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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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2014 AQS QuiltWeek Lancaster Show Accepting Entries

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The American Quilter’s Society will be accepting quilt entries for their QuiltWeek show in Lancaster, PA through November 6, 2013.  The dates of the show itself will be from March 12 – 15, 2014.

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A Male Quilter’s Point of View

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 | 0 comments

By Eric Suszynski, guest author

My name is Eric Suszynski, also known as, Eric The Quilter. I’ve been quilting for 14 months now, and I’ve been mildly productive. I’m at 20 quilt tops completed and 7 completed quilts, as well as a few quilted pillows and small things like that. I also run my own blog at www.ericthequilter.com.

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RMQM “MANifestations” Exhibit Accepting Entries

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum  will begin accepting entries on October 1, 2013 for “MANifestations,” its 12th biennial exhibit of quilts made by men.  The entry period continues through October 31st.  The exhibit itself will run from January 30 through April 26, 2014.

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2013 Pennsylvania National Quilt Show Winners

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The winning quilts have now been announced is this year’s Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.  The theme this year was “Take Me Home.”

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Donation Quilts Needed for Colorado Flood Victims

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’ve been wondering how to donate a quilt to help and comfort those affected by the recent flooding in Colorado, you’ll be glad to know that the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum has announced that it will be accepting and distributing quilts for the flood victims beginning immediately and continuing until April 30, 2014.

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The Attraction of Obnoxious Fabric

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 | 0 comments

By Joy Lamphere, guest author

While happily browsing the shelves of the quilt shop, petting all the lovely fabrics, have you ever encountered a fabric that made you wonder what the designer was thinking? In your stash do you have a fabric that refuses to play nice with the other fabrics and settle down in a quilt? Has the rest of your stash moved on while that one cut just sits and festers? You may have encountered an Obnoxious Fabric.

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10 Ways You Know You’re a Quilter

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

You know you’re a quilter when….

  1. You see quilt patterns in carpet, wallpaper and bathroom tiles.
  2. Your rotary cutter slips and your first thought is to avoid getting blood on the fabric.
  3. You dream quilt designs.
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Follow-Up on Donation Quilts for West, TX and Moore, OK

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

When the fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded on April 17, 2013, injuring 160, killing at least 15, and destroying or damaging more than 150 buildings, quilter and author Judy Laquidara sent word through her Patchwork Times blog  that she would be willing to accept any donation quilts for the victims of this tragedy and see that they were delivered to those who needed them.

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Winners Announced in “TWENTY” Contest

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Quilt Alliance has announced the winners in its contest “TWENTY,” in honor of their 20th anniversary.  Ninety of these 20” square quilts were submitted by quilters from 24 states, plus Australia, Belgium, Canada, England and Spain.

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Finding Time to Quilt

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re not quilting as much as you’d like because your life has gotten hectic and you just don’t seem to have the time, keep in mind that you can still make great progress on your quilts by snatching 5 minutes here and 20 minutes there. 

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Product Review: Clover Bobbin Tower

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This week I bought the Clover Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower to test for review.  This product holds 5 bobbins on each of 6 levels of the stackable tower, storing 30 bobbins in total.  The regular retail price is $14.99.

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New York Beauty Quilts at San José Quilt Museum

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Approximately 30 stunning New York Beauty quilts are on display in a new exhibition at the San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Collecting New York Beauty Quilts:  Bill Volckening’s Passion, running from now through Oct. 27, 2013.  If you have the chance to attend, you should – these quilts are the kind of masterpieces we very rarely get to see in person.

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Quilter Sews in Space

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Karen Nyberg, astronaut and quilter, has released a photo of herself sewing in zero-gravity on the International Space Station.

Many quilters have been following her story since she lifted off May 29th on her way to her 6-month assignment on the Space Station, bringing with her some fabric, a few sewing tools and expressing her hope to do a little quilting during her relaxation time.

