Nov 27 2016

Looking through my list of wonderful quilting web sites I keep handy, I hit a lollapaloozer of a post.

Checking up on the latest with Rebecca at, “Cheeky Cognoscenti,” I read her post from yesterday, Saturday, November 26, 2016, and it wore me out. Look at what she has accomplished and still has enough strength to blog about it! #AMAZing

First Rebecca shares a lovely, many piece Pineapple Log Cabin block, done to perfection, then tells how her family decorated the entire house and put up two trees since Thanksgiving, meanwhile showing her magnificent hoop-skirted vintage gown, her latest Farmer’s Wife blocks and continuing to work on her Jingle BOM, or Block of the Month quilt, following a pattern by Erin Russek. Wow! *FanningFaceSwooning* I had to fix a cup of tea and take a nap, before I could gather myself to read more.

But, I couldn’t stay away, and after having a protein shake and running laps, I returned to check out the links Rebecca was sharing.

Erin Russek Jingle Blocks orig 472 x 392 type

Clicking on the link just over the photo of Erin Russek’s Jingle BOM Quilt, I found a WONDERFUL list of each months’ patterns, in downloadable PDFs, for *FREE.* As Erin says, “Here you go friends…all the Jingle BOM blocks in one place.” Woo-Hoo!

I spent quite a while downloading the patterns, after all, sometimes web sites come and go, and I just HAVE to have those Cardinal blocks!

So, why not run over to Rebecca’s corner of the Internet, click on her link for Erin Russek’s Jingle BOM and do the same! Let your housework go while you collect the patterns for another project! YAY! Quilters after my own heart.

Check on her latest post, “And Now, Happy ADVENT! Let the Madness Begin…,” by going here.

That’s the link where all the happiness happens!

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Nov 25 2016

With the advent of modern quick piecing methods, it’s easy to assume we time-pressed quilters invented all of our time-saving, stash-busting options. When it comes to string quilts, though, quilters long gone by, regularly used the pattern. Let’s look at some old and new variations.

FretNotYourself's Red Strings Blocks

Here’s a current example of a lovely set of blocks in progress, “Red String Blocks,” being worked by Ann of the web site and blog, “FretNotYourself.” Ann shares her design considerations as she has made a bunch of string blocks from her stash and, in her post, is deciding how they should be placed. You’ll enjoy working through her thought process when you go to her post, by clicking here.

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Bonnie Hunter is a great giver of gifts on her web site, Quiltville.com She features patterns, tutorials, quilters and their quilts while instructing us every step of the way. Marsha R’s “Scrap Boxes” quilt is a great teaching example for one method of making string quilts. Notice that the angle of the strips is set by the strip in the center of each block, which runs corner to corner. Remember the importance of the center strip in String Quilt blocks! Click here to follow along as Bonnie shares working a string quilt up from a box of scraps, to an eye catching beauty.

Sloppy String Quilts

If you have the string quilt bug, already, “Strips & Strings,” by Evelyn Sloppy is one of the best books I’ve found for increasing skills in a clear, easy format. By clicking on the photo of the book, above, you can go to Amazon and learn more, using my affiliate link.

Laura Fisher Quilts String Squares type 472 x 394

With this vintage string quilt, called, “String Squares,” by LauraFisherQuilts.com. we can see a different variation, as the center strip is not regular in width, but varies. As the blocks are aligned in straight sets, their center strips don’t have to match to form a secondary pattern. The strips can vary their width within the block and from block to block. It’s a happy, “free for all,” where everybody wins, with the ole’ stash box coming in first place. This quilt is for sale and can be seen on display in all of its glory here. Be sure to pack a lunch and set aside some time, because looking through Laura’s stock of antique quilts may distract you for a while.

TimQuilts Melon String Quilt 472 x 394 type

In this string quilt, Tim Latimer shows us how he takes older quilt blocks, trues them to their pattern and refurbishes them. His melon pieces were string pieced many years ago. Watching him rework this quilt, “Melon Piecing,” is inspiration to try string piecing with other non-conventional shapes. Strips can be sewn to a backing, then most any shape cut out. Yes! The prospect opens up a whole new world. You can follow along with Tim by going to his web site, TimQuilts.com found here.

