Scrap Bag: a quilting angel, machine applique called “cheating,” cinematic color inspiration, and more

This week’s Scrap Bag has even more news and tidbits: two statewide documentation projects, quilting as outreach among a Canadian First Nation community, how the maker of a 19th-century quilt was identified by a team of researchers, quilting metaphors in the latest from one of America’s leading playwrights, and an exciting discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck that yielded a silk dress in relatively good shape all things considered (includes bonus video in Dutch!).

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Do you need to have your faith in humanity bolstered or restored? Then you need to read this story about “Granny” Buckner, an angel among us if such a thing is possible. In addition to running a sewing shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she offers free quilting classes to young people in her neighborhood, Buckner fostered hundreds of kids over the course of the last few decades in addition to raising her own eight children and serving as a preacher in the family church. Seriously, you need to read this story.
www.twincities.com

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How do quilt historians determine the origin of antique quilts when all they have to go on is scraps of information? A 19th-century hexagon quilt was an artifact in the Gregg-Graniteville Archives in South Carolina, but its origins had been lost to history. It took a team effort by librarians, archeologists, textile curators and quilt historians to determine an attribution of which they feel confident.
www.aikenstandard.com

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Here’s a source for general design inspiration that may appeal most to film buffs. Director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) is known for the very specific art direction of his films, giving them a unique look that in turn informs the story. In particular he is known for framing very symmetrical scenes, the types of which rarely if ever exist in real life, and for stylized color palettes that tie together costume and decor. The point being, this Tumblr has a number of color palettes taken from Anderson films that might be helpful if you’re searching for color combinations.
wesandersonpalettes.tumblr.com

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Eight women have just completed their first bargello quilts as part of a new workshop offered through the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. The quilting workshop was designed to offer women in the Kivalliq community a space to talk about their relationships, an outgrowth of a program that hosts sessions on healthy relationship building and anger management in Rankin Inlet’s schools and its local healing facility.
www.nunatsiaqonline.ca

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What constitutes “cheating” when it comes to quilting? As the Quilt Scout, Mary Fons addresses the persistent notion held by some quilters that to use a machine, specifically for applique, is Against The Rules.
www.quilts.com

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The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project is holding a series of documentation days, beginning in April in Huntington and continuing in June at the West Virginia Quilt Festival in Summersville.
wvquilters.org

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The Delaware Quilt Documentation Project will host a Quilt Documentation Day April 30 at the Lewes Presbyterian Church. Owners of quilts made before 1950 are encouraged to bring their quilts to this documentation process; appointments are recommended.
www.sussexcountian.com

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Mary Page Marlowe, the latest work by playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), just opened at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. In it, one character is played by six different actresses over the course of her life. This review in the Journal Sentinel digs a bit into the quilt metaphors in the play, from its non-linear structure to an antique quilt described by the the oldest Mary Page that she’d forgotten she owned.
www.jsonline.com

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A group of Dutch divers recently found a 17th-century chest containing a surprisingly well-preserved collection of clothing, books and other items that may have once belonged to an English noblewoman buried in a shipwreck under the Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands. “Of all the items recovered from the wreck, perhaps one of the most fascinating is the silk dress, which was in remarkably good shape after centuries buried underwater. While the dress is made of fine textiles, conservators say it was likely made for a noblewoman’s everyday use because it lacks fancy embroidery and decorative beads.” Click the link to see photos; the video below doesn’t have English subtitles* but shows close-ups of the items.
www.smithsonianmag.com

*Based on the music, though, it seems this is being presented as a rather dramatic find.

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NorthValleyStars 800 298x300 Scrap Bag: a quilting angel, machine applique called cheating, cinematic color inspiration, and more

North Valley Stars, designed by made by Barbara Eikmeier, quilted by Theresa Ward, is included in the April/May 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter.

North Valley Stars by Barbara Eikmeier is one of the prettiest quilts I’ve had the pleasure of hanging on my cubicle wall to write the pattern for, and I’ve patterned a lot of pretty quilts. I love how Barb’s setting of basic blocks — Ohio star, swamp angel, 54-40 or fight — and her fabric placement in a monochromatic palette creates the illusion of curving lines and a diagonal setting without requiring either technique. This traditional pattern is rated intermediate and will keep you busy for a while, especially if you give it the heirloom-quality quilting it deserves, but the results will be well worth your time and effort.

