Various & Sundry 2017 #4

AQ Updates

I finally put all the finished quilts from last year on the Gallery page. On the Gallery page, you can see a list of all the quilts I have ever made. Not all have links to photos, but I am working on that. Take a look

I have updated the tutorials page. Have you looked at it recently?

I also updated the Lanyard tutorial. Have you made a lanyard for your guild meeting nametag?

Media

The Quilt Alliance has a new post about saving our quilt stories.

Frances of The Off Kilter Quilt podcast and QuiltFiction fame has a new story posted. You must sign up for her newsletter in order to read it. Well worth it as her newsletters are short and sweet, but packed with info.

Projects & Patterns

Remember the Lined Drawstring Bag from InColorOrder? She has a new post out that details all the variations for her bags. One of them is a shoe bag. I was thinking about Grand Parlor and making shoe bags for the 9-10 pair of shoes I bring. Kismet, I think! She also has a slide show of all the bags she has made. Take a look.

Oliver+S posted about seam finishing techniques. There are visual examples as well as explanation.

I like some papercrafts and like them even more when they flow over into fabric. You might remember the paper wreath tutorial I posted, which I then translated into fabric.  I found a Scandinavian Heart tutorial that is made from fabric. It would be a great gift! The Quilting Daily (@QuiltingDaily) tweeted the link out originally.

I went on a little EPP tangent looking for a Jack’s Chain (now called Ferris Wheel) pattern. It started on the PaperPieces.com site, but branched off into a search and then down a rabbit hole to different sites.  One site with multiple interesting patterns is Imaginesque, a UK site. I saw a very interesting block with no name, beyond Block 21, but infinite possibilities in terms of color transparency.

I also found a pattern for an EPP Travel Kit, which I might add to my list of gifts.

Imaginesque also has a pattern and instructions for Block 49, which looks like a flower to me. I haven’t thought much about curves in terms of English paper piecing, but seeing these blocks makes me start to think about it.

I spent some time burrowing around in the Imaginesque site to see if I could find an explanation for the numbered quilt blocks. I found block number 1, though it is just posted as another pattern and doesn’t seem to be any sort of specific project. Imaginesque is no longer updated, but there are a lot of posts with patterns to explore.

Techniques, Tips & Tricks

I heard about the ‘flat back stitch’ for sewing together EPP recently. I didn’t know how to do it, but tried and like that the stitches do not show on the front. The video I had marked was actually a JPG, so I had to go searching for one to see if I was doing it right. 😉 I found one by Step Gingerly that is useful, but there are a lot of different ones you can review.

Have you see the hand sewing guide at Art Gallery Fabrics?

Cluck Cluck Sew has some great tips about healthy sewing. As usual DO NOT self diagnose. Go to the doctor if you have pain. Her tips, however, are useful and sensible. I have been taking Pilates for awhile, but my new focus is stretching. I have been feeling tight and creaky, so back to stretching for me. What about you?

Events, Exhibits & Projects

Some people attended QuiltCon and, kindly, wrote about it. Quiltin’ Jenny was instrumental in getting Frances to Savannah, I believe. Quiltin’ Jenny’s post talks about 6 things she saw there. There is so much more in her post than 6 things. It is a fantastic post and you should go read it. Frances has a special podcast where she talks about her experiences there. I know there are a lot of other posts, so go read some of them and plan to be in Pasadena in 2018. HollyAnne of String & Story and Quilts for a Cure also has a post, which is a more general recap, but has fantastic pictures. She posted a lot of insightful thoughts on the quilts.

Are you participating in the Scientific Quilter’s March-a-Long?

The Chester County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society is holding a Quilt Day in May. Check their newsletter for details. Thanks to AQSG’s Barb Garrett for the tip.

The Virginia Quilt Museum is showing a stunning exhibit of early applique quilts from the Mid-Atlantic region. It is a small but serious exhibit which includes 20th century examples of appliqued beauties. The museum is located a short hop off the interstate in Shenandoah Valley’s Harrisonburg, Va. See the website for details on hours etc. Thanks to AQSG’s Neva Hart for the tip.

Pat Bravo and Mr. Domestic are having an EPP party in April 2017.

Quilt San Francisco 2017 Show and sale will be presented by the San Francisco Quilters’ Guild on Friday, March 24 10:00-7:00 and Saturday, March 25 10:00-4:00. Check the website for more details.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild presents their Springtime in the Pines show on May 6-7, 2017 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, Calif. Admission is $7 and there is free parking.

The Roseville Quilters Guild presents Oceans of Fabrics, Waves of Quilts, May 19-20, 2017. It will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Ressurrection, 6365 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay. It will be open Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4. Admission is $7.

NQR

The BBC had an article on some of the funny names of London Underground stations. I found them entertaining and they made my mind race around in creative ways.

Products, Tools and Fabric

New Workroom Chair
New Workroom Chair

There is a TJ Maxx near my house and, as it is the one outlet type store I can actually stand shopping at, I go in for a look occasionally to see what they have. I have found some great finds: dresses for #politicalwifery, a set of sunflower plates for a gift swooned over by the recipient and recently a chair for my workroom.

I had a chair. It was an office chair we got for free when the bank DH worked at (about 1,000 years ago) was purchased and they were closing his location. It no longer moved up and down and was not hideous, but not pretty either. I saw this chair and knew it would be perfect or the new look I am working on for my workroom. It is slightly lighter weight than my old one, so I can’t pile up as much fabric on it, but all parts function and it is pretty.

Bag clips
Bag clips

I bought this pack of bag clips not for chip and bread bags in the kitchen, but for my workroom. They are too pretty to hide away in the pantry. I have decided that the things I use should be pretty.

No more beige and brown for me.

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Techniques

Reminding ourselves periodically of good technique helps keep us on the quilting straight and narrow. I found a cutting tutorial that I thought was interesting. It starts out talking about tools – rotary cutters, mats and rulers. I usually position my ruler so that more of one of the lines is on the fold of the fabric. This tutorial does it differently. My ever burning question was not answered and that is: when lining up the ruler do you put the fabric on the line or next to the line. Anyone know?

Moda put up a blog post on working with coated fabrics. This should help provide an alternative to the problem we discussed in the Hack that Tote post.

Art Gallery Fabrics has a guide to machine stitches.

Color, Patterns and Projects

Love of Patchwork & Quilting have a Selvedge Sewing – DIY Taravel case project on their blog. This could make another useful and interesting addition to my gift list. I haven’t tried this pattern, but based on my experience with the Clippy Pincushion project, it shouldn’t be difficult. Looks like a good way to use up selvedges as well.

Have you seen the Pantone Color of the Year? What do you think?

I found a good laptop sleeve pattern. I want to try it.

Fun and Games

You know those hotel door hangers that keep the cleaning people out until you are out of  bed? Moda has one to keep the family out while you are sewing. There is a little bit of crafting required, but not too much for some much needed peace and quiet.

Some comments on artists as hoarders.

Other Artists

I happened on an old post over at Lily Street Quilts and was amazed at the fabric. Marci has done a bargello type quilt using pebbly fabric and the choice is so effective.

Weeks Ringle has written a post about a traditional Japanese Festival which facilitates giving thanks to our tools and supplies.

My sister sent me a link to an article about Yayoi Kusama, thinking her designs would make great quilt patterns. I think her work looks like Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Mom made placemats
Mom made placemats

My mom made some placemats for my niece’s wedding shower. They came out really well and are perfect colors for her.

Fabric, Notions, Tools and Machines

I was looking at text themed fabrics and saw that Pink Castle Fabrics also sold sewing machines. I was very pleased to see that they include the price on their site, which I find unusual, but also very pleasing. For kicks, I looked at the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP SE machine. The color and the wheel on the front bother me, but the specs tell me that it has everything I want. Since the price was listed, I was pleased that it and the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 were not as expensive as I thought.

