12 quilt exhibits to visit Summer 2015

As the QN team member assigned with writing our regular five-page “What’s New” section — yes, I put the “news” in Quilters Newsletter – I’m always on the lookout for quilt exhibits at museums. Because of space limitations and deadlines, I’m never able to include all the exhibits I want to in the print edition.

With that in mind, here’s a list of additional quilt exhibits happening in the U.S. and Canada between now and late summer that aren’t included in the June/July 2015 or upcoming August/September 2015 issues that you might want to visit, especially if you’ll be hitting the highways on a road trip. There are quilts on view from sea to shining sea, but considering that Quilt National ’15 is also on exhibit in Athens, Ohio, the midwest seems to be a particularly good place to be this season. **Note that this post has been updated with additional exhibits since it was first published — scroll down to see the Bonus Exhibits!**

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1) Unrolled: Piecing Together Our Textile History only through June 2 at the Dundas Museum & Archives in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. The exhibit highlights two nationally significant textiles, the Durham Banner (c. 1839) and the oldest Jacquard coverlet produced in Canada (1834), among others.
https://dundasmuseum.ca/exhibitions/current/

2) Mended World through June 14 at the Homer Watson House and Gallery in
Kitchener, Ontario. This exhibit is a result of a volunteer artist residency on Manitoulin Island in which textile artist Judith Martin designed and led the community in the creation of four large hand-stitched meditation panels made from repurposed domestic linens.
http://www.homerwatson.on.ca/quilt-fiber-exhibition/

3) SAQA: Food for Thought through July 8 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. This exhibition of 34 innovative quilts created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) offers a great balance between the beauty of individual food items and the importance of food in other aspects of life.
http://www.quiltmuseum.org/current-exhibits.html

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4) Homefront & Downrange June 5 to July 10 at Campbell House in Southern Pines, North Carolina. This special art exhibition honors the military of Moore County and features several artists representing various aspects of military life, including an Army wife’s story told through narrative textiles by Kristin La Flamme.
http://www.mooreart.org/programs/visual/homefront/

5) Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts and 6) Native American Portraits by Patsy Heacox through July 28 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. Also in the gallery: Native American Quilts from the RMQM collection.
https://rmqm.org/exhibits

7) Stitching Russell City Stories through August 2 at the Hayward Area Historical Society Center for History and Culture in Hayward, California. Russell City was a community in the city of Hayward whose citizens were displaced during the 1960s so the city could build an industrial park. Master quilt artist Marion Coleman provides the basis of this new exhibition with her unique story quilts based on the stories of people who resided, worshipped and worked in Russell City.
http://www.haywardareahistory.org/portfolio/special-gallery/

8) Quilt National ’13, the touring juried exhibition of the finest contemporary quilts originating from the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio; and 9) Elemental: Florida Quilt Invitational, a statewide juried exhibit inviting fresh interpretation of one or more of the four elements, May 29 through August 16 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, Florida.
http://www.dfac.org/

10) Earth Stories, a collection of 24 works by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, through September 6 at the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
http://www.ohio.edu/museum/exhibitions.html

11) Pushing the Surface, a biennial exhibition of contemporary art quilts, through September 7 at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio.
http://www.jhmuseum.org/

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12) Honoring Our Past, featuring five show quilts by Navajo quilter Susan Hudson who preserves the past through her ledger-style quilts, through September 19 at the Pagosa Springs History Museum in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
http://www.pagosamuseum.org/

This just in – Here are a few more quilt exhibits I just found out about. Consider them bonus exhibits.

13) Great Sarpy County Quilt Exhibit, featuring more than 75 historic and modern quilts created or owned by residents of Sarpy County in Nebraska, May 31 through August 15 at the Sarpy County Museum in Bellevue, Nebraska.
http://sarpycountymuseum.org/events/

14) 12th Annual Form, Not Function is an annual, juried exhibit that draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts, through July 11 at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana.
http://www.carnegiecenter.org/exhibit_form.html

15) And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations exhibit charts four centuries of African American history with 69 handcrafted contemporary story quilts from the Women of Color Quilters Network, through August 30 at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas.
http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/exhibits/and-still-we-rise

CoverJJ15 800 221x300 12 quilt exhibits to visit Summer 2015To read more about what’s happening in the quilt world this summer, be sure to check out the June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter, available both in print and as a digital download. In the “What’s New” section alone, you can see top award-winning quilts from Road to California 2015; learn how quilters in Alabama commemorated the recent 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery March; read about one quilter’s mission to honor each living NASA Apollo astronaut; see listings for additional quilt exhibits; and a lot more. Get your copy today!