You can find the full pattern for North Valley Stars in the April/May 2016 issue of QN; it’s also available individually as a digital download. A kit containing fabric for the quilt top and binding is available, as is thebacking fabric, from quiltandsewshop.com.

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

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Just Trippin’ and Cotton Solids

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

Quilters Newsletter‘s April/May 2016 issue has a lot of wonderful quilting ideas inside, QNAM16Cover 200 Just Trippin and Cotton Solids including quilts inspired by armed forces service ribbons, the winning quilts from our Be Creative! Quilt Challenge, lessons on cutwork and bias strips, and other interesting quilts and patterns. It also has the start of a new series quilt which promises to help build some quilting skills along the way. In the Staff Picks section, there are four new quilting books, four new quilting products, and four new quilting fabric collections. This week’s giveaway includes two of those collections:

Prize 1 is a bundle of Just Trippin’ by Studio 8 for Quilting Treasures: QuiltingTreasures JustTrippin Just Trippin and Cotton Solids

Prize 2 is a bundle of Cotton Solids by American Made Brand: AmericanMadeBrand CottonSolids Just Trippin and Cotton Solids

For inspiration on what you could make with Just Trippin’, here’s a block we made for Staff Picks to show off this collection in Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016Block 4 Just Trippin and Cotton Solids

For inspiration on what you could make with Cotton Solids, here’s a block we made for Staff Picks to show off this collection in Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016. This block is called Devil’s Claws, and it happens to be the free web extra quilt block pattern for Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016Block 3 Just Trippin and Cotton Solids

To enter for your chance to win one of the two lovely fabric bundles, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, April 24, 2016, telling us if you prefer to use solids or tone-on-tone fabrics as blenders 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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It Was a Weekend to Hibernate

It was a very snowy (but not cold) weekend. I stayed home and inside the house most of the time. In fact, the only times I left the house were when the dogs needed to go out. But that meant I had lots of time to sew.

I finished a quilt top but I can’t show it to you yet. I’ll tell you more about it later.

But I can show you the pieced back for that quilt that I completed late Sunday afternoon.

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Snowy Day Pieced Back

All of those 1-inch-wide green-and-white and purple-and-white strips are leftovers from the front of the quilt. Most of the large pieces of fabric are from the Tranquility collection by Connecting Threads. I had a fat quarter bundle and used the deep purple fabrics from it for the front of the quilt.

As I was making this quilt back, I placed the green and white strips on my design wall and then started filling in the empty spaces with the big pieces of green and green-and-purple prints from the fat quarter bundle.

I sewed together the first vertical panel on the left to show how long the quilt back needed to be. Then I started at the center sewing pieces together to make big rectangular “chunks” of fabric. As I passed the halfway point, it was obvious that I didn’t have enough fabric.

Back in my fabric inventory, I found another fat quarter bundle, Mosaic Blooms, also from Connecting Threads. The purples in this collection were much lighter, more in the lavender family but they worked well with what I’d already constructed.

In order to make the whole top look like it went together and not like I’d run out of fabric and had to add some at the very end, I cut most of the top off that first panel on the left and added a bit of green and a good-sized piece of one of the new lavender fabrics I’d chosen. I added another of the lavender fabrics from the new collection to the top and bottom of the second vertical panel on the left. Then I added the narrow lavender strip 1/3 of the way down from the top of the center. Now although much of the lavender is on the lower right, it’s balanced by that in the upper right and I think it works.

Now I have to contact my quilter friend and see when she wants to do her magic.

What to do next? I was poking around at QuiltandSewShop.com and found a collection of six star quilt patterns in digital format. I am so tempted.

But for now, I need to look at what I have on my desk. There are several things that need my attention. Remember for 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 more Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Scrap Bag: 20-foot art quilt on permanent display, Be Creative! winner in news, quilting company hires refugees, and more

Just this past week the trees have erupted into bloom here in Denver, which must mean it’s time for a big spring snowstorm. As I type this, the clouds are descending from over the mountains and we are preparing for up to a foot of snow to fall before Monday. Looking on the bright side, that means we’ll have undeniable “quilting weather.” Let’s get in the mood for weekend sewing regardless of the weather with some tidbits from the quilting world!

