Buckle up!

It’s not that we’re putting any pedals to metal, it’s just that this month is going to fly by because we’ve got a lot to share.  A lot.

Seriously.  A. Lot.

Starting with… there’s a big announcement coming on Thursday.  Okay, it’s been hinted at, suggested, mentioned in passing before but it’s official on Thursday with details, rules, themes and so on.  We’re partnering with Spoonflower for a new fabric design contest – Fabric8.

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Do you know about Spoonflower?  They’re a really cool company that essentially prints fabric and other products on demand.  You can create your own artwork and upload the image, or you can choose something from the Spoonflower Marketplace where independent artists earn commissions from the sales of fabric printed with their design.  After choosing the image, you get to choose the type of product – fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap.  After that’s been selected, the order is placed and the nice folks at Spoonflower will make it special just for you.  That’s right, it’s made just for you.  After the fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap is printed, it’s hand-cut, processed and shipped to you.  (Just so you know… I may or may not have purchased fabric from Spoonflower in my prior life.  It’s a lot of fun and the designs are really cool – and more are added every day.  Just saying.)

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Images: Clockwise from Upper-Left – A Jewel of Fruit by Inscribed_here.  A Nod to the House Bird by Katerhees.  Foliage by Friedbologna.  Floral of Coral, Mint & Black by Catalinakim.

So have you ever wanted to design fabric – see it in print, on cotton, with your name on the selvage?  That just might happen… details on Thursday morning.  If you’re curious, Spoonflower has done all sorts of design contests over the years with some truly amazing designs created.  If you don’t believe me, here is a sampling

So Thursday – July 9th.  Be here.

The other big thing to share today is about “Favorite Finds”.

A few weeks ago, we asked some of our favorite people to send us a list of five “somethings” that they’d discovered recently and were crushing on.  It could be anything – a sewing tool, shop, song/book/TV show/movie, a restaurant or food, tech toy or gadget and so on.

I confess that when the idea for this came up, I wasn’t sure how this would be listed… so-and-so likes these five things, what’s-her-name likes these five things, etc.  But when the lists arrived, it quickly became apparent that listing them by subject would be a whole lot more fun.  Since everybody we asked is a quilter and everybody knows that quilters do love food… that’s where we’ll start.

Big surprise – almost every time something edible was mentioned as a “favorite find”, it was a dessert.  Nobody cited a favorite vegan recipe or an amazing source for fermented tofu.  I know – I was shocked too.  Sweet Moda designer Brenda Riddle thought of her beloved Bailey and included Charlie Bears on her list…

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And Deb Strain included her favorite comfort food recipe for a Super Easy Cheese Soup that sounds really, really good.

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Of course, Deb also mentioned something about peanut butter cups…

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The next time you make s’mores, use a peanut butter cup instead of – or in addition to – the chocolate bar.  YUM!

This one made me laugh – only because it shows that most of us don’t just hoard/stash fabric.  Come on… admit it.  There’s something you love enough that you buy it in bulk when you see it and you worry that the day will come when it’s discontinued and you can’t get it anymore.

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This is how Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts explained it, “this is definitely my favorite daily drink. Our local Safeway doesn’t carry it anymore so we literally order it by the case from Amazon. It is a black tea with no sugar added, but it has the most wonderful aroma of vanilla and caramel. I drink it hot in the winter and iced in the summer. In fact I have a giant glass of it right now
while I am writing this to you. I take it with me when I travel. If you can find it, you should really try it.”

Still… it isn’t every day you can say that you know of someone who went to Paris and brought her own tea.

Kate Spain likes Chocolate Chip Cookies and recommends the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.  (I’m sorry but you have to be a member to view the recipe… but maybe you’d like a free trial.)

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Janice and Marcea of Abbey Lane Quilts both mentioned sweets.  Marcea loves the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory –

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… and Janice stashes Peanut M&Ms.

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Or at least she tries to – and she loves the different holiday color assortments.  Janice is also a big fan of the half-price Route 44s from Sonic… or she was.  While she still likes the soda, she figured out that what she really loved was munching the soft ice.  So she splurged and bought a pellet ice-maker and now she has “Sonic-like” drinks any time she wants it.  Genius!

