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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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