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Making Long-Lasting Kids’ Quilts

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 | 1 comment

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Kids love their quilts.  They sleep with them, snuggle with them, play pretend with them and drag them everywhere.  As a quilter, you can be proud you’ve made a quilt that’s so well-loved, but it’s an unavoidable fact that this kind of love wears quilts out. 

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National Quilt Museum Opens Exhibit of Civil War Period Quilts

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Via Press Release from the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY

 From now through October 8th, the National Quilt Museum will proudly exhibit “From the Pieces of a Nation: Civil War Period Quilts” (http://www.quiltmuseum.org/current-exhibits.html). This uniquely historical exhibit features over 30 quilts that were made during the war years.

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Quilters Marry in Their Local Quilt Shop

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Via press release from The Running Stitch, edited by Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

In what was surely the first wedding ever of its kind, Canadian quilters Susan and Robert (last names not released) were married July 13, 2013 at their local quilt shop, surrounded by over 2,000 bolts of fabric as well as by their friends, family, local quilt community, and a few unsuspecting customers who just thought they were coming in to look at fabric.

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“Quilts for Boston” Update from Modern Quilt Guild

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Modern Quilt Guild has posted an interesting article on their website detailing the progress the Boston Modern Quilt Guild is making on “Quilts for Boston,” their quilt-making in support of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

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2013 Pacific International Quilt Festival Deadlines

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This year’s Pacific International Quilt Festival’s quilt entry forms are now available online for anyone who has a quilt they’d like to enter in the competition.  The entry deadline is September 3, 2013.

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Quilting Travel: Indiana Quilt Gardens

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re traveling in the Midwest this summer, you might like to swing through northern Indiana to see the Quilt Gardens.

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Changing Quilts in Mid-Stream

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

It occurred to me the other day that very few of my quilts have ended up the way I planned them when I started out, and that the ones I’m most proud of are the ones that veered most from their intended plan.

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2013 Pennsylvania National Quilt Show Entry Deadlines

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The theme of this year’s Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is “Take Me Home.”  If you’re planning to enter a quilt in it, you’ll need to submit your entry materials by August 21, 2013.

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Modern Quilts Unlimited 2013 Block Challenge

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Are you a quilter with a talent for design?  Have you ever wanted to see your work published in a quilt magazine?  If so, this may be the contest for you.

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10 Ways to Shrink Your Fabric Stash

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. Make a dozen coordinating napkins.  These make a great housewarming or hostess gift.
  2. Throw pillows are a quick and easy project.  Make several sets so you can change them out frequently.
  3. Sew gift bags, either for holidays or other occasions. They’re pretty and re-usable.
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World Quilt Competition XVII Entry Deadline

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 World Quilt Competition, with the quilts to be shown at the World Quilt Show – New England in Manchester, NH.  The deadline for mailed-in and online entries is July 10, 2013, so time is short if you’re thinking of entering.

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When Your Honey Hates Your Hobby

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

As I’ve said before, my husband is a “quilting enabler” and I love that he supports my quilting passion as he does, but I’ve been thinking lately about the plight of those quilters whose spouses are unsupportive, dismissive, complaining, or outright angry about their quilting hobby.

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How to Make a Pillowcase

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This tutorial presents a great method for sewing a pillowcase that has no exposed raw edges.

To sew a standard-size pillowcase you’ll need 7/8 yard of cotton print fabric for the body of the pillowcase and 3/8 yard coordinating fabric for the band.

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Making Quilts Kids Will Love

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilters make a lot of quilts for kids, whether those kids are members of their own family, the child of a friend, or a total stranger.  No one loves a quilt more than a child does, but by using these tips you can increase the kid-appeal of your next kid’s quilt.

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2013 Hoffman Challenge® Open

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The annual Hoffman Challenge ® contest for quilts, dolls, clothing and accessories is now open, and you can see this year’s Challenge fabric here.  With a deadline of July 19, 2013, it’s time to get quilting if you want to enter!

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Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge

Posted by on May 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The City Quilter quilt shop and American Patchwork & Quilting magazine are sponsoring a quilt contest in honor of the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal in New York.