History

The New England Regional Quilt Study Group/American Quilt Study Group is having a quilt study day in Rhode Island at Quinn Hall, 55 Lower College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI on April 8, 2017.
Dr. Margaret Ordoñez and Dr. Linda Welters will present our program featuring materials from the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island. This is a rare opportunity, and we will need to limit the group to 48 attendees. To read more about our presenters, here are the links to their pages at URI:

Meet Margaret Ordonez

Meet Linda Welters

Registration
Morning program
Lunch – Bring your own bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.
Afternoon Show and Tell – Bring an antique quilt from your own collection. (Dr. Ordoñez and Dr. Welters have promised to share quilts of their own too!)
Fee: $55.00
To sign up:

Please send your registration and check made out to Marjorie Farquharson:

Marjorie Farquharson
682 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA 02492

Name:   _______________________________________
Email:  ________________________________________
Telephone: ____________________________________________

The deadline to register with payment must be received by April 1, 2017.

________________

Additionally, there will be a WQSG meeting on Saturday, March 18th.  We will be starting at 10:00.  Welcome/social time begins at 9:30.  The meeting is being held at the Oshkosh Library, 106 Washington Ave, Oshkosh WI  54901.  It is one block east of Main Street in downtown Oshkosh. There is a large on site parking lot just north of the building.  Our meeting will be in the basement. A donation to the library will be collected as the room will cost us $40.

Bring a sack lunch or there are several fun eating options within a short walk of the library.  Allison is bringing water and she says there are two excellent coffee places within two blocks along with a hot dog joint, a wine bar and cafe, and the best cookies in Oshkosh.  Allison will be talking about quilts associated with the Temperance movement and said she found some really interesting information and photos to share.  Please bring any quilts you may have from that time period to share as well as any new acquisitions you’ve come up with since the last meeting.

Shameless Plug

Verity Creek
Verity Creek

My brother-in-law has published his first book, Verity Creek. It is on Kindle and in paperback. Please try it out.

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Other Artists & Exhibits

Privacy is a tricky thing on social media. Where do you draw the line? Most of us nickname our spouses and children to provide some semblence of privacy. With the right access, it is a poor effort. For quilt celebrities it is harder. They don’t have the funds to employ teams of cyber security professionals to scour their accounts for stalkers. Bonnie Hunter posted a picture on Facebook of the cabin she is buying. The next day she posted about a reader who had sent her an MLS listing in a private message asking the price and other personal questions. Bonnie related that she preferred not to disclose such personal information and the person replied huffily that Bonnie was rude and would no longer follow her. Other people told Bonnie, before I could, to block that person and not worry about it. I added later that I would ask my readers to go follow her blog and her FB groups to make up for the ‘loss’ of that rude woman. If you don’t already follow her, please consider it. She is the queen of leaders and enders and is very giving to the quilt community. Her posts are cheerful and helpful. She does a mystery quilt every year and has a number of free patterns available. Thanks!

Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania is having an exhibit until March 3, 2017, featuring documented (often still in the family) quilts from this area, mostly Mennonite, but there is a Brethren star quilt on display.  The blog post talks about some of the quilts, and information about visiting can be found using the links at the top of the page.

Cuesta Benberry’s collection from the Michigan State is on display at the DuSable Museum in Chicago until February 28, 2017.

Patterns, Fabrics, Tools & Supplies

I saw Tooly pattern and thought two things. First, it would make a great gift. Second, it would be great for a quiltmaker’s ‘Go’ bag. I know you know I am big on having a bag with all the essentials to take to retreats and classes. I have a Tupperware box, but it is getting pretty stuffed. I might just need to clear it out, but having this stand in easel format would be convenient for accessing frequently used tools. This is sold via Craftsy by Sew Together. I don’t think it is the same designer of the Sew Together Bag.

If you still want to make a pussy hat, Knifty Knittings has a pattern.

Not a fan of LP Sharp? Scottie Dogs has another option for bulk rotary cutter blade replacement.

AQ Follow-up

Susan and Gretchen both left kind comments on the Wonder clip pincushion gifts.

Susan wrote: “LOVE, LOVE this project. I want to make some as I use the wonderclips all the time. Could you give more of a reference to where you found the pattern? Love of Patchwork and Quilting magazine has many issues. Thanks, S”

I got the pattern from issue 39 of Love Patchwork and Quilting. You can see a photo on their blog post related to this issue, but there are no directions. It is available digitally in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Gretchen wrote: “These are adorable and I wish I had a giant one (I have a lot of wonderclips). You sacrificed Beanie Babies to make these? A worthy use!”

No no no no no! No Beanie Babies were sacrificed in the making of these pincushions! The pellets are available in bags at Beverly’s. I am sure other similar stores have them as well. Since many people are allergic to nuts, including my SIL#2, the standard walnut shells do not work for me. I use a combination of Beanie Baby pellets (I am sure they have some other more generic name) and wool roving for the filling on pincushions. I buy  these items when they are on sale at Beverly’s.

Media & Events

Scruffy Quilts is a shop near my house. I took a look at their blog recently. I love the pictures they show. The Prismatic Star is especially nice.

The American Quilt Study Group will host their seminar on October 18-22 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The forms to sign up are available on their site.

Frances has put out her second emailed newsletter and it is as good as the first. She talks about getting quilts ready for QuiltCon. If you don’t receive her newsletter, go to her QuiltFiction website.

 

 

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Shopping

The City Quilter Online Store is now working.

Have you looked at Stash Fabrics? I really like the fabrics they have – motifs and colors.

I finally took a look at The Precut Shop by the fabulous Christa Watson. I am remorseful that it wasn’t sooner, but very glad I did now. First, the shop is Amazon based, so easy payment and, presumably, easy shipping options. The stock, however is amazing. There was page after page of every precut imaginable. I couldn’t even look at all the offerings! Take a look.

Fabric and Tools

Pam has a blank copy of her fabric usage spreadsheet available on a post from a few years back. It is a good time to start tracking your usage. I did it all last year and it helped me to understand what fabrics I was using and how much. I made much better choices about fabric purchases. Cheryl, a BAMer, wrote a great post about her spreadsheet for the BAM blog. She talks about her theories around it, why she does it and how she does it.

Accuquilt is having a die sale through January 31. They have some great dies, even basic options. The site also has an option to register your dies, which creates a list of all of your dies in one place. I have been using my Accuquilt and the dies on and off for various projects as well as for clearing out my scrap bin. It really helps with cutting.

Media

Friend Julie turned me on to Makelight, which has some interesting visual reports. They appear to be in the business of improving followers on Instagram, so they are selling something. I am just in the process of trying out the tools.

Frances of The Off Kilter Quilt podcast fame has a new website called Quilt Fiction. You might be able to read her newsletter on the site, but you can definitely subscribe. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you get a lovely short story. I read the short story and definitely wanted to know more about the characters. If you can’t read the newsletter on the site, there is plenty of other quilty-goodness to read. She has frequent blog posts about books related to quilts. One of my favorite posts is one called Everyday Uses. While it is brief, it makes me think about the everyday use of quilts. I agree with the mother in the story in that you make a quilt and if it gets used up, you make another one. I don’t want to say that quilts aren’t precious to me, but there is always more fabric.

I follow Schmetz Needles on Twitter and was pleased and intrigued to see that they have an online magazine called Inspired to Sew. Check out their site for the current and archived issues.

Copyright

You might have seen the whole unpleasant drama about someone stealing  an image of FOTY 2015. Someone sent me a link to another site that was discussing the same issue. Please note that I am not a lawyer.

Other

If you want a lovely downloadable calendar, check out the Grove website.

 

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Off Topic: Crafts

We had a meeting for NSGW Grand Parlor the other night, so the planning has finally kicked off. In an effort to show people what the boxes I want for the favors to be I went looking on the web. I found a couple of folded paper boxes tutorials, one from Origami Instructions and the other from Simply Notable. Both are essentially the same, but I find it good to get different perspectives, especially with the written word. These are great for gifts. Cut a second piece of paper 1/2 inch larger to make a top.

