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Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Nearly 200 quilts entered in "Little Balkans" festival

The Morning Sun reports that nearly two hundred quilts were entered in the 18th Annual Little Balkans Quilt Festival, which begins September 3rd in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 4 in the lower level, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Price of admission will be a Festival Button, which may be purchased at the entrance for $3.

Read the full article here (requires free registration or see


La Conner Quilt Museum featured as "Museum of the Month"

The La Conner Museum in Washington State is one of 12 permanent quilt museums in the U.S., and this month it is highlighted in the Seattle Times' Museum of the Month.

The first floor of the mansion is furnished with period furniture, along with Victorian-era quilts (quilts in the kitchen are mostly Depression-era). The second and third floors display quilts from temporary exhibits that change every two to three months, featuring quilts and quilters from the United States and around the world. Displays include both stunning contemporary quilts that border on textile sculpture and treasures from regional and historical collections.

Read the full article here, or see the museum's official site.

Monday, August 29, 2005


Journey of an Art Quilter: Creative Strategies and Techniques

As much about motivation as it is about teaching techniques, this bold and vibrant quilting resource guides readers through the stages of the quilting process while offering encouragement and advice. Leading readers on a personal journey, the projects detail the joy of pursuing a passion for quilts through the creative exercises designed to help others tap into their own individual style and free their artistic spirit. With hints and tips on everything from fabric selection to choosing the right tools, this inspirational and instructive guide is a must for anyone interested in quilting.

See more about this book in the Planet Patchwork Bookstore.

Friday, August 26, 2005


Pieces of history woven together in quilt show

From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

The 2005 Quilt Exhibition, a collection of more than 20 different quilts, wallhangers and pillows recently made by members of the local Underground Railroad Quilters and other quiltmakers, is now on exhibit at the African American Cultural Society Center in Palm Coast.

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A quilt titled "The Motherland" shows scenes of life in an African village: a mud hut, mother and child playing, people going to the market. One of the most intriguing quilts in the exhibit is titled "Escape to Freedom." It is a handmade replica of the quilts that were hung on fences and trees to help guide runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.

Since the majority of slaves were unable to read, the quilts were decorated with different symbols that told slaves how to escape to freedom. A boat symbol told them someone was waiting at a body of water to help them along their journey, while a bowtie told them to change clothes at a certain destination.

Read the entire article here.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Maryland Quilting Service Featured in Washington Post

The quilt finishing service of Richard and Georgina Friese, Bellwether Dry Goods, near Annapolis, Maryland, is featured in today's Washington Post. The husband and wife team do custom hand quilting, much of it contracted out to about 100 Amish and Mennonite women throughout the middle west and the east, as well as sell their own hand-done applique work. Read their story, written by Jennifer Barger, in today's Post.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Penobscot Marine Museum displays rare quilt

From the Waldo Village Soup (Maine):

The Penobscot Marine Museum has put a beautifully made, rare type of quilt on display through Sept. 5, 2005. It is known as an album, or friendship, quilt, and should particularly intrigue those interested in quilts, history or maritime communities. The quilt, which dates from around 1850, was probably stitched in Portland or Cumberland.

Loretta Manzo, of Millinocket, told museum registrar Edith Murphy that she bought the quilt at a local yard sale held by her sister-in-law. “I couldn’t sleep all night,” she said, “thinking about that quilt I saw while helping my sister-in-law set up for the sale. She got it from her godparents; that’s all I know. The next morning I was there with a check in my hand. I knew this was a special quilt.”

Read the full article at the Village Soup web site.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Weezee's Fiber Passion

Louise Schiele of Sacramento, CA was a major force behind the Studio Art Quilt Associates, but this past June she "just gave it all up." Perhaps not coincidentally, in June she also began writing about fiber arts in general and her own work in particular on her new blog, Weezee's Fiber Passion.

Schiele never shrinks from offering her honest opinion and private thoughts, whether they relate to family tragedies, the influence of married life on an artist's work, or the gluttonous attendees of art gallery receptions. Drop by and let Louise know if you enjoy her entertaining and informative journal!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Quilter named Citizen of the Year in Waterford, CT

This past week quilter Paula Horn was named "Citizen of the Year" by the town of Waterford, Connecticut.

Horn is one of the founding members of the local chapter of "Quilts for Kids," which is run through Senior Services. The group uses donated material to make lap quilts for children battling illnesses at the Connecticut Children's Hospital, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, St. Jude's and others.

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Her tiny masterpieces have included entire farm scenes, brightly colored fish with touchable scales, a full-sized baseball player and interactive designs.

"It there's a kid with a pocket on his shirt on the quilt, she'll put a bandana in it," Ritchie said. "That's just how she is."

Read the full Waterford Times article.

Monday, August 15, 2005


Making a t-shirt quilt

The sad truth about t-shirts is that oftentimes they become too old to wear but also too precious to discard. What to do? Turn them into a quilt, of course! Creating a t-shirt quilt is a great way to preserve those Beefy-Tee memories while returning those ratty old garments to usefulness.

