February will be Meg Cox. 400
Years of Quilts At the Click of a Mouse
As former president of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance, Meg often gives lectures about the amazing online resources of the Alliance and other quilt archives. These include an oral history project archived at the Library of Congress, and the Quilt Index, an online repository of more than 60,000 quilts. Did you know that you can study every single quilt owned by the Metropolitan Museum online? Or that you can view every exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum virtually? Editors Note: I have two books (Baroque Tapestry Quilts, Navajo Weaving Quilts) and several quilts (one from Rob Lodi) archived at the International Quilt Study Museum). Meg gives audiences the story behind some amazing quilts and gives them ideas for taking inspiration from online quilts without breaking copyright laws.
March will be Linda, the reluctant quilter. Linda calls herself a reluctant quilter because she doesn’t like to sew! Not sure if we’ll be meeting in person or not, it will depend on weather and the boards, but Linda will be remote on zoom.
Any questions or thoughts about future programs, please reach out.
Thanks, Jen and Donna
Attention All Quilt Market Consigners!
Our new date for the Quilt Market is April 30th. Hopefully you’ve held on to your items and your spouse/partner hasn’t tortured you TOO much about it. If you are interested in consigning your items at the quilt market, please let me and/or Ellen know by the end of January. We are trying to get a ball park number of quilters that will be consigning so we can plan the Acorn Shop. If you are interested in helping with consigning, Ellen and I would welcome the help!
Thanks, Jen and Ellen
Bits and Pieces From the Sewing World
Granny squares are everywhere! Editors Note: They say that what goes around, comes around but I never heard of them!
We’ve seen a resurgence in the use of granny squares, a practice that has been around since colonial times. In early America, it was common practice to save yarn and fiber from old socks and sweaters and crochet them into small squares. These squares were then sewn together into a colorful blanket. In this modern-day comeback, squares are being used for everything from hair accessories and home decor to chunky sweaters and funky dusters.
Here’s our roundup of patterns, books, and products that are making granny squares new again.
This blanket pattern and yarn bundle is perfect for the modern crafter. Revamped with simple and chic color combinations, and using Stitch & Story super chunky Homestead Yarn, this fresh take on a traditional crochet project will feel just as cozy and special as its predecessors
This unique granny square collection combines the styles of 23 creative designers from all over the world, who each bring their best game to the table. With ample suggestions for captivating combinations, written instructions as well as clear graphs for every square in the book, stitch instructions and techniques for blocking and joining, this sourcebook goes above and beyond to show you the endless possibilities of granny square crochet. bookshop.org
Learn to piece together granny squares to create a stylish headband. This crochet tutorial gives simple to follow instructions that will leave you with a cute, versatile hair accessory. youtube.com/crochet headband
Learn 50 all-new granny squares with a botanical theme, then apply your squares to 15 new projects Each granny square is presented in a large, full-color photo accompanied by both written and diagrammed instructions.
Celine Semaan (Crafty CC), Caitie Moore (Thoresby Cottage) and Sharna Moore (Sweet Sharna)
The humble granny square is given a fresh new look in this collection of 100 3D granny square crochet patterns. The patterns are divided up into categories including flowers, animals, food and motifs. There are also ten fun projects showing how to use your granny squares.
2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Angela Brant
The theme this year will be International Travels- Real or Virtual: Pick a country outside of the US and design a quilt that represents that country. Go wild!
|Time Frame - October 2021 - May 2022|
Minimum - 18 " square
Maximum - none
|Categories for Prizes|
Best Representation of Country
Best Use of Color
Best Applique- While no applique is required in the quilt, there will be a ribbon for best applique for those who are so good at it.
So get your creative juices flowing through the long winter months. Members will vote on winners at the May meeting . 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded and announced at the May meeting. If you have questions, please contact Angela Brant at 484-682-3871
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