The City Quilter has developed two fabric designs, “Grand Central” and GCT Constellations,” available in ivory and aqua, to celebrate this anniversary.  Quilt entries in the contest must use these fabrics in at least 25% of the quilt’s surface.

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Charity Sewing: The 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

Posted by on May 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilters tend to be generous people: generous with our time, generous with our skills, and generous with our fabric stashes.  American Patchwork & Quilting’s One Million Pillowcase Challenge offers a quick and easy way for us to touch the life or lift the spirits of someone in need in our own community.

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Quilts Sought for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Posted by on May 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild has announced that they are now collecting donations of completed quilts for distribution to those affected by the recent devastating tornado in Moore, OK, in a relief effort called “Moore Love.”

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Quilters Newsletter “Traditional to Modern Challenge”

Posted by on May 19, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Here’s a quilt contest that might appeal to you modern quilters, or to anyone else who’s thought about experimenting with a quilt in the modern style!  Quilters Newsletter magazine is sponsoring a “Traditional to Modern Quilt Challenge,” in which entrants must re-interpret a specific traditional quilt into a modern-style quilt.

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Space Station Astronaut is a Quilter

Posted by on May 19, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Karen Nyberg seems like a lot of other quilters.  She’s a working mom who learned to sew at an early age, has done both clothing and home décor sewing and makes lots of quilts as gifts.

What’s different?  She’s also an astronaut!

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New Textile Gallery at Denver Art Museum

Posted by on May 12, 2013 | 0 comments

The Denver Art Museum celebrates the opening of its new 7,000 square foot textile art gallery with a campus-wide exhibition Spun:  Adventures in Textiles which takes a wide-ranging look at textiles, from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography, on view May 19 – September 22, 2013. 

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Quilt Alliance “Twenty” Contest

Posted by on May 12, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re interested at all in winning a HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen machine-quilting system, you might think about entering the new contest “TWENTY” announced by the Quilt Alliance, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Lower-level prizes will also be awarded, including a “Member’s Choice” award.  The theme “TWENTY” is described as “a broad theme that celebrates “twenty”:  the numeral, the concept, the quantity, the word.” 

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10 Ways Quilts Are Like Babies

Posted by on May 12, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. They’re all beautiful.
  2. They come in all colors and sizes.
  3. They’re irresistibly soft and cuddly.
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Quilt Blocks Collected for Boston Bomb Victims

Posted by on May 5, 2013 | 2 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is reaching out to the quilting community for donations of quilt blocks which the guild will then make into comfort quilts for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. 

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Donation Quilts Needed for West, Texas

Posted by on May 5, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilter and author Judy Laquidara is coordinating the collection and distribution of quilts for the victims of the recent fertilizer plant fire and explosion in West, Texas.

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If You Quilt It They Will Come

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Have you noticed the unique phenomenon that happens whenever you have a quilt nearly finished?  The perfect owner comes forward for it.

I’m a quilter. I’ve been a quilter for many years, but I don’t have a quilt on my own bed; I blame the “if you quilt it, they will come” factor for that.

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Craftsy Offers Free QuiltCon Lecture Series

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Craftsy, the online crafting community, is offering free access to a series of lectures recorded at QuiltCon in Austin, Texas in 2013.  QuiltCon, the inaugural event of the Modern Quilt Guild, was co-sponsored by Craftsy and a Craftsy production team recorded seven lectures plus the awards ceremony at the show.

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“Technicolor Dream Quilt” Pattern

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Materials Needed:

2 yards colorful scraps, jellyrolls or yardage in at least 8 different colors or prints

1 yard black for inner border and binding

1 ½ yards for outer border

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Pfaff Announces “World’s Most Creative Sewer”

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Susan Dunnavant of Greenville, South Carolina has been selected by Pfaff as the winner of their 150th anniversary contest to celebrate the “world’s most creative sewer.”  Ms. Dunnavant entered her quilt project “Gabe,” for which, she explained, she used a cross stitch generator to create a graph of her golden retriever’s photo.