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So Many Books Giveaway Part 9!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS CAROLYN, BARB and SHARON!

Many of the techniques in quilting seem extremely complicated before you actually start doing them, but once you’ve attempted those same techniques a few times, they begin to seem a lot easier. Foundation piecing or paper piecing, applique, crazy quilting, English paper piecing, template piecing, art quilting … What would you add to this list? Mary Kate discussed her relationship with foundation piecing in her Weekend Workshop post a couple of weeks ago and Lori showed off a couple of paper pieced blocks in her post on The Farmer’s Wife on Monday. Applique and crazy quilting can both be seen as you walk into the Quilters Newsletter sewing studio in the form of two of the blocks the QN staff made round-robin style a few months ago when we were asked to make a QN block for a corporate quilt (neither of these blocks were chosen as “the one” to make it into that quilt):

FlowerBlock So Many Books Giveaway Part 9!This first block displays a bit of a a flying geese unit, curved piecing, strip quilting and an appliqued flower that was cut free-form following a design in the fabric’s pattern.

QBlock So Many Books Giveaway Part 9!The second block I’ll share with you today also features a flying geese unit, some curved piecing that may or may not have been intentional, a few assorted triangles and the letter Q (for Quilting) appliqued after it was also cut free-form. Some of the other blocks we made at the same time featured randomly and diagonally inserted strips, cut up pieces of test quilt blocks and anything we happened to think of using at the time.

Feeling inspired to start your own crazy quilt yet? If not, then maybe this week’s giveaway, focusing predominantly on the first two techniques I mentioned at the beginning of this post — foundation piecing and applique — will either help you conquer your fear of of them or renew your love of them, whichever applies:

Part9 Prize1 So Many Books Giveaway Part 9!Prize 1 includes four books with paper-pieced designs: A Paper-Pieced Garden by Maaike Bakker and Frocoise Maarse for That Patchwork Place, IRIS Quilting by Maruscha Gaasenbeek for Search Press, Easy Paper Piecing by Bonnie K. Browning for Love to Quilt, and Paper-Pieced Kitchen Designs: Cups and Saucers by Maaike Bakker for That Patchwork Place.

Part9 Prize2 So Many Books Giveaway Part 9!Prize 2 includes four books with applique designs: A Batch of Quilt Soup by Barbara J. Jones for That Patchwork Place, The Quilter’s Veggie Garden by Bea Oglesby for Love to Quilt, Plant Your Own Garden by Rebecca L. Campbell for AQS Publishing, and Petite Garden Quilts by Zena Thorpe for AQS Publishing.

Part9 Prize3 So Many Books Giveaway Part 9!Prize 3 includes four books that vary by applique, template, embroidery and paper-pieced designs: Paper-Pieced Flower Pot Quilts by Anja Townrow for Love to Quilt; Quilts that Celebrate Spring & Summer by Karen Combs, Bethany S. Reynolds and Joan Shay for Love to Quilt; Applique Garden: Easy Floral Applique Patterns by Eula Mae Long for Love to Quilt; and Wildflower Applique and Embroidery by Bea Oglesby for Love to Quilt.

To enter for your chance to win one of the three prizes, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday May 31, 2015 telling us about either a quilting technique you’re afraid of or a quilting technique you feel you’ve conquered. If you have a preference between the three 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, Instagram, YouTube 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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The Farmer’s Wife

I love to read. So one of the fun things I get to do at the office is to see and review the new books that come in. I recently received a copy of The Farmer’s Wife – 1930s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird (Fons & Porter, 2015).  It’s a quilt book and a peek at history all in one.

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It’s a fun book.

The back cover says, “Celebrate the Spirit – and the Quilts – of the Farmer’s Wife. In the 1930s, The Farmer’s Wife offered inspiration and positivity in the ‘Letters from Our Farm Women’ column. Each month, the magazine published letters from readers that offered support and encouragement to each other in an economically challenging time for our country.”

The book has blocks sewn in 1930s reproduction fabrics and to go with each block is one of those letters from a farm wife. There are patterns for 99 blocks on the CD-ROM that is included with rotary cutting instructions, foundations for foundation piecing and templates. There are also instructions to make a sampler quilt in four different sizes.