Sherri Falls of This & That loves Boston Creme Pie – and so does her family.  (Sherri also loves riding her bike so that must be how she stays so gorgeous and young.)

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I don’t know if the restaurants in Minneapolis serve Boston Creme Pie but if you’re looking for a great dessert in the Twin Cities, talk to Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Designs.  He enjoys eating out and the dessert offerings are a make-or-break for him when it comes to how good a restaurant is.

You’ll find Karla Eisenach of Sweetwater Designs at McDonald’s, having a Coke.  A girl after my own heart – there are days when nothing else tastes as good as a cold Coca-Cola.

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Maggi Honeyman – our uber-quilter here in Dallas – loves the recipes by The Homesick Texan.  Lisa Fain is the author/chef and she has an amazing blog and two mouth-wateringly gorgeous cookbooks, The Homesick Texan Cookbook and  The Homesick Texan’s Family Table.

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Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.

And thanks to Betsy Chutchian, I had to stop at Whole Foods on my way home last night.  (Okay, so it wasn’t far from the Bernina shop and I had a sewing machine that needed a tune-up.)  Betsy has a couple of favorites that can only be found there – Seaside Sharp White Cheddar Cheese paired with \olives from the olive bar and Three Wishes Cabernet.  No, I hadn’t heard of Three Wishes before she mentioned it, it’s the Whole Foods alternative to “Two-Buck Chuck”.  (Now, “Three-Buck Chuck.”)  I couldn’t find the Wishes but the cheese is terrific and the olives… let it suffice to say that given how much I love olives, I really should have been born in Greece.

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None of those cheese is the Seaside Cheddar but (1) I couldn’t find a good picture of the Seaside Cheddar, (2) I liked this picture – it has cheese, olives and bread, and (3) writing this has made me very hungry.

So what about you?  Do you have a recent find or long-time favorite food that you’ve always got around, or that makes you feel like you’ve treated yourself?  Mine really is that cheese board – I’ll take that over a lovely dessert.  And good bread – really good bread.  And this oh-so-good tuna from Spain – I have some on hand right now courtesy of Laurie Simpson.  She loves it too.

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Next time – everybody’s favorite cardio-burn routines!

I’m kidding.

Happy Tuesday!

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Taking Appliqué on the Road

I’ve written about hitting the road to visit barn quilts and quilt museums (and thanks, readers, for all the great additions to those posts). Now it’s time to think about what to do while you’re getting to those places. I find time in the car or on a plane the perfect opportunity to do a little hand sewing, knitting, embroidery, etc. And I’m not the only one. A lot of Moda’s designers are hitting the road this summer and taking their handwork with them. In future posts they’ll share tips for embroidery and hexagons on the road. Today, Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill, Laurie Simpson of Minick and Simpson, and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Co. let us in on tips and tricks for enjoying appliqué while en route to their vacation destinations (or maybe just while taking the kids to the neighborhood park).

dp_bunny-hill Here’s what Anne Sutton has to say:

Applique is the perfect project to carry along to occupy those endless traveling hours, waiting time at the Doctor’s office or those hours while you watch your kids swim. You do have to spend some “prep” time before you leave, but it’s so worth it! I can’t sit still for a long period of time without going crazy and applique is my answer.

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  1. A good case to hold supplies is essential.   A friend made mine from a P3 Designs pattern. I love it so much that I now sell the pattern on my web site. With a fold over Velcro flap to hold everything secure, the case is the perfect travel size. Open it up and you’ll be amazed at what it can hold! It has lots of pockets designed to hold applique tools! This is my “go to” case at home and on the road. You are going to want one of these cases!Applique Case Pattern (1 of 1)
  2. Pin or glue baste your pieces to your background before you leave. My pins are the tiny applique pins that don’t catch the thread when sewing. You can glue baste using a glue made for applique (Roxanne’s or Appli-Glue). Just place a few tiny dots, or a very thin strip, on the seam allowance to hold your applique in place. As you can see from the photo mine has been glue-basted and is ready to stitch. I don’t have to worry about losing little pieces in the airport or on the plane. I’m ready to stitch! My favorite pincushion for traveling
  3. Pin a piece of wool to your pincushion to hold all those applique needles. This is such a simple thing but it works like a charm. I’ll thread several needles with different colors of thread and have them ready to go. I’ll pop my pincushion, travel case, applique and glue (keep the glue in a zip lock bag) and I am ready to travel. Don’t forget the thread.
  4. Here’s my final tip…bring along some little packages of Haribo Gummi Bears to keep your energy level up.Gummies (1 of 1)

