Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016

Quilters Newsletter‘s last issue is currently shipping to subscribers, and though its official on sale date on newsstands, bookstores, and at quilt shops isn’t until a week from today, Tuesday September 20, 2016, it’s already selling in print and digital issue versions at Quilt and Sew Shop. Previews of each of the articles and patterns in the issue are on the October/November 2016 issue page on our website.

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If you’re a subscriber and hadn’t already seen the news that Quilters Newsletter October/November 2016 will be our last issue, the editor’s letter in that issue covers the announcement. Due to our far-in-advance publishing schedule, our last issue was the first issue we were able to include the notification in. After the last issue of Quilters Newsletter, all subscribers will transfer to sister publication Quilting Arts, a venerable title in its own right. If you wish for your remaining subscription issues past Quilters Newsletter‘s October/November 2016 issue to be sent from one of F+W’s other quilting titles, or if you wish to request a refund for the remaining unmailed issues, please contact our subscriber services department at 1-800-477-6089 (US) or 1-386-597-4387 (International).

The official statement about the end of Quilters Newsletter reads:

After much analysis and discussion with our team, we have made the difficult decision that Quilters Newsletter magazine will publish its last issue with the October/November 2016 issue. Back issues of Quilters Newsletter will still be available at http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/category/magazines/.

For several years, we have attempted to provide the very best patterns, information and instruction that you – our readers – demand. But, due to changes in the market and the magazine industry, it was no longer economically viable to publish the magazine.

And this was the press release announcement emailed to past and present Quilters Newsletter contributors:

A Message from Quilters Newsletter

Quilters Newsletter has held a very special place in the hearts of quilting enthusiasts for 47 years, and has been a source of inspiration and learning for quilters around the world. However, the magazine will no longer be published after the October/November 2016 issue. Quilters Newsletter subscribers will receive Quilting Arts magazine beginning with the December/January 2017 issue.

Quilters Newsletter began publication in September 1969 and was founded by Bonnie and George Leman. It was the first – and for many years the only – magazine devoted solely to the interests of quiltmakers. Bonnie composed the first issue on a manual typewriter at her kitchen table, and the day it was published was the same day she gave birth to the youngest of her seven children.

That day marked the beginning of an international phenomenon. Many quilt historians agree that Bonnie almost single-handedly launched a quilting revival around the time of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 by researching and publishing information about a domestic pastime that had fallen out of vogue since the end of the Great Depression and the onset of World War II. No one can deny that she shaped and guided that revival during subsequent decades.

Bonnie Leman and Quilters Newsletter will forever be linked to the history of quiltmaking in the U.S. and abroad. It’s a legacy that will never be forgotten.

F + W is committed to the quilt industry and will continue to serve the community by publishing magazines, creating videos, online education, books, in-person events, ecommerce products, and more under the brands of Fons & Porter, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Keepsake Quilting, and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. We will continue to evolve in order to serve a community with ever-changing habits and media preferences.

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I Wasn’t Planning to Make a Holiday Placemat …

I wanted to tell you about what happens when things go wrong – or even maybe go wrong.

One of our readers sent an email last week, saying we’d made a mistake when we wrote the pattern for Grand Fir Garland in Best Christmas Quilts 2016 from Quilters Newsletter. It’s this pretty table runner and placemat set designed by Marcia Harmening.

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Grand Fir Table Runner and Placemats

Our reader thought the measurements we’d given were wrong. So I read the pattern through carefully and measured the templates we provided for the tree and the bauble. Then I talked with Mary Kate. We agreed that our pattern and our math were correct. I emailed our reader and told her that it would work. That if she hadn’t already, she could go ahead and start sewing. She emailed again and said it really wouldn’t work so my next step was to go to the sewing studio and make a sample.

First, I traced the pattern for the bauble onto interfacing as Marcia did and pinned it to the fabric.

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Ready to Stitch

Then I stitched on the marked line and turned the bauble right side out.

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Checking the Measurement

I measured my completed bauble and it measures 9¾”. Six  baubles will fit on the background. Ah, sweet relief. There isn’t an error.

