A Delicious Fabric Giveaway

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Cookie Exchange, designed by Sweetwater for Moda

It doesn’t have to be Christmas to bake cookies and share them with others, but the Cookie Exchange fabric line by Sweetwater for Moda was inspired by memories of holiday baking. This delightful fabric is perfect for a variety of quilted projects, including this adorable gift bag. Download the free pattern, then enter for your chance to win a bundle of Cookie Exchange fabric courtesy of Moda!

To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite cookie is! Leave your comment by 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2016.

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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Seen at QuiltCon 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a short week for me in the office as I just returned from Los Angeles where I was taking care of some family business. But while I was there I managed to work in a short visit to QuiltCon West 2016 put on by the Modern Quilt Guild, and I want to share some of the things that caught my eye (click photos to enlarge). To see a full list of the competition winners, click here.

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David Bowie quilt by Holly Hickman

This David Bowie tribute quilt by Holly Hickman (Instagram @thisiswhatido) was made after he died on January 10, which is pretty astounding. It was not in the quilt exhibit but was part of Moda’s booth showcasing its Grunge Basics collection.

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Robert Kaufman Fabrics’ booth at QuiltCon 2016

The Robert Kaufman Fabrics booth “highlighted” the Kona Cotton Solids 2016 Color of the Year, a particularly modern shade of yellow called Highlight. This is a special edition color available for a limited time, so if you like it, go get it!

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My Brother’s Jeans by Melissa Averinos, Best of Show at QuiltCon West 2016

Melissa Averinos won best of show for My Brother’s Jeans, which she made using pieces of her brother Michael’s jeans that she kept after his suicide in 2009.

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detail of No Value Does Not Equal Free by Molli Sparkles and Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not Equal Free, designed and pieced by Molli Sparkles and quilted by Jane Davidson, received Best Machine Quilting, Framed [longarmed]. The piecing is actually a scrappy trip around the world pattern, and the title comes from Sparkles’ estimation of how much the quilt is worth ($2,252.40 AUD).

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Floor Plan by Pam Rocco

This was a fun quilt to spy — Pam Rocco wrote about how she designed Floor Plan in her regular QN column “Words to Quilt By” for our April/May 2014 issue, and I worked with her on writing the free pattern for it that’s available on our website. I lived with that quilt hung on the wall of my cubicle for a few days, so it was like seeing an old friend. Congrats, Pam!

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Hillary Quilton by Diana Vandayer

For Hillary Quilton, Diana Vandayer used Hillary Clinton fabric she bought in Thailand about nine years ago and made traditional blocks that had the words girl, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and lady as well as references to places such as New York and Arkansas in their titles to document this period in American political history.

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The One for Eric by Chawne Kimber

The One for Eric by Chawne Kimber, which received first place in the Improvisation category, was another quilt inspired by current social and political events; this, for me, exemplified the notion of a “modern” quilt. Both it and Hillary Quilton, as well as My Brother’s Jeans, were mentioned in a very good article published last week in the Los Angeles Times.

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special exhibit of quilts by Molly Upton at QuiltCon West 2016

In addition to a special exhibit of quilts by keynote speaker Gwen Marston, there was a display of quilts by Molly Upton (1953-1977).

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Watchtower (1975) by Molly Upton

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detail of Watchtower

Following are some of the many other quilts I found interesting.

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Kill It with Fire by Libs Elliott, quilted by Rachael Dorr

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Graphics 1 by Kerri Green

 

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Young Prince (Charming) by Stacie Dolin

Considering the subject matter of Young Prince (Charming) – rock legend Prince — I know the choice of purple thread was intentional.

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Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer

The design of Central Pivot was inspired by irrigation systems common in the U.S. as seen when flying overhead.

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detail of Central Pivot

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Enthusiasm by Rossie Hutchison and others

Enthusiasm was pieced improvisationally in one session by Rossie Hutchison, Jenna Brand, Lynn Harris, Emily Schildhouse and Dorie Schwarz, and quilted by Harris.

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This Quilt Is Our Quilt by the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild

And of course, another big part of the fun of attending quilt shows is seeing people you know, or at least recognize.

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I’m pretty sure that’s Anna Maria Horner giving a demonstration.

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Here I am with Crystal Nilpirom in the Windham Fabrics booth.

 

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Catching up with Mary Fons at the end of a long day for us both.

 

QNFM16 Cover 500 221x300 Seen at QuiltCon 2016Don’t forget, our February/March 2016 issue is now on sale, and it’s full of great even more news, features, profiles and stories in addition to tutorials and patterns. Get yours today at your local quilt shop, on newsstands, in bookstores and online!