Do I hear some of you saying you like the history part but you don’t like the ‘30s reproduction fabrics? Let me show you what I did.

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Anne – in reproduction fabrics

This block is called Anne. I made it the first time in 1930s reproduction fabric and Kona cotton from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It’s foundation pieced. I thought it was a fun block to make. I think I may have to do several more in this colorway.

Then to experiment with color, I made the block again with fabric from the Catalina collection by Marti Michell for Maywood Studios. I love the drama and the vivid colors.

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Anne – in brights and black

Isn’t it amazing what a difference the color makes?

So if you love history and love new and different blocks but don’t like the 1930s fabrics, you can still use the patterns in the book, just use colors that excite you.

Right now the book is on sale for $18.78 and you can see more about it at QuiltandSewShop.com.

And now until next week, visit Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news, quilting fun and ideas. There are also Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com, and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com to check out.

Happy quilting!

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New fabric collections for Spring/Summer 2015

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

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Whatever the Weather by The Red Thread for Robert Kaufman

Well, here we are, going into Memorial Day Weekend and the cultural start of summer in the U.S. Meanwhile, I sent my kindergartener to school today in fleece-lined jeans because of the persistent gloomy, rainy weather we’ve been experiencing here in Colorado.

So, if only to lift my spirits (the weather forecasters swear we’re going to see the sun again before the end of the month) and to follow up on last week’s Spring Quilt Market, I thought I’d share some previews of the fabric collections different manufacturers were showcasing in Minneapolis that will be in quilt shops in the coming months. This is just a small portion of the fabric samples I have in my cubicle right now. Trust me when I tell you there’s a lot of great stuff heading our way this spring and summer.

To start with, Whatever the Weather by The Red Thread for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, shown above, will ship to stores in August.

Let’s continue with some more collections from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Forest Fellows from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

I like the subtle expressions on the animals in Forest Fellows — just enough to give them personality without being cartoonish. This collections ships in July.

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Explore America from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

What better time to hit the turnpike and look for America than during the summer? Explore America ships to stores very soon.

 

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Artisan Batiks Color Source from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

These beautiful Color Source batiks in different shades of green ship in September.

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Artisan Batiks Elementals: Tendril from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Artisan Batiks Elementals: Tendril by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman are available in a range of pastel colors.

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Dot, Dot, Dot from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

More beautiful batiks in summery shades are coming in the Dot, Dot, Dot collection from Robert Kaufman.

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Bookends by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics

The latest collection from Marcia Derse, Bookends, ships in August.

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Story by Carrie Bloomston for SUCH Designs from Windham Fabrics

Carrie Bloomston’s Story collection for Windham ships in September.

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Modern Country by Mary Elizabeth Kinch for Windham

Modern Country by Mary Elizabeth Kinch for Windham ships in July.

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Hazel by Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham

Hazel by Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham will be in quilt shops in September.

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Tiger Lily by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics

The Tiger Lily collection of cotton lawn fabrics by Heather Ross for Windham ships in August.

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new collections from Timeless Treasures

These new collections from Timeless Treasures are (clockwise from bottom left): Tribeca Ava, Tribeca Lauren, Tribeca Clare, and Tribeca Riley.

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Tonga Batiks in Madrid and Fig from Timeless Treasures

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Tonga Batiks in Honeybee and Pashmina from Timeless Treasures

These new Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures are in stores now. And if you like them, you’ll want to scroll to the bottom of this post. (Hint: there’s a giveaway.)

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Java Batiks Sassy and Subtle from Fresh Water by Maywood Studio

Sticking with batiks for a minute, these Sassy and Subtle Java Batiks from Maywood Studio are shipping to stores this month.

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Cycles of Life by Kristen Berger for Maywood Studio

Also from Maywood Studio comes Cycles of Life by Kristen Berger of Kite Flying Society, shipping to stores this month.

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new collections from Moda

And here are some new collections from Moda (from left): Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen; Good Karma by Stephanie Ryan; Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille; and Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co.

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more new collections from Moda

Oh all right, I’ll show you some more Moda (from left): Collections for a Cause: Nurture 1810-1850; Nocturne by Janet Clare; and For You by Zen Chic.

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IQSC Pinwheel by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics

IQSC Pinwheel, a collection of repros by Kathy Hall for the International Quilt Study Center from Andover Fabrics, is in stores now.

