Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 2.6.13 – Valentine’s Day is Coming!
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Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
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History of Log Cabin Quilts Part 3….
By Jane Hall, Quilt Teacher, Author
The French were also caught up in the Egyptian craze. In Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, #293, Darcy Pattison cites “Description de l’Egypte” which is a document published by French scholars who went to Egypt with Napoleon in the early part of the 19th Century. It contains pictures and drawings of mummies and the Log Cabin design. She discusses the Mummy theory in some detail, from both the British and French viewpoints.
Janet Rae, in Edinburgh, raises another possibility for the source of the design: land cultivation as commonly practiced from the Middle ages onward in Europe and the British Isles. Farmers lived within the confines of the village walls, going out each day to work their fields. To be equitable, every tenant was given a portion of both wet and dry fields, known as “run-rigs”. Early maps of run-rig farming shows fields laid out in patterning very close to Log Cabin designs. Janet has just published an excellent book about Log Cabin quilts, tracing several of these theories, including a possible relationship to early Greek and Roman geometric designs as the origin of the pattern.
In the British Isles, the pattern is often called “Canadian Logwork” and there are many Log Cabin quilts found in Canada. Which direction the pattern traveled across the sea is unknown. The Log Cabin designs found throughout Great Britain are very similar to the ones we are familiar with here in the United States, some cotton, many scrappy, some silks and velvets from the late 19th Century, some even color coordinated with fabric obviously chosen specifically for the project.
On the Isle of Man, they claim the pattern, call it “The Roof Pattern”, and piece it with folded strips, sewn by hand onto a fabric foundation. As well as designs made with scraps, red and white Log Cabin quilts set in a traditional zig-zag are commonly found here, some said to be dated earlier than 1850. The Isle is fairly isolated and rural, without easy access to modern tools and equipment. Lacking scissors and rulers in the past, quilters tore fabric into strips and used the length of their fingers, thumbs and size of hand-spans as measurements for the parts of the block. This meant the blocks sewn by one quilter wouldn’t necessarily match those of another quilter. Joan Thrussell, of the Isle of Man, made samples of Log Cabin blocks for our book, Foundation Quilts.
The Log Cabin is a totally fascinating pattern, in all of its variations. From what we have been able to discover, it probably has been executed in fabric for less than 200 years. Maybe eventually we will discover more of its origins, both pattern and quilts. It may turn out to be synchronicity, with the same idea occurring to different people at roughly the same time, in completely unrelated areas. It may simply be that this is an obvious way of patterning rectangular shapes. There are many examples of what we consider quilt patterns today (Flying Geese and Square-in-a-Square for example) which have been found centuries ago in Asia and the Middle East on tiles and carvings and textiles. We know for a certainty that the Log Cabin’s appeal has lasted for several centuries and certainly continues unabated today.
Read the entire article here: http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/logcabin.htm
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Shown here is the Jumping Jacks Quilt.
These kaleidoscope style blocks are made from 4 squared wedge fans.
Remember doing Jumping Jacks when you were younger? Our newest pattern will remind you of that game. Jumping Jacks is easy to make; just strip cut wedges with the Starmaker 5 Master Template, sew the wedges together, then square the blocks. A circle finished with piping completes each block. The blocks are totally Pointless, but there are some easy seamline matchings when joining the blocks together.
Get the Jumping Jacks Pattern HERE
Dolls On The Go – Brand New!
What 18″ doll enthusiast wouldn’t want one of these sets. Pattern includes garment bag, double-sided, 12-pocket accessory bag and 20 1/2″ X 12″ X 8″ case to carry it all. Every grandma will want to make one of these.
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Sew Lazy Interfacings….
New and Extremely Popular!
Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Fame has designed her own line of interfacing for those of us who quilt and sew.
This stuff totally ROCKS!
7 different interfacings/stabilizers for everything you need to do.
Perfect Bindings Binding Card
We just call it our Binding Card. It’s not your grandma’s binding anymore. Double-Fold French Binding – Skinny, Wide and Any Size In Between
You’ve measured, calculated, cut, remeasured and tried to get the most perfect scant-quarter inch seam possible so your quilt top is just perfect; points all sharp, blocks matching up perfectly, sashing and setting stones exactly where they should be and borders nice and flat. You’ve steamed it, starched it, squared it and in general threatened it into being awesome!
