The Quiltmaker Shuffle

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The Quiltmaker Shuffle

Come on! Get your quilty groove on!

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First a little background: At the close of QM’s Block Party in Portland last March, the teachers and Quiltmaker staff shared dinner and debriefing. We told stories and talked quilting and we laughed—a lot!

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The Quiltmaker Shuffle was conceived over this dinner after Block Party in Portland. From left, Beth Ferrier, Diane Harris, Gudrun Erla, Bonnie Hunter, Debbie Caffrey, Jo Morton, June Dudley, Peg Spradlin, Darold Spradlin.

Gudrun Erla of GE Designs recounted how she’d led a stretching session for everyone at Block Party, and how much fun it was. She joked that it would be fun to create a whole “routine” for quilters, with moves like shop, cut, press and sew.

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Gudrun gets her groove on!

QM’s Editor-in-Chief June Dudley thought it was a great idea. With International Quilt Market right around the corner, she knew that many friends of Quiltmaker would be together (again in Portland) in May. She asked Gudrun to create The Quiltmaker Shuffle for real.

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Gudrun’s friend Kirk Johnson created music just for us. We invited 100 Blocks designers and other friends to join us, and at 8 am on Saturday morning before the show even opened—we danced!

If there’s one thing we admire about quilters, it’s their fun-loving attitude. These folks let their hair down and shook it for The Quiltmaker Shuffle! We laughed and danced and clapped and acted silly. It was a blast!

But the best part of all is this: you’re invited to shuffle, too! A separate video will help you learn the simple steps so you can teach it to your bee, guild, or retreat buddies.

The Quiltmaker Shuffle is a great way to take a break between classes or lectures. It’s a perfect icebreaker for your quilting event. You could even plan a flash mob to get people talking about quilting, and you could use The Quiltmaker Shuffle.

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Please pass along and make use of The Quiltmaker Shuffle—it’s on us. We’d like to see where it goes, so please use #quiltmakershuffle, @quiltmakermag and @gedesignsgudrun.

You’re invited to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where soon we’ll be adding how-to quilt videos of all kinds. Now—start Shufflin’!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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12 Responses to The Quiltmaker Shuffle

  1. Kim Lundstrom says:

    I knew it was true!!! Every time the Dr. asks me what I do for aerobic exercise I answer quilting! He tells me that’s not exercise but it is! IT IS!!!

  2. Ruth Buirge says:

    Our group is doing the Shoebox Shuffle right now. I wonder if we could do the Quiltmakers Shuffle!!

  3. Jean says:

    This looks like fun! I’m planning on trying it very soon.

  4. Joyce says:

    I teach line dancing….may have to teach them this one!! LOL

  5. Jenni Boynton says:

    Same question…. how do we get the music??

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  7. Beth says:

    Okay, so where do we get the music if we want to try it with our guild or at a retreat?

  8. Barbara says:

    Great and so much fun, dancing is the best way to get cramps out of the system…

  9. Joanna says:

    I couldn’t help but smile while watching you all shuffle. Looks like it was fun.

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  11. Barb Johnson says:

    What a great idea! I know that I always need to get up and MOVE a little after sitting at the sewing machine. DH thinks I’m nuts already, I can just see his face when I start dancing around the sewing machine…

  12. Sharon Green says:

    WOW what fun!! This is a great idea for retreats and meetings and anytime. Thanks for sharing!!

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