Here’s Laurie Simpson’s take on appliqué-on-the-road (and this woman is not afraid to sew-on-the-go: when the power went out in her home recently, she checked into a hotel with her sewing machine so she could finish a quilt! You can read about it here):

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(Laurie’s on the right, her sister Polly on the left)

I always try to have handwork ready to go—anywhere I need to be. It usually isn’t a problem since I always have projects going on that involve hand piecing, appliqué, or English Paper Piecing. Right now I am making the Austin Bluebird Sampler quiltIMG_2839

I’m actually re-making it—this one is all in blues. This is a large appliqué block in progress and here are all the tools I need. You can see it isn’t very many. Threads, a thread book with pins and needles, a needle threader, small scissors, basting glue, thimble, and Thimble-It sticky dots. I find these sticky dots helpful for my index finger. FullSizeRender-2

These tools are small and easily transported. I have used several different carriers in my lifetime. Bags, boxes, and custom-hacked lunch boxes. My current favorite is see-through project bags. I found these from a vendor at a quilt show and love them. Not only are they handy, but you can see at a glance which bag has what. The smallest bag holds my threads, the next smallest has the project with the needle case, scissors and such. The next largest bag holds some other tools that may or may not come in handy, bigger scissors, an extra set of eyeglasses, glue sticks, and even a tiny battery operated light that clips onto my eyeglasses. You never know when the power will go out. These 3 bags all fit in the largest bag. FullSizeRender-4

Another positive for the see-through bags is if you are taking these things through security at an airport I find that if they can see what you have (sewing stuff) it is much more likely to go through without a hassle. THIS IS NO GUARANTEE. Always take a pair of scissors through security that you wouldn’t mind leaving behind. Make sure to pack your good scissors in your checked luggage. Happy travels are much more likely if you have busy hands.

And finally, Joanna Figueroa shares her appliqué travel tales:dp_fig-tree-250x235

So, for me its kind of hit-and-miss these days whether or not I have an actual appliqué project in the works, but I always have some kind of circle or basket handle or other block portion ready for handwork, if necessary. I find that a little bit of appliqué here and there really adds a lot of visual happiness to a larger project!il_570xN.433747417_d2w7

This summer I am committed to finishing my summer version of my LOLLIPOPS quilt that I started several years ago when I was teaching the pattern as a class in Southern California. There is something about the combination of light butterscotch, orange, and peach with aqua and cream that just gets me every time. These fabrics are a scrappy combo of my Tapestry collection with many other MODA lines mixed in including Flats, Boho, Patisserie, MODA Solids and Avalon. I think it makes me think of sea glass, which I love.dresdens

Anyway… I have had these Dresden Blocks ready for quite a while and this summer I am taking the center circles with me whenever I get in the car so that I can finish it all up while its still summer and I can enjoy the quilt outside!starchappliquesupplies

One of the many reasons that I love the starch method of appliqué is because I can do all the prep-work ahead of time and take pieces that are pretty much completely ready for stitching with me. To make them all I need is my fabric, my freezer paper template, a small paintbrush and my little bowl of spray starch.finishedcircles

 

 

I prep the circle seam allowances by painting the spray starch onto them and pressing the seam allowances back onto the paper with my iron. Once done, I just remove the paper template and use it for the next circle. What I have ready to take with me are perfectly pressed circles that are ready for my summer Dresdens!blockpieces

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Check in with me later this summer to see if I have finished the project! Hope you are having fun on your road trip… or wherever you are doing some lovely handwork!

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The Eyes have it…

Happy Friday!

There are two things to share today – one a tip and the other a funny story about hats.

First the Tip Jar – Needles.  If you sew, you use needles.  Hand or machine – maybe both.  You know they come in different types and sizes, and you know that unlike thread, the bigger the number, the bigger the needle.  Depending on your machine, the flat side of the shank goes to the back or to the side – affecting whether the eye is open from front-to-back or side-to-side.  It always messes me up when I switch from Bern to Feather.

