In the Q-niverse (Look What…)

In The Q-niverse: Grand Central Terminal

April 8, 2014

Happy Tuesday, Q-bies! File this under extremely cool in the q-niverse: Quilts and Grand Central!  Could there be anything cooler than quilts in an amazing historic building? If you’re in the New York area, it’s time to get to Grand Central Terminal and see the Grand Central Centennial Quilts Exhibition organized by The City Quilter [...]

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Many Hands2Help Make light work

March 27, 2014

There’s an old adage, “Many hands make light work.” In the olden days of quilting, women would get together and help each other hand-quilt the quilt tops made over the long hard winters. The many hands stitching lightened the load for the woman having her quilts done. Well that and catch-up on all the neighborhood [...]

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Persian Pickle Club and Interview with Sandra Dallas

March 25, 2014

It’s rewarding to step back sometimes and view quilting as part of a bigger world, which is what New York Times best-selling author Sandra Dallas does in some of her books, including The Persian Pickle Club, a murder mystery set during the Depression in the Midwest. The book weaves together the lives of a group [...]

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Glamping – Camping Modern Style

March 22, 2014

TV icons Lucy and Ricky (aka Nicky and Tacy) once honeymooned and moved to a new home in an (also iconic) Airstream trailer in the  movie The Long, Long Trailer. Their adventures ranged from cooking meals while zipping down the highway to collecting stones across the way, and the vintage movie still has huge appeal even [...]

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A Little Twerk Here, A Little Twerk There

September 4, 2013

  Whether you were cheering recently when Miley Cyrus turned in a surprising (um) live performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards telecast or wondering how you were going to scrub your eyeballs, you’ve gotta admit the whole thing had people talking. And when people talk about current events, so do quilts. Specifically Cheryl Sleboda’s beautifully [...]

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Bernina Creative Center Offers Learning for All

April 26, 2013

Exciting things are afoot over at BERNINA Headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, these days! Are you ready to get your sewing and quilting on? I was lucky enough to get a tour of the company’s new 4,500-square-foot Creative Center that is right next door to its U.S. headquarters. This lovely three-room facility has room for 50 [...]

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In The Q-niverse: Quilty Wedding Launches Stitcher’s Obsession

April 8, 2013

One of the many talented people I met at QuiltCon a few weeks ago was Lily Gonzales-Creed of Austin, Texas. I asked her what got her started in quilting, and she promptly told me all about the project that tempted her to become a quilter: her friend’s wedding. (Now there’s pressure!) I loved her story, [...]

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In the Q-niverse: Get Away From it All at the Makerie retreat

April 3, 2013

Let’s indulge in a fantasy here. On a whim, you bought a lottery ticket and, guess what? You won! Maybe not a ton, but let’s say it’s a little more than your family’s annual joint income. What to do, what to do? Well, we vote for going away on a creative weekend with some of [...]

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Needle Gypsies-At the Eye of the Needle Storm: International Quilt Study Center & Museum

December 5, 2012

Last week we admittedly stirred the pot a bit when we posted about the phenomenally boneheaded editorial (we get to say this because we aren’t a newspaper) published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Chattanooga Times Free-Press. This staff-written, anonymous editorial (which means it meets with at least some management approval) made the argument [...]

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In the Q-niverse: Alliance for American Quilts Hit eBay

November 18, 2012

It’s an organization whose mission is to “document, preserve and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts and their makers tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.” That’s a brain-ful of info for one mission statement, but for almost 20 years, the Alliance for American [...]

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