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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Boro

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

The past couple of weekends, I’ve somehow managed to have more time to quilt than usual, and I’ve used that time to work on several different quilting projects. I find that when I keep my UFOs stacked in plain sight, they seem to get worked on more often, though I do have other UFOs stashed away in drawers or on shelves. Some of the UFOs currently in my working rotation include a bento box quilt, an independence square quilt, a french braid quilt, and this batik squares quilt (you may remember seeing the center before it was sewn) which I’ve now finished the top for:Batik Squares Quilt with Borders Boro I feel like the addition of the blue print borders calmed the design down a bit and brought a little bit of order to the bright chaos — but maybe that’s just me. Either way, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, and I already have the backing and binding fabric which I found while searching for that blue border print, so now I need to figure out how I want to quilt it. (Suggestions are welcome.)

Now let’s get to why you’re really here. This week’s giveaway prize is a bundle of fabrics from the Boro collection by Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics: FreeSpirit Boro1 BoroAnd if you’re lacking for inspiration, here’s a block we made with fabrics from the Boro collection for the Staff Picks feature in Quilters Newsletter February/March 2016Boro Block BoroTo enter for your chance to win a bundle of Boro collection, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday February 28, 2016 telling us about your favorite article or book on quilting you ever read. 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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Quilt Shows – Always Worth the Effort

My husband and I are still a little new to living in a large metropolitan area. We’ve lived in our permanent home here just about a year and I still find things that I love about living in the city. Ease of shopping and all the choices at the store are still a delight to me. Another source of enjoyment is all the fun things to do.

This weekend we took a quick little trip to the Lakewood (Colorado) Cultural Center to see a quilt exhibit title Above & Beyond featuring work by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

It was fun to see names of people that I know.

Married to Mr. Wright Kathyrn Wright Quilt Shows – Always Worth the Effort

Married to Mr. Wright by Kathyrn Wagar Wright

Kath is one of my co-workers and friends. She’s the senior graphic designer for McCall’s Quick Quilts and a talented quilt designer. Her quilt Blaze, was the Photo Finish quilt in the June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter. You can also see her in a segment on QNNtv.com.

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Mountain’s Majesty by Lea McComas

Lea was the artist we featured in Meetin’ Place in the February/March 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter

She’s done several videos for QNNtv.com. What a talented lady.

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Refuge III by Valerie White

 

 

Valerie is another friend. She was featured in Meetin’ Place in the August/September 2013 issue of Quilters Newsletter. She’s done a video segment for QNNtv.com.

She’s also working with us for a technique-based feature in the June/July 2016 issue. Watch for that. I’m excited about it.

 

 

 

Conversations 1972 Carol Ann Waugh Quilt Shows – Always Worth the Effort

Conversations: 1972 by Carol Ann Waugh

Carol has worked with us on Quilters Newsletter TV: the Quilters Community and I’ve visited her gallery (aBuzz Gallery in Denver) and she’s a delightful person.

There were wonderful quilts by other familiar artists, such as Jean Herman who was featured in Meetin’ Place in the February/March 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter.

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Katherine a la Picasso by Jean Herman

 

And there were wonderful works by quiltmakers I don’t know, whose names I don’t recognize but I’ll be watching for more of their work.

Forest Guardian Judith Trager Quilt Shows – Always Worth the Effort

Forest Guardian by Judith Trager

 

 

Golden Moments Rhonda Denney Quilt Shows – Always Worth the Effort

Golden Moments by Rhonda Denney

 

 

The Ill Winds of Summer Patricia Joy Quilt Shows – Always Worth the Effort

The Ill Winds of Summer by Patricia Joy

These are only a few of the quilts in the exhibit. It was so worth the time we spent.  So let me tell you where I am going with this. Take the time to find out what is available in your area. Find a quilt show; a large one at a major venue or a small one, sponsored by a local guild or quilt shop, and go soak in some inspiration. This exhibit was so refreshing to me.

 

 

I wonder if I can find another to explore next weekend.

In the meantime, there are free quilt and quilt block patterns on the Quilters Newsletter website, a wide variety sure to spark your creativity. Check them out! And remember, 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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Artist’s Paintstik

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Here at the Quilters Newsletter office, it’s been warm enough this week to feel like springtime has already arrived. The naked winter trees outside beg to differ, however, and I’ve been craving some green leafy foliage, so what better way to satisfy that craving than with a quilting project? EasyLesson 800 13695 Artists Paintstik Quilters Newsletter October/November 2014‘s Easy Lesson was called “Mixed Media Art Quilt” and featured Linda McLaughlin’s “Weekly Leaf” project, small art quilts which she made with a leaf as a template, paint sticks, and hand-stitching. You can use any sort of shape for a template, not just a leaf, though this week’s giveaway prizes are great for use on leaves as the paint sticks are in shades of green:

Paintstik Prize 2 Artists PaintstikEach of seven identical prizes contains: a copy of Quilters Newsletter October/November 2014; a stencil brush; and three Artist’s Paintstik Shiva Paint Sticks in each of Phthalo Green, Meadow Green, and Old Sap.