Projects, Patterns & Tutorials

Bonnie Hunter came out with part two and part three of her En Provence mystery quilt. You can find the pattern on her website. Download it now (she has a printer friendly version I save to my computer) as the clues go away in about 6 months.

This coffee ornament is a great Christmas ornament, but could also be used for other gift giving opportunities.

Gift Bag pattern and video from All People Quilt. I still like mine as it is easy to make, but it is great to have options.

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Doing Good

Valerie makes blocks every month for charity via Kat’s blog, Kat & Cat Quilts. If you are looking for an organized way to contribute to something good this might be an opportunity for you.

I found another update on the Pulse quilts in Orlando. This one has a slide show of a variety of the quilts.

Creativity

Need some easy color work? Need to relax? Nerdy Mama has 20 free coloring pages for you.

My pal, Jill (Quilt Rat) has found another IoS creativity tool. I am so sad it doesn’t work on Android devices! It is called Amaziograph. With this app, you can create amazing kaleidoscopic designs a la color pages and La Passacaglia (without the color). Jill has written a blog post and created a basic video tutorial.

Projects, Patterns & Tutorials

Wanda, over at Exhuberent Color posted these sunflower blocks. I didn’t know these were in the Farm Girl Vintage book. I have that book and have looked at it, but must have missed this block.

Aren’t these monsters great? I love them and want to make one.

As per usual, Bonnie Hunter has released the first clue to her 2016 mystery quilt, En Provence. Download it now (she has a printer friendly version I save to my computer) as the clues go away in about 6 months. She has some excellent cutting tips in the first clue. It is always good to check in on our sewing technique.

Media

Sara, over at Sew Sweetness, has posted a list of Cool Tools. Which do you use?

Definitely check out the sincere and lovely thank you from EQ.

Other Artists

My sister shared Christine Peloquin’s website with me. She commented that the art looked like ours would look if we were one person. I think it is true. I am not much of a face-in-quilt-form person (to each his own), but I do like the face painted over the quilt top. The imagery I saw on the day  I looked (11/11/2016) was dominated by images of women. I thought the images were profound given the current discussions on the status of women. Christine is located in Florida.

This subsection will be called the Judy Martin section. I know many modern quiltmakers have never heard of Judy Martin, but I love her work and especially her block designs. She also has a very friendly newsletter. They are not high tech, but cheerful, upbeat and entertaining. They are archived on her website. Judy, seriously, makes me want to visit Iowa again. It sounds much more interesting that I found it to be when I visited my great grandparents for summers as a kid.

In the November issue of her newsletter, she mentions that the Electric Quilt Company has a new download product that originated as her book, Knockout Blocks & Sampler Quilts (now out of print).

She also has a quilt at the Iowa Quilt Museum, which I mentioned previously. Judy writes “Nestled in an old J.C. Penney storefront on the picturesque courthouse square of historic Winterset, Iowa is the new Iowa Quilt Museum. It’s not a huge space with a large permanent collection. Rather it’s a small, nimble space given over to interesting exhibits curated especially for the museum. Through January 24, 2017 the exhibit of star quilts features “State Fair Star,” a Feathered Star variation I made for Patchwork Among Friends. The quilt shares the airy, well-lit space with 29 other star quilts. If you’re traveling to Des Moines or simply passing through on I-80 or I-35, the Iowa Quilt Museum is worth stopping for.”

Judy also mentions “a web site for a socially minded company that is making fabric from empty plastic bottles! They are trying to create opportunities for people in Haiti and Honduras while reducing the ecological impact of littered plastic bottles.” She says that she hasn’t “sampled any of their products, but” that she is “intrigued by the whole thing and certainly support[s] their goals. Take a look and see what you think.”

[end of Judy Martin subsection]

 

Quilt World News

Christen Daniels has resigned from the MQG board due to time constraints. The Nominating Committee put out a call to assist with the task of filling the volunteer board elected seat. They sought candidates with strong strategic planning skills and knowledge for nomination by November 12.

Not Quilt Related

From the Doing Good-NQR Department comes an article about the Native Sons and their donation to the Craniofacial Center at UCSF. Much of this money comes from $1 raffle tickets, $5 chances on gift baskets and $10 dinner tickets rather than $10,000 donations from rich people. You can make a difference by making a donation.

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Doing Good

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild updated their meeting minutes and included a detailed description of their Pulse Project. The scale of the project is mind boggling. I am amazed at what they have accomplished. They also posted some photos of the first distribution on the OrMQG Instagram feed.

If you want an ongoing way to use up scraps by doing some good, take a look at Kat’s Block Drive. She requests blocks every month to make quilts for families who have lost loved ones.

Places

SF School of Needlework and Design opened in September.

I was pleased to get Marsha McCloskey‘s newsletter. I was not so happy to hear that she has been 24/7 caregiver for her very ill husband. Send her good wishes via her website if you have a chance. She mentioned the Stargazing: American Star Quilts exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset. It runs now until January 24. Her Star of Chamblie Sampler quilt is in the exhibit. I want to make a version of that quilt!

Products

Johanna Bashford, coloring queen, has a line of tech cases for Apple products. Samsung owners, including me, are SOL.

Patterns, Tutorials and Projects

I recently saw a link to the Queen Bee handbag pattern from U-Handbag, a British company owned and operated by Lisa Lam. I love the look and the design, but didn’t really want to deal with British pounds (sorry, UK friends, I am not trying to be an ugly American). I looked around and found the pattern on Craftsy, but without the purse frame and other bits and pieces. Sigh.

My sister, not as well versed in the ways of fabric as some of you, dear readers, but she has a good eye and sent me a link to a fabric rugmaking tutorial. The fabrics used in the tutorial are very appealing. The technique is similar to one in which bowls are made. It is nice and would be a good way to use FabMo scraps.

I love the look of this pieced Pineapple quilt pattern. Tutorials are linked on the page.

I have been talking about making a Lozenge quilt for awhile. While I have a number of projects in process, I think the stars have almost aligned for me to do this. I found a pattern that works with charm packs (5 inch squares) and a layer cake (10 inch squares), which is kind of what I want to use. I got a layer cake of Manor by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and have been looking for a reason to use it. This might be it. Looking back at the page of ideas I gathered, though, makes me wonder if that is the right fabric. I’ll have to dig around in my fabric closet and see if there is a more suitable layer cake. God forbid, I should actually CUT fabric for this project. 😉

Bonnie Hunter has announced her 2016 mystery quilt, En Provence. It is inspired by that region and the photos are worth viewing even if you don’t want to participate.

Other Artists

Christa Watson has a post on a series of black and white quilts she did after choosing black & white for her ‘color of the month’. I really hope she didn’t make all of those quilts in one month. I’ll feel quite lazy if she did! Regardless, Christa has a great design sense. Her Illusions piece moves when you look at it. As she says, black & white quilts have a high impact graphic quality that is hard to beat. Information about the Color Blog Series can be found on Michelle Wilkie’s site.

Marie Webster was active in the early part of the 20th century and owned a pattern and kit company before such things really existed. A lot of her patterns were applique’ and very different from the feedsack and pieced patterns of the 1920s and 1930s. Kathy Matthews wrote an article about an art quilt exhibit responding to Webster’s patterns in a new way. You can read about her in a book.

Media

You might have heard of Frances Dowell’s new book, Birds in the Air. She also has a different site from The Off Kilter Quilt that is all about Quilt Fiction. You know that my librarian heart loves this type of compilation. Frances notes in her recent episode (#199) that the Quilt Fiction site is a still a work in progress. You get a free story if you sign up for her newsletter.

Christa Watson republished an NQA article about QuiltCon on her blog recently.

