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Okay, I’ve been on the fence about renewing my subscription for awhile now, but the newest issue has thrown me from the fence. I’M DONE! Thanks to the “Zombie Apocalypse” article by Megan Dougherty, you made the decision for me. What were you thinking? Do you really not understand your magazine’s demographic? I thought I was alone, but at our state guild meeting last week, it was a topic and the room seemed to mirror my sentiments. Farewell Quilter’s Home. May you go quietly into the sunset.

I had a bad day today, a truly horrifying day at work that left me worried that I’d get Åred for another’s stupidity; I had wrists that exploded into painkiller-untouchable shoots of agony; and the weather decided to make up its mind at the exact moment I was far enough from work to not be able to duck back in and avoid the shower that drenched me. It was a world of suck. I called my other half, told him I’d meet him in our regular meet-up (a bookshop/ newsstand of interesting stuff). He was late, despite me already whining at him that the day sucked. And I stood there fuming and getting angry looking at the magazines because I KNEW already that my favorite embroidery mag wouldn’t be there because it is no longer distributed to Ireland—just to make me mad. And then I saw it. A Quilters Home with one of those gold stickers they usually stick on anything that’s an American edition over here. And I had to look twice, because I’ve looked for this magazine repeatedly and given it up accepting it was just one more of the things I couldn’t get over here. But it was here! And yes, Megan Dougherty had written in it! And I Ånally got to read her in something that wasn’t computer-screen based. And as I stood there, sniggering and giggling about how she and I will survive the zombie apocalypse, the sun came out, the other half showed up and all of a sudden my day was all okay. It didn’t matter that life had sucked before, ‘cause I was laughing. I’ve always enjoyed her posts on all of her blogs. But I thought she deserved to know that her column saved my day. Megan, thank you for your humor, your honesty and your writings. You have inspired me more than you will ever know.

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n the coming zombie apocalypse, the uninfected survivors will be divided into two groups: those whose faces are eventually devoured by undead, flesh-munching demons and the quilters. Quilters uniquely possess the ingenuity, the guile and the ruthlessness needed to survive. Skeptical? Believe us, it only takes one encounter with a slime-encrusted, brain-eating ghoul intent on getting gore all over your stash to see just how little “ruth” you have. But that doesn’t mean you should greet Armageddon unprepared. That’s why we’ve watched every zombie movie and TV show out there (and hoo, boy, there’s a lot of them) so you don’t have to. From the knowledge we gained, we created this handy guide to help you get ready for the inevitable plague that will destroy humanity except for a few hardy souls who will somehow manage to escape its wrath. Hope one of ‘em is you!



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1. work on your handsewing skills Anyone can learn to stitch up a gaping head wound neatly and quickly, but the one who can also add a pretty little birdie or a nice flower will be highly prized in the survivor camps and might not get traded to the Big Mean Sweaty Guy for food or latrine access. And naturally, there will be no electricity, so if you want to get anything pieced in time for Christmas, you better know how to do it by hand. You could, of course, invest in a treadle machine, but because you’ll be forced to walk hundreds of miles to the “virus-free zone” you heard about that one time your short-wave radio got a brief transmission before you shot it in despair (trust us, this happens to everyone), you’ll probably want to travel light. 2. befriend the meanest quilter you know As you wander the seemingly deserted landscape, you will inevitably meet another survivor, possibly with a young child in tow, who will initially

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team up with you, but will behind, and it might as well on your improv skills. Start soon turn on you in order be you. Ask any long-term by locking yourself out of to steal your weapons and zombie apocalypse survivor your sewing room and then food. To adequately handle and she’ll tell you it’s the ones promising your pregnant sister this eventuality, you’ll need who do the craziest things who a baby quilt by the end of the to know the ins and outs of manage to make it out alive, week. At first, of course, you’ll professional backstabbing: while the timid scaredy-pants panic, turning to the liquor how to anticipate it, how to become dinner for deadbeats. cabinet in despair and getting subvert it and how to walk So start practicing your devilpie-eyed on mojitos before away with your tuna cans may-care attitude by taking noon. But by the end of that and ergonomic seam rippers on projects that make lesser week, desperation will become intact. You know that one quilters pee their pants with the mother of invention and quilter who tells you the quilt fear. By the time you’ve paper you’ll find a way to make you brought to show and tell pieced and hand quilted an a perfectly adorable baby at your guild meeting was entire king-size quilt, you’ll quilt out of sugar, lime peels, the loveliest one she saw all be more than ready to take empty bottles of rum and a night and she just has to make on 500 undead demons with muddler. Repeat as necessary one like it for her great Aunt nothing more than a pair of to hone your technique, but Phyllis (but then you find out pinking shears and an AK-47. stop if you begin to consider she took pictures of it on her dismantling one of the iPhone and uploaded them 5. learn to improvise children for spare parts. on uglyquiltsmadebymorons. You’re holed up in your local But of course, the most com)? Become her acolyte. quilt shop (a natural choice of important thing to remember Learn her ways. True, no one fort for any respectable quilter) when the walking dead are will want to room with you on with your rag-tag group of knocking at your door is to retreat ever again, but you can fellow survivors, and there’s keep your sense of humor. take comfort in the knowledge a horde of hungry zombies Sure, it may not seem funny that no one will be able to trying to break through the now, but years later, when steal your thread snips without doors and windows. You have you gather with your fellow losing an arm in the process. only minutes until something quilting survivors, you’ll all gives and your hideout laugh as you trade stories 3. start saving thread becomes a grocery store for about trying to find your least This wasn’t actually in any of ghouls. You ran out of bullets favorite fat quarter to use as the movies we watched or the for that AK-47 when you shot a tourniquet and about the graphic novels we read, but up your short-wave radio, time you thought you were it just seems like a good idea. and your rotary cutter blades going to have to repopulate Never hurts to be thrifty! are all nicked up. But you’ve the planet with that nice gay got a store full of fabric, man from Schenectady. 4. take risks thread, needles and assorted And besides, if you can Somebody’s going to have notions. What will you do? laugh in the face of a crazed to come up with the cojones If you’re going to fashion horde of zombies and still necessary to storm a shopping an effective weapon out of remember how to tie a mall full of crazed, soulless an acrylic ruler, some safety quilter’s knot, then there’s corpses in order to save pins and a bias tape machine, nothing you can’t do. Q the one person that got left you’re going to need to work

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I’ve been subscribing to Quilter’s Home for a couple of years, and I truly enjoy your magazine! I love quilts and patterns, although I have yet to actually complete an entire quilt myself. I was very interested to read about New Mexico’s Lea County Correctional Facility, because I had recently seen a TV news report and a print article about a similar program here in Washington. The Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe, Washington, began a similar program about two years ago. It seems to help the participating prisoners quite a lot. You can go to the website of The Seattle Times by following this link to read their article: localnews/2010700302_apwaprisonquilting.html Thanks for all the fun. Even my husband enjoys the articles I point out to him. Both of us get a kick out of Megan Dougherty’s columns. I’m glad you decided to add her to your list of contributors. Keep on quilting and God bless.

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I cannot tell you when I last read a quilt magazine and enjoyed the articles like I did your February/March 2011 issue. I haven’t even Ånished reading all the articles and when I got to the Last Will and Testament, I had to get up and leave it because I was laughing so hard. I was also thinking “This is my life!” Thanks for a good laugh.

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we had to ask

you had to answer What song would be the perfect theme song for your life?

rks by Firewo ry September by er Katy P Chris Daughtry Little Miss by Sugarland

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I can't drive 55 by Sammy Haggard

Running on Ice by Billy Joel

Somewhere by the Moody Blues Who am I? by Casting Crowns

Working for the weekend by Loverboy

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What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong “I can't resist this. Stand By Your Man. My 'man' recently had a motorcycle accident. Thankfully he'll recover fully. Now that I know he'll be fine, I'm finding it hard to sympathize. Really, why would anyone, especially old codgers like him, get on one of these dangerous machines? I think he needs a dog instead!”

40% = no

“But when I do my annual fabric clean-out, I donate it to the ladies at my church who make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.”

“Yes and no. I thought maybe the five kids would be my slaves. They are if I've got a whip in hand (metaphorically speaking) but then they turn around and immediately destroy what they just cleaned up!”

34% = no

“Wait a minute…you're supposed to clean the house? When did that happen?”

25% = i wish

“I think that springy thing in the back of my chair is ergonomic.”

47% = no

“Hell no! Quilting ain’t for sissies!” “Do men use ergonomic drills and saws? I think the manufacturers have convinced women they ‘need’ these tools when really they just need to be smarter about what they have.”

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The Wounded Warrior Battalion… ConKerr Cancer Georgia… Quilts of Valor… children with cancer… my local hospitals… Victory Junction Gang… Project Linus… local family crisis center… Quilts for Japan… MS Society… local police and fire departments… Alex, a Calgary charity that helps give a hand-up… Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative… St. Jude’s Hospital… Iraqi Bundles of Hope… weighted blankets for people with sensory disorders

41% = yes

36% = yes


60% = yes

Do you have housecleaning help?

Do you use ergonomic sewing/quilting tools?

17% = ergo-what?

Do you sew/quilt for charity? If yes, which one(s)?

“In my dreams, everything is clean and in its place. The dog wipes her feet at the door and my husband and kids hang up their clothes and put their dishes in the white box by the sink (they don't know it’s called a DISHwasher). Maybe in my next life…” Q

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pass the


Late summer/early fall brings out the heat in all of us, and our fabric designers are no exception. Have some iced tea handy for a cooling jolt, as you add some of these fiery warmers to your next project.


Cedar Lake by Lunn Studios for Artisan Batiks Robert Kaufman Fabrics,

from previous page:

Cool things down a bit with a splash from this beautiful batik group by Lunn Studios. Cedar Lake reminds us of long lazy afternoons sitting on the boat dock at the water’s edge, dangling our toes in the cool wet and thinking of nothing except vay-cay! Just to be hyper-cute, challenge yourself and work these babies into a Lady of the Lake block. How clever are we—and you, if you don’t let those half-squares q gget the best of yyou!

ffun Timeless Treasures,

Mod-ish apples and pears dance on a crisp and tasty white background in fun, an aptly named selection. And the blenders— fabrics that read like solids and can be used transitionally in any project—are just as fun as the main prints. Team these with dots and a hip basket-weave print, and you’ve got enough options to deck out a kitchen with dash and style. Your family will be so captivated they won’t even notice the encore tuna salad on their plates!


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pass the spice / stashworthy

Jewels of India by Peggy Toole Robert Kaufman Fabrics,

Picture a collection that screams out saris, curry and the Taj Mahal! This oh-so-luxe group of fabrics radiates heat and passion and deep visual flavor. We picked the eggplant and maroon set (called “Jewel”), but it was a toss-up between this and the turquoise or amber colorways. Think oversized floor cushions and layers of table toppers. Any quilt made from these bold large prints is guaranteed to bring out the sitars. (Now where did we put our Nehru jacket?)

Madison Blank Quilting,

Madison is a little more casual, but not any cooler! Gorgeous blooms of orange, red and hot pink play with modern graphics on a black background, giving us some great choices for clothing and accessories. We especially like the leaf print with its all-over stems and fun-colored leaves.

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stashworthy / pass the spice

let’s hear it for the boys The piles of fabric around us are towering, but we’ve uncovered even more stashworthy cuts—and these are all about boys, often a neglected group on the fabric continuum. Check out our Boys of Summer! From the classic, painterly strokes on Alphabet Animal to the fun allover prints of Michael Miller’s Toot Toot and Animal, each has its appeal. We love how boyishly cute Max & Whiskers is and can even see our furry sons outfitted with a new bed or collar. And even if there’s nothing left to say about owls (and there isn’t), Hooty Hoot gives a fresh take on this pop trend. Whether the boy in question is still crawl-prone or making car noises and feeding sandwiches to the

Hooty oty ty H Hoott ye by My Mind’s Ey Eye Riley Blake Fabrics,

DVD player, these cuts will make ‘em feel loved. Q

Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey Moda Fabrics,

Alphabet Animal Flash Cards Red Rooster Fabrics,

Animal House and Toot Toot Michael Miller Fabrics,


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Add one of these delights to your jewelry wardrobe. Gives a whole new meaning to ‘hanging with the girls.’


he calls them Bead Ladies, but we call them awesome! These little gals made from handcrafted polymer clay faces, stuffed fabric bodies and luscious beads are the little muses of art quilter, dollmaker and teacher Karen Cunagin. The four little ladies here are Tribal Queen , Tea?, Call Home and Old Sex Goddess. Don’t those names just express their personalities perfectly? Measuring about 5" long, they are outfitted with pins on their backs so they can hang around your collar while you surf the aisles of your local shop. And hey, you can also talk Karen into designing a Bead Lady just for you! Q Karen’s Bead Ladies, $49. Email Karen to custom order or purchase at

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he 80 quilts hanging against the black curtained backdrops in the Corona, California, Centennial High School gym ranged from simple to intermediate. There weren’t any intricate appliques or 12-stitches-to-the-inch hand-quilted marvels to be found, yet the viewers’ appreciation for the quilts— and the quilters—ranged from pleasantly surprised to overwhelmed by the skill displayed before them. It’s because all the quilts hung in the Young Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild show last April were made by quilters under the age of 20, male and female, all members of what could be the only quilt guild in America devoted solely to children.

young piecers stitchin’ it up Founder Renée Noflin started the guild after several of her children wanted to know why she was leaving them regularly to sew with other quilters. She decided then that the next generation needed a shove in the right direction, and with the help of friends, Renée created the Young Piecemakers. Nearly four years later, she and her stitching buds have guided about two-dozen kids through the steps of making quilts. They use donated office space in a storage facility in Corona, California, for their monthly quilt sessions. All materials used by the kids are donated to the cause. Machines range in make and vintage and are usually found at garage sales and thrift stores and refurbished by

Andrew Noflin, 12, stands by his Best of Show winning quilt, Dragon.


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Milaan Moses, 11, enjoys her quilt, Dreamland.