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Daisy Splash by Jane Dixon for Andover Fabrics

Daisy Splash by Jane Dixon for Andover is also in stores now.

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Ex Libris by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

And last but not least, Ex Libris by friend-of-QN Alison Glass for Andover is also currently available.

And that’s it, my friends! Like I said, this is just a small sample of the many collections that fabric companies were showing at Quilt Market. Keep your eyes out for them!

I said something about a giveaway, didn’t I?

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Tonga Treats in Madrid and Pashmina from Timeless Treasures

Our friends at Timeless Treasures sent us a box of gorgeous Tonga Batik precuts and I thought I’d share a couple with you. So leave a comment on this blog post before 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on Monday, May 25, 2015, for a chance to win one of these Tonga Treat packages. You may tell us which one you’d prefer but we can’t guarantee anything.

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.

As always, to find out about Quilters Newsletter’s giveaways, quilting news, tips, techniques and more, visit us on FacebookTwitter, 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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Hot Quilting Supplies to Keep Cool With

As we head into the hotter days of summer which include more hours of sunlight in the evenings, there are more daylight hours to quilt and more of those little “degrees of Fahrenheit or Celsius” reasons to stay inside with the sewing machine. I have a lot of projects in various stages of completion, as I’m sure most of you do, too, but I’ve also been dreaming up new ideas for new projects.

One of the projects I’ve had stewing in the back of my mind for a while is making a new lunch bag. I pack my lunch for work most days, and while I like the lunch bag I currently have, it’s not fun or quilted or personal. WarmCoInsulatingLinings 550 300x200 Hot Quilting Supplies to Keep Cool With There are a couple of products which I could use as the inner lining material which are better than regular batting at keeping the cool items cool or hot items hot. I’ve made pot holders and oven mitts with Insul-Bright by The Warm Company before, and they’re much better at keeping the heat of the oven from my hands than ones I’ve bought in the store. The same principle would apply inside a lunch bag. Insul-Bright has reflective metalized film that’s needle-punched with polyester. A similar product from the Warm Company is Insul-Shine; its reflective metalized film is welded to batting, and the outer layer is water proof and wipes clean, so I wouldn’t need to use another lining material. Both products would also be great for grocery totes or diaper bags, plus they’re easy to sew and washer and dryer safe.

Another project in the back of my mind is my version of Tilework from our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2015 issue as I have yet to start quilting it. I’ve been thinking “something with circles” but haven’t gotten more specific than that yet. GadgetGirlsGadgets 550 300x232 Hot Quilting Supplies to Keep Cool With Since QNNtv just had its official relaunch with a new design and new platform, I’ve been looking back at old episodes of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters Community and stumbled across a couple like “How to Quilt with Templates” and “Inside the Shell” which also uses quilting templates, and they’ve given me some ideas. The Gadget Girls offer a wide variety of templates and rulers in 1/4″ or 3/8″ acrylic for longarm, midarm and shortarm quilting. You can create quilt designs with little or no marking, repeat designs with ease, and adjust placement with easy-to-see etched reference lines. The Remarkables are available in 1/8″ acrylic for quilters who prefer to mark. The Gadget Girls’ website also has video tutorials and design ideas.

Several of my other projects are in the stage where I have the pattern and I’ve gathered and/or purchased the fabric for them, which means the next step is just cutting them out. Guidelines4QuiltingKit 550 200x300 Hot Quilting Supplies to Keep Cool With Cutting all the pieces for a quilt can sometimes be difficult, especially if the pattern involves longer cuts, because rulers on their own tend to slide a little by the time you reach the end of the piece. There are several products which can help with that conundrum.

Guidelines 4 Quilting makes a Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit™ which includes peel & stick, crystal-clear, repositionable Grip Strips™ to help hold your rulers in place and Fabric Guides which clip onto your 12”-12½” & 24”-24½” long rulers and slide to the desired position to catch the edge of your fabric for perfect alignment — especially helpful for multiple cuts of the same width.

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WCM Quilters Slidelock® requires only minimal hand pressure to firmly hold both the Slidelock and fabric to your cutting mat. Slidelock rulers allow for the precision cutting of 6 to 8 fabric layers into perfect strips, pieces or angles with no sideways movement. 14” and 24” inch fully assembled Quilters Slidelocks come in Clear Arctic Ice® or Enhanced Visibility Lighted Edge® colors.