There are several different sets of instructions on the web for creating t-shirt quilts. You'll find links and a short description of each below. has a friendly set of instructions with lots of illustrations, unfortunately marred by some web design problems. In some browsers the Google ads will push the content down beyond the first screen, but you can scroll down on each page to find the instructions. Also note that the link to the second page from the first is broken. You can find the actual second page here.

Goose Tracks Quilts has a very basic manual for creating a t-shirt quilt, but if you're an experienced quilter it may be all you need. It's the only step-by-step set that will print out on a single page. If you're fairly confident you could figure this project by yourself but would like some no-nonsense instructions, this is probably the page for you.

HGTV has a short article with the basic steps and some photographs, but there's very little in the way of hand-holding here. Probably best used in combination with the other instructions for some additional inspiration.

Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? Send a picture of your quilt to planetpatchwork at gmail dot com and we'll feature it in a gallery of t-shirt quilts!


Katiedid Mystery Quilt Gallery

On July 30, Planet Patchwork sponsored its twice-yearly One-Day Mystery, a very popular online event in which thousands of quilters around the world participated. Following the event, participants were invited to submit digital images of their finished quilt tops. These are currently on display at the online photo site, flickr. Although everyone followed the same instructions, they are amazing in their variety. Have a look! You'll find them here.


Quilting News Roundup

Quilting news stories circulating on the Internet today:

(free registration required for some articles, or see

Saturday, August 13, 2005


The Bags of Fun Challenge

This month Sharon B of the inaminuteago blog started the Bags of Fun Challenge, "a creative challenge to make a bag or container of some sort from recycled jeans embellishing it using any technique available to textile practitioners. Anything goes. This challenge is as open as you wish. The deadline to complete is is November 8th 2005."

Sharon has also created a Bags of Fun Flickr group where you can share pictures of your own Bag of Fun.

Friday, August 12, 2005

We got e-mail the other day from Jen at, telling us about this wonderful new quilting site aimed primarily at beginners. In a well-organized and comprehensive way, Quilting 101 walks the visitor through all the steps in making a quilt, as well as such topics as cleaning, storing, and displaying quilts.

Other sections provide information about quilting tools, fabrics, and quilting styles. This site may become a standard reference for both beginning and advanced quilters.

Thursday, August 11, 2005


QuiltBus - the quilt store that comes to you!

Stuck in a town with no quilt store? Desperate for the feel of new fabric and the hands-on trial of new tools before you buy? Online shopping just not gettin' it for ya? Maybe you should call a bus.

The QuiltBus, a full-service quilt shop crammed inside a renovated shuttle bus, will stop anywhere it can park, provided there's a quilt guild or other group to pay the mileage fees from the bus' last stop. In 2005 (which is already booked solid!) the bus will stop in places as far-flung from one another as Arkansas and Delaware. While the bus is in your town it will not only open its doors to all shoppers, but the proprietors will also host a lecture, class, or workshop for your group as part of the deal.

Check out the QuiltBus' current schedule and find out how to schedule a stop in your town.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Quilting with Children

If you are a teacher or just a parent who wants ideas for quilting with children, Heddi Craft has published an extremely useful page of ideas and links to projects for the classroom or at home.

Friday, August 05, 2005


Silex Stitchlink Wireless Networking Adapter for Sewing Machines

StitchLink provides 802.11b wireless networking capability to your USB enabled sewing machine. It allows you to send your pattern data to your sewing machine wirelessly from a computer elsewhere on your 802.11b-enabled network. Supports Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003.

We weren't able to find any pricing information just yet, but you can learn more about the Stitchlink on the Silex web site.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Flickr Quilt Clusters

One of the most popular new photo sites, flickr, has a photo bonanza for quilters. Hundreds of quilts (some with cats, some without) are displayed on this site in a fun and handy interface that lets you search the photos by their keyword tags. To experience this marvelous site, and wander through other folks' quilts for a while, go to You'll find lots of inspiration here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


QuiltChannel directory - add a link!

The Quilt Channel links directory is now working properly and going full steam. There are hundreds of links there already but we want more, and we want yours!

Got a favorite quilting resource that isn't listed? Do you own a quilt shop with a web site? Stumble across a cool textile blog?

Add it now!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Quilting News Roundup

Quilting news stories circulating on the Internet today:

(free registration required for some articles, or see


Iowa shop offers quilting camp for kids

The Quilter's Window in New Hampton, Iowa offers a 2-day quilt camp for kids, according to this article in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

Students sit poised behind sewing machines and squares stacked according to color. Judging from the piles of cloth, this group favors bright colors. Lime green polka dots. Faded purples. Yellow and blue stars.

On the wall hung a finished quilt, representing what each boy and girl will attempt to make at Kids Camp. The piece is friendly and colorful, with a border of cows on skis.

The shop provides all supplies necessary and at the end of the camp each camper completes a quilting project. Store owner Denise Sinnwell hopes that the camp and the completed projects on display at the store will inspire new generations to take up quilting.

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