If you have wanted to start a La Passacaglia quilt, but don’t know where to start, take a look at Dana’s post. First, she has great photos of her “La Pass.” I like the way she approached the project and it has given me ideas for getting started, which I have been avoiding. (N.B. I do have an idea that will help me take the leap). She also has an idea about combining shapes to make a larger space. This is an interesting idea that I might use when I get farther along. Not only is this post helpful, it is also written in a great tone.

Tips and Tricks

Kathy Matthews posted a link to some still relevant vintage tips and then she wrote an article talking more in depth about the tips booklets.

Quilt World News

Sadly, art quilts were stolen off the walls of a church in Vancouver. The article states that the quilts were worth $6 million. The article has a link to photos of the stolen quilts. There are two sites that list lost and stolen quilts, Lostquilt.com and a page for Missing Quilts on Quilter’s Cache. While there is no good in stolen quilts, I am pleased that the quilts are considered art in this instance.

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Patterns and Projects

I added a free Craftsy pattern by “Alex Ledgerwood, who created the fabulous “Twiligig” pattern for Scraps Inc., Vol. 2, ” to my Craftsy account. “It’s a paper-pieced pumpkin block, and it’s simply adorable!” (from a Lucky Spools email)

Kristin Esser has just had her book, Sew Illustrated, published by C&T. They kicked off a blog tour earlier this week. The kickoff page has a  idea flip-through of the book, which we all do when we see a book we like, but is hard to do when shopping online. Frances had some info on her podcast about this book.

Other Artists

I saw an article, which turned out to be a video, about folded books sculptures. As you know I am interested in bookmaking and this was a completely different take on using books for art.

Doing Good

SFQG Blocks for Pulse
SFQG Blocks for Pulse

I am so excited about all of the ways quiltmakers and quilt guilds have made a basic design for the Pulse Quilts their own. I saw the blocks SFQG were making when I went to a guild meeting as a visitor. I am tempted to make one for them because I like the pattern so much. I found another great quilt example by Kristen Welsh the other day. Gorgeous! I also love the cheerfulness of the quilt by SonicStitches. There is so much love flowing out via these quilts. You can see more on Instagram by clicking on the #quiltsforpulse hashtag. Everyone is so creative, caring and giving.

Quilt World News

Generation Q magazine has reported that AQS will stop producing books next year. I wonder what will happen with the challenges that result in books. They also let me know that the International Machine Quilters’ Association is folding. This news follows hard on the heels of QNM closing down. The article mentions, of course, the MQG and the success there. There is no panacea, but the old ways don’t work. The existing shows and organizations need to take a page from QuiltCon and make their events about more than quilts and shopping. Yes, those get us in the door, but the passiveness of viewing and shopping don’t make people want to go back. I want to go back to QuiltCon, because of the excitement at the show, the app to answer quick questions, the activities and meeting people I ‘know’ on social media. This is a really good article and I hope you will read it and comment on it.

Well, it seems like dire times for the quiltmaking industry. Perhaps the industry is just right-sizing? Rachel from Stitched in color talks about changes to blogs.

City Quilter in NYC is closing their brick & mortar shop in the fall. I am sorry I never got there. They wrote in a recent email: “After almost 20 years and more than 20,000 students passing through our classrooms, we’re sad to announce the closing of The City Quilter in October.  We have enjoyed getting to know many wonderful people and have had an exhilarating time building up our business from scratch.   But Dale and I feel it is time for a change.  Our focus will be selling our exclusive New York fabric on-line, and, indeed, we intend to expand our offerings.

A huge thank-you to all our loyal customers and friends who have supported our presence in Chelsea at The City Quilter for the last 20 years.  We are so pleased to have helped grow and sustain the quilting community in New York, as well as having brought quilts and quilt-making in NYC to a greater national and international audience.

We are always amazed at the number of real and lasting friendships that have been made in our classroom.  In many ways, The City Quilter always felt like a family and we will truly miss our teachers, employees and customers.

We will be selling our Bernina 550 classroom machines as well as all our floor models of both Bernina and HandiQuilter machines.  Except for the HQ Avanté long arm machine.  That, I’m taking with me.  So there will be some good deals to be had.

Again, many thanks for the experience of a lifetime. We hope to see many of you between now and October.”

It isn’t all bad news. Pokey Bolton will be publishing her first book under the Crafting a Life LLC imprint. It will be a surface design book by Melanie Testa and Carol Soderlund. She is going to be choosy about her titles and hope they focus more on technique and less on patterns.

Housekeeping

I have added a few books to the Quilts in Print page.

2016 Various & Sundry #9

Media & Events

I heard about Flow magazine from Deanna Raybourn. It is Dutch and can be found at Barnes & Noble. Deanna writes “Imported from the Netherlands, it bills itself as a periodical for paper lovers, but it is so much more! Each issue is jam-packed with articles on creativity, activities, interviews, graphics, and freebies.” I am going to take a look at an issue when I go past the Barnes & Noble tomorrow.

I watched the TQS Show with March Lipinski that came out on 6/20/2016. In it he talked about the Quilts of Valor. I LOVE the pattern he designed. Of course, I imagine it in turquoise and pinky-red.

Apparently there is a Bay Area shop hop in November. It took Alex Veronelli from Italy to let me know. Where is the Quiltmaker’s News Network?

Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine is shutting down.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is having a fundraiser called Tying the Knot on August 27, 2016, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Their site has more information about this event and all of their programs.

Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

I know some of you are sewing garments with some of the new knits from our favorite designers. Sarai of Colette Patterns has a guide to finishing knits.

I’ll be sewing the Cargo Duffel 2 by Noodlehead in an upcoming class. Someone replied to my comment questioning zipper lengths that I could “easily shorten a zipper”. The person who made the comment is really nice and means well, so I refrained from making a snarky comeback, but I have to say that the Amy Butler Sweet Harmony pattern I made that asked me to shorten a zipper rather than buying the correct size still stings. Instead of the snarky comment I looked up tutorials. One I found was perfectly adequate, but had no photos, so I had very little idea what they were talking about past the first step. I avoided the videos except as a last resort and finally found the Indie Sews tutorial, which I think I can actually use.

Jackie has a money saving tip to extend the life of a worn out cutting mat.

Katie has a new video tutorial on mitered bindings with no ruler.

Products, Tools, Fabric & Supplies

I saw an article on thread, which mentions EPP in a significant way. It is a little biased towards Superior thread, but we do need a little perspective and the Superior threads I have tried have been a pleasure to use.

Friend Julie wrote a review of Steady Betty Hands on her blog. I bought these also, have used them and find that the review is accurate. My favorite part about Steady Betty Hands is that I can tie off threads, change needles and bobbins without taking them off.

I was just thinking about Pink Chalk Fabric the other day and wondering if the company was dead. I received an email with an update. The shop is finally reopening, but with a new name: ilovefabric.com. I am not sure why they are making the change since Pink Chalk had such a good reputation. My understanding was the sale was for the social media aspects of the company, but who knows. I am sure there is a reason. Their mailing address is 5653 Stoneridge Dr. Suite 109 Pleasanton, California 94588 USA and they can be reached by telephone at: (925) 399-6550

Patterns and Projects

I have been wanting to make tea cozies- a couple for myself and others as gifts. I saw a tutorial on TQS, which might just spur me on.

Garnet Hill Door Mat Inspiration
Garnet Hill Door Mat Inspiration

Friend Julie has gotten me into collecting patterns for the Row by Row Experience 2016. I make no promises about making quilts or rows, but it is kind of fun to see the patterns. Also, as a side benefit, the list of shops is awesome! Start at the state page to find participating shops in your area. You can all the FAQs, too. I saw a doormat in the Garnet Hill sale catalog that would be a great row. I am sorely tempted to make a pattern for it. What does that mean? I have to make it, which might mean further rows. That means another project. I am sorely tempted.

We are making the Cargo Duffel in a workshop at my guild. It looks like the pattern on the Kaufman site got an update.

