Quiltfolk Issue 01: Oregon

For Quiltfolk Issue 01, we crisscrossed our home state of Oregon, a wildly diverse piece of the American landscape known for its natural beauty and pioneering spirit. We hit the road with notebooks and cameras in hand, documenting the first leg of our long and glorious journey ahead.

164 pages, offset printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper. Printed in the USA.

Original printing October 2016.

Building a business, step by step

While she’s best known for her popular color-wheel footstools, you won’t find Sheila Snyder with her feet up. Hers is the story of a self-made business woman, armed with determination and more than a little fearlessness. She’s fast becoming a well-known fixture in the quilting world, so we wanted to know how she got her start.

Quilt shop dreams come true

The moment you step into Marge Wall’s shop, Country Quilts, you notice that it’s not your average quilt shop. Thousands of quilts, mostly vintage, are displayed on her walls. She can tell the story of each and every one – the year it was made (some from as far back as the 1860s), the type of quilt, the reason why it’s hanging in her store, and everything else a quilt connoisseur would want to know.

46,000 quilted hugs and counting

Of the nearly three hundred Project Linus chapters nationwide, the Portland/Vancouver chapter is among the most productive, but Chapter Coordinator Jodene Walter doesn’t like to talk numbers for comparison’s sake. “A chapter that does a thousand quilts in one community may not be working any harder than a smaller community that has made one hundred. It’s all relative.”

An open invitation to modern makers

It’s Friday evening in the hip Alberta Arts District of Portland, Oregon, and despite the steamy ninety-six-degree temperature, the streets are packed with neighbors dining alfresco and window shoppers exploring chic boutiques and local galleries. Tonight, one business is keeping its doors open later than usual and summoning customers to mix, mingle, and sew.

Sew Creative: A destination quilt shop in Ashland

Walking through the doors of Sew Creative, we were immediately immersed in a world of textile art. The shop was buzzing with customers young and old — a good sign that quilting is alive and well in Ashland. The shop’s black-and-white checkerboard floor provides the perfect backdrop for the thousands of bolts of fabric displayed. But Sew Creative doesn’t stock just any fabric: we found hundreds of Aboriginal fabrics, along with African prints, bright batiks, and hand-dyed wool.

Sheila Finzer: Designer Q&A

“Many things inspire me to make art. I am inspired by nature, an interesting color combination, rusty metal, how the light falls on an object or landscape, viewing art, and many other inspirations. My current favorite inspiration is rock formations in which I retain the values (lightness to darkness) but substitute bright colors instead of colors from nature.”

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