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Grand Central Centennial Quilts On Display Thru July 6

Eighty quilters from 25 states took the challenge in April 2013 and created their vision of art quilts that would compete, to represent 100 years of Grand Central Terminal. Thirty of those quilts were picked to be on display in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex March 15 thru July 6.

Grand Central Terminal Rail Station, mid-Manhattan, New York

If you happen to be in New York, take a look. The quilt show is free. Top honors were awarded to Amy Krasnansky, a software engineer from Baltimore, MD who created “Time Flies, But We Take The Train”. Her quilt takes inspiration from 100 years of commuters, the famed Grand Central brass clock face, and the expansive ceiling in Grand Central with it’s aqua and gold colors.

"Time Flies, But We Take The Train" by Amy Krasnansky (photo compliments of Dale Riehl, City Quilter, NY

The contest was dreamed up by Dale Riehl, owner of City Quilter in Chelsea. Riehl noticed the 20th anniversery of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine coincided with Grand Central’s centennial. The contest and quilt show was organized by The City Quilter and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine in association with The New York Transit Museum and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Riehl and his wife Cathy Izzo explored creating their own fabric lines and becoming licensees of the New York Transit Museum, which gave them exclusive rights to use subway maps and logos in their designs. The fabrics lines became: The Grand Central and the complementary GCT Constellations fabric lines; available in three colorways. Contest rules required each entry to use a minimum of 25% of this fabric in the design.

Cathy Izzo & Dale Riehl, Owners of City Quilter, New York

Enter to Win $250 Crane Dynasty Quilt Kit from Kona Bay Fabrics

Enter for a chance to win a quilt kit valued at $250!

Celebrate the release of the Nobu Fujiyama Crane Dynasty Collection from Kona Bay by downloading and printing an “I Love Nobu” sign at Kona Bay Fabrics. Then snap a photo of yourself holding the sign inside your favorite one, two or several Quilt Shops. Email your photo to Kona Bay and be sure to include your name and the name of the Quilt Shop in the photo. All entries must be received by June 15, 2014. One lucky winner will win a Nobu Fujiyama Crane Dynasty Quilt Kit (86″ x 111″) valued at $250!

The Quilt Shop with the most entries wins a Crane Dynasty Quilt kit and a two-page feature in Asian Fabric Magazine!

In Japan the crane symbolizes good fortune and longevity.

‘Winter Elegance’ Makes Cover of Quilt Trends Magazine

‘Winter Elegance’ a beautiful lap quilt in shades of teal and purple created by Diane Arganbright and Patricia Sue Nelson of The Quilting Hen, Carter, MT was chosen as the cover of Quilt Trends magazine winter edition. In this quilt traditional log cabin blocks and Wyoming Star blocks complement each other and features beautiful florals and Marglehead textures in exciting shades of teal and purple. Quilt top kits complete with binding are available at The Quilting Hen.

Stella Lighting Pledges $100,000 to Project Linus in 2014

Stella Lighting announced a yearlong commitment of $100,000 to Project Linus. In addition, Stella has created a Tiffany Blue lamp that will be sold in limited quantities (250 to be specific); each numbered, logoed, packaged and delivered. $100 from each lamp will be sent to Project Linus, a non-profit organization with chapters nationwide.

In addition, Stella is sending each chapter head (300+) a Stella Lamp as a token of appreciation; recognizing that they are the backbone of Project Linus National. Volunteers with Project Linus make blankets for children in need.

You can find Stella Lighting at your local independent quilt and fabric shop.

Perfect Paper Piecing with Deb Karasik

Have you tried paper piecing? Fiber Artist and author Deb Karasik makes it easy in her books Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing, and Quilts With Attitude. Deb’s website also has free patterns and tips that you can download.

Find these books and all your quilting needs at your local independent quilt & fabric store!

Perfect Paper Piecing books by Deb Kasarik

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