National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March. It was first observed in 1992 when the National Quilt Association (NQA) spearheaded the drive to create this special day and soon the 26th celebration will take place with special quilting shows, classes, speakers, vendors
It was with deep sadness I read by a majority vote via an online poll taken by more than 4 million people, that the thimble captured the fewest votes and will be replaced as a Monopoly game token by heaven-knows-what.
This venerated board game was born during the Great Depression when thrift was a
If our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were alive today, what would they think of today’s modern sewing machines? Although they may recognize the basic shape, they would be amazed at all of the buttons and dials not to mention their whopping price tags.
The sewing machine has evolved since it’s
The Pieceful Quilters group of Monroeville are having a Community Sew-In on February 18th at the Monroeville Public Library located at 115 Main St. Anyone wanting to help sew, press, pin or cut fabric is invited to join in.
I meet with the founder of the PQs Monroeville native Kathy Beauchot. Kathy
Thanks to a persistent great-granddaughter, her determined granddaughter-in-law and the restoration skills used at Born Again Quilts, a century-plus old scrappy string comforter found its way under a Christmas tree.
Back in April of 2015 Judy James brings her late mother-in-law Garnett Repp James’
The spirit of St. Nicholas was alive and well at Born Again Quilts as we celebrated the patron saint of children, merchants, repentant thieves and many other groups. It would be pretty fair to say he is the patron saint of everyone! If visitors thought they were going to meet a “St. Nicholas”
Finally the Cubs win the World’s Series and Harry Caray must be smiling down from heaven on all of those people who waited for generations for them to be crowned the World Series Champs.
Denny Durnell and his wife Teena the second generation owners of Durnell’s at Broadway and Huestis not only
As the big day nears, now is the time to plan a craft project everyone enjoys while the turkey cooks, the parade participants march or the football games progress.
Who hasn’t created a turkey simply by drawing around their hand, spreading their fingers to create the feathers and
Next week on the eve of the election I will be turning 60! 60 years in the making of who I am today. When I was young, 60 seemed old. My paternal grandparents the Rev. Herbert Levihn and his wife Concordia both died of heart attacks in June 1962 at 61 and 69. What a shock that was for this five year
All quilts have a history: the history of their maker, the creative and technical processes that went into making them and how they were used throughout their life.
A couple of months ago Linda Kuhn visits me and shows me a quilt she’s thinking of selling. The quilt is reversible with a light pumpkin
The Fort Wayne Weavers’ Guild exhibit at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Wayne is well attended on the opening night reception. The walls are awash in the colors of the woven masterpieces. A dozen Guild members are on hand to discuss their work with patrons while church volunteers
It hardly seems possible 15 years have passed since the 9/11 attacks. The children born that day are now high school freshmen. Just like Pearl Harbor and the JFK assassination most people can recall what they were doing when they heard the news of the attacks.
One person stirred to action following
School is back in session and students are getting accustomed to new teachers, schools, subjects and fellow students. The start of a new school year is a time of expectation of what we will learn, experience and treasure for years to come.
In the fall of 1968 my siblings and I were transferred from
For the 39th time the Maumee Valley Antique Gas and Steam Association held their summer festival East of New Haven. As I drive out to New Haven with thoughts of quilts, steamed corn and flea market delights on my mind, I arrive as a mid-afternoon storm rolls in that sends the flea market vendors into
They say you can’t go home again, and for all intent in purposes that’s true. You may go home but it is never the same because you are no longer the same person you were when you departed.
Ever since I moved Born Again Quilts Studio from downtown West Wayne Street to South Wayne Avenue, I’ve
Cheers to the Quilter’s Hall of Fame for selecting Carolyn Mazloomi as the 2016 inductee. When I went down to Marion for a walk-thru of her art quilts what I saw and felt looking at her quilts was nothing short of amazing: Amazing because of the techniques she used and even more amazing the power
The weather is hot and what could be more refreshing than an ice cream cone? The beauty of an ice cream cone quilt block is they are very easy to imagine and make. If you Google “ice cream cone quilt pattern” and then click “image” up top, you will find over 975,000 links demonstrating an
This year’s QHF Celebration will be held July 14-16 at the Quilters Hall of Fame the former home of quilt designer/maker Marie Webster, located at 926 S. Washington, Marion, Indiana.
This year’s inductee is Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi: a master fiber artist, exhibitor, curator; author, researcher, quilt
It took a village of dedicated quilters to fulfill the wish of Joan to have her final quilts finished before she passes.
After publishing “A quilter’s wish before dying” in The Waynedale News, slowly but surely quilters started to respond. Some of them read about Joan’s dilemma in The Waynedale
This year the 4th grade team at Waynedale Elementary devised an interactive, cross-curricular (writing, social studies and math) unit to study the Westward Expansion in such a manner to make it relevant to the students.
According to teacher Lauri Phillips, “The students were given a list of supplies
My Dear Readers,
A few weeks ago I received an email from Waynedale News reader Joan. Below is an excerpt:
I follow your articles in The Waynedale paper that we get for Senior Citizens. My aide is writing this for me as I am fast coming to the point of not being able to do much due to my severe health
Mother’s Day came early for me this year as my son Marine Cpl. Robert Eubank arrived back home on April 11th after serving his country for two years in Okinawa. As I write this he is two days away from leaving Fort Wayne to travel to join his new unit here in the United States. Where he’s going
The Harlan UMC biennial quilt show organized by Blessed are the Piecemakers Sewing Group and held on April 8 & 9 had all the attendees seeing pink. 93 quilts were on display from wall hanging size to full size quilts. Judges Shirley Spindler, Rose Spindler and Lois Wenkheimer had their work cut
I recently got a call from Charleene Wallace who lives in Huntington, Indiana. She explains to me how she, her sister and brother had inherited a handmade quilt after their parents passed away: A quilt they didn’t even know existed until they discovered it along with a crib-size quilt top while
The 26th Annual Gathering of Quilters held at Wayne High School on March 19 was a resounding success. Over 600 quilt enthusiasts mainly from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio pre-registered and others dropped in to enjoy the day’s activities. Attendees found Pat Sloan’s lecture to be funny and informative