IMG 2416 Scrap Bag: 20 foot art quilt on permanent display, Be Creative! winner in news, quilting company hires refugees, and more

In 2013 Ann Loveless won the viewers’ choice award at the annual ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for her 20-foot-long landscape art quilt Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore, which depicts a section of Lake Michigan she’d grown up seeing often. The award came with a $200,000 cash prize. In 2015, Ann and her photographer husband, Steven, collaborated on the creation of Northwood Awakening, a 25-foot-long combination of photograph and textile art that garnered the couple another viewers’ choice award and another $200,000. (You can read more about both pieces in an article I wrote for the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting). Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore has been permanently installed at the visitor center of its namesake national lakeshore and is being unveiled this month.
www.record-eagle.com

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Here is some eye candy from the My Modern Met blog that demonstrates how showcasing something familiar in a new context can open our eyes to artistic possibilities. Be sure to click through to see the photo galleries.

First up: work by artist Satoru Aoyama, who combines vintage prints and embroidery stitches to create fascinating multi-medium works of art. He uses an old Singer sewing machine to add vibrant embroidery to historical black-and-white photos and art prints of women doing needlework of various types, allowing their handiwork to come alive in the process.
www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/satoru-aoyama-embroidery

London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law has created Garten for the Bikini Berlin shopping mall, an installation made of over 30,000 cut flowers suspended upside down by wires. “The petals dangle just above the heads of patrons who enter the building and will shift subtly in scent, tone, and texture as they dry out over the course of the exhibit, which runs through May 1st, 2016.”
www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/rebecca-louise-law-bikini-berlin-garten-flower-installation

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Stitched, a Salt Lake City-based quilting company founded by designer Emily Taylor, is starting a crowdfunding initiative to train and hire refugees who have been relocated to Utah, in addition to purchasing needed sewing machinery. Taylor “noted that her motivation behind hiring refugees in Utah was threefold. She realized many refugees already had the sewing skills she was looking for and, in conjunction with helping people in need, she also wanted to find a way to keep jobs within the state. … Stitched has already hired its first refugee, a woman from Rwanda who left her home to escape the genocide happening there.”
www.thespectrum.com

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a-MAZE-ing Chain by Amy Asmus, machine quilted by Diane Matthias

Yet another winner from last year’s Be Creative! Quilt Challenge has been featured in her local newspaper. Amy Asmus won second place for a-MAZE-ing Chain in the contest co-sponsored by Quilters Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker. Congrats, Amy!
thebuffalocentertribune.com

(The winners and finalists will be displayed at all Original Sewing & Quilt Expos and the America Quilts Expo in 2016. You can view the top three prize-winning quilts on our website and see all of the finalists in the April/May 2016 issue of QN.)

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“Just a few weeks ago, Nadine Johnson, Lyndell Strong and Wynona Hughes added the last tiny, perfect stitches to finish the quilt stretched on the frame in the corner of the Ozark County Senior Center. The pretty ‘Road to St. Louis’ quilt, hand-pieced by Nadine, is the final quilt to be quilted by the Senior Center quilting group. The frame was taken down and sold. The corner where friends had gathered to quilt and visit for so many years is quiet now.” Don’t worry, the story isn’t all sad. These women have some funny stories to tell and wonderful memories to cherish.
www.ozarkcountytimes.com

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Quilt artist Pam Holland will be hosting the McCall’s Quilting upcoming quilter’s tour of India, and she wrote about a previous trip to India for the McCall’s Editors’ Blog. “Pam is a very experienced traveler, and has much to share with us about our destination and the role of travel in a quilter’s life.”
www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs/

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NorthValleyStars 800 298x300 Scrap Bag: 20 foot art quilt on permanent display, Be Creative! winner in news, quilting company hires refugees, and more

North Valley Stars, designed by made by Barbara Eikmeier, quilted by Theresa Ward, is included in the April/May 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter.

