The Quiltmaker Shuffle

Quiltmaker debuts

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 Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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