Episode 401 July 2012

Quilt Out Loud! Episode Notes

July 2012 Episode

A Quilting Storyteller

Week 1

Jodie and Mark open the show from the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, Connecticut and, true to its name, the bookshop sells hickory walking sticks. In their “What’s Up?” Mark reveals his new passion for crochet (see his almost finished afghan) and shows the crochet hook that works for him. Jodie has rediscovered the pleasures of embroidery and its myriad stitches and shows her work in progress using wool felt and wool threads from Aurifil. The Aurifloss comes in 252 colors! They discuss how the cross pollination of all crafts aids their quilting. Then they go to nearby Litchfield for Mark’s surprise door knock. Who do they run into in town but the doorknock subject herself, New York Times bestselling author and quilter Marie Bostwick. Well, there goes the surprise but they do get a guided tour of the town that inspired the novels.

Week 2

Mark joins Marie Bostwick at her home in Litchfield where the magic happens for his no surprise doorknock. Marie is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels (and counting) including the Cobble Court series, all with a quilting theme. She shows Mark her quilts including one she made for charity and bought back at auction because her husband loved it. Another quilt she designed will be going to the Basics Quilt Project for families transitioning out of homelessness in the New York area. Another is The Path to Cobble Court designed for Quiltmaker magazine plus other works in progress. Last stop is Marie’s laptop where the books are written, including her latest, Ties That Bind.

Week 3

Marie and Jodie examine Path to Cobble Court, the quilt Marie designed for the May/June issue of Quiltmaker magazine. Sometimes it’s hard to see the individual block in the overall design. It’s off to the sewing machine to make up a red, white and blue block in honor of the 4th. This is a very simple block that just looks complicated once joined.

Oliver, Marie’s dog, joins Jodie and Mark in the living room for their monthly book review and quilt show. Quilts from Scrap Applique Playground are colorful and fun. Mark points out that the designs in Follow the Lines can be used in all arts and crafts. As usual, this is a varied and stunning collection.

  • Scrap Applique Playground, Turn Quilting Scraps into Fun Applique Fabrics by Kay Mackenzie – That Patchwork Place
  • Follow the Lines Quilt Designs volume 5, Authentic Civil War Designs and More by Mary Covey – That Patchwork Place
  • 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine: Original Patterns from Today’s Top Designers (includes a CD) – That Patchwork Place
  • Utility Quilting, Simple Solutions for Quick Hand Quilting: An Uncomplicated, Stress Free way to Quickly and Easily Hand Quilt Your Quilts by Carolyn Forster – Landauer Publishing
  • Quilting with Fat Quarters, 17 New Patterns from the Staff at That Patchwork Place – That Patchwork Place