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Most of us sew with a Universal needle – or we should be sewing with it.  It’s the most common type of sewing machine needle and it’s used for most sewing of woven and knit fabrics.  It has a slightly rounded tip – not that you’d be able to feel that if you poked it onto your finger.

There are some who believe that as quilters, we’re better off sewing with Microtex or Sharp needles but it isn’t necessary.  They’re nice if the fabrics are very delicate – like a lawn or voile – but even then, a Universal needle is still recommended.  A Quilting needle is for machine-quilting 3 layers – fabric-batting-fabric, not for piecing two layers of quilting-weight cotton.

The size of the needle is more dependent on the thread being used than the fabric being sewn – fine thread warrants a smaller needle and a thicker thread needs a bigger needle.  For a finer thread like DMC 50 wt. Embroidery thread, Aurifil 50 wt. Mako or Presencia 60 wt., consider using a 75/11 or 70/10 as it might give better results.  An 80/12 works well and is the most versatile when it comes to the threads many of us use for piecing.

If you’re using a 40 wt. or 28 wt. thread for top-stitching or other decorative stitching, the needle size should be increased to a 90/14.

Most sewing machine manufacturers recommend changing your needle every eight hours of sewing.  You’re keeping track of that, right?  That’s why I use my “five-bobbin” method – it’s not based on anything except being a reliable, consistent reminder.

Sewing over pins is discouraged – strongly… and “some of us” do it anyway.  And if we should “clip” a pin even a little bit, we need to consider changing the needle, especially if we can see or hear any difference in the quality of the stitch.  “Hear”?  Yes, that’s often the first indication that your needle might have lost a bit of its tip.

For many of us, when we have problems with the thread breaking frequently or stitches not being straight and even, our needle might need replacing.  Why?  Because sometimes the needle has an imperfection that we can’t see.  For common problems and troubleshooting – Sewing Needle Troubleshooting Guide.

For all sorts of terrific information on sewing machine needles, I recommend the following websites:

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Just a pretty picture of some Bella Solids – even with a completely random assortment of colors, I love the way they look.

Now for my funny story… about two months ago, a friend commented that I didn’t have a “signature” on my e-mail.  You know – name, company, address, etc.  It had my name… what else did I need, right?  Apparently, this friend thought it a bit “lacking”.

So I decided to change that and put… what?  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have an official title other than “wearer of many hats” so I decided to do what I often do… have a little fun.  So my new signature-line stated – Hat Collector / Marketing Department.

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I didn’t think anything of it when Barb Groves of Me & My Sister gave me a yellow plastic hard-hat with “Moda Warehouse Spy” on the side of it during set-up at Quilt Market.  Then Jennifer Keltner of Martingale gave me a plastic Viking helmet – that’s the horn in the lower left of the picture… not sure what’s going on but okay.  By the third hat – a racoon cap from Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique – I knew something was up but I hadn’t connected the dots.  In my defense, it was booth set-up and there was a lot going on.

And then I ran into one of the sweetest, funniest, loveliest of Moda Designers.  When she said, “When did you start with Moda? How did I miss that? How long have you been in Dallas? By the way, I have a hat for you!”… I knew what was going on.  And I knew who was behind the hats…

My boss

Yep.  Her.  My boss – ModaLissa.  (This was taken last Friday when her adorable grandson, Nolan, came for a visit with his Mom, Misty.  Everybody in the office hopes they come back frequently.)

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I have the hats displayed in the office and I forgot to get a picture – every time I thought about it and was about to take a picture, I was interrupted and forgot all about it.  I promise to remedy that next week.

I’m thinking of becoming a “Diamond collector” in September.  What do you think?  Ideas?

Happy Friday and have a terrific weekend!

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Taking it on the Road: Quilt Museums

Last week I wrote about traipsing through the countryside to enjoy barn quilts (and lots of readers added comments about barn quilts near them—be sure to check them out for barn quilts near you). This week I’m still thinking about quilts and vacation, but this time it’s quilt museums. Whether you make the museum your final destination or just stop on your way to visit the relatives, there are plenty of opportunities to see quilts around the country. Check the museum’s websites and Facebook pages for information on hours and days of operation—some close for holidays and to install exhibitions. And if you’re not able to visit in person, many of the museums offer great online collections for your perusing pleasure. Talk about inspiration!

