Well, hello Q-bies! Greetings and salutations from your newest associate editor!
Who knew a simple “I wish” comment on a post written by Jake Finch would lead to the privilege of working with Generation Q Magazine? Whoa, Nelly! Somebody pinch me. No, not really. But seriously! Please do not wake me up if this is all a dream. Being quite skilled at maintaining the behind-the-scenes kinds of things, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing for the magazine: Some blogging, maintaining the quilt show calendar, technical editing, blog tours, challenges and the like.
Soooo, did you know Saturday is Worldwide Quilting Day? In some respects, this has all the significance and cultural impact of, say, National Hot Dog Day. But those of us who love to fondle fabric take it a bit more seriously. Our friends from the FabShopNet celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day in a big way! We’re celebrating, too, and we’re bringing you in on the par-tay. At the end of this post, you’ll have an opportunity to win a super-fun prize from the creative, twisted minds at Quilt Dots, those fun, feisty, quilty magnets that turn into jewelry!
Back to the holiday, though. Here’s a little background on this day of cloth observance, which is kinda connected to National Quilting Day, as organized by the National Quilting Association (NQA). According to the NQA website, here’s the scoop: In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a “Quilters’ Day Out” on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quiltmaking in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of “Quilters’Day Out” that they voted to take it to a national level.
Well, you know how these things go. Others have blown it to global proportions and changed the name. Whatever. It’s all about celebrating our q-fetish (and we’re always up for a party at GenQ anyway). So, how do you celebrate quilting? Do you spend the day with your peeps making quilts for charity? Do you do a “what was I thinking” stash clear-out? Do you attend a quilt show? Try something new and crazy? Participate in a challenge? Reflect on how you got started in this madness?
In the spirit of things, Melissa asked me to share a photo of my first quilt. (Don’t tell her, I couldn’t find it.) Do any of you remember when pictures were taken with real film? And we took them to just the right place to get developed (and were so happy when one-hour photo places opened up)?
Well, that’s how my first quilt now exists. As an actual picture, in a box with thousands of picture-friends. Thousands of friends. Soooo many I couldn’t find the actual picture. But thanks to the magic of technology, I created something similar in EQ 6. (See illustration.)
Being a rookie quilter, some of the fabrics were, um, not truly meant for quilting. That lightweight poly/cotton batiste provided entertainment of the worst kind later on. As I handquilted, the polyester batting popped up through the batiste with the needle and thread. The entertainment: sliding the batting back down in between the layers. It didn’t help that I’d totally wear out a needle before using a new one! Oh, the things we learn!
now, how about that giveaway?
Leave us a comment here telling us what you learned from your first quilt. Or tell us what you’ll be doing to celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day. And we’ll pick TWO random winners. One will receive a $50 gift certificate that for any of the great fun stuff at Quilt Dots. The second winner will receive a set of Bitchy Stitcher magnets PLUS a necklace base from Quilt Dots. (NOTE: These very cool licensed designs style the vibes of Megan Dougherty, The Bitchy Stitcher, author of our very own Unravelled column and the new quilting humor book, Quilting IsN’T Funny. If you don’t have a copy of Megan’s new book, we can help you with that.
And while you’re hanging out online, check out Quilt Dots anyway; we hear they have some giveaway madness going on there, too.
Let’s review: One set of Bitchy Stitcher Quilt Dots and a necklace base or ONE $50 gift certificate . Winners chosen randomly from comments on this blog post. (Facebook doesn’t count.) Winners announced March 21. Any questions? Let the party commence!