Renée’s husband. Members pay no dues, and Renée often transports kids from her neighborhood to the guild’s Saturday sessions. What’s even better is that Renée asks each young quilter to donate some of their work to the HIV/AIDS patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. It’s kids helping kids. At the show, Renée (whose procurement and fundraising talents are formidable), enlisted the aid of 11 vendors, including Quilt Mama Extraordinaire Eleanor Burns, who presented a lecture to the show’s visitors. With such a well-known quilter in the midst, Renée’s kids drew lots of support. About 200 people walked through the aisles of the show, the second

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the Young Piecemakers have held in four years. The young members also held a raffle for a couple of sewing machines to raise money for their guild. Renée’s son, Andrew Noflin, was awarded the Best of Show ribbon for his quilt, Dragon. Andrew is 12 and has made quilts since the guild started. He’s also dragged his buddies into sewsessions and now has several converts to the q-cause! Good to know the next quilting generation is coming along so nicely in Renée’s locale. (And wouldn’t it be even nicer to see this movement spread?) Find out more about the Young Piecemakers Quilt Guild at Q

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the bee

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he fancy Italian espresso machine would be whirring by 6:30 a.m. or so, dripping dark espresso into tiny cups, hinting at the arrival of a fabulous day. Freshly baked breakfast pastries would be stacked high on the counter— pain au chocolat, croissants, tiny


It would definitely open early.

quiches and various vegan options (sometimes you just don’t feel like cheese.) Also: fresh squeezed juice. Also: Rice Krispies bars for later. There would be lots of large, leaded windows in my fantasy quilt shop. This is because my fantasy quilt

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shop would be located in a revamped, remodeled, repurposed warehouse building. The windows would let in lots of light, but somehow they never fade the fabric. The building would have three floors: First floor: main shop. Second floor: café, lounge

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and classroom. Third floor: gallery. Let’s take a brief tour! The first floor would be all about shopping. There would be a jaw-dropping amount of fabric on the floor, but it wouldn’t be endless. My fabulous buyers would choose the widest range of

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options while still editing here and there so that (a) the shop could maintain a definitive style and (b) shoppers wouldn’t feel overwhelmed. We’d have lots of the hard-to-find stuff from Japan, for example, but no bolts of Polarfleece. There would be cutting tables everywhere so you’d never have to wait. There would be tables upon tables of fat quarters and eighths, separated by designer and/or fabric company, then organized by color. We’d have kits, notions, books and iPads installed into the wall so shoppers could browse online—the stock and the layout would create the quilter’s ultimate shopping paradise. Did I mention the space was given to me absolutely free of charge and is located steps away from the train in a gorgeous neighborhood in Chicago? (Don’t ask me how/ why there was an abandoned warehouse next to the train in a beautiful Chicago neighborhood because there just was.) Because there is so much space, I’d be able to

have an entire area for sewing machines on the first floor, too. Sewing machine gurus would fit the perfect machine to each customer, fix problems while you shop and be superfriendly to everyone from the girl who doesn’t know the pedal has to plug into the machine to, like, Kaffe Fassett. He comes in all the time. Okay, so then you take either the wooden stairs or the elevator up to the second floor, which is all about community and joy and snacks. There’s the café, as we know, which serves local everything and excellent soup. There’s seating at tables or on couches and there’s free Internet, naturally. And wait a second… What’s that? A stage? Yep. A stage with seating for around 50 or so is one of the second floor’s centerpieces. From show-andtell groups to talks by beloved teachers, cutting bees, trunk shows, benefit events and even open mike nights for poetry and music, the stage in my fantasy quilt shop would be booked every night with

something wonderful. The coffee bar would turn into a wine bar in the evenings to help give the events extra sparkle. The second floor is also where the classroom spaces would be located. Some classes would be master classes and teach fancy techniques or lead you through a Baltimore Album quilt over the course of six months or something. Other classes would be twohour one-offs; some would last three weeks, some eight, but there would always be a class for every level, every schedule and every quilter, plus a community class once a month that would be free and open to the public. Kids’ classes would be offered, too, and in the summer, Kwilting Kamp! (I promise not to actually spell it with a “K.” Maybe.) And on the third floor, the gallery. Oh, the gallery! I’d have some retired curator from the Met organizing everything because in my fantasy, I’m chummy with retired Metropolitan museum curators, dontchaknow.

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Amish quilts, Colonial, Modern, post-Modern, blueonly quilts, quilts from the V&A…there would always be something amazing to see in the gallery. Quilters could draw inspiration from them, studying them more closely. We’d give tours and talks and lectures to groups from all over the country and around the world. And because the quilts would have an invisible laser beam shield over them, you could totally take your coffee or wine through the gallery with you. Nice, eh? Near the first floor exit there would be a dozen glorious scrap bins. Every quilter could choose five scraps on her way out, absolutely free of charge. Oh, and there’s free parking next to my fantasy quilt shop, but because gas prices are so high everyone rides bikes anyway, and because all people are good and kind and honest, you can just park your bike outside without locking it up. And there’s ice cream. And there’s all the time in the world. Q

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obsessions /antique thread cabinets


from Debbie McArdle

o matter what hobby/craft/art we take up, we always have to figure out where to put all the stuff. Cooks gotta have a place for all those crepe spatulas and sausage tongs; artists need a place for their brushes and paints. I once met a knitter who had so many different types and sizes of needles she had to put an addition on her house to hold them all. (Okay, that’s totally not true. The addition was for all her unfinished sweaters.) Quilters obviously have fabric storage issues, but at least yardage can be folded and will lie relatively flat if you were mostly sober

w when you folded it. On the oother hand, thread, being oon those pesky round spools, ttends to need special housing tto keep it from rolling away aand disappearing behind the sshelves where you keep the ssausage tongs. Sure, there are plastic bins specially designed p tto hold thread, but they’re, well, plastic. Some people w kkeep their thread spools in llarge glass jars, which make ffor a lovely and colorful display but tend to cause a lot d oof cursing when the thread yyou need is at the bottom. If only someone would make a special cabinet m designed to hold umpteen d


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spools of thread—a cabinet that is both utilitarian and beautiful. Well, someone did. Only they made it more than a hundred years ago, it wasn’t even made for the home sewist and it will cost you at least several hundred dollars if you decide you want one. And, honey, you’re gonna want one. Debbie McArdle, along with her husband Jim, is the owner of Iron Horse Antiques in Woodstock, Illinois (, and not only loves vintage spool cabinets, but she wants potential buyers to be welleducated about them before they plunk down cash for

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one. Debbie says that in the mid-to-late Victorian period and well into the 20th century, women no longer needed to spin their own thread as long as there was a nearby dry goods store or general store. By that time, thread was being mass-produced in factories, and manufacturers wanted to make sure their threads were easy for the customer to find and buy. This is not so different from how things are marketed in stores today. Just about any shop will have several freestanding or counter-top display boxes to show off some doo-dad they hope

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themselves and are often used as such by their owners. Debbie says that, as with most antiques, overall condition is the most important consideration when purchasing a spool cabinet, but there are other things to look for. Look for original lettering and hardware. If the case has been refinished, the lettering should exactly replicate the original. “For example, you would not want Corticelli lettering on a J&P Coats cabinet!” says Debbie. Ask the dealer whose selling the cabinet, and get the answer in writing. When looking at a piece that has six or seven drawers—the right height for an end table—look underneath. “Check the underside of the cabinet to make certain that a taller piece has not been cut down to six- or seven-drawer height,” says Debbie. Look for glass that is original and has not been replaced with modern glass or Plexiglas. “Even a crack in an original ruby-glass

panel is preferable to a newly replaced ruby-glass panel.” The main thing to avoid, says Debbie, is “fantasy” or reproduction pieces that are misrepresented as antiques. “We have seen many passed off as ‘original condition’ at top live and Internet auctions and at higher-than-retail prices!” Debbie emphasizes that you should only buy from a reputable dealer who is willing to give you a written statement of authenticity. Smaller, two-drawer cabinets tend to run $300 to $500. The highest price we’ve seen recently is $4,100 on eBay for a round cabinet built by the Merrick Thread Company. Nancy Brinkley, one of the owners of B&B Quilting and Crafts in Buda, Texas (, found her cabinet about six and a half years ago in a little store near her in-laws’ home. Nancy’s piece is not wood, but metal, painted a blue so dark it is almost black. “The man who owns the shop

where I found it had gone to the trouble to find spools for it,” says Nancy, so hers came filled with antique threads. Her treasure only cost $150 and now lends its charm to her quilt shop, where it is definitely not for sale! Liz Arbaugh of Kent, Washington, owns a twodrawer model that she inherited from her Aunt Phyllis—her mother’s sister— who had received it from Liz’s grandfather, a Methodist minister and antique collector. “In fact,” says Liz, “it was my grandfather who taught my mother to sew. Her mother (my grandmother) never learned!” Liz has owned the piece since she was a teenager and has never had it appraised, but with its long family history, to her, it is priceless. And even if you don’t have a thread storage problem, you can still enjoy the beauty and durability of a vintage spool cabinet. In fact, I hear they’re great for storing sausage tongs. Q

from Liz Arbaugh

you will buy along with your latest set of sausage tongs. But unlike today, display pieces of the past were built to last, made of fine hardwoods and other durable materials and crafted with beautiful details. Spool cabinets were made by several thread manufacturers, including Geo. A. Clark, Heminway (“not Hemingway,” Debbie emphasizes), Corticelli and J&P Coats, among others. Many cabinets stored the spools in drawers that were marked according to the type of thread within: black, white, best and O.N.T., which stood for Our New Thread. Larger cabinets may have had glass doors with sliding shelves, and some models were round and spools dropped down into channels from an opening in the top. One J&P Coats cabinet was made to look like a giant spool of white thread. While many cabinets were meant to sit on top of a table or counter, others are large enough to be tables

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from rave to rant one pro quilter’s FB journey


acebook…it’s probably the most popular social networking community around today. I used to enjoy my anonymity, but quickly turned when my quilt biz buds told me I had to join in all the quilty FB fun. I’d build my business, they said, and catapult meself into greater notoriety. Being the shameless publicity floozy I am, I knew that nothing would be better than letting my fans (all 12 of them) know what I’m up to every waking moment of my day. I signed on and, like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers,


found myself turning quickly into a FB Podperson. I was obsessed and I loved it. Self-promotion plans flew out the window faster than all the links I posted. Many a night I sat in front of the computer with a bottle of wine, chatting and posting with long-lost school pals. Hours were spent scrolling through pictures, catching up on everyone’s lives. Sharing good ol’ times stories with people I’d lost touch with became a daily part of my life. I pooh-poohed the Negative Nancies so opposed to this new phenomenon. I proselytized

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that reconnecting with so many close, dear friends promoted my quilt business. If these dear friends really meant something to me, they said, I wouldn’t have lost touch with them in the first place. One year later Facebook annoys me endlessly. I log on weekly to see if my 12 friends have asked me anything quilty. Why bother if I sign off cranky? It’s like passing the scene of a car crash. You have to slow down and look. Take a look-see at my list of FB personality styles and see if any of them drive you as FB batty as I’ve become.

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by michele scott / living the dirty launderer When an acquaintance at a party

the masters of ambiguity These people post

discusses personal, intimate relationship difficulties, it can be uncomfortable. When they post it on Facebook to 500 friends, it is downright bone chilling! I have literally recoiled in embarrassment after reading posts like this: “I surprised my husband by picking him up at the airport, and he was with another woman.” In 17 words she positioned herself as the central character for gossip and made it difficult to explain to her sew-pals when she decides to take him back. Girlfriend, I say, stitch your lip, as well as that quilt!

nonsensical thoughts with no particular meaning or direction. “Just hoping today is the day.” What the hell does that mean? The day for what? These posters remind me of the fourth graders in my class (in my day job, I’m a teacher). Instead of their vague quotes, they should just write, “Pay attention to me and reply to my post.” I think I’ll whip out a few ambiguities of my own. Let’s try “Straight of grain,” “Quilt as desired,” or “Work from the center out.”

the perfect lifer I know

mr./ms. minute detail

the shutterbug I speak now

the endless inviter

it’s important to have a sunny outlook on life, but this is the person who gets under my skin the most. You know this person. Everything is wonderful, their kids are precious and perfect, their husband is a Greek god, every quilt they stitch (they seem to finish one about every three days) is a Paducah contender. “I have the BEST husband in the world…he just changed the light bulb.” Or “The kids made dinner so I could finish hand appliquéing 586 dime-sized circles to my latest quilt.” Yeah, right! Who are you trying to convince you’re so happy?

They are compelled to inform us of every move they make throughout the day. “In line at the bank.” Really? Please tell us more. Deposit or withdrawal? Drive through? Are you waiting for the shuttle tube to put in your cash, no change? Honestly, I care more about the currency exchange in Bangladesh than that bagel you had with strawberry cream cheese. Now, if you posted what LQS you were at and whose fabric you were buying, that would interest me. And if you let me in on the secret fabric clearance sale down the road from me, you’re my BFF, chica.

for everyone who chooses not to be on Facebook but still falls victim to those who must post every amateurish quilt retreat or party pictures. And there is absolutely nothing these non-FBers can do about it. I know I hate when someone posts an unapproved picture or me. I’m ridiculously vain and cannot bear the thought of a horrible picture out there on the Internet. I mean, who dresses nicely and wears make-up at a quilt retreat? What if my high school boyfriend sees that pic? I can just see him now sighing with relief that he didn’t end up with that hag.

Mafia Wars, Farmville, How Well Do You Know Me? These are just a few of the many invitations I get from my friends on a daily basis. I know you mean well. You want me to enjoy the same fun you have, but let me just say this: My Mafia connections stop at The Sopranos. Farmville? After all that Cherry Garcia, I don’t need more pigs in my life. Now, if someone invented a quilty FB game, I might be interested, but until then, frankly, I’d rather hide the tails of a thousand quilting thread ends.

the quoter This person posts inspirational quotes daily. I admit to enjoying them from time to time, but on the days when I’m grouchy, bloated or dealing with a quilty mess at the sewing machine, these quotes make me feel like I’m stuck in an endless loop of Oprah Winfrey shows.

the physical fitness guru These folks post every one of their cardio workout routines and how AMAZING they feel afterwards. I have a close friend (and thankfully she is not a quilter and will not see this) who posts every run, length and time (usually 10 miles, in 73 minutes…just saying). In her defense, she has some sort of sensor built into her shoe to automatically post her times, so it’s out of her control. Then she “checks in” at the gym a half hour later for her mind-blowing two-hour Zumba class. Are they just trying to make me feel worse about my lack of activity than I already do? (The only time quilting raises my heart rate is when I come dangerously close to my fingers with the rotary cutter!) Listen, honey, I just ran from the sewing machine to the fridge in record time, hauling Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. Don’t tell me about workouts.

