The Travelling Quilter

Make a list of items to take when you travel with your sewing machine (foot control, accessory box, extra needles, power cable) so you’ll never be stuck powerless to quilt at a quilt retreat or workshop!

Macon County Quilt Trail

Painted quilt blocks will be going up on buildings in Macon County, North Carolina, as part of the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina program. The first block, a red, green and gold “Farmer’s Star” adorns the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce building. By January a total of eight blocks will adorn county businesses and a “Quilt Trail guide will be published to lead block hunters from one destination to another in search of colorful and artful displays that each have a story to tell.” More information on Macon County’s Quilt Trail can be found here, and visiting the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina website gives an overview of the quilt trails in nearby counties and details of special events. Grab a Quilt Trail map and go!

The New Sidewalk Art

The Downtown Revitalization Program in Kolona, Iowa calls for 38 quilt blocks constructed of colored cement to be installed in downtown area sidewalks. The “quilt blocks will be historical, provide education on the quilts and prove an exercise as people tour the downtown to view the quilts and visit the various stores.” See more about this unique project here!

Address Label Smarts

Keep pre-printed mailing labels in your purse. They are very handy when you go to quilt shows and events. Should you buy raffle tickets you can quickly apply self adhesive mailing labels to your raffle ticket vs. hand writing all of them out.

This tip submitted by SewCalGal. Thanks!

Now that’s my kind of vacation!

Add quilt shops to your next trip itinerary. To locate all the quilt shops in any given area, go to Google Maps and in the search box, type “QUILT SHOPS NEAR” and fill in city, state. When you click the “search maps” button, VOILA! Quilt/Fabric Shop paradise! Works best for U.S. destinations.

This tip submitted by Dorothy H. Thanks Dorothy!

Textures – Fiber Artists Show

There is going to be a great art quilt show in the Southern California area of Temecula from Oct 2 to Nov 29th. Some very unusual materials are used (in the past, kevlar and fiberglass) and this year’s quilts are going to be even better than last year’s. It is is a gallery setting. Visit Textures – Fiber Artists blog for more information!

This tip submitted by Trish C. Thanks Trish!