New fabrics, new techniques
It's always exciting when new fabrics are released, but never more then when a fabric features an interesting new texture and feel. That's where the teacher becomes the student in the sense that we have to learn how to work with something new, just like you do. So, whenever possible, we'll introduce you to a new line of fabric via a new project complete with Tried and True tips and Sew Smarts. A great example would be 'Baby's First Steps' found in our recently released Baby Quilts fall issue. Designer Pat Wodskow works with a new fabric that is both slippery and stretchy, but so cuddly soft that it's worth a little extra effort. Check it out and, as always, SHARE with your fellow quilters by letting us know if you have other tried and true tricks to some other tricky but wonderful fabrics.
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Meet Scrabble – Marianne's new puppy.
If we had enough tiles and enough vowels, we would spell: adorable, fluffy, sweet, loving, cuddly, and only 12-weeks-old. Scrabble (named after one of Marianne's favorite board games) is a wonderful blend of Poodle and Golden Retriever and is already exhibiting the very best traits of both breeds. And, after watching Marianne laughing and playing with this little girl, it's safe to say that it is definitely a match made in heaven.
You won't believe your eyes!!!!!!!!!
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Silk City Bee's go on the road again …
Final destination: Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Shop in Winterset, Iowa
What do you get when you put four very enthusiastic quilters
into one vehicle and send them out on the road??
-A whole lot of fun!
Recently, a giggling quartet of road warriors arrived in town sporting matching cotton candy pink t-shirts embossed with a wonderful embroidery design depicting one of our local and very famous covered bridges. "We've been taking trips together like this for ten years now," said group member Oma Echter. "I've designed and embroidered shirts for several of our trips. They help us stand out in a crowd."
The four ladies (pictured from left to right: Lynne Bissell, Mary Gee, Mary Jo Vent and Oma Echter) all hail from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, and are four of the fifty or so current members of the Silk City Quilters Bee. These annual weeklong trips, 'to see the quilting world', have taken these four gals on many memorable quilting expeditions. They all agreed that some of the highlights so far have been Peoria, Harrisburg, Nashville, Ft. Wayne, Columbus, Rosemont, and now here to Winterset, Iowa, the charming hub and home of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting shop. And while the quilt shop was the featured 'port of call' of this specific trip, the ladies admitted that the moment they arrived in Winterset, they were immediately caught up in the town's rich history – they found that photo ops were endless. In addition to old English hedge mazes, river fiords you can drive over and stone towers that you can climb to the top of, Winterset is where Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep took center stage during the filming of the Bridges of Madison County. And, it also happens to be the birthplace of John Wayne (excited fans from all over the world flock to this small rural town to visit the birthplace, museum and life-size bronze statue of the man who remains an icon of the film industry). And of course, the pink foursome planned to see everything before the end of the day. "We still have several other stops to make on our way home," said Lynne smiling, "we aren't done shopping yet!"
At journeys end, the ladies had plenty to share at the next meeting of the Silk City Quilters Bee – and not just about their visit to the Love of Quilting Shop in Winterset. There had been lots of side trips along the way, such as stops to the Danish Village, Kalona quilt museum, fabric shops and more fabric shops, and of course, a quick side trip to the Amana Colonies for a sampling of their dandelion wine. "We love taking these trips," said Mary Jo, laughing, "and fortunately, over the years, our husbands have finally learned not to ask how much we spent along the way."
Sew & Tells
My wife helped…
submitted by Armando Barron, TV Automation Manager, Harlingen, TX.
I work for our local PBS affiliate and love your show. I have gotten so many valuable technique tips from your show. These are just a few of the quilts I’ve made (with my wife’s help). Sadly I have no pictures of all those I’ve given as gifts. Thanks for the helpful tips.
See more quilts: 1, 2, and 3!
Editor's note: Armando brings up a very good point - never let a quilt go to it's new home without taking photos, or you will always regret it.
They are all keepers…
submitted by Karen Magnant, Millbury, MA.
I am a grade 5 teacher in the Millbury, MA Public School System. In June during Community Reading Day the Chief of Police read the book The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco to my class. After he left, I had an idea. What if I had the kids design their own quilt squares for a contest? The winner could have their design made into a wallhanging. It turned out to be great fun. And, the winners were (Left to Right in photo) Alanna Manzella, Samantha Patterson, Cody Adams and Ryan Brodeur. They are pictured here with their winning designs and wallhangings. Hopefully, these smiling faces will inspire other teachers to share their love of quilting with their students.
submitted by Susan Wardell, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada.
I was browsing through my friend's Easy Quilts, Fall 2009, and found the quilt titled "Serendipity" and knew I just had to make it. I had not attempted such a large quilt before, but wanted to make it king size for my bed. I got to work on graph paper and was able to design it into a king size. I also made the design for the shams and euro shaped pillows. I really enjoyed making this quilt, and am now working on a queen size of another pattern for our spare bedroom.
I enjoy your quilt magazines and look forward to buying them when they reach the magazine shelves. Keep up with your exciting patterns.
Mark Your Calendar - Quilting Together Event
Introducing the first ever Quilting Together event! Quilting Together is a one-of-a-kind quilting retreat brought to you by your favorite quilting magazines. You’ll enjoy three full days of classes, evening activities, quilting goodies, and fun with fellow quilting enthusiasts. Not to mention interaction with and inspiration from instructors and sponsors, and hands-on tips and techniques from quilting experts. And one of the highlights of the event; an exclusive keynote presentation from Marianne Fons of Fons & Porter!
Join us for Quilting Together in Chicago, September 29 – October 2, 2010.
Take advantage of special Early Bird pricing: Now through July 15, admission is only $495 (only $445 for Quilter’s Club of America members). Visit www.quiltingtogetherevent.com to register today for this weekend of fun, learning, and inspiration. See you there!
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