A couple of weeks ago I got a call out of the blue from Darlene Gerster from Indianapolis. Darlene had some quilts she had collected, used and loved over the years that were now in need of new homes. As Darlene put it, “I hoped to find someone who would know something about them and provide some
As we bask in our record-breaking winter temperatures, it’s easy to wax nostalgic over the previous two winters. As a small business owner, it is important to learn how people find you, whether through your website, Facebook page, word-of-mouth, etc. Two winters ago former Bishop Dwenger theology
On Valentine’s Day people’s minds turn to romantic love: Flowers, cards, candlelight dinner and a night of romance is how many couples celebrate. On a cold, dark February night it’s nice to cuddle up with that someone special you love.
Hearts are the heart of the Valentine celebration. How two
As exciting as 2015 was, 2016 looks to bring even more excitement to the local quilt scene.
On Saturday, March 19, International Quilting Day will once again be celebrated as the Appleseed Quilter’s Guild hosts the 26th Annual Gathering of Quilters at Wayne High School from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. In 2014
Happy New Year!
As we begin 2016, I thought I’d cover some loose ends from late 2014 and 2015 while giving you a taste of things to come in 2016 too.
My last article of 2014 was about a pre-Civil War peony quilt in green and red that looked like wreaths. The quilt had a piece of paper sewn to its
Snowballs and Job’s tears: What do they have in common?
Obviously they both consist of water and are wet, but they also adjoin each other on a popular quilt pattern from the 1930s and ‘40s.
Now like many quilt patterns these two have more than one name. Some call them baseball and kite. The “tears”
Thanksgiving Day will soon be here and many Americans will gather to enjoy a meal and give thanks for their many blessings.
I find it sad people feel the need to shop on Thanksgiving Day and store owners feel compelled to open their doors to keep up with their competition. For once the Day is over
All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2) have come and gone leaving the rest of the month of November to continue to remember friends, family and other people important in our lives who no longer walk the earth.
During the Victorian Age death was treated with much ritual: the stopping
In October Born Again Quilts not only celebrates Halloween we celebrate Adopt-a- Shelter Dog Month too. Once again the members of the Appleseed Quilter’s Guild repurposed discarded fabrics into dog beds. You can take a bed home by giving a free-will donation to the Allen County SPCA.
The ACSPA has
At the Born Again Quilts studio it is always delightful to have groups stop by. Homemaker Clubs, church groups, quilt guilds and sewing circles have all passed through the doors to see the restoration work in progress, to learn how to fold, store and hang quilts and often to learn something about
The 38th Annual MVASGA Show has come and gone leaving behind warm memories of delicious sweet corn, barrel train rides and the quilt show. The quilts this year were a mixture of new and old, machine and hand quilted. The quilt awarded the second place for People’s Choice was intriguing: It was made
Ever since I was about nine or ten I can remember going to the Historic South Side Market on Warsaw Street with my parents and siblings. Back then the smell and sight of gladiolas, zinnias, marigolds, tiger lilies along with bustling people as they talked to the farmers about their fruits and vegetables
Potholders have always been a bazaar favorite of mine. I have one of a sombrero handmade back in the 1940s. When son Robert wanted to learn to quilt, he made an appliquéd alien potholder that still hangs in a place of honor on my refrigerator. These small textile works of art bring a bit of whimsy
So often when we try new things whether as an individual or a group, the outcome is a crapshoot. After months of planning, advertising, blood, sweat and tears the big question remains: Will people attend our event and when that event is held in little Monroeville the odds for success are even more
Quilters Hall of Famer Mimi Dietrich is one “Hon” of an appliqué quilter!
It was fun meeting Mimi Dietrich and her family at the historic Marie Webster House in Marion, Indiana where she was recently inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame.I confess: I had never heard of Mimi or her work
About a month ago Beth Conway contacts me asking if I could meet with her and her father John to help them gain some insight into an antique family quilt. The quilt is a beautiful hand quilted red/white quilt that is one of the most popular two-color combinations as far back as the 1840s and still
A happy and glorious Independence Day to all!
It hardly seems possible: 39 years have passed since America’s bicentennial celebration. At that time colonial home skills like quilting, candle and soap making came back into vogue. Here in Fort Wayne the first Johnny Appleseed Festival was held in 1974
It’s been nearly a month since The News Sentinel featured the front page article: ‘Unique’ quilt caused shop owner to pull cover off mystery, revealing ties to News-Sentinel, Hall of Fame. Here’s a synopsis: The article tells the story of a quilt contest held by The News Sentinel back in 1927-28
As the month of June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, it seems fitting to shine the spotlight on the Barn Cat program approved last August and administered by the Allen County SPCA. It is quite clear: not all cats are born for a household environment. We tend to think of cats as cute cuddly bundles of
On May 25 the Annual Waynedale Memorial Day parade will wind its way through the streets to the Prairie Grove Cemetery. Once again we will gather to mourn those brave men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. The bell will chime to mark the passing of each local veteran who passed
Forty years! That’s how long it’s been since I graduated in the fourth graduation class of Wayne High School. A recent notice in The Waynedale News alerted me to the class’s upcoming reunion. I have never attended any of them, but after forty years it seems to be a good time to get
The crack of the bat is in the air and many a mind turns to baseball. Soon the TinCaps will be promoting “Pitch n’ Stitch” and we’ll be in the stands working on our needlework projects hopefully under a warm sun and gentle breeze. Please contact me for discounted tickets if
Recently at a Pierceton antique shop I came across two identical satin whole cloth medallion quilts: blue on one side and yellow on the other with a scalloped edge. The tag stated they were silk but my eyes and touch told me they were satin most likely made in the 1920s or 30s – not in the 1800s
I confess, I didn’t know much about coverlets except that they are woven on looms so when I was asked to take a couple on consignment, I knew I had my work cut out for me.
After reading basic information online, I decide to contact Walter Font, Curator of the History Center to ask his assistance
Recently I had the good fortune to pick up a four square red and white quilt at a reasonable price at an estate sale. I didn’t examine it very closely for I was sold on it when I saw the brilliant turkey red 8-pointed stars, tiny quilt stitches, feathered wreaths and the narrow binding. It wasn’t