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The Graveyard of Quilt Gadgets

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Every time I go to a quilt show, I find myself joining the crowd of quilters around those booths demonstrating the latest, greatest, “must-have” gadget. We stand there amazed as the fast-talking, fast-sewing demonstrator shows us how this gadget will allow us to save time and effort, improve our quilts and our lives, bring about world peace, and . . . oh, how did we ever live without it?

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Butterfly Quilts Exhibited at Texas Quilt Museum

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Last weekend my husband and I drove out to the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange to see the “Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin” exhibit, which continues through June 29, 2014.

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Our Emotional Connection To Quilts

Posted by on May 18, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Have you ever noticed that everybody has a quilt story? Even non-quilters. If you bring up the subject in a group of people or if you’re working on a block somewhere in public, people start telling you about quilts they’ve known and loved.

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Holds Juried Challenge

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Any quilter or fiber artist who’s ever wanted to have a solo exhibit should check out the rules for the “Evolutions 2014” juried challenge at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, because that’s just what the first prize winner will receive – a solo exhibit at the RMQM in 2015.

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National Quilting Day 2014 is March 15th

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Are you doing anything special this year for National Quilting Day?

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of this celebration of quilt-making and quilters; it originated in 1991 with a resolution by the National Quilting Association and is always held the third Saturday in March.

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Ways to Store Quilting Rulers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

We were discussing the problem of ruler storage recently in one of my quilting groups.  It’s a common problem since most of us have quite a few rulers we’d like to keep handy and together, but at the same time our sewing room space is limited in various ways.

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Astronaut Karen Nyberg Announces Star Block Challenge

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Via Press Release

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a life-long lover of sewing, has invited fellow crafters to join her in stitching a global community space quilt.

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Cousin Carol’s Heirloom Quilts

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Does your family have heirloom quilts?  My husband’s cousin Carol does, and I was recently lucky enough to see them and learn about their history. Now I have Carol’s permission to share these two quilts with you.

Carol, who has an interest in genealogy, actually knows where and when these quilts were made, and which ancestors they belonged to – a real rarity for quilts over 150 years old which have passed through many hands.  These stories tend to get lost as time passes, but Carol knows these quilts were made by Quaker ancestors in Pennsylvania.

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Quilt Donations Needed for Midwest Tornado Victims

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I know a lot of us have been wondering what we can do to get a warm quilt into the hands of those who have been affected by the Nov. 17th tornados in the Midwest, and now Quilts of Compassion, a non-profit based in Toledo, OH, has announced that they will be collecting and distributing donated quilts to those throughout the Midwest who have been directly impacted.

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Pieced Together: Documentary on the Quilt Square Trail Movement

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Julianne Donofrio of  Piecedtogetherdoc.com

While driving down a country road, something catches your eye: there are colors and shapes made out of plywood and paint. What looks like an average barn standing tall among the fields is the frame for an understated masterpiece. You’ve spotted a quilt square and it is the brainchild of Donna Sue Groves.

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Knowing When to Leave Your Quilt Guild

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Sadly, we sometimes find that a guild or a bee we’ve been a satisfied member of for some time has become more of a chore than a pleasure.  We start finding excuses not to go, but we still hang on as a member because we remember how we used to love it.

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Winners of 2013 IQF Houston Announced

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Photos of the award-winning quilts from the International Quilt Festival in Houston have now been posted online for those of us who weren’t able to get to the show this year, and once again the winners were breath-taking, awe-inspiring and any other synonym you have for “amazing.”  I really wish I could have gone to see these quilts in person!

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Quilters’ Inspiration All Around Us

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Inspiration is “any stimulus to creative thought or action,” according to Webster’s Dictionary, and clearly any of us can be inspired in many ways as quilters.

Major sources of inspiration for creative artists throughout history include natural surroundings, life experiences and cultural traditions.  Quilters can use these inspirations just as painters or sculptors do – sometimes with literal interpretations like realistic flower appliqué, or sometimes with an abstract work in sunset colors.

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The Dream Rocket Project

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Since 2009, art professor Jennifer Marsh of Washburn University has been working to collect 5,000 to 8,000 works of fiber-based art from around the world; these artworks will be used to wrap a full-size Saturn V moon rocket replica in Huntsville, Alabama for a 60-day exhibition in 2015.

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2013 PIQF Winners Announced

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The winners of the 2013 Pacific International Quilt Festival have been announced.  This year’s theme was “Indie.”

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