We are so careful. At least three members of the editorial team check each pattern, not to mention our experienced graphic designers. That doesn’t mean mistakes never happen but they don’t happen very often.

But now that I had the bauble made, it seemed wasteful to just throw it in the corner somewhere. I’d selected a set of fabric samples from Holiday Magic by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics when I made the bauble. So I used two more fabrics from the collection to finish the front of this holiday placemat.

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Ready to Make the Quilt Sandwich

The Christmas tree is simply fussy cut and fused in position. I’ll stitch it down when I stitch the bauble in place. That will be after I’ve assembled the quilt sandwich so the blanket stitch I use to stitch them in place will be the quilting for the center of the placemat. Then some simple quilting on the red background and my pretty little placemat will be ready to bind and I’ll have something new for my holiday decorations.

Isn’t it fun how different my placemat is from the original that Marcia designed? The fact that there is so much room for artistic interpretation is one of the things I love about making quilts.

Best Christmas Quilts 2016 is available at your local quilt store, in bookstores, on newsstands and at quiltandsewshop.com (hard copy or digital download). It has loads of wonderful ideas for you and there is plenty of time to finish several before Christmas.

And now, to find 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: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

Sorry I’m a little late with this week’s roundup of quilting and sewing news tidbits — did I miss anything?

IMG 2424 300x300 Scrap Bag: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska has chosen United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt as its Quilt of the Month for September to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The quilt consists of more than 140 individual quilts or panels, which consist of 25 blocks. Each block is dedicated to a victim of the attacks. The total square footage of the quilt is more than 15,500 feet and, if laid end to end, it would cover more than five football fields.
www.quiltstudy.org

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Susan Madden of Salt Lake City, Utah, was the subject of a segment on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” news program that spotlighted the two weeks the landscape quilter recently spent as artist-in-residence in Mesa Verde National Park. “I see everything as a piece of fabric,” she explained to journalist Conor Knighton, who seemed impressed by the boxes of batiks she brought with her to Colorado. Oh, if only he knew what a full stash looks like.
www.cbsnews.com

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On This Winter Day by Nancy Prince and Linda French was awarded Best of World at the  2016 World Quilt New England competition; it previously won Best of Show at International Quilt Festival in 2014. Click the link to see photos of all the winners; congrats to all!
www.quiltfest.com

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The Quilter’s Bug Shop blog collected and captioned a bunch of old sewing machine print ads ranging from the late 1800s to the 1960s for your weekend amusement.
quilters-bug.myshopify.com/blogs

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The Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild put out a call in May for maple leaf blocks to be made into quilts for survivors of the terrible fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. They ended up receiving 2,000 blocks from across North America, Australia and the British Isles, which have been pieced into quilt tops; now they’re in the quilting and binding stage and plan to be able to send the quilts off in October.
www.ottawacommunitynews.com

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A quilt created to show the stories of people, places and events to represent the Exhibition of 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation is on display at the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville, Maryland, through the month of September. More than 400 people contributed to the large story quilt, which was designed by Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither.
www.your4state.com/news

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Fashion designer Kelsy Parkhouse’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection features quilt-inspired garments, some even constructed from antique cutter quilts, and the photo shoot for the collection shows the models standing around a patchwork “quilted pool.”
www.nyunews.com

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NancyMahoneyEQ7 EmailTop Scrap Bag: 9/11 Memorial Quilt, CBS spotlights quilter, old sewing machine ads, and more

Do you EQ? Or are you like me, someone who has Electric Quilt software installed on her or his computer but hasn’t really learned how to use it? Well, if you’ve gone to the trouble of getting EQ but don’t quite know how to get started, or you’re designing quilts that are difficult to make in real life, take a look at Nancy Mahoney’s upcoming online class for Craft University.

I’ve been fortunate to work with Nancy a number of times, and I can attest that she is a genuine quilt world rock star, which means she’s an amazing designer, an exacting technician and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Having written and edited patterns for quilts she’s designed, I can assure you that the woman knows not only how to design beautiful quilts but they are patterns that you can actually make.

