Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lincoln, Nebraska---Quilts and Causes

Homefront & Battlefield
Quilts and Context in the Civil War
February 3 - June 27, 2015
Great Plains Art Museum,
Lincoln, Nebraska

The traveling exhibit curated by Madelyn Shaw and Lynne Zacek Bassett will be up in Lincoln through June. Above, the catalog.

It originated at the American Textile History Museum
in Lowell, Massachusetts, and has been traveling to a few other

ATHM curator Diane Fagan-Affleck hanging the
exhibit at the Great Plains Museum of Art, which
is the last venue.

The photos are from the Lincoln Journal Star . See more here:

"When millions of Americans mobilized for war, the very fabric of life was altered. Banners, uniforms, flags and cloth marked this powerful transition. Objects and their creators tell poignant stories of war that still resonate today. See this touring exhibit, presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society, at its only venue outside the East Coast. An intriguing and absorbing look at the most divisive period in American history."

Quilt House at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln will be exhibiting related quilts from mid-March through November 21, 2015.

"Women on the American home front from the Civil War through Operation Iraqi Freedom have used quiltmaking to engage in the political, economic, social, and psychological aspects of war and loss of human life. “Covering the War” reveals how Americans experienced these needs and “covered” them with quilts."
See more information and other exhibits at this link:

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is planning their Seventh Biennial Symposium for April 16-18, 2015. The theme:

Making and Mending: Quilts for Causes and Commemoration
Presentations include:

“Civilians Face the War: Experiences on the Homefront” by Madelyn Shaw.
“Piecing Grief, Making Claims: Commemorative Quilts and American Activism” by Erika Doss.
“Quilts: Making, Giving and Sharing JOY” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
“Stitch (in) a Community Together: How Historical Signature Quilts Informed a Series of New Collaborative Projects” by Lynn Setterington.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Regiment from Fat Quarter Shoppe's Jolly Bars

Regiment Quilt 43.5" x 52"

The online store the Fat Quarter Shop will be
shipping kits for this quilt made from my Moda Union Blues line.

They are offering a new pre-cut package that is exclusive to their shop. Their Jolly Bar pack includes 42 pieces that are cut 5" x 10".

 The kit for the Regiment quilt offers enough fabric pieces to make the 43-1/2" x 52" quilt plus fabric for binding and backing.

The backing yardage is 8293-11

The price for the kit is $67.48. It will be shipped in March. Order the kit or the Jolly Bar pack here at the Fat Quarter Shop:

You can arrange a finished 4-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle into a variety of patterns.

See some other ideas at this post:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Waiting for Our Ship to Come In

You may be waiting...

and waiting for your ship to come in.

And not even realize that it's already here.

It's just not getting unloaded.

The other day I was complaining to my friend Bettina
that I hadn't gotten any new fabric in awhile.
She sez:
"Do you think the West Coast shipping troubles could be a factor?"


World trade issues affecting me?

How many bolts of fabric are sitting in the dock of the bay?
(This is bolts Photoshopped onto a ship)

Read this article on fabric and the shipping back up:

No it's not a quilt. It's a ship full of containers waiting to be unloaded.
This is an actual picture from the air.

This also might be relevant to the lumber I am waiting for on my new front porch.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I'm in QuiltMania

Carol has written a very nice article about her visit to
my house last fall.

See the current issue: January/February 2015

I did a post when they came to visit. Guy took photos
of several of my antique quilts.
This one arrived while they were there. We hung it up. It's perfect for the spot.

Here are a couple of others from the magazine.
I love this one because the maker substituted Cheerio-like
shapes for the sunflower blocks when she ran out.

Another of my favorites. A great combination
of order and chaos.

See QuiltMania's English page here:

And my post about their visit:

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Morris Jewels

Moda's sales reps are showing quilt shop buyers another color collection
of my Best of Morris line. 

We printed a separate line of the same prints called the Morris Jewels. Yardage is scheduled to be delivered mid-July with pre-cuts like Layer Cakes in early summer. 

Morris Jewels in Pink Garnet colorway
Here's the description:

William Morris meets pure color in The Morris Jewels. Fabric historian Barbara Brackman has updated favorite prints by the nineteenth-century design master. Twenty-first-century color means jewel tones that give today’s quilters a range from pink garnet and emerald green to sapphire blue and topaz. You’ll love putting color on color with these classic yet contemporary prints.



Sapphire Blue


See a PDF with more information by clicking here:

Spectacular fabric calls for spectacular plans. I haven't seen a square inch of this fabric YET, but I have been Photoshopping.  I'm thinking explosions of color.

Maybe tamed with a yellow Bella Solid as a neutral.

Lime Green always makes a good neutral.
The inspiration here is those turn-of-the-century
Pennsylvania stars.

Actual Star quilt from southeastern Pennsylvania about
1880-1920. From Cowhollow Collectibles.

William Morris meets the Pennsylvania Mennonites.

Virtual Star quilt
The collection also offers 10 colors shaded in Grunge fashion,

adding another layer of texture.

Would William be on board?
He WAS a radical in many ways.

More Photoshopping for inspiration

I can Photoshop a lot better than I can sew 
so these are not going to get made.

Unless, of course, you readers accept the challenge.

Scaling back the dream blocks......
Here's a pattern for a 32" block from BlockBase & EQ7

And a link to a pattern Lissa did for McCall's Quilting about a year ago, using 2-1/2" Moda
JellyRoll strips.

They offer a free download.

You could re-color it, sorta like this.