Let’s go, weekend, let’s sew! (Clap, clap!) Let’s go, weekend, let’s sew! (Clap, clap!)
Maybe you can’t tell but I’m looking forward to having some time this weekend to sew. Here are some stories to help get your quilting endeavors off to a great start!
Revah Stokes of Salina, Kansas, turned 105 years old in July, and was profiled along with a fellow centenarian in the Salina Journal. She recently passed her driving test again and says she spends most of her days quilting or crafting gifts to give to loved ones. “Life is wonderful when you get to be my age and as healthy as I am. I cherish this time,” she said. With an attitude like that, is it any wonder she’s a quilter?
When Pepper Cory recommends that you read something, you should probably read it. A friend of Pepper’s who was a National Quilting Association (NQA) Judge, Susan Craven Keith Whatley, died recently, and Pepper posted Susan’s obituary on Facebook to share, saying she thought it was inspirational and something all quilters would appreciate. It’s long, but you’ll definitely want to read it all the way to the end. Here’s to a life well lived.
Professor Patricia Turner, the recently appointed senior dean of the College of Letters and Science at UCLA, grew up below the poverty line and is the first in her family to go to college. She also does research about folklore and quilt history, and still keeps the first quilt she ever bought for inspiration. “It was made by one of most impoverished quilters I ever interviewed,” Turner said. “I tell myself if she could finish that quilt, then I can figure this thing out that I’m working on. It’s just a matter of getting it done.”
Mrs. Bobbins is back! C&T’s popular cartoon quilter made her comeback in June, with a new comic said to be published every month.
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) has selected a quilt I’ve long admired as its August Quilt of the Month: Hollywood from the Mountain Mist collection. Originally published in 1934 as a “free” pattern Mountain Mist customers could find printed on batting wrappers, this hand-pieced, hand-quilted version was made in the mid-1930s and probably traveled as part of trunk shows and displays intended to market Mountain Mist products. It’s currently on view at IQSCM* as part of the exhibit “Inside the Wrapper: The True Tales of the Mountain Mist Quilt Pattern;” a new pattern for it is also included in the upcoming book Mountain Mist Historical Quilts: 14 Mid-Century Quilts Made New. (And keep a lookout for your October/November 2016 issue of QN, which will include an article written by yours truly about the Moutain Mist quilt collection.)
IQSCM is one of the museums nationwide participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! on September 24. Visit the website to see all of the museums offering free admission on that day for which you can print passes in advance.
The Swallow’s Nest Used Bookstore in the small town of Quincy, Michigan, is featuring an Amish quilt exhibit through August 26. The exhibit features 30 quilts or wall hangings from the collection of Reading Township resident Charity Krueger.
Annie McNair of Port Arthur, Texas, is trying to raise money for her church by selling her hand-stitched quilts. “You made them from the old jeans, old T-shirts, old dresses so you can look at that quilt and see history,” said McNair. “I had this dress when I was 1 year old [for] Easter. I had this dress Mother’s Day when I was 10.” True Vine Missionary Baptist started construction on a new, larger building four years ago, but progress came to a halt when a large amount of money was stolen from the church’s funds. McNair was spotlighted by a local newscast; click the link to watch the video.
Why do you make things with your hands? Author Melanie Falick is interested in how you would answer that question as research for an upcoming book tentatively entitled Making a Life.
If you know me at all, you know that I love summer and I am loathe to celebrate, decorate for or even acknowledge commercials advertising Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. However, the fact is that back-to-school is just around the corner and four months is still a reasonable amount of time to plan and actually make some quilts as gifts.
If, like me, your list of overdue quilt recipients is longer than it should be, you may want to check out some of the quilt kits currently on clearance sale at Quilt and Sew Shop.
Red-and-white quilts have never gone out of style and never will, no matter your decor. Berries and Cream by Nancy Mahoney is a red-and-ivory, two-block quilt pattern that results in a 79″ x 79″ quilt, large enough to top a queen bed or to use as a couch quilt a few people can cuddle under at once. Kits containing La Vie En Rouge fabrics by Timeless Treasures are currently 30% off at Quilt and Sew Shop. Click here to learn more about the Berries and Cream quilt kit.
Originally included in McCall’s Quick Quilts, the pattern for Bevels is rated easy, so you know it will go together quickly despite being a large bed quilt. I think its modern design and fresh palette make it a great choice to make for people who don’t think of themselves as being “quilty people.” The kit containing striped fabrics from the Artisan Spirit Ambiance collection by Northcott is on sale for 40% off at Quilt and Sew Shop. Click here to learn more about the Bevels quilt kit.
Piece of Cake is a fun 58″ x 64″ throw quilt made with a fresh and popular combination of lime green and gray prints from Benartex. The piecing is super easy, and the price on the kit can’t be beat — on sale for only $35.99! If you’ve got a young person in your life who’s moving into a dorm room or apartment for the first time, you could probably make this quilt as a gift to give well before the holidays (just saying). Click here to learn more about the Piece of Cake quilt kit.
To see all of the quilt kits and backings currently on sale, visit quiltandsewshop.com.
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