So if you’re not getting your money’s worth out of your EQ software, let Nancy show you all the ins and outs of what is a fantastic design tool for any quilter. And if you preregister for the class before September 19, you’ll receive access to Nancy’s Beginning EQ7 Webinar, a $19.99 value, which will further improve your skills overall.

Click here to learn more about the class Design Quilts with EQ7 & Nancy Mahoney from Craft University and to view a short preview video.

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 Autumn 2016

calendar O N 2016 260x300 Quilt exhibits to visit Autumn 2016In the What’s New section of our October/November 2016 issue, we give you the skinny on a bunch of amazing quilt exhibits around the country along with images of some of the quilts you’ll see if you’re able to go to any of them in person.

However, we’re never able to include every current quilt exhibit in the print edition, so here are some additional exhibits you might want to know about.

This blog post is starting off as a list of nine U.S. venues and one in Canada hosting quilt exhibits this fall. But be sure to check back, because I will add exhibits to this list as I learn about them.

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.

Quilt historian and author Barbara Brackman has also put together her own listing of summer and fall exhibits of antique quilts and posted it on her blog.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see some quilts!

** Updated November 9, 2016 **

 

ALABAMA

Alabama Quilts August 1 through September 30 at the Gorgas House Museum in Tuscaloosa. This exhibit of a selection of historic quilts from the collections of the University of Alabama Department of Human and Environmental Science will feature six quilts from the Ragland African American quilt collection as well as local 19th-century signature quilts.
events.ua.edu

 

ARIZONA

The Quilts of Emma Andres and Her Contemporaries (1930-1940) through September 30 at the Sharlot Hal Museum in Prescott. This special exhibit features 11 quilts from the 1930s and 1940s, made by quilter extraordinaire Emma Andres and several of her contemporaries.
www.sharlot.org

 

CALIFORNIA

Recent Works in Fiber by Kimiko Kogure through September 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. Kogure draws on her Japanese heritage and childhood mhttps://middlesexhospital.org/zahngalleryemories to create her art quilts; you can read more about her in an article published by mercurynews.com.
lamorindaarts.org/orinda-library-art-gallery

2016 Quilt and Fiber Arts Show through October 15 at the Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum in Lower Lake. This textile show began in 1993 as a quilt show and has since expanded to include weaving, baskets, sewing, applique, silk screening, needlepoint and more; read about it on www.record-bee.com.
www.co.lake.ca.us

The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millenium October 7 through January 15, 2017, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. This exhibition includes works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt medium.
www.sjquiltmuseum.org

Stitches in Time through January 2017 at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. The exhibit includes a selection of pieced quilts and woven coverlets dating from the 1840s to the 1930s.
www.sbcounty.gov

 

CONNECTICUT

Seasons on the Shoreline through October 29 at the Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery in the Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook. Sisters in Cloth, a group of Connecticut shoreline SAQA artists, imaged local scenes using hand-dyed cotton. The exhibit is paired with Sister’s Journeys, another collaborative collection.
middlesexhospital.org/zahngallery

 

FLORIDA

Fiber as Art October 3-25 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. This invitational exhibition shows the diverse work of fiber artists Pat Kumicich, Jeannie Thomma, Sharon and Bob Warner, and Allison Ouzerson.
marcoislandart.org

 

GEORGIA

Heart in Hand Quilt Exhibit through October 28 at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville. This annual exhibit by the Heart in Hand Quilt Guild features more than 100 quilted items.
www.bowenarts.org

Vann House Quilt Collection through November 2 at the Vann House Historic Site in Spring Place. Over the years the Vann House has gathered an array of historic handmade quilts that span three centuries, including one said to have been designed and made by a slave on a plantation in southeast Murray County nearly 200 years ago and a “Presidential Wreath” quilt designed to commemorate President James Monroe’s visit to the Vann House in 1819. Read more about it here.
gastateparks.org/ChiefVannHouse

Stories in Stitches through November 4 at the Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie.
colquittcountyarts.com

 

