Back to school time…already??
With students already scrambling to fill their school supply lists, parents are left wondering just what happened to summer. Even though you thought you had plenty of time to complete that colorful new dorm quilt…it's still in pieces and 'sewing time' is just not happening.
So what better time than now to present that new college student with their first sewing machine, and let them finish their own quilt. They can fill the void between study-time and classroom time with a little creative me-time. And, if you don't happen to have an unfinished quilt top that you can send with them, then let them pick out a pattern and fabric ahead of time (this gives you a chance to help them along by going over the directions with them in advance, and offering some helpful advice, too).
Be sure to grab our latest fall issue of Easy Quilts - there are some great new pattern ideas that are quick and easy for any new beginner. For example, a couple of fun designs would be the simple Serendipity pattern, or the versatile and fun Venetian Dream pattern; either one offers a fun experience with color and design.
Or, if they need some incentive, maybe a friend or family member is expecting a little one soon – there are some very beginner-friendly patterns in our new Baby Quilts issue that should be out on stands this week. Again, we are offering projects that should appeal to any novice quilter. Ava Jo would be a simple, yet fun pattern that works with a wide variety of fabric choices; or if they are still a little hesitant, let them get their feet wet with a quick panel quilt – we have selected some great juvenile designs perfect for any newborn.
From our readers
submitted by Doris Frazier, Man, West Virginia.
I first saw this pattern in your Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Love of Quilting. It took me almost a year to complete because it's all hand sewn and hand quilted. I also changed the colors so I could use it for Christmas. Thanks to Jean Nolte for such a beautiful pattern. The instructions were well laid out, and easy to understand. This was my first issue of Love of Quilting, and thanks to all the great tips and patterns, I now look forward to each and every issue.
submitted by Diane Ide, Iowa.
I started cleaning the garage this spring and got a little off track when I found a gallon of white primer. I started priming a 48" square on the outside of my garden shed. I really got hung up though when I tried to decide which quilt block design would look the best. Finally, to make it easy, I just went with a color and simple design. Since I love to garden and quilt, this was a fun way to combine the two. I just love it.
submitted by Cheryl Soehner, Wray, CO.
My friend Charlotte Walker (on the right) and I have been friends since 7th grade. When she visited me last summer, we made Three Marigolds from the Sept/Oct 2007 issue. We aren't able to quilt together very often because she has lived overseas for years. We had such a great time quilting this fun project while she was here, thanks!
submitted by Shelley Robotham, Melbourne, Australia.
I belong to a quilting group called the Friendship Quilters, which is based in Melbourne Australia. The group is made up of 12 women, most of whom are teachers or who work in schools. We began as a group by making friendship quilts for each member, one block each per month. When we all had a quilt that had been made by the group, we decided it was time to make a quilt for charity.
We saw the 'Windy Days' quilt, which was published in the March/April 2005 issue. It was perfect for our project. We made four blocks each, and every block had to have a blue fabric and a contrasting color. We all used the same background fabric. When it was assembled, we raffled it for charity, and raised about $600 Australian dollars for women's cancer.
In mid July I had the honor of visiting your quilt shop in Winterset, IA. We were In Des Moines for the Land Improvement Contractors National Convention. Your store was the highlight of my entire trip. Your staff is exceptional and the items you stock in your store are things I have not found here in OH. What a nice unexpected treat during our convention tour of the bridges. Lunch at the cafe was a treat as well. What a nice town - Winterset, IA. The flowers you planted throughout the square just added to the small town feel. Thank you for being there. - Dawn
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