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Havel’s Sewing’s Fabric and Quilt Ruler Cutter eliminates the need for trying to find where you set your rotary cutter once you’ve got your ruler in place. In essence a ruler and rotary cutter in one, it will save you a ton of time with any project. It’s easy to use, and the “no-slip-grip-strip” keeps it stable for better control and more precise cutting. The extra sharp, 45mm alloy steel rotary blade is replaceable, and the entire tool is 27 1/2” long and 6” wide — large enough for a wide variety of projects while still small enough for easy storage when not in use. It saves wear and tear on hands and wrists (easy on carpal tunnel) and has clear, easy to read measurements on the ruler.

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Once I’ve got a quilt all cut out, the piecing usually goes pretty quickly since I can easily get into the zone and sew for hours. When the final top is assembled and I’ve decided whether I’m going to piece the back or use a single fabric, the next choice is batting. Hobbs Tuscany Collection is the industry’s most popular (hottest!) quilt batting, which makes it easy to stay cool inside the comfort of your air-conditioned quilting room and design your next quilt to gift, use at home or enter in competition. Hobbs Tuscany Collection behaves and needles beautifully with enough loft, but not too much thickness, and hangs well even with heavy applique. It’s the choice of award-winning quilter Linda Roy and many others.

All this discussion of current and future projects and some of the wonderful tools which can be used to help achieve them has me in the mood to go straight to my quilting room and not come out for a few hours. What kinds of projects are you planning to work on this summer?

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Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour Wrap Up & Giveaway

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE, LINDA, MYRA and SUSAN!

School kids of all ages have either just gotten out for summer vacation or are about to. Those who are graduating and in the midst of celebrations are ready to embark into a new future. Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Kids Quilts 2015 Cover BestKids15 200 Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour Wrap Up & Giveawayhas patterns for each of these situations as well as birthday gifts, just because gifts, moving up to a new size of bed gifts and more. We had a blog tour a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the release of this new special issue, and hope you enjoyed following along. There are more quilts in the Best Kids Quilts 2015 issue than wonderful designers who have blogs, however, so lets view those other quilts:

Alexandra Florimonte contributed Jack’s Quilt, a variation on an eye-spy or I-spy quilt:

Bev Getschel contributed both Cupid’s Arrow and Sail Away, two quilts for different personality types and occasions:

Pam Rocco contributed Circuit Board, a quilt with a modern flair that should appeal to the computer whiz and/or gamer in your life:

Ramona Sorensen contributed Orange Blossom Special, a quilt that holds appeal for tweens, teens and people of all ages who like springtime flowers. If you’d like to make this one just the way it looks in the picture, check out the available kits on Quilt and Sew Shop.

Vivian Ritter contributed Under the Big Top, which has a special place across the ball the foundation pieced and appliqued elephant is balancing on to write or embroider the name of the new recipient:

ZJ Humbach contributed Daddy’s Girl. This quilt was designed for a special little one whose father enjoys hunting and camo prints:

And last but not least, Julia LaBauve contributed Victory Lap. Keep reading below to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle from the Speedway collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott, the same collection used in this quilt:

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. We’d first like to congratulate all of the lucky winners from our Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour:

Day 1 — Jenny Kae Parks’ Blog (Prize 1) — Sharon
Day 1 — Jenny Kae Parks’ Blog (Prize 2) — Cecilia
Day 1 — Joanne Hillestad’s Blog — Michelle
Day 2 — Karen Gibbs’ Blog (Prize 1) — Connie
Day 2 — Karen Gibbs’ Blog (Prize 2) — Jennifer
Day 2 — Gigi Khalsa’s Blog Post (Prize 1) — Kathy
Day 2 — Gigi Khalsa’s Blog Post (Prize 2) — Mary Lou
Day 3 — Susan Emory’s Blog — Jessica
Day 3 — Lori Baker’s Blog Post (Prize 1) — Lori
Day 3 — Lori Baker’s Blog Post (Prize 2) — Andrea
Day 4 — Jen Daly’s Blog — Sarah
Day 4 — Barb Cherniwchan’s Blog (Prize 1) — Rachell
Day 4 — Barb Cherniwchan’s Blog (Prize 2) — Debbie
Day 5 — Kate Colleran’s Blog (Prize 1) — Judy
Day 5 — Kate Colleran’s Blog (Prize 2) — Jennifer
Day 5 — Mary Kate Karr-Petras’s Blog Post — Christi
Day 5 — Kim Hanson’s Blog (Prize 1) — Annmarie
Day 5 — Kim Hanson’s Blog (Prize 2) — Jessica

To continue to celebrate the release of our Best Kids Quilts 2015 issue, we’re not done giving away kid-friendly fabrics just yet! Four lucky winners will each receive a bundle of fat quarters:

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Winners #1 and #2 will each receive one of these two fat quarter bundles from the Speedway collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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Winner #3 will receive a fat quarter bundle of the Monkeying Around collection by Greta Lynn for Benartex.

