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Saturday, July 30, 2005


QuiltChannel Link Directory now open!

Welcome to the grand opening of Quilt Channel's new quilting link directory! Inside you'll find an ever-changing guide to the best quilting sites on the web.

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

Things have been quiet on the blog this week because we've been busy behind the scenes making ready for the grand opening of our links directory! Not only will you be able to participate in the Planet Patchwork One-Day Mystery Quilt, but you'll also be able to peruse hundreds of quilting-related links that actually work, categorized for easy browsing by topic.

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

This is the week leading up to the Planet Patchwork One-Day Mystery Quilt, which begins on Saturday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. We have posted more information about the Chat, and about how to enter your name to be considered for door prizes. You can find out all the information, including fabric and cutting instructions, at

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:

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Quilters weave history into today

Enjoy this Marion Chronicle Tribune article about the Quilters Hall of Fame exhibition and its Dating Antique Fabric workshop. Includes quotes from Pat Nickols and Eleanor Burns, and even a handy timeline of patterns and colors in antique fabrics.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Bias 101

Threads Magazine has a great article about sewing on the bias that turns a mysterious method into a simple process. Check it out!

(via inaminuteago)

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Quilt Studio 77

Quilt Studio 77 is a new quilting blog by artist Mary Manahan. Mary has been diligent about posting bright, insightful entries on her own projects and others over the last couple of weeks. There are pictures galore and hopefully more to come. Drop in and let Mary know what you think so far!

Monday, July 11, 2005


The humble quilt belly dances on the erotic side

Australia's features this article about one quilt in a local exhibition that challenges traditional notions of the subject matter of quilts:

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!

How's this for a blast from the past? You Can Too Make A Quilt! is an article from the January 1976 issue of Mother Earth News, "The Original Guide to Living Wisely." Author Nancy Caduff complains that she's "never found a basic manual to show me step by step how to make a quilt," a problem that has been remedied dozens of times over in the decades since, but her no-nonsense guide to a basic quilt is still a good place to start.

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

Quilting news stories circulating on the Internet today:
(free registration required for some articles, or see


How-to: create that textured "faux chenille" look

This Tina Baine article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel provides step-by-step instructions on how to create the multi-layered "faux chenille" look in your own work. Baine references quilter Debbie Wambaugh as the inspiration for the article.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


North Carolina Arboretum features "Quilt Garden"

This Charlotte Observer article highlights the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden at the North Carolina Arboretum.

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?

Knowing that quilters sometimes venture out into related textile realms, we thought you might be amused by a hilarious knitting blog we recently encountered. You Knit What? exposes all those bad knitting patterns that look so enticing in the magazines, and turn out to be disasters when you spend your time and money on them. Anybody know of something similar for quilters?

Saturday, July 02, 2005


Star Block Freebies

Our friend Niki Roberts, keeper of the UFO-rphanage , and regular contributor to Planet Patchwork's Quiltopia maillist, has found some free star block patterns out on the net:

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!

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