INDIANA

All That Jazz: A Quilting Exhibition through October 28 at the Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis. In celebration of Madame C.J. Walker’s legacy of entrepreneurship and love of jazz and the arts, a group of over 20 jazz-themed art quilts will be on display.
www.thewalkertheatre.org

 

IOWA

Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts through September 30 at the Harmon Fine Arts Center at Drake University in Des Moines. A solo show featuring quilts by Thomas Knauer, Quilters Newsletter columnist and host of QNNtv’s “Design Studio.” You can read more about the quilts and the stories behind them here.
theandersongallery.wordpress.com

 

KENTUCKY

Carryin’ on the Tradition IX September 11-October 22 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville. The Piecemakers Quilt Club of Hopkins County will feature a variety of special exhibits in the show including displays of Quilts of Valor and a baby quilt exhibit showcasing the continuing service project of providing quilts to the Baptist Health NICU.
www.glemacenter.org

Graveyard Quilt through December 31 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. One of the Kentucky Historical Society’s most popular, seldom-displayed items is included in the exhibit “A Kentucky Journey.” The quilt by Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell dates to 1843 and memorializes family members who had died, including a toddler son, John Vanetta, and a 19-year-old son, Matthais.
history.ky.gov

Backward & Forward: 20th Century Quilts through March 5, 2017, at the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. More than 30 quilts and wall hangings from the university’s collection of more than 250 illustrate how Kentucky quiltmakers looked to both the past and to the future for inspiration. Click here to view a gallery of images from the collection.
www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum

 

MAINE

Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts through December 9 at AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center in Portland. Gina Adams’ art is primarily inspired by and deeply committed to the memory of her White Earth Ojibwa grandfather. The seven quilts on exhibit excerpt broken treaties, including a Maine quilt referencing broken Wabanaki land claims treaties.
usm.maine.edu/gallery

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016 and Whistler in Quilts through September 24 at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. With quilts comprised of at least 50 percent handmade fabrics, this juried exhibition showcases the breadth of technique and style that can be achieved through the quilter’s manipulation of his or her medium.
www.whistlerhouse.org

Fall for Fiber October 4-29 at the Brewster Ladies’ Library in Brewster. This mixed-media fiber arts show is presented by a group of artists informally known as “Fiber Frenzy.”
www.brewsterladieslibrary.org

 

MINNESOTA

Quilting Art Today through October 16 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The exhibition includes several components: “Minnesota Hail to Thee,” a Minnesota Quilts challenge competition; themed works by the international collective Voyage Art Textiles; traditional designs by Mary Chalmers; contemporary art quilts by Swedish textile artist Katriina Flensburg; and selected quilts by artists Lola Jenkins, Arden Harrison-Bushnell, Janet Hagberg, Melissa Sobokta and Joseph Mallard.
www.asimn.org

 

NEW MEXICO

Zia Quilting and Stitchery Guild through October 29 at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. This exhibit of more than 20 quilts and quilted projects includes quilts new and old.
www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com

 

NEW YORK

Painted, Pieced, and Padded: Masterwork Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum through November 6 November 30 (extended dates) at the American Folk Art Museum Collections and Education Center in Long Island City. Ten masterwork quilts from the museum’s collection will be on view as part of New York Textile Month, a month-long, citywide festival that celebrates textile creativity. Note that visitation is by appointment only; click the link for details.
folkartmuseum.org

Yard Works: Textile Study Group of New York through November 16 in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. The 21 mixed media pieces selected for Yard Works encompass a wide variety of materials ranging from the traditional textile components of fabric and thread, to non-traditional elements of copper wire and acrylic paint.
www.chashama.org

Quilts=Art=Quilts October 29 to January 8, 2017, at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition held each year at the Schweinfurth featuring quilts from across the US and around the world. This year’s exhibit jurors chose 65 quilts from 185 submitting artists.
www.schweinfurthartcenter.org

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Guild Exhibit through October 28 at the Point of View Art Gallery in Burlington. This exhibit includes traditional and contemporary quilt patterns, Hawaiian quilts and confetti art quilts.
pointofviewgallery.com

Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation through January 16, 2017, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte. This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to expressive, decorative quilts, artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed media artists who improvise upon the form.
www.ganttcenter.org