North Valley Stars by Barbara Eikmeier is one of the prettiest quilts I’ve had the pleasure of hanging on my cubicle wall to write the pattern for, and I’ve patterned a lot of pretty quilts. I love how Barb’s setting of basic blocks — Ohio star, swamp angel, 54-40 or fight — and her fabric placement in a monochromatic palette creates the illusion of curving lines and a diagonal setting without requiring either technique. This traditional pattern is rated intermediate and will keep you busy for a while, especially if you give it the heirloom-quality quilting it deserves, but the results will be well worth your time and effort.

You can find the full pattern for North Valley Stars in the April/May 2016 issue of QN; it’s also available individually as a digital download. A kit containing fabric for the quilt top and binding is available, as is the backing fabric, from quiltandsewshop.com.

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

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Making Bias Strips

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

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Hungry Bug Baltimore by Suzanne Marshall

There happens to be an Easy Lesson titled “Perfectly Basted Bias Strips” by Suzanne Marshall in Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016. It details tips and tricks for creating beautiful bias strips, particularly for use in hand applique, though you could also use these strips for machine applique. The method taught in the Easy Lesson is one method to create bias strips, but if you prefer to create yours with a little help from some dedicated technology, this week’s giveaway prize, a Simplicity Bias Tape Maker, could help: SimplicityBiasTapeMaker Making Bias StripsTo enter for your chance to win a Simplicity Bias Maker, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, April 16, 2016, telling us about the space where you quilt. 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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Thank Goodness for Our Differences

We don’t all think alike. There are all kinds of explanations: left brain or right brain, science/math brain or language/art brain, being born under different zodiac signs, being gifted with different talents, and on and on it goes. I can’t explain it at all but I see it in the world around me. One way of thinking isn’t better than the other; they are just different.

For example, this past week in my blog post, I explained that the stripes in my quilt top did not all go the same direction and in order to fix it, I was going to take out the two offending blocks and turn them a quarter turn to make the stripes in the whole quilt top run the same way. I thought I had the problem solved. My brain came up with a fix and I stopped thinking about it.

But a couple of hours later, Mary Kate came to my office and asked to see the “Michael Miller quilt top”. Mary Kate’s brain works differently than mine. She has rescued me a number of times when I don’t see something the way she does so I immediately got my quilt top out and put it up on the wall in my office. She’d been thinking about it and realized that if I simply took out two blocks and rotated them like I planned, I’d mess with the chain that goes across each 9-patch block. Even after she said it, I had to think a minute before I saw what she was saying. The striped fabric was in the same position in each unit and if I rotated the blocks, the striped fabric would no longer create a chain going from the upper left to the lower right corner. In order to totally fix the top to match the image in my head, I’d have to take the blocks out, take them apart and even take the little 4-patch units with the striped fabric apart. I was not willing to do that.

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Before …

Mary Kate and I talked a while about my options and came up with possible solutions to make the quilt top look symmetrical without taking practically the whole quilt top apart.

I am so grateful for Mary Kate and the fact that her brain works differently than mine. I would have taken the two blocks out, sewn the top back together and then had a pity party because it was still wrong. This way, I took two different blocks out, arranged things on the design wall to be certain it was going to look good and then sewed things back together. I realize the chain is not there anymore but that seems much less noticeable to me than the stripes were.

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and After

This weekend I completed the pieced quilt back. To see how I make pieced quilt backs, check out this video on QNNtv.com.

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The Pieced Back

I have only three pieces of the pretty Michael Miller fabric left. The largest is 1½” x 5”. I used all the rest of the scraps from the front to make the back. As you can see, the layers are basted and I’ve got some of the in-the-ditch quilting done.

While I was waiting for hubby to get the big folding table set up so I could pin baste the layers together, I worked on another project (with a little help from Sketch.)

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Sketch, the Quilting Cat

Now, until next time, remember for 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 more Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Scrap Bag: quilts for Hillsborough and Paris, quilt on the silver screen, sci-fi embroidery, and more

Today’s Scrap Bag has yielded a few stories about quilts with meaning — memory quilts, quilts made to honor or call attention to somber events — as well as stories of astounding craftsmanship, not to mention one quilt that may help set box office records this summer.

