The perfect match…
So many readers share stories with us of how, one day out of the blue that perfect pattern just jumped right out at them. Call it fate, happenstance, serendipity or just plain good luck, we have all experienced it—that moment when we change from shopper to buyer.
We were just looking, no plans to make anymore quilts this year, but…there it is, fabric with John Deere tractors that scream 'Uncle Bob'; or baskets of daisies that remind us of picnics with Aunt Ellen. We think both of them could probably use a new quilt, soon.
Or, look, that geometric pattern matches the twins' wallpaper exactly, or that cowboy boot pattern matches those old boots grandpa used to wear…um, 9 yards please.
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From our readers
A sunny opportunity
submitted by Faustina Gosa, Sulligent, AL.
I'm 85-years-old and love to quilt. At the time when your 'Chicken Dance' pattern came out in your March/April issue, my granddaughter-in-law was making plans to make a sun face stained glass piece to hang in my kitchen window. We had gone over several faces when I decided to do one in the center of a small quilt. That's when I saw the 'Chicken Dance' and thought it would adapt perfectly for my plan. I named my finished project 'Sunflower'.
I really enjoy your magazine and your TV programs.
A trunk full of quilts
submitted by Lindalee Campleman, Paradise, CA.
This may sound like an odd tip, but it works for me—makes me smile and makes a child's day.
I love to quilt and am so lucky to own a long-arm quilting machine, it is the joy of my life.
So, I make small quilts, 45" x 50", out of any fabrics that I can get my hands on. The finished quilts go in to my car's trunk. Then, I give them to kids who I meet during my daily life. Since my husband and I travel often from California to Seattle, WA., where our son has a place on the sound, I've found plenty of opportunity at restaurants, gas stations and rest stops. Of course, I always talk to the parents first. And when I give the child the quilt, it makes them happy and that makes it a wonderful moment in my life.
My oldest daughter works at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, so she also gets quilts to give to anyone she wishes.
So, I suggest to any quilter, that they should make an extra quilt every so often, and give it away as a gift of happy thoughts to a child.
I Love New York
submitted by Susan Valiukas, Honeoye Falls, NY.
Since I am from New York state, I knew I had to try your New York Beauty pattern featured in your July/Aug 04 issue. What a great magazine! Thank you.
A gift sure to be dear to her heart
submitted by Kate Schmitgall, Minier, IL.
I just wanted to share with you the “I Wooly Love Ewe” quilted wallhanging I made from the kit I ordered from your magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that you gave ample material. You know us quilters, we love to save scraps for other projects. I completely hand appliquéd and hand quilted the entire project. I found a primitive sheep fabric on line which I used for the backing. I gave the finished project to a couple for their wedding. The bride had sheared sheep for years, so sheep are dear to her heart. So, when I saw this in your magazine, I knew I had to make it for them! Thank you for this project.
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