Maybe I’m being harsh. (This is what 12 years of Catholic school does to you.) I only ever posted about my new marriage and the fun I’m having. But I am getting better. My QH editors have nagged me to be a self-promoting FB ho. So, watch out! I might become one of those FB friends who irritates you endlessly. Sorry, gotta go. I have to post this to my Facebook page. Q

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the happy procrastinator presents:

Hello! And welcome to another episode of The Happy Procrastinator, where I give you all my tips and tricks for finishing up those pesky projects you have lying around the house. Last week, we completed several decoupage votive holders— well, we would have finished them, if that Golden Girls marathon hadn’t suddenly come on Lifetime in the middle of the day. Can’t be responsible for acts of God, now can we?


oday’s show is for all you quilters out there (Hi, Becky!) who have umpteen quilt tops and other half-assed—excuse me, halfactualized—quilt projects just waiting to be quilted, bound and put back in the closet where they belong. So, I’m going to show you—step by step—how to layer and baste


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your backing and batting, some easy methods for quick quilting and how to get your binding on in a snap. Honestly, this is all going to be so fast and so easy, you’ll be offering me your firstborn children and possibly even your spouses in sheer gratitude. Seriously. My third husband used to belong to a viewer from Albuquerque.

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how to finish a quilt Now he belongs to Sheila in the accounting department (and she’s welcome to him). Okayyy! The first thing you need to do is take your quilt top…or, maybe I should say find your quilt top. It was right here. I had it right here on the table during rehearsal. Yes, I’m sure. Do you know why I’m sure? Because I have to set up this whole operation myself, that’s why. I don’t get assistants and peons and minions like some other TV hosts I could name. Nope, I get a cameraman named Stu and a producer whose main job appears to be rolling his eyes and looking at his watch. Perhaps one of you gentlemen could saunter over here and help me find… Oh, here it is! It was right there under the cocktail tray. That’s right, I said cocktail tray. Because as every regular viewer of my show knows, you can’t even begin to think about completing a craft or sewing project without a little pick-me-up first. Am I right? Oh, and let’s get a nice closeup shot of the tray. If you remember, this was our project from show number 109, where we put pressed flowers under glass and made a lovely and versatile tray. Sadly, no one got to see the finished product when a certain cameraman refused to continue filming just because we were going a wee bit over the allotted time and

I hadn’t finished singing my rendition of Love Is a Battlefield. And there’s another tip for you: Choose songs you can remember all the words to, especially if Stu is around. All right, now that we have our quilt top and a pitcher of my famous tiki party punch, we’re ready to spread out all our quilt layers and start basting. First, you’re going to need a nice, open space. No, not this one—the cocktail tray is on it. Hmm…I think we’re going to have to move some furniture over here. Boys? Little help here? Hey, you know what? If you roll your eyes any farther, you’ll tip over. See? Now we have a nice open area here on the floor, so we can spread out our backing fabric. We want this to be as flat and wrinkle-free as possible, so I’ve got some low-tack tape here to help secure the edges as we smooth it out. We just have to get down on our hands and knees here and—oh, wow! Did you hear my knees crack? That can’t be good. Now while I’m crawling around down here, potentially eroding away what little cartilage I have left in my knees, I would like to remind Stu that the last time he let that camera linger upon my hindquarters at an unflattering angle, he got a pitcher of tiki party punch dumped over his head. Granted, that episode had

excellent ratings, particularly in the reruns, but still. Once we have all three layers all nice and smooth down here, we’re going to start pinning. We’ll need approximately seven million large safety pins, if I remember correctly from the last time I did this, which, if memory serves, was sometime during a previous presidential administration. Because I’m not going to lie to you: this part sucks. I recommend fortifying with several large glasses of punch before you start. You’ll poke yourself in the thumb several times, though you’d do that even if you hadn’t had the punch and at least this way you won’t feel it so much. Now, I know what you’re all thinking: wouldn’t it be easier and faster to spray baste? Well, not when you consider that combining aerosol fumes and a vodkabased refreshment can lead to such pesky time-wasters as restraining orders and bail hearings. Woo! Okay, I think that’s enough pins. I said seven million, but eight or nine is just as good. Who’s going to refresh my drinky-poo? I can’t seem to see the cocktail tray anymore. Or my feet. Why are you glaring at me and pointing at your watch? Whaddya mean we’re out of time? We just got started! There’s still half a pitcher

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of punch left and we haven’t even started quilting. I was gonna show everyone how to do stitch in the bitch. I mean hitch in the bitch. Ditch. Whatever. Now you’re doing that gesture thing that you think means “wrap it up” but really means something too dirty for me to say out loud on TV. I’m still paying off that FCC fine, you know. Fine. I’ll wrap it up. You want to finish a quilt? Here’s what you do: you fold it up, stick it in a box and mail it to Lucy Anne Freemont in Yakima, Washington. She only charges fifty bucks and she only does stippling, but if you find all the dirty words she hides in the stitching, she’ll send you a ten percent off coupon to the Yakima Blow-n-Go hair salon. Which I guess is only good if you’re in Yakima, but who doesn’t want to go to Yakima? I just like to say Yakima. Yakima, Yakima, Yakima. See? Wasn’t that quick and easy? You can send your children and spouses to me in care of the station, and be sure to tune in next week when I show you what to do after you’ve glued on all your hand appliqué pieces but just can’t seem to work up the energy to start stitching. I’ll give you a hint: it involves mojitos and a DVD of Grey’s Anatomy. See you next week and until then, Happy Procrastinating! Q

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blessed are the piecemakers The Cape Coral Quilters Guild recently celebrated an important anniversary: for the 15th time, guild members had their charity quilts for the year blessed in a ceremony at Christ Lutheran Church. This happens every year on a Monday morning in late March or early April. This year about 300 colorful quilts hung gently over pews throughout the sanctuary. Guild president Carol Melvin greeted the crowd and introduced Pastor Gary LaCroix, who read Bible verses and blessed the quilts and their makers. This Florida guild only makes quilts for area nonprofits, such as a nearby hospital rehab center and a children’s hospice. During the ceremony, the quilts are


given to these organizations, making for a moving program. “A recipient for each charity has to be there to speak to us, and usually there are about 10 of them,” says Carol. “It’s a goose-bumpy experience to see all those quilts and know each of them will warm someone’s heart. “We have few retreats and no shows, ever,” says Carol. “We’re really about the charity work. Often, we have members teaching other members one block technique, and anybody can make that one block. Forty people will make the block at a workshop. We really try to have a way for everyone to participate. A longarm quilter finishes a lot of our quilts. People who can’t get out of the house anymore can still bind or label quilts if we drop them off.”

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It’s an old tradition for church ladies to make quilts, but the formal blessing of quilts seems to be a growing practice. At the Quaker congregation, North Seattle Friends Church, the Stone Soup Quilting Ministry makes quilts mostly for cancer patients. About four times a year, finished quilts are laid across pews and blessed by Patty Federighi, who leads the group. The Louisville, Kentucky, Faith Quilters makes quilts for the local chapter of Project Linus, which are blessed annually at the St. Paul United Methodist church.

and that’s a good thing The superwoman of all crafts seems to be favoring quilts lately.

Not only did Martha Stewart write the foreword for the big coffee table book about the American Folk Art Museum’s quilt collection published last fall, but she also did a segment on her television show about the amazing exhibit of red and white quilts in New York last March. And her company has been advertising for a fulltime quilt designer. Does this mean Martha will take up the needle and quilt herself ? And what about persistent rumors that her next book will be about quilting? Her publisher, Potter Craft, says no, the new book will instead be about “handmade holiday crafts.” But we can still hope. Q

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City accepts new fetal demise pouches from Andrea Scott and Alex Ledgerwood of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild chapter.


here’s a whole lotta fun involved in making a baby quilt, including choosing the pattern and deciding between pastels or brights or a specific nursery color scheme. And when it’s time to deliver the gift, there’s the gleeful holding the quilt ransom until you get a peek at the babe itself. Pure, unadulterated q-fun. Now, imagine quilting for a child whose time on earth was sadly abbreviated, a child who was stillborn or miscarried. That, friends, is some mighty emotional sewing. That’s the object, though, of two projects, thousands of miles apart, where quilters lovingly create blankets and wraps for lost babies. One project is well established and has given thousands of quilts to parents in the United Kingdom who have lost a baby. The other project is new and caters to mothers in the Kansas City area who lose a child through miscarriage. Both, though,


extend a healing touch. And both show quilters doing what they do best: creating comfort.

blankets of love The loss of her baby boy in 1963 and the loss of her granddaughter many decades later were powerful memories that welled up when Peggy Kerr, a quilter in Fife, Scotland, read an Australian quilting magazine article about the Blankets of Love initiative that provides small quilts for parents whose babies die at or around the time of birth. The project began in Australia in 1992 by two sisters—one a midwife and one a quilter—but thanks to articles like the one Peggy read in 2000, it grew rapidly as quilters were inspired to make Blankets of Love for their own communities. She just couldn’t get that article out of her head, Peggy says, because of her own experience. “I had a baby boy who died at 3 days old, and at that time, there was nothing. It was if it never happened. The baby was just disposed of, if you like, and

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you had nothing to remember the baby by,” she says. She contacted the organizers and spoke with a friend whose granddaughter had also been stillborn, and that was the beginning of Blankets of Love in Scotland and England. Since then, Peggy and a small, loosely connected group of volunteers have reached out to thousands of bereaved parents. The group sends Blankets of Love to more than 20 hospitals in England and 25 hospitals in Scotland. Peggy estimates she and her friends have given more than 10,000 Blankets of Love to bereaved parents in Scotland alone. How many quilters involved waxes and wanes, but Peggy continues to sew and coordinate the project, helped by Sandra Moncur and Kathleen Taylor. (Kathleen, a physician, received her own Blanket of Love when she lost a child, Peggy says, and was so impressed with the project that she volunteered.) Each Blanket of Love has a sewn-on label and a small butterfly, which signifies a short life span. The blankets vary in size, and at least in Peggy’s

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group, the blankets have changed a lot through the years. At first they were made from bright fabrics, she says, but they’re now pastel. And patchwork has given way to simpler stitching. “We just do a little blanket with a wee bit o’ quilting,” Peggy says. Other charities help, too, including the Simpson Institute Memory Box Appeal (SiMBA), a Scottish organization that funds the printed cards included with each blanket, and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, which gives money for fabric. Many quilters sew blankets because they’ve lost a child. But for Hazel Kay, of Stirling, Scotland, it is a mission of tribute. While working on family genealogy research last year, she read an article about Blankets of Love. “I was doing my family tree…and I thought I was from a family of 6, and I wasn’t. I was from a family of 12. My mother had lost 6 babies. I thought I needed to do something,” Hazel says. She organized some fellow Stirling Castle Quilters guild members and began producing blankets. And they, too, have

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Blankets of Love sewn by Peggy Kerr and friends in Fife, Scotland.

received some corporate support along the way, including from Labels4Kids Ltd, also in Stirling. This company donates Blankets of Love labels because company owner Ann-Maree Morrison herself lost a full-term child in 2000. She says she didn’t hesitate a moment when the guild asked her for labels because she knows firsthand how important comfort is at such a time. While production from Hazel’s guild has slowed a bit from its initial surge, she says Blankets of Love is still important because of the comfort it brings. It’s a lasting connection to a child whose life was so brief, Hazel says. One woman told her she keeps the blanket under her pillow because she feels closer to her child that way. “Some of the ladies like to keep the blanket because they say ‘We can still smell them,’” Hazel says. (To learn more about Blankets of Love, go to uk/for_bereaved_families/ blankets_of_love.)

fetal demise pouches Commemorating the parentchild bond—especially when the child has died through miscarriage and there are only a few moments of togetherness for the new family—holds high importance for nurse and quilter Andrea Scott. So last spring, when she saw what grieving parents in the St. Luke’s Hospital system in Kansas City were given to wrap their miscarried child in to say goodbye, she was not impressed. The wraps were sewn with good intent, but they were a

bit old-fashioned, she says. The fabrics needed updated and the design modernized for today’s moms. They were very funereal, she says, and not fitting for the bittersweet moment when bereft parents would hold their little one for the first, and only, time. “It was clear to me these were massproduced,” says Andrea. “In my mind, these pouches need to be made with reverence.” She talked to a staff nurse who told Andrea that they had long wished for something better to offer to grieving families. Andrea took the idea to the Kansas City chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and asked guild president Jacquie Gering if the group could take on the challenge of making something more appropriate. Jacquie sat on the idea for a few weeks because her personal experience made it hard to contemplate. (One of Jacquie’s sons, now a strapping young man, was born prematurely and struggled for a while.) But when she and Andrea did bring the proposal to their fellow guild members, the response was overwhelmingly “yes!” Andrea and her friends re-designed the pouches from a new pattern created by Alex Ledgerwood. They shared samples with the hospital staff to make sure the new design would work. One of those samples happened to be made in voile from designer Anna Maria Horner. And they jumped on it. “The hospital said ‘there’s fabric like THIS out there?’” Jacquie recalls. The difference between cheap satin and Anna Maria’s beautiful voile was pretty significant, she says, and actually became

part of the strategy of the whole project. “We were very concerned about making sure that these were perfect and really well done with quality materials,” she says. The finished revised pouches are 4½" × 7", and they look like tiny little sleeping bags, with a flap that crosses over in the front and ties with a ribbon. It’s not hard sewing, Jacquie says, but it is emotional. On a whim, the group contacted Free Spirit/ Westminster, which produces Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics, and asked if the company would donate fabric. Marketing manager Nancy Jewell quickly agreed, and fabric was shipped out in a few days. Jacquie, a pattern designer under the name Tall Grass Prairie Studio, hosted several guild volunteers for a kitcutting day. More than 100 pouch kits were given to guild members. Even cutting the kits was emotional, she recalls. “I cut something crooked or wrong, and said ‘oops’ and it broke the tension in

the room. Everybody was trying to be so accurate and so perfect. Everybody is so determined to make these the best they can possibly be. Even cutting the kits was an exercise in precision. Once we kind of giggled about it, that broke the tension and then it went really well,” she says. The first batch of pouches were delivered to the hospital in late May 2010, and the project continues. Eventually they hope to supply pouches for the other hospitals. “Sewing has the ability to touch people in a way that other artwork may not. Handmade stuff can really impact people,” Andrea says. The KC MQG chapter will release the fetal demise pouch pattern for public use, Jacquie says, but at press time the pattern and guidelines weren’t yet done. (We’ll post the guidelines and pattern on the QH website when it is ready, and make sure we get the word out. Check in on our Facebook page for future notifications!) Q

Members of the KC Modern Quilt Guild cut and prep kits for making fetal demise pouches. From left to right, Darcy Berline, Camille Lechliter and Melissa Lytle.

