My gift to Santa may help his bottom line

QUICKREAD

UPCOMING EVENTS

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, two shows are opening Feb. 2 and running through May 1:

• “Wranglers Among Us,” a biennial quilt exhibit by male fiber artists. 

“When This You See, Remember Me,” an exhibit of signature quilts. 

An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5. Regular hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the museum, 1213 Washingon Ave.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6-12, free for 5 years and under.

Information: http://www.rmqm.org or 303-277-0377.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

A Mountain Quiltfest, the 16th annual in Pigeon Ford, Tenn., is scheduled March 10-14 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Classes are offered, and quilters compete in 10 categories for more than $20,000 in prizes.

Both beginning and seasoned quilters are invited to show their quilts, which will be professionally judged. No entry fees are charged, and each contestant may enter up to three quilts.

Information: http://www.mountainquilt fest.com or 800-251-9100.

NEW MAGAZINE

The Quilt Life, a new magazine from quilting stars Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, is scheduled to hit newstands during the last week of February.

According to The Quilt Life blog, written by Jan McGee, editor-in-chief, the theme of the premier issue is “Inspiration.”

The magazine is published by the American Quilter’s Society, http://www.americanquilter.com.



If Santa Claus is looking for a little economic stimulus amongst all of his other packages, I’ve got an idea that could add significantly to his bottom line.

I believe in Santa and, as a quilter, I think he should expand his production center to include new lines of quality quilt items. More fat quarters, more layer cakes and jelly rolls of fabric, more decorative threads, more irresistible patterns, more, more, more …

Mr. Claus, all we quilters want for Christmas is room for our two … more projects to sink our teeth into.

You see, Santa, I have found that Christmas over the years has become even more enjoyable for me. And the reason is quilting. I have a feeling the same is true for many of my quilty friends as well.

Planning for the season starts early. I make my list of gift recipients and decide which ones will receive items made from fabric. You’ll find me checking this list more than twice throughout the year.

I begin to survey quilt shops, magazines and the completed work of others as I go over in my mind’s eye who gets what.

Then the fun begins.

I start collecting the fabrics, patterns and notions necessary to launch into the projects.

And, Mr. C, I do them all myself and without any elves.

Think of how much you could do with your army of wee folk and a new addition to your North Pole operations center.

Sometimes, I’m scrambling to literally tie up last-minute details on my many quilt- related presents.

But I always enjoy the satisfaction of wrapping the finished project and either giving it to someone special in person or sending it through the mail to friends and family far away.

This year’s list of fiber art gifts from my quilt studio include miniature aprons on dress forms, mini quilt scenes to tuck inside Christmas cards, tiny fabric boxes with little pillows inside, pot holders featuring strip-pieced trees in colors of red, blue and green, and dish towels embellished with yo-yos and applique designs.

I also made 5-inch by 7-inch pictures of North Woods Sampler animals — wolves, deer, moose and antelope — with Angelina fibers and a little fabric.

I used beads and yarns to embellish them, and each design was completed in a twig frame. (I even gathered my own twigs).

Probably, my favorite project this Christmas season was the paper doll purses I made and gave to two of my nieces, 3- and 4-year-olds.

I discovered the paper doll fabric earlier in the year, designed by Sheryl Rae Marquez for Windham Fabrics. I could not resist.

It reminds me of the paper dolls I played with as a little girl. I spent hours and hours with my set of Lennon Sisters dolls (of Lawrence Welk fame). Remember Dianne, Peggy, Kathy and Janet?

Paper dolls must strike a nostalgic chord with others as well, because that line of paper doll material sold fast.

I’ve also discovered those original Lennon Sisters dolls of the 1960s have been reissued — after many requests — so some of us can relive our youth in paper as well as cloth. They sell for about $14.

Oh, Santa, are you listening?


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