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Winner #4 will receive a fat quarter bundle from the 10,000 BC collection by Greta Lynn for Benartex.

To enter for your chance to win one of the four fat quarter bundles, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Monday, May 25, 2015, telling us what you’re most looking forward to doing this summer (provided the weather cooperates). 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 Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com.

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Pattern correction: Beach Glass

CoverJJ15 800 221x300 Pattern correction: Beach GlassThe June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter officially goes on sale today, and many subscribers already have their copy. The issue features Struggle by Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe on the cover, a lovely art quilt we chose for its summery look.

 

 

Another seasonal quilt we included in the issue is Beach Glass, a pattern by Joyce Robinson.

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Beach Glass by Joyce Robinson from the June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter

Beautiful, isn’t it? Here’s the part we hate: there is an error in the pattern. The rotary cutting diagram indicates that the white background A patches should be cut at 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″. This is incorrect. The A patches should be cut at 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. A correction will be included in our August/September 2015 issue.

Those who have access to the digital edition of June/July 2015 as part of their subscriptions will see the incorrect version on their computer screens; however, the link to print the pattern and full-size templates will take you to a corrected pdf.

The stand-alone pattern, available as a digital download from QuiltandSewShop.com, has been corrected, and the digital edition of June/July 2015  available as a single issue from QuiltandSewShop.com is also being updated.

The QN team apologizes for the error.

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Home Again … Ahh!

The last few days have been a whirlwind with a trip to International Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis. I love to go to Market. It’s a vendors-only show where I get to see all sorts of new tools and patterns and quilts. This trip I even got to spend 10 minutes trying out a Sweet Sixteen by Handi Quilter while I waited for an appointment. That was great fun.

I haven’t had a chance to go through and organize my thoughts and the materials I brought home but I can share a few things.

Minneapolis was beautiful. It was definitely spring there and a little drizzly most of the time. There was a skywalk between our hotel and the Convention Center so the rain didn’t matter. The views from the skywalk were lovely.

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The View from the Skywalk

I spent the first day attending schoolhouse – short classroom-type sessions where attendees get to see new fabric lines, tools and ideas.

Lori Kennedy, who blogs at the Inbox Jaunt, is an outstanding free-motion quilter on her domestic machine. I enjoyed her schoolhouse session.

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Lori Kennedy

We have an on-demand web seminar that Lori did, Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt with Confidence . In it she gives lots of tips and techniques. She explains how to set up, supplies needed and how to choose the right design for your skill level and project. The cost is $19.99.

One of my favorite quilts from Schoolhouse was Barb Eikmeier’s sampler.

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Barb Eikmeier

She’s designed a new line of fabric for Paintbrush Studio, featuring vintage shirting and dress prints. It’s beautiful fabric which makes for a beautiful quilt. I met Barb when she was in our studio to film episodes for Quilters Newsletter TV – the Quilters’ Community. Here are two of them; Four Decades of Quilting – the 70s and 80s and Four Decades of Quilting – the 90s to the present.

I often check out the Thangles Schoolhouse, just to see what they are doing with half-square triangles.

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Thangles

And here is our company’s (F + W) booth with all different styles and types and colors of quilts.

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Our Booth

And now, although I have more to share, I must move on to other projects today. Do remember to visit Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news, quilting fun and ideas. There are also other Web Seminars on QuiltAndSewShop.com, and classes, courses and workshops on Craft Daily.com and CraftOnlineUniversity.com to check out.

Until next week , happy quilting!

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Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing Fundamentals

I don’t foundation piece often, but when I do, it’s something awesome like this.

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Vulcan Greeting quilt block designed by Vanda Chittenden, made by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

I found the free pattern for this foundation-pieced 10″ Vulcan Greeting quilt block on a fan-generated website where pop-culture geekery and the needle arts collide, which makes it perfect for nerds like me. When I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make it for a good friend of mine whose love for the original “Star Trek” series goes back many years (nerds of a feather flock together apparently, although I am more of a “Star Wars” girl myself).