Tim Quilts String Diamonds Pieces 472 x 394 type

Tim continues to share his vintage quilt collection showing a Spider Web quilt he’s re-doing. While the quilt, seen in its entirety, seems to be made up of large hexagons, it is actually string pieced diamonds. Notice that the center strip is of an even width, all the way across, and it is exactly the same width on each diamond. The even width of the center strip is what makes this quilt pattern a Spider web, while the one shown below, on Barbara Brackman’s web site is known as a, “Victorian Puzzle.”

Barbara Brackman String Pieced 472 x 394 type

The “Victorian Puzzle,” block  is made like the Spider Web, but the center strip varies in width from one side to the other. All of the diamond center strips, making up the hexagons, are carefully cut in the same way. The widths of the outer strips vary and are hit or miss, making for a scrappy look. The varying widths are anchored by the regularity of the repetitive, predictable center strip. Join Barbara as she discusses string quilt blocks cut in a diamond shape that form into hexagons by going here.  The subtle variations possible, with just a bit of adjustment, make for vastly different overall effects, using the same skills.

Here’s a video that shows several different string quilt methods. Maybe you’ll be trying one for your next quilt!

 

 Colleen Tauke, of Fons & Porter, demonstrates three different String Piecing patterns.

 

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Jun 18 2014

Many sewers and quilters pride themselves on sewing without pins.

They somehow feel it elevates their command of the skill, demonstrating they are able to precisely feed fabric past a feed-dog at lightening speeds.

Nothing could be further from my truth. I use zillions of pins, the more the better, removing each one as it approaches the needle, having insured proper placement for the intended stitches. I need my pins. I love my pins. And, I wouldn’t work without them.

Pins Side w typeFive inch squares with side sashing pinned in place.

I feel secure with my pins, while I scoff at those who feel I’m below them in the quilting pecking order. Am I to be defined by my abundant use of pins? Are you who “do without” really, truly a better quilter? Isn’t the finished product, a rigid cross hatch of perfectly met corners and uncompromising 45º diagonals the true test of quilting merit? Are the biddy’s at the Quilt Shows with their half glasses pranced mid-nose able to qualify your work as “Sans Pins” upon inspection? Ha! I say not!

Pins Close up w typeGazillions of pins help make zillions of Quilt Squares.

So let me wallow with my pins in ignorant bliss, while feeling secure as to the outcome of my work. I stand firm in my belief that pinning prevents unexpected mix-ups, fly-aways and fall-aparts. No matter what happens to my quilting space, my in-progress work will be preserved. Not so with that reckless Latifah Saafir, the “Quilting Engineer,” who publicly sews “Glam” Clamshell Tops without pins holding the pieces together. Just take a gander at this:

Maybe you won’t break out in hives watching
this pin free video, but I did.

See? See? Did you see that? Amazing! But then, to my taste, I could pin that curved seam before the first notch pretty fast, then not have to futz with it while it’s in the machine. Everybody finds their own best way to do things, once basic skills are learned, so maybe I am talking to a legion of healthy, happy non-pinners. If so, I salute you, saying, “How would I know?”

Overview Pins w typeAh! Everything is in secure order.

But, as for me, I shall continue to revel in boxes, and boxes, of yellow headed quilting pins, loving them, tending to them, making sure they are dry and sharp, while ready for duty. I will lovingly make them pincushions, sharpen them with emory and promise never to leave them alone in the damp. For, as my pins go, so goes my sewing. And, that’s the truth!

So, ‘fess up! Are you a pinner? Non-pinner? Or fall somewhere in between? I promise not to take it personally.

Let me know by Commenting below, Tweeting to @SunbonSmart or following SunbonnetSmart on Instagram. The whole world is waiting!

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Sewing Without Pins for Everyone

 

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Jun 02 2014

Crazy letters! What in the world do they mean? If you are are a scientist, a quilter or observe the Chakra energy centers, you probably know!

The letters ROYGBIV stand for the colors of the rainbow, or visible light spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. All of the light we see is divided up into these colors or their variations. In addition, white is the absence of any color and black is the summation of all of the colors.

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 Rainbows are spectrums in the sky.

