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Friday, December 30, 2005

 

Lazy Gal Quilting blog


Purple CatTonya R describes herself as "a 41 year old American living abroad with my husband and four cats. I've been quilting for 18 years and am primarily book- and self-taught. Gwen Marston's 'Liberated Quiltmaking' in 1997 completely changed how I worked. My quilts aren't 'art,' but not necessarily traditional either."

One need only look at her recent work entries (illustrated with some great digicam pics) to see that her description is accurate. Among my favorites: the before-washing and after-washing pix of the Noel Sampler quilt and Tonya's "purple cat" embroidery, which I think she should turn into her own personal trademark.

Check out the Lazy Gal Quilting blog.


Thursday, December 29, 2005

 

Quilting on the Delta Queen


Delta QueenThe Delta Queen Steamboat Company now offers a cruise and accomodations package for attendees of the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah.

... join us on this special cruise to spend two days at the American Quilt Society's Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky. There, you can view some of the most gorgeous quilts being made today. Learn new techniques and share your love of quilting with expert Judy Simmons. Hotel reservations are difficult to secure for this event. Here's your chance to stay on a luxurious riverboat, within short walking distance of all the action.

Visit the Delta Queen site for more information.


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

 

Under the Sea


Under the SeaThis little fish quilt caught my eye when perusing the web; it was created by Julie Huffman and posted in a blog entry by Nikki Gamon.

See the full-size image at Nikki's blog, Art: Quilt: Play.


Sunday, December 25, 2005

 

New One-day Mystery Quilt on New Years


Planet Patchwork is sponsoring another wonderful one-day mystery quilt on New Year's Day, January 1, 2006! This very popular event features a set of mystery quilt assembly instructions in several parts, revealed hourly throughout the day at the Planet Patchwork website. Visitors can follow along and make the quilt top during the day, and watch the design emerge before their eyes.

This time's quilt is a new design by Diane Hundley in her "Katiedid" series, entitled "Gems in the Ruff." Diane is our regular block-of-the-month designer, and this quilt is a classic Diane Hundley design which will dazzle you. The first installment of the quilt, which includes fabric requirements and initial cutting instructions, is already posted, at http://planetpatchwork.com/katiedid/kdny/

Go visit the page, raid your stash or visit your local quilt store for fabric, and start off your new year right. The day will also feature a chat room where you can talk to fellow quilters and designer Diane Hundley, and door prizes given away hourly. Better still, gather your friends around the computer and sewing machine and do it as a group!


Friday, December 16, 2005

 

Save Simply Quilts!


The news is getting around the Quilt World that HGTV won't be shooting any more episodes of Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson.

If any of you out there, like me, find yourself inspired by this wide-ranging look at quilters and quilting techniques, then you can do something about this. Fans of the show, which has aired for a decade, are just organizing an e-mail and letter-writing campaign to beg the cable channel NOT to pull the plug. (Episodes will continue to run through 2006, but no new ones will be taped: normally, Alex tapes an entire year of episodes in January.)

To protest this move, send messages to Comments@HGTV.com, or write to HGTV, Director of Programming, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN, 37932.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

Best of the west!


Have you been hit by a wave of nostalgia on seeing the Kaufman fabrics “Happy Trails” series featuring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans? Do you harbor a little cowgirl chic in your soul, or have a Kokopelli heart for the southwest? While searching for quite another fabric this week I happened on Laurah Kilbourn’s store, Extra Special Fabric, home based in Guthrie, Oklahoma and well-represented by a great web site, www.extraspecialfabric.com where you will find a broad, deep collection of western theme fabric attractively presented on the site and easy to order by calling the store at its 1-800-795-2844 number between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.
Kilbourn is not a quilter, but she does offer a pleasing selection of her own western-style broomstick skirts with decorated-to-match t-shirts, purses, and some unusual and attractive tapestries, faux leather, and other western style offerings besides quilting cottons. She is not afraid of funky, unusual choices, presenting ‘day of the dead’ skeleton cowboys, 40s style pinup girls in western wear, and some hot cars and hot cowboys by Alexander Henry along with classy Moda and Kaufman prints. Whether you want a bandana print or you’d like to feature square dances, barrel racers, pueblo scenes, Hank Williams and western swing, cowpokes, or even ‘girl cows’ posing as cowgirls, Kilbourn’s wide and witty selection of good quality cottons will provide you everything you were wishing for on line. Each set of fabric images is accompanied by a gentle rendition of an appropriate country and western tune.
Kilbourn reports that her most exciting upcoming selection will be hot new Elvis theme prints. And her store is doing so well that next month she plans to move around the corner to a larger space. C’mon little dogies!


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

 

Quilt memorializing 9/11 on display in Amherst, Ohio


When Lois Jarvis sat down to start making the Ground Zero Quilt, she had no idea why she was doing it.

Jarvis, a quilt maker in Madison, Wis., has been making quilts for 30 years. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, she felt compelled to make a quilt even though she didn't know any of the victims.

The quilt is on display at the Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring St., through Dec. 20. The display is free to the public and available for viewing during regular library hours.

Read the entire 9/11 Quilt article in The Morning Journal here.


Thursday, December 08, 2005

 

The Man (and Women) Behind Visual Quilting


Over at Planet Patchwork there's an interview with Peyton Richmond, creator of the shareware Visual Quilting design program. Richmond talks about his software and the quilters in his life who inspired it.

Read the interview with Peyton Richmond now!


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

 

"Opposites Attract" gallery grows


Opposites Attract
Opposites Attract,
originally uploaded by Planet Patchwork.
If you haven't been by the gallery of quilts that were made during the most recent Planet Patchwork One Day Mystery Quilt event in the last day or so, you haven't seen it all! There was a recent flood of new pictures and the gallery has ballooned to 44 photos.