Chances are very good that there are more “lost baby” quilting initiatives. If you know of a similar project, please let us know about it at We’ll share it with our readers.

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soooo onterey. I’m M to ff o and we’re d, but we uck is packed have a long drive ahea Jim: The tr e W y second ard to this! nt. This is m sa a le p back. I e b l looking forw ’l s and it to be going ip d tr te d ci a ex ro y ll st year, m rea both love Niemeyer la pools and I’ y S d ty Ju p h m it E w time to piecing r. I’m also dation paper m repeating it this yea I’ studied foun t a ’t get much fantastic th year. I didn and it was so the friends I made last I can nap.) all driving and ’s d o R g eager to see in ht. (Good th sleep last nig ck of tiny es list…a sa li p p su y m f ould toss last check o al people w rm o n t a Rod: One th ere and bric (the size tweezers. Yep, it’s all th arlson. scraps of fa , rs usan C coffee stirre shop with S rk o w e g away), glue, a ll ited some r a fabric co session, I vis ’s y d Ju I’m ready fo in s udents’ hile Jim wa w Susan’s st sa I . en h Last year, w w d y best effortt classes. An y to give it m e’ll be d a re of the other m I’ ! so inspired miles and w work, I was drive 1,100 is o d wheel.) to d nee turn at the is h e k Now all we ta l il had better w there. (Jim r and ren Brochie sunday ere! We caught up with Ka ht) classmatteeess ffrroom g h (shown at ri Jim: We’re ndy iin et Granger li ood friend C tteeerrr,, Ju g , r er ei th th o t h g u her m ro ca c b n a in L asst is year they e AQS show th t n a last year. Th fé in ze ri P ie’s Café ok Grand nch at Toast te lu n t en a h (who just to re w g , r, r a er t d . La ia!) We ha ls as just PG ca lo e Pennsylvan th to ve, known our sleeping Pacific Gro e found out w , froom in ds fr k ec ch rence groun fe n we went to co e ’t th ldn’t uld ay across y-dog eyes co oom. p p u room was w p t es b ro r ms. Our s to a closeerr our classroo k to move u er er cl n k n u es ru d le e b convince th a quilted ta promise of e lace and an th p , er re fi ev a w h it Ho w s! m o e ssssss! m. Yes corner ro my classrooo f o landed us a et fe 0 0 within 1 ocean view c ions uct bout introd a is n o o n t d idate mid rst after antly intiim st in Rod: Our fi m I’ s. pant ciip tiicci r project parrtti and plans fo ce and skills that each ch e Each ien I havve. by the exper ted ne of which o n quiillte , a ss a — t t— cl ct e ec je j o ed prro n n brings to th la p er I h n h. Theen discusses raact ffiisssh participant rait, an abst hat rt , tth o p y il m p ickk-u trucckk icc pic ld o parrot, a fa n a te st ea a thussiiast enth ant to cr iivvveeess heerr en g n explain I w sa u S . o el e l me ffeee Mexic dentss make icon of New u st w o ll s… fe hiiss… th nd my nk I ccaan do hiin tth I approval, a . le b a rt fo d com welcome an


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monday Jim: Wow, six of us are second-timers in Judy’s class! My sharp-witted good friend Nancy is sitting right across from me again. It’ll be another fun week of banter, along with the sewing. I’m all set up and ready to sew. The days will be long and challenging, though. The project I’m working on is a new pattern from Judy, Cattails in the Meadow. I’ll be learning some new techniques, including her method for appliqué. Rod: We sketched our images on a piece of muslin today and began to place pieces of fabric on the most basic parts of the design to create our anchors. We are about to enter what Susan calls the “scary phase” of our project. And she’s right—I’m a wee bit scared.

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tuesday Jim: Tonight, there’s a show-and-tell of student work followed by teacher presentations, and it’ll be amazing. After that, it’s back to the sewing machines until 11 p.m. (Okay, that part is optional, but you’ve got to understand how compelling this is!)

Rod: Sus Susan san spent part of the morning showing more examples of her work and how she d de eve velo elops lop lo pss h er ffinal er in nal al p roje ro jeect c We were impressed with her ability to create an image that looks develops her projects. like a p painting aaintingg with sma small scraps of fabric. The most critical element is to recognize where shadowing shad dow wing is essentiall and to use light and dark fabrics correctly. She also showed us a partially pa p art rtia tiaallllly ly ffi finished ini nish shed sh ed ffour-panel ed ou ou Andy Warhol-esque image of her son. We were awestruck.

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Jim: JJi im im: m:: I’ II’m ’m m re rreally eal ally ally ly eenjoying n the social time (and all the attention I get because I’m the only ly guy in class). I met me some really nice people last year, and spending another week wee eekk wi with ith th ith it them h iiss re really eallly l ccementing e em our friendships. Meals are fun, too. We all ggather ga ather in the la llarge rge dining n room, room an aand you just grab whatever empty seat you see and quilters. But after the meals, it’s back to work! yyou’re yo u re guaranteed to meet new qu u’ q iliteers. B Rod: Beingg a ne n newbie—and the only guy—the ladies iin n my class cllass enjoyed enjjoyed d playing play pl ay tricks on me. After lunch ttoday to oda day I ffo found oun oun u d an a inj injured jured Flat Stanley under one of wheels the truck truc u k wh w eels in my collage! Once the shock wore ee off of ff and d ev ever everyone eryo yone one h had ad d a good laugh, they helped to return retu t rn n myy deve developing elo lopi p ng quilt back to normal.

thursday Jim: JJi m: Th This afternoon afterno we’ll have an open house where we can visit visi vvi sit ea eeach ch classro classroom and see everyone’s work. This is where Rod Ro R d go ot ho h ook ook oke last year when he walked into Susan Carlson’s got hooked room rro om. Th This is year ye he’s showing off his incredible old truck. room.

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by jim carnevale and rod daniel / soul food friday Rod: My rusty old truck has developed surprisingly well. Earlier in the week, I began to hear others whispering about my design. During yesterday’s show and tell, many people came to see it, as well as the other inspiring creations from Susan’s class. I have to admit that even as a newbie, I was very pleased with my efforts.

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Jim: I usually love Fridays, but this one isn’t much fun because it’s time to pack up, p, say goodbye and go home. It’s been a great week, and I’ve learned a lot. We’ll spend end n tomorrow enjoying Monterey, and then start toward home the next morning. Now, w, the the th big question to occupy the 1,100-mile drive is what classes will we take next year? ar?? ar

epilogue Jim: I felt so bad about sleeping nearly the whole way out to Monterey that I took the wheel first, driving home across the Mojave Desert and into A Arizona, ri naa, and then Rod took over. And within miles, we found ourselves spinning i g in on snow and glare ice, remnants of a rogue late-spring storm. By the hee ttime im me we fishtailed into Williams, Arizona, the road was closed in both dire d di directions irect rect re ctiioons ns because of accidents involving several semi-trailer trucks. Oh, swell. wel ell.l. We sat up all night in the truck, turning the engine on periodically allly sso o we w d didn’t id dn n’’t tu tturn urn rn to ice ourselves. The road eventually re-opened, leaving a six-mile milile ba b back-up ack ck-u up wi w with ith th some vehicles with frozen brakes from sitting so long. Nearly 30 h hours o rs ou rs aft after fter e lleaving e vviin ea ing ng that week of quilter’s bliss in Monterey, we finally rolled into o oour ur d driveway. r ve ri vewaay. L Let’s ett’s jjust ust us say we had plenty of time to think about next year’s retreat. at. (A at ((And An nd dm maybe aybe aybe ay b w we’ll e llll ffly…) e’ lyy…) …)

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avender, the herb many use to scent their pillows for restful sleep, is also weaving some tasty dreams in the kitchen! We’re not just talking fussy tea cookies, either. Lavender—a relative of mint and rosemary—nicely smacks up savory dishes, too. In fact, this so-trendy herb is finding its way into everything from morning oatmeal to soups, entrees, breads, desserts and even cocktails! (See page 39.) With lavender flourishing now under the hot summer sun, it’s a perfect time to try cooking with it. (Besides, you’ve probably already sewn so many sachets that you’re cross-eyed!) Just as a bit o’ pastel fabric adds balance and contrast to a quilt, lavender buds can add a rich undertone to foods and beverages. Go for the bloom, baby! Q


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orange roughy in lavender-orange wine sauce

raspberry-lavender vinaigrette

Just as the so-perfect combination of colors creates the right mood for a quilt, this pairing of lavender and orange creates a fast-but-delicious sauce for fish that even fish-haters will love!

We’re seeing this drizzled over some field greens, maybe with a little grilled chicken or some herbed goat cheese rounds on the side. A perfect entrée for that upcoming guild board luncheon!

ingredients freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges) 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender 1 teaspoon unsalted butter or peanut oil 2 carrots, peeled and julienned in 2-inch lengths 3 scallions, julienned in 2-inch lengths 1 cup dry white wine 2 orange roughy fillets 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)

aside to infuse lavender flavor into orange juice. Heat butter or peanut oil over medium heat; add julienned carrots and scallions and stir to coat. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are barely tender. Meanwhile, add white wine to orange juice and lavender. Bring to a boil in a pan suitable for poaching fish. Add fish and turn heat down to simmer. Poach until fish barely flakes with a fork or until it is almost done to your liking. Remove fish to a warm platter; cover and keep warm but not so hot as to continue cooking the fish. Add orange liqueur to poaching liquid. Turn up heat and reduce liquid by half. Return fish to pan until it is just heated through. Serve immediately. Place fish on plates, topped with vegetables and spoon sauce over all.

directions Pepper both sides of fish. Squeeze orange juice and stir in lavender. Set

ingredients 3 tablespoons late-harvest sauvignon blanc (balsamic vinegar may be substituted) 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar 1 tablespoon minced fresh lavender buds

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

directions Combine all ingredients except oil and salt and pepper in a bowl. Add oil in a thin stream, whisking continuously to emulsify dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill and allow flavors time to mingle before serving.

Serves 2

Makes about ¾ cup Serves 4

Recipe from Cooking with Lavender by Suzanne T. Smith

Adapted from HoodRiverLavenderRecipes.htm

cooking tips Use lavender sparingly until you find the taste level you like. Use English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) or Provence lavender (Lavandula x intermedia), two of the most recommended varieties for foods because of their sweeter flavors. (And make sure you use lavender that has not been sprayed with chemicals.)

lavender also…

vCan be used instead of

lemon, berries, figs, ginger, plum and vanilla flavors vMakes a surprising companion to cheese, especially mascarpone and cheddar vIs the mysterious floral note in Herbs de Provence

rosemary in recipes. (Use a 1:1 ratio, but if recipe calls for liquid, add 3 to 4 times the original amount of rosemary.) vStems can be tossed on the grill to add a subtle lavender flavor to grilled meats

vBlends well with orange,

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more bud bits Ancient Greeks wrapped sacrificial virgins in branches of lavender and laurel before burning them to appease their angry gods. (Well, at least they smelled good.) In the Middle Ages, lavender was considered an aphrodisiac.

lavender pound cake Your minigroup pals will love this moist, perfumed cake at your next sew-in. Serve it with lightly sugared strawberries and whipped cream (real, of course!).

ingredients lavender syrup 1 cup water 1 cup sugar ½ cup lavender buds pound cake 1½ cups sugar 1¼ cups butter ¾ teaspoon vanilla 6 eggs ¾ teaspoon salt 22/3 cups white flour 2 tablespoons lavender buds

directions To make syrup: Bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. When dissolved, remove pan from heat and


stir in lavender buds. Let cool to room temperature. Chill overnight, then strain. (Note: Syrup will keep for up to 2 months in the refrigerator.) To make cake: Combine flour, salt and flower buds in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter. Add sugar and cream again. Then add vanilla and eggs and beat until fully combined. Add flour mixture and stir until just mixed. Pour batter into a prepared loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. If cake begins getting too dark on top, turn oven down to 300 degrees. Remove cake when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake 10 minutes in the pan. Remove while still warm. Brush top and sides with lavender syrup until well saturated.

Laundrywomen were called “lavenders” because they used lavender in their wash and rinse water. Victorian ladies used lavender in spirits of ammonia to revive them when they got “the vapors.” In Biblical times, lavender was known as spikenard. Lavender has disinfectant and healing properties. (Bonus: It’s an antiflatulent.)

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ingredients 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon fresh English lavender flowers ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice Sparkling water or a fruity Prosecco

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We sofa: Flex sofa, gravel #345205 $999

tried to walk past Emily Herrick’s booth at the Spring International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, but we couldn’t. After two days walking the cold, gray aisles of the Salt Palace Convention Center, the beach-themed modern style of Emily’s booth, and fabrics, grabbed us quicker than SpongeBob did our kids. Simple, sophisticated and just plain fun, Going Coastal combines the best in today’s colors with the oh-so-apropos prints for pure beachy fun. These could be used in an outdoor room with no problem, but we set our fabs in a modern living room in need of some summer lovin’. end table: Think quilts (of course) and floor mats. Peekaboo C Table, But what about a fabric beach ball #605891 $179 pillow with alternating star fish and crabs? The patchwork print is perfect for valances and we’d absolutely fashion up a screen with the kelp print. And our clean-lined and colorful furniture below from CB2 is the perfect backdrop. Pass the sunscreen, baby. Q

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Kelly Gallagher Abbott started Jukebox Quilts almost 20 years ago with a stamp that created a quilt business employs most of her family, including husband Jim, and sells a wide variety of goods. Below: The Abbotts’ Fort Collins, Colorado, home is on the outskirts of town, overlooking a private lake.