Amy Ellis has a new line of fabric and a new pattern. The colors aren’t really bright enough for me, but I like the designs. Kelly will like the large prints!

Bling

Do you remember collecting fabric patches when you went places? They were inexpensive souvenirs. I have a small basket of them and still have illusions of making a quilt and incorporating the patches into it. In terms of collecting, that ship has sailed, I think. Boy Scouts still get patches, but they aren’t very prevalent in souvenir shops anymore. Still, I was pleased to see some very clever sewing and quilting related patches on Instagram. SIL has made specialty patches for her Scout trip over the years and I think these would be great gifts for guild officers.

2016 Various & Sundry #8

Doing Good for Orlando

By now most of us have heard of the horrendous massacre in Orlando. All I can think about is that the victims could have easily been people in my family, good friends or work colleagues. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this supreme and unnecessary tragedy. All I can think about is that this could have happened to one of family or friends. None of us are immune. In true quiltmaker fashion the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has started a block and quilt drive to create quilts for the victims and families of the slain. They are collecting quilts and blocks.

The idea is to make heart blocks in bright, rainbow colors to represent everyone affected (including YOU), and obviously represent the love we are sending them. Use the tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew to make 10″ blocks in rainbow of bright colors, with a low volume background. The quilts should be no smaller than 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks long. You’re more than welcome to make them larger, they’d like to keep them at the very least lap sized.

Overview:
Pattern: Cluck Cluck Sew Hearts
Size: 10″x 10″
Colors: varying rainbow of prints with low volume background
Send quilt to Orlando MQG (check blog for address)
Send money, blocks and quilts to: Alissa Lapinsky c/o A List Hair Salon, 106 South Woodland Blvd, Suite B, DeLand, FL 32720
Timeframe: By August 15
Send this form with your submission.

 

A lot of questions were brought up in the comments on the original Orlando MQG post. This is a big project and they are working through the details now, but most of the answers have been posted today, including what you can send (quilts, blocks, batting, money, binding strips, etc). Also keep an eye on that blog for more information. I am sure your patience will be appreciated.

Julie is hosting a get together this weekend to make blocks and quilts. Contact Julie at the Intrepid Thread for more details. If you have any other questions, please email alissalapinsky [at] gmail [dot] com. She is the president of the Orlando MQG.

Do something! Help in some small way- whatever works for you.

Patterns, Tutorials & Classes

This is a GREAT idea. Jackie over at Sewexcited Quilts has a tutorial for an I.C.E. pouch. I.C.E. stands for In Case of Emergency. I have a contact called this on my phone, but if my phone flies across the car in a crash, it doesn’t help. Jackie writes “Local emergency personnel want these in every household. On strollers, backpacks, bikes, seat belts, the list can go on and on. They said it is helpful in saving lives and people getting the proper help” in her post. She has printables included in the post, not only for the tutorial, but also for the form to include and the logo. The tutorial is also included in the post. This is a great idea for gifts!

Kelby of One Hour Basket fame has a new pattern with 8 patterns included.

I was pretty excited about these foundation piecing patterns from Tartan Kiwi except that they are foundation piecing. The seahorse is my favorite and I might just make that one even though it is foundation piecing.

The Aurifil Thread Box and Sewing Caddy is the first sew4home tutorial after their partnership with Aurifil thread. The colors they used in the project are right up my alley and the bag is shaped more like a briefcase than a tote bag. It has some structure and that is also appealing to me. After some history of Aurifil and some information on their different weights of the different Aurifil threads Sew4Home provides a comprehensive tutorial with a lot of good pictures. I learned to use my Edgestitch foot, which I have never used from looking at the photos. I haven’t made one, but from looking at the photos, I think this is a comprehensive tutorial and I encourage you to let me know how yours comes out.

There is a super cute popsicle mini-quilt pattern that I adore. It brings back good memories of the freezer in my granparents’ play room that I am sure was stuffed with popsicles. I saw it first on Twitter. Then I saw the actual pattern and realized it is from Fig Tree. You can buy it from them directly. I love the colors they use.

Media & Books

Here’s the scoop on why Quilt Your Heart Out died.

Lucky Spools has a new book out, The Quilt Blocks Cookbook. When I saw ‘cookbook’ I thought actual cooking with teaspoons and hot oil. I delved a little deeper and saw that it might be a block dictionary. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy, but the guild might get a copy and I can take a look.

I totally missed Amy bringing the Creative Mom podcast back. She has about 15 episodes waiting for your listening pleasure. I just downloaded them and started listening. The episode called Flip-through has a lot of interesting concepts and thought provoking ideas. I might try and get together with an art friend and do a flip-through. This might be a good idea for CQFA.

I am gearing up for my next round of dresses for #politicalwifery and bought 2 patterns from the Indie designer, Colette Patterns. As a result, I received a newsletter called Get Snippets. The issue I received had 10 free resources for better sewing. I wasn’t able to find a web version, so they were:

1. 50 favorite sewing books. Looking to build up your library? The internet is great and all, but I truly believe there’s no substitute for a well-written, specific book. These are my top choices (including some great vintage ones), and be sure to check out the comments for more ideas.

2. Seamwork Radio. We love to share sewing stories. Our podcast brings you personal stories about all the ways designing, making, and wearing your own clothing can alter your life.

3. How to maintain your sewing machine. We all forget that our little machines need love. Keep yours in good working order with some simple cleaning and maintenance.

4. The free Sorbetto pattern. If you haven’t tried this pattern yet, you can download it for free today. A simple basic that’s been wildly popular, this pattern has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.

5. Wardrobe Architect. This blog series covers a step-by-step process for constructing a wardrobe you actually want to wear – and that feels like you. It’s one of the most popular things we’ve ever published!

6. 6 apps to help you plan your sewing.These days, most of us likely bring a smart phone to the fabric store. Here’s how you can use your phone to stay inspired, capture ideas, and track your sewing goals.

7. How to install an invisible zipper (with video). Learning to do this can be life-changing for your sewing, so check out the complete photo tutorial with video to see how easy it is.

8. How to prevent DIY anxiety. Like author Annaliese Fidgeon notes, “DIY anxiety is not something that can be cured,” but be sure to bookmark this post for when you need a boost.

9. Sewalongs.com. This is where we offer free real-time sewalong classes using our patterns! You can browse past sewalongs, or sign up to hear about the next one we offer. It’s all totally free and lots of fun.

10. Coletterie by email. Don’t want to miss any of our discussions and tutorials? We update our blog 3 times a week with thought-provoking and useful articles. Click here and enter your email to get them all delivered to you.

These link out to blog posts, of which I was not aware and was interested to read. You can sign up for the newsletter yourself at Get Snippets.

Cheryl has written a great post about what she has learned from using sheets as quilt backs. She is very thorough in this post. Keep in mind that YMMV.

Fabric, Tools & Supplies

Jackie has a series of blog posts about irons. Very interesting info!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe has new Sizzix dies coming out. I don’t have a Sizzix (yet??), but still admire the designs. She is right that the parallelogram design would make a great teen/young adult quilt, but especially a boy quilt. Interesting and not girly (assuming you don’t use floral swirly pink fabric).

Other Artists

I was thrilled to see Jill contribute a response to one of the last Creative Prompts. I adore her response, as I do most of her responses. In addition, I looked through her tag for “iPad doodles” and read more about the tools she uses, Tophatch Concepts app and the 53 stylus. I want them both and that means I need a new iPad. I have slowly been moving all of my mobile life to Samsung, but this app and the stylus are giving me pause.

If you are thinking about doing the La Passacaglia quilt (and why wouldn’t you be thinking about it with a name like that???), Massdrop has the templates and papers again. Take a look at Wendy’s quilt, which she is now quilting. Yes, I am doing it. No, I haven’t really started.

Johanna Bashford, the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring book queen will receive an Order of the British Empire award. She called Buckingham Palace, because she thought it was a prank. Amazing!