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The Best Quilt I Ever Gave

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My dad has always been difficult to read.  Growing up, I could never really tell if he liked his gifts or not; every year, for every gift, he reacted just the same, thanked the giver just the same and moved on.

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Label Idea for Comfort Quilt

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

It can be hard to decide what to put on the label of a comfort quilt.  If you’re like me, you want it to be loving, comforting but not depressing, not religious, and not reminding the recipient of the specific reason the gift is being given. 

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San José Quilt Museum Meets Fundraising Goal

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Good news!  The San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles has announced that they have met and surpassed their immediate crisis-funding need of $80,000 and will not need to close their doors.

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How to Attach a Quilt Label

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

One of the quilting forums I visit regularly recently had a discussion of the various ways we attach quilt labels.

Some of the concern is because rumor says labels are often removed from stolen quilts before the quilt is sold, so many quilters want to make that more difficult for any thief.  Even if you’re not concerned about theft, labeling your quilts is a good practice in case they’re ever lost or just for your own information.  (“What year did I make that one?”)

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How to Piece Patterned Fabrics

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Sometimes when you’re cutting from fabric that should be just barely big enough you make a mistake or you find out there wasn’t quite enough fabric after all and you’re left with only scraps to try to eke out an extra piece or two.  All you can do is piece the scraps together as best you can.

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Quilt Museum Faces Funding Crisis

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The latest news from the San José  Museum of Quilts and Textiles is dire.  Marie Strait, President of the Board of Directors, has sent out a letter saying that if the museum can’t raise $80,000 for operating costs by March 31st the museum will be forced to close.  Her letter can be found here.

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2013 AQS-Lancaster Show Winners Announced

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The American Quilter’s Society has announced the winning quilts in the 2013 AQS QuiltWeek show in Lancaster, PA.

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Lost Quilt Come Home

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 | 0 comments

By Maria Elkins

The Lost Quilt Come Home website  began in 1999 after a shipping company nearly lost of one of my own quilts. It was missing for almost two months before my quilt was finally recovered, but during that time, I was surprised by the wide range of emotions I felt over the loss. I also realized that I was blithely unaware of all the potential hazards a quilt might face. I started the website hoping to raise awareness among quilters so that they could take steps to protect their quilts before anything happened.

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Free 3-Day Access to “The Quilt Show”

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

From March 15th – 17th, 2013, “The Quilt Show,” a web TV site for quilters, hosted by quilt celebrities Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms, will offer free access to many features of their site in honor of National Quilting Day.  There will also be contests with prizes.

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National Quilting Day 2013

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

National Quilting Day is March 16th this year.  This special holiday for quilters was started 23 years ago by the National Quilting Association.

Many quilt guilds celebrate quilting on this day by holding special workshops, retreats or by gathering to sew charity quilts. Individuals or on-line groups often celebrate by spending the day quilting, or by visiting their favorite quilt shops.  One of the online forums I belong to has had a running joke for years about setting our sewing baskets out for “Quilta-Claus,” who brings good quilters gifts of thread or fabric on National Quilting Day.

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Quilters’ Pressing Guidelines

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

 Pressing is an important part of quilt-making and following a few guidelines can make a real difference in the way your quilt turns out.

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How Long Did It Take?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This is a question many crafters dread.  I know I do, but it seems I’m asked it almost every time I give someone a quilt.

“How long did it take?”

If you want to answer it seriously, do you include the years spent perfecting your skills, or the weeks or months you may have spent considering the pattern and gathering just the right materials?  Do you add in the months or even years it may have spent as a UFO while you worked on other projects instead?  Do you estimate the number of weeks or months you were actively working on it?

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What Makes a Modern Quilt?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Modern quilting’s fresh approach to a traditional craft has led to a rapidly-growing international movement with over 100 guilds and thousands of enthusiastic modern quilters worldwide.  As I enjoyed the quilts on display at QuiltCon, I pondered what made them so different, appealing and “modern”.

