I subscribe to three quilting magazines right now, and I have ambitions of filling my mailbox with even more. Often I peruse a magazine without finding a single pattern I’d be tempted to make. But today, I found a lot of inspiration in the June 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. Thought I’d point out a few fun articles:
– I love the feature on how thread is made! Really, I’d never thought very hard about it, but thread is a good candidate for this cool behind-the-scenes looks at the manufacturing process for both cotton on poly threads. I’d never realized that a bale of cotton–weighing 613 pounds–would produce 25,000 spools of thread.
– There’s a story called Sibling Revelry about sisters Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick, which does not appear to be available online, that showcases their gorgeous, folk-art-style quilts and hooked rugs. I did track down their blog, which has some fun photos, and their commercial site, too.
– Many of this issue’s patterns were made using 1800s reproduction fabrics, which, as you might know by now, are kind of a passion of mine these days. I liked Twinkle, Twinkle (with 3 inch mini sawtooth star blocks), Summer Cabins (cute schoolhouse blocks set within log cabin frames, another obsession of mine – and I’ve been wanting to try those house blocks for a while!), Odds and Ends (a scrappy reproduction quilt with shoofly blocks inside sawtooth stars) are all lovely. So is the simple but pretty Sash and Dash, a series of churn dash blocks. And my daughter quite likes Cottage Comfort because of all the red and pink.
There’s also an amazing honeycomb quilt that was handpieced and handquilted, which I look at as long term inspiration, since the most I can squeeze in hand-work-wise right now is applique.
In short, if you’re into reproduction fabrics, folk art style, and cottage-look quilting, there’s a lot to drool over! Hardest part: deciding what my next project will be (that is, after finishing the dozen I’m in the middle of now:) )!