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OLD-WORLD QUILT EXHIBITION

OLD-WORLD QUILT EXHIBITION

The Old-World Quilt Exhibition transports us to the 17th and 18th centuries. This was an age of growing global trade and cultural exchange. At this exhibition, you will view some of the earliest textiles from the International Quilt Museum’s collection. During this time in history, Europe’s desire for goods from unfamiliar, “exotic” cultures led to unprecedented growth in overseas trade. This desire (greed?) led to a boom in domestic manufacturing and fed a growing consumer mindset. The new production techniques and…

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MY FANS ARE CHARMED

MY FANS ARE CHARMED

My Fans Are Charmed was a really fun quilt to make and not nearly as scary as the first fan quilt that I made in 1988. I guess ten more years of quilting makes a big difference in how I approach a pattern.  Each blade of the fans (there are 488 total) is from a different fabric. Maybe not a “true” charm quilt but I had fun sorting through the scrap bin and trading with other quilters to get the…

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SUPPLY CHALLENGES AFFECTING TEXTILES

SUPPLY CHALLENGES AFFECTING TEXTILES

Have you noticed that the shipping issues in the news are affecting sewing and quilting supplies that all of us need? Over the past several weeks, I have had conversations with other quilters and textile folks. Many of them are frustrated with the supply challenges affecting textiles. As a quilter, I have seen the steady increase in my cost for fabric, thread, and rotary blades over the past few years. It is frustrating. It plays havoc on my budget. Are…

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FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

The Founding Father wall hanging was fun and easy to make. I love Americana and have all kinds of it throughout the main living areas of my home. The log cabin blocks are made from a 4″ center block and 2.5″ strips.  The George blocks had to have a “frame” around them because they did not match the size of the log cabin blocks.  There is always a way to creatively make quilt blocks fit. I pieced this quilt top…

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ANOTHER INTERESTING TEXTILE BOOK

ANOTHER INTERESTING TEXTILE BOOK

 I am always on the lookout for interesting books on historical textiles and quilts. Many times, a book on historical women will have wonderful tidbits about textiles in their lives. And that is how I ended up finding another interesting textile book. I found this book after seeing an article about it in the DAR magazine “American Spirit S/O 2020” pg. 41-42. This book of 500 pages covers the importance of the textiles industry in the pre-Revolutionary America.   In this…

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TUMBLING BLOCKS (English paper pieced)

TUMBLING BLOCKS (English paper pieced)

I love to English paper piece hexagons but not so much diamonds. This Tumbling Blocks (English paper pieced) was pieced using this method in 1990-91. It was an experiment, and I chose three colors to make the diamonds and a floral fabric that coordinated for the background.  I found that the diamonds were harder to baste together than I thought they would be – maybe because of the sharp points of the diamonds. Plus, the more I worked on it,…

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SUPER EASY RAIL FENCE QUILTS

SUPER EASY RAIL FENCE QUILTS

Are you looking for another way to use up those strips you have pre-cut or leftover? These super easy rail fence quilts are another quick solution for using those fabric strips. It is usually made of strips in three colors or patterns. I made these three back in the 1990’s after seeing a completed rail fence quilt at a guild meeting. By this point in my quilting journey, I had already figured out I liked working with fabric strips that…

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Enjoy These Quilt Museums

Enjoy These Quilt Museums

In today’s world, it is entirely possible to visit quilt museums around the globe from the comfort of your own home. Or maybe a road trip would be more fun. Either way, I am suggesting that you enjoy these textile museums. Enjoy These Quilt Museums International Quilt Museum – Lincoln, NE has a wide variety of programs and quilt displays to see and enjoy. I love historical quilts, and they have many that are prior to 1820. The National Quilt…

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HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEPPERMINT QUILT

On that winter day, Hot Chocolate and Peppermint just sound so good. I can almost smell them both. There are two really great things about this quilt – it used a lot of scraps, and there are no calories involved. I have to admit that it took a long time for me to warm up to log cabin quilts. I didn’t like how they looked, and I really didn’t like all the seams. The first one I can remember making…

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THE MYSTERY SLOWLY PROGRESSES

THE MYSTERY SLOWLY PROGRESSES

Life is busy. I am behind on my quilting projects, especially the mystery quilt I started back in November from Bonnie Hunter. But at least the mystery slowly progresses and has not stopped. My list of quilt projects does not need to include any new UFOs. I like to make mystery quilts because they are not my normal type of patterns and color combinations. Outside the box can be a good thing. Currently I am working on week 4 and…

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