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orget the sparkly red shoes, sweeping scenes of western Kansas and the man behind the curtain. In Kelly Gallagher Abbott’s opinion, there’s no place like home, but this is no Wizard of Oz facade. For this nurse-turnedquilt-biz-entrepreneur, it’s all about living real with family, friends and the laid-back atmosphere in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she and husband, Jim, wanted to raise their teenagers and continue


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to build Kelly’s longtime business, Jukebox Quilts. So, 6 years ago the Abbotts pulled up stakes in Orange County, California, where they’d been for 17 years, and hauled everything to Colorado’s front range. Fort Collins, where Kelly grew up, is situated along the Cache la Poudre River and is home to Colorado State University. Her parents still live here (“I have amazing parents!” she confides), plus the lively college culture keeps things from getting

Photography by Gregory Case. Styling by Elena Morera.

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Kelly loves antiques, like the Victorian dress form and the treadle

Above: Hobbes

machine (which belonged to her grandmother), but she also loves

the cat lounges on

bright colors and modern design, as seen in the master bedroom.

a Marie Websterinspired quilt from

boring. And the Abbotts’ 2-acre lot on the edge of town (on a private lake, no less) provides a haven from the action. “We yanked them back kicking and screaming and now they love it,” Kelly says about her 3 children, when they learned about the family’s eastbound exodus. Now, their eldest children are off at college, and Kelly and Jim share their lakeside retreat with 13-year-old Ryan, plus Billie Jo, the dog; Hobbes, the cat; and cockatiels Kramer and Kosmo. Their 2-story brick home is an eclectic blend of family comfort, colorful quilts and history, showcasing both Kelly’s quilt designs (including many she made during her 8 years as curator of the Hoffman Challenge quilt competition) and treasured antiques they’ve received from family and friends. With views of a private lake—plus the kayaking and fishing—it’s got a leisurely vibe. “Even though we’re close to town, we feel like we’re in a vacation home,” Kelly says. The house was originally built by a couple from the Netherlands, she says, so it has an intrinsic European feel, plus

sweeping arches, lots of lovely wood accents and built-in custom shelving. In fact, Kelly’s brother knows fine woodcraft, and when he saw this house, he told them this was “the one” they’d better buy. Most of the walls were deliberately kept white, Kelly says, but it’s a choice of convenience, not fear of color. “I’m sure it’s a huge decorating faux pas, but we don’t have much wall space. Everything’s geared toward looking at the lake views, and all front windows look at the mountains,” she says. “My thing is I’m slopping quilts out all the time and I don’t want to be restricted to colors on the wall… It probably will make some people cringe, but I’ve tried to keep the walls pretty simple so I can have the flexibility of redecorating on a whim.” One of the quilts showcased in the first floor hallway is Sublime, a wall quilt based on a painting by Bridget Reilly, a mid-1950s optical illusionist. Kelly’s older son saw the painting—called Cataract—in one of his art reference books. Her textile tribute version is completely done in lime green

the 1930s that highlights the guest room. The quilt on the wall is a Double Wedding Ring variation she made for her last year as curator of the Hoffman Challenge. Left: The Art Nouveau school of design inspired the quilt on the wall behind the sofa— another Hoffman Challenge piece—in the living room.

The lake views provide an automatic serenity, even in early spring. On the deck rail is an antique quilt made by Kelly’s husband’s great-grandmother.

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The dining alcove and family room are the Abbotts’ favorite rooms. Hanging over the sofa is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that Kelly bought herself when she graduated from nursing school. (“Because I was never going to make one,” she says.)

and black turned-edge machine appliqué. “I didn’t understand (the name Cataract) until I worked on the quilt. I’d look up and I couldn’t see anything. You just couldn’t focus…your eyes were so wigged out,” she says. Some people come in the house and immediately comment that they don’t like it, but that doesn’t bother her a bit. “It lays flat, but it doesn’t have a feeling of being a flat quilt,” she says. “There were no square points to keep a reference. It was a challenging quilt, but all 3 of my kids love it. You don’t normally get that much approval from your kids.” Although Kelly has a large sewing room and studio downstairs, her primary workspace is 5 miles away, in a 3,000-square foot steel building on a historic property. There’s plenty of space for Jukebox’s extensive product list, which includes patterns, fabric and textile pigments, and for Kelly’s Gammill showroom. As a fairly new dealer covering a territory that

includes Colorado and parts of Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, Kelly wanted to have 5 or 6 different models ready for use. The building also makes a great location for workshops and training. And it’s big enough for the extended Gallagher/ Abbott family that comprises Jukebox Quilts’ workforce. In addition to Jim, who joined Kelly in the dealership fulltime in early 2011, and a few parttime staffers, the ranks include Kelly’s dad, mom, brother and all 3 kids. The move to Colorado 6 years ago

was just part of what makes all this possible, she says. “It’s a perfect culmination of a lot of skills we’ve been developing. It’s neat how it’s fallen into place,” Kelly says. In addition to running Jukebox Quilts and selling Gammills, Kelly also teaches and lectures, serves as the president for the Rocky Mountain Quilt Foundation and recently curated Thread Tails & Vapor Trails, a competition honoring the 100th anniversary of U.S. naval aviation. Oh, and she’s still active as a nurse, working in public health nursing for Larimer County. Little wonder that Kelly and her family deliberately reach for a balancing sense of calm. She says they find that in their home with the dominant lake views and low-gear atmosphere. Their favorite room? Probably the kitchen and adjoining family room, where everyone relaxes while Jim cooks. “We’re active and casual,” she says. “Everybody’s running different directions and then here, it’s just laid back.” Q

Kelly’s grandmother’s treadle machine.

Peeking through the hallway arch is Sublime, a quilt Kelly made in the style of mid ’50s painter Bridget Reilly. In the cabinet is her collection of jukeboxes.


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Being a Gammill dealer is the newest facet in Kelly’s business, and husband Jim has joined her fulltime to help. A showroom near the Abbotts’ home houses several machine models and has ample space for workshops and training.

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patchy beauty

quilt by pat bravo

Stitch up this floral profusion to keep the late-summer glow blooming into autumn.

skill level: intermediate quilt size: 87" × 87" block size: 12" × 12"

supplies 2 yards each assorted light, medium and dark prints for blocks ½ yard light print for sashes 1 /8 yard medium print for sashes ¾ yard medium print for binding 7 /8 yard dark print for sashes and middle border 13/8 yards cream print for inner and outer borders 83/8 yards backing fabric king-size quilt batting

cutting Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. from each 2 yards of assorted light, medium and dark prints, cut:

• 12 (6½") A squares. • 12 matching sets of 2 (51/8") squares for a total of 24 squares. Cut the squares in half diagonally to make 12 matching sets of 4 B triangles.


• 12 matching sets of 2 (67/8") squares for a total of 24 squares. Cut the squares in half diagonally to make 12 matching sets of 4 C triangles. from ½ yard light print, cut:

• 10 (1½"-wide) strips. From strips, cut 30 (1½" × 12½") D rectangles for sashes. from 1/8 yard medium print, cut:

• 2 (1½" × 22") strips. From strips, cut 25 (1½") E squares. from ¾ yard medium print, cut:

• 10 (2¼"-wide) strips for binding. from 7/8 yard dark print, cut:

• 19 (1½"-wide) strips. From 10 strips, cut 30 (1½" × 12½") D rectangles. Piece 9 strips to make 2 (81½"-long) and 2 (83½"-long) border strips. from cream print, cut:

• 18 (2½"-wide) strips. Piece strips to make 2 (77½"-long), 2 (81½"-long), 2 (83½"-long) and 2 (87½"-long) border strips.

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block assembly diagram make 36

block assembly 1. Each block is made from 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark fabric. Referring to block assembly diagram, lay out 1 A square, 1 matching set of 4 B triangles and 1 matching set of 4 C triangles. Join the square and triangles to complete 1 block. Make 36 pieced blocks, each with 3 different values of fabrics (block diagram).

quilt assembly 1. Referring to quilt top assembly diagram, lay out 6 blocks, 3 dark D’s and 2 light D’s. Join blocks and D’s to make a row #1. Make 3 of row #1. 2. Lay out 3 dark D’s, 3 light D’s and 5 medium E squares. Join D’s and E’s to make a row #2. Make 5 of row #2. 3. Lay out 6 blocks, 3 light D’s and 2 dark D’s. Join blocks and

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D’s to make a row #3. Make 3 of row #3. 4. Join the rows to complete the quilt center, reversing every other row #2. 5. Add 77½"-long cream strips to each side of the quilt center. Add 81½"-long cream strips to the top and bottom. Add 81½"-long dark strips to sides and 83½"-long dark strips to the top and bottom. Add 83½"-long cream strips to the sides and 87½"-long cream strips to the top and bottom.

finishing 1. Divide backing into 3 (2¾-yard) lengths. Join panels lengthwise. Seams will run vertically. 2. Layer backing, batting and quilt top; baste. Quilt as desired. 3. Join 2¼"-wide medium print strips into 1 continuous piece for straight-grain French-fold binding. Add binding to quilt. Q


row #1 row #2 E

row #3 row #2r

row #1

row #3

row #1

row #3

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quilt by weeks ringle and bill kerr /

This simple, mod geometric will add a fast splash of autumn color to your decor.

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skill level: easy quilt size: 54" × 74½" block size: 4" × 8"

supplies NOTE: large-scale print fabrics in the quilt shown are by Marcia Derse for Glorious Color. 12 fat quarters* of assorted large-scale prints for blocks 2¾ yards cream solid for blocks, sashes and binding 3½ yards backing fabric twin-size quilt batting

resulting rectangles in pairs of 2 different fabrics. Sew 1 B between each pair of rectangles. This makes 2 blocks (block assembly diagram). Repeat to make 22 pieced blocks, randomly varying the position of each slice (block diagram). cut

cutting diagram B

* fat quarter = 18" × 20" block assembly diagram

cutting Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. from each fat quarter, cut:

• 3 (4½" × 18") strips. From strips, cut 5–6 (4½" × 8½") A rectangles for a total of 70. from cream solid, cut:

• 25 (1"-wide) strips. From 10 of the strips, cut 78 (1" × 4½") B rectangles. Piece 15 of the strips to make 13 (1" × 42½") sashes. • 6 (6½"-wide) strips. Piece strips to make 2 (6½" × 63") side borders and 2 (6½" × 54½") top and bottom borders. • 8 (2¼"-wide) strips for binding.

block assembly 1. To make pieced blocks, select 2 A rectangles of different fabrics. Match raw edges and layer the rectangles right sides up. Slice through both layers at right angles to the 8½"-long edges (cutting diagram). Lay out the


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quilt assembly 1. Referring to quilt top assembly diagram, lay out a total of 5 A rectangles and pieced blocks and 4 B rectangles in each horizontal row. Join A’s, B’s and blocks to make a horizontal row. Make 14 rows. 2. Join the rows alternately with cream 1" × 42½" sashes to make the quilt center. 3. Add 63"-long cream strips to each side of the quilt center. Add 54½"-long cream strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center.

finishing 1. Divide backing into 2 (1¾-yard) lengths. Join panels lengthwise. Seam will run horizontally. 2. Layer backing, batting, and quilt top; baste. Quilt as desired.



quilt top assembly diagram

3. Join 2¼"-wide cream strips into 1 continuous piece for straight-grain French-fold binding. Add binding to quilt. Q


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This stitchy bit of americana gets its inspiration from a tile floor. Down is the new ‘up!’


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tileworks: americana quilt by scott murkin /

skill level: easy quilt size: 83" × 89"

supplies 3½ yards light blue solid for strip-pieced bands and sashes 7 /8 yard medium blue print for C and D rectangles 4¼ yards dark blue print for A rectangles, strip-pieced bands, sashes and binding 15/8 yards red-orange print for strip-pieced bands 8 yards backing fabric queen-size quilt batting

3½" cut 26 from red/orange print cut:


• 14 (3½" × 35") strips for strip-pieced bands * See “cutting dark blue print” below.


Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. from light blue solid, cut:

• 3 (5½" × 35") strips for bands. • 17 (1½" × 35") strips for bands. • 48 (1½"-wide) strips. Piece strips to make 20 (1½" × 89½") sashes. from medium blue print, cut:

• 8 (3½"-wide) strips. From strips, cut 12 (3½" × 12½") C rectangles and 12 (3½" × 13½") D rectangles. from dark blue print*, cut:

• 6 (3½"-wide) strips. From strips, cut 12 (3½" × 14½") A rectangles. • 10 (2¼"-wide) strips for binding. • 1 (1½" × 35") strip for strippieced band. • 6 (3½" × 89½") strips for sashes. • 24 (3½" × 17½") B rectangles.

3½" 1½" strip set #1 diagram make 3

cutting dark blue print 1. From selvedge to selvedge, cut the Årst 3 items (A rectangles and strips for binding and band). Next, cut the strips for the sashes parallel to the selvedges. Lastly, cut the B rectangles.

strip sets assembly



1. Join 3 (1½" × 35") light blue and 2 (3½" × 35") redorange strips (strip set #1 diagram). Make 3. From the strip sets, cut 26 (3½"-wide) of segment #1. 2. Join 2 (1½" × 35") and 1 (5½" × 35") light blue and 2 (3½" × 35") red-orange strips (strip set #2 diagram). Make 2. From the strip set, cut 13 (3½"-wide) of segment #2. 3. Join 1 (1½" × 35") dark blue, 3 (1½" × 35") light blue and 2 (3½" × 35") red-orange strips (strip set #3 diagram). From the strip set, cut 8 (3½"-wide) of segment #3. 4. Join 1 (5½" × 35") and 1 (1½" × 35") light blue and 2 (3½" × 35") red-orange strips (strip set #4 diagram). From the strip set, cut 8 (3½"-wide) of segment #4.

