A CUTTER QUILT IS TRANSFORMED – Around The Frame

For the past several years, the first weekend of November has brought a most welcome visitor to Born Again Quilts. Macedonian Marvin Moehle drives from Granite City, Illinois to Fort Wayne to attend the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Annual Macedonian Ball. For the past few years his visits have been

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SCRAPPY SQUARES – Around The Frame

Blessed Thanksgiving!
By the time you read this Thanksgiving Day will be past, and typically it is time to start getting creative with the leftovers so they can be enjoyed in a new venue. Leftover turkey can now become turkey soup, turkey casserole or turkey tetrazzini.

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HEEDING THE CALL: ROLL CALL QUILTS – Around The Frame

As Veteran’s Day approaches we will once again pause and reflect on the men and women who served their country. So many veterans today still serve their country, just not in uniform. Kudos to the Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club, whose members are honorably discharged U.S. military veterans who spearheaded

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DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITS AND CELEBRATIONS – Around The Frame

This year’s Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) celebration at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) will engage the public like never before. This year for the seventh annual event there will be an altar exhibit in the gallery space that people can view through November 12.

Unlike today’s Hallow’s

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BORN AGAIN QUILTS CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS ON SOUTH WAYNE AVE. – Around The Frame

Does it seem possible that October 20th will mark the 5th anniversary of the grand opening of Born Again Quilts on South Wayne Avenue?

Much has transpired over the past five years to both the building and the business. Before the grand opening it took three months to have the basement walls secured

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MOURNING, GARIBALDI’S AND NEON PRINTS: HOW FAD! – Around The Frame

Recently a set of quilt blocks caught my eye on Etsy: “Vintage Quilts Blocks” it was entitled and the description read, “Probably made in the 1950s by someone in my family. Squares were never sewn into a quilt. They have been carefully stored and show no signs of age–no staining, no smoke

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CHEATER CLOTH QUILT A FAN FAVORITE AT MAUMEE VALLEY QUILT SHOW – Around The Frame

Who would have thought a cheater quilt would take second place for viewer’s choice award at the Maumee Valley Antique Steam and Gas Association’s quilt exhibit?

For those of you not familiar with the term “cheater cloth” it’s cloth printed to resemble a traditional quilt pattern. Purchase

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LOIS ON LOIS – Around The Frame

The Pieceful Quilters second biennial quilt show held August 4-5 in Monroeville was very nice. Many of the quilts were laid out over church pews and a few were hung up. There were machine and hand quilted, appliqué, pieced and embroidered quilts of various sizes and designs. The numerous vendors

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VIRGINIA GUNN’S FAVORITE QUILTS – Around The Frame

Celebration 2017 at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana exceeded my expectations. In one day I met up with my friend Robin, who summers at the family farm in Fairmount, Indiana, met Quilter’s Hall of Fame inductee Virginia Gunn, attended lectures on red/green quilts and quilt fads and walked

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PIECEFUL QUILTERS 2ND BIENNIAL SHOW SET FOR AUG 4 & 5 – Around The Frame

Looking for a fun time with the kids as their summer vacation winds down? Then head off to Monroeville Harvest Festival August 3-5. A parade, trivia, photo, cutest baby contests, a horseshoe tournament and rides for all ages will make your day. And when the hunger pangs strike there’s all of that

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VIRGINIA GUNN: THE 2017 INDUCTEE INTO THE QUILTERS HALL OF FAME – Around The Frame

Historic textile research champion Virginia Gunn has been selected as the 2017 honoree in The Quilters Hall of Fame. Virginia’s induction will take place during Celebration, July 20-22, 2017 in Marion, Indiana.

This is a well-deserved honor for a woman who has made the scholarly research of quilts

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A JOSEPH’S COAT OF MANY COLORS QUILT – Around The Frame

A grandmother’s legacy to her grandson

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.” Genesis 37:3

Many quilt patterns have Bible inspired names such as Rose of Sharon, Crown of Thorns, Jacob’s Ladder, Job’s

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A TREASURE FOUND – Around The Frame

Recently as I was moving larger items to my new home, I came across a treasure deep inside my cedar chest: My first quilt project, a pillow I made from the first quilt square I ever pieced, sandwiched and quilted.

It was back in 1981 that I took a beginner’s quilt class from Bette Schlictenmyer the

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ONE TEN-THOUSANDTH OF A PERCENT – Around The Frame

What are the odds? When I listed a WWII era souvenir “Mother and Dad” pillow from Gunter Field, Montgomery, Alabama on Etsy, of the 35 million products on Etsy, the pillow was the only item to pop up when I searched for other Gunter Field items. Of the 25 million Etsy buyers and 1.6 million Etsy

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THERE IS NOTHING CUTER THAN A KEWPIE QUILT!

Kewpies short for Cupid the Roman God of Love are the iconic cherubic chubby wide-eyed nude dolls with the curly Q hair designed by Rose O’ Neill that first appeared in her comic strips in 1909. The figures were so popular they were first sold as paper dolls followed by bisque dolls manufactured

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SAVING GEN. ANTHONY WAYNE STATUE

A few years ago the Park and Recreation Department leaders and Mayor Tom Henry announced the restoration of the Gen. Anthony Wayne statue and the plan to relocate it across the street on the Court House Green. The press reported: “The move of the statue is an effort to give more visibility to the

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GRANDMA DAY’S QUILT IS BORN AGAIN! – Around The Frame

Over a year ago Sherri Kehoe of Indianapolis contacted me about her grandmother’s quilt (technically a knotted comforter) that was in dire need of restoration. Sherri knew I had other projects to complete but was willing to have me restore it no matter how long it might take.

The quilt arrives and

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GETTING THE HANG OF HARDANGER NEEDLEWORK – Around The Frame

Last summer I got to know Priscilla Miller who lives in the vicinity of Southwood Park. She was one of the women who answered the call when I was looking for quilters to fulfill the wish of a dying (now deceased) Waynedale News reader who wanted someone to complete her final two quilt projects before

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NATIONAL QUILTING DAY 2017: A TIME TO SHARE QUILT STORIES – Around The Frame

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

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IN PRAISE OF THE MIGHTY THIMBLE – Around The Frame

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

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SEWING HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES – Around The Frame

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

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PIECEFUL QUILTERS GATHER TO BENEFIT OTHERS – Around The Frame

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

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FAMILY COMFORTER BRINGS CHRISTMAS JOY! – Around The Frame

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’

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THE SPIRIT OF ST. NICHOLAS RESONATES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – Around The Frame

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”

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O HOLY COW – Around The Frame

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

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