Saturday A.M. Quilt Break: Quilts in the News

Happy Saturday! There’s no doubt we live in a culture dominated by a 24-hour news cycle, which can be stressful. Well, quilts are part of the news, too, so let’s get up to speed with some items regarding our favorite pastime.

First of all, if you need an excuse to shop for fabric, look no further: January 27, is Local Quilt Shop Day (if you’re a few days late, let’s say there’s a grace period)! It’s a day for consumers and retailers to celebrate the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere and to support the local quilt shops that make it all possible. Check out your locally owned and operated quilt shop to see if they’re holding any special sales or events, or just to, y’know, see what they might have on their shelves.

You don't hoard fabric, you just shop faster than you sew

Big congrats are in order for Claudia Pfeil, who won best of show at the 2018 Road to California Conference for Fractal. Other winners included Sherry Reynolds, who won the award for outstanding large quilt for Eternal Beauty. You may remember that Sherry let us share part of her process in the form of Facebook status updates she posted while in the thick of making Eternal Beauty; it’s very funny and inspiring for anyone who’s ever struggled to make things go right at the sewing machine. Click here to read the full list of Road to California 2018 winners.

Eternal Beauty

It’s worth noting that Road to California also exhibited quilts from Linda Pumphrey’s book Red & White Quilting: An Iconic Tradition in 40 Blocks. Visit the Road to California blog to see photos of quilts in this terrific exhibit .

A baseball-themed quilt celebrating the 1934 American League Champion Detroit Tigers exceeded expectations at a recent auction in Pennsylvania. Sold for $19,520 to an institution, the 86” x 105” appliqued quilt is embroidered with the signatures of 28 players, among them Mickey Cochrane, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Schoolboy Rowe, Goose Goslin, Tommy Bridges, Billy Rogell and Gee Walker. “We were a little concerned because it is not a typical quilt, say, a Baltimore album quilt, and it’s not, strictly speaking, baseball memorabilia, but it’s an incredible thing and it did extremely well. It was helped by the fact that a great article about it was published in a Detroit newspaper. The gentleman who made it gathered the signatures and spent many hours making it,” said auctioneer James Pook.

Considering how many packages we hear about that are stolen from in front of people’s homes during the holiday season, it’s nice to hear about one stolen item eventually getting to its intended recipients. A homemade quilt that went missing in Maryland was found in a Baltimore motel room along with other stolen items. “Thanks to all of the social media shares and media coverage, detectives from the Dundalk Precinct Investigative Services Unit were able to confirm the identity of the quilt’s creator and return the quilt to the rightful owner,” police said in a statement Monday night.

Okay, quilters, go out there and create your own quilt news this week!
Mary Kate

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