Episode 310 April 2012

Quilt Out Loud! Episode Notes

April 2012 Episode

The Amish Touch

Week 1

Jodie and Mark open the show from the Amish section of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Opened in 1893 this delicious venue covers a full city block and houses many, many food venders. Taking time from a little food research the duo show new products for easy quilting and organization and play a video in which a new rotary ruler is tested by a non sewer and a seasoned quilter to see if it really works. Jodie’s shows a crewel embroidery pillow she’s working on.


Week 2

Mark is in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood wrapped in a “who knows how long” woolen scarf a la Doctor Who. Janneken Smucker is Mark’s doorknock guest this month and her husband is a huge Doctor Who fan, thus the costume. Janneken is a quilt academic with a PHD in Amish quilts to prove it. She shows Mark her quilt collection including ones she has made.


Week 3
Janneken Smucker (a specialist on Amish Quilts) and Jodie show how to use the Quilt Index, a project of the Alliance for American Quilts. This is a tremendous resource with over 60,000 quilts available to view and best of all, it’s free. We think of Amish quilts as the ones made in the early 20th century that were latched onto by collectors in the late 20th century. However, as the index shows, the Amish made all kinds of quilts. Amish women are connoisseurs of fabric. They love the hand and textures and color.

Back at the Reading Terminal Market, Jodie and Mark do their book reviews (this month featuring applique) and show quilts from the books. They finish up by learning the difference between Chicken Pie and Chicken Pot Pie and topping off their meal with Whoopie Pies. Yummy!

  • Reading Terminal Market – readingterminalmarket.org
  • The Quilt Index – quiltindex.org
  • Alliance for American Quilts – allianceforamericanquilts.org
  • Inspirational Applique-reflections of faith, hope and love – Cheryl Almgren Taylor
  • Fuss Free Machine Applique-sew on the line for great results – Lori Buhler
  • Nature’s Beauty in Applique-pretty and practical projects – Susan Taylor Propst
  • Pretty Patchwork Quilts-traditional patterns with applique accents – Cyndi Walker
  • All books published by That Patchwork Place – martingale-pub.com