Notions (opinion)

On Learning to Sew

April 18, 2014

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about how to teach kids to sew (and you’ll see some of the fruits of those brain labors in our May-June 2014 issue due on newsstands 4-22, woot!). And we started talking amongst ourselves: How old were we when we learned to sew? Who taught us? Did we have [...]

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Notions: Lula-fied

October 3, 2013

  Twelve words that describe an unforgettable retreat experience (in no meaningful order): tears, jokes, risks, nudges, ideas, new friends, new skills, amazing food, energy. Even more than all the cool swag stuffed into in my cool new tote, these are the treasures I received from the recent Find Your Lula retreat held in Park [...]

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Notions: Label It!

May 3, 2013

Every once in awhile someone in the blogosphere will put up one of those tremendous posts that truly lights up the world and makes us all shout out a hearty “that’s the best post ever”…… at least for the week.   I ran across one of those this week and I just wanted to share it [...]

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Resolved, Version 2013 (Plus A Throwdown)

December 29, 2012

If someone from a non-creative, non-quilting culture were to ask about the average stitcher’s New Year’s resolutions, they would come to the immediate conclusion that we are all slobs who never finish anything and never throw or give anything away. Why? Because most quilters and sewists rate cleaning the sewing room and finishing their UFOs [...]

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Notions: Porky Patchwork?

November 27, 2012

  A few days ago, our creative director Megan Dougherty nosed out a newspaper editorial written by the Chattanooga Times Free Press that slammed the use of public funding for the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. In particular, the paper contends that federal monies are wrongly pledged to the IQSC because [...]

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NOTIONS: Copy Wrongs and Rights

March 23, 2012

Scene: It’s 1939 and you’re wearing a new dress your mother just stitched up using several feed sacks that used to hold McGookey’s Best Chix Crunch. (Just humor us, okay?) And that snotty Nellie B. makes disparaging remarks about your frock because she thinks Farley Feed has better prints. And all you knew was you [...]

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Notions: Magazine Boot Camp

March 19, 2012

Most of you probably know we’ve been planning to publish a print/digital edition of Generation Q Magazine from the very start of this eZine last summer. It’s not that we have anything against our online GenQ. It’s because we vehemently believe that there is a niche in the print/digital quilt world for a lifestyle publication [...]

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Notions: Chair or Wall? Blanket or Art?

October 24, 2011

To hang or not to hang…. That is the unanswerable question, and boy, do we love to stick our noses into things like this! The debate about the best way to present a quilt to an audience—either in real time or in photography—flashed a week ago on the blogosphere (no, we’re NOT dishing on who [...]

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Notions: Happy Birthday MQG!

October 5, 2011

Notions: Happy Birthday, MQG! Instant belonging. Immediate understanding. Friends everywhere. That’s how Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Chicago, sums up the effects and events of two years ago, when she and fellow bloggers and quilters Elizabeth Hartman, Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir created the Modern Quilt Guild, an online and in-person guild network. [...]

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Notions: Winner of the ‘What is Modern Quilting ‘Essay Contest

September 5, 2011

To put it mildly, Q-bies, we were amazed, gratified and giddy about all the stir created by the “What is Modern Quilting?” Essay Contest.  First, we get seven solid contributors pouring out their thoughts on this very elusive subject. Then we get more than 150 commenters, many just as thoughtful and eloquent as the original [...]

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