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Thursday, April 27, 2006

 

Raffled quilt may cover repair of tomb


Phoenix, AZ - It's going to take a lot of cement and tiles to restore Gov. George W.P. Hunt's Tomb in Papago Park, but a group East Valley women is using their sewing supplies and skills to help restore the monument for the state's first governor.

Members of the Gov. W.P. Hunt Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have finished a massive, hand-sewn quilt they hope will generate enough money to help restore the tomb.

Read the entire article at azcentral.com now.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

 

Crafting a legacy: Proffitt quilt donated to Maryville College


Maryville, TN - Though Proffitt's Department Store is now only a retail memory, its founder's legacy will live on in a very tangible way.

Tuesday, representatives from Belk -- the Charlotte, N.C.-based, family-owned retail chain that bought Saks Inc.'s Proffitt's/McRae's division for $622 million in July 2005 -- rededicated the commemorative D.W. Proffitt quilt and presented it to Maryville College as a gift during the college's 10th annual Scholarship Luncheon.

The quilt was originally presented to D.W. Proffitt in 1983 to commemorate the opening of his largest store to date -- the Proffitt's in the newly constructed Foothills Mall in Maryville.

Read the full article about the Proffitt quilt now.



Monday, April 24, 2006

 

Delta kindness blankets court


Delta QuiltseSalt Lake, UT - Delta Air Lines employees on Tuesday donated 1,175 handmade quilts to Primary Children's Medical Center, enough to blanket the arena floor and three sections of seats in the Delta Center.

The quilts, made by flight attendants and other Delta workers, will be given to children whose illnesses or injuries require lengthy stays. Those who become attached to the quilts can take them home when they are discharged.

Read the full Delta quilts article here.


Friday, April 21, 2006

 

Quilting the Towers


picQuilt Artist "Pamdora" shares this terrific work-in-progress and also gives readers a peek at her workshop. Check out her nice big freehand quilting rig!
Seems like it took forever to load all the parts onto my new frame, and I still didn't get it on straight. Or maybe the top isn't straight. Who decided to make this thing so big anyway?
Go straight to Pamdora's blog for all the pictures.


 

So-Together 11-Year-Old Sews Together Quilt


Sew TogetherConnecticut - "We call ourselves the 'Sew Together Gals' because we not only sew together, but we are so together!" exclaimed Peg Jacques, of the seven-member, local sewing group. The Sew Together Gals, Ms Jacques, Liz Arneth, Lori Jacques, Holly Walczak, Marian Wood, Frances Ashbolt, and Emily Ashbolt, have been meeting monthly to quilt since February of 2005.

"We do one quilt every year for charity," said Ms Jacques. Last year the Family Counseling Center was the recipient of the tercentennial-themed lap quilt they made. This year, the quilting crew is donating an 86-by-86-inch, queen-sized quilt to The Friends of C.H. Booth Library to be raffled off this summer.

The hand embroidered, machine-pieced quilt is all blue and white, with a lighthouse theme, said Ms Jacques. But one of the more unique things about this quilt is that one of its creators is only 11 years old.

Read the full article about the Sew Together Gals here.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

 

Quilt honors late crossing guard


Crossing Guard QuiltCalifornia - At first glance, it's hard to see how the images of children's drawings, old photos, trucks and police dogs come together in the twin-sized quilt that will hang in the office at Township Elementary School in Simi Valley.

But those who knew Leo Borelli, Township's longtime crossing guard who died Jan. 6 at the age of 88, understand.

"It's Leo that we loved and cherished, and this is all for him," said his friend, Owen Strang.

Strang's wife, Arlene, coordinated the quilt's creation. On Thursday morning, Borelli's quilt was unfolded in front of the schoolchildren and other community members who wanted to remember Borelli in a more tangible way.

Read the full article about the crossing guard quilt here.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

Quilt copyright kerfuffle blankets competitions


CHESTERVILLE, Ontario - A quilting and copyright controversy is stitching itself into the fabric of Ontario country fairs.

Organizers of traditional "homecraft" competitions -- a fixture at rural and not-so-rural fairs -- fear the matter could put a crimp in the number of quilt entries. For a Waterloo-based pattern designer, however, it�s high time the quilt-making community got around to recognizing its simple obligations under the law.

Threads of the quilt kerfuffle lead to August 2004, when designer Kathleen Bissett fired off correspondence to the Central Canada Exhibition. Her pattern, Garden Delight, appeared on a quilt in the show that year -- without her permission and without acknowledging her name, or the name of the design, on the label.