Group Projects, Challenges and Ideas

You can always dive into the Creative Prompt Project. Choose a prompt and go for it!

Exhibits and Events

Iowa Quilt Museum Opens in Winterset. As you know Winterset, Iowa is the home of Marianne Fons.

Lake County is a county north of me. Someone sent me an article about a new block added to a quilt trail up there. The article also talks about the history of the family on whose barn the quilt block has been installed. There is no additional information about the Lake County Quilt Trail, but a quick search found a site.

Various & Sundry 2016 #7

Doing Good
Help the people who have been affected by the fires in Canada. TQS has a fire information page on you can help the victims.
You may ship your completed quilts to:
Berkeley’s Place
c/o Lillian Melynk
1712 Turvey Rd
Edmonton AB T6R 2W7

or to

Dorene Wirth
64 Horseshoe Bend
Lewistown MT 59457

This is the address to send to in the USA

Websites & Blogs

A librarian friend of mine sent me a link to Pale Grey Studios who say they add the Nerd into Embroidery and Quilting. Their quilts are very interesting. I like the words they stitch.

Daisy talks about batting. Oh! And did you see her new patterns?

This picture from Robert Kaufman is always useful advice.

A smaller version of the White Fences quilt would make a great donation quilt.

Alison Glass has a new catalog out Beautiful photography.

If you need a guide to yardage of pre-cuts, check out the Bear Creek Quilting site. They have a nice chart that gives examples of yardage for various pre-cuts.

I came across the My Creative Corner blog by Vicki sometime back in March. The reference got lost in my inbox and I just came across it again. The blog posts are really varied. In one, she wrote about being one of the callers on the Mary Fons and Marianne Fons podcast. In another she wrote about tatting. There is a healthy amount of quilting and it looks like she has a longarm, so you longarmers out there can follow a fellow compatriot.

I loved the post from Christa about her quick trip. It is great and it makes me want to jump in the car and go.

Did you see that Sandy over at Quilt Cabana was part of a blog tour? Her pattern is adorable and would make a great cushion cover for a girls’ room.

Media

I love the pictures in this magazine article about the Auckland Quiltmakers.

The Huffington Post had an article with some great pictures about the auction of a journal by Salvador Dali from the 1930s. I don’t normally post HuffPo articles, but the pictures of the journal pages were just too good not to share. I do feel a little odd and voyeuristic looking at the pictures. I don’t think journals are meant for normal consumption. I wonder what he would think if he saw us pouring over these photos?

Ebony Love, the die cutting queen is featured in the latest issue of Inspired to Sew.

Quilt Your Heart Out has ended its short run with no satisfying explanation.

Patterns, Tutorials & Classes

Blossom Hearts has a HST math tutorial, which works great with my Triangle Technique, especially if you only have the cutting sizes for half square triangles. She shows a couple of different ways of making HSTs and her size charts have formulas, so you can do some of your own quilt math as well. Charts and printables are available.

CGM mentioned Emmaline Bags, a website with bag making patterns, supplies and tutorials. I like the bags with the metal inserts in the top that hold the top open. I’ll have to try one of those out sometime.

The Emmaline Bag site led me down an Internet rabbit hole. I found the Idea Pouch, which I love. Radiant Home Studios has bunches of tutorials. The interesting thing about her tutorials is not all of them are complete projects. Some of them are things like adding a zipper pocket to a bag, adding pockets to skirts, and sewing flat piping to a project. Her stuff is worth a look if you want to expand your skills.

Carol, over at Quilted Fabric Art, has a tutorial up on her block for a very cute fabric basket. This would be great for keys by the door, or those pesky extra keys that end everywhere. I can also see several in my makeup drawer to organize all of those lipsticks and extra buttons that seem to have no home. I had a thought as I was reading the tutorial, which was that you could use a knot of Perl Cotton instead of the button or a series of smaller buttons to hold the flaps closed. These would make great gifts.

I am sure you have heard of The Splendid Sampler. I found the site where they have all the blocks. It is a good resource.

If you are working La Passacaglia, you might want to look at East Dakota Quilter’s idea for using transparencies for the fussy cutting.

I found an Armchair Pincushion and Sewing Pocket pattern at the Patchwork Posse and think it would make great gifts for your sewing group or swap partner.

Fabric, Tools & Supplies

Mrs. K finds the most interesting things. She found some California Bear fabric on Spoonflower. I also saw some California Bear Flag fabric that was great. I am tempted to buy some and make some Native Sons something out of it, but I don’t know what.

Melody Johnson has some pre-cuts available for sale at a good price include Kaffe and Kona solids. The page is older, but the pre-cuts still seem to be available.

I am officially jealous. Sewline has a new kind of scissor that is described as “stainless steel blades stay sharp and offer a clean cut all the way to the tip.” They have an “ambidextrous soft grip handle [that] provides precise cutting control.” These sound like the scissors I need for my binding efforts. I am currently using my great grandmother’s embroidery scissors, which are beautiful, but need some sharpening. I am jealous because these scissors only seem to be sporadically available in the US.

I am on the Janome list and one of the emails I get talks about new machines. Recently I received an email about the new Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400QCP. I haven’t been this excited about a machine since I got my 9000 about a thousand years ago. It looks like it has all the features I want and none that I don’t. I like the screen and the stitch composer. Of course, I haven’t tried it out and the emails make it look fabulous. Someday, perhaps.

Events & Exhibits

The entry form for PIQF and New Quilts of Northern California is now available. “This year NCQC will grant awards for “Visual Impact” for the New Quilts of Northern California exhibit . The recipients will be selected by the hanging committee and will be awarded ribbons and cash prizes of 1st place $100, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25.”

Piecemakers Quilt Guild Presents “Legacies of Love Quilt Show”
July 16 and 17, 2016
Dominican Center/43326 Mission Circle in Fremont, California Special exhibit:Vintage Stitchers, Embroiderers’ Guild of America. More info at our website:  www.piecemakersguild.org

Other Artists

As I was perusing Mel0dy Johnson’s site, I saw a piece of hers called Layerings #4 that I really like. I like the spring green and the small Xes on the side.

Remember when I mentioned the blocks we pieced at QuiltCon from the Mostly Manor fabrics? Victoria Findlay Wolfe mentioned that she has been piecing the ALS Quilter’s Dream auction quilt together. It doesn’t sound like she is done and there was no photo, but I was pleased to see something is happening. You can see some additional photos of the blocks as they were made and the table where we sewed at QuiltCon. Another photos of our blocks is also available. I am sure a picture of the quilt is coming soon.

Angela Walters will be the keynote speaker for QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah. Member pre-registration kicks off Saturday, July 25, 2016. Mark your calendars.

Inspiration

I came across an article about a photographer who photographs floors. You know I periodically show you my photos of floors and titles. I love the inspiration that mosaics and tile provide and Sebastian Erras has taken this one step further by living in Paris and having all those tiles and mosaics on his doorstep, not only in France, but in the rest of Europe, Turkey and North Africa. Sigh. I should live in Paris, don’t you think? One of the floors (dark blue hexies) looks like a Libs Eliott quilt. Another one looks like Latifah Safir’s Clamshell quilt. Another one reminded me of the La Passacaglia quilt. Are you sensing a theme? This article provides a lot of information and photos. His website is also great. You can follow the floors on Instagram at parisianfloors.

Various & Sundry 2016 #6

Classes

ByAnnie, the company that makes Soft & Stable, sent me a newsletter advertising their newest class, Sew Sturdy: The Ultimate Travel Bag, which is available on Craftsy. It looks like some other bags I have seen and I decided to buy it. I have to make the Sew Sweetness Rockstar bag first, but I decided I would make this bag as well. Buy the class on Craftsy and we can support each other.

Other Artists

Ms. Lottie has made a couple of art pieces. The pieces comprise a triptych and one thing I like about the pieces is that they have a clean, non-messy look.

