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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 

Handsome quilts are destined to warm only your wall


Quilts have always been seen as functionable objects that may be handsomely created but are mainly to provide warmth. That's changing.

Contemporary quilts are brought together in Elements from the Front Range Contemporary Quilters, with 40 examples curated by Robert Shaw, at the Norton Museum of Art in Miami, Florida. This traveling show elevates a familiar hand-crafted aesthetic to fine art.

Read the full article in the Miami Herald now.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

 

Quilt makers provide windows into the eras in which they lived


Quilts -- colorful and usually comfy -- have always been a part of my decor. I love how they look draped over a chair, and there's nothing better than burrowing into the folds of a quilt when there's a chill in the evening air.

I almost reconsidered marrying my husband when I discovered he'd used an antique quilt -- made by his grandmother, I think -- to "protect" a backpack strapped on the back of his motorcycle. The beige and floral cotton was indelibly stained and splattered with grease when I discovered it in his apartment.

My heart was broken when I found it because I love old quilts. I see them as little novels of people's lives -- elaborate in their detail and telling in their content, repre senting history on a very personal level. They come from a long line of objects created by women (for the large part) living through the hardships of settling a new land.

Read the full article at Cleveland.com now.



Friday, May 26, 2006

 

Quilt Your Favorite Photos: Shoot It, Sketch It, Stitch It


Quilt Your Favorite PhotosBy Betty Alofs
KP Books, 2006. 128 pages. List price: $24.99.

-Innovative and do-able approach for turning photos into quilted photos

-Builds on interest generated by previous guides including Fabric Landscapes by Machine which produced sales of $170,000+

Fun and functional format for displaying and savoring family photos, the 10 projects featured in this book offer quilters a new and easy way to embellish quilted photos. Beginners and veteran quilters, as well as sewers, will quickly pick up the easy-to-follow method of creating stunning appliquéd quilt projects.

Readers will find:

-Easy instructions to fuse, cut, and appliqué special photos to quilts

-Steps to add unique embellishments, such as leaves, embroidered fireworks, netting and beading, to create a realistic scene

-Inspiring ideas for items to use as wall hangings, and embellishments to add to any vest, jacket or handbag.

Quilt Your Favorite Photos helps quilters add a personal part of themselves to any quilt they create.

Get it at a discount from Amazon.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

 

New self-guided bike tour takes riders by 15 quilt barns in county


Athens, Ohio - Local artist and cycling enthusiast John W. Lefelhocz has created three self-guided bike routes that travel past 15 of the 21 "quilt barns" of Athens County, according to a news release.

"The Athens County Quilt Barn Cycling Challenge" stems from an effort to boost awareness of Athens County. A community-based group of visual artists, quilters, property owners and civic and social organizations have decorated barns with 8-foot-tall quilt squares throughout the county.

Read the full article in the Athens News now.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 

French Braid Quilts: 14 Quick Quilts With Dramatic Results


French Braid QuiltsBy Jane Hardy Miller.
C&T Publishing, 2006. 80 pages, list price $24.95.

  • One fresh new technique, fourteen striking projects

  • Super-easy piecing means fast quilt construction

  • With both a new way to make quilts and a new approach to color for quilters, French Braid Quilts teaches crafters to identify color values and use them to create intriguing braided pieces. Fourteen projects, from wall hangings to bed quilts, are just the beginning of the great looks sewers can achieve.

    Get it at a discount from Amazon!


    Monday, May 22, 2006

     

    125th anniversary quilt unveiled


    Rural scenes that could easily be from pages of a South Dakota history book come alive in "Storybook Farm," the official Aberdeen Quasquicentennial Quilt that will be unveiled in a program/reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 5 on the second floor of the Dacotah Prairie Museum.

    The program will include representatives of Hub City Quasquicentennial Inc., the museum and the two Aberdeen-area quilt guilds that made the quilt as their contribution to the city's birthday celebration.

    The quilt will be displayed with the Centennial Quilt at the museum for the remainder of the Q year and will become a permanent part of the museum's quilt collection.

    Read the full article in the Aberdeen News now.


     

    Quilting Family Quilt Shop opens in Ottawa


    Family Quilt ShopOTTAWA -- A Sheridan woman has turned her love of quilts into a new business in downtown Ottawa.

    Quilting Family Quilt Shop has opened at 720 La Salle St., Ottawa.

    The owner, Eileen Bowen, retired in 2004 after 24 years with AT&T. It was at her friends' suggestions she considered opening a quilt shop in Ottawa. They reminded her of how many times they had all said, "We need a quilt shop in Ottawa!"

