Did you know?

March is National Quilters Month

Quilters also have a National Quilter’s Day, on March 20, 2021.  

Anyone have any ideas about ways to celebrate this?  Please email suggestions to: Guild@ihquilters.com

Thank You & Happy Quilting!

Related holidays to put on your calendar:
National Sewing Machine Day (June 13) – Celebrates the day the sewing machine was patented.
National Thread the Needle Day (July 25) – This holiday is also about metaphorically threading the needle –                   walking a fine line between two issues.
National Sewing Month (September) – Proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 “in recognition of the                    importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

A Quilter’s Plan B

Five and a half feet of snow from a blizzard dumped on Arnold the first week of February. The whole town was dealing with downed trees and power lines. Roads were blocked off or closed, the snowplow could not get through.  Aside from being very annoying, communications were all down (phone, cell & internet).  We were cut off from the world.  For over a week.

What do quilters do when they can’t use their sewing machines?  We do prep & handwork.  Like binding the edges of finished quilts.  Like cutting fabric for the next quilt or project.  Organizing our “stashes”, designing our own stars, blocks, or layouts. Taking care of U.F.O.’s. (Unfinished Objects).  I happily found 5.5″ flannel squares in my flannels bin that will make a cute toddler’s comfort quilt, left-over 2.5″ squares that could be a cute patchwork spring quilt.  I start way more projects than I accomplish, it seems.

I promised myself to finish the binding on “The Beast” before piecing little quilts.  The Beast?  A King-sized T-shirt quilt I made for my husband out of his old Harley Davidson shirts.  I stupidly decided on a fleece backing (I put them on kid’s quilts all the time).  The Beast weighs a little over 8 pounds.  Not only will it keep us warm in the winter, but it will also keep us on our own side!

Arnold has power and internet back this week, so tomorrow’s class will be in session, even if it snows as predicted.

♥  TTFN  ♥

IHQ Going Global

Our 2019 Scholarship Quilt, “Heritage”, designed by Lynn Wilder, and pieced by members of the Independence Hall Quilters, is going to be featured in QuiltMania magazine in the Jan/Feb edition.   QuiltMania is a very “high end” quilt magazine printed in French, Dutch, and English, and is distributed worldwide. 

Lynn was able to borrow the quilt from the raffle winner, who happily lives locally.  She had to ship the quilt to France, so the magazine could do a photoshoot.  You can imagine how excited Lynn is about it all –  “I can’t wait to see what they do with it!”
Our entire guild is excited along with her. Many of us made blocks (under Lynn’s direction) for Heritage, so we have a part in the history of this beautiful creation. Yours truly made two of the intricate 56-piece blocks. That’s right, fifty-six little pieces – one block.
QuiltMania’s editor saw a photo of our Scholarship quilt on Lynn’s Etsy site and contacted her.  They wanted to feature the quilt and tell about our guild.  Lynn is putting together information about our guild and the quilt, at the magazine’s request.  Also, the guild will get compensation for featuring our quilt – great news for the scholarship fund!