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example of foundation piecing patterns from Winter Snowfall by Connie Kauffman, a free pattern on QuiltersNewsletter.com

A quick definition: foundation piecing is a technique that allows you to create patterns and achieve shapes that would be difficult if not impossible to do via traditional piecing. With this technique, you are stitching your fabric onto the pattern itself, then flipping and pressing each patch before stitching the next one on. The thing that’s important to remember as you work is that the patterns are printed in reverse and you stitch the fabric to the wrong side, meaning you are essentially working in reverse the entire time. Generally speaking, there is more fabric waste with foundation piecing than with traditional piecing, although you can learn how to reduce waste through experience and by planning ahead.

Again, I don’t foundation piece often. I think I used to think it was a specialized technique that I just wasn’t ready for yet. Oh wait — I did try it years ago, not long after I started quilting. I had seen some teeny tiny patterns for foundation-pieced hot air balloons in the quilt shop that looked cute, so I bought them and gave one of them a try.

The experience was less than satisfying. Like I said, the patterns were small, maybe 3″ x 3″ finished or something wacky like that — not the best choice for a beginning foundation piecer. I never even completed that first pattern. From that point on, I would say, “I’m not really into foundation piecing,” and it became one more way I defined myself as a quilter.

After I’d been working here for a while I started to change the way I looked at foundation piecing, especially when I saw the great results other people were able to achieve. I dipped my toe back into those waters with Little Trees, a really charming pattern designed by our own Kathryn Wagar Wright and included in our Best Christmas Quilts 2011 special issue (click here for information on the digital download).

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Little Trees by Kathryn Wagar Wright, included in Quilters Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts 2011

I thought I would do four different versions, one for each season, and give the set to a family member. Again, I only got as far making one. This time the problem was not the complexity of the pattern — it’s easy and enjoyable — but how I placed my fabrics. I just wasn’t crazy about some of the choices I’d made. Making a set of Little Trees is still on my To Do list.

I’ve done foundation piecing a couple of other times since then, but every time I sit down to try a new pattern, I have to get my brain oriented correctly. Even though I write and edit plenty of patterns that include foundation piecing, and even host episodes of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community where I get to see people doing it in person, it always takes me a few minutes of hands-on work to get into the groove. Once I do, though, it really does go quickly and I end up having fun.

Here are some resources for you, especially if you think you’re not experienced enough yet for foundation piecing. As long as you consider yourself a somewhat-confident beginner (meaning, you know how to use a sewing machine and understand the importance of seam allowances) you’re ready for foundation piecing.

**Just a quick note: for the purposes of this blog post, the terms “foundation piecing” and “paper piecing” refer to the same techinque. At QN, we prefer to identify it as foundation piecing since people occasionally use fabric foundations, and also to differentiate it from English paper piecing, which is the hand-sewing technique used to make hexagons. You’ll see both terms used in the descriptions below.

The QN Blog

A couple of years ago we invited Debby Kratovil to write a blog post for us on foundation piecing. That particular post continues to be a popular one, and for good reason. In it, Debby lays out all the basics of foundation piecing, and it’s a great place to start if you’re new to this technique. Click here to read Debby’s blog post.

Video Tutorials on QNNtv.com

If you’re an absolute beginner, check out How to Paper Piece hosted by Mary Fons. In these free video tutorials, Mary shows basic paper-piecing techniques. Click here for Part 1, and click here for Part 2.

Learn how to foundation piece with Quiltmaker’s Eileen Fowler. In Easy Foundation Piecing: Sew by Number, she’ll share her secrets that will help you successfully foundation piece, always cutting your fabric large enough and positioning it in the right place. Click here to view Eileen’s episode on QNNtv.

In Heart Quilt Block with Carol Doak, Part 3, Carol gives a sewing session for a simple heart quilt block with seven pieces. The design is printed on Carol’s foundation paper for a home printer (see below for more about the foundation paper). Click here to view Carol’s episode on QNNtv.

In Helpful Notions for Foundation Piecing, Eric Drexler, National Educator for Sulky of America, shows how to make Lisa Bassett’s block Diamond Crossing (#613) from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7. Eric uses temporary spray adhesive (no pins!) and a water soluble stabilizer (no picking paper from the seams!) when he makes foundation-pieced blocks.Click here to view Eric’s episode on QNNtv.

