For many of us, we entered the world of high technology kicking and screaming. For others, it was an exciting new adventure to look forward to; and yet for others, like it or not, it was an inevitable change they knew they had to deal with—or get left behind.
One of my favorite memories is passing by our small, county extension office and seeing all the reluctant farmers in their bib-overalls gathering along a wall of computers—they were attending a weeklong computer lab—some were old enough to liken the experience to when they saw their first Model A Ford. "I don't know what the ruckus is all about," one said, "but if it helps make my life easier, I suppose I'd better pay attention." Farmers are born with the patience of a Saint—we can learn a lot from them.
However, quilters from all over the world (not all of whom will admit to not having the patience of a Saint, but have great piecing, ie: 'puzzle-solving' skills) are also learning to tap into today's vast on-line resources. In fact, many of our quilting friends have become experts at some of the more familiar web hotspots such as Facebook and Twitter just by stopping and visiting us there: Our Facebook and/or Our Twitter.
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Speaking of having no patience—this little guy was doing everything he could to convince us to open the shop early. He showed up last Friday here at the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting shop located right on the square in small town Winterset, Iowa. It was just before our shop opened and I can't tell you how many window shoppers strolled by the shop and never noticed him just sitting there—it is a small town but how can you not notice something like that?
At first, I'll have to admit that his calm and patient demeanor wooed us all, our cameras were flashing, until he started showing off his climbing skills—that door was not locked and this 'little guy' suddenly looked a lot bigger. When moments before, we were all basking in a feeling of 'Cuteness Overload', now, it was 'Annie get your guns, he's comin in!'
Fortunately, (before our first customer came and had to climb over him) animal rescue arrived and ushered the masked shopper off down the road a few miles to the nearest Tree-mart shopping center. We wish him happy shopping.
Sew & Tells
Flip and sew (variation of the Crazy Quilt)…
submitted by Sarah Lunford, Brent, AL.
My great niece came for a visit. She attended a local quilt guild with me and then decided she wanted to make a quilt for her doll. I introduced her to the 'flip and sew' method because it was her first venture in using the machine. Meagan had a great time and did a wonderful job of creating the project shown in the photo.
submitted by Kathy French, Ramsey, MN.
I love watching your shows, especially the one on making T-shirt quilts. I made my first one back in 1995; it was a shirt for my son’s graduation. He loves sprint car racing so I used some of his shirts he acquired at many different races, many of them at Knoxville, Iowa. I have made many t-shirt quilts since and they are each different – it really brings out your creativity. I recently made two quilts for the National Sprint Car Museum in Knoxville, Iowa; they will be raffling or auctioning them off to raise money for the museum. When making these quilts I had many different sizes of shirts so I had to use filler fabrics. I used all the racing flag colors. We stay in Indianola, Iowa so I am going to try to make a trip over to your store in Winterset.
Another very special quilt was for my niece. My brother passed away 20 years ago of a lung disease, his daughter was in high school at the time. She saved some of his clothing and wanted me to make a memory quilt for her. I used some of her T-shirts from different sports she was in, in addition to some of his clothing. I included a windbreaker with his name, but I also used the wrist bands to frame a picture of the two of them (in the middle of the quilt). I used a sweater, which I made look as though there was a shirt under it. For all the sashing and borders I used pieces cut from their T-shirts and sweatshirts used elsewhere in the quilt. The outside border is from a sweatshirt that had a small print. This was a fun project that was very meaningful for both us.
submitted by Karel Chalman, Highlands Ranch, CO.
My friend Patty Doughtery and I, fell in love with the Stars and Stripes pattern in the July/August 2001 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. We had been looking for the perfect pattern to do Quilt of Valor donations. We couldn't believe how fast it went together. Our volunteer longarm quilter, Kim Brening, does a lot of charity quilts and did a beautiful job with the quilting. I made a second one, and then a third. It is a very rewarding charity project. Patty's husband is Career Air Force, and Kim has a son retired from the Army, and I have a Marine son serving in Iraq. Thank you for your patterns and all your wonderful patriotic quilts. We were told that our quilts went to severe amputees and that they were so proud of their quilts that they wanted them spread over them as they left the hospital and during the plane ride home.
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