And if you were wondering what the seven prizes look like together: Paintstik Prizes All7 Artists Paintstik

To enter for your chance to win one the seven identical prizes, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday February 21, 2016 telling us about your favorite type or style of quilt embellishment. 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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Scrap Bag: Quilting cops, Masopust’s influence, Flint water crisis quilt, and more

Can you feel it? The weekend approacheth, bringing with it Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day in the U.S. Let’s take a look at the latest interesting bits of quilt and textile news that have popped up this past week.

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Work by renowned textile artist Katie Pasquini Masopust is on exhibit through March 4 at Palette Contemporary Art and Craft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read more about it and about Masopust’s influence in the Albuquerque Journal.
www.abqjournal.com

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Do you remember a video that went viral a few weeks ago of a cop who decided to shoot hoops in the street with a group of local boys instead of bust them on a public disturbance call? Well, we quilters now have our own version! Two Burlington City (New Jersey) police officers responded to a call from local quilt shop about a medical emergency. After the person was determined to be fine, the cops hung around and started sewing. One of them showed off some really good free-motion quilting skills, saying he was a professional quilter before he became a cop. (His partner was not as experienced but gave it a try, so good on him.) Click the link to watch the video.
www.nj.com

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Quilting Through the Ages: Saluting the Military,” an exhibit produced by members of A Stitch in Time Quilters, just opened at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village as part of the group’s annual contribution to the museum’s Black History Month Quilt Show. Read more about the story behind the exhibit and the quilters themselves at the link below.
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Maggy Rozycki Hiltner is a fiber artist who lives in Red Lodge, Montana. In the short film “The Hell of Persistent Pretending,” Hiltner describes her interest in vintage embroidery designs and how she incorporates them into her own hand-embroidered pieces. “I made these avatars for my Dick and Jane characters because I had ideas, mostly autobiographical ideas, but the ideas were maybe a little saucier than Dick and Jane could handle.”
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Flag, circa 1777, attributed to Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

A friend of mine is obsessed – obsessed, I tell you — with the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” so much so that she gave me my own copy of the original cast recording so she’d have someone to talk to about it. I’m not as obsessed as she is (yet), but I did do a little Google search to find out if any of the Schuyler sisters, one of whom, Elizabeth, was Alexander Hamilton’s wife, made any quilts still in existence. I didn’t find any mention of quilts, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art has this flag from 1777 attributed to Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton as one of its makers. It’s very possible that she didn’t actually work on it but instead received it from her father, General Schuyler. Regardless, I find material culture as part of a broader look at history interesting, so I decided to share.
www.metmuseum.org

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Joe Cunningham had just started making a new quilt in his Crazy City series when the Flint water crisis started to make national headlines. Now a resident of San Francisco, Cunningham is a Flint native and still has family and friends who live in and around the area in Michigan. “The quilt is a visual representation of my feelings about the water and Flint in general. It has a ‘river of blood’ that runs through it,” he said in this article published by the Detroit News.
www.detroitnews.com

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A group of quilters in Skipton, England, recently unveiled a peace quilt made to commemorate the centenary of the International Congress of Women that was held at The Hague in 1915 in response to the carnage of World War I. Most of the blocks were made by locals, but some came from quilters in New Zealand and the U.S.
www.cravenherald.co.uk

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A concerted effort by a group of women in India resulted in the largest crocheted blanket ever constructed, setting a new Guiness world record. Blankets were sent in by people from 14 different countries, then stitched together to make the 11,000-square-meter blanket. Once disassembled, the individual blankets were donated to needy people.
mashable.com

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QNFM16 Cover 500 221x300 Scrap Bag: Quilting cops, Masopusts influence, Flint water crisis quilt, and moreDon’t forget, our February/March 2016 issue is now on sale, and it’s full of great even more news, features, profiles and stories in addition to tutorials and patterns. Get yours today at your local quilt shop, on newsstands, in bookstores and online!

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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Quilts from Within

It’s no secret we have some very talented quilt artists in our offices in Golden, Colorado, home of Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. You’ve see their work from time to time in the various publications, but we thought you would like to see some of their work currently hanging in our office gallery. We call the exhibit Quilts from Within because all 23 quilts were made by staff members. If you’re in the area, stop by and see the beautiful quilts in person — 741 Corporate Circle, Suite E, Golden, Colorado.