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Overheard at QuiltCon

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

While I was at QuiltCon, I spent a little while eavesdropping on the conversations of the other people attending, to get a sense of what they were thinking about the quilts and the show.  These mini-reviews were universally positive, and viewers seemed very inspired by the quilts displayed. 

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Attending QuiltCon

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I had a great time at QuiltCon2013, held this week here in Austin, Texas.  This first major show of The Modern Quilt Guild was filled with boldly-designed quilts which seemed to embody a sense of fun and creative exploration that inspired in quite a different way from shows of more traditional quilts.

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Road to California 2013 Winners Now Online

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Those of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s Road to California quilt show in January can at least see the winning quilts now online at the Road to California website.   Just click on the photos to see larger images of these beautiful quilts.

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AAQI Sprint to the Finish

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’ve been thinking that you really should make a quilt (or make another quilt) to donate to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative you might need to get started on it, as time is running out.

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Is Your Spouse a Quilting Enabler?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My husband is a Quilting Enabler.  He wants me to buy the fabrics I love and the latest tools and gadgets.  He likes me to sit beside him on the couch in the evening and see me quilting while he watches TV.  He asks about the latest project or what I’m planning next.  He loves every quilt I’ve ever made – even the ugly ones.

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A Label Poem for Baby Quilts

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Every baby needs a quilt,

something soft and warm and cuddly

to snuggle with, drag everywhere,

play peek-a-boo, make into tents

and capes and parachutes,

a quilt to inspire sweet dreams

and flights of imagination,

a quilt to love and grow with and treasure.

May this quilt be all that for you.

 

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QuiltCon 2013 Approaches

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 | 0 comments

QuiltCon 2013 Approaches

QuiltCon, to be held Feb. 21 – 24, 2013 in Austin Texas, will be the inaugural conference and show by and for The Modern Quilt Guild.  The first modern quilting event of its kind, QuiltCon will be an international conference and show for modern quilters.  It will include a juried modern quilt show with cash prizes, vendors, lectures and workshops from top modern quilters.

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Documenting Your Quilts

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

How many of your quilts or other craft projects have you given away without even keeping a photo?  Have you ever wished you could remember what kind of batting you used or where the pattern came from?

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A Tax Deduction for Charity Quilting

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilters are generous people.  We give our time and quilting talents not only to friends and family but to total strangers who need the warmth of a quilty hug in times of need.

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Are Quilters Extra-Patient?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I carry a little handwork bag in my purse, with a block or two to piece or appliqué.  It’s useful for filling some of the inevitable waiting times at the doctor’s office or elsewhere.  It always seems to start conversations.  And those conversations almost always include the statement, “You must be so patient!”

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Denver National Quilt Festival VIII Entry Deadlines

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Entry forms and rules for the Denver National Quilt Festival VIII are now available, with an entry deadline of March 18th for all entry materials.  The contest rules and entry forms are here.

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Quilt Fest of New Jersey IX Deadlines

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re a resident of New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania, you might want to check out the entry form and rules for the Quilt Fest of New Jersey Tri-State Quilt Competition. 

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Essential Websites: Quilter’s Cache

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

There are a few websites every quilter, or aspiring quilter, should know about.  One of the most important is QuiltersCache.com.  Begun in 1997 by Marcia Hohn, this site is an essential block-pattern resource with patterns and instructions for over 1,400 quilt blocks.

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Winners of Morton Masterpiece Contest

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Old Country Store Fabrics Shop and Andover Fabrics Company have announced the winners of the Morton Masterpiece Quilt Contest.

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Easy Needle-book Pattern

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

With the holidays and gift-giving season coming up, it’s good to have a few options for quick and easy gifts to make for your fellow quilters and other sewing and craft enthusiasts.  These instructions will allow you to make an easy needle-book that’s practical, quick to make and can be individualized however you prefer.

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How to Keep Your Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric 

Making resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard.

Most of us rely on willpower to make the life-changes we’re demanding of ourselves, and willpower alone tends to slip after a while – usually before the new behavior is a habit.

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Why I’m Not Making Quilting Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

A lot of quilters are making resolutions as New Year’s approaches.  They resolve to stop buying gadgets, to use up their scrap bins or to finish all 37 UFO’s.