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Piecing Together a Changing Planet October 3-28 at the Montgomery County Community College Art Gallery at Pottstown. This juried show of 26 art quilts, a partnership between the National Park Service and SAQA, highlights a few of the many ways that America’s 401 national parks are being affected by climate change and pollution.
www.mc3.edu

Quilts: The Next Layer through January 31, 2017, at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. Take an up close look at more than a dozen exquisite quilts recently donated to CCHS that have never before been on exhibit.  Pieced or appliqued in the 1800s, they reveal an array of designs in cotton or silk fabrics.
www.chestercohistorical.org

 

TENNESSEE

Historic Walker Sisters Tour through November 8 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. The tour, which runs on select Tuesdays, includes the Walker Sisters’ Quilt exhibit, a visit to Little Greenbrier School and to the Walker Sisters’ final resting place; visitors to the Heritage Center can view the quilts at any time.
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

 

VERMONT

1863 Jane Stickle Quilt through October 10 at the Bennington Museum. The iconic “Dear Jane” quilt that tops many quilters’ bucket lists is put on display for only a few weeks every year, so if you can’t make it this fall make sure to set yourself a reminder for next year.
benningtonmuseum.org

 

VIRGINIA

Trail of Quilts September 16-October 30 in historic Stanardsville. Quilts will be on display at The Palette Art Gallery, Pioneer Bank, United Bank, the Greene County Library, The Noon Whistle Pottery, Rhodes Gallery at the Greene County Historical Society, UVA Credit Union and the Greene County Visitor Center.
www.dailyprogress.com

Fiber Transformed through October 30 at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. This exhibit features work by a group of contemporary fiber artists from Virginia.
mcguffeyartcenter.com

And Still We Rise: African American Story Quilts through December 31 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. This traveling exhibit features nearly 70 handcrafted story quilts created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network.
www.themsv.org

The Art of the Quilt: Let’s Celebrate November 12 through December 31 at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville. More than 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast are exhibiting work in this biennial invitational exhibition, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler.
piedmontarts.org

 

WASHINGTON

The Nature of Place October 5 through December 30 at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. Charlotte Bird and Ree Nancarrow present a quilt exhibition of their perceptions of the nature of Denali National Park in Alaska.  Ree has lived near the park for 50 years; Charlotte has visited the park regularly for more than 30 years. Both artists have been Artist in Residence in the park: Ree in 2006 and Charlotte in 2014.
www.laconnerquilts.org

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Earth Stories through October 2 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Twenty-four SAQA artists from around the world were chosen to interpret a “story” of their choice, in two quilts each (72×72 and 12×14 inches). Read more about it on the SAQA website.
www.hmoa.org

 

CANADA

My Corner of the World through October 10 at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario. This 80-piece show was developed in collaboration with SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). A two-part exhibition, it consists of 40 pieces from SAQA Canadian member artists, and 40 pieces from SAQA International member artists.
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca

 

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Quilters Newsletter Oct/Nov 2016

Be sure to get your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s October/November 2016 issue featuring images of 75 fabulous and inspiring quilts, including some from both the historical Mountain Mist collection as well as new versions of those classic patterns made in today’s fabrics.

The October/November 2016 issue is already arriving at subscribers’ homes and officially goes on sale September 20 in quilt shops and bookstores, on newsstands, and online from quiltandsewshop.com in both print and digital editions. You don’t want to miss 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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Lavish and The Rose Collection

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

We’ve been posting a lot about our Best Christmas Quilts 2016 issue lately, but if you’re like me and just not ready to think about Christmas or the holiday season or even Halloween yet, the two bundles we’re featuring this week (both from Staff Picks in Quilters Newsletter August/September 2016) should be a breath of fresh air. They both include floral prints and geometrics — lovely prints for use year ’round.

