A TURKEY CRAFT FOR YOUNG & OLD – Around The Frame

Happy Thanksgiving!

As the big day nears, now is the time to plan a craft project everyone enjoys while the turkey cooks, the parade participants march or the football games progress.

Who hasn’t created a turkey simply by drawing around their hand, spreading their fingers to create the feathers and

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CELEBRATING 60 – Around The Frame

Next week on the eve of the election I will be turning 60! 60 years in the making of who I am today. When I was young, 60 seemed old. My paternal grandparents the Rev. Herbert Levihn and his wife Concordia both died of heart attacks in June 1962 at 61 and 69. What a shock that was for this five year

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A QUILT’S HISTORY – Around The Frame

All quilts have a history: the history of their maker, the creative and technical processes that went into making them and how they were used throughout their life.

A couple of months ago Linda Kuhn visits me and shows me a quilt she’s thinking of selling. The quilt is reversible with a light pumpkin

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FORT WAYNE WEAVERS’ GUILD MEMBERS EXHIBIT – Around The Frame

The Fort Wayne Weavers’ Guild exhibit at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Wayne is well attended on the opening night reception. The walls are awash in the colors of the woven masterpieces. A dozen Guild members are on hand to discuss their work with patrons while church volunteers

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REMEMBERING 9/11 – Around The Frame

It hardly seems possible 15 years have passed since the 9/11 attacks. The children born that day are now high school freshmen. Just like Pearl Harbor and the JFK assassination most people can recall what they were doing when they heard the news of the attacks.

One person stirred to action following

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HILLCREST SCHOOL: OUT OF THE ASHES, HOPE! – Around The Frame

School is back in session and students are getting accustomed to new teachers, schools, subjects and fellow students. The start of a new school year is a time of expectation of what we will learn, experience and treasure for years to come.

In the fall of 1968 my siblings and I were transferred from

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MENDING A BROKEN HEART – Around The Frame

For the 39th time the Maumee Valley Antique Gas and Steam Association held their summer festival East of New Haven. As I drive out to New Haven with thoughts of quilts, steamed corn and flea market delights on my mind, I arrive as a mid-afternoon storm rolls in that sends the flea market vendors into

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WORKING AND LIVING IN THE ‘07 – Around The Frame

They say you can’t go home again, and for all intent in purposes that’s true. You may go home but it is never the same because you are no longer the same person you were when you departed.

Ever since I moved Born Again Quilts Studio from downtown West Wayne Street to South Wayne Avenue, I’ve

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CHANGING LIVES & TOUCHING THE SPIRIT – Around The Frame

Cheers to the Quilter’s Hall of Fame for selecting Carolyn Mazloomi as the 2016 inductee. When I went down to Marion for a walk-thru of her art quilts what I saw and felt looking at her quilts was nothing short of amazing: Amazing because of the techniques she used and even more amazing the power

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ODE TO THE ICE CREAM CONE QUILT – Around The Frame

The weather is hot and what could be more refreshing than an ice cream cone? The beauty of an ice cream cone quilt block is they are very easy to imagine and make. If you Google “ice cream cone quilt pattern” and then click “image” up top, you will find over 975,000 links demonstrating an

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QUILTERS HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION 2016 – Around The Frame

This year’s QHF Celebration will be held July 14-16 at the Quilters Hall of Fame the former home of quilt designer/maker Marie Webster, located at 926 S. Washington, Marion, Indiana.

This year’s inductee is Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi: a master fiber artist, exhibitor, curator; author, researcher, quilt

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A DYING QUILTER’S TEARS OF JOY & GRATITUDE – Around The Frame

It took a village of dedicated quilters to fulfill the wish of Joan to have her final quilts finished before she passes.

After publishing “A quilter’s wish before dying” in The Waynedale News, slowly but surely quilters started to respond. Some of them read about Joan’s dilemma in The Waynedale

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WESTWARD HO: 4TH GRADERS STUDY THE WESTWARD EXPANSION – Around The Frame

This year the 4th grade team at Waynedale Elementary devised an interactive, cross-curricular (writing, social studies and math) unit to study the Westward Expansion in such a manner to make it relevant to the students.