This year I’m not making quilting resolutions.

It isn’t that I don’t approve of resolutions.  I do.  They’ve been really useful to me in years past.

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Product Review: Retro Clean

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Retro Clean quilt soak is one of the items I bought at the Houston Quilt Festival specifically to review for you.  It promises it’s “the gentle solution for safely removing yellow and brown age stains from all washable vintage fabrics.”  The list of stains it says it will remove includes those caused by water damage, mildew, coffee, tea, blood, wood oil, tobacco and perspiration.

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Quilts for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Since the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, many quilters have been looking for ways to help.  This normal urge to give quilts to comfort and warm the survivors grows more urgent as the winter weather grows colder.

There are several groups collecting and donating quilts to the survivors of this storm.  Here are several that I’ve been able to find.

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Free Patterns from Fabric Companies

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re looking for free quilt patterns or inspiration, you should keep the quilt fabric companies in mind.  A lot of these companies pay top designers to produce patterns to show off their latest fabric collections.  And they’re free to use whether you’re buying the fabric or not!

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How to Tame Scrap Mountain

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

We all know there’s no way to buy “just the right amount” of fabric.  Even if you’re working with a published pattern and buy the exact amount specified, you’re likely to have extra since many designers add in a bit for shrinkage, mis-cuts, etc.  But the only thing worse than having extra is to run short, so a lot of us buy extra “just in case” – so we end up with even more leftovers!

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A New Attitude on Quilt-Giving

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

As gift-giving season approaches, many of us are beginning to consider what quilt to give to whom on our lists.

If you’re like me, you have a small stock of completed quilts, a larger one of completed tops, and a vast number pausing somewhere along the path between an idea and a completed quilt.

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Quilts of Valor

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilts of Valor is a national effort to award quilts to our wounded and returning soldiers as a token of gratitude and appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

The idea originated in 2003 with Catherine Roberts, when her son Nathan was deployed in Iraq. So far, almost 70,000 Quilts of Valor have been made to honor and comfort returning veterans.

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A Visit to the International Quilt Festival, Houston

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Wow!  I just got back from an exhilarating, exhausting day at the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Houston, and it was an absolutely incredible experience.  I’m still feeling overwhelmed and visually over-stimulated after experiencing these world-class quilts up close and personal.  This is the first time I’ve attended the IQF, and I have to say that all the good things I’ve heard about it are true!

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Quiltcentric Fall Contest 2012

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Quiltcentric is sponsoring a contest in November and December for 2012.

All you have to do to enter is register as a user, comment on an article, or write and submit a quilting-related article.

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Anniversary Exhibit at San Jose Quilt Museum

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a new exhibition entitled Collecting Treasures:  Celebrating 25 Years, showcasing the diversity of works in the Museum’s permanent collection.

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Let the Quilt Guide You

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My husband laughs when I tell him my quilts-in-process speak to me, but it’s true.  If I listen carefully as I work on them, they usually tell me if what I’m doing is right or if I need to change a color, a planned border or layout, if I need to add appliqué or make some other change.  I almost never end up with the quilt I first envisioned.  But guess what?  The quilt I end up with is better than the one I started to make!

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Class 66 Bobbin Warning

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Judy in Ohio

For those of us who use the old vintage machines, here’s a “warning” about the packages of Dritz Class 66 metal bobbins now for sale in the stores.  They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

The center hole in the bobbin is a wee bit smaller than it used to be and this hole will not fit on the bobbin spindle on your vintage machine.  I guess I will have to carry an old bobbin with me in the future when I go to the store . . .

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10 Reasons to Enter a Quilt Show

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. Yes, you are that good!
  2. It will increase your confidence in your quilting ability.
  3. It’s a good way to support your guild.
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AIDS Memorial Quilt Turns 25

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was first conceived during a candlelight march in remembrance of assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.  AIDS activist Cleve Jones asked marchers to write on signs the names of loved ones lost to AIDS. 

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