VETERANS ARE HONORED WITH PATRIOTIC QUILTS – Around The Frame

This year November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended WW I. Formerly known as Armistice Day and now Veterans Day it is the day our nation pauses to give thanks and show appreciation to all of the fine men and women who have served our country in the military.

The day is celebrated in various ways: some schools invite a vetera

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CENTURY OF PROGRESS QUILT GETS A NEW HOME – Around The Frame

Somehow it was meant to be: I invite a nice woman I meet outside Born Again Quilts to come take a gander inside and not only make a new friend but have a great quilt story to share.

This is how I met Marianne Darr Norman, a quilter, a lover of quilt history, and most importantly the keeper of many of her family’s quilts. Marianne expressed to me a dilemma she has rega

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BUTTERFLIES TAKE FLIGHT – Around The Frame

I always love going to the Maumee Valley Antique Steam and Gas Show. The quilt show is always my first stop where it is fun to hang out with fellow quilters and view this year’s entries. There is a constant stream of visitors with ballots in hand finding it a challenge to decide which one is their pick for “Viewers’ Choice.” Arriving late in the day, I was t…
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THE ANCIENT TEXTILE TRADITIONS OF UZBEKISTAN – Around The Frame

This spring my friend, Nancy Watts, and her husband, John, went on a small group trip to Uzbekistan, a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. They traveled there because Nancy, a quilter and textile enthusiast, wanted to learn first-hand about the history of the “Silk Road” the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean that pas…
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CELEBRATE DIVERSITY ON INDEPENDENCE DAY – Around The Frame

Happy 4th of July! It’s that time once again to celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence with family and friends and for many of us a day off.

I remember the 1976 Bicentennial. It was the summer before I turned twenty. I was attending IPFW and living with an elderly woman on W. Wildwood whose father was once Indiana’s Secretary of State and as a v

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THE BELL TOLLS IN MEMORY ON MEMORIAL DAY IN WAYNEDALE – Around The Frame

Soon it will be Memorial Day and I will once again be marching in the Waynedale Memorial Day Parade. As much as I love marching the route in my son’s USMC shirt and waving to the friendly people who take the time to watch the parade, it is the service at Prairie Grove Cemetery that is the highlight of the experience. As the bell tolls in memory of each of the local ve…
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FOUR GENERATIONS OF QUILTING MOTHERS – Around The Frame

What would be a more fitting topic this time of year than the history of four generations of quilting mothers? I first met Priscilla Keidel Miller when she came down to the Born Again Quilts studio to show me how to fold a hankie into a butterfly quilt block. Ever since she has been popping in to help tie a quilt for a Waynedale resident who wanted her last quilt co…
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FOUNDLING FABRIC FOUND AT BAQ’S FRONT DOOR – Around The Frame

A couple of weeks ago as I drove up to Born Again Quilts I noticed a green bin in front of the door. Walking up to it I noticed the duct-taped lid was marked “fabric”.

Inside was a trove of beautiful fabrics. This is not the first time fabric in need of a new home was left at my door: Some fabrics in plastic bags were tied to the door handle and last summer a couple of s

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APRIL FOOLS AND EASTER DAY! – Around The Frame

Happy Easter and I’m not fooling! What do these two holidays have in common: They both are linked to calendar dates. The date of Easter in the Western Church is determined differently than in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Some years they are both celebrated on the same Sunday and in other years like 2013 when the Western Church celebrated it on March 31 while t…
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SUN BONNET SUE’S ARTISTIC WARDROBE – Around The Frame

Recently I was in a local thrift store and came across two quilts featuring Sun Bonnet Sue and her companion Sam. Both quilts were hand appliquéd and hand quilted in circles. Nothing unusual about that! What was unusual was the clothes they were wearing: These weren’t your traditional 1930s Sues and Sams in their cherry small prints: Nope! These were deck…
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WHEN IRISH HANDS ARE QUILTING – Around The Frame

Soon we will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day and National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 17. Where St. Paddy’s Day is always celebrated on the 17th, NQD falls on the third Saturday of March: the 17th.

When one thinks of St. Patrick’s Day, people think of the color green, leprechauns, four leaf clovers and eating corned beef and cabbage. So, let’s com

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WHERE CSI AND QCI COLLIDE – Around The Frame

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is back on “regular TV on Channel 15.2. I always enjoyed watching the show because it uses science and observation to uncover who committed a crime and how. When people bring quilts to me to be restored, I need to carefully examine them to determine what caused the damage and the best practice to restore it. So, what I was doing w…
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FISH AND HEARTS – Around The Frame

Something that only happens once every several years is happening this year! In February, March and April two special days fall on the same date: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday (February 14) St. Patrick’s Day and International Quilting Day (March 17) and April Fool’s Day and Easter (April 1).

This year people can give cards on the feast day of marty

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REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS – Around The Frame

Last summer Cheryl and Jim Roush of Fort Wayne visited Born Again Quilts. They brought with them the baby quilt made by Cheryl’s Aunt Effie for her first-born child Josh. Aunt Effie’s hobby was sewing and she was quite gifted at it. The quilt she made was two whole pieces of fabric batted and tied with red yarn.

Cheryl relates how Josh grew up with this quilt:

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HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS – Around The Frame

Christmas is almost here and with all of the planning and preparation nearly done, it’s nice to take a break from all of it and do something creative with family and/or friends. Making Christmas ornaments is fun because they can be made using so many different types of materials: styrofoam balls, wood, pinecones, candy, clay and of course fabric and felt. F…
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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 even better because Macedonian John Pogoncheff of Lansing …
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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. One of my favorites is to pile turkey and mashed potatoes on white bread pour some gravy ove…
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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 the effort to replace 71 of the trees in the Memoria…
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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 Eve (Halloween) traditions that focus on scary costu

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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 by pouring cement down the old coal chute and securing metal pos

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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 or pet exposure, no fading. These were given to me by an exten…
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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 it, quilt it and it’s ready for the bed. No cutting, pie

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