According to teacher Lauri Phillips, “The students were given a list of supplies

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A QUILTER’S WISH BEFORE DYING – Around The Frame

My Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago I received an email from Waynedale News reader Joan. Below is an excerpt:

I follow your articles in The Waynedale paper that we get for Senior Citizens. My aide is writing this for me as I am fast coming to the point of not being able to do much due to my severe health

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A MARINE MOM’S MOTHER’S DAY – Around The Frame

Mother’s Day came early for me this year as my son Marine Cpl. Robert Eubank arrived back home on April 11th after serving his country for two years in Okinawa. As I write this he is two days away from leaving Fort Wayne to travel to join his new unit here in the United States. Where he’s going

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HARLAN UMC QUILT SHOW BRINGS OUT THE PINK – Around The Frame

The Harlan UMC biennial quilt show organized by Blessed are the Piecemakers Sewing Group and held on April 8 & 9 had all the attendees seeing pink. 93 quilts were on display from wall hanging size to full size quilts. Judges Shirley Spindler, Rose Spindler and Lois Wenkheimer had their work cut

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FAMILY TEXTILE TREASURES – Around The Frame

I recently got a call from Charleene Wallace who lives in Huntington, Indiana. She explains to me how she, her sister and brother had inherited a handmade quilt after their parents passed away: A quilt they didn’t even know existed until they discovered it along with a crib-size quilt top while

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QUILT ENTHUSIASTS GATHER AT WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL – Around The Frame

The 26th Annual Gathering of Quilters held at Wayne High School on March 19 was a resounding success. Over 600 quilt enthusiasts mainly from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio pre-registered and others dropped in to enjoy the day’s activities. Attendees found Pat Sloan’s lecture to be funny and informative.

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A CALL OUT OF THE BLUE – Around The Frame

A couple of weeks ago I got a call out of the blue from Darlene Gerster from Indianapolis. Darlene had some quilts she had collected, used and loved over the years that were now in need of new homes. As Darlene put it, “I hoped to find someone who would know something about them and provide some

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JORDANIAN QUILT RESTORED – Around The Frame

As we bask in our record-breaking winter temperatures, it’s easy to wax nostalgic over the previous two winters. As a small business owner, it is important to learn how people find you, whether through your website, Facebook page, word-of-mouth, etc. Two winters ago former Bishop Dwenger theology

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WOVEN HEARTS – Around The Frame

On Valentine’s Day people’s minds turn to romantic love: Flowers, cards, candlelight dinner and a night of romance is how many couples celebrate. On a cold, dark February night it’s nice to cuddle up with that someone special you love.

Hearts are the heart of the Valentine celebration. How two

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LOOKING FORWARD – Around The Frame

As exciting as 2015 was, 2016 looks to bring even more excitement to the local quilt scene.

On Saturday, March 19, International Quilting Day will once again be celebrated as the Appleseed Quilter’s Guild hosts the 26th Annual Gathering of Quilters at Wayne High School from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. In 2014

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LOOKING BACK – Around The Frame

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2016, I thought I’d cover some loose ends from late 2014 and 2015 while giving you a taste of things to come in 2016 too.

My last article of 2014 was about a pre-Civil War peony quilt in green and red that looked like wreaths. The quilt had a piece of paper sewn to its

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SNOWBALLS AND JOB’S TEARS: IT’S TWO QUILT PATTERNS IN ONE QUILT! – Around The Frame

Snowballs and Job’s tears: What do they have in common?

Obviously they both consist of water and are wet, but they also adjoin each other on a popular quilt pattern from the 1930s and ‘40s.

Now like many quilt patterns these two have more than one name. Some call them baseball and kite. The “tears”

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THANKSGIVING TIME IS FAMILY TIME – Around The Frame

Thanksgiving Day will soon be here and many Americans will gather to enjoy a meal and give thanks for their many blessings.

I find it sad people feel the need to shop on Thanksgiving Day and store owners feel compelled to open their doors to keep up with their competition. For once the Day is over

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