Working as fabric artists, the appreciation for and understanding of color is essential. Quilters love color so much that sometimes, they want to display the whole spectrum in one quilt. There are infinite ways to play with the patterns to include all seven colors, and their infinite variations. Quilts that include all seven colors of the spectrum are called ROYGBIV Quilts. They have become so popular, that some quilt shows and exhibits have separate ROYGBIV entry categories.

Jessica, the quilter behind the web site and blog, “Quilty Habit,” decided to make a quilt to celebrate her wedding. She decided upon a glorious ROYGBIV Dresden Plate, full of love and outstanding color blends. Be sure and visit Jessica and share in her joy.

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 A ROYGBIV Dresden Plate by Jessica of “Quilty Habit

Scientists study color, just as they do all other natural phenomenon, in fact, at RIT, the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, the Munsell Color Science Laboratory has been granting Masters Degrees and Ph.D.’s in the theory and science of color since 1983. This course of study is not the artistic application of color, as one would find in art school, but rather, the actual scientific study with research on wavelengths of light as they interact and are perceived by the eye.

If you are interested in the study of color, both artistic and scientific, this list, found on the web site, Color Matters, will be valuable.

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Jun 01 2014

Using an extra block between traditional blocks can add a compelling eye-catcher. #quilt #quilting

Welcome to SunbonnetSmarters joining in from Facebook! I was tooling around the Internet when I found Kay MacKensie’s wonderful “ruminations,” as she says, of her fondness for Jill Finley’s book from Martingale Press called, “Home Sweet Quilt.” Kay’s web site and blog, “All about Applique,” has much to offer, and in reading today’s post, I noticed a fun and simple design option easy to employ in your next project.

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“Winding Down”

Traditional quilts often use “Solid Sets,” where all blocks are the same pattern. Or, they can alternate a pattern block with a same sized block of fabric to produce, “Alternate Sets.”Here, a simple Pin Wheel block, made of half square triangles get dressed up!

Jill Finley introduces a bit of sashing and a single half square triangle block to join her patterned “Alternate Set” blocks on the diagonal. What an interesting effect! It gives more negative space where the eye can rest, while surprising the viewer with an unexpected rhythm. To enjoy Kay’s web site and read her review of Jill’s book, go here.

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Jan 06 2014

Not really. What I really mean is, “STAND OUTTA MY WAY!”

On a morning when I thought things would be back to normal after the holidays, I awakened to an e-mail from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Now, every morning I check Jenny Doan’s Daily Deal, but I wasn’t expecting to find a BIG “2014 Kick Starter Sale.”

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Under the Daily Deal is that
“2014 KICKSTARTER SALE” RED PRINT

(click on the image to go there)

OH MY GOODNESS! The 10″ Tumbler Template, Tula Pink’s “Acacia” Layer Cake,” the “Starflakes and Glitter” Layer Cake for $20 (with those little figures I just LOVE, but couldn’t bring myself to buy because it was Christmas Fabric), and one of my all time favorites, but never purchased, “Happy Tones” Layer Cake.

So here’s what I did:

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Printed off the 3 Layer Cakes, full size onto 81/2″ x 11″ paper.
(Click on all images to enlarge.)

 

Three Fabrics

Played with the three sheets of paper
to make sure the fabrics go together.

 

2 QF Happy Tones

“Happy Tones:” The Light

 

3 QF Snowflakes and glitter

“Starflakes and Glitter:” The Medium

 

4 QF Acacia Layer Cake

“Acacia:” The Dark and the “zip”

 

5 QF Tumbler

The coveted 10″ Layer Cake Tumbler Ruler

 

6 QF Almost $100

ALMOST up to $100, so I grabbed a charm pack off the list.

 

7 QF $100.24

And here we have it! 5% Bonus Quilter’s Cash
Points, *FREE* shipping, a Tumbler Template,
3 Layers Cakes and 2 Charm Packs for $100.24.

 

I have outdone myself. My heart is beating so hard. It’s time for a nap, But, before I go! If you want to make this quilt along with me, order the same or your choice of three layer cakes from Jenny’s “2014 Kickstarter Sale” page and we’ll all quilt together for our first “Quilt with Me” quilt along.

