Back to basics
It's easy to forget the humble beginnings behind today's masterful works of art that we call quilts. In the beginning it wasn't about perfect points, thread count or elaborate applique, it was all about necessity and comfort. Women took scraps of well-worn clothes, feedsacks, etc., and turned them into 're-cycled' treasures that would keep their families warm throughout the harsh winters. And now, every time we happen onto one of those incredible antique quilts, we can't help but wonder how they found the time to do such incredible quilting techniques – all by hand. They didn't have the luxury of time, they couldn't just run to the store for butter - instead, they first had to run to the barn and woo a chilled cow, then manually churn the milk, then cut wood to stoke the old stove, then mix the Johnny cake batter (which they probably had ground the flour for the night before) – hurry, hurry, breakfast would be ready soon, buckets of water will need to be brought in soon and heated so dishes and laundry can be washed. There's baking and canning to do, daylight's burning…it's almost 5 a.m.
How lucky we are today. For whatever reason, we still don't seem to have the luxury of time, but we do have microwaves and blessed long-arm machines. Dairy aisles have replaced dairy barns, and our remnant piles are now called stash and we build entire rooms on just to house the overflow. Quilting may no longer be a 'necessity', but it will always be a special skill that will be recognized and appreciated by generations to come.
Our January/February 2010 issue features a prime example of the patience and devotion that went into some of the 1800s quilts now on display at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. For this fantastic 'Flying Geese' example, we have simplified the construction for you by providing foundation patterns for the flying geese units – this is a classic and treasured design straight from the archives - so get busy, have fun, and imagine what a wonderful heirloom piece you will be creating.
From our readers
Mix'n it up…
Submitted by Cheri Matyjaszek, Cadillac, MI.
Last Christmas I came up with what I think was a GREAT IDEA! I sent your magazine coupon to my step-son and told him this would make a great gift for his mom. Praise the Lord he listened. I've been getting your magazine for years and missed it during some rough years when funds would not allow.
This is the result of my great idea. Our son (my husband's son) in New York is an artist and when he saw my quilts he just kept talking about my artwork. We quilters sometimes miss that. So this year I decided I would step outside of my box and try something new – keeping our son, the artist, in mind. He likes batiks – but, let's just say they are not my favorite.
However, when I got your May/June 2009 issue, I sat down and starting looking. I love to make up my own finished quilt designs by looking at a pattern to see if I can mix it with another. Bingo there it was. The perfect blend: Bloomin' Blossoms by Patti Carey and Daisy Doodle by Wendy Hill. I have attached a photo of the finished wallhanging (32 x 32) to see how you like it. Thank you ladies for always giving me great ideas.
P.S. It was the Tried and True section on Bloomin' Blossoms that first started me thinking about batics. Maybe I'll try more.
Submitted by Sally Kennedy, Okotoks, Alberta.
As a new subscriber to Love of Quilting I was delighted to get the pattern for "Happy Jack" and thought you might like to see my effort from my first class in applique. As someone who is new to quilting it is nice to have small projects to try for a change.
Submitted by Cecile Hannaway.
I really enjoyed making this quilt and love how it looks on my bed. I hope you enjoy seeing my version of Marianne's Kalamkari Strippy quilt from the 2008 Sept/Oct issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting.
Quilting for a Cause…
Submitted by Jeannie Coleman.
Quilt for a Cause, Inc., raised $113,000 from the sale of 284 beautiful quilts at a silent and live auction held at the Tucson Medical Center on October 3, 2009. These handmade quilts were made with love to help in the fight against both breast and gynecological cancers. Ninety percent of the quilts were donated by members of the Tucson Quilters Guild, a major corporate sponsor of the event.
More than 600 quilters participated from 30 States and 3 Provinces of Canada. The quilts were made in honor of people who survived women’s cancers and also in memory of those who have passed away.
The Western Cactus Needlers Quilting Bee wrote this message: “Our quilt is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Sara Bullington, daughter of Bee member Judy. At just 36 years of age, Sara lost her very courageous eight-year battle with ovarian cancer. Sara’s strength and courage will stay in our hearts forever.” Betty Schaeffer’s vibrant quilt entitled “Arizona Sunrise”, was purchased by a person whose family member was undergoing cancer treatment – they hoped the quilt would help brighten her day.
The TMC Foundation and St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary are this year’s recipients of the proceeds. The funds will be used in accordance with the Quilt for a Cause Mission Statement: Handmade quilts will be used as a vehicle to fund research for breast and/or gynecological cancers, to further the education of medical professionals who treat women with breast and/or gynecological cancers, and to raise awareness in women for prevention and detection of breast and/or gynecological cancer.
Over the past six years, three quilt auctions have taken place at TMC and over $290,000 has been raised. Jeannie Coleman, Director of Quilt for a Cause, states that the success of this organization is entirely due to the dedication, perseverance and vibrant energy of the following Board Members: Janet Downing, Kitty Fleming, Evelyn George, Dorothy Lee, Ann Mavko, Kathy McCulloch, Pat Morris, Jean Owara, Phyllis Spalla and Carol Zupancic.
Kudos from Martha…
Submitted by Dale Riehl, The City Quilter.
Naturally we were very pleased to be recognized by Martha Stewart recently, December 3rd, in her television show during a segment about making your own free-style bowtie out of quilting fabrics:
Martha's crafter/staffer/sewer: “These are all quilting fabrics. I got most of them from The City Quilter, around the corner [from] here.”
Martha: "I just passed by that store the other day. It’s fascinating. It is an amazing [shop]. They have so many beautiful fabrics as you can see."
I've also included a nighttime shot of one of the quilts we are presenting in Times Square through year's end on Panasonic's 28' X 38' screen. Pictured is Cathy Izzo's "Batik Schoolhouse". It is quite an amazing experience to see quilts at this scale.
Home of Hope
This is a photo of the quilts that were shipped to Romania-Home of Hope today. All of the quilts were made by the women of Harvest Bible Chapel-Rolling Meadows, Illinois. There were ten quilts that were shipped out this time. Several of our dedicated members are missing from this photo.
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