Enjoy!

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“Buttercup Baskets” by Erin Russek. Pattern available in McCall’s Quilting, January/February 2015.

 

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“Buttercup Baskets” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Here a Sheep, There a Sheep” by Paula Stoddard. From her personal collection.

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“Here a Sheep, There a Sheep” detail.

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“Seasonal Pillow Sham: Winter” by Mary Kate Karr-Petras. From her personal collection.

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“Jay, My Ponto” by Kathryn Wagar Wright. Created for an office staff challenge with a ‘letters’ theme. This quilt was displayed in the International Quilt Association show in Houston in 2004.

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“Jay, My Ponto” detail.

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“On Course” by Susan Geddes. Pattern available in Quiltmaker, March/April 2016.

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And who could forget “Impulse” by Gigi Khalsa, which appeared on the cover of Quilters Newsletter, April/May 2015. Also, the pattern is available for purchase.

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Ardently Austen — fabric for readers and romantics

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

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a quilter in possession of a good stash must be in want of more fabric.” (with apologies to Jane Austen)

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I don’t know if I was the first person to come up with that twist on one of the most famous first lines of a novel ever written, but I think it holds true when it comes to most of us. No matter how much we have, the allure — the romance — of new fabric is inescapable.

Seeing as how this weekend is Valentine’s Day, love is in the air and we want to help you celebrate with a fabric giveaway.

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Ardently Austen from Riley Blake as seen in Quilters Newsletter Feb/March 2016 Staff Picks

This week’s giveaway is a selection of fat quarters from the Ardently Austen collection by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Fabrics, which we featured in the Staff Picks section of our February/March 2016 issue. This youthful, romantic collection in teal, red, yellow and green includes prints featuring flowers, teapots, a stylized cameo, and perhaps most appealing to bibliophiles and Janeites, a text print containing swoon-worthy excerpts from novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma and others.

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I came to Austen rather late I think, despite the best efforts of my dearest friend from high school who is still in love with Mr. Darcy, whether embodied by Colin Firth or only existing on the page. In fact, I read Jane Eyre first, thinking it would be what I expected from Austen and being somewhat pleasantly surprised by how un-buttoned-down it was.

Still, I do enjoy Austen’s novels and think a repeat viewing of Emma Thompson’s adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” is long overdue. Actually, I have a few romantic movies I could choose from for Valentine’s weekend.

I think if I had to pick just one it would be “A Room with a View,” one of the most beautiful movies ever made and boasting an unbelievable cast (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith’s scenes together are perfection). “Roman Holiday” is probably my favorite rom-com, because it just doesn’t get better than Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, while “When Harry Met Sally …” is great for endlessly quotable dialogue (“Oh! I’ve been looking for a red suede pump!” is a favorite among my friends for some reason). And if I’m in the mood to cry buckets upon buckets, I’ll try to find “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” But I probably won’t, because I don’t feel like crying buckets upon buckets this weekend, even though it’s a wonderful film and you should see it if you haven’t already.

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To enter for your chance to win this set of Ardently Austen fat quarters, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Monday, February 15, 2016, telling us about your favorite book(s) or movie(s) about love. 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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest,InstagramYouTube and our website. Plus, see quilting tutorial videos and shows onQNNtv.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com andCraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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On I Go …

Yes, I’m still making progress with the “embroidered” quilt. I haven’t done handwork for years but I still love the look of it. I did counted cross-stitch until my eyes quit making the transition from the cloth to the pattern easily. I spent more time trying to adjust my glasses so I could see than I spent stitching and it quit being fun. I stopped doing handwork. In fact, I started challenging myself to see if I could complete projects without any handwork.

But again, I love the look of handwork. Embroidery and hand quilting can be truly beautiful. So along came this sweet print, a panel from the Pretty Posies collection by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It has the look of hand-embroidered blocks and I just had to give it a try. You can see the uncut panel I started with and read about my progress in my blogs for the last two weeks here and here. I’ve been teased about how long it was going to take me to do all the embroidery but it’s printed on the fabric in the same manner that all the other color is printed so I’m confident that it will launder as nicely as the rest of the fabric and I don’t have to worry that the embroidered look will fade.

I’ve finished the blocks for the outer border. Because the “embroidered” basket blocks are on point, they are a strange measurement. They finish at just over 13”, which meant I couldn’t just make a standard block. Besides that, I didn’t want the blocks to be square. I would have had to add an inner border to make the size of the quilt center work for all 13” square blocks. I don’t have any yardage of 1930s fabric to make that border. And of course, I was working on this in the evening, long after the local quilt stores were closed. I decided the easiest way to deal with it was to make a smaller block and frame it. Then, as blog reader Denise suggested, I could add strips to make the frame different widths depending on how much I needed to complete the borders.