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3½" 1½" strip set #2 diagram make 2

3½" cut 8 1½" 1½" 3½" 1½" 3½" 1½" strip set #3 diagram make 1

3½" cut 8 3½" 5½"

3½" 1½" strip set #4 diagram make 1

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seg. 1



seg. 2



seg. 1

seg. 4


seg. 2

section #1 diagram make 3

section #2 diagram make 2

section #1 assembly diagram

section assembly 1. Lay out 6 of segment #1, 3 of segment #2, 4 dark blue A rectangles, 4 dark blue B rectangles, 2 medium blue C rectangles, 2 medium blue D rectangles and 4 light blue


section #2 assembly diagram

sashes (section #1 assembly diagram). Join the segments, rectangles and sashes (section #1 diagram). Make 3. 2. Lay out 4 of segment #1, 2 of segment #2, 4 of segment #3, 2 of segment #4, 6 dark

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blue B rectangles, 3 medium blue D rectangles and 4 light blue sashes (section #2 diagram). Join the segments, rectangles and sashes (section #2 diagram). Make 2.

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quilt assembly 1. Referring to quilt top assembly diagram, lay out dark blue sashes and sections #1 and #2. Join the sashes and sections into vertical rows.


section #1

section #2 quilt top assembly diagram


1. Divide backing into 3 (22/3-yard) lengths. Join panels lengthwise. Seam will run horizontally. 2. Layer backing, batting and quilt top; baste. Quilt as desired.

3. Join 2¼"-wide dark blue strips into 1 continuous piece for straight-grain French-fold binding. Add binding to quilt. Q

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felt numbers wallhanging by mary stori / /

skill level: easy wallhanging size: 15" × 15"

Big, bold and bright—a little numbers game for your wee one’s wall.

supplies 1 (36") square of red WoolFelt* for front and backing 1 (12" × 18") rectangle each purple, blue, bluegreen, green, yellow and orange WoolFelt* for alphabet appliqué ¼ yard red cotton fabric for sleeve 44 (2- and 4-hole ¼"–¾") sew-through red, purple, blue, green, yellow and orange buttons size 11º red, purple, blue, blue-green, green, yellow and orange seed beads* red cotton thread or Nymo beading thread, size D purple, blue, blue-green, green, yellow and orange cotton thread red Aurifil 12 weight wool thread and embroidery needles lightweight nonfusible interfacing* lightweight fusible web* * See “the story from mary”

cutting Full-size patterns for the appliqué numbers are on pages 62–63. from felted wool, cut:

• 1 (17") red square for


front and 1 (15½") square for backing (they will be trimmed to 15" squares after the appliqué is added). • 1 (3½" × 12½") yellow rectangle for appliqué #1.

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• 1 (3½" × 5½") blue-green rectangle for appliqué #2. • 1 (5½" × 7½") blue rectangle for appliqué #3. • 1 (2¾" × 4½") orange rectangle for appliqué #4.

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• 1 (7" × 7½") purple rectangle for appliqué #5. • 1 (3½" × 4¾") green rectangle for appliqué #6. from red cotton fabric, cut:

• 1 (5" × 14") rectangle for sleeve.

1. Draw a 15½" square onto the nonfusible stabilizer. Along the marked lines, thread baste the stabilizer to the wrong side of the 17" square of red felt. 2. Following the chart below, cut rectangles of fusible web. fusible web rectangles

appliqué numbers

felt colors

3" × 12" 3" × 5" 5" × 7" 2¼" × 4 6½" × 7" 3" × 4¼"

1 2 3 4 5 6

yellow blue-green blue orange purple green

Make a template for the #1 appliqué pattern. Trace the pattern onto 1 side of the 3" × 12" rectangle of fusible web. Remove the paper from the other side of the web. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the web to the wrong side of the yellow 3½" × 12½" rectangle of felt. Cut along the traced lines of the #1. Repeat for each number. 3. Remove the paper from the appliqué numbers. Referring to the photograph for placement, position the numbers on the right side of the 17" red felt square, keeping them at least 1½" away from the threadbasted lines. Fuse them in place. With matching thread, use a straight or decorative stitch to sew closely to the edges of each number. 4. Thread an embroidery needle with 2 strands of AuriÅl wool thread. Stitch small X’s through the 17" red felt square, staying within the boundaries of the 15½" thread-basted square and taking care to not distort the fabric as you stitch. 5. Trim the 17" red felt square and its stabilizer to 15½" × 15½", using the thread-basted

lines as your guide. Trim off ¼" from each edge of the stabilizer. 6. Turn under ½" of each raw edge of the 5" × 14" red cotton rectangle, wrong sides facing, and press to make a hem for the sleeve. On the right side of the 15½" red felt square, pin the sleeve in place 1¼" from 3 edges. Stitch close to both long edges of the sleeve, backstitching at each end (sleeve diagram). 1¼"



sleeve diagram

7. Place red felt squares side by side, with the sleeve at the top and the numbers facing upright. Flip the backing onto the front so they are wrong side together (layering red squares diagram). Baste the layers together. Measuring from the center, trim the layers to 15" × 15". Join the layers together along the raw edges with a blanket stitch, either by hand using 2 strands of AuriÅl wool thread or by machine. Remove the basting stitches. 8. Using red Nymo or hand quilting thread, sew a button to 1 corner of the front, using just enough beads to cover the length of thread between the holes and taking as small of a stitch as possible on the backing. Continue around the perimeter, traveling the thread between the layers as each button is added. Evenly space 12 buttons along the top and bottom and 10 along each side. Q

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the story from mary Mary has made many a project with felted wool, and consequently her successes and failures have resulted in some very strong opinions about using it (so much so that she wrote a tips and techniques book Embellishing With Felted Wool, C&T Publishing, 2008.) For this project, Mary recommends you use: • WoolFelt by National Nonwovens. It is available as 100% wool, but the 20/80% or 35/65% rayon/wool blend is suitable for this project. You can purchase it online at and at many Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Mary has tried hand-dyed wool, but it puckered and distorted when embellished and the cut edges raveled. • Low-priced 11º seed beads from craft stores. Japanese 11º Delica beads are smaller and, due to their shape, don’t work as well to embellish the buttons. • Pellon’s lightweight nonfusible interfacing as a stablizer. Avoid fusible interfacing, because it doesn’t adhere well to wool and it may blister during the sewing process. • Lightweight fusible web from Wonder-Under for the appliqué. It has just the right amount of adhesive to hold the appliqué but not too much that the glue bleeds through.

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school of rock designed by myra harder for rjr fabrics / quilted by katie friesen /

Here’s a jam session any tween or teen rocker (and quilter) will love! Get that sewing machine humming along… skill level: challenging quilt size: 72" × 93"



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Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. Pattern for the guitar appliqué is on page 66.

1. Referring to cutting diagram on page 66, cut 6 (7½"-wide) strips. From strips, cut 4 (7½" × 37½") D rectangles and 4 (7½" × 10½") F rectangles. 2. Cut 18 (2½"-wide) strips. From 12 of the strips, cut 36 (2½" × 10½") A rectangles. The remaining 6 strips will be used for strip set #1. 3. Cut 2 (5"-wide) strips for strip set #2. 4. Cut 1 K, 2 H and 2 I rectangles; J rectangle; and 4 B rectangles.

from black print, cut: NOTE: Fabrics in the quilt shown are the School of Rock collection from RJR Fabrics. 6 yards black print for strip sets and background 11/8 yards gray print for strip sets, C squares and binding strips ¼ yard green print for strip sets ¼ yard purple print for strip sets ½ yard light pink print for strip sets and E and G rectangles 3 /8 yard medium pink print #1 for E and G rectangles ½ yard medium pink print #2 for guitar appliqué 6 yards backing fabric queen-size quilt batting light-weight paper-backed fusible (optional)

• see “cutting the black fabric” in the assembly. from gray print, cut:

• 10 (2¼"-wide) strips for binding. • 2 (5"-wide) strips for strip sets. • 2 (5") C squares. from light pink print, cut:

• 3 (2½"-wide) strips for strip sets. • 2 (3½"-wide) strips. From strips, cut 1 (3½" × 37½") E rectangle and 1 (3½" × 10½") G rectangle. from medium pink #1 print, cut:

• 3 (3½"-wide) strips. From strips, cut 2 (3½" × 37½") E rectangles and 2 (3½" × 10½") G rectangles. from medium pink #2 print, cut:

• 1 guitar appliqué. from green print, cut:

• 3 (2½"-wide) strips for strip sets. from purple print, cut:

• 3 (2½"-wide) strips for strip sets.


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strip set assembly 1. Join 2½"-wide strips in this order: light pink, black, green, black and purple (strip set #1 diagram). Make 3 strip set #1’s. From strip sets, cut 36 (2½"-wide) #1 segments. 2. Join 5"-wide gray and black strips (strip set #2 diagram). Make 2 strip sets #2. From strip sets, cut 14 (5"-wide) #2 segments.

2½" cut 36

strip set #1 diagram make 3

5" cut 14

quilt assembly 1. Referring to quilt top assembly diagram on page 67, appliqué the guitar in place on the J rectangle. 2. To make a row #1, lay out 18 A black rectangles

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cutting diagram


6 (7½"-wide) strips for D and F


Pattern is shown quarter scale and is reversed for use with fusible web. Enlarge pattern 400%. Add 3/16" seam allowance for hand appliqué.





18 (2½"-wide) strips for Aʼs and strip set #1

2 (5"-wide) strips for strip set #2




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1. Divide backing into 2 (3-yard) lengths. Join panels lengthwise. Seam will run vertically. 2. Layer backing, batting and quilt top; baste. Quilt as desired. 3. Join 2¼"-wide gray strips into 1 continuous piece for straight-grain French-fold binding. Add binding to quilt. Q

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37½" × 25½" for J

4 (2¾" × 5") for B

5½" × 72½" for I

7½" × 72½" for H

8½" × 72½" for K

guitar pattern

alternately with 18 segments #1. Join rectangles and segments. Make 2 row #1’s. 3. To make a row #2, lay out and join 2 black B rectangles, 7 segments #2 and 1 gray C square. Make 2 row #2’s. 4. To make the top section of the quilt, join 1 H rectangle, 1 row #1, 1 I rectangle and 1 row #2. 5. Lay out and join 4 black D rectangles and 1 light pink and 2 medium pink #1 E rectangles. 6. Lay out and join 4 black F rectangles and 1 light pink and 2 medium pink #1 G rectangles. 7. To make the middle section of the quilt, join the appliquéd J rectangle between the D/E’s and F/G’s. 8. To make the bottom section, join 1 row #2, 1 K rectangle, 1 row #1 and 1 H rectangle. 9. Join the top, middle and bottom sections to complete the quilt top.




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Row #2 K

Row #1


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kay whitt

She may call herself a poser (because she hasn’t made that many quilts), but Kay Whitt has the authentic mark of a style setter in the fresh interpretations she’s making in women’s apparel and accessory designs. When it comes to her Serendipity Studio patterns for skirts, dresses, tunics and bags, think Modern sass tempered with a ladylike touch of classic or vintage. (Go to www. for more information.) The last year has been a fast march for this former elementary school teacher and near-lifelong stitcher in Grand Prairie, Texas. Her first book, Sew Serendipity (Krause Publications, July 2010), came out only about a year ago, and it’ll be joined by its follow-on, Sew Serendipity Bags (Krause Publications, September 2011), any moment now. As for the nonquilt thing, well, blame it on attention span, Kay says. She’s made lap quilts, of course, but sometimes it’s all about “having sewn,” something any stitcher can relate to. “I have a pretty short attention span. With clothing and a bag, heck, it’s not unusual for me to make four to five skirts a day. If I’m really, really hot, I might be able to make two to three bags a day,” she says. “Sometimes you need a quick fix, that instant gratification.” Fabric is part of where Kay finds a lot of inspiration, but this self-taught designer also pours her own interests and love of lines into the mix. “I love the challenge, and working out a design and making it work for me,” she says. Online, here’s where Kay loves to roam: “I love the Homesick Texan! Being a native Texan myself and a huge foodie, I really appreciate her palate and her recipes are excellent. I enjoy reading about how she arrives at different recipes. She always has a good story to share. (Try her pulled pork recipe sometime. We loved it last year for our 4th of July party!)” “Stop Staring and Start Sewing is a great blog. Jona writes about her life with five children and has digital patterns for

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does a wonderful job talking about her sewing adventures along with stories about her family. It is a nice balance. I always smile when I see what she has been up to!” “This is one of my absolute favorite online places to buy fabric! They have a great selection and stay well stocked on many of the most popular designers’ fabrics. If you are ever looking for a fabric you think is out of print, check with them. Heidi and Roland (the owners) are great people.” “I love Ballard Designs! I would buy everything on their website if I could! I just love their style. It is clean and fresh without being sterile. Classic, really.”