Prize 1 is a bundle of Lavish by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics: ArtGallery Lavish Lavish and The Rose Collection

Prize 2 is a bundle of slightly oversize fat-quarters (approx. 22″ x 22″) from The Rose Collection by Anna Griffin: AnnaGriffin RoseCollection Lavish and The Rose Collection

If you need inspiration for what to make with either Lavish or the Rose Collection, check out these blocks we made for the Staff Picks feature in Quilters Newsletter August/September 2016 where we featured both collections: StaffPicksBlock3 550 Lavish and The Rose CollectionStaffPicksBlock4 777 Lavish and The Rose Collection

To enter for your chance to win one of two bundles of fabric, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday, September 11, 2016, telling us if you prefer large scale prints, small scale prints, or a combination of the two. 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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The Best Laid Plans …

Well, bummer. I was going to write my blog today about finishing this quilt. But it’s not finished.

My goal for the year is to finish one of my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) each month and I thought I’d finished this one for the month of August. In fact, I stayed up a little late on the 31st, just so I could say it was all done.

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The Completed Quilt

I quilted free-motion leaves and loops for the background on my domestic machine. It’s small, about 60” square, so doing my own quilting was very manageable.

When I talked about this quilt the last time, I was having trouble with the thread breaking. I finally determined that it was the thread itself so I slowed way down and managed to use up the last of that spool. I changed to a different brand and had no more problems at all. I probably could have found more of the problematic thread but I am on a mission to use up thread so I didn’t really want to buy more. And what if it wasn’t just that spool, but my machine doesn’t like that brand of thread? It was a brand I’d not used before so I didn’t want to take the chance.

One of the things I always tell people is this – if you make a mistake when you are sewing or quilting, DON’T point it out when you are showing your work. Having said that, I’m going to ignore that advice and show you that when I started the quilting, I was putting veins on the leaves. (See the leaves on the right side of the green print fabric.) I didn’t like them very well. The veins were heavier looking than the edges and stems and I didn’t think that was the look I was going for. So I simply stopped putting all the veins in the leaves. (See the left side of the green print.) I still have the vein that goes up the center of the leaf but that is all. I like it better. If I were making this quilt for a show or a contest, I would not have changed the quilting design (or the brand of thread) in the middle of the quilting, but this is a fun-for-my-family kind of quilt so I can do those things. It’s still bright and colorful and it will be nice to snuggle under.

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Close-up of the Quilting

I quilted the simple orange peel design in the center of the sets of four blocks. This part of the quilting I did with feed dogs engaged.

Then I bound the quilt. I had a limited amount of the dark blue fabric and when I used all that I had, I completed the binding strip with small pieces of lime print and dark blue print and one strip of yellow print from the front of the quilt. It’s a fun and funky quilt so it doesn’t bother me to do some unusual things.

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The Pieced Binding

So that’s where I was on Wednesday night. I really, really thought I’d succeeded and the quilt was done. But …

This morning as I was taking photos for this blog I saw an area that isn’t quilted. I missed part of the green print and the yellow polka dot area at the center of the photo. RATS! I guess I’ll have to finish the quilting tonight.

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Oops!!

And I’ll have almost finished my eighth PIG for the year in August.

If you’d like more information about quilting on a domestic machine, check out Machine Quilting Basics with Marianne Fons and Dawn Cavanaugh on QNNtv.com.

And until next time, to find 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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This Month in Quilt History: September

It turns out September is an important month in quilt history: from the invention of the lockstitch sewing machine to the first issue of Quilters Newsletter to the recognition of art quilting by a leading American newspaper, this is a month that has witnessed major developments in our favorite pastime.

Here are some historical tidbits taken from the Design Wall and Bulletin Board pages of different issues of QN from the past few years.

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On September 10, 1846, Elias Howe Jr. was awarded patent number 4,750 in the United States for his practical sewing machine. It sewed 250 stitches a minute and could outsew five seamstresses. Howe later successfully sued Isaac Singer (perhaps you’ve heard the name?) for copyright infringement; his copyright expired in 1867, the same year he died.

 

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1916 Psychiatrist William Rush Dunton Jr. organized a quilt exhibit at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, Maryland. Believing hobbies essential to mental health, he hoped to interest patients in quiltmaking.