Here’s a round-up of a few of the museums dedicated to traditional quilts, contemporary quilts, and art quilts:

 

The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska

 

International Quilt Study Center & Museum , Location: Lincoln NE, Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects . A world class museum with state of the art exhibitions.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum , Location: Lincoln NE, Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects . A world class museum with state of the art exhibitions.

Established with a donation of 1,000 quilts in 1997, the International Quilt Study Center (IQSC) moved into its current quarters (the building above) in 2008. Just this month they opened additional gallery space, meaning there’s even more to see. Quilt exhibitions this summer include Getting to Know You, Ambiguity and Enigma: Recent Quilts by Michael JamesCovering the War, and Reflections of the Exotic East in American Quilts.

If you’re not sure how soon you’ll get to the IQSC, sign up for their Quilt of the Month: you’ll get an email highlighting an outstanding quilt from their collection. Need more inspiration? Look back at their archived Quilts of the Month—gorgeous!

 

Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, Texas

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Texas Quilt Museum

You may remember reading about this museum in January because it’s the beneficiary of Moda’s Collections for a Cause Mill Book Series 1892 line of fabric. This link will take you back to the post to learn more about the museum’s history. The museum’s summer offerings (which open on July 2) include Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content, Kimono Quilts and Kimonos, and Antique Four-Poster Quilts.

 

National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky

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African-American Double Wedding Ring from the Pilgrim/Roy collection

National Quilt Museum

National Quilt Museum

Exhibitions at this renowned museum change 8 to 10 times a year. This summer you can see SAQA: Food for Thought (through July 8), A Tradition of Variations from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection (through August 17), and A Small Miracle of a Southern Island: Quilts of Caohagan (opening July 10). To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor will open August 20.

 

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, California

War Bird West (framed)  Heavy Metal T-shirts  34" x 38", Collection of Matt Gonzales

War Bird West (framed)
Heavy Metal T-shirts
34″ x 38″, Collection of Matt Gonzales

I Carry the Flame (framed)  Harley Davidson T-shirts, leather, denim  15" x 19", Collection of Matt Gonzales

I Carry the Flame (framed)
Harley Davidson T-shirts, leather, denim
15″ x 19″, Collection of Matt Gonzales

This museum opened in 1977 and its website says it is “the first museum in the United States to focus exclusively on quilts and textiles as an art form.” Several exhibitions at this west coast museum close July 5 and the museum is closed from July 6-9 to install the next, exhibitions that include Found/Made, an exhibition of quilts made from found materials curated by Rod Kiracofe, author of Unconventional and Unexpected , and Recycled, Up-cycled, Repurposed Clothing Design: A Slow Fashion Movement (opening July 11).

 

LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum in LaConner, Washington

LaConner Museum first floor

LaConner Museum first floor

LaConner Seasonal Palettes exhibition

LaConner’s second floor hosts contemporary quilt exhibitions

Located in the Gaches Mansion, this museum first opened in 1997. Though it’s in a historic building and its first floor includes Victorian furniture, upstairs galleries include exhibitions of contemporary quilts. Several exhibits close June 28, but opening July 1 are 30 Quilts for 30 Years: Carol Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Celebrating 20 Years of Art, and Creative Knitting. Weaving Willow opens August 5.

 

New England Quilt Museum in Lowell Massachusetts

Seasonal Palettes exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

Seasonal Palettes exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

This museum opened in 1987 and is located in a building constructed in 1845 as the Lowell Institute for Savings. Through July 26, this museum offers Seasonal Palette, by 37 international quilt artists. AQSG’s Civil War Era Quilts opens July 1, A Summer Celebration of New England Quilts starts July 28 and a Carol Bryer Fallert-Gentry retrospective opens August 20.

 

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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In Stitches: Embroidery Needle Arts

This museum is located on a 2.2 acre farmstead and its gallery and education center are in a refurbished barn. Through July 25 you can see In Stitches: Embroidery Needle Arts and then you can take in Second Fiber Arts Biennale: Wisconsin State of the Art (http://wiquiltmuseum.com/category/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits).

