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Friday, January 27, 2006

 
Easy Chenille Appliqué: Create Dimension the Color Stick Way
By Cheryl Malkowski
C&T Publishing, 2005
Paperbound, 48 pages, Suggested retail $19.95

Quilters are never quite happy with fabric in its natural form. They cut it into strips, scraps, and snippets, sew them together, rip them apart, sometimes toss them over their shoulders, in rituals designed to please the fickle goddesses of quilting. "Color sticks" are the latest creation of an inventive quilter looking for new ways to use the fabric medium. This book teaches you how to make your own chenille strips, fuzz them up, and use them artfully in your quilt designs. Using fusible thread and three layers of fabric, you can make these ornamental fabric worms to adorn everything from whole cloth quilts to blue jeans. My favorite project in the book is a brightly colored “salsa bag” for toting around whatever it is you tote around.

Cheryl takes you through the whole process of choosing colors, making the strips, and appliqueing them to your quilt. The book includes six imaginative but manageable projects to get you started.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

Quilt exhibit tells decades-old story


Passing on the Comfort

An exhibit of World War II-era quilts is on display through Jan. 27 in Chambersburg, PA.

"Passing on the Comfort" features quilts made by Mennonites in the United States and Canada and distributed in the Netherlands after World War II accompanies a new book, "Passing on the Comfort: The War, the Quilts and the Women Who Made a Difference." The traveling exhibit began a three-year tour in April.

Read the entire story in the Chambersburg Public Opinion.


Friday, January 20, 2006

 

Superbowl Sunday Mystery Quilt


On February 5th while certain other members of your household may be camped in front of tube, you'll be enjoying one of Merry May's One-Day Mystery Quilt challenges -- that is, if you check out the fabric and cutting instructions now!

Merry May and Planet Patchwork present Case #123: In the Mood, a one-day challenge in which quilting instructions are posted on the web every hour. Join your fellow quilters in our chat room or just enjoy some quiet time quilting. At the end of the day you'll have a completed quilt top – that's more to show for your time than a case of indigestion and a coffee table of empty snack containers!

Get the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for the Superbowl Sunday Mystery Quilt now!


 

New Orleans' Quilt Cottage Reopens after Katrina


The Quilt Cottage, the only major quilt store in the city of New Orleans, has reopened and is greeting customers on a reduced schedule. The shop, at 801 Nashville Ave. (at the corner of Magazine St.), escaped flooding and major wind damage. "The storm blew our sign down," said owner Carol Schiaffino, "but other than that we came out pretty well."

Quilt Cottage

On our recent visit, the shop had all the New Orleans charm it always has, specializing in many unique Mardi Gras and other fabrics, and with a large selection of books and notions. "We've really outgrown this space," Carol says, "but it's such a great location we can't give it up."

If you're going to be in The Big Easy, stop by and say hello, but call ahead at 504-895-3791 to be sure they're open!


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

 

Winners announced in the Planet Patchwork EQ Design Contest!


Best in ShowIn December, Planet Patchwork asked its readers for their best original Electric Quilt designs, and (in conjunction with the Electric Quilt Company) offered over $1250 in cash and prizes for the best quilt designs entered in three categories, as well as an overall "Best in Show" prize.

Today Planet Patchwork announced all of the winners, including Lynne Chambliss' "Time Out" (at right) as the winner for Best in Show.

See the names of all of the winners now! (Images of the first place winners in each category are also available.)


 

Corrected "Gems in the Ruff" Mystery Quilt now online


On New Year's Day, Planet Patchwork held a One-Day Mystery Quilt entitled "Gems in the Ruff." Though many quilters managed to finish the quilt with assistance, errors in the instructions left a lot of quilters feeling frustrated. After revision and testing, the corrected version of the Mystery Quilt is now online. We thank you for your patience and hope you enjoy Gems in the Ruff!


Monday, January 09, 2006

 

Houston Quilt Festival Draws More than 50,000 Quilters


January 9, 2006—HOUSTON—The recent 31st annual fall edition of International Quilt Festival in Houston certainly lived up to its reputation as the country’s largest annual festival of fabric, attracting 53,732 attendees over a four-day period.

The show, held from Oct. 27-30, 2005 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, is also the city’s largest annual convention according to The Houston Business Journal, and pumps more than $20 million into the local economy each year.

Show director Karey Bresenhan notes, “Quilting is a legitimate and thriving art form that attracts a wide variety of enthusiasts. Anyone who has spent just five minutes at International Quilt Festival would find that out right away.

“We often see three and even four generations of women from the same family coming together as a group to experience the show, and many make it an annual pilgrimage. Further, the ‘international’ part of the title is serious. Our attendees came from as close as down the street in Houston and as far away as Japan and Australia.”

Planet Patchwork will be publishing its review of the Houston show in the near future.


 

EQ Simplified: Interview with Fran Iverson Gonzalez


Planet Patchwork has just posted an interview with Fran Iverson Gonzalez, who wrote the popular Electric Quilt Simplified series of books. Read about her inspirations and favorite tips in EQ!


Thursday, January 05, 2006

 

New Mystery Quilt Gallery Posted


The mystery quilters have done it again! Come see the results of our New Year's Mystery Quilt, "Gems in the Ruff" at our quilt gallery on flickr!

The next mystery quilt at Planet Patchwork will be on Sunday, February 5, and will feature a new mystery from Inspector Merry Mayhem. Check back here for updates, or sign up for our update list to receive e-mail notices of future mysteries and other features at Planet Patchwork and Quilt Channel.


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

 

Fun New Quilt Contest!


The Alliance for American Quilts just announced a quilt contest to help celebrate the fact that this terrific non-profit is moving to its first real home, in Asheville, North Carolina. (It's been operating out of a co-founder's home for years.)

For the "Put a Roof Over Our Head" contest, all you have to do is make a quilt by May incorporating a charming house pattern designed by renowned quiltmaker Yvonne Porcella, which can be found at the Alliance's website along with all the other contest info (go to www.centerforthequilt.org and click on the contest logo).

Top winners of the "Put a Roof Over Our Head" contest will receive either a Bernina sewing machine or a whole package of software from Electric Quilt Co. But even if you don't win, your quilt will travel to shows and exhibits all over the country and may also be displayed at the Alliance's new offices in Asheville. Eventually, all or most of the quilts will be auctioned off to raise money for the Alliance, whose mission is to preserve and share the story of quilts and quilters. (Among other things, it maintains an amazing website that is like a virtual museum, a place to see and study thousands of gorgeous quilts and learn about their makers.)

I should also add that you can vote on the best quilts in this contest, but only if you're a member of the Alliance. You'll find out about that too at www.centerforthequilt.org.


Monday, January 02, 2006

 

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Quilt to Remember


The Alzheimer's Foundation of America wishes to pay tribute to all people who have passed away, or are currently living with dementia, to their families and to their caregivers. In the tradition of the world famous AIDS Memorial Quilt, the AFA Quilt to Remember is the first ever national dementia-related quilt of this stature. There will be no cost to contribute a panel, and if you're not able to physically put a panel together, monetary donations are always welcome to offset the cost of touring the quilt throughout the United States.

The panels, along with your personal story and a copy of your panel maker application (www.alzfdn.org) can be sent to: AFA Quilt to Remember; Alzheimer's Foundation of America; 322 Eighth Avenue, 6th Floor; New York, NY 10001. Panels will be accepted on an on-going basis, and will begin display of the first portion in the fall of 2006.

Visit the Dementia Care Consulting blog or the Alzheimer's Foundation web site.


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