Saturday Morning Quilt Break: News from the Quilt World

Good morning! This week marks the return of a type of blog post I enjoyed writing for the Quilters Newsletter blog that were called Scrap Bags, a round-up of recent news items from around the quilt world or regarding quilts in the wider world that I want to share. In each summary, click on the link to read more about the story and see images.


As you may have heard, there’s going to be a total solar eclipse in the U.S. on Monday. Being situated just inside the zone of totality in Lincoln, Nebraska, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum is presenting a pop-up exhibit for this weekend only that they’re calling “A Rare Occurrence.” The exhibit features nine quilts from the IQSCM collection that relate to the solar system ranging from the 1840s to contemporary art quilts.


stash bandit moonshadow eclipse quilt 300x188 Saturday Morning Quilt Break: News from the Quilt WorldIf you’d like to make an eclipse quilt of your own, be sure to check out the free pattern being offered by former Quiltmaker associate editor Diane Harris on her blog stashbandit.net. Because this wall hanging is made with fusible applique, you have a good chance of finishing it before the eclipse starts! Diane has included a downloadable eclipse-themed label for you to use as well. Thanks, Diane!

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, (coincidentally also within the eclipse zone of totality) has launched “Quilt Museum TV,” which can be viewed both on the museum’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, as well as three times a week on community access Channel 2 in Paducah. “With video it gives you a chance to say something pictures never can and explain more deeply how our programs work, what’s going on in the museum, what’s going on in the galleries, and tell a story where you can’t in other mediums,” said National Quilt Museum CEO Frank Bennett.


The Shelburne Museum in Vermont is currently exhibiting “Pieced Traditions: Jean Lovell Collects,” a collection of historic quilts and bedcovers through October 31. Highlights of the exhibition include Amish and Mennonite quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries ranging from a circa 1890 Double Irish Chain Quilt from Pennsylvania to a circa 1970 Amish A Thousand Pyramids Quilt from Ohio.


Fashion label Calvin Klein recently unveiled a new look in its redesigned flagship store in New York City that prominently features vintage quilts as part of the décor. The quilts were sourced by creative director Raf Simons and the Calvin Klein team and are meant to tie into Simons’ first collection for the label, which incorporated patchwork American motifs. Click the link to see photos of the interior and some of the lovely traditional quilts on display.


Carolyn Moulton recently won the grand champion prize at the Fremont County Fair in Idaho for her quilt On the Go, which she says she made in only five weeks (click the link to see the quilt). How did she get so good? It might have something to do with how she used quilting to help cope with surgery and chemotherapy following a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008.

Her surgeons warned Moulton that an operation might prevent her from stitching away.

“They weren’t sure that I could keep quilting. They couldn’t make any promises. I said, ‘No, that can’t be. I can’t not quilt. It’s like my life,’” she recalled.

Moulton proved the doctors wrong.

After surgery she underwent chemotherapy. Every morning before the four-hour treatments, Moulton spent about an hour quilting.

“I think that helped me get my strength back,” she said.

Even now she maintains a positive attitude toward life and isn’t too worried about the cancer returning. “Been there; done that. I can do that again,” she says.


SpellBinding 200x300 Saturday Morning Quilt Break: News from the Quilt World

Spellbinding, designe by Brenda Plaster, McCall’s Quick Quilts, October/November 2017

In Case You Missed It: Don’t forget to check out our Halloween Spook-tacular blog post from a couple of days ago. It contains a bunch of great Halloween and pumpkin-themed quilt project ideas, not to mention a fabric giveaway! You have until Thursday, August 24, 2017, to enter for your chance to win a bundle of fabric designed by J. Wecker Frisch for Quilting Treasures.

That’s it for this Saturday Morning Quilt Break! Wishing everyone a productive week,
Mary Kate

About Mary Kate

Mary Kate is an associate editor at McCall's Quilting and Quiltmaker. If you ask her what type of quilter she considers herself, she'll answer, "Slow." Favorite techniques include hand quilting, both traditional and big stitch, but she also loves her walking foot and is working on getting better acquainted with her open-toe embroidery foot.
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One Response to Saturday Morning Quilt Break: News from the Quilt World

  1. Ruth Gawlikoski says:

    As a cancer survivor (36 years this month) who was told I had a less than 10% five year survival chance, and who has had several recurrences, I agree with Carolyn Moulton on the value of quilting and otherwise keeping active. I happen to think that dealing with breast cancer is more of an endurance test than a battle. I have made over 200 quilts since 1979, some as small as doll quilts. However, I have been thankful that I learned to hand quilt from my mother-in-law before she died. It gave me a great coping mechanism.

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