Quiltfolk Issue 08 — Michigan
A living legend. A notable writer-quilter with a new, groundbreaking book. A fine artist, a barn quilt painter, a quilter in transition. These stories and so many more abound in Quiltfolk Issue 08: Michigan.
Here are just a few of the stories awaiting you when our latest issue drops on October 1. We think it’s the best one yet.
Gwen Marston, Her Own Fine Self
If you’re looking for a quilt hero, look no further than Gwen Marston: writer, scholar, dedicated quilter, and icon to both traditional and modern quilters alike. Marston lives on an island in the northern half of the state. We flew in a puddle-jumper plane to get her epic story and capture photos of her glorious work.
Featherweight Monte Explains It All
Up north in Pinconning, Michigan, at the fabulous Bittersweet Quilt Shop and Home Decor, you’ll meet Monte Graham, a Singer Featherweight aficionado. Delightful and incredibly knowledgeable about what he calls one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, Monte will turn you into a Featherweight nut too.
Ann Loveless, The Artist Next Door
Did you know that a quilter won the largest audience-chosen art prize in the world? Twice?? It’s a true story. Michigan quilter Ann Loveless won $250,000 two years in a row in the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids for her incredible landscape art quilts.
Pass It On: The Great Lakes African American Quilters’ Network
Forget what you’ve heard about struggles in Detroit. We saw with our own eyes that the city is vibrant and growing — and absolutely chock-full of quilters. Our team tries not to pick favorites out on the road, but the warmth and talent of the women of GLAAQN blew us away.
Hard Work, Soft Quilts: Exploring The Henry Ford
The lovely folks at the incredible Henry Ford museum granted Quiltfolk an all-access pass to the collections room to view masterpieces from quilters like Susan McCord and Susana Allen Hunter, as well as precious ephemera from American quilt history.
Teacher, Teacher: Lynn Carson Harris
Feeling gloomy about the lack of young people interested in quilting? Prepare to be cheered way, way up. Modern quilt favorite Lynn Carson Harris is teaching the next generation. We met four of the young ladies under her tutelage and gave them their star turn, out at Carson Harris’s farm in Mid Michigan.
The Two of Us: Sue Nickels and Pat Holly
You’d be hard-pressed to find a quilting duo with more awards, accolades, fans — or talent. Quiltfolk called on the famous Nickels and Holly and got up close and personal with the sister phenoms. If you didn’t love them already, you will after reading this feature.