To market, to market to buy a fat…quarter, or two, or twenty…
If you are one of the tens of thousands preparing for the upcoming Fall Festival at Houston, you've probably already planned your itinerary—not the airlines, to taxi, to hotel itinerary—but the “which of the many bustling isles to go down first” itinerary. There will be things to make you say 'wow' at every turn, lessons to learn, people to meet, and shows to attend. And speaking of 'wow', here is what Gammill has planned for this year's show.
Patriotic Machine Unveiling Ceremony to open International Quilt Festival/Houston
WEST PLAINS, MO (October 06, 2009): Quilters and visitors from around the world will be greeted to an Opening Ceremony like no other when the International Quilt Festival officially welcomes an anticipated 55,000 attendees to its event Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. in Houston, TX.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) and Gammill Quilting Systems will honor America’s Service members through the unveiling of a specially painted Patriotic machine. The ceremony will include: A color guard presentation, speeches by Catherine Roberts, Founder of The Quilts of Valor Foundation, and Ronald Parker, Gammill Quilting Systems, CEO; and the singing of the National and American Anthem by Ross A. Chitwood, Graduate of Rice University, Houston, TX and The Juilliard School, New York, NY, Actor and Singer.
“The Gammill Patriotic machine is a stunning tribute to all Service members,” stated Catherine Roberts. “Our goal of the unveiling ceremony is to bring awareness to our troops and inspire machine quilters everywhere to volunteer their time to make wartime quilts of valors.”
Gammill commissioned artist Christopher Cofield to paint the machine, which took approximately 50-hours to airbrush. Ronald Parker, Gammill, Inc., CEO stated, “I am pleased we could partner with the Quilts of Valor Foundation on such a worthy project – honoring our brave Servicemen and women who defend our liberty.”
• ABOUT GAMMILL QUILTING SYSTEMS:
Gammill Quilting Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of professional hand- and computer-guided longarm quilting systems, which includes Statler Stitcher®. The company's headquarters is in West Plains, MO, with a worldwide network of Dealers. Several machine models and sizes are available, with features and tools for different quilting needs. For more information about Gammill’s complete quilting product line (including the computerized Statler Stitcher and the entry-level Premier Home-Pro), or to find an Authorized Dealer nearest you: Stop-by Gammill’s booth at the Show: 400,02,04,501,03,05; Visit: www.GAMMILL.com or phone: 800-659-8224 (CST).
• ABOUT THE QUILTS OF VALOR FOUNDATION (QOVF):
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is dedicated to providing ALL war wounded and service members and veterans with Wartime Quilts of Valor. A QOV is a beautifully made, pieced and quilted wartime quilt presented as a thank you for a veteran or current service members’ service, sacrifice and valor. For more information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, visit: www.QOVF.org or phone: 360-202-8923 (PST).
• ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL/HOUSTON:
The International Quilt Festival/Houston – “The World’s Fair of Quilts” is the largest annual quilt show, sale, and quilt making academy in the world. Produced by Quilts Inc., the event attracts more than 55,000 attendees with 1,500+ quilts, cloth dolls and garments on display; more than 1,000 booths selling antique and contemporary quilts, supplies, books, notions, antiques, and crafts; and more than 400+ classes, lectures, and events for all skill levels. The 2009 Festival is scheduled for October 15-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX. For more information, visit www.QUILTS.com or phone: 713-781-6864.
- Gammill Quilting Systems – Your Quilting Partner!
Red Carpet honors for Love of Quilting
In the spring of 2008, Jean Nolte, editor of Love of Quilting, and Jodie Davis, President of QNNtv.com/Co-Host of Quilt Out Loud!, traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia with videographer Ivan Machiz to shoot an episode for Love of Quilting on PBS. The show would feature Windham Fabrics and their newly created reproduction fabric line using the Williamsburg archives as the design source. The storyline would retrace some of the fabric design steps as well as offer viewers a chance to get to know some of the shopkeepers and tradesmen in the village.
The show has since won a bronze Telly award!
Williamsburg Basket is a beautiful quilt, made with the reproduction line. You can watch how to make the quilt with Marianne and Liz on episode 1209 of Love of Quilting. And, you can see the trip to Williamsburg, including the behind-the-scenes peek into the treasures of the textile archives in episode 1208, in gorgeous high definition. Buy the DVD in the Fons & Porter shop.