We hosted quilt designer Alison Glass on The Quilters’ Community last year. In Foundation Piecing with Alison Glass, she offers quilt foundation piecing tips using a template from one of her modern foundation-pieced quilt patterns. Click here to view Alison’s episode on QNNtv.

Products

CT10985 Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing FundamentalsWhile printing foundations onto regular copier paper can work, experienced foundation piecers highly recommend using a specialty paper, especially for large projects. Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper is a popular choice: it can be used in most printers and copiers; it doesn’t shrink or curl; and perhaps most importantly, it tears away easily from seams when it’s time to remove the foundations. Available in letter size (8-1/2″ x 11″) and legal size (8-1/2″ x 14″) sheets.

 

Patterns

DPQMB1505 Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing FundamentalsCreative Foundations for Paper Piecing
Three unique quilt patterns for foundation paper piecing make up this terrific ebook from Quiltmaker. Change the look of each quilt design by moving the quilting fabrics around or by going scrappy! You’ll enjoy making Topsy Turvy, Prism Parkway and Spinout. Click here to learn more.

 

DPQMB1507 Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing FundamentalsPaper Pieced Star Quilts Ebook
Easy foundation piecing makes these intricate star quilts achievable by anyone who can sew on a straight line! Choose from Sparklers, Sparkling Bubbles and Zanzibar — any one will make a stunning paper-pieced quilt. Full-size foundation patterns for accurate piecing included. Click here to learn more.

 

LA3932 Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing Fundamentals10 20 30 Minutes to Learn Paper Piecing
Do you dream of making quilts … but are daunted by all the steps and the amount of time involved? Do you only have 10, 20, or 30 minutes at a time to work on a project? Does the thought of meticulous cutting and precision sewing make you avoid piecing quilts? Then Paper Piecing by Jodie Davis is for you! Click here to learn more.

 

DPQNP1409 Weekend Workshop: Foundation Piecing FundamentalsFirst Snow

This popular Christmas pattern by Tina Curran is available as a digital download. Photos of each block, most of which Tina embellished with fusible applique and other unique touches, are provided with each of the 24 foundation patterns. Complete instructions and materials and cutting requirements are included. Click here to learn more.

 

Take it from me: once you get your head wrapped around just where and how to place your fabric (it may take a couple of tries — there’s no shame in that), you’ll find foundation piecing delivers a lot of satisfaction in a short amount of time, and you’ll have fabulous quilted projects as a result. Give it a try this weekend!

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What is the QN staff up to?

If you’ve been here to the Quilters Newsletter blog before, you’ve probably noticed that we do giveaways every Wednesday. This week, however, we’re doing a week long editorial survey about our April/May 2015 issueCoverAM15 200 What is the QN staff up to?, which has a fabric giveaway with it, and we’d like to get lots of opinions. One random survey taker will win a bundle of 10″ squares from the Downton Abbey Lady Mary collection by Andover fabricsDowntonMary 500 300x191 What is the QN staff up to?. Take our survey if you’d like to participate.

Around the QN office, we’re working on finalizing the August/September 2015 issue before sending it off to the printer, and some of us are getting ready to go to the quilting trade show called Spring International Quilt Market which is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this year. Since it’s a trade show there are plenty of products: new tools and notions, new fabric and new sewing machines. Plus there will be other quilting industry professionals, many of whom we here at Quilters Newsletter like to consider friends as well as potential designers of future quilt patterns and article contributors.

Some of the rest of us, myself included, are going to still be here around the office while that’s happening, but I suppose that just means we get to spend our time working on our own quilts this weekend. Here’s a (somewhat blurry) photo of what’s currently brewing on my design wall:

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This is a quilt I’ve started from a layer cake of Aurora Batiks from Moda. It’s completely improvisational in that I just started cutting the different fabrics from the layer cake into sizes I thought would work well with the patterns in them. There are three different sizes of squares up on the design wall, and I’ve matched the numbers of squares with their sizes mathematically so that, given my 1/4″ seam allowances are accurate, they should all match up in sections. The smallest of the squares are overlapped on the design wall to give more of the appearance they’ll actually have in the quilt.

Somewhere on my cutting table is a related pile from the same layer cake of other squares and half-square triangles which I’ll either add bordering what’s already up on the design wall or use for a second “top” to make the small quilt reversible. I have yet to decide which way that’s going to go or how large I want the quilt to be, part of the fun of the designing process.

What are you going to be doing this weekend? Any exciting quilting projects?

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