Read the full article about the quilting copyright controversy here.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 

Arts buzz makes few changes for rural Alabama quilters


Brightly colored quilts, handmade by Mary Lee Bendolph and her neighbors, have enthralled museum-goers across the country for four years, hailed by curators as "jazz on the wall" and seen as a breakthrough of mainstream acceptance for Southern folk art.

But for Bendolph, a 70-year-old resident of tiny Gee's Bend, Ala., national fame has meant little change beyond a bit more money to buy material for her quilts - though there's still no "big ol' store" in town and the nearest shop is an hour away by car.

"They say I'm famous, but I don't know enough to be famous," Bendolph said, breaking into a laugh during an interview from her home in the dirt-road community of 300.

Read the full article on Alabama quilters here.


Monday, April 17, 2006

 

Crafting a math-work quilt: Magee Elementary students help hospitalized kids


MageeWisconsin - Scraps of material, thread and batting are more than the ingredients for a quilt - at Magee Elementary on Wednesday they were the components of a math lesson and more.

"If your grandma's quilting, then you know your grandma's a genius," said Annie Brantzeg, a quilter and grandmother herself.

. . .

Students had the opportunity to work on two quilts - hand-tying one and machine-sewing another. The quilts, Brantzeg said, were on their way to help other children.

Brantzeg is a member of the Quilt Guild, an organization that makes ABC quilts for children in the hospital. Each quilt is signed by the quilt maker "with love and comfort to you."

Read the full article about Magee Elementary here.


Friday, April 14, 2006

 

Art Recipes Group on Flickr reveals the artistic process


EltonArt Recipes (managed by bloomie.org) is a flickr art project where you can provide insight into the process of your artwork (e.g. illustration, craft, painting, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, music, etc.)

As of yet, however, there are no pictures of quilt art! Be the first to reveal the artistic process of a quilter in this fascinating Flickr group.

Make a series of photos revealing the process you use to create your art. And then, post one photo to this group of the finished work of art with a link in the caption to the entire photo set. See some specific examples.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/artrecipes/


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

Red and white quilt causes its maker a case of the blues


Red White BluesI made a red and white pieced quilt for my granddaughter and her husband for a wedding present from me. I took it to the Village Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Buchanan to be dry-cleaned in November. When I picked up the quilt, it looked pink as I was leaving the Laundromat. But I thought it was just how the light was shining on it through the plastic wrap.

When I arrived home and took it out, I realized it was ruined. The quilt had been laundered, I believe, and not dry cleaned as I requested. The red had bled into the white, turning it pink, and the flannel back looked like it had been stone- washed.

I cannot give this quilt proudly to my granddaughter in this condition. Do I have a claim for damages here? The Laundromat can't replace the quilt and it will be hard to even put a price value on it. The fabric cost $80 and Village charged me $18.50 to clean it. It took me a month or so to make it. Can you help me?

H.H.

Read more about H.H.'s dilemma and some tips for working with red fabrics here.


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

 

Labor of love: Boswell woman fashions 3-D quilts for children


3d(Pennsylvania) Two-year-old Caleb Moors enjoys cuddling the animals on his Noah's Ark quilt.

Because of a congenital condition that limits Caleb's sight to about 12 inches, the 3-D quilt created by Joanne Marian of Boswell has become a favorite of the youngster.

Caleb is the son of Keith and Tonette Moors of Deerfield Lane in Westmont.

"Caleb likes touching the quilt," Tonette said. "The quilt is so meaningful to him. Because of his vision impairment, it gives him something he can relate to on his level and we can't thank Joanne enough for this wonderful gesture."

Caleb has optic nerve hypoplasia, a condition in which the optic nerve has not developed properly. It is too small.

The toddler is one of a number of special-needs children who have received the texture-rich quilts.

By adding various fabrics, fibers, textures and baubles to colorful patterned prints, Marian has created dozens of appealing quilts for visually impaired, blind and autistic children.

Read the entire article about Marian's 3D quilts now.


Monday, April 03, 2006

 

Rare quilts on display for Women's History Month


Valley Center VALLEY CENTER, CA – They may be old, but their colors are vibrant.

More than a dozen antique quilts will be on display for a day at the Valley Center branch library.

“We're keeping it to just one day because the quilts are so old and valuable,” said librarian Sandy Puccio. “Some of the designs are really unusual.”

Valley Center is home to quilters who belong to a group that meets twice a month at the library. After the Paradise fire in 2003, the group made quilts for fire victims.

Read the full Valley Center article here.



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