Quilt them a Valentine
Since nothing says 'I love you' more than a handmade quilt, why not make your sweetheart an extra special Valentine this year?
Our January/February issue of Love of Quilting has several suggestions on how to stitch a little extra 'Be Mine' into your next project.
Nancy Mahoney's appliquéd 'Stars of My Heart' says it all in a colorful display of floral prints; or the Love Song table runner would make a great start at setting a romantic table for two.
And, anyone would be delighted to receive the whimsical 'I Wooly Love Ewe' wallhanging.
Or, just pick up our next Easy Quilts issue (on stands next week) and let your loved ones chose their own Valentine design. You'll find a wide variety of projects that will bring smiles to the mightiest of hunters, the delicate ballerina, the dinosaur fanatic, or even the avid movie goer.
And, be sure to watch for the next designers challenge winner: Karen Weber's 'Circles, Circles' quilt puts the fun back into curved seams.
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A Note from Marianne Fons:
One of the exhibits at the upcoming Chicago Quilt Festival (April 17-19) will be the annual "Celebrate Spring" contest sponsored by International Quilt Association. It's not too late to submit your entry for this wonderful show as the deadline has been extended just a few days to this Friday, January 16. To download the entry form, visit: http://www.quilts.org/judged.html Information on how to join IQA is also at the group’s web site.
"Quilted Fashions": 400 Years of Quilting
February 22-25, 2009
This symposium brings together nationwide experts for two days of illustrated lectures on quilts and quilted clothing from 1600 to the present. Optional workshops and special behind-the-scenes tours give participants the opportunity to learn a new technique or see museum artifacts close up.
Keynote presentation Sunday, February 22 cosponsored by Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. "Why We Quilt." Marianne Fons, cohost of the popular public television series, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting and co-executive editor of Love of Quilting magazine, Winterset, Iowa. Hennage Auditorium, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
Sunday February 22-Tuesday February 24
For more information about conferences, forums, and workshops, call 1-800-603-0948 or visit www.history.org/conted
If you spend your life trying to avoid stepping on any cracks, and you happen to love quilting … you should enjoy some of the following superstitions that a reader submitted. Let us know if you have others to add to the list.
Stitching Superstitions by Lorena O'Connor of Silver Spring, MD
"Someone was weaving cloth one day when they discovered that two or three layers were warmer than one. Thus the process of quilting was born.
And down through the years, superstitions associated with quilting have also been born. If you're a quilter you probably already know many of them. So, the next time you are stitching with your friends, you might want to share some of these stitching superstitions."
• If you begin a quilt on Friday, you will never live to finish it.
• Never quilt on Sunday. It is the day of rest.
• If a thread breaks, it will bring misfortune.
• Stitching a spider web design into a quilt will bring good luck.
Love and Marriage …
• Design a bridal quilt with continuous borders of vines or ribbon-
like patterns. A broken border is said to foretell a broken marriage.
• If an unmarried girl puts the last stitch in the quilt, she will become
an old maid.
• If a girl shakes a new quilt out the door, the first man who comes
through the door will be her future husband.
• When a quilt is first taken off the frame, wrap it around an
unmarried woman to give her luck in finding a mate, or throw it at
the first single man she sees to charm him into a relationship.
• Marriage quilts should be laid out fresh so that dreams on the first
night will come true.
• If two people shake a cat in the quilt, the one near where the cat
runs out will marry first.
• A girl who begins piecing a quilt will not marry until it is finished.
• After finishing a quilt, the first one over whom it is thrown will be
• If someone wraps you in a new quilt, you will get married within a
• If you break a needle, the next baby will be yours.
• After a quilt is completed, the quilter should sleep with the quilt one night and then give it to the special person it is made for.
• When a person is ill, it is said if they sleep with a quilt, all the love from the quilt will heal them.
• Never make human figures on a quilt. It is believed the figures will walk and visit you at night.
• If anyone starts a quilt in the form of a star, someone in the family will die before it is finished.
• If you dream while sleeping under a quilt for the first time, the dream will come true.
There are four corners to my bed,
on which I now this new quilt spread.
May I this night in trouble be,
and the one I love come rescue me.
Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
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