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July 26, 2013

Quilt History: The Beginnings And Its Movement Forward

The art of quilting dates back many thousands of years. An early decorative quilt, the “Tristan Quilt,” was made in Sicily in around 1360. The oldest existing quilt was found in a Mongolian cave, and it is now on display in Russia’s St. Petersburg Museum. American quilting began in the colonial era of the late 18th century. Popular colonial whole cloth, medallion, and applique techniques highlighted fine stitching skills. With the industrial revolution of the mid 19th century came mass distribution of commercially produced, affordable fabric, and the invention of (more…)

May 29, 2013

A Community Shares: How To Create Charity Quilts

When you want to do something for a good cause, and you know a lot of quilters, you will find that charity quilts that are funded or auctioned off can make a huge impression on your cause. Quilts are showy and lovely, so see how you can get your friends involved.

First, you might want to simply assign everyone a set number of squares and do the actually piecing and quilting yourself. There are even services that will do this for you.

If you are all fairly expert quilters, however, you may simply (more…)

April 1, 2013

Bringing It All Together: A Shared Activity

If you enjoy quilting, it is natural to want to share that joy with others. However, most people participate in quilting as a solo activity. By involving other people in quilting, you can share your knowledge and spend quality time with the ones that you care about.

It takes some effort to share your quilting with others, but it could ultimately make your job easier. In past centuries, quilting bees were a popular activity. During a quilting bee, women from across a family or a community would gather to finish a quilting project. The (more…)

January 26, 2013

Homeowners coverage helps keep you cozy

If the television is any indication, the world is becoming more dangerous and expensive for homeowners. Natural disasters seem to be striking with greater frequency and causing more damage. The last two years have brought drought, forest fires, mudslides, earthquakes on the East Coast, a super storm in Hurricane Sandy, tornadoes across the United States in record numbers, freak thunderstorms, more powerful winds and rain. The news tells us that people are crashing cars into homes at a rate of nearly two per week nationwide.

Worse, we’re often told that the individuals impacted by these events did not carry even basic homeowners insurance. These poor souls not only lost their investment and their memories, they will carry the financial burden of rebuilding by themselves.

If they had homeowners insurance, they would have a helping hand in getting back on their feet following these increasingly more common events. It’s hard for everyone to rebuild and put the past behind them. It’s harder when it’s paid out of ones own pocket during these trying economic times.

Homeowners insurance is protection against events such as natural disasters or bad drivers. They put money back into the hands for those impacted, helping to rebuild and move forward. They reduce the amount of hardship a family must face. Homeowners insurance keeps a roof over a family’s head and peace of mind in their hearts.

The past two years have been a clear indication that insurance is increasingly important for homeowners across the nation. Without the protection and security insurance provides, more and more risk losing their homes, their fortunes, and their investment in the American dream. A strong homeowners insurance policy is the best way to protect your family and their peace of mind for the future, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.

This article is provided by staff writers at

August 9, 2012

Passing Along The Tradition: Generations Share Quilting

Passing Along The Tradition: Generations Share Quilting

Many times quilts become family heirlooms, being passed down from generation to generation. What if we could make that into a quilt that goes beyond sharing the love of the hobby and the warmth and comfort of a quilt.

Quilts are very special as they can be made with old baby clothes that you want to keep near and dear, as well as can be added to as the years go by. (more…)

August 5, 2012

A Quilting Passion Is More Than A Hobby

A Quilting Passion Is More Than A Hobby

In times past you might find a group of ladies gathered together quilting. Some could hardly wait for the next get together. Not only was quilting a great hobby, but it was a time for socializing. Not only was this relaxing, but probably good therapy. In spite of the rigorous pioneer life they found time for quilting.

The pioneer women treasured the quilts for many reasons. A quilt could go on the journey with them, and represent the memories (more…)

August 4, 2012

Various Techniques Used By The Experts

Quilting is a specific way of sewing that brings together multiple layers of material to make a thicker padding. The basis of the average quilt is three layers of material. The first layer is the quilt top, then comes what experts call the batting. The batting is the material that provides insulation to the structure of the quilt. The final piece is the backing material.
Many experts start out with a traditional technique that works in six different steps. First, they pick the design elements, fabric material, and batting that will be (more…)

August 2, 2012

Finding The Right Material: Fabrics And Threads

There are many fun arts and crafts that people enjoy every day. Many of these involve sewing and creativity. One fun craft to try out is making a quilt.

People have been making quilts ever since we can recall. Quilts are not just fun to make but they also provide people with warmth. The great thing about quilts is that you can use your scrap fabric to create them. When making a quilt you will only need a couple things. The items you will need include (more…)

July 30, 2012

Five Steps To Getting Started In Quilting

Quilting is a wonderful hobby that can be shared by several generations in a family. And once the quilt is actually completed, it becomes a work of art that can be handed down from one generation to the next. There are five steps to getting started in quilting and following them in order will help you get the most out of this centuries-old hobby.

First, do some research regarding quilt patterns. Find them in books (more…)