together: Ambience Week 1 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

Wondering what you might make with fabrics from the Artisan Spirit Ambience collection? Here’s a block we made when we picked it to feature in Staff Picks for Quilters Newsletter February/March 2016:Ambience Block Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2

To enter for your chance to win one of the bundles of Artisan Spirit Ambience, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, March 13, 2016, telling us about a quilting project (or other project) that you thought you would like and didn’t like so much once it was finished. 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.

Ambience Week 2 300x108 Artisan Spirit Ambience, Week 1 of 2 And stay tuned here on the QN blog, because we’ll be giving away three more bundles of Artisan Spirit Ambience in green, blue, and gray colorways next week.

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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Sidetracked No More

I’m so glad to be able to show you my almost-finished quilt. All it needs is a label and I can’t make that until I decide on a name.

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The Churn Dash Quilt

I started this quilt back in September of 2015. You can see the almost-completed top here when it needed only the outer border added.

In December I made the pieced quilt back.

If you’d like to know more about how I make pieced backs, this is the video I did for QNNtv.com.

Last week in my blog, I talked about how sidetracked I was and said that the first thing I needed to do was bind the quilt I’d gotten back from the quilter. I went home and bound the quilt on Monday evening. It wasn’t until I was in bed and patting myself on the back for having finished it that I remembered it needed a sleeve.

It’s a queen-size bed quilt so ordinarily it wouldn’t need a sleeve, but I intend for this quilt to be part of the Quilts from Within exhibit that will travel with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo events beginning in May. Go to their website to find a location near you.

Right now the Quilts from Within exhibit is hanging here in the Golden office. It is an exhibit of quilts made by those of us who work for Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. You can read about it here and if you are in the area, come by and see it at 741 Corporate Circle, Suite E, in Golden, Colorado.

Back to my quilt. I added the quilt sleeve but since I had to do it all by hand, it took two evenings to complete that task. I like the sleeve. It’s pieced. I made it from a strip the quilter trimmed off after the quilt was quilted. You can see it in the photo of the quilt back but it blends in very nicely.

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The Churn Dash Quilt Back

And I do want to show you a close-up of the quilting. Crystal Zagnoli of the Quilted Cricket of Greenwood Village, Colorado, quilted it for me and I love what she did.

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Close-up of the Quilting

This little rectangle of pale aqua fabric was leftover from the yoke when I made a dress for my granddaughter (in case you wondered about the lace and pintucks.)

Now if I could just think of a name for my quilt, I could make a label and the quilt would be done. If you have an idea for a name, I’d love to hear it.

I’m hoping to have another good week of finishing things at home. I have a big project I need to start soon and I want to complete a couple of things first. I have my fingers crossed.

Until next time, remember, 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: Urban legend quilt, video game for longarms, comeback for quilted jackets, and more

Happy Friday! Can I interest you in some scraps of quilt news to help get your weekend started?

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Fashion blog The House That Lars Built recently posted “Coo Coo for Quilted” about coveting jackets that are either quilted or actually made out of quilts.
thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

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Keeping Busy is an exhibit of quilts by five contemporary textile artists made in response to an 1884 crazy quilt made by Henrietta Lambie to mourn the loss of her two children. The exhibit in Northampton, Massachusetts, closes this weekend.
www.historicnorthampton.org

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Public television station WMHT in Troy, New York, recently profiled a husband-and-wife team of artists on their program “AHA!” In the video that’s free to watch on their website, mixed-media fiber artist K.  Velis Turan and her sculptor husband, Bob, describe their works and their processes in their Hudson Valley home.
www.wmht.org

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Quilt collector and author of Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 Roderick Kirocofe blogged about his visit to the “Losing the Compass” exhibit in London, in which he exhibited a number of quilts from his collection, including Gee’s Bends quilts and more. Click the link to see photos of the entire exhibit.
www.roderickkiracofe.com

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Threadsteading is a new computerized game that turns your embroidery machine or longarm into a “territory-control board game. In it, players deliver commands to the quilting machine to take control of a hexagonal space, stitching a permanent mark on the fabric. In the end, the players will have created a quilt for themselves — a tangible reminder of the game they played together.” I’d like to see this in action — right now it strikes me as being to quilting what the Rock Band video game is to actually playing in a rock band. But it would be interesting to see.
www.gamasutra.com

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The National Endowment for the Arts posted a first-person account by textile artist Jean M. Judd as part of its “My Art Story” online initiative. In it, the Cushing, Wisconsin, resident describes the impact and inspiration the arts have had in her life.
www.arts.gov

