Please enjoy some news from the quilt world as you plan your own weekend sewing adventures!
Amelia Perry, mother of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, made a red-white-and-blue quilt that she donated to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to raise money for construction of the new Republic of Texas History Center.
Instagram user Allison Schnackenberg (@schnacks ) made her own version of Pam Rocco’s improvisational Double Cross quilt, which we offered as a free pattern in conjunction with our August/September 2012 issue, and we all think it’s pretty awesome (you can download the free pattern for Double Cross from our website). As the QN editor who wrote this pattern, may I just say how relieved I am not only that someone was able to follow the instructions, but pleased to see how she took the pattern even further and made it her own!
Kathy Nida is an art quilter and member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) whose work has appeared in Quilters Newsletter; her Disrupted appeared in “Readers’ Quilt Show” in our December/January 2012 issue as part of SAQA’s “Sightlines” exhibit. Kathy’s highly personal work often includes depictions of the nude female body and reproductive system, both internal and external, and addresses issues surrounding fertility and childbirth. Her piece I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket was recently pulled from a SAQA exhibit on display at a major quilt show after an attendee complained that she (incorrectly) thought she saw a representation of male genitalia in it.
Kathy is no stranger to controversy over her work; indeed, after we published Disrupted (an 80″ x 70″ piece reduced to under 4″ x 4″, mind you), we received and printed a letter from a reader who called the quilt “obscene” and more befitting Playboy magazine than “a product for mature women.” We then received letters for the rest of the year from other readers who disagreed and thought Kathy’s artwork was neither obscene nor offensive to “mature women” (or, as one writer noted, to himself as a mature man) and deserved to be published as much as any of the other art quilts. QN readers are awesome like that.
My point is, Kathy has been down this road before, but this latest brouhaha is much ado about nothing, as she explained in a recent post on her blog, which includes a small image of the quilt in question; note that Kathy does use proper anatomical terms where appropriate, starting with the title of her blog post.
The opioid addiction problem, particularly in rural America, has been rising over the past few years, leading to a devastating number of deaths from overdose. Bev Kelley of Appleton, Wisconsin, has started a community quilt project called Wisconsin Sharing without Shame to spotlight those who are still struggling with heroin addiction, in recovery or who have died. She explained, “Nobody wants their kid to be forgotten and many of them were taken in their 20′s and 30′s,” including her own daughter, Megan.
File under “Quilts in unexpected places:” the high-end store Dover Street Market New York, which opened earlier this year, has a wall decorated with a variety of vintage quilts in its men’s shoe department.
Tammy Lacy of Oahu, Hawaii, has put out a call to return a quilt that she accidentally donated to a local thrift shop back in March but only just discovered was missing. The quilt was made for her by her grandmother over 40 years ago and has tremendous sentimental value. Note that this doesn’t appear to be an applique quilt made in two colors, which is what most of us think of when we hear “Hawaiian quilt.” Based on the photos, it looks more like a scrappy patchwork quilt made of Hawaiian prints (coincidentally similar to the quilts described by collector Bill Volckening in an article he wrote for our August/September 2016 issue). These things have a way of making their way to the mainland (just ask Bill), so keep an eye out for it if you can (Bill, I’m talking to you).
Most of the school districts here in the Denver area have already gone back to school and NFL exhibition games are in full swing, so there’s no denying that autumn is right around the corner. If you’re craving all things pumpkin spice, take a gander at all the seasonal fall and Halloween patterns and kits available from Quilt and Sew Shop. Here are a couple I think you should know about (because they’re both on sale!).
The Trick and Treat quilt kit features the Spooktacular Eve collection by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics and Chenille-It™ Blooming Bias trim, which you stitch onto the surface during the quilting process. It’s a fun, modern throw quilt that’s easy enough to put together in time for Halloween. Better yet, it’s currently marked down 45% to only $52.25! Click here to learn more about the Trick and Treat quilt kit.
A perennial favorite, the Robbing Peter to Pay Jack pattern is now available for only $3.20. This wall hanging makes use of a positive/negative applique technique for a look that is only slightly spooky. The pattern includes a bonus pattern for a 15″ x 41″ table runner. Click here to learn more about the Robbing Peter to Pay Jack pattern; it is also available as a digital download for $7.99.
In the midst of all this talk about fall, I don’t want to forget to let you know about Best Christmas Quilts 2016, the brand new special issue from the Quilters Newsletter team! You still have four whole months to get some holiday sewing done, whether you want to make quick and easy ornaments, add some seasonal flair to your dining table or walls, or make a unique throw or bed quilt for guests to enjoy. Keep an eye on the QN blog in the coming weeks, as we’ll be talking about it more. In the meantime, be sure to get your copy in bookstores and quilt shops, from newsstands or from Quilt and Sew Shop, where it’s available in both print and digital editions.