See what you think. I can’t wait to see how many SunbonnetSmartsters are as nutty as I am.

And, if you want to order, JUMP IN as Missouri Star runs out of their popular specials quite often!

Thanks for reading along. You all are the ones that make my quilting SO MUCH FUN!



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Jan 01 2014

Oh, for Heaven’s sake. Iron Quilter II! Ha! my hopes were high and my ambition keen, but it was not enough to keep away the daunting forces of evil.

I was moving and shaking; cutting and basting; ironing, sewing and having a great time. But, during the day on Thanksgiving, I came down with something or another. It was an illness profound in its implications as well as in its dibilitating effects. I was queasy peasy, but kept on rotary cutting, stacking and whacking, because nothing was going to take me down.

 Pinwheel blocks coming out my ears.

I was starting to lag behind my self imposed goals, but well, never one to quit, I kept going. I was having fun sewing, which is my life’s work, afterall. But, by Friday, the die was cast. I was so sick, I no longer cared about ANYTHING, which made it very easy to stop sewing and just go to bed. And, go to bed, I did.

Getting some air.

So, where does that leave me? Well, it took about three weeks until I finally felt better. By that time, many wonderful quilts, 450 of them (!) had been submitted to the Missouri Star Company for display on line to gather popular votes. The winners had been selected, posted and promoted, while I was in the ring with the “death plague,” as one blogger called it. It seemed to be going around.

Trimming unruly 4″ squares to exactly 4 1/2″.

And, far from being on line, my Iron Quilter II quit sat in a storage box waiting for the light of day. But, as a result of my efforts, I have designed a new quilt pattern, have the quilt about 3/4 of the way finished and, am motivated to start a “Quilt with Me” quilt along to provide instruction for those who want to learn traditional and fast piecing methods in a group. Actually, I am pleased with the whole experience. It really got me into the thick of competition quilt designing again. It was time to dust off those brains cells and I did!

So, be sure to go visit the winning quilts and their quilters at the Missouri Star Facebook Fan Page. They are spectacular! And, I am already planning my pattern for the Iron Quilter III, which I bet that clever fabric maven, Jenny Doan, will announce next fall.

It sure doesn’t hurt that I honed my skills a year ahead in preparation. Gr-r-r! Those other quilters better watch out!

 

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Nov 26 2013

As one might predict, because of my name, Robin, when I was a child, my favorite literary character was Robin Hood. But, this was also because of the available bounty of children’s TV programming. Every Saturday, I watched the series, “Robin Hood,” with the lead played by Richard Greene, taking it very seriously.

And, my interest didn’t end there. Oh no. Genderly progressive beyond my years, I wore green tights and a pseudo-medieval green tunic while playing my hero. But, that’s not all. While dressed in my Sherwood Forest regalia, I rode my white Schwinn bike around our neighborhood, envisioning myself as Robin Hood on his horse. The only thing missing was my bow and arrow, but by Christmas, that need was answered, allowing me to ride my bike with the bow slung over my chest. If I do say so myself, I cut a trim figure in the saddle, especially when I stood up on the pedals to coast.

My favorite Robin Hood episode was the Archery Tournament, where that crafty Sheriff of Nottingham gleefully set up a sting operation to entice Robin, the Earl of Locksley, to come into Nottingham for an archery contest to determine, “…the finest archer in England.” The pride of winning the contest draws Robin and his Merry Men out of Sherwood Forest only to fall into the Sheriff’s trap. After shooting an arrow that splits his opponent’s arrow, already shot into the target bulls eye, Robin’s identity is proclaimed, causing the Sheriff to take action against him.

Egad, the drama! The pathos! The lute music! The dancing! What? The dancing? Yes! The dancing! Aye, they were Merry Men.

Why here, watch it for yourself!