Go take a gander at some of the great quilts on display!


Tuesday, December 06, 2005

 

MISSING INFO


When I wrote last week about the great discount you can get on the 2006 calendar produced by The Alliance for American Quilts, I neglected to provide all the details about how to get the best price. Normally the calendar sells for $13.99, but you can get them for $9.99 each if you e-mail the non-profit organization, quiltalliance@aol.com, and tell them you heard about the offer on this blog. You will have to pay postage.

(If you haven't seen thus gorgeous calendar go the the Alliance website, www.centerforthequilt.org/calendar.php).
Sorry for the omission!


Monday, December 05, 2005

 

Feds to Quilters: Merry Christmas!


Recently, the new Transportation Security Administration, created to make airline travel safer after 9/11, announced that it will partially lift the ban on sharp objects. Quilters (and others) can now carry scissors on board, providing the blades are less than 4 inches long.

I think this is fantastic news! According to the news reports, the scissors ban is expected to be lifted on December 20, just in time for holiday travelers. Woody Allen has said he can't handle even an elevator ride without a book to read. I'm the same way but about my hand-piecing and quilting: I can't sit still.

I remember going to the AQS Show in Paducah in 2002, a little over six months after the terrorist attacks, and being amazed at how many clever devices entreprenuerial quilters had already invented so they could sew on planes. Some of the lockets were even beautiful. Since then, quilters have freely shared ideas online and at guild meetings about other ways to make do, like using the cutter on a pack of dental floss.

To me, the most amazing revelation about the scissors ban is how many scissors the TSA has confiscated thus far: I read that one in four bags are searched BECAUSE they contain scissors. So now, the inspectors can look for really scary stuff, and the quilters can avoid the bad food and bad movies and get back to being blissfully engaged while flying. Doesn't it make you wonder if the estimate of 20 million quilters nationwide is actually an undercount?


Sunday, December 04, 2005

 

Crazy Quilting for the Millennium


If you thought that the venerable and elegant art of crazy quilting was one of those quilting cul-de-sacs that led to the making of many beautiful works of art but offered no way for future development, think again. Allison Aller has taken the techniques and embellishments of crazy quilting and transformed them with a contemporary color palette and a bold approach that literally reinvents the genre. Having worked on crazy quilts for 30 years, Allison is obviously attracted to the elegance and fussiness of the style, but has taken it to new territory using contemporary techniques and materials. You can see some of her work at her website at http://www.allisonaller.com. Especially interesting is her "Works In Progress Blog," where she talks about her projects and techniques. Of particular note is a large commissioned wall hanging she's been working on, called "K.T.'s Crazy." Scroll down a few entries to see this remarkable quilt.


Saturday, December 03, 2005

 

New Planet Patchwork Block-of-the-Month Posted


The first block of "Dandy Doodle," the latest block-of-the-month sampler quilt by Diane Hundley, has just been posted at Planet Patchwork. It's properly named -- it's a dandy. You can take a look and read and print out the instructions at http://planetpatchwork.com/botm/dandy/

There are twelve blocks in the quilt, which will be published monthly, so join us on the first of each month for the latest installment. The final (13th) installment will be the finishing instructions. Kits are also available in the Planet Patchwork store.

Thanks, Diane, for another great quilt!


Friday, December 02, 2005

 

Great Deals: Calendars, Books & Quilts


If you're looking for a great gift for a quilter on your shopping list, the non-profit Alliance for American Quilts is selling a stunning 2006 calendar for a very good price. The quilts pictured were made between 1840 and the present, with contemporary quilts by such masters as Jane Sassaman, Karen Stone and Therese May.

Normally these calendars are sold for $13.99, but if you purchase them from the Alliance website (www.centerforthequilt.org) and say you heard about them on this blog, you can buy the calendar for $9.99, almost a third off.

Another great source of bargain gifts this year is the ongoing weekly auctions by the Alliance on eBay. These sales have been going on for some weeks already, with new merchandise going up every Sunday. But the items going on on Dec. 4 are extra special, featuring not just gorgeous quilts and vintage fabrics but also out-of-print and signed books. You can go to eBay to view these items, or go through the Alliance website (www.centerforthequilt.org). Click on eBay Auction on the home page and you'll go direct to the Alliance auction pages.

In case it is not familiar to you, The Alliance for American Quilts is a non-profit organization that works to document and share the stories of quilts and quilters. The website, which is only part of that mission, works like a virtual museum, and if you hunt around, you'll see it's full of both eye candy and mind candy. In the interest of full disclosure, I recently joined the board. That's also how I know it's a great organization.


 

Got Art?


Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter
By Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker
C&T Publishing, 2005
Paperbound, 80 pages, suggested retail $24.95

Are you ready to break out of the lockstep of repeating traditional blocks, but afraid to try your wings in the intimidating and uncertain realm of art quilts? Well Katie Masopust and Brett Barker have put together a set of beginner art lessons for quilters that will take you a long way down the road to the kind of creativity you’re seeking. Line and shape, value and color, focal point and perspective are all covered here in a quilter’s context that’s friendly and appropriate to the context of textile art. At the same time, these principles and pointers apply to other arts, such as paper art and even painting and drawing. This is an excellent starter text, full of detailed drawings and examples, for the aspiring art quilter.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

 

What is the perfect gift for the holidays?


Here's a little tidbit for us all to ponder: What is THE perfect quilter's gift for the holidays? Is it one of those top of the line computerized, embroiderized, longish-arm machines, or is it as simple as a free day to sew? ("A snow day is a sew day.") I think my personal favorite would be a free day to sew, listen to a new CD, and not answer the phone no matter how many times it rings! Of course, a laptop PC with EQ5 wouldn't be such a bad thing, either!

What's YOUR idea of the perfect gift for the holidays?


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