Dunton was not only a pioneer in the field of occupational therapy but a quilter himself — he is said to have started quilting in 1915 — who self-published a book in 1946 entitled Old Quilts that’s now a collectors item.

 

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1969 Bonnie Leman published the first issue of Quilters Newsletter. A single issue cost 35¢ and a six-issue subscription was $1.75.

You can’t make this stuff up: the very first issue of QN was printed on September 21, the same day that Bonnie gave birth to her seventh child. This means that our 47th birthday is just three weeks away (as is Matthew’s) — hard to believe! We celebrated our 45th anniversary in 2014 and published a free pattern for Moon Flowers, the applique pillow that appeared on that first black-and-white cover, in conjunction with the August/September issue. The block pattern is available for free download from our website.

 

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1984 The musical Quilters opened on Broadway September 25. After just 24 performances, the production earned five Tony nominations. The libretto, written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, was based on the book The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. Quilters is set in the West in the late 1800s and early 1900s and is the story of pioneer women who gather to create a legacy quilt. Originally developed and produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company in 1982, Quilters has since been performed all over the United States.

Click here to view the Playbill for the original Broadway production.

 

Sept 1992 DW This Month in Quilt History: September

1992 The Wall Street Journal printed an article about art quilter Nancy Crow. Gail King wrote, “Quilts produced as art by people trained as artists are a fledgling art form, even though the art/craft of quilting is ancient.”

Nancy Crow continues to be a highly influential and active figure in the quilt world; click here to visit her website and see what she’s up to these days.

QNAS16Cover 200 This Month in Quilt History: SeptemberFor more about what’s happened this month in quilt history, be sure to get your copy of the August/September 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletterwhich is still available on newsstands, in quilt shops and bookstores, and at quiltandsewshop.com in both print and digital editions!

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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More Miscellaneous Notions

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

Sometimes “spring cleaning” can last all year ’round. It’s probably easier that way, tackling one drawer or one closet at a time instead of attempting to clean the entire office or the entire house all at once. This week, we’re giving away some miscellaneously assorted items from one of the drawers earmarked for giveaways here in the QN office:

MiscNotionsPrize4 More Miscellaneous Notions Prize 1 includes a pair of Sew Red Glasses, Red Liner Tape from Treasure Tape, a Thirtysomething Square Up Ruler and Block Book by Gayle Bong from Gaylee Quilting, and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.

MiscNotionsPrize5 More Miscellaneous Notions Prize 2 includes three Rolli Stamps, The Wacker from Harvest House Quilting, Fuse ‘n Bind Fusible Binding Tape from Clover, a Fabric Folding Pen from Clover, a Quilt Dot on a Bag Tag with Ring from Quilt Dots, and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.

MiscNotionsPrize6 More Miscellaneous Notions Prize 3 includes a pair of Sew Red Glasses, a LaserExcel 5 1/2″ square ruler, a Mo Bedell Embroidery Patter with pin, a Quilter’s 120 inch Flip Tape Measure from Dritz Quilting, A Cut Above Stars Bookmarks by Planted Seed Designs from Quilt Dots, and Color for Quilters by Lauri Linch-Zadel and the editors of Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.

To enter for your chance to win one of these three sets of notions, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Monday, September 5, 2016, telling us the most random quilting supply you’ve ever come home with. 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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‘Tis the Season… of Preparation

Around here, we probably get about a good two months or so of not having to think about Christmas, generally around the beginning of the year. Once spring starts springing, it’s time to start gathering ideas and quilts for special Christmas issues, as well as the holiday themed projects that are featured in the regular issues of the magazines. We work on writing and refining the patterns, get the issue ready to publish, and then it’s suddenly time to think about what we’re personally going to sew for Christmas gifts and decorations! Then it’s Christmas and New Year’s Day and the process begins again. So, basically, we LOVE Christmas and all the special sewing associated with it. There’s fast and fun ornaments, table runners and seasonal decor, cool and interesting gifts to make, and lovely large quilts for those busy bees among us.

