August 12. 2015
Welcome back to The Bee!
This week is another AQS QuiltWeek! Our show staff and tens of thousands of quilters are in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Grand Rapids is a beautiful, art-filled town, and the river really does run right through it. What a great place for a QuiltWeek!
Did you read Karen Marchetti’s Crooked Stitches blog last week? It’s a teacher’s-eye view of her experiences at Syracuse QuiltWeek in July. See some of the class projects and hear about all the fun that Karen had being a QuiltWeek teacher!
Photos of hand pieced millefiori quilts are popping up everywhere these days. If you don’t believe it, just type the words millefiori quilts or La Passacaglia into Pinterest. The Back Porch Stitcher would like to report that Row 6 on the first of the big Rosettes is about finished. The choice for this row? Yellow Kaffe Fassett Paperweight. That’s going to be one big rosette!
I’d love to take a little poll. Watch for it over on our Facebook page. If you prefer to answer in the Comments section below, please do! Here’s the question: If you were stranded on a desert island (with a pair of nice sewing scissors, of course), would you prefer to have:
a) a hand stitching needle or two, a rainbow of threads, and a trunk full of fabric;
b) a longarm machine and lots of white space, like that on an heirloom wholecloth quilt that you can finally finish, or a marvelous modern geometric;
c) your trusty domestic machine, your stash of fat quarters, and lots of ideas;
d) 100 quilt books and magazines because you just like to drool;
e) something else? Please tell us what!
What a wonderful response we had to the article about My Quilt Place groups that appeared in last week’s OnPoint! Over 100 new members stopped by to join My Quilt Place. That’s another giant “Bee” of interested – and interesting – quilters!
A fun note for anyone planning to attend QuiltWeek event in Chattanooga, September 14-17: We have created a new event, Sit ‘N’ Sew Saturday. It’s happening in Meeting Rooms 18 and 19. Bring a project, or work on one you didn’t have time to finish in class. Elna sewing machines, Olfa cutting mats, and Panasonic irons will be available for your use. Three hours of stitching time with other quilters and door prizes from Elna…and it is FREE! (You do need to register.)
And while we’re on the subject of Chattanooga, did you know that we have two styles of longarm classes going on there? Some are lecture/demonstrations, and others are hands-on. Check the workshop list HERE to find out more about learning experiences in Chattanooga!
We’re excited to present this weekly series of nine 9″ blocks. More surprises are coming this fall!
That’s all the buzz at The (newfangled, old-fashioned quilting) Bee for right now. I hope everyone is stitching happily this summer!