 

Robin Hood “The Challenge”

And, so now, having set the scene, let’s fast forward to 2013. Years have passed. My Schwinn bike hangs in the garage. My archery set was stolen during a move. But, the burning passion for reenacting Robin Hood has not dimmed one iota. So you can imagine my delight when Missouri Star Quilt Company, in Hamilton, MO, announced a quilting challenge, the Iron Quilter II, to determine the finest quilter in the Missouri Star Quilting world. My dreams of competing, soon to be fulfilled, I read every word of the contest rules, ordered my RJR Fabric, the  “Lovely” line by Debbie Beaves, and began designing a quilt pattern to be shared on-line. My dreams from years before were coming true. Here, you can catch the fever, yourself:

The Iron Quilter II

So, now you know what I’ll be doing all week. Sewing away at quilting patches and appliques, crafting an entry fit for presenting to Jenny Doan, the guiding light behind the Missouri Star Quilt Company. While it may look I’m calm, cool and collected, the thrill of honing my skills and competing in the Iron Quilter is is all consuming. Thanksgiving means nothing compared to the finishing of my entry.

Iron Q 1 Raw

But, don’t worry about me. While you’re basting your turkey in the oven, I’ll be basting and pinning 100% cotton fabric. While you’re eating pumpkin pie with whipped topping, I’ll be be making a quilt top, batting and backing sandwich to be machine quilted with angles and swirls.

So, don’t feel sorry for me. You know I’ll be fine, because I’m competing in a contest as SunbonnetSmart, that I never could as Robin Hood.



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Sep 02 2013

I’ve always been a big believer in “early to bed, early to rise” making me healthy, wealthy and wise. But, lately I’ve been hanging with a bad crowd. From the land of Jesse James, comes the likes of Jenny Doan and her gang, holed up in Hamilton, Missouri, and I just can’t get off that runaway train.

It all started innocently enough, I happened on one of Jenny’s sweet quilting tutorial videos on YouTube.com Enjoying it as I did, I watched a couple more. Then, I thought, “H-m-m-m, she has a web site selling quilting fabrics and supplies.” Not that I need a thing, I told myself, but quickly noticed I was rallying back with, “It can’t hurt to look.”

It must be impossible to watch Jenny and not want to quilt.

Oh, how the transgressions of youth have caught up with me! Being younger last spring, when this all started, I was foolishly unaware of how Jenny Doan draws one in. She’s no better than a school yard junkie or a vendor at a quilt show with the latest gadget. Shameful the woman was, with her time saving, quilt producing techniques that dazzled and beguiled, making me want to buy not one but ten or twenty of her Charm Packs.

How could I help myself? Being an experienced quilter, I’ve been around since before there were Fat Quarters, and that’s saying something. So, to me, the evolution of pre-cut fabric into all sorts of selections is nothing short of amazing. And, what you can do with them! Why, being well steeped in traditional pattern drafting, I was delighted with the freedom that pre-cut fabrics allow. Quilting methods are so fast and easy now, you can set your sewing machine up on the dashboard of the car and chain piece on your way to work.

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The Missouri Star Quilt Company is a family affair.

And so, my affair with Jenny Doan and her Missouri Star Quilt Company began. It was fresh, new and it was springtime. How was I to know it would turn into a passionate one-sided summer love? But, that’s what happened, because, as with many love affairs, one of us became more involved than the other. While Jenny didn’t even know I exist, I had signed up on her web site for the Daily Deal e-mail, because Missouri Star regularly offers a Daily Deal and it’s always a doosie.

I don’t know a single quilter that could pass up a charm pack that would be $12.00, being sold for 7 cents, plus $5.00 shipping & handling. That’s right, folks, one of Jenny’s Daily Deals actually had a Charm Pack on sale for $5.07. I mean, are you starting to get the picture? I became so involved, I was lurking on her web site, searching my e-mail in-box for a “hot of the press” Daily Deal announcement and staying up late at night to be the first in the Western Hemisphere to see what was going to be offered next.

Whereas before, my life was in order, with an early bedtime and sensible waking hours, now I am writing this post, staying up past 12:00midnight, waiting, just waiting to see what Jenny will Daily Deal today. I’m not proud of it, but like I said, it’s how I roll. When Jenny posts, I pay attention, sacrificing sleep for specials, as any quilter would.

It’s just that, I can’t stop and I…

…no wait, it’s almost 1:30 in the morning. Gotta’ scoot and see if the Daily Deal’s been posted! Here I come, Jenny! Love you!