Since the time is fast approaching when quilters around the world will be stitching furiously to get gifts and projects done before the holiday season, I should tell you about Quilters Newsletter’s special Christmas issue, Best Christmas Quilts 2016, on sale now in print and digital formats at quiltandsewshop.com (and at your local bookstore or craft store). We worked hard to select and pattern a wide variety of interesting projects, and I hope you’ll check it out and make a quilt or two. I’m sharing a few of my favorite projects from the magazine, though there are many more that I can’t include here!

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Christmas Cocktails table runner and napkins, designed by Susan Emory

The cute Christmas Cocktails table runner and napkin set designed by Susan Emory is so quick and easy to make! This is a great project for beginners, procrastinators, people who like instant gratification, or anyone who might need a last minute gift for whatever reason. There are lots of wonderful border prints available these days from multiple fabric manufacturers, so this is a project you can really make your own, depending on the fabric you choose.

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Evergreens wall quilt, designed by Connie Campbell

Next up is a really pretty wall hanging that gently captures the essence of winter, designed by Connie Campbell. This Evergreens wall quilt is nice because not only does it look great, but it uses multiple construction techniques like applique and foundation piecing. I always enjoy building my skills as I make something beautiful; I assume other quilters might like to do the same. This project would also be fun to embellish with beads, buttons or baubles, to trim one or all of those evergreen trees.

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Gilded Star throw quilt, designed by Judy Gauthier

Gilded Star, designed by Judy Gauthier, is a modern holiday project that also uses interesting techniques during construction. I love the look of this design and the fabrics that Judy chose for it. The metallic gold fabric she used for the star points is so, so pretty and I’ve decided I’m going to buy some to use in my Christmas sewing this year. If I have time I may make this quilt as well; I’m in good shape since I did already get a head start on holiday sewing with my submission for this special issue.

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The Gift throw quilt, designed by Gigi Khalsa

I couldn’t finish this post without a little toot of my own holiday horn! This throw quilt I designed looks just like a big present! There are no templates or foundations, just a bunch of rotary cut patches and standard piecing techniques. It finishes at 5 feet square, so it’s just the right size to wrap around you and one of your favorite people. Plus it just looks so bright and festive! OK, horn toot solo over.

This is just a fraction of the wonderful projects in this special issue, so I hope you’ll take a minute to check out the issue and see all the other great quilts, and perhaps even make some of them. Time goes by and before you know it, Christmas will be here! Make a quilt or two before then and you won’t be out in the cold when it arrives.

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It’s Time to Think about Christmas

I know, I know … it’s only August. But if you are going to make a big project for Christmas, you should start thinking and planning now, and I have just the thing for you.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2016

Our latest special issue, Best Christmas Quilts 2016, is at the newsstands, in quilt shops and bookstores, and at QuiltandSewShop.com (hard copy or digital download) and it’s full of fun ideas for you.

There are bed-sized quilts, throw-size quilts, quilts to hang on walls, table runners and placemats, pillows and fun things to decorate your tree or your mantle. As I said, it’s FULL of fun ideas. I’ll bet you are wondering if I have one or two I want to make. And yes, I do.

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Wonderous Fare

I love Wondrous Fare, the reversible table runner designed by Lerlene Nevaril. In fact, I like the idea so much I may make several. I can picture a table runner for Thanksgiving, one for Valentine’s Day, and on and on. You could use the same pattern and just change out the fabric. The table runners are small and relatively quick to make so they would be good gifts, too.

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All the Trimmings

Then I’m always on the lookout for things to do with my 5-year-old granddaughter and I think with a little prep on my part, we could have a really good time making the ornaments designed by Carol Streif. I might have to adapt the technique to my granddaughter’s attention span and abilities but I’m pretty sure this is a project that we could truly enjoy.

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Tree LInes

The third project that truly tempts me is Tree Lines designed by Elaine Theriault. It’s a 60” x 72” throw-size quilt so it’s a perfect size to snuggle under. I love the minimalist design. What a fun idea and what a great quilt to show off some beautiful quilting.

Check Best Christmas Quilts out at your local quilt store or at QuiltandSewShop.com.  It’s a super issue with lots of great projects.

And now until next time, remember, to find 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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