Adinda Zoutman showed this crochet shawl on FB. I can’t believe how gorgeous it is!

Media

Pam recently posted an episode of the Stitch TV Show talking about thread. I was reminded of this when I began listening to an older, but new to me, episode of Annie Smith’s podcast. The topic is thread. Annie has a lot of good information on the different manufacturers, well known and not so well known as well as the properties of thread. Listen to episode #227.

Fabric, Tools & Supplies

Massdrop has a couple of great things that I think you will enjoy. First, they have the new folding mat by Olfa. I bought one for my quiltmaking Go bag. I use this bag to take to classes and retreats without having to raid my regular supplies. Next I saw the Martelli RoundAbout set in use at a class. The set ($40 off) includes a ironing surface, cutting mat and a piecing surface for use right at your class table or for smaller projects in your sewing room. Massdrop also has thread sets, batting, LOTS of fabric, including Eden by Tula Pink, as well as the electronics, fountain pens and gaming accessories. Use my code and will get a prize. 😉

Hawthorne Threads has a new companion line to their Celestial Stars called Stitch the Stars. There is an Indigo, Charcoal and other colors. It reminds me of Karen Lewis’ new line.

Articles & Information

Pat Sloan has a post on her site about how to use a Jelly Roll. It is always useful to see how others manage pre-cuts.

Check out OzzyPip’s interview with Daisy!

We have all discussed different brands of solids and their properties. I have recently been using 2.5″ squares cut from a Northcott solid. I didn’t even know Northcott made solids until QuiltCon, which gives us yet another choice. Right Sides Together wrote an article right on point. I am sure Frances will be thrilled! This is not a comprehensive article and she says right up front that YMMV. This is a GREAT start and we should add to the knowledge. She doesn’t talk about fraying (not every article can talk about everything!) beyond a brief mention. Fraying is huge for me. The author does include American Made Brand solids, which is great. I also liked it that she includes the number of colors in each line and whether or not there is a color card. She doesn’t mention the Northcott solids, but I believe those will come more into the quiltmaking consciousness as time goes on.

My sister is featured in this post :

Doing Good

You have seen the many donation quilts and blocks made from the 16 patch pattern. I saw a great quilt on Instagram. If I would plan better, I could make one of these. We can all dream.

Inspiration

Will you make a quilt from a floor design?

Julie Silber was at the EBHQ Show. I looked up her website in an effort to see if I could find one that I really liked. I couldn’t find it, but the others are really great, too.

La Passacaglia

I am still thinking about the La Passacaglia quilt. It is such an interesting concept that I can’t stop thinking about it. Here are few resources if you are also thinking about making it.

Various & Sundry 2016 #5

Housekeeping

Thank you for leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. If you have never left a comment, I need to approve it. Recently, a kind person named Jen left a comment adding to the list of QuiltCon posts on the last V&S post. I could not approve her post, because, though it seemed real, she did not leave an email address or a website so I could check. This information, when you register, is not shared. Please do not leave fake addresses. I do appreciate your comments, but I need to confirm that you are not a spammer. Thanks!

Other Artists

I finally took a look at Melissa Averinos’ website. Her quilts are colorful, but have an element of sadness to them IMO. Her blog has a lot of OMG in it, but I think a lot of good has happened to her recently, so understandable.

Libs Elliott posted a great manifesto of sorts on Instagram. She posted it during the dark time on Instagram, so I am not sure how many people saw it. Take a look.

Exhibits & Events

The Monterey Peninsula Quilt Show is coming up on the weekend of April 9. Entry is only $5 according to their website!

Winners of the Lancaster AQS Show have been posted.

Piecemakers Legacies of Love Show will be held in Fremont July 16 & 17, 2016. Check the website as the date gets closer for more details.

Fabric, Tools & Supplies

I was directed to the Okan fabric shop. They have mostly indigos and other Japanese fabrics. After buying a lot of Japanese fabrics early in my career, I have sworn off them. The colors and clear designs are VERY hard to resist, though, and you should indulge. 😉

Yes, I have many of these low volume prints, but I will take the ones I don’t. Thanks.

Sew Mama Sew had an article recently called 12 Places to Donate Fabric. I was kind of disappointed, because it wasn’t a list of, say nonprofits, that actually take fabric; it was a list of places the might take fabric. We all know that many of the organizations that might take fabric are overwhelmed with generosity and usually don’t have the capacity to take it. Jenelle Monitlone wrote in a comment “Here’s a resource I pulled together which will allow you find Creative Reuse centers like SCRAP across the country and around the world” Jenelle’s list looks much more useful. Other suggestions include:

Take a look at the article as the ideas in the comments are more specific and useful.

Articles & Information

Frances has written a very good essay on why quilts matter. If you have listened to her podcast you know that the PBS series by the same title didn’t provide satisfaction in telling us why quilts matter. Frances picks up the slack in a well written and articulate piece.

I found an article about a mathematician who is also a quiltmaker. The article describes her method of ‘tube piecing’. The writer does not seem to have done any research into the current information, blogs, magazines about quiltmaking, because there is a tone of ‘awe and amazement at this little known artform’ (a description of my impression). I was also kind of surprised at the phrase “strip piecing, a technique developed by Ernest Haight in the 1960s and ’70s. ” I have never heard of Mr. Haight so I did a little digging and found an IQSCM exhibit featuring his work as well as a QNM article.

Frances has some thoughts on why the 16 billion dollar quiltmaking industry appears to be invisible.

Reminding you of a theme at QuiltCon, which was to learn what you can from classic quiltmakers, I wanted to share a blog post on borders with you. Jinny Beyer has always had an interesting take on borders and you might be be able to incorporate some points into your modern quilts.

Websites

TFQ told me about a color activity. Try it out. It tests your color acuity.

Check Sizzix’s Pic-a-Day post.

If you want fantastic soaps, check out my sister’s shop, Wooden Heart Soaps, on Etsy. If you see soaps in the shop, buy, because they are fantastic and made in limited quantities. She also has a Facebook shop where she posts tidbits of information.

I saw a post by My Creative Corner and took a look at her blog. I like her style of writing.

Now that Instagram is changing to a ‘relevant’ sort (a la Facebook) in the feed, are we all moving to Ello?

Patterns & Projects

Clue #3 has been posted by Charlotte of Scraptiude fame. This is for her latest mystery quilt Scrap in the Corner. Leave a comment if you are making this project with a link to your progress. I’d love to see how you are doing.

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Other Artists

Darla, over at the Scientific Quilter, is once again doing her March-A-Long. Head over to let her know you are participating and then sew for 15 minutes a day through March.

TQS reported that David Taylor’s house was devastated by a fire after an explosion caused by ice and snow. The post was updated on 2/22/2016 with more information, which talks about the losses. Sad.

Show your support:
For those who wish to support him and let him know you care, Ricky is creating a thread drive to replace his threads. David only uses cotton threads, both solid and variegated threads by Superior, Sulky, YLI, and Aurifil. If you would like to help replenish David’s collection, please send a spool or two (doesn’t have to be new), to:
Threads for David
c/o Ricky Tims
PO Box 392
La Veta, CO 81055
Torie’s (@torieqwq on Twitter) daughter has a blog called the Dabbling Quilter. I love her timeline, which is one of the first posts.

Exhibits and Events

The San Mateo Fair is coming June 11-19, 2016. Check out the Creative Home Arts section to find the rules for entering your quilts into the show. Let’s fill the hall!

“Voices of American Design” Lecture: Michael James, Quilting – Michael James will be lecturing at the George Washington University Museum | Textile Museum on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 6pm.

ArtPrize was awarded to a quiltmaker! thanks to Karen Van Bargen for the tip.

Scott Murkin, certified quilt judge, discusses how Modern Quilts compete with ‘regular’ quilts when there is no special category in an interview with Mandy of Mandalei quilts.