    "With my business management training from AT&T and my love of quilting and people, it seemed a perfect fit."

    Read the full Quilting Family Quilt Shop article now.



    Tuesday, May 09, 2006

     

    Stitches & Stuff: Quilt artist offers words of wisdom


    Melisse Lang relates her experiences studying with renowned quilt artist and teacher Nancy Crow.

    Nancy's advice, though directed at quilt artists, is applicable to many
    other techniques. First, be passionate about what you do. Make it the
    important endeavor in your life. Experiment. Study. Think. Focus.

    Read the full article in the Longview Washington Daily News now.


    Sunday, May 07, 2006

     

    Necktie Quilt To Benefit Family Crisis Services


    Necktie QuiltPORTLAND, Maine -- Some high-profile men have stuck their necks out in the fight against domestic violence, donating autographed neckties for a special project.The project was the brainchild of News 8's Doug Cook.

    Cook explained, "The idea to do something with neckties first came when my family was moving. I realized I had all of these neckties -- literally hundreds of them -- that I don't wear and, in many cases, never will. That's when I had the idea to collect autographed neckties and have them made into a quilt."


    Friday, May 05, 2006

     

    Pa. quilt makers get a hand from Hmong


    Don't miss this fascinating article in the Baltimore Sun about the Hmong tribe of Thailand that assists the Mennonites of Pennsylvania Dutch Country in keeping up with the demand for Mennonite and Amish quilts.

    Many Hmong came to the United States after the war, and this group was rescued by the Mennonites of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Mennonites and Amish, the Plain People of Pennsylvania, are the monarchs of American quilt making.

    These people of northern European origin had much in common with the Hmong, despite being from opposite sides of the world. Both cultures were agrarian, insular, deeply religious and bound by tradition. The new arrivals had one other thing in common with
    their hosts: the ability to ply a needle with grace, a skill the Amish and Mennonites admired and valued. The connection between these peoples would eventually push the cottage industry of quilt making into the global marketplace, an example of history's serendipity.

    . . .

    But most quilt shop owners do not mention their Southeast Asian workers. That would spoil the image of a Lancaster quilt as the product of strictly Amish or Mennonite hands. Quilt tags in pricey shops credit the work of Lancaster's Plain People but rarely the Hmong, who are
    referred to as "local Lancaster quilters" or not mentioned at all.


    To keep the identities of these women from the eyes of tourists, some shop owners won't allow Hmong in their stores during business hours and make them use the back door when delivering piecework. One Amish shop owner once made a Hmong seamstress hide in the coal cellar. It is the dark side of the alliance that has existed for more than two decades.

    Read the full article about the Hmong now.


    Thursday, May 04, 2006

     

    Wheel of Mystery Quilts


    picBy Helen Marshall.

    May 2006, Martingale & Company. 96 pages, list price $24.95.

    Have no fear—even beginners can take an easy stroll on this curvy quilting adventure! Learn to make just one block with gentle, easy curves, and you can easily stitch any of these gorgeous designs. If you've never tried curved piecing, this is the place to begin.

    * Create nine lap-sized to large-sized quilts that feature the simple Wheel of Mystery block

    * Explore tons of design options by playing with fabric placement, block orientation, and secondary blocks

    * Follow step-by-step photos of piecing techniques, plus ideas for using window templates to make the perfect fabric selections.

    Get it at a discount from Amazon.

    See more great quilting books at the Planet Patchwork Bookstore.


    Monday, May 01, 2006

     

    Shadow Quilts: Easy-to-Design Multiple Image Quilts


    Shadow QuiltsAuthors Patricia Maixner Magaret and Donna Ingram Slusser both confess to a lifelong fascination with shadows dating back to shadowplay in early childhood. Naturally, this attraction eventually found its way into their quilts, adding an inventive element to otherwise traditional patterns. Shadow quilts, they explain, combine several visual layers of images to create a design. The smaller individual blocks compose one layer, while the shadow layer is a large motif that hovers in the background of the smaller blocks. Like an optical illusion, this shadow image is not immediately apparent but rewards the careful viewer gradually. Thus, for instance, an autumn leaves quilt consisting of 24 multicolored blocks of similar leaf designs camouflages a huge golden leaf residing behind them. The seemingly complex designs become quite attainable in the authors' capable hands; good directions and photographs ensure that anyone with a working knowledge of traditional piecing and a dose of patience can create these enchanting designs. (Amazon description.)

    Get it at a discount from Amazon.


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