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Judi Fibush specializes in finishing vintage quilt tops. “I like to finish things. I almost never start brand new,” she says in an article published by the Sacramento Bee. In addition to mentioning that four of her restored quilts are now on display at the Folsom History Museum, the article describes and shows photos of the cigar ribbon quilt she’s working on now.
www.sacbee.com

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 Scrap Bag: quilts for Hillsborough and Paris, quilt on the silver screen, sci fi embroidery, and more

Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka, best of show at the 2016 Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase

I’ve looked at photos of Melissa Sobotka’s award-winning Silk Road Sampler quilt, even zooming in on them on my computer screen, and I still find it hard to believe that she achieved this level of photorealism through applique and not digital printing. “It took Melissa 5 months to complete Silk Road Sampler which was inspired by a picture she took in the spice market in Istanbul. She thought the designs on the pillows were something that many appliquers would appreciate and that it would be a busy enough design for her to enjoy working on for many months. About 4 months into the project, Melissa wondered. ‘What have I got myself into?’” Read more on the Road to California blog.
www.road2cablog.com

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Moviegoers whose eyes immediately lock on any quilt shown onscreen will want to take a look at the  just-released official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie “The BFG,” adapted from the book by Roald Dahl. The protagonist, a young girl named Sophie, is shown wrapped in a very colorful, scrappy bed quilt in the opening scenes — I can’t wait to get a better view of the whole thing! (Also, Penelope Wilton, aka Isobel Crawley from “Downton Abbey,” is in the cast playing The Queen, which means I will definitely have to see this movie. I miss Isobel most of all.)

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The Quilt Alliance announced the launch of a new website, created to showcase the nonprofit’s projects, partnerships and extended community. The Quilt Alliance, founded in 1993, brings together the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to celebrate and preserve our shared quilt heritage and inspire today’s quilters.
quiltalliance.org

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Fans of classic sci-fi might be interested in these hand-embroidered interpretations of cover art that Bruce Pennington created for books in the Dune trilogy and others. They were posted on social media by actress Sarah Sumeray who said it took her mother two years to make the three panels. Below is a close-up detail of one panel in which you can see the stitches.
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The April 15, 1989, Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 fans were crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in England, is an event that continues to loom large in the minds of families of the victims and survivors. Currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool is a memory quilt made by Linda Whitfield that contains 96 ‘Liver bird’ logos taken from donated shirts as well as each victim’s name.
www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

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The Plymouth County (Massachusetts) Cranberry Quilters Guild recently presented to Consul General of France Valery Freland a sampler quilt they made in tribute to victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. “The thing is that, as quilters, anytime we think someone needs to be comforted we make them a quilt,” member Patti Caton said. “When the terrorist attacks in Paris first happened, one of our members said, ‘We need to make them a quilt.’ We decided we would go ahead and do that.”
plymouth.wickedlocal.com

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Quilters have a special opportunity to participate in the State of Nebraska Sesquicentennial, marking 150 years of statehood on March 1, 2017. The official Quilt Competition of the Nebraska 150 Celebration, “Inspired by Nebraska’s Diversity,” is sponsored by the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. The quilt contest is open to anyone with a connection to Nebraska. Deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2017.
www.omaha.com

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Owner of eQuilter.com Luana Rubin is a wonderful quilt artist in her own right as well as being passionate about world travel and issues of social justice. As a Colorado resident — eQuilter is based in Boulder — Luana was highly concerned by the contamination caused to the Animas River when waste water spilled from an old mine in August 2015. In reaction, she made an art quilt that is included in the Water is Life art quilt exhibit at the United States Mission to the U.N. in Geneva, Swizerland, and described it in a short video.
www.american-exchange-rome.org

We interviewed Luana for a couple of episodes of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community, which you can watch on QNNtv.com.

