Don't forget that special someone this year at Valentine's Day. Even if you had time to create that perfect Valentine's Day quilt (see the cover quilt on our Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Love of Quilting), you may still want to stop by ShopFonsandPorter.com for some fun gift items.
While you are there, be sure to check out the great sales going on – in fact, there are some notions, fat quarters, and kits on sale right now for as much as 50 percent off – that's definitely a SWEET-HEART of a deal.
From our readers
Blind stitching, incredible…
submitted by Steve Freed.
An amazing and totally blind quilter, Diane Rose, was recently featured on
Nashville’s “Talk Of The Town” TV show. To see the interview go to: www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=11845385
On Friday, February 5, 2010, Diane will also be featured on RFD-TV’s “Texas Country Reporter” with Bob Phillips, to be broadcast at 9:30 pm eastern / 6:30 pm pacific standard time. The February 5th broadcast will be Diane’s first exposure to a national audience, coast to coast.
Diane is a bubbly and personable young lady who maintains a positive attitude towards life, and considers her blindness an inconvenience rather than a handicap. She gives God all of the glory concerning her life and her ability to overcome obstacles, and makes her life a positive statement for others who face similar challenges.
To learn more about Diane and her quilts, visit her website www.TheAmazingQuilter.com
Get up close and personal with your quilts…
by Diane Kron, Software and Embroidery Projects Manager for Designer’s Gallery.
Like many of you, I love quilting. Over the years I have seen many impressive quits, and I’m always amazed by the creative story that each quilt tells. Putting together an idea for your next quilt can take many hours or even days of creative yea and nays before you are even ready to start searching for fabrics. When choosing fabric for the quilt, I can spend hours walking up and down the fabric aisles or perusing fabric web sites looking for the right shades or print.
When it is time to place the pieces together, I like to place them on a flannel design wall. After placing them on the wall, I’ll evaluate the positioning for a day or two. If changes are necessary, I make them before I piece them together. This is a labor or love.
With all the time and work I put into creating the perfect quilt, personalizing the quilt with a quilt label is a must. I use embroidery to do this, along with a quilting program like Interactive Decorative Quilting. It simplifies the task and adds history to the piece. If the quilt is for a bride and groom, I personalize the quilt with their wedding date and a separate label with my name and date. If the quilt is for a baby, I’d place the baby’s name and birth date on a label along with a separate quilt label to identify the quilter. Your quilt will go down in history as a keepsake, remembered for decades – maybe even centuries. Take pride in the time and effort you put into each quilt. Much like an artist who signs a painting, you should always leave your mark on your work.
Click here for simple instructions on embroidering a quilt label with Interactive Decorative Quilting by Designer’s Gallery.
A star example…
submitted by Janet Trapp, Maywood, NJ.
After viewing Kyoto Star (July/Aug 09) by one of my favorite master quilters, Marsha McCloskey, I decided to try it, using colors that coordinate with my living room. The instructions for the bias-strip piecing were excellent. I'm still amazed at how easy it came together.
Thanks for all the great ideas in your magazine and T.V. show. Love all the tips, too.
It took on a life of its own…
submitted by Gail Gehrke, Vancouver, WA.
Who could resist Clarinda Nelson's Paper Dolls quilt featured in the Jan/Feb 09 issue of Love of Quilting? Once I started this quilt for my granddaughter Jackie, it took on a life of its own.
The quilt reminded me of all my childhood days that I played with cutout dolls. I delighted in deciding which dolls to choose for the quilt top, and, of course, had fun repeatedly dressing each doll again and again.
There is a fabric envelope sewn on the back of the quilt that is filled with clothes for the dolls featured on the quilt top as Clarinda suggested. From the remaining fabric, I also made fleeced dolls and clothes with tabs as play items, which I tucked into a clear plastic envelope.
Remember, I said that the quilt took on a life of its own? Well, a friend inspired me to use one of the last little dolls for the label for the back of the quilt. She did the calligraphy. Another friend quilted the border so I could get it done in time for Christmas.
Thank you for sharing this pattern and providing the kit, and thank you Clarinda for a great project that helped me recall nostalgic parts of my childhood and enabled me to share them with my granddaughter.
Eyelet for sashing—cute!
submitted by Billie Jackson, New Caney, TX.
I wanted to share an idea I had several years ago. After my grandmother died, I made my sister a quilt by making blocks out of my grandmother's napkins and backing the quilt with one of grandma's matching tablecloths.
I also made my daughter a quilt using the leftover various 'napkin' blocks, but for the sashing, I used small blocks of eyelet fabric and threaded various colors of ribbon through the holes. I did have to back the blocks because the eyelet was thin, but it made a very pretty and unusual sashing. I even tied a knot occasionally in the ribbons. This was also backed with my grandmother's tablecloth.
I'm also quite proud of the quilt I made for a grandson using border strips to create a basket weave and frame.
I enjoy your show, especially the tip section.
Trial and error…
submitted by Rosemary Larson, Fordville, ND.
In October 2008, I started a quilt to be silent auctioned with proceeds going to the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society (a group of farmers and consumers w hose main focus in sustainable agriculture); I finished the quilt in February 2009. The queen size quilt consisted of 168 four-inch blocks of many that I re-sized from pictures of quilts found in your magazines and other sources, some were drawn free hand. All of the pieced blocks have names, and there are no two alike. Many of the four-inch pieced blocks consist of 50 or more pieces. Two blocks, the Texas Treasure and Flying Geese have 121 and 96 pieces respectfully (I had to wipe my brow after these two were completed).
All the material used was obtained from family, friends and my 'stash', except I did purchase the background (can be seen in every block), the blue frame and red sashing. The quilt was auctioned for $900.00 and I was glad to be a small part of contributing to such a good cause.
Through magazines, books and oh, yes … trial and error, I am a self-taught quilter. I enjoy your magazine and like to try new methods. I also enjoy working on quilts like our grandmothers used to make, and totally appreciate all the work and time that goes into any quilt.
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