It was the first weekend of December 2010 that I met Therese “Terry” Mihlbauer at the Unitarian Universalist Church Craft Show. Terry walked up to my booth and upon learning I restore quilts told me about a special family quilt she would like ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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, ... Read more
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 ... Read more
I’m Fort Wayne native Lois Levihn author of Around the frame. I grew up close to Waynedale graduating from Wayne High School and IPFW. I’ve been a writer since 2009 when the new owners Alex and Michael were looking for new columnists. ... Read more
Most of us remember the Beanie Babies: Those small stuffed animals of the mid-1990’s stuffed with plastic pellets so you could shape them unlike typical animals stuffed with cotton/poly batting.
How big was the Beanie Baby craze? Back in 1995 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Next month will mark the 85th anniversary of the opening of the World’s Fair known as the Century of Progress Exposition (May 27, 1933-November 12, 1933; May 26, 1934-October 31, 1934) in Chicago. Planning for the fair began in January 1928 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more