Saturday, July 30, 2005
QuiltChannel Link Directory now open!
Feel free to add your own link, or rate and review the existing links to make the directory an even more valuable resource.
Don't forget the One Day Mystery Quilt taking place over on Planet Patchwork!
Note: What grand opening ever went without a hitch? The directory seems to be acting wonky this afternoon. If you get an error upon trying to access the directory, please be patient. We're working to fix the problem. Thanks!
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Quilt Channel link directory grand opening this Saturday
Don't you hate it when every other link on a links page results in 404 "File Not Found" error? Thanks to our automated link checking software, that will happen infrequently. And when it does, you can report the link to the directory administrators for speedy removal. Users will also be able to suggest links to the directory, which will make it an ever-growing, ever-changing resource for your quilting life.
It all starts Saturday at 11 a.m Eastern, so check back with us then!
Monday, July 25, 2005
Planet Patchwork Update July 25
Take a look and come prepared for the fun on Saturday! If you are unable to participate in the event on Saturday, the quilt will be left online for a week afterwards so you can do it at your leisure.
Book of the Week
Celebrate Great Quilts! circa 1825-1940
by Karey Patterson Bresenhan & Nancy O'Bryan Puentes
C&T Publishing, 2004. 64 pages, list price $19.95
Most of the quilt books that come our way are "how-to" guides, but every so often a book appears on the stack to give us a break from lists of materials and numbered instruction sets. Celebrate Great Quilts is one such book, designed more as an education in the appreciation of quilt evolution than as a handbook for reproducing the quilts within. Assembled by Bresenhan and Puentes from the International Quilt Festival Collection, each of the quilts in this book has a story, and even if the quilts themselves may not be particularly special, the stories behind them often are. Alongside the personal tales of each quilt are its technical details, including notes about the fabric processes, quilting techniques, and popular patterns and colors of each era. Each piece is presented in a large color photograph with the authors' comments. A spellbinding tour of an incomparable collection.
Story of the Week
On Washing Quilts: An Essay
Need guidance on how to wash your quilt? Addy Harkavy is here with food for thought. If you're looking for special "quilt soap," Addy directs you to your local feed store!
Read the entire essay here: http://planetpatchwork.com/wash.htm
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Quilters weave history into today
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Quilt Studio 77
Monday, July 11, 2005
The humble quilt belly dances on the erotic side
It's a little naughty, has already raised a few eyebrows and is about to burst onto the local art scene.
Gilgandra textile artist Tanya Coxsedge's handmade quilt is not exactly the type your grandmother would throw over her lounge, but the textile artwork already has people eager to sneak a peek.
Ms Coxsedge said they'd have to wait until this weekend when the travelling textile exhibition Exotica, presented by arts and culture body Gilgandra Alive, opens in Gilgandra.
Her work Erotica Exotica, featuring a bare-breasted belly dancer, is one of 45 quilts from various quilters and textile artists that will be on display at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre until the end of July.
Read the rest of the article.
How-To: You Can Too Make A Quilt!
Our favorite bit of advice? When preparing to lay your quilt down to assemble it, "SWEEP THE FLOOR."
Friday, July 08, 2005
Quilting News Roundup
(free registration required for some articles, or see bugmenot.com)
- A quilt from the women of Curves
- "Quilters by the Sea" Quilt Show held in Wilmington
- Hand-made quilt patches together 15 years of friendship
- Patchwork of memories
- Quilt show patterned on thread of patriotism
- Taiwan AIDS quilt association inaugurated
- Oregon students make metal quilt
- Blind woman's quilt at raffle to raise funds for vision loss assistance
- A stitch of time caught on quilt
- BellaOnline's Quilt Blocks of the States series - Missouri Daisy
How-to: create that textured "faux chenille" look
Thursday, July 07, 2005
North Carolina Arboretum features "Quilt Garden"
Flowers and foliage create the pattern of a typical quilt. The best view is from above: Climb the stairs to the adjacent overlook.
The Arboretum is at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, south of Asheville.
Check out the North Carolina Arboretum web site for more information, including more pictures, business hours, and other visitor information.
Monday, July 04, 2005
You knit what?
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Star Block Freebies
A series of star blocks from North Hampshire Quilters
And a twisted star, shown patriotic, good in scraps
Ohio Stars Block Variations
Thanks, Niki! And be sure to visit the UFO-rphanage. Lots of great stuff there!
Happy Fourth of July to all our U.S. visitors! And Happy belated Canada Day to those in the northland!