Fons & Porter's ON-LINE EXTRAS - WEB EXTRA:
As always, with each new featured project, we try to help make your quilting experience go as smoothly as possible by offering Tips, Sew Smarts, etc. And now, through our Web Extras, we can also offer free, downloadable PDFs of entire Sew Easy lessons.
You can take advantage of this right away by picking up our most recent issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting (Nov/Dec issue is on stands now). We introduce you to Jan Douglas's Orient themed 'Sakura' quilt. This gorgeous, strippy quilt presents the quilter with several interesting challenges including the Curved-Piecing technique and the sometimes frustrating task of Mitering Borders. You will be directed to the web extra: www.FonsandPorter.com/mborders where you will find complete lessons on mitering borders, plus you can conveniently open/view/download an entire library of past Sew Easy lessons.
From our readers
Grandma's star goes off to college…
submitted by Judie Manley of Phoenix, AZ.
My granddaughter and I made this stars quilt last summer for her first year of college. We had great fun together. She picked the pattern from the July/August issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. Thank you for a magazine full of wonderful ideas and a television show too good to miss.
I re-created my own panel version…
submitted by Debra Callaghan of Maricopa, AZ.
I fell in love with the Fall Foliage quilt (Autumn Bounty wallhanging) in your Sept/Oct 2009 issue. It had all the things I love, large sunflowers and pumpkins and all the colors of the season. I immediately started looking in my stash to make it, but, reading further I realized the centerpiece was a panel. Since I did not have instant access to that panel, I decided I would have to re-create my own version. I thought I would share how it turned out. Thanks so much.
Quilting for Good…
submitted by Aimee Wadeson and Jamie Martin of Green Acres School, Rockville, MD .
A lifelong quilter, Virginia "Ginny" Spevak brought joy to scores of needy babies and their mothers by making quilts to donate to health clinics and hospitals. When she and her husband were brutally slain last year, what better way for her loved ones to celebrate her life than to make them a memorial quilt? That quilt has now become nine quilts and five pillows - made by 70 friends, relatives and former colleagues from pieces of cloth torn in unison by more than 500 mourners at Spevak's funeral, in one last act of grief and remembrance.
Some of the quilts will be displayed as part of a quilt show celebrating the 75th anniversary of Green Acres School in Rockville, MD, where Spevak worked for 28 years before retiring in 2001. The Quilt Show will also showcase quilts made by parents, teachers and students at the school, in a tradition that dates back a quarter of a century - when Spevak and a colleague first brought members of the school community together to create a quilt to donate to the school's fundraising auction.
Quilting has become an integral part of the school's culture and has helped build community spirit. Spevak, 67, and her husband, Michael, 68, of Washington, D.C., are remembered for their community involvement and concern for others. In 2005, Ginny Spevak and a friend founded Quilting for Good, a group that uses donated fabric to make quilts for Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, DC. The clinic, which serves a largely Hispanic population, gives the quilts to expectant mothers who attend its educational baby showers, which offer prenatal information.
When the Spevaks were slain last November, the family honored Michael's Jewish heritage by incorporating the tradition of the rending of cloth into the funeral service at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, where Ginny was a member. Pieces of cloth were distributed to the more than 500 mourners who attended, and the congregation ripped the cloth in unison during one loud, emotional moment. The pieces were collected, put into kits of 10 strips each to make into squares, and sewn together by the Spevaks’ children, Eli and Leah, and more than 70 former school colleagues, and fellow quilters. The nine quilts will be distributed this summer at two ceremonies at which the Spevaks' ashes will be scattered in Washington and California. Quilts will be given to Eli and Leah and other survivors including the Spevaks' parents; siblings; foster daughter, Ana; and a close friend.
The bereavement quilts will be on display at the school's quilt show on November 21, 10am-6pm and November 22, 11 am-4 pm.
submitted by Karen O'Brien
I loved your Pina Colada pattern and decided to use it to make a Christmas quilt for our home. I am very pleased with the result. I am a "confident beginner" quilter and truly enjoyed making this piece. I thought you might like to see the quilt top (it hasn't been quilted yet). Thanks for developing patterns for those of us who are still learning this wonderful craft.
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!)