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From Fairfax County, Virginia, comes this story about Donna DeSoto, who made a quilt to depict the Legend of the Bunny Man, a local urban legend about a bunny suit-wearing killer said to haunt a certain railroad bridge. She calls it Eek From the Creek: Encounter With Clifton’s Bunnyman. (In the immortal words of Dave Barry, I am not making this up.)
www.washingtonpost.com 

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Our sister publication McCall’s Quilting has started a new weekly series on their blog called Design Wall Monday, which offers a rundown of what editors and designers for QN, McCall’s and Quiltmaker worked on over the weekend. There will be a new blog post come Monday, but until then you can read the first one posted for a little weekend inspiration.
www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs

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Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016 cover

Keep your eyes out for Quilters Newsletter’s April/May 2016 issue, which goes on sale March 15! The gorgeous cover quilt is Country Garden by Carolyn Rider, and the detailed photos inside the issue are going to make you want to up your quilting game.

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 Spring 2016

So what if spring doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks? Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training and my crocuses have bloomed, so that’s good enough for me to go ahead and post this list of quilt exhibits on display this season!

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Just a couple of the quilt exhibit listings in the April/May 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter

We include news items and listings of major quilt exhibits in the What’s New section of each issue of Quilters Newsletter, but space and deadlines prevent us from including all of the many exhibits we learn about, some of which are a little off the beaten path. Because there’s so much good stuff happening all the time, though, we want to keep you updated with as much information as we can find.

This blog post is starting off as a list of 13 U.S. venues and one Canadian museum hosting quilt exhibits this spring. But be sure to check back from time to time, because I will add exhibits to this list as I hear about them over the next couple of months.

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.

If you manage to see any of these displays, leave a comment below – we’d love to know what you thought!

** Updated April 4, 2016 **

ARKANSAS

Crazy Quilts at the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers. As of now the museum has not updated their website with details about the exhibit of 10 quilts from its collection that opened in February, but you can read about it on baxterbulletin.com.
www.rogershistoricalmuseum.org

 

CALIFORNIA

All About Quilts! during March at the Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka. A 2015 Signature Quilt along with other vintage quilts and sewing items from the museum’s collection are on display. There are no details about the exhibit on the museum’s website, but you can read a little about it on the Siskiyou Daily News site.
www.siskiyoucountyhistoricalsociety.org/siskiyou-county-museum

Quilted Pages through April 3 at the Temecula Valley Museum. Allyson Allen’s quilts are considered information art. Using her cross-disciplinary approach to quiltmaking, Allen has created a collection of her quilts that reference African folklore, social issues, and Black history.
www.temeculavalleymuseum.org

Crossing the Atlantic Quilt by Quilt March 5 through May 15 at the Pasadena Museum of History. This exhibit highlights some of the similarities – and differences – of quilts that crossed the Atlantic from the U.K. to the U.S., both literally and figuratively. More than twenty quilts from the collection of quiltmaker, curator and scholar Maggi Gordon will be on display.
pasadenahistory.org

 Vintage Quilt & Fashion Exhibit through May 29 at the Folsom History Museum.
www.folsomhistoricalsociety.org

COLORADO

Above & Beyond: Studio Art Quilt Associates in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah through March 26 at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Lakewood. The title of the show is a metaphor for the vast area of creative possibilities open to contemporary art quilters and fiber artists. Our acquisitions editor Lori blogged about her visit to the exhibit a few weeks ago where she saw works by many people familiar to QN readers as well as some new ones; click here to read about Lori’s experience.
www.lakewood.org/Exhibits

Celebrating the Cowboy with Quilts: Round Up 2 through March 26 at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig. This exhibit of quilts by Jean Roesler depicts cowboy culture with a whimsical flair.
www.museumnwco.org

Geddes geese Quilt exhibits to visit Spring 2016

“On Course” by QN art director Susan Geddes, from the Quilts from Within exhibit. Pattern available in “Quiltmaker”, March/April 2016

Quilts from Within March and April at the F+W Gallery in Golden. This is an exhibit literally near and dear to the hearts of my coworkers and me, as it’s just down the hall from where we spend our days. The lobby of our offices functions as a quilt gallery that is open to the public during regular business hours, and right now we are showing an exhibit of 23 quilts by the editors and designers of Quilters NewsletterQuiltmakerMcCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read more about it elsewhere on the QN blog.

www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs

 

CONNECTICUT

And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations through April 24 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Using the powerful medium of story quilts, this exhibition narrates nearly four centuries of African American history, from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Through 40 quilts from artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to the Tuskegee Airmen.
brucemuseum.org

 