I made pinwheels and framed six of them to get the right height for the side borders. Then I added strips to make them the right width. I have the side borders in place. Isn’t it going to be a fun quilt?

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Nearly Done

The space between the blocks for the top and bottom borders is larger than it was on the side borders. At first I thought I’d put four pinwheel blocks on the top border and another four blocks on the bottom border but I went to my design wall and when I put two pinwheel blocks side by side (on the upper left in the photo), I felt like it made my focus shift to that spot and I want the focus to be on the center, the embroidered part of the quilt. In the upper right-hand corner of the photo, I’ve just added extra strips to fill the space around a single pinwheel block and I think it works better.

I should easily be able to finish the top in an evening.

We didn’t get to see our granddaughter this weekend so she hasn’t added anymore to her design for the back, but that will be the next step.

If you are in the mood for shopping for all things quilting, check out what’s new for Quilters Newsletter at quiltandsewshop.com. You’ll find patterns, kits, books, magazines and tools.

And to find out about giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and to see all the beautiful quilts we like to share, join 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: Oakland quilts, patchwork on the red carpet, vintage sewing machine display, and more

Folks here in the U.S. have been all about rivalries this week — Denver v. Carolina, Clinton v. Sanders,  Trump v. seemingly everyone — but we have our priorities straight, don’t we? It’s all about the quilting! Now that we’re agreed, let’s dive into this week’s scrap bag.

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The International Quilt Study Center & Museum has chosen a late-19th-century Scherenschnitte Applique Quilt from Pennsylvania as their February 2016 Quilt of the Month. Go to their website to learn why it’s possible this quilt was made by Mennonites and almost certainly not made by the Amish.
www.quiltstudy.org

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The New York Times recently published a very nice article with photos about the “Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland” exhibit produced by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and the quilters themselves. “About six months ago, Ms. Coleman and her guild sisters came up with an elaborate idea: designing narrative quilts that would convey in cloth the personality, history and social complexity of their home ground.”
www.nytimes.com

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Very often, patchwork-inspired couture can take a wrong turn, but actress Alicia Vikander has been getting nothing but accolades from fashion bloggers such as Tom & Lorenzo and many others for the sequined Louis Vuitton gown she wore to the Screen Actors Guild Awards last weekend. What do you think, hit or miss?
tomandlorenzo.com

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Mongoloian 800 Scrap Bag: Oakland quilts, patchwork on the red carpet, vintage sewing machine display, and more

Magnificent Horse, 37″ x 47″, 2014, by Byambalaa Lhagvansuren

QN readers may remember a feature article in our April/May 2015 issue about quilting in Mongolia. Nancy Zieman interviewed Maggie Ball, the American quilter who has worked closely with the Mongolian quilters, in a “Nancy’s Corner” segment in which Maggie gave an update on how things have been going. You can view the video for free on the WPT website.
wpt.org/SewingWithNancy/

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If you like vintage sewing machines, check out this recent Accuquilt blog post about the  AllSaints window display in New York City.
www.accuquilt.com

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Design blog Lonny published an interview with Seattle-based quilt designer Season Evans entitled “Quilts Are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover.”
www.lonny.com

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Another article that was in our April/May 2015 issue was one on modern artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay that I had the pleasure of writing. Even though she only made one quilt in her lifetime, I thought she was someone whose influence was far broader than most of us realize and was worth talking about from a quilter’s perspective.

Well, I just learned about another too-often overlooked female artist of the modern era, Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Particularly in light of the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon coming up this month, Taeuber-Arp’s abstract work of the 1930s to 1940s is full of design inspiration for quilters of many styles.
www.google.com/culturalinstitute

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From Huffington Post blogger Kyrié Sue Carpenter come a profile of improvisational art quilter Heidi Parkes entitled “Leave Perfection to Those with Little Imagination.”
www.huffingtonpost.com

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And for those of us with more than a few UFOs, WIPs and quilt ideas we’ve put on the back burner, here is an essay about how your imagining your future projects is holding you back. What better incentive do you need to skip The Big Game on Sunday and just get to work?
jessicaabel.com

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QNFM16 Cover 500 221x300 Scrap Bag: Oakland quilts, patchwork on the red carpet, vintage sewing machine display, and moreDon’t forget, our February/March 2016 issue is now on sale, and it’s full of great stuff. Get yours today at your local quilt shop, on newsstands, in bookstores and online!

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