 

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado

Gwen Marston's Checkerboard Medallion with Sawtooth Border

Gwen Marston’s Checkerboard Medallion with Sawtooth Border

This museum opened in 1990 with a gift of 101 quilts and has grown steadily.Exhibitions through July 28 include Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts and Native American Portraits by Patsy Heacox. Starting July 30 you can see It’s What We Do: 26 Years of Collecting and a 26th Anniversary Challenge.

 

The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio

Quilt National 2015

Quilt National 2015

Although not exclusively devoted to quilts, this museum and education center hosted the first Quilt National in 1979. The show is the longest-running juried exhibition of art quilts in the country and takes place every other year. If you’re in the vicinity, you’re in luck because this is the year. Quilt National 2015 runs through Sept 7.

Other museums featuring quilts in their collections, include the Shelburne Museum; the DAR Museum; the Great Lakes Quilt Center, part of the Michigan State University Museum, the American Folk Art Museum.

Do you have a favorite quilt museum, or are there some I’ve missed? We’d love to hear!

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Summer sewing…

Happy Tuesday!

One of the oddest things about being a quilter is that while we make quilts all year-round, most of us seem to get the most sewing-quilting done during the summer.  I’ve never quite figured that out because it seems like all of my friends with children are busiest in the summer… when the kids are out of school.

Of course, when I lived in Phoenix, the explanation was easy.  It was too hot to be outside so staying inside – in an air-conditioned sewing room – was better than going on vacation!  It was a vacation!

I have a to-do list of sewing for this summer…

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You’ll have to forgive me if it’s a little cryptic but two or three of those things are “in the works” and “not definite” and “subject to change”… by folks other than me.

The BB Star Blocks – Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp Quilt-along?  I’ve got 23 made and given that this is the 25th week of the year, I should have 50.  Or at least that was my plan.  Starlight has all the triangles done and now I need to cut background and sew that.  I think I also need to make 5 more triangles… I didn’t plan that well, did I?

Linzee is going to have several posts this summer about “taking it on the road” – she’s chatting with several quilters about taking their projects with them when they travel.  I looking forward to that.

There are lots of quilt-alongs currently underway online – mostly on Instagram.  Jen Kingwell is well represented with sew-alongs for Glitter (pattern available here soon) and It’s A Small World – this quilt published in the Spring 2015 Special Issue of Quiltmania magazine.  (The magazine sold out pretty quickly here so if you want one, grab it when you see it!)

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Instagram – #mysmallworldqal

Her wonderful – and obviously very talented – daughter Lucy is the designer of Smitten.  It’s complicated and amazing and super-scrappy and I really, really want to make it but… it’s not on my list.  Yet.  Smitten-QAL#smittenqal and #smittenquilt

In clockwise order, starting in the upper left – Sewlux – Chrissy / Modalissa – Lissa / Cupacake42 – Kimberly / KathrinesQuilteStue – Kathrine.

It can be made by machine using Marti Michell’s template Set H or pieced by hand.  Those templates are pretty awesome!

There’s a Thimbleblossoms Scrappy Sampler Quilt-along – #TBScrappySamplerQAL

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In clockwise order from upper left… Etericsson / Aqua_Paisley – Samantha / Sewlux – Chrissy / harthollow – Lisa.

And thanks to Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, it seems lots of folks are starting to make bowties.  The California location of Primitive Gatherings made a bowtie quilt for their Summer Block of the Week – a very successful program Lisa started several years ago.  This is their quilt…

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The original Primitive Gatherings in Menasha is making this Summer Breeze quilt.

Primitive Gatherings Summer Breeze

I’ll bet just about anything that more than a few people have signed up for both… just saying.

So what are your summer sewing plans?  Do you make a list?  Or do you just wing it?

Have you ever participated in a quilt-along or sew-along?

If you haven’t, I highly recommend it as it’s a lot of fun.  Even if it’s just you and a friend, it’s fun to cheer each other along and share tips.  And you’d be surprised how “inspired” you are to finish your quilt… especially if your sweet friend is really, really fast and always finishes first… just saying.

I’m off to work on my to-do list… and maybe add something to it.

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