INDIANA

Material Culture: Quilts Inspired by Mathers Museum Artifacts through May 16 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indian University in Bloomington. In the summer of 2014 members of The Charm Club, a group of Indiana-linked quiltmakers, toured the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Inspired by some of the artifacts they saw, the quiltmakers used the tour as the basis for a club challenge. This exhibit showcases the results, displaying both the original artifacts that sparked the quiltmakers’ creative fire, and their quilted responses to those artifacts.
www.mathers.indiana.edu

 

KENTUCKY

Quilts From the Community March to April at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland. In honor of National Quilt Month, the Highlands Museum is presenting this exhibit featuring quilts from the museum’s collections and the community.  This includes Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell’s Graveyard Quilt.
highlandsmuseum.com

The Other Side Backs through April 11 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. All of the quilts in this exhibit are hung so you can examine the backs as closely as you can examine the fronts.
quiltmuseum.org

 

MARYLAND

Dominie Nash Solo Exhibit April 9 to May 29 at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. “Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth.”
www.mncppcapps.org

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Conversations in Cloth through March 25 at the Belmont Gallery of Art in Belmont Center. The gallery’s first-ever all-textile art show features the work of quilt artists Sylvia Einstein, Beatriz Grayson and Nancy Halpern.
www.belmontgallery.org

City & Shore — A Quilter’s Perspective through April 28 at the Maser Gallery at Falmouth Community Television. This solo exhibit of art quilts by Sue Colozzi, a Boston-area fiber artist who specializes in detailed landscape quilts, depicts scenes of the New England landscape, particularly the different neighborhoods of Boston and towns on the Cape.
www.fctv.org

 

MICHIGAN

From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts through April 10 at the Flint Institute of Arts. This exhibit surveys 20th-century African American quilt artists from the South, restoring their identities and drawing in examples that range from abstract compositions to figurative works of cultural icons like Jackie Robinson. Click here to listen to a 10-minute story from public radio WKAR with FIA’s curator Tracee Glab as well as renowned quilter Yvonne Wells.
www.flintarts.org

 

MISSISSIPPI

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion through April 16 at the  University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford. This retrospective of work by one of the leading art quilters of the modern era includes 58 quilts Fallert-Gentry has made since 1976.
museum.olemiss.edu

 

NEBRASKA

Nebraska’s Enduring Quilt Heritage: New Acquisitions opening April 1 at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. This exhibit of quilts added to the museum holdings over the last 10 years, many not previously displayed, features quilts that tell stories of migration, politics, and events both joyous and memorial.
www.nebraskahistory.org

Handi Quilter Vintage Made Modern through April 30 at the AccuQuilt Gallery in Omaha. The 14 quilts in this exhibit all have three things in common: 1. They started as quilt tops that were purchased auctions (estate, farm and eBay). 2. They were quilted by Handi Quilter national educators, who 3. quilted in a style that the original quilt top-maker would never have envisioned. Oh! And there’s a 4th thing in common: there was a reason that most of these tops were never finished. The quilters encountered a host of issues: wonky piecing, broken seams, wavy borders and a general lack of flatness.
www.accuquilt.com

 

OHIO

Rick Braveheart and Sue King: Two Voices in the Wilderness through April 15 at the Dublin Arts Council in Dublin. This exhibit of King’s art quilts and Braveheart’s photography brings together two veteran contemporary artists from central Ohio to highlight the beauty of America’s national lands and to celebrate centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.
www.dublinarts.org

 

OREGON

The Log Cabins of Donald Judd through April 30 at Modern Domestic in Portland. This is an exhibit of 12 quilts selected from the 50 designed and produced by Luke Haynes for a solo exhibit earlier this year in Los Angeles. Haynes described his concept in his artist statement by saying, “The basic idea is that I want to make the 50 quilts iterations of the log cabin. All different variations with the same language, all red centers with white and black fabric. All the fabric will be used textiles, so the patterns and language of the details will be dictated by the range of ‘black’ or ‘white’ or ‘red’ that I have access to in the form of used garments/textiles.”
moderndomesticpdx.com

 

PENNSYLVANIA

ArtQuilt Elements March 18 to April 30 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne. AQE 2016 is the 12th exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia. ”One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts. The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form.”
artquiltelements.org

 

RHODE ISLAND

Textiles: Contemporary American Quiltmaking through April 10 at the Watermark Gallery in East Providence. “This gorgeous show features ten award-winning artists whose elegant and offbeat contemporary quilts successfully jump from the beds to the walls,” according to friend-of-QN Bill Volckening, who guest curated the exhibit of modern quilts by people such as Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Denyse Schmidt and Melissa Averinos.
willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Quilts & Textiles Show through May 21 at the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This exhibit of Lakota quilts includes over 30 quilts from the 1980s to today, some from the Heritage Center’s permanent collection and others newly made in response to an open call for submissions. They illustrate both traditional and modern design and the connection between them.
www.redcloudschool.org

