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Lisa Schumacher

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Tips for Hosting a Color Wheel Party

Help children gain color confidence using activities, quizzes, and games from The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color ($12.99; Host a Color Wheel Party with stations for kids to learn about the color wheel, color schemes, and how colors affect each other.


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Quilting Changes Everything–American Patchwork & Quilting December 2013

Quilting Changes Everything

Writer: Linzee Kull McCray

Photographs courtesy of Diane Lehman


Quilting helped women who had moved halfway around the world form new friendships and break down communication barriers.

In January 2013, four South Korean women ventured into Tillie’s Quilts in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They had moved to the area because of their husbands’ jobs and hoped to gain stitching skills while in the United States. Jo Seltz, the owner of Tillie’s Quilts, promptly organized a class to fit the women’s schedules.

From left: Myung Suk Park, SE Youn Kim, So-Yong Lee, and Kyong Mi Kim (Alice) hold projects they’ve made.

“They came in and picked out their fabric,” says Jo, who taught the class with shop employee Diane Lehman. “We started with the basics—learning to use the sewing machine and rotary cutter.” Wooyeon Chang, the only one of the four to speak English well, translated class instructions to the other three. “After a while, we were able to figure out what they needed, and they were able to figure out what I was telling them,” Jo says.


Wooyeon Chang (right) gave her first quilt to her mother.

Owner Jo Seltz and teachers Diane Lehman and Carolyn Sandvig learned that their Korean students were exceptionally meticulous.


“Even if it was something no one will see, they were very precise and wanted things to be accurate. When the women figured out they could take out mistakes, they became great friends with the seam ripper,” Diane says.

 From left: Carolyn Sandvig, Jo Seltz, and Diane Lehman


Tillie’s Quilts owner Jo Seltz helps Alice sew an apron.

“Communication is not a barrier in quilting,” says Jo.


Though none of the women had sewing machines initially and all did their stitching in class, their first quilt tops were ready for the quilter just two months after they started. The women have since stitched table runners, aprons, and tote bags.


Jeongmin Kim shows off her first quilt.

Besides learning to quilt, the South Korean women, who didn’t know one another when they came to Iowa, have built real friendships since they started sewing together. And three more South Korean women have joined them to sew at Tillie’s Quilts. “Quilting makes us closer,” new quilter Kyong Mi Kim (Alice) says of their weekly sewing sessions.


From left: Se Youn Kim and Kyong Mi Kim (Alice) choose fabric for their next project.

They’ve also met other customers during open-sewing days at the shop. “We laugh a lot and share sewing challenges with each other,” Diane says.


Alice and the others don’t plan to leave quilting behind when they return to South Korea. “When I came in to the shop I just thought I’d learn to use a sewing machine,” Alice says.
“I didn’t think I had any talent for quilting. Now I am more satisfied making quilts. I can’t stop.”

 From left: Kyong Mi Kim (Alice), SE Youn Kim, Myung Suk Park, and So-Yong Lee check out a panel.



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Cute Spool Piecing Pattern


This spool made from paper is perfect for decorating a card for a sewing friend or as an invitation to a quilting event. Substitute fabric for paper for an appliqué template.

Get the pattern here.

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Quilting Trends 2012

After coming back from the Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, we’re inspired by all the new fabrics lines and products. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the upcoming trends we spotted and some projects to get you ahead of the game!


1. Nautical and Beach Themes

Get directions to this quilt here.

2. Houses

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3. Solids

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4. Circus and Jungle Animals

Get directions to this quilt here.

5. Chevron

Get directions to this bag here.

French General: Kaari Meng

Take one look inside French General and you’ll be whisked away to the French countryside. The shop, located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, takes residence in a narrow 1926 pink adobe building and is chock-full of vintage glass beads, millinery supplies, ribbon, paper ephemera, and fabric.

Kaari Meng, the shop owner, stocks French General with treasures from her trips to Europe and journeys across the United States. Kaari is currently working on her newest fabric collection with Moda Fabrics (to be released in 2013).

Kaari draws inspiration from scraps of old advertising, fabric pieces, paper snippets, vintage packaging, and photos.

She combines her findings onto inspiration boards, sorts the boards by color, and displays them throughout the store.

For more information about French General visit and Kaari’s blog, The War and the Weft.

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