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TomKorn 800 300x256 Scrap Bag: quilts for Hillsborough and Paris, quilt on the silver screen, sci fi embroidery, and moreThe America Quilts EXPO, from our partners at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, is coming to the Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall) May 26-28, 2016. Several of the special events and a portion of the admission fee are earmarked to support the mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation, and it also includes an exhibit of military service ribbon quilts by Tom Korn. We included a profile of Tom in our April/May 2016 issue written by Bill Volckening, and we’re proud to sponsor this very special exhibit; click here to read more about 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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Manor House

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

The entirety of the “quilting” I did this last week consisted of going to my local quilt shop and getting fabric for sashing and borders on the quilt I mentioned last week as having too many prints. QNAM16Cover 200 Manor HouseHopefully next week I’ll be able to show all of you how much it calmed the quilt down. In the meantime, Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016 is on newsstands, at bookstores and fabric shops, and online at Quilt and Sew Shop. Backstory 800 Manor HouseIt has articles on armed forces service ribbon-inspired quilts, quilts made to help ease depression, pieced quilt backs and more. There are tutorials on making bias strips and making cutwork RhapsodyinRed 800 Manor House(my personal favorite of this issue as the demonstrative wall hanging is gorgeous), two full quilt patterns, and the start of a new series quilt pattern. It also has Staff Picks books, notions, and fabric collections like the fabric collection in this week’s giveaway, both Manor House collections by Jeanne Horton from Windham fabrics.

Prize 1 is the Manor House Upstairs collection of prints by Jeanne Horton for Windham fabrics: Windham ManorHouseUpstairs Manor House

Prize 2 is the coordinating Manor House Downstairs collection of woven yarn dyes, also by Jeanne Horton for Windham fabrics: Windham ManorHouseDownstairs Manor House

If you’re lacking inspiration for what to do with Manor House, here’s a quilt block we made to feature it in Staff Picks for Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016Block 2 Manor House

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

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Another Mistake!

I’ve finished the quilt top I talked about in my blog post last week, well almost. I corrected the math errors that I talked about by making the 9-patch blocks rectangular. I sewed all the blocks together and realized I got the middle row upside down. I took it back apart. With the second try, all the roses were “growing” in the same direction. But when I hung it on the design wall to admire it, I noticed that at some point in the sewing process, I’d turned two of the 9-patch blocks so the stripes don’t all run the same way. The stripes in the top block and the right-hand block run vertically and the stripes in the bottom block and the left-hand block run horizontally. I’m trying to decide if I can live with it and I really don’t think so. If it bothers me now, it will probably always bother me. So I imagine I’ll take apart the quilt just enough to turn two of the 9-patch blocks. At this point, it’s a hassle but one that I’ll forget eventually. If I don’t redo, I’ll always look at this quilt as flawed.

04 04 finish Another Mistake!

I thought it was finished.

But before I’d noticed the error, I did get started on the pieced back. I don’t have a lot of leftover fabric from the quilt top but I have some.

The first thing I did was separate out the long pieces that I can use for binding. I don’t have enough of any one fabric so the binding will be scrappy. I will put the rest of the long strips in the pile to be used to piece the back.

Here are the first of the smaller pieces that I joined together.

04 04 16 Another Mistake!

It’s a Beginning

And here is the tiny pile of leftover scraps. Because I started with a fat quarter bundle, I don’t have a lot of scraps.

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The Scrap Pile

I do have a fair amount of the pale blue/green solid that I used as background. So once I get all the pieces of the print fabric sewn together, I’ll use the solid for the rest of the back and I’ll be ready to assemble the quilt sandwich. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping I can finish this little quilt this week. I’ve made enough mistakes on it that I’m pretty tired of looking at it. I just want to be done.

It’s small so I’ll be quilting it myself. I like to free-motion quilt but recently I’ve been sending out my bed-size quilts to be quilted. It’s just plain hard work to move all the bulk of a large quilt around when I’m quilting. But the small quilts are still fun for me to quilt. In case you’d like to give free-motion quilting a try, check out Meander No More, a webinar by Lori Kennedy.

I’m confident in my machine quilting skills but I do sometimes have a hard time deciding on the quilting design to use. Here’s one of my go-to books to help with the process of choosing the quilting.

Until next time, for 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 more Web Seminars on  QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and  CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Scrap Bag: Brontë quilt returns, fast free-motion portrait, unique vintage pincushion, and more

It’s Friday once again, time for our weekly wrap-up of quilt and textile tidbits and trivia for your amusement and edification. I tried to come up with an April Fool’s Day tie-in but I just didn’t have it in me; everything below is the real deal. Enjoy!