 

VIRGINIA

Three Decades of a Quilting Friendship, Quilt Study of Civil War Era Quilts, and Treasures from the Vault:  Mary Spitzer Etter Collection through May 7 at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg.
www.vaquiltmuseum.org

 

WASHINGTON

Made in Dayton: Quilts from 1920 to 2015 through the end of 2016 at the Dayton Historic Depot Museum in Dayton.
www.daytonhistoricdepot.org

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Quilt Exhibit through May 13 at the  West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. The state Division of Culture and History says the quilts were donated or created for specific shows, including an exhibit that opened in 1976 during the Culture Center’s first year.
www.herald-dispatch.com

 

WISCONSIN

Fiber Arts Coalition: Salvage & Selvage April 8 to May 8 at the Schauer Arts and Activities Center in Hartford. This contemporary art quilt exhibition features works using repurposed materials.
www.schauercenter.org

 

CANADA

Cozy Up through March 27 at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives in Mulmur, Ontario. The DCMA holds over 200 quilts in its permanent collection, some dating as far back as 1860.  Each one tells the story of its creator and the community through themes of family and local history, war and remembrance and design and adornment.  A selection of these textiles are on exhibit in the Silo Gallery.
www.dufferinmuseum.co

A Stitch in Time April 2-30 at The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, Ontario. As well as showcasing new work by the Kingston Fibre Artists, A Stitch in Time will feature textile art celebrating the colourful history of the Tett Centre.
www.tettcentre.org

Song of Songs: An Exhibition of Israeli Quilts through April 21 at the London Jewish Community Centre in London, Ontario. This group of quilts by the Israel-based Encounters Art Quilt Group is inspired by themes and imagery found in the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) chapter of the Bible.
saqacentralcanada.blogspot.com

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Quilt Tales March 18 to April 18 at the Watermans Art Gallery in Brentford, England. This exhibition was designed to break down isolation, help to share stories and help develop new skills in a group of seniors who suffer from varying degrees of sight and hearing loss, all of which are represented in the multi-sensory quilts on display.
www.watermans.org.uk

 

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Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016 cover

For information on more quilt exhibits, as well as major winners at recent quilt shows, profiles of leading quilt artists, tutorials, new products and book recommendations, quilt patterns and so much more, pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s April/May 2016 issue, on sale March 15!

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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So Many Books Part 17!

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS LINDA, LEE, and SUE!

It appears that when I wrote in last week’s post I had had extra time to work on my quilting projects lately I was actually jinxing myself, because I had no time at all to work on those projects this week. QNAM16Cover 200 So Many Books Part 17! Quilters Newsletter‘s latest issue, April/May 2016 is almost out, however, and we received the very first copies in our office this week, so I’ve been able to tide myself over by looking at QNFM16 Cover 500 So Many Books Part 17! all the wonderful quilts and quilting projects inside. If you don’t yet have your copy of Quilters Newsletter‘s February/March 2016 issue, it’s also filled with wonderful quilts and quilting projects, and is still available on newsstands and at Quilt and Sew Shop as well. Stay tuned here on the QN Blog for another fabric giveaway featuring a collection from the February/March 2016′s Staff Picks next week. This week, we’re giving away three quilting book prizes:

Part 17 Prize 1 So Many Books Part 17! Prize 1 includes Home to Roost from Need’l Love, Jane Austen Quilts Inspired by Her Novels by Karen Gloeggler from AQS Publishing, Patchwork Palette by Donna Lynn Thomas from That Patchwork Place, and Carolina Lily edited by Linda Baxter Lasco from American Quilters Society.

Part 17 Prize 2 So Many Books Part 17! Prize 2 includes Think Big Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18″ Blocks by Amy Ellis from That Patchwork Place; Sew Jelly Roll Quilts and Gifts by Carolyn Forster from Search Press; Table Toppers Quilted Projects from Fons & Porter; and Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland from Potter Craft.

Part 17 Prize 3 So Many Books Part 17! Prize 3 includes Simple Shape Quilts by Katheryn Russi and Rose Schutte from AQS Publishing, T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy by Martha Deleonardis from AQS Publishing, Easy Weekend Quilts from That Patchwork Place; and Quilt Retro by Jenifer Dick from Kansas City Star Books.

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, March 6, 2016, telling us what you do to get your quilting fix when you don’t have time to quilt. 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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