August forecast: hot, sticky, dreary, and basically just unpleasant—that means it’s perfect weather to stay inside, camped out in front of the air conditioner—quilting, of course. The hot weather can also be an incentive to look into vacation housing, but if your funds are a bit short for that, you can always try living vicariously through Thimbleberries’ Vacation Houses pattern, now available as a quick and easy kit from shopfonsandporter.com. Or, if you are a member of the Quilter’s Club of America, (www.QuiltersClubofAmerica.com) you have already received your copy of the new fall Easy Quilts in the mail and are likely knee-deep into one of the featured new fall projects. If you are not a QCA member you can now pick up your own copy of Easy Quilts at the local newsstands. While you’re there, look for our new September/October issue of Love of Quilting. This new issue features fantastic designs and techniques showcased in projects like the embellished Fall's Finery, or the incredible show-stopping design of Mariner’s in a Pickle.
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Recycled memories … submitted by Cynthia Wismann of Bonita Springs, Florida
“I wanted to share with you the Christmas Wallhangings that I made for my family this year. The name of the quilt is ‘Christmas Wishes’ from your Nov/Dec 1999 issue.
“My grandmother on my mother’s side was a quilter, and grandpa made her the old-fashioned sawhorses and quilt frames with ticking fabric to pin the quilt to and stretch for quilting. I grew up playing under the quilts that were stretched out in the frames that grandma, my mom and aunts made. It seemed there was always a quilt set up, and after a while, you would, of course, graduate to threading needles so they didn’t have to stop quilting for this task – and eventually I was taught to quilt, and the Love of Quilting has been with me since. My mother was one of thirteen children, so sewing was very necessary.
“The frames are now over 100 years old. I inherited them and used them for quite some time. Now, I have a longarm set up, and the old cherished frames were moved to the garage. This year for Christmas, my husband cut the boards to different sizes and I made the wallhangings for my three brothers and my mom and dad to hang on the quilt frames. I kept and used the sections of the boards that had my mom and aunts’ initials engraved in them.
“The fond memories growing up with grandma, my mother, and aunts will now be passed down to grandchildren and even great grandchildren. As you can see in one of the pictures, my oldest brother’s grandchild, Madison, is very proud to have her own piece of the frame, and her own wallhanging. The other picture is me and mom and dad and my brothers Kenny and Dennis.”
Thank you for the lovely pattern and for such a great magazine.
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