Saturday, August 18, 2018

Stitch 'N Sew Quilts Magazine

I have been subscribing to quilt magazines for years now, but am to the point where I am letting my subscriptions expire.  All the magazines are so full of ads and I think they try to out do each other to see who can print the most quilt patterns in a magazine. The main problem being they try to compress all the instructions into 2 or 3 pages, and I have found mistakes many times when I tried to follow these sparse instructions. The only current magazine I will continue is AQ Magazine and recently I have subscribed to Quiltfolk, which I thoroughly enjoy reading.

While in an antique shop recently I came across the April 1987 issue of Stitch 'N Sew Quilts.  I am fascinated with this magazine which is full of stories about quilters, original block designs and very few ads. 

Being an avid English Paper Piecer, I am always on the lookout for new blocks that I can EPP.     
  This block was titled Windblown Star.   The description given in the magazine: "This wonderful design came to us from Jan Halgrimson and her book Great Scrap-Bag Quilts,"  the second in her series of 3 "Scrap Quilt" books."  they go on to give the Publisher information of the books.    
They have the pattern pieces for making the block, and I can hardly wait to try making it.

Other articles in the magazine included:
  • Pieces and Patches - a poem written by a quilter
  • Reverend Foster's Quilt - a quilter's story about a special quilt made for a pastor
  • Unfinished Quilt
  • Why Quilting? - I found this article so current to quilters in 2018 as in 1987
  • Getting the Most Out of a Quilt Show - Should be a must read before going to a show - hey, its not all about the vendors!
  • Immigrant Influences - this is an amazing Baltimore Album style quilt that has a different block depicting the impact on the various nationalities of immigrants.  It described in detail the meaning behind the block - I found it fascinating.
  • Sixty Per Cent Syndrome -  this article gives a whole new meaning to the purposes for our UFO's
  • Finished in Love - a very touching story of a quilter who purchased unfinished quilt objects at auctions and other places and finished them - turning them into beautiful gifts as an act of love the quilter that started the project
  • Numerous block designs and quilt patterns - readers submitted their original design blocks as well as a couple "professional" designers
I haven't read all the articles yet, but I will.  I enjoyed it so much, I got on line at ebay and found 10 more issues.  This is what is missing in today's magazines -  QUILTERS and their stories. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Happy Quilt Progress

 This is my progress as of this morning when I took these pictures.  Still have one more applique row with butterflies, and checker board separator row and a row of houses to go. 

Having a lot of fun with this one and loving working with these bright happy colors.

Since  am doing this Quilt-As-You-Go, I can use a different bright color fabric for the backing on each row.  How fun is that!!!!  I am using an orange sashing to connect these rows on the back ad just a white on the front.