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The bicentennial of Charlotte Brontë’s birth is April 21, which seems to have sparked an upsurge in events celebrating her work and that of her sisters, Emily and Anne, particularly in the U.K. I mentioned in a November Scrap Bag post that a quilt the three sisters worked on was being displayed for perhaps the final time at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in England. Well, it appears you may have one more chance to see the original quilt before it’s retired for an indefinite period. Beginning April 16, the Bankfield Museum in Halifax, England, is exhibiting Splendid Shreds of Silk & Satin: A Celebration of Charlotte Brontë in Quilts, curated by novelist Tracy Chevalier and sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and the Brontë Society. The majority of pieces on display came from a challenge that called for small quilts reflecting this quote from Jane EyreA certain little drawer, full of splendid shreds of silk and satin.”
museums.calderdale.gov.uk

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Michael-Birch Pierce is a young fashion designer and textile artist who (as the kids would say) has mad free-motion stitching skillz. This video of him stitching a free-motion portrait in 5-1/2 minutes is impressive, to say the least.

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“Lancaster County [Pennsylvania] is well known for its hand-made quilts. It’s also becoming known as one of the most vocal places of opposition for the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project. Activists held a rally Monday to show off their latest act of protest – a 50-foot-long quilt, which represents the width of the permanent right-of-way for the pipeline.”
stateimpact.npr.org

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Quiltmaker magazine associate editor Diane Harris blogged about something wonderful that happened to her in February while on a quilt retreat with friends that centers around a unique vintage pincushion she’d coveted for years.
www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/

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Considering the incredible range of colors available to modern quilters of modest means thanks to synthetic dyes, it’s hard to imagine a world in which most of us could not afford to buy purple fabric. In conjunction with the exhibit “Color in a New Light” at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Insider blog posted a short article about the 19th-century scientific experiment gone wrong that resulted in one of the first synthetic dyes, a brilliant purple its creator called mauveine.
insider.si.edu

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In more textile news, a kosher tartan for the Scottish Jewish community has just been unveiled. In addition to adhering to scripture that prohibits mixing wool and linen in one textile, “the fabric’s design also incorporates many Jewish themes, such as the colors of both the Israeli and Scottish flags” as well as symbolic gold and silver.
www.jns.org

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[I included the following in last week's Scrap Bag post, but I think it bears repeating.]

If you’re reading this, that means you’ve found our blog — yay! But if you follow us on Facebook so that you can be notified of our latest blog posts, fabric and book giveaways, free patterns available on our website and other things QN-related, chances are you are not getting the latest from us in your newsfeed on a regular basis. In fact, I know this to be true because we can see how many people Facebook “shares” our status updates and links with. I don’t know enough about their logarithms to explain why but I can tell you thatlinks on Facebook to our giveaways are shared with a lot fewer people than other things we post.

What this means is that, if you are interested in having a chance at winning some free fabric, books or notions, you might want to set a reminder to check our blog on a weekly basis, regardless of whether you saw it on Facebook first. We post new giveaways on Wednesday afternoons, and you generally have until midnight Mountain time the following Sunday (or Monday, if it’s a holiday weekend) to enter for your chance to win. You can also make a point to visit our Facebook timeline to see what you might have missed. We’ve got a lot of great stuff to give away due to the generosity of the manufacturers and publishers we work with, and we want you to know about it!

Sweetwater 247x300 Scrap Bag: Brontë quilt returns, fast free motion portrait, unique vintage pincushion, and more

Cookie Exchange, designed by Sweetwater for Moda

So after you’re done reading this Scrap Bag, scroll up and click on “Blog Home” to look for our current weekly giveaway. Also, if you’re reading this prior to May 16, 2016, click here to enter for your chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the Christmas-themed Cookie Exchange collection by Sweetwater for Moda. And be sure to check out the pattern for an adorable quilted gift bag designed for us by Sweetwater, available for free download from the Quilters Newsletter website. Like I said, we’ve got lots of great stuff going on all the time — don’t miss out!

 

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Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016 cover

And don’t forget, Quilters Newsletter’s April/May 2016 issue is on sale right now and it’s packed full of things we know you’ll love. You won’t want to miss “Tom Korn’s Remarkable Ribbon Quilts,”about a U.S. Navy veteran who makes quilts that depict armed forces service ribbons. Get your copy today!

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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