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Stitch up a quilt depicting the feathered friends in your yard with the life-like realism achieved with paper piecing. Using patterns from Jodie’s book “Paper Pieced Backyard Birds,” Jodie will give you a complete tutorial on paper piecing from choosing foundation paper to removing it after sewing.

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Quilters can tend to be a little squirrelly

Have you ever watched the squirrels in the fall—with that frantic look on their faces as they scramble to find just one more nut? They probably have stored more than enough already, but just in case…one more surely won't hurt.

And coincidently, that greedy little squirrel's mounting pile of nuts is called a 'stash'. Sound familiar? Even though we have fabric bursting from every nook and cranny, if Betty Jane says, “I'm going to the quilt shop,” you'll likely find yourself with that same frantic look on your face - saying, “wait for me, I'll get my purse.”

So, since there will never be enough therapy in the world to cure the 'stash' syndrome…just what can we do about all of this 'overflow'? Let us know what your favorite 'stash busting' solution is.

One great stash buster would be our last designer challenge winner's quilt seen in the winter issue of Easy Quilts (on newsstands now). The 'Honeycomb' quilt by Pam Christy is shown in high contrasting colors of blue and yellow, but as a stash buster, the sky is the limit on choosing colors for this quick and easy quilt.

Here's another example that would make a great Christmas gift. In the March/April 2007 Love of Quilting issue, there are instructions for the coiled fabric bowl. This is a really good one – you just take fabric and clothesline and start sewing. And, if you are really creative, you can tweak the design to create other fun things like mats, purses, etc. (Or, if nothing else, you can always just make containers to hold more stash!)

 

From our readers

The threads of a community …
submitted by Pastor Susan Christian.


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As usual, I enjoyed the recent edition of Love of Quilting (Nov/Dec 09).  I was really excited to read the piece on the antique signature quilt.  I own one that I purchased a few years ago while traveling through Iowa. I also stopped at your shop during that trip.  Anyway, I thought you might like to see a picture of my find.  It is red and white and it is embroidered "Acquaintances of Atalissa Iowa 1900."  When I first looked at the quilt I missed that piece of the embroidery.  There are 150 names on the quilt and at least 3 different embroiderers did the names.  I have since traveled to Atalissa to see if I could find information about the quilt but had no luck.  The West Liberty Index also ran a picture of it hoping someone would recognize it but again no luck.  It is a joy to own the quilt and since you are in Iowa I thought you would enjoy seeing it.  I am thinking that perhaps it was made for a minister as I have been able to find that many of the signatures belonged to members of the same church and were founding families of the community.  Thank you for the great job you do on the magazine.  

 

She caught the quilting 'Bug'…
submitted by Marie O'Kelley, Seattle, WA.


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I enjoyed seeing the quilts of various vehicles in the Nov/Dec 09 issue, and wanted to share mine with you. I made it in 2005 as an end of the year gift for my daughter's exceptional fourth grade teacher.  He also drove a VW Bus and played guitar. Attached is a photo of the quilt (16"x16"), and a poem I wrote which was printed on the back. The VW Bus was from a commercial pattern, but I don't remember whose.

Roll on Alice

Alice was my Volkswagen bus
’61 her year.

To West Virginia we did go,
Climbed hills in first gear.

We never had much money,
Alice coasted down the hills.
A nickel back per soda pop
Spare change for the gas station tills.

We lived at the end of the hollow
Alice forded a creek.
When it rained and the rivers rose
Her floorboards sprang a leak.

We worked on an organic farm
A horse named Becky plowed the soil.
She had more horsepower than my car
Up mountain roads Alice did toil.

At summer’s end our work was done,
To Seattle we’d return.
Alice was loaded with all our gear,
Homeward bound our thoughts did yearn.

She had an appetite for oil,
We’d forgotten to fill her need.
My Alice threw a rod
Near where the Indy cars do speed.

Two guitars, a dog, a dulcimer,
Our thumbs out for a ride,
We had no money for repairs
So poor brave Alice died.

Alice was my Volkswagen,
The first of many I would kill.
In the hills of West Virginny
I hope her spirit’s rolling still.

 

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