Send me your answers here: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we’re going to do it a little differently. If you get ALL of the answers right, you will have a chance to win. Some of you might have to google, but you can do it!
1. What are the following: Tapestry, Crewel, Upholstery, Quilting?
2. What are the following: Bodkin, Boot Spur, Emery Pouch
3. Where is “Quilt City, USA”?
4. What do the following refer to: Chain, Feather, Herringbone, Outline
5. Foundation Blocks are found in which group of patterns?
6. What form of quilting originates from Laos?
7. Who is the inventor of the sewing machine?
8. Which term does not belong?
9. Which of the following quilt patterns is not thought of as being in vogue in the 1930′s
10. What is the International Quilt Association known for?
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February 2014 Quilting Cruise….
Quilters, add this to your Bucket List -a Quilting Cruise.
Many quilting teachers have gotten into the cruising mode to combine quilting classes with cruising. What could be better? Visit exotic ports, shopping for fabrics, travelling with other quilters, 3+ meals a day, someone to clean up your cabin while you relax and take quilting classes while at sea.
Has this ever happened to you? A late night phone call from a man with an Australian accent asking if you would like to cruise the Caribbean with him. This happened to me in 1989. Of course, I said “what did you say?” Was this one of those phone calls I had been warned about? So, being curious, I said “tell me more”, thinking I should just hang up on this obscene phone call. He turned out to be a travel agent who wanted to put together a quilting cruise with me as the featured teacher. I had no idea how this worked, assuming it was legitimate. Never having been on a cruise, I called my friend, Jane, from Florida who had been on several cruises; she agreed to join me and also teach some on-board classes.
Since all of our work is done on a sewing machine, we would need sewing machines. How do we go about doing that? We got our first taste of dealing with customs, because sewing machines are made outside the US; and we were taking these machines out of the country and then bringing them back. Problem solved. The Viking sewing machine company, which was the major sponsor for my PBS-TV show, Strip Quilting, came to our rescue; they furnished the machines and also sent one of their educators on the cruise. Little by little, everything fell into place.
In 1990, our first quilting cruise left port with fourteen of us, including three teachers and husbands.
We have grown over the years until now we average about 85-120 quilters on each cruise, many of whom have returned several times. And the rest is history. I have become addicted to cruising as well as being already addicted to quilting. What a great life! And to think, I almost hung up on what I thought might be an obscene phone call, but instead was a life-changing event.
What cruise stories I could tell -about machines blowing up, losing machines in customs, “George” (who came along on our cruise in a box), about shopping in the water, buying molas in the San Blas Islands of Panama. Many of these stories have become part of my quilting lectures and are also included in my book, Everyone Can Quilt.
In February of 2013, we will return to the Western Caribbean for my 14th quilting cruise; this time on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.
A big celebration is being planning with my 15th quilting cruise in February of 2014 with a combination 22-day land tour and quilting cruise to Australia and New Zealand.
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Show and Tell….
Blazing Stars – What a wonderful way to do stars with the Starmaker 8 and they look like they’re difficult to do, but aren’t. I used an Aztec fabric and took the colors from it for the other fabrics. I had trouble with the squares and triangles, but once I got them figured out, it went really well. It’s a great pattern and one that I know that I will make often. (That top edge really is straight, it’s just the way it is hanging for the picture).
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This Week In History….
February is…. Electrical Safety Awareness MonthFeb 06, 1952 Elizabeth becomes queenFeb 07, 1964 Beatles arrive in New YorkFeb 08, 1943 Americans secure GuadalcanalFeb 09, 1971 Satchel Paige nominated to Baseball Hall of FameFeb 10, 1996 Kasparov loses chess game to computerFeb 11, 1990 Nelson Mandela released from prisonFeb 12, 2002 Milosevic goes on trial for war crimes
Have a great week, everyone,
Terrye and Kayla