Do you see what I see?
Probably not. When viewing art, we all tend to see a little something different. And, depending on our likes and dislikes, there are sometimes just certain parts of an art piece that might appeal to us.
In our latest issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting (Sept/Oct), we have some great examples of 'Variation work', where designers have taken a fun, and unique approach to creating their own artwork. You'll see examples of how one simple quilt block can be tweaked in a variety of ways to create an end-product with outstanding appeal.
And for some extra fun, we would love to see your finished designs. Email us your 'masterpieces' and we can have a future on-line art show.
From our readers
The fabric of our vision
submitted by Jane Adams.
Quilting is a way of life, not just a hobby.
Those of you who have not had the joy of the experience,
Have not seen what I see in the world around me.
I see quilts everywhere, just waiting to be enjoyed.
Not the fabric kind, but the living, breathing happenings in my life.
I see friends in need, friends indeed, friends with no borders.
Some have yet to be discovered by needle and thread.
Flowers, trees, people, weed gardens, urban sprawl and hidden treasures,
Beg to be shared with all who take the time to stop and look.
The sheer joy of creating something out of a few swatches of cotton color,
Makes me happy when someone else sees what I found to be so lovely.
Even if you only quilt in your mind, you share the passion that we quilt-makers
Enjoy by connecting all those beautiful sights into one elegant coverlet,
To be marveled by all those who pass and desire to touch the fabric of our vision.
- editor's note: Jane, you are a very gifted lady. Thank you!
Gotta love them black and whites
My friends’ daughter, Katie, graduated from high school this year. I offered to make her a quilt for college and had her choose the color scheme. Black and white was her choice and off I went. Imagine my delight when my next issue of July/August 2009 “Love of Quilting" arrived with the article on black and white quilts. My quilt was already completed, but I loved seeing the new ideas.
I just thought you might appreciate one of my quilting thoughts. So, here it is:
In the July 30 newsletter, you referred to a fabric stash as "stress relief". I refer to it as my "Life Insurance Policy". As long as I have unused fabric, I can't possibly die. What would happen to all that wonderful fabric? I'm a fairly novice quilter, but am enjoying myself, reading the quilting ideas from others, and trying to learn all I can.
Thanks for all the great information that you provide.
- Diane Keivit of Schoolcraft, Michigan
Recent shop visitors…
Virginia and Curtis Snow, Bloomington, IL
Virginia and Curtis Snow were recent visitors here at the Winterset Love of Quilting Shop. Virginia just happened to have with her a beautiful example of some of her handiwork. This 'Posey Pattern' quilt is from the May/June 2005 issue of Love of Quilting. Virginia is a member of 'Hands All Around' quilting club in Illinois and has previously met both Marianne and Liz at guild workshops, meetings and even at Paducah.
Kitty Overstreet, Fayette, MO
We recently made a trip from Central Missouri to visit your shop in Winterset. My three sisters and I came together, (two of us quilt and two of us don't even sew), but now, even the non-sewers are now ready to make a quilt. I guess we got them fired up. Anyway, the reason I'm writing is that I personally enjoyed the mini-quilt display on the staircase wall. Tiny, dainty - and my favorite was the "Flower Garden" miniature.
Quilter's In the News:
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Receives 4,000th Donation Quilt
Burton, Michigan, August 11, 2009: The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received the 4,000th donation to its "Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt" project. The appliquéd and thread painted, 8 inch by 10-inch quilt called "Caged II" was made by Fannie Narte of Little Elm, Texas. Her quilt will be included in the AAQI's September online auction. Auctions are held the first 10 days of every month at www.alzquilts.org/madoqu.html. All profits fund Alzheimer's research.
Narte is one of seventy-three quilt makers who have each pledged to raise $1,000 with their donated quilts. She has donated 33 quilts and raised more than $3,000 for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. The $1,000 Promise was conceived by AAQI supporter Joanne Guillemette of Shelburne, Vermont. She, too, has raised more than her $1,000 pledge. This project is an extension of the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts project, named to for making the search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease a priority, and because quilts are sized using USPS priority mailers. Maximum size is just 9 inches by 12 inches so that each quilt can fit inside a priority mailer without folding. The Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project has raised more than $177,000 since January 2006.
"Participating in the AAQI's Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project fits with what I am trying to express through my artwork, that of valuing and honoring friendships and relationships, and understanding the human experience as we journey through life," says Narte. "Alzheimer's is a debilitating disease that robs families and patients of their history and the human experience. I want to help find a cure so people can leave this life knowing who they are, feel grateful for the life they remember living, and be able to express their love to those they are leaving behind. I feel I can do this, one art quilt at a time."
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece (a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's) and the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts project are two of its efforts. The AAQI has raised more than $298,000 for Alzheimer's research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Her mother had Alzheimer's.
To make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, see www.alzquilts.org/madoqu.html
To see the list of people making the $1,000 Promise or to join them, go to www.alzquilts.org/1000.html.
To see Fannie Narte's quilts go to www.alzquilts.org/narte.html..
To bid on a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt go to www.alzquilts.org/madoqu.html.
For more information on the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), email@example.com or www.alzquilts.org.
Check this one out!
submitted by Janine Burn, Kansas City, MO
A quilt shop that is a treasure find
Warmest greetings, I thoroughly enjoy your show. I recently visited the small historic town of Amherstburg, Ontario Canada. I came upon a Quilt Shop that I think your viewers would enjoy seeing. The owner is an exceptional quilter, extremely helpful and very friendly. I could have spent hours in her store studying the quilts, jackets, etc., that she had on display. She has some that were done by only needle and thread, no machine used. The fabric choices were like no other I've ever seen. I sure hope you consider visiting this shop. Rose Cottage Quilt Shoppe 276 Dalhousie St. Amherstburg, Ontario Canada N9V 1W9 firstname.lastname@example.org 519-730-1172.
Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Give a Gift Subscription to Love of Quilting Magazine
A great gift that quilters love is a subscription to Love of Quilting magazine. Did you know that when you give a gift subscription, you are actually giving three different gifts?
#1. Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
Each issue is filled with must-do projects, helpful tips, and the newest techniques from America's favorite quilting experts.
#2. Sew Your Style
The sewing professionals at Bernina® with Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, along with their daughters bring you this exclusive booklet of easy-to-learn techniques for stunning quilts, bags, home decor items, and wearables! With tips from the pros to guide you every step of the way it will be easy to create projects that match your own style. You don't have to work on these projects alone, they can be made with your daughter or a friend. Learn embellishing techniques to enhance any project and to take them from ordinary to extraordinary! Remember, we'll send this booklet FREE with your Love of Quilting subscription!
#3. Quilts for the Whole Family
This fun-filled booklet contains 15 SUPER quick-and-easy gift ideas you can stitch in no time. The experts at Paintbrush Studio™ teamed up with Marianne Fons and Liz Porter to bring you some of their favorite patterns for any occasion. Each project contains color photos, diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions to make assembly a snap. Each design has alternate fabric options to suit your tastes. We'll give you tips and easy techniques to help you achieve success. Best of all? This booklet is FREE with your subscription!
Click here to order a magazine gift subscription (includes booklets!)
Click here to subscribe to Love of Quilting magazine (includes booklets!)
Click here to renew your subscription (includes booklets!)