Quilting Arts Happenings-Gifts and More

7 Oct 2009

I’ve finally come up for air! What a Quilting Arts summer it’s been—and we’re already well into October. The New England landscape is absolutely gorgeous with the fall colors. Here at QA headquarters, we’re busily working on the next issue of Quilting Arts (December/January 2010) and scrambling to nail down the last-minute details for our booth at International Quilt Festival—please stop and say hi at booth #1244 if you go.

Taking a moment to reflect on what we’ve been working on over the past months—it all started with:

Quilting Arts Gifts Winter 2009/2010. Hopefully you already have your issue, but if not, it’s available here. Isn’t it a fabulous collection of holiday gift and décor projects? As we worked on the issue, I wanted to make each and every project. (Now it’s time to get serious…) Don’t you just love the fiber-wrapped pipe cleaners in Jill Amanda Kennedy’s bracelets (p. 72)? I can think of lots of uses for these embellishments, so I was thrilled when they showed up again in a totally different way—in the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (see Jill’s “Trendy Bendy Brooches” on p. 44).

While we were working day and night on Gifts, I managed to host my niece and nephew (ages 2 and 4 at the time) for an overnight. In preparation, I did not stock up on food; instead I purchased supplies for various Gifts projects that I didn’t already have on hand (pipe cleaners; Funky Foam—see Lucie Summers’printed ornaments on p. 50; and Velcro®—see Diane Doran’s bookmarks on p. 118).

When the kids got in the car with me, they broke into a cherished chant: “We want to sew! We want to sew!...” We had a blast in my studio that weekend. Ok, so no actual Gifts projects were created, but the issue provided great inspiration. When my niece reported back to her parents about the weekend, she told them about creating with “those things that you clean the pipes with.”

I will update my blog over the next several weeks with reflections on the many other products we’ve all been working on so diligently over the past several months, including Quilting Arts Workshop DVDs, the new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVDs, and of course, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene! Please check back. And in the meantime, please share your Gifts stories.

As always, stay tuned to Pokey’s blog for the latest and greatest. And don’t miss Cate’s blog for updates on Studios—lots happening there!

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on 8 Oct 2009 11:09 AM

Hello Helen, so glad to hear the pipe cleaner embellishments provided so much fun for the children...It's great when they are involved and get creative.  

Perhaps this might spark off a creative challenge...who can come up with the most embellished pipe cleaner!

..."Now where's my scissors, glue, fibre"..........