Here is an overview of some of the QuiltCon posts:

  • Donation quilts at QuiltCon
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s pre-QuiltCon post about her quilt, Mr. Swirl E. Bones
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s post on winning Viewer’s Choice
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s post on making donation blocks and having fun at QuiltCon
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s post on winning Judge’s Choice
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe on QuiltCon Recap
  • Victoria Findlay Wolfe talking about her Stretch Hex, etc classes
  • Quilter in the Closet and her thoughts on QuiltCon West
  • Judging the Modern quilt by Frances of the Off Kilter quilt
  • QuiltCon Show Winners
  • A whole variety of posts by the QuiltCon tag
  • Salty Quilter gives a very good summary of the show
  • Questions and Opinions on QuiltCon West 2016 from Katie’s Quilting Corner
  • Christa Watson’s comments on the quilts at QuiltCon
  • Modern Handcraft on the ribbons awarded to winners

Media

Mary and Marianne Fons have a new podcast out: Quilt Your Heart Out. I found it on iTunes.

Techniques, Tips & Tricks

Bear Creek Quilting Company has a guide to pre-cuts on their site. This guide gives you a quick description of what a specific pre-cut is and how much yardage is included. Did you know that a charm pack is about a 1/2 yard of fabric and a mini-charm pack is the equivalent of a 1/4 of a yard of fabric? This is very helpful.

Brief discussion of rulers on the Sewing Loft website. My go to ruler? The Creative Grids 4.5″x 8.5″. I use it for all of my smaller cuts.

Miss Lottie has a blog post that talks about finishing the edges of a small art quilt.

Patterns & Projects

I am so interested in the Millefiori/La Passacaglia English Paper Piecing designs. They are so complex and provide such a lot of visual interest. You can join an EPP Quilt-a-long of this style at Katja’s Quilt Shoppe. Check out the page and her information for the New Hexagon/Millefiore Quilt-Along.

Fabric & Supplies

I really liked the selection at bungalow Quilting & Yarn. I saw them at QuiltCon and was in a lecture with the owner fo the shop, Judy Gauthier. They have an Etsy shop to supply your online fabric needs. She also has a new book out on Scrap Management.

Aurifil is happy to announce that they are now offering their empty clear collection storage boxes for individual purchase. Now shop customers can create their own Aurifil thread collections directly from the store display! To learn more and for information about how to purchase, shop owners should click here to contact the Aurifil sales team.

Housekeeping

You may have noticed changes to the blog – new themes, menus here and gone, etc. I am trying to finally update how the blog looks and it has not been a smooth process. It should be nearly settled in an overall way, but tweaks and refinements will continue. If you encounter any issues, please let me know.

Various & Sundry 2016 #3

Projects, Patterns & Tutorials

Baker Bag from Sew Sweetness. This is a basic zippered, over-the-shoulder bag with a few pockets inside.

I was reminded of the Noodlehead Trail tote. The look isn’t one of my favorites, but Cheryl uses one constantly and I know she loves it.

The Sawyer Bag directions are listed on the Sew Sweetness website. This bag has a couple of hardware loops, but is another basic bag.

The Reversible Box Tote is good for taking along a small knitting project or some quiltmaking handwork. These bags were made for the last BAMQG Retreat and Angela was making some at the CQFA Retreat. They are cool looking and I want to try to make one.

Basic Bucket Tote has a good shape and reminds me of the One Hour Basket, but with longer handles. Another one in which to carry your lunch and reading material on the way to work. I also want to try to make this one.

The Alice Shopper tote has a really interesting handle.

The Laney Reversible Hobo Bag is smallish, but might be good for a lunch bag or small project. Since it is reversible you can put double your favorite fabrics on it!

I am not a big fan of the name of this tote, but perhaps it will make a comeback because of the name. I do like the look of the Ethel tote and think it looks like a useful size and shape. There were no pictures of the inside, so I can’t say if there were pockets or dividers. It was free on Craftsy when I looked.

Thanks to Kathleen for the bag pattern links!

Want some free paper piecing patterns? Super cool patterns? Wombat Quilts has posted some free paper piecing patterns and she has used awesome fabric combinations for the examples. I am not sure why one would need to paper piece all of these patterns, but to each her own. Again, the examples look really good so go forth and make some blocks.

Daisy has posted her latest Outlander Stitch-a-Long pattern. She posts them at the beginning of each month and you can find them all on Craftsy. Check her blog at the beginning of each month for new blocks.

Quiltmaking definitely runs in the Martin/Bennett family. Will Bennett, Judy Martin’s son has a quilt pattern in Quiltmaker magazine, the March/April 2016 issue. It is listed as challenging, which means that if you don’t want to use paper foundation piecing, you need to check out my tutorial on set in seams. 😉

I kind of like this quilt block. It has that lozenge shape again, which I will have to get out of my system at some point.

Tips & Tricks

As you know I am doing an EPP quilt. I saw this suggestion for sewing the pieces together. I tried it when I was adding a big line of stars to the main piece and the stitching was invisible. Nice!

The above tip was for use with The La Passacaglia Quilt, which the Love of Patchwork & Quilting magazine talks about on their blog. This quilt comes from the book Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein. (She has also written Millefiori Quilts 2). This quilt and the style of EPP have become a sensation. Love of Patchwork & Quilting writes “We can’t pinpoint one reason why it’s taken off. At a guess, the blend of precision piecing, geometric shapes and intricate kaleidoscopic fussy cutting, combined with the irregular composition, dizzying rosettes and frankly epic scale of the whole project is a heady cocktail guaranteed to take any English Paper Piecing addict to seventh heaven. Here are just a few of the bloggers who have caught the bug!

• Flossie Teacakes
Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night
Lilabelle Lane
The Little Red Hen
A Life in Lists
Sew What Sherlock (includes the coolest stop motion animation videos!)

Take a look at the quilt and what the other artists have done and tell me what you think. I know a lot of it has to do with the fabric. If I weren’t doing my own EPP project, I might take this on.

Other Artists

If you haven’t seen Pam’s Harry Potter/ Hogwarts quilt, you have to go look at it. It is completely amazing. I enjoyed following along via her podcast during last year as she made it, but the finished object is an incredible feat of quiltmaking.

Libby Lehman is quilting again. Read the February 3, 2016 TQS daily blog to find out about her progress.

Yvonne Porcella died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. She consistently had a bright and cheerful style that I always admired. TQS has a video about her life and style.

Inspiration

From ResearchBuzz: “18 New York museums had a big Instagram swap day. “Today 18 of New York City’s biggest museums are repping one another’s collections on their Instagram accounts. For 24 hours, each institution will be posting images taken at a partner museum, to draw parallels between the two institutions’ themes and exhibitions.” Cool idea.” Can you do this with your quilt friends?

Fabric, Gifts & Supplies

I didn’t know Tanya had an Etsy Shop. I guess I should pay better attention! She has some cute aprons.

I heard about Barney Pens on The Stitch TV Show. They have sewing implements, such as stilettos and seam rippers, as well. All are gorgeous. Great gifts for your friends, not that any of them have to unsew, of course. 😉

My friend Maureen also has an Etsy shop. Check hers out if you need cards or gifts.

Have you tried the Aurifil online color card?

From the Knitting Department: Isn’t this a beautiful object? I love the spiral. The wood makes me want to touch it.

Events & Exhibits

Make it Modern Events is a new events company owned by my pal, Kathleen! The company is hosting an event in Reno in June and the hotel rooms are unbelievably cheap! Less than $50/night. Of course, there are instructors and will be other quiltmakers there. You should go!

There is now a Reno-Tahoe Modern Quilt Guild. Like the page on Facebook (if the link doesn’t work, search on FB. You know how it is!). If you live in the area, get busy helping to set up meetings.

“Quilts with a Sense of Place” article in the New York Times detailing a citywide exhibit of over 100 quilts in Oakland made by the African American Quilter’s Guild of Oakland. You may need a subscription to read it.