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Apr 13 2012

Third in a series of Five NYC posts

Fabric arts stores ooze posibilities…

…just like a new legal pad and freshly sharpened pencils waiting to write an anticipated manuscript. The Universal Law of Possibilities decrees there are no limits to genius when proper supplies are purchased. It’s true. All that’s needed is quality supplies.

Surely, inspiration and perspiration follow. Or not.

But, the inert possibilities of the supplies are not depleted whether the project ends up as a magazine article, on the wall of a gallery or in storage at the bottom of the closet. Err, therefore, on the side of caution and buy lots! More supplies equal more possibilities. More fabric equals more possible quilts!

What fun! When you shop at a quilt store, you are shopping for possibilities.

The City Quilter in New York City’s Chelsea District
is a wonderful source for fabric art supplies.

When we last left our Sunbonneted heroine, she was in New York City for a BlogHer Friday meeting on March 23, 2012.

Spending the night near the Garment District in Chelsea, I happened upon a quilt shop directly across from my hotel on West 25th Street. Finding my hotel room, running from the elevator, throwing my “travel wardrobe” onto the bed and then zooming back downstairs to go out into the street like a lunatic, I was on my way to The City Quilter quilt store.

But, first! I had to run down West 25th street, *pant, pant, pant,* to take photos of green foil shamrock balloons left over from St. Patrick’s Day, tangled in a tree on 6th Avenue, or the Avenue of the Americas.

Walking through the front door of The City Quilter,
this is what you see, color, selection and order.

I had seen the green shamrocks out the window of the taxi as we did “ring around the blockies” following the one way street signs to get me to the hotel. The same traffic engineers that plan Washington, D.C. also plan New York City, in that they see no need to have traffic flowing in two directions on any one street. By making every other street go one way and every other street go the other way, the streets are cleared of sanity and confusion reigns. You know you’re in a big city; nothing makes sense and the natives are assured you’ll be glad to leave soon, once you’ve spent your money.

Everybody who’s driving works together to get mad and honks their horn creating a cityscape, so you know you’re in NYC. I did what I could to jaywalk, annoying cab drivers while doing my part to add to the festivities. Soon, I was walking back up the street toward the hotel and quilt shop, after photographing the shamrock balloons.

The colors, the choices, the selections of notions,
patterns and books were overwhelming.

So, now there was no holding me back. I was free to fabric shop! First, I took a nice photo of the side of The ArtQuilt Gallery-NYC, the gallery devoted to quilted fabric art in the space next to The City Quilter. The City Quilter complex includes what I guess were originally two retail store fronts. The stores have been connected and The City Quilter occupies about one and a half stores, while The ArtQuilt Gallery commands the space of half a store, with it’s own separate storefront and awning. I love the vivid red awnings, by the way, which set the up tone for my visit.

The bright red awnings against New York’s gray concrete provide startling visual contrast. In fact, as one of the Managers/Owners of The City Quilter’s Cathy Izzo, comments, “We provide a respite from the gray city and the intense days so many of our customers experience.” The bright red awnings hold lofty testament to that claim, as do the colorful fabrics lining all of the walls of the shop itself. Color and light beautifully define The City Quilter, a quilt shop honored on their 10th Anniversary in 2007 by the Council of the City of New York, as being recognized by Quilt Sampler Magazine as a Top Ten quilt shop in North America.

Specialty fabrics, designed and manufactured by
The City Quilter and its fabric artists, are sold by
  the yard and housed in bolt cases at the front.

The City Quilter is a highly proclaimed retail quilting supply store and Internet sales mail order business that has been profiled by The New York Times in a great article about how the establishment indulges the “quilter within.”  Founded by a married couple, Cathy Izzo and Dale Riehl, in 1997, the shop has outgrown its original space, moved, begun printing their own line of fabrics and recently, opened a gallery devoted to the display of museum quality quilted art. It’s a destination for quilters from around the world.

It’s very unusual for a quilt shop to print their own specialty fabrics, but being right in the Garment District, what would one expect? In fact, I was so impressed by the selection of fabrics, I took lots of photos, originally for myself. But! There’s been so much BlogHer interest in The City Quilter fabrics, I decided to create a separate fabric post to share some of the current selections. Coming next as #4 in the NYC series.

