Episode 312 June 2012

Quilt Out Loud! Episode Notes

June 2012 Episode

Collecting Quilts: Quilts Tell a Story

Week 1

Jodie and Mark open the show in Litchfield, Connecticut at the West Street Grill to celebrate their June birthdays. Mark’s rubber duckie gift to Jodie sports an “over the hill” sign. Does that deserve a “thank you”? Jodie’s show and tell is a product called Retro Clean that is used to brighten old linens. Mark shows Patterns Gone Digital which is a new up-to-date way to shop for quilt patterns. Then it’s to the test table to try out needle threaders from the tried-and-true to the mechanical varieties. You’ll have to watch to find out their favorites.


Week 2

Mark travels to Washington Depot¸ Connecticut for his doorknock with Sue Reich, a quilt researcher, collector and author extraordinaire. Sue has written the “go to” book on quilts made in the WWII era. Sue shows her bookshelves of binders filled with the extensive research for her books and the stories quilts tell. She shows the WWII quilts she took to the Lancaster Spring Quilt Show in Amish Country including one made from a sailor’s winter blue uniform. And just wait until you see the redwork Kewpie doll in his WWI doughboy uniform. Look for her newest book just out on signature quilts.

  • Quiltings, Frolicks and Bees, 100 Years of Signature Quilts by Sue Reich – Schiffer Publishing
  • World War II Quilts by Sue Reich – Schiffer Publishing
  • Quilting News of Yesterday; Crazy as a Bed Quilt by Sue Reich – Schiffer Publishing

Week 3

Sue Reich shares a very personal story with Jodie. They are a Gold Star family, the designation for families who have lost someone in war. Sue shows a quilt presented to her by the Home of the Brave program. Quilters unselfishly make these quilts using three Civil War era patterns based on quilts made for the Sanitary Commission during that struggle. Her quilt was made by women she knew and each block was signed. The Quilts of Valor program makes quilts for those who have served.

Then it’s on to the monthly book reviews and show of quilts from the books.