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Homage by Debbie Jeske and others (see sign below), of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Group & Bee Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

 

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If you are a quilter, you are an artist. It never hurts to learn a little more. This is a great time to learn approaches that will make your quilts more interesting and more fun to make. These quick classes are fast, easy, and understandable. It's a Masters Course in Art in bite-size pieces. Alex Anderson finds out what it is all about from Lilo Bowman.

Click here for more topics related to The Art of Quilt Design program.

 

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So the pattern says to make the quilt block a certain size. Are you stuck with that? Alex says no. Join Alex as she goes LIVE with her current quilt lesson.

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The Harmon’s Pie Town Restaurant.  Photograph © by Russell Lee, image courtesy of John and Sue Bunton.

 Pie Town, New Mexico Quilt
by Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D.
Curator of Clothing and Textiles, Museum of Texas Tech University

Pie Town is a small town in western New Mexico that was on the road taken by many who were escaping the Dust Bowl on their way to California during the Depression. Pie Town and its people were photographed in 1940 by Russell Lee, a photographer for the Farm Security Administration of the United States Government during the Great Depression.

 

One of the founding settlers of Pie Town was Harmon L. Craig, who moved there in the 1920s. He met his wife, Theora, when she brought food from town to feed hungry cowboys who were working a roundup for one of the ranchers. She had been cooking and doing laundry in the Hall Hotel in nearby Magdalena. Theora had been abandoned by her first husband, who left her and their two daughters when he fell on hard times in business. After their marriage on July 29, 1924, Mr. Craig brought his family to live in a log home he had built in Pie Town. Shortly thereafter, a small addition (which served as a café), was built onto the house. While Theora was busy managing the café, H.L. focused on building other businesses in town.

 


Harmon L and Theora Craig on their porch.  Image courtesy of John and Sue Bunton.

The family states that interviews with New Mexico residents at the time document that the pies, cakes and cookies offered at the café were famous for a hundred miles. Cowboys on long cattle drives began to plan routes to include a stop for a rest in Pie Town just so they could have a slice of pie and a cup of coffee.

 

Although others have claimed the title, Theora’s descendants claim she was the original Pie Lady of Pie Town. H.L. Craig was instrumental in the development of Pie Town, often interviewing people driving through who were escaping the Dust Bowl. If he liked the person’s work ethic, H.L. would offer to help them get started, with the understanding that they would settle in Pie Town.

 

The images of Pie Town taken by Russell Lee document the hard life and determined spirits of its residents. Many were photographed wearing garments made of printed cotton feed sacks; those images were included in the museum’s recent exhibit on feed sacks.

 


Harmon L. and Theora Craig in their Pie Town, New Mexico home, where the quilt was used. Photograph © by Russell Lee, image courtesy of John and Sue Bunton.

The family says that Theora loved her garden more than quilting, but she left behind a beautiful charm quilt made to keep her family warm. Typical of many quilts made at this time, this one employed a wide variety of scrap fabrics cut into large hexagon shapes.

Charm Quilt made by Theora McDonald Baum Craig (b. 1887, m. 1907, m. 1924, d. 1980) Mrs. Harmon L.)
circa 1940 in Pie Town, NM.  Gift of John and Sue Bunton, 2020-009-001.
Image © the Museum of Texas Tech University.

 

 

Learn more about the Clothing and Textiles Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Click here for related articles from the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.

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Erika Mulvenna at WeAllSew.com has a fun tutorial for creating this sewing machine mat that can hold all your necessary tools for creating your quilt. Learn about triangular patchwork and use up your scraps all at the same time.

 
 
Don't have time to make your own? Check out the Yazzii Sewing Machine Mats in our store!
 

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We are pretty certain this is a log cabin block. Play the game and find out if we are correct.

 
 
 

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We love the "vision" behind this quilt and we might have to keep our "eyes" on this group of quilters from the beautiful beach city of Capitola in California. Take a look at all the different quilting designs, they are quite "eyelightening". (groan).

Eyes by Karen S. Foster and others (see sign below), of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Group & Bee Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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Alex is going to show you how she does finished appliqué now.

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A Pink Neon Angel hovers above Alex Anderson as she quilts. But that is not what she wanted. Here's the story told by Captain John and Alex during one of her LIVE videos. Bottom line, Capt'n John needs to up his giving game.

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Kim Lacy's quilt, Ammonite Celebration, does not fit into a "traditional" shape for a quilt. It does, however, fit the requirements of nature in that it is inspirational and quite beautiful.

She writes, "I am inspired by the shapes and forms of nature. My access to the professional and amateur photography of my friends is a constant source of inspiration. Their images of wildlife, natural wonders, and fractals have been the focus of many of my quilts. Geology and paleontology have also influenced much of my recent work, especially the fractal nature of the ammonite."

Ammonite Celebration won 2nd Place Wall Stationary Machine, AQS, Spring Paducah, KY 2017.

Watch Kim in Show 2606.

AmmoniteCelebrationbyKimLacy - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

AmmoniteCelebrationbyKimLacy - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

AmmoniteCelebrationbyKimLacy - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

AmmoniteCelebrationbyKimLacy - 35 Pieces Rotating

AmmoniteCelebrationbyKimLacy - 99 Pieces Rotating

AmmoniteCelebrationbyKimLacy - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


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