We all made it back safe and sound from Quilt Market. I believe the only casualties we suffered were Merilee’s bumper, Doug’s foot (from dropping a box of books on it), and Edie’s and my health (she had bronchitis and I had a cold the entire Market). So all in all, pretty successful!
I promised in a blog post awhile back that I would announce the 2009 block-of-the-month project after we returned from Market. Well, we’re back, so now’s the time!
The Star’s 2009 Block-of-the-Month project is… [Drum roll, please.]…“Women of Influence” by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth in Mexico, MO.
We are very excited about this project, for many reasons. It is a mixture of piecing and appliqué, and is offered in two colorways. Also, we have partnered with Marcus Fabrics. Marcus is offering the exact fabric that Sarah and Dolores are using in the quilts, and the border fabric was designed exclusively for this project.
We also love the theme and history behind the project. “Women of Influence” celebrates women’s suffrage. In 2010, America will celebrate the 90th anniversary of women securing the right to vote. The women who convened the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 could not have imagined that it would take more than 70 years to attain this fundamental right. Many women fought for equality and voting rights throughout these years. This project will highlight 12 of those women who influenced the history of women’s rights, a different woman each month.
If you’d like to participate, be sure to sign up to receive all the blocks. Or, if you’d like to participate with others through your local quilt shop, ask them to join!
Diane McLendon is the marketing and sales manager for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes weekly for PickleDish.