Episode 225: Done, Almost Done, Just Beginning

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Challenge block–Modernizing a Traditional Block (in this case, Fox and Geese):

The back:


Dignity Quilts:

With dignity: Quilts help usher those who pass with dignified draping

From Jenny Beyer’s book, The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork:

Transparency grid sheets, hiding in plain sight:

The Broken Star block, under the grid:


Charity Quilt top:

Check out textile artist, Amy Meissner:


Check out the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. Who wants to take a field trip?

Video on Ken Burns’ quilt collection at IQSC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiMeCgaVF3o

More about 100 Wishes Quilt: http://100goodwishesquilts.blogspot.com/2012/09/origins-of-one-hundred-good-wishes.html

Marti Michelle batting tape: https://www.amazon.com/Marti-Michell-Non-Woven-Fusible-Batting/dp/B00D5D5W98/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1524078483&sr=1-1&keywords=marti+michell+batting+tape

Just finished reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. My bookclub was split on it, but I thought it was great. https://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Beach-Novel-Jennifer-Egan/dp/1476716730/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523554354&sr=1-3&keywords=manhattan+beach

Also recently finished: The Driest Season by Meghan Kenney.

For you quilt history buffs out there, you can listen to the audiobook of Marie Webster’s Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, courtesy of Librivox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3-I8e98gOk

See you next time!

Episode 188: The Anyhoo Episode

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Big news! The Birds in the Air Book Tour kicks off in Atlanta at the 2016 Stars N Stitches Quilt Show sponsored by the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild. The big day is Saturday, September 24, 2016, and I’ll be doing a reading, book signing, and trunk show. If you’re in the area, come see me!

VFW Star Quilt–Done!

finished vfw2

Another view:

finished vfw1

Close-up of the quilting:



And now for something different, the beginning of a first draft of a modern Birds in the Air quilt:



Here are two of the cribbed crib quilt blocks. I made these blocks (the beginning of a crib quilt) …


After seeing this quilt, which turns out to be a Denise Schmydt quilt! Who knew?



Other stuff …

Check out Vicky’s blog on she (mostly) keeps her quilts to herself:


Jaye’s post on donation quilts–choosing the pattern

Donation Quilt Pattern Selection


Interesting post on the colors we choose for our projects: https://melintheattic.com/2016/04/07/on-color-and-trends/

See you next time!

Episode 183: QuiltCon Contro!

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What did you think of the QuiltCon Best of Show quilt? It’s certainly stirring up debate in the quilty world! For pix of the winning quilts, go here.

Finished my first donation quilt!



The back, which came out unintentionally wonky. Fortunately, I don’t mind wonky:



Here’s the VFW Star quilt, with and without the surprise border (a surprise to me, anyway). Of course, I’ll finish the border of wonky strips to run the length of the side. ETA: In case you were wondering, the quilt isn’t squared. I’m Miss Playful, remember?









Thanks to Gretchen at 120 Blocks for sending me a link to the page on her website about group quilting:


Another article about quilts and politics: http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/social-issues-get-blanket-coverage-at-quilt-event&template=mobileart

Check out the videos from last summer’s Sacred Threads exhibit. Thanks to the Quilt Alliance for making these available!


Check out Jinney Beyers handpiecing on Craftsy:


Great new podcast from the fabulous Fons girls, Mary and Marianne! Be sure to listen to Quilt Your Heart Out at your earliest possible convenience! http://quiltyourheartout.com/

Need some more quilty podcast goodness? Check out Hobbies Up to Here!

Thanks for listening!