Every store vista includes fabric bolts,
notions and accessories.

The City Quilter appointments are fun and exciting as there is so much to look at and enjoy as one travels from one delight to another. The most intriguing things I saw were rolls of Laminated Fabrics, protective coating over cotton fabric that can be made into stylish raincoats, waterproof tote bags and many other projects.

One of the cutting tables for fabrics sold by the yard.
I love the colors and teaching displays in this photo.
Doesn’t it look cozy? Talk about possibilities!

It felt cozy to me in The City Quilter as, being a quilter, I feel at home anywhere there is a good line of 100% cotton fabric. But, in addition to the contrast of New York’s hustle-bustle with the time honored quilted bed coverings and clothing, there was an intense mixture of the two which seemed to create a third layer of “urban quilting.” Sophisticated fabrics and patterns were combined in and among more traditional calico cottons in both the stock of fabric on bolts and in the plentiful array of shop models.

I learned that in New York, all sorts of fabric enthusiasts shop for exotic lines of fabrics, including hand dyed fabrics, such as batiks, in addition to tried and true quilter’s calicoes. Dale Riehl, Cathy Izzo’s business partner and husband, explained that customers range from instructors at the Fashion Institute of Technology, F.I.T., right up the street, to costume designers for the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway productions, in addition to the legions of quilting fans that travel great distances to visit.

The City Quilter has a full Bernina Sewing Machine area
and provides machines to all students in their classes

The City Quilter sells and supports Bernina and Bernette sewing machines. Recently, a new Bernina Club has been started to allow Bernina owners to learn together in a relaxed atmosphere, getting full use of their marvelous Bernina and Bernette sewing machines. The City Quilter is listed as a Bernina Excellence Dealer on the Bernina USA web site:

The BERNINA Excellence Partner program recognizes dealers who provide superior customer service and support through a combination of excellent product knowledge, innovative programs and education. Dealers who meet our rigorous criteria have shown their dedication and are proudly identified in our dealer locator listings.”

Quilt shop model in the photo above is from the “Just the Right Angle” pattern.

Well designed and executed shop models
easily get the creative juices flowing.

A bountiful listing of seasonal classes is a sure draw to those who love fabric art and want to step up their skills. The City Quilter has exceptional class options for all levels of accomplishment. Well recognized for their class selections and qualified teachers, New York Magazine has identified their classes as “The Best in New York:”

“Quilting may not yet be the new knitting, but it appears to be headed that way. The City Quilter’s eight-week Basic Patchwork and Quilting by Hand courses are already packed, and with good reason: Students come in not knowing how to sew and leave with a block of stitched-together fabric or even an entire quilt-top. Each week in the store’s back room, a motley crew of actors, doctors, lawyers, and stay-at-home moms looking for a way to relax or kill downtime gather to sew and chat. They come away with yet another tool for managing the inexplicable delays of a New York day, at restaurants, in the subway, or on airplanes.”

Peeking at The City Quilter’s FaceBook page shows the “fun and feel good” of shared learning experiences and the gallery photos show the variety of lessons available. For Winter & Spring 2012 classes, click here, For Summer 2012 classes, click here.

The final treasure room of The City Quilter
leads to The ArtQuilt Gallery, NYC.

Passing by, yet MORE fabric, and a final, massive display rack of books, I walked from the store toward The ArtQuilt Gallery, NYC, the quilt gallery connected to The City Quilter. The book rack was massive and stood from the floor to above my head. There was a “NEW” section, featuring new arrivals and the books were so colorful and gorgeous, it was all I could do not to pick up an armful.

The ArtQuilt Gallery was a finely crafted museum space, setting off the current show to best advantage, and what a wonderful show it was. But, dear BlogHer, you are going to have to wait to hear about this show, because I’m not writing about it here, but as the fifth and final post in the NYC series.

See you then!

NaBloPoMo April 2012

April 13 Poem

The City Quilter

Squarely in the Garment District
The City Quilter stands.
The store, a mighty draw it be
To all creating hands.
And, the fabric on the lengthy shelves
Travels far to distant lands.

With sincere apologies to
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
and The Village Blacksmith



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