Here’s a scrap bag of quilt-type news items to help you kick off your week!
This story was making the rounds on quilt-related social media last week, and for good reason: Barbara Schubert Bartlett apparently took the adage “She who dies with the most fabric wins” seriously, because when she died in March she left behind more than 15,000 yards of unused fabric. Rather than donate it to a thrift shop or sell it online, her children opened a storefront to sell it at $2/yard.
A small group of volunteers at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) in Palm Springs, California, is creating two quilts using fabric from numerous Broadway hit shows such as “The Color Purple,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” The proceeds from their sale toward the end of 2016 will be donated to the organization. In addition to the quilts, the group is creating two coffee table-style books that will contain samples of the fabrics, Playbills autographed by performers like Jennifer Hudson, and letters from the shows.
In another story of where stage costuming meets quilting, costumer Mike Floyd of Portland, Oregon, recently finished machine appliqueing 1,000 origami-style cranes onto 8-inch squares. His original intent was to use each crane to acknowledge a person who’s been an influence on his life. “I needed to remember I wasn’t alone back in February 2013,” he said of when he started the project. “On April 19, 2016, I was given proof that I wasn’t — and have never been — alone.”
The Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, is displaying The Governor’s Quilt made in 2000 by Ruth Hovdenes, who died in 2005. At the suggestion of family members, in 1999 Hovdenes wrote to all 50 sitting U.S. governors and requested a necktie from each. Eighteen governors replied, including then New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, who sent in a scarf. On display with the quilt are letters from governors that accompanied their contributions.
For fans of “Game of Thrones,” paint-and-wallpaper company Farrow & Ball have put together a set of color swatches inspired by people and places from the super-popular book and TV series. Named Game of Tones, the colors include Dothraki Ground, Cersei’s Shame, and naturally, Winter Is Coming.
It’s spring, which means it’s almost time for the Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County, Indiana, to be ready for viewing. We included a wonderful article about the Quilt Gardens in our April/May 2013 issue, and I’d love to work in a trip to see them in person one of these summers.
For decades, Mennonite Relief Sales have been well known as wonderful fundraisers for the Mennonite Central Committee, the international nonprofit extension of Anabaptist churches. A quilt that a man bought at the New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, relief sale in 1968 is being re-donated to the same sale this year by his children. They are hoping that the gold-and-white hunter’s star quilt, which is in mint condition, will raise even more money the second time around than the $350 CAD ($2,414 CAD in 2016) their father originally paid for it.
Having just about finished putting together the blocks for a delectable mountains quilt top I started in 2005 (you can see a picture of it on the McCall’s Quilting blog), and not wanting to deal with basting the queen-size quilt that I probably should be working on, I think I want to make a little foundation-pieced wall hanging from one of the designs in Penny Layman’s The Paper-Pieced Home book. Penny taped an episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community with us last year in which she showed a number of her designs as well as her foundation piecing tips and tools; here’s a little preview of the episode.
The designs in this book are just too cute, and I’m in the mood for something small and charming right now. I just checked Quilt and Sew Shop and saw that it’s currently on sale for only $19.88, 26% off the regular price. With 40 original designs on a CD, plus patterns for 10 different projects and all the basics you need to know about the technique, that’s a great deal for lovers of somewhat quirky and totally modern quilt blocks. Click here to learn more about The Paper-Pieced Home. I’ll be sure to show you what I’ve made after it’s finished.
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