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posse tests rotary cutters


ope, we’re not lying. There was really a time when quilters used scissors to cut up little pieces of fabric before sewing them back together. But in the late 1970s, an American businessman traveling in Japan returned with the original Olfa rotary cutter and handed it over to his daughter, Barbara Sweetman, who was a quilter and then-owner of YLI Corp., a decorative thread company. From there, Barbara handed this new cutting beast

what we tested...

to pro quilter and inventor Marti Michell, who then turned to Mary Ellen Hopkins, who was experimenting with what would become the acrylic ruler. Add in the newly developed rotary cutting mat, and you’ve got the holy trinity of quilting tools that, almost overnight, changed the way quilters work and shaped a new segment of the industry. Fast-forward more than 30 years, and it’s fair to say the rotary rules our sewing spaces. From the design of the

handle to the safety measures and sharpness of the blades, a quilter’s rotary cutter of choice is a matter of intimate personal preference. (Sort of like what side of the bed you sleep on.) But, there are some standards we all agree on, and that’s where the Posse started this test. With rotary cutters poring into QH-west by the dozens, we had to divvy them up into three categories: straighthandled/traditional cutters, ergonomic/safety cutters and specialty cutters. We weeded

out the 60mm and 28mm size, sticking with the most common 45mm blade size. And then we got to work. Armed with scrap fabrics of different weights, long tables clothed in mats and Shortbread Sam’s Famous Shortbread, we started the Posse slice and dice. Working with the presumption that all the blades were going to be sharp because they just came right out of their packages, we instead listed other criteria that were most important:

• Comfort—Does it feel good in our hands? • Easy to use—Does the blade lock into place easily? • Safety—Does it make good, clean cuts without undue pressure? Is the design safe? Is the blade retractable? (And a few other miscellaneous concerns that came up during the slicing.) • Changing—How easy (and safe) is it to change the blade? • Versatility—Are other blades, (pinking, scalloped) available? • Value—Is it a good value for the shrinking dollar? All prices listed are the full retail prices. If a website was not listed for the cutter, it can easily be fournd at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Walmart or other major retailers.

straight-handled/traditional cutters: 45mm Olfa utter c rotary .49 0 $2 70

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Let’s just say that half of the eight brands in this category were actually the EXACT same cutter, packaged differently and molded from different colored plastic. The

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Omnigrid 45mm Rotary Cutter (yellow/green), Fons & Porter 45mm Rotary Cutter (red/white), Dritz 45mm Rotary Cutter (blue/black) and Kai 45mm Ultra Rotary

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ter & Por tter s n o F ary cu t o r 45mm $16.99 Cutter (blue/black) were all equipped with Kai blades (which we were already biased toward because we love Kai scissors!). This type of cutter has a small lever that adjusts the pressure needed to cut through heavy and light fabrics. But it wasn’t quite as simple as that, as our Posse found out. The pressure switch was confusing. Light pressure should mean that lighter fabrics would be cut more easily and heavy pressure should mean that the cut was sharper and slicker going through thicker fabrics. But instead, our Posse had to push harder with the heavy setting, which provides less control for the user and creates a safety concern. As one seasoned Posse member says, “I think it’s assuming you’re going to work harder on the heavier fabric, but it’s counter-intuitive. You don’t want to have to work harder.” Still, these cutters scored in 3 to 5 range on most members’ scorecards, a respectable outcome. And, these cutters were a favorite for cutting curves. “They maneuver really well,” one Newbie Q-bie Posse person says. “I have to agree with you. I just cut through four layers on a curve like it was nothing,” an Old-Timer Posse member agreed.

m id 45m r r g i n Om cutte y r a t o r $12.99

As far as the remaining four cutters in this category, the Fiskars was very light (and sometimes too light). “It’s light as air. It’s like you’re not holding anything. The handle is comfortable, but it’s a little small. But the blade is really super sharp,” Old-Timer said. The safety design bugged some. “On this guy, the safety is really aggressive to lock and unlock. You have to push it in to pull it back and push it in to pull it forward. It’s a pain in the butt,” Shortbread Sam says. In all, it scored consistently in the 3.5 to 4 range, also making it a decent choice. The Kai 45mm Wheel Cutter 5045 did okay. It had a sharp blade, a trait that Kai already rules, and it had a sleeve that covered the blade for safety. But—and this is a big but—the cover doesn’t lock into place, which means it can slip off when rattling around the bottom of a sewing box.

45mm Dritz utter c rotary .99 $14

mm rs 45 Fiska cutter rotary .00 $17 “There’s this nice little sleeve to cover the blade, but there’s nothing to keep it on. Darn you, Kai. I like you. Why are you doing this to me?” whined Old-Timer, who helped place Kai at the top of the pack last year when the Posse tested scissors. Kai’s scores mostly landed in the 3 to 4 range as well, with a few more 3’s than 4’s. (Hey, Kai…Fix that slipping cover, and Old-Timer says she’ll fall in love again.)

As far as the classic Olfa 45mm rotary cutter went, it was all good. It scored mostly 4’s and 5’s, except when it came to changing the blade and safety. It remains a classic for a good reason. And now we come to the standout, for our Posse testers at least: The Olfa 45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter. These gals were all over the Quick-Change, applauding the ease with which they could replace the blades.

l whee m m 5 5 Kai 4 r 504 e t t u c $18.99

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We had to pry this one from their warm, living fingers. “The new version of the Olfa is way more comfortable and it’s got this awesome right-lefty thing. I think that’s huge for a lefty, not to have to change the blade’s direction,” says our BloodLetter Posse member. (She was the sole Posse-ette who suffered a cut during this test.) The Quick-Change wasn’t perfect, though. Shortbread Sam, a college fiber art teacher, had this to say: “I bought this for my students because only a ¼" of the blade is exposed. The only bummer is that if you don’t cut at the right angle it doesn’t work as well. It’s very angle-dependent.” That said, it received almost perfect 5’s from all of the testers.

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45mm Olfa mic o ergon utter c rotary .49 8 $2 We had 5 cutters to test in this category: The Olfa 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter, Fiskars 45mm Titanium Rotary Cutter, The Grace Company 45mm My Comfort Cutter TrueCut, Martelli 45mm Rotary Cutter and Gingher’s 45mm Rotary Cutter. The Olfa did well. It has a retractable blade with an easy safety button that locks and unlocks the blade. When the safety button is open, the blade emerges when you grip the handle. When the handle is released, the blade goes back into a safe position. You still have to remember to push the safety button into the locked position, though, and as one Posse person pointed out, if you forget and drop the Olfa, you could end up with fewer toes. Also, one tester pointed out that the thickness of the section that holds the blade makes it harder to see the blade clearly. Still, it was very comfortable and easy to open and close, making it a solid choice for our Posse. It got very respectable 4’s and 5’s throughout the scoring.

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Fiskars Fi k was also l good d on the comfort count. It felt safe in your hand and with the wrap handle it wouldn’t easily fall from your grip. But it had an issue. The safety mechanism on the Fiskars has two different operations. It uses a lever to open the blade and a button to close the blade. As Shortbread Sam says, “I keep wanting to lever it both ways.” Fearful Posse Leader agrees. “Your blade stays exposed until you push the button, and that makes it dangerous to me.” It rated in the 3 to 4 range and would be well suited for the user who is prone to dropping her cutter.

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45mm r e h g n r gi cutte rotary .99 $69 The Gingher receiv received oohs and aahs partly because be iit jjust llooked k d so pretty. It has a steell h h handle dl that h gives it nice weight (though one Posse person thought it was too heavy for her), and the grip is comfortable. Also, it may not be a quick-change blade system, but it did get raves for a design element that made changing the blades safer than the norm. One problem with it is that the blade is black—not silver like we’re used to—and instead, the cover is silver. We saw the potential to brush up against the wrong part, mistaking it for a safe part. But once it’s open, there were no issues with the blade. Also, the Gingher can’t be switched from

right to left-handed use. It’s only for the right hand. Still it was a solid fave for the Posse. Now we get to the two funky-shaped cutters: the Grace and the Martelli. At first glance, these two look similar because they both have right-angled handles. But the Grace’s curves downward and the Martelli curves to the side, making these very different animals. Starting with the Martelli, this cutter required instructions to hold properly. We were told that there was a short DVD that would come with it, but our test cutter arrived DVDless. And there was no Internet access at our test site, so we couldn’t go to the Martelli website to see if the video was there. So we muddled through

with the package’s pictures and some accompanying print materials. It took a while before we figured it out, but we eventually did. The point of the handle is that the Martelli can be used sitting down and is supposed to be far more comfortable for cutting. It was developed for those with wrist and arm issues as well as those who can’t stand comfortably and cut. Of course, it also works for your typical standing quilter in good health. The biggest problem was that the spring on the safety mechanism was very loose, and it even came off several times with different users. We were able to reinstall it, but it was annoying. And if you want to take advantage of the ergonomic aspects of this cutter, your worktable needs to be at the correct height.

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any Comp t e c a r r The G My Comfo t 45mm r TrueCu e t Cut 5 $32.9 com . frame grace Now, Martelli makes a rocking worktable that can be adjusted for height, and even we mere mortals can arrange things at home so we’re comfortable. But it makes taking the Martelli to classes and retreats difficult because you may not always have access to tables at the needed height. Changing the blade was also problematic. “It’s supposed to drop out, but it doesn’t and I had to pull it out. Which means that I’m touching the blade and that’s not cool. And then I couldn’t figure out how to put it back in,” says Newbie Q-Bie. But there were some things we really, really did like about the Martelli. It cuts through amazing amounts of fabric! Newbie Q-Bie cut through 16 layers of quilt cotton and then, just for fun, sliced up 32 layers. She says it cut through like butter. And we can see how once you’re comfy with the set-up and holding, you could spend hours slicing without tiring. So this could be a good bet if you’re looking


to do some power cutting and need the ergonomic aspects. Now we come to one of the more ingenious cutters, the Grace Company My Comfort Cutter. This cutter also has a right angle handle, but it’s used the same way all the other cutters (except Martelli) are used. The angle moves the cutter below your hand (as opposed to extending your hand’s reach) and provides a comfortable and safe place to rest your finger. It can be used seated and standing without anything fancy. And here’s what turned us on the most with the Grace: It’s made to use with a special acrylic rotary ruler. The cutter has a lip that hooks into a track on the ruler. Once the cutter is properly engaged with the ruler’s track, your cutter won’t shift while you cut. Now, we quilting moms know how risky it is to have a young child get near a rotary

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cutter. But we have to say that with the combination of cutter and ruler, the Grace is the only way we’d allow our older kids to touch a rotary cutter. And if you’re an adult with tremors, have pressure issues with your hands or wrists or if you are sometimes off on your cuts, the Grace pretty much answers your rotary prayers. Normally we don’t like having to buy extra stuff, but in this case, it makes sense. The Grace will still work with a normal rotary ruler, and it has this cute window on the handle that lets you personalize it. Not a bad idea if you travel with your tools. One problem we had with the design, though, is that the cover for the safety on the blade felt loose, really loose. But we tried to see if it was ACTUALLY loose, and

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it wasn’t. It held in place and protected our hands from the blade when it was engaged. So, overall, our Posse found that all of the cutters in this group were decent, with a couple like the Grace and Olfa being better than decent. You just need to choose the one that makes the most sense for your needs. As with all of the Posse tests we conduct, there are often products that we didn’t test because we didn’t receive them, didn’t know about them (yep, there are some things we don’t know—just don’t tell our kids and hubbies!) or suffered a brain lapse over and didn’t grab in time for the testing. If you have a brand of cutter that you swear by, drop us a hint and we’ll post an updated list of Posse faves on the QH website at www.QuiltersHomeMag. com/rotarycutters. Q toll free: 1-877-666-4245

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e’ve never really invented anything from scratch, except each issue of this magazine, so we turned to an expert to get the low-down on product development: Lanette Edens of The Gypsy Quilter ( She’s the genius behind such products as the Gypsy Gripper and Bitty Buddy, two of our fave products that have really made our q-lives better. Here’s our word of caution: We’re just trying to get you started here. This is a very rich topic, so understand these few words of Lanette’s wisdom are the watering can for the seeds you’re planting. Your first step is the idea. And, there’s really no such thing as a new idea, only a new way to present it. Lanette says most of her ideas come from existing products in other industries. Consider, for example, the Sit Upon Comfort Cushion. Lanette developed this squishy little helper after whining at a quilt retreat to her neighbor, a physical therapist, that the folding metal chairs were killing her. This angel of quilt mercy went to her car and came back with a small rubber pillow, designed for sitting and supporting those parts of our bodies needing a little extra padding in a good way. Light bulb! After a weekend spent in comfort, Lanette knew other quilters would appreciate this little pillow, too. Of course, you might come up with something unique and perfect. In that case, dive headfirst into market research.

Look through catalogues and on the Internet to see if there’s something similar. Also, develop a prototype and have your friends try it out. Listen carefully to their feedback, even if it’s not positive. You’re talking about investing a lot of time and money, and you need to know if you have a fighting chance. Your next step is to find someone to make it for you, and Lanette says if you’re interested in making a profit, this will probably happen in China. You’ll likely work with someone stateside who will navigate the roads of international manufacturing, and you may also need a designer to provide schematics, illustrations or a scaled model. Lanette used a wood model for one of her products. When the manufacturer knows what you want, a mold will have to be made for any product that uses plastic and/or rubber. (You pay for this and own it, but it’s used at the factory where production occurs.) You’ll also need to commit to an MOQ (minimum order quantity) to kick off production. Expect an MOQ to be at least a couple thousand items, which can be a pretty scary prospect because you’ll have to sell them once they’re shipped. Oh, and you’re fronting the bucks for that, too. The real work starts when your creation is sitting in your garage (or future warehouse,) and you have to sell the darn things. It’s not much different than putting out books or patterns. Your product has to

get in front of quilters, and you have to convince them they can’t live without it. Products are sold through distributors (who then wholesale to shops) and directly to the consumer through a website, brick and mortar shop, show booth, catalogue or all of the above. Lanette employs most of these methods, but each is approached differently. Profit margins are lower for distributors, but sales hopefully compensate for that. Lanette strongly advises that any products sold through distributors need original and unique bar codes, which you must buy and print on every package containing your product. Distributors usually buy large quantities, and you need to be ready to fill their orders on time. Direct sales takes out the middleman, but can be challenging in terms of marketing and exposure. Also, you don’t want to undercut quilt shops on pricing. Whether you’ve built a relationship directly with a shop owner, or your distributor handles it, you have to respect that they are taking some of the work from your load and have access to different customers. Still, selling through your website (and you will have a website) gives customers without shops in their area access to your product and customer service. Lanette started The Gypsy Quilter in 2006 and has, at last count, eight products we lust for. What’s even more amazing is that Lanette has never

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attended International Quilt Market to hawk her goods. (In case you don’t know, Market is a twice-yearly wholesaler’s trade show where everyone in the biz comes to market their products and services.) Instead, her distributors show and sell her products. That’s not to say that Market should be discounted as a promotional avenue. Market puts you directly in touch with shop owners and other interested parties (like, yoo hoo, magazine editors!) and gives your product great targeted exposure. Besides these tasks, know that when you’re starting your business (and this is a business you’re birthing,) you get to be the packaging designer, web master, shipping gal/guy, marketing and public relations consultant, customer service operator, and on and on. Ask questions of successful product developers, consider taking small business and marketing classes to get the basics and consult with expert lawyers and accountants to get on the right track from the start. Finally, don’t let anyone discourage you from your dream. This could happen. Q

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raves & faves

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baggin’ it We discovered this gloriously hip leather messenger bag in an airport bookstore and just had to have it. With its quilty appeal and top-quality construction, this bag serves us handmade gals just great. Made by Queen Bee Creations out of Portland, Oregon, the Trucker features two large inside pockets, three pockets under the front flap and a large pocket on the back. It’s big enough to stash a small cutting mat and other class tools or to just stuff with purchases from that next show. You’ll love hauling it around. BTW, Queen Bee employs local seamstresses to make these bags. Check out the company’s website for other shapes and sizes, and remember, just because you can make your own bag doesn’t mean you always have to! Trucker bag by Queen Bee Creations, $136, 15" × 11" × 4½" with adjustable 30"–60" strap

sticky solution Some of us are comfy with a full thimble on our digits while we stitch. Then again, some of us can’t bear the feeling of covered fingers. Jill Finley of Jillily Studio noticed the plight of the Naked Hand Clubbers and developed Poke-A-Dots Sticky Thimbles. The small, round, restickable pads adhere to your fingers as needed and can be stuck back in their container when you’re done. With 18 in a container, you can cover all of your fingers and protect your quilts from bloodshed. (At least until the quilts graduate to real-life use.) Jill says Poke-A-Dots also give her fingers enough traction to pull needles out of stubborn sewing projects. And Poke-A-Dots are small—they are perfect for keeping in your traveling sewing kit, even if you prefer thimbles. It’s so easy to lose a thimble, and Poke-ADots offer a working alternative. Poke-A-Dots Sticky Thimbles by Jillily Studios, $8.98 for 18


stress-less stitching You’re on a quilt deadline, your small son is waving your rotary cutter as he screams through the house and your cat just ralphed up a hairball on the stack of finished blocks. What’s a quilter to do when life gets to be too much? Chew gum, we say. Bach’s Rescue Gum promises a homeopathic sigh for your stress. Each piece of this tasty orange and elderflower gum has a liquid center filled with Bach’s flower flow remedy designed for stress relief. The ingredients promise the following: courage and presence of mind; focus when th grounded; patience with problems and people; balanced mind gr when losing control; and a softened impact of shock. w We’re a hard sell, but we’re willing to admit that we felt more relaxed after gnawing on a piece. Of course, it could also have been the chewing itself, but we’re happy with the results.

