Guest: Deb Luttrell of Stitchin' Heaven
Topics: quilt cruises
She says: "Usually on our seven day cruises, we have three days at sea. We have three teachers, we assign you a place (and we assign you with your friends so they're in your area together), and you never have to leave. And our teachers rotate to each class and do their teaching, but the sewing doesn't end at the end of class. We have a lot of quilters who want to sew, have gourmet food fed to them, they don't want to have to make their bed, and they want a little towel animal on their bed each night and have a chocolate on their pillow, and they just want to sew. They don't really care where we're going. A lot of our ladies don't even get off the ship."
Guest: Rachel May of Quilting With a Modern Slant
Topics: modern quilts, quilting books
She says: "I had been quilting for 4 or 5 years and had joined the Boston Modern Quilt Guild. I was there when it started, so it was with a small group of maybe 10-12 women who helped found it. I was really excited about the friendships and the commnuity we had with each other, and I wanted to write about our friendships, our quilts, and what grew out of this shared love. So that was the origin of the book. In collaboration with the editors, they helped me shape the rhythm of the book and encouraged me to cut the parts into smaller and smaller pieces, so that I was including tips and tutorials, patterns, info about starting a shop -- that was all pieced together like a quilt."
Guest: Pat Meinecke of John C. Campbell Folk School
Topics: quilting retreat, quilt piecing tips
She says: "When instructions say mark a dot on each corner where seams intersect, instead of making a dot, I take my ruler and put it on the 1/4" line on the raw seam and just draw a straight line about an 1" long at each corner. And then I go to all four sides of each patch and where the lines intersect is where I want my needle to go down and where I want to match up those points on both sides."