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Rescue Gum Natural Stress Relief by Bach Original Flower Remedies, $6.25 for 17 pieces {August/September 2011}

raves & faves / review

who says quilters are unstable? Sulky has released two new stabilizers in its extensive family of interfacings and stabilizers for we quilters to use for our nefarious needs. Soft ‘n Sheer Extra is a slightly heavier version of the original Soft ‘n Sheer, and here’s the bonus: it’s fusible. It’s perfect for strengthening delicate fabrics, such as those gorgeous voiles and cotton lawns that are hitting the shelves now (but that seem a little flighty for quilts). You can also stabilize T-shirts for memory quilts and lightly interface clothing and other sewn projects. Sometimes a little stability is all you need to take a project’s look from amateur to pro! The second release is Sticky Fabri-Solvy, a must-try product for hand appliquérs and embroidery gals. Just print your appliqué patterns or shapes on the Fabri-Solvy, trim the image, peel off the release sheet and place the image on the right side of your fabric. Because it’s sticky, it stays. Then cut out your shape with the seam allowance and needle turn that baby to your background fabric. When the quilt is washed, the Fabri-Solvy completely goes away. Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer Extra, 20" by 1-yard package $3.99. Rolls and bolts are also available. Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy, 20" by 1-yard package $6.99. Rolls, sheets and bolts are also available.


when your needle is sweaty… Bestselling fiction scribe Marie Bostwick released her fourth installment of her Cobbled Court series, Threading the Needle, just in time for those dog-day afternoons when even the cactus are wilting and it’s just too darned hot to sew and iron. Picture yourself turning the pages on Marie’s popular series instead of turning under the edges on the way-too-small flower bud you thought you wanted to appliqué. Yes, even we q-addicts need a break from the thread sometimes. And if you’re a Marie fan, register on her website,, and you’ll have access to free downloadable quilt patterns for quilts she had designed to reflect each of her books. Nice, huh? Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick, Kensington Books, 2011, $15

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Olfa, the queen of all rotary tools, has released our duh product of the issue. The Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage Acrylic Ruler is designed with a frosted coating on the back, behind the printed grids and numbers. The numbers are easily read on any color of fabric, but you can still see the fabric’s pattern for fussy cutting and lining up. Genius! The ruler is marked with measurements at 1", ½", ¼" and 1/8", and it also has a printed protractor for angle cuts. And, it promises to be non-slip, which on initial testing rings true, though it doesn’t grip the way a rubber surface would. Available in ten sizes, from 1" × 12" to 6 " × 24" and 16½" square, you’ll be able to slice freely. Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage Acrylic Ruler by Olfa, from $7.99 to $39.49

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off the shelf

A Black and White Tale

Inspired to Sew: 15

501 Quilting Motifs:

Ann Fahl and Jacquie Scuitto Self-published, 2011 48 pages, softcover, $17.95

Pretty Projects, Sewing Secrets, Colorful Collage

Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting

Bari J. Ackerman Stash Books by C&T Publishing, 2011 128 pages, softcover, $24.95

editors of Quiltmaker Magazine Martingale & Company, 2011 208 pages, hardcover/ wire bound, $24.99

Ann’s cat Oreo takes center stage with her quilts in her new book, A Black and White Tale. With the help of fellow art quilter and poet, Jacquie, Ann’s inspired collection of 22 wall quilts featuring her favorite model, along with many of her other quilted works, becomes a tell-all bio of this quilter’s cat. Ann’s work is always beautiful and with the charming tales of Oreo’s daily romps, any cat-adoring quilter will appreciate the love that went into this book. And Jacquie’s original prose leaves us smiling at Oreo’s antics. Besides just enjoying a storybook illustrated so well with quilts, Ann offers us a powerful lesson in creativity: by carrying one theme or topic through a body of work, we stretch our imagination and our skills to really explore it. There’s creative freedom that comes from being bound to one thing. Just ask Georgia O’Keefe!


It’s soft and romantic but still fresh. Is that possible? It is when you’re Bari J. at the sewing machine. Bari’s assortment of sewing projects blends wearables with housewares and quilts, and all have her distinctive use of broderie perse and collage. Her nurturing voice is right there next to you as you work your way through this eclectic assortment of projects, where the only commonalities are that they all spring from the needle with that signature Bari J. flavor. What really works about Inspired to Sew is that the instructions are clear and the tips are accurate. Bari and her edit team did an excellent job of breaking down some of the more complicated sewing techniques for any skill level.

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If there’s one thing that our sister publication, Quiltmaker Magazine, has always done spot on, it’s providing quilting ideas for its quilt patterns. After all, we quilters can get pretty tired of our own quilting ideas, and this collection offers endless inspiration and instruction for breaking out of our thimble rut. Suitable for hand or machine quilting, what really works here is the variety of designs and how clever they are. For instance, the Sea Serpent/ Knight motifs will have you fighting off the myths on your borders. And that putting hubby of yours will smile at the golf ball and tee worked into his manly quilt. It’s a perfect reference book for anyone dedicated to not shipping their quilt to the longarmer.

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Japanese Taupe Quilts: 125 Blocks in Calm and Neutral Colors Susan Briscoe Quarto Publishing, 2010 128 pages, hardcover, $26.95

We once had a reader blast us for insulting taupe fabrics. (Huh? We’re always amazed by what some people take offense to!) In fact, we love taupe and the amazing variety that this recently popular Asian trend offers up for our stitching sensibility. So when Susan came out with this newest book (and we’re already huge Susan Briscoe fans), we were thrilled. Each page of this small but complete tome of serenity through taupe is a joy to ponder. A mix of pieced, appliqued and combined technique blocks gives a little something for most quilters. And through it all, calm and precise beauty reigns. All of these blocks finish at nine inches, and there are six small projects to make from some of the blocks. But really, can’t you figure out your own use for some of these? Perfect for almost any taste, from traditional to contemporary, taupe just rules and so does Susan’s book.

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Cut the Scraps: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way Through Your Stash Joan Ford of ScrapTherapy The Taunton Press, 2011 202 pages, softcover, $24.95

Curves for Cowards

Twelve by Twelve:

Cara Gulati Doodle Press, 2010 48 pages, softcover, $19.95

International Art Quilt Challenge Deborah Boschert, Gerrie Congdon, Helen L. Conway, Kristen Duncan, Terry Grant, Diane Perin Hock, Francois Jamart, Kristin LaFlamme, Karen Rips, Brenda Gael Smith, Terri Stegmiller and Nikki Wheeler. Lark Crafts, 2011 176 pages, softcover, $22.95

theme/chapter explores each artist’s approach, process and workspace. There are also articles within the text on starting a challenge group, creating a blog, working with journals and other topics of interest to budding artists and quilters. BTW, the group continues to work their challenge and document their efforts on an excellent blog found at

More 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects with Triangles and Squares

If we didn’t know all too well that you can’t keep the quilter out of the quilt shop, we might be worried that this book will set a far too disturbing precedent of working through one’s stash! Joan takes us step-by-step through her seven tricks to creating an organized and ready stash. It involves a lot of cutting and sorting (by value not color) but in the end, she’s got pieces ready to sew. And while they wait for their playdate with the machine, they are easily stored in clear bins. It’s what she calls ScrapTherapy. None of these projects is difficult, and most are quilts with a couple of bags thrown in for variety. What works about Cut the Scraps is Joan’s approach to prepping her stash. Even if you’re not looking to slice and dice your whole stash, it’s fun to devote part of your hoard to Joan’s techniques.

Cara’s done a solid job with her second self-published book on her distinctive approach to quilts—loud, bright and fun! In Curves for Cowards (love the title), Cara’s seven projects are as fun to make as they are to look at. Just remember that there is nothing shy or retiring about Cara’s quilts. She tackles curves with piecing or appliqué, depending on how curvy the curve. She works with bright colors and fun fabrics, and the results promise smiles throughout. (Don’t believe us? Check out Mascara Runs.) There are plenty of pics to guide you on your circuitous stitching. What really works are the options she gives for accomplishing curvy quilts and her wonderful designs, which have us saying repeatedly that we never would have thought to put those fabrics together, but it works!

Meryl Ann Butler Krause Publications, 2011 160 pages, hardcover/ wire bound, $24.99

What happens when an art quilter issues a challenge to 11 other fiber artists whose work she admires? You end up with twelve by twelve, a book documenting the two-year art quilt challenge started by Diane Perin Hock in 2007 when she asked her online buds if they would consider creating one 12-inch-square quilt (using whatever materials and techniques they wished as long as the finished work could be defined as a quilt with three layers) around one theme (each participant got to choose a theme) over a period of 60 days. They all said yes, and the results are a stunning mix of fiber artistry from across the globe. What really works about this book, though, is not just the finished product, 144 quilts altogether, but that each

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Meryl Ann’s sequel to 90-Minute Quilts shines some light on how incorporating half-square triangles into these designs makes even more options for super fast quilts. These projects are perfect for beginners and even more so for children. These are very simple quilts and most will be destined for babies, charities and quick gifts. There’s nothing wrong with that. We really like Meryl Ann’s tips (especially the accordion-fold ruler trick), her speed-sewing techniques and her personal insights into how quilts can change lives. Q

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alex veronelli Alex Veronelli has most quilters swooning over his tall, Northern Italian good looks, s, gray-blue eyes and effortless manners, but he has a legit claim to fiber fame. He was literally born to the cloth. His mother’s family produced fine Italian bed linens for generations, and his father helped found Aurifil in 1983 after a long career inn fashion production. Alex, 43, has spent his adult life working in the family business, ss, literally learning about thread from the spinning and twisting stages on up. “My CV is really short—just Aurifil—but I am proud to have been able to bring ng ahead family traditions in business,” he says. Now, as product manager, shareholder and PR chief (he says the PR stands for “people relations”), Alex is charged with spreading the love about Aurifil thread. Alex, his wife and two children live in Saronno, the same small city where Aurifil’s factory is located. And his hometown has another famous product: that delectable, fruity liqueur, Amaretto di Saronno. “Come on…I suggest you taste it! It is really delicious…flavored with herbs and fruits, soaked in apricot kernel oil,” he says. Mmm-mmm. It can’t have escaped your notice that you are one of the better-looking men in the quilt world. Has this ever proven embarrassing? I am 100% made in Italy. So, I am immune. What’s the strangest place your work has ever taken you? Val d’Argent in Alsace, France. It’s a wide valley with all the churches covered in quilts everywhere. It’s really amazing. The entire population from kids, senior citizens, even dogs are quilt-oriented during the European Patchwork Meeting days. It’s something that sounds strange until you see it. What did you study at university? I realized very young that my future career would lead me into the family business, my heritage, so to speak. I had the family background and experience in textiles from my grandparents and parents, so my studies—essentially accounting


and marketing—focused on what I thought would allow me to become a leader in my kind of small Italian industry. In the last years, the desire of knowledge is bringing me back to school at Bocconi University School of Management, which is recognized internationally as a leading management school. Do you play any sport? I swim, but just for exercise and pleasure, not any competition. Is there one day in your life that changed everything? Not really. (My life) did grow one stitch at time. You travel so much... what’s your secret for treating jet lag? Is there a secret? I would pay a lot to know about it. I joke in part because I suffer especially when I fly west. You should see my eyes when I approach the customs line… still wondering how they could admit me with that face!

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Finish this sentence: “Alex Veronelli would never…” Retire…that’s all. how long have you been with Aurifil? I started with Aurifil in 1990, but spent the first two years working alongside Aurifil‘s suppliers like our spinner, our twister and our dyer to learn the processes and establish a strong relationship between the companies. You must understand that Italian industry is composed of networks of small companies, which are highly specialized in their segment of production. This is true for most of “Made in Italy” products and is one of the keys of our well-known quality and care. How many languages do you speak? Four. Italian, of course, plus Spanish, French and English, although you must pardon

my poor English accent and spelling, even if I write most of the day in English and have many opportunities to use English when traveling! My Spanish is fairly good and my French good enough to get by with, or at least to sell threads with! Do you cook? What’s your best dish? I cook very little. (Hey, I am Italian!) Do not tell anybody, but my best one is fried eggs. On the other hand, my espresso is unforgettable. Favorite guilty pleasure? I am sure you mean the favorite tell-able one…So my favorite indulgence is an after-dinner glass of grappa, an alcoholic beverage of Italian origin. It’s a fragrant grape-based pomace brandy that contains 35% to 60% alcohol by volume (which is 70 to 120 U.S. proof). Q

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