Issue 01: Oregon
For the first ever issue of Quiltfolk, 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.
Issue 02: Iowa
For Issue 02, the Quiltfolk team explored an integral piece of America’s quilting culture. Iowa has more quilt shops per capita than any place on earth and a reputation for being rich with quilting history. The people were friendly, the places were picturesque, and the quilts were bold and incredibly beautiful.
Issue 04: Tennessee
Tennessee is all those things you see in the movies. It’s fireflies and sweet tea. It’s old Hollywood gone country. It’s driving down the country roads in the bed of a beat-up pickup truck. Tennessee is amber waves of grain, and it is good ol’ southern charm. Above all, Tennessee is a place worth going and coming back to. Join us as we explore the quilting community full of places, faces, and quilts that are sure to draw you into this historic state.
Issue 05: Eastern Massachusetts
Mark Twain once wrote, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” At Quiltfolk we can now echo that advice, since we arrived in Massachusetts on the heels of a hurricane, just in time for the impending tropical storm that followed. Gratefully, we were able to weather the (literal) storms in pursuit of some of the most fascinating quilters, designers, shops, and guilds that the eastern half of the state has to offer.
Issue 06: Arizona
It took two crews to collect stories from the great state of Arizona – a first for Quiltfolk. The sheer size of Arizona was only part of the challenge. As the largest geographical area we’ve featured thus far and the sixth largest state in the US overall, there was a lot of (literal) ground to cover. But the landscape was met with an equally vast and beautiful quilting community, and all of the Quiltfolk crew left Arizona inspired and refreshed by what we’d found.
Issue 07: Louisiana
What extraordinary place could be beautiful, strong, and proud enough to serve as the grand finale for the mighty Mississippi River? Louisiana, of course. Only Louisiana with her impossibly gorgeous mix of people, language, nature, and history — and quilting traditions — could fulfill such a task.
Issue 10: Vermont
In Issue 10, Quiltfolk is taking you to see quilts in the green mountains and exquisite forests of Vermont.People want what Vermont’s got. And what it’s got is world-famous fall foliage, buckets of New England charm (and maple syrup), more than a few Jersey cows, and enough peace and quiet for a quilter to sit and sew awhile. There’s so much quilted beauty to discover in the Green Mountain State. We’re proud to bring you the best of it in our 10th issue
Issue 11: Southern California
Grab your sunglasses. Grab some avocados. Grab that Map of the Stars and hop into the nearest convertible because we’re going to Southern California! In Issue 11 you’re going to meet remarkable people who live, work, and sew in sunny “SoCal,” the land of orange groves, naval bases, and year-round sunshine. (Southern Californians are so nice, it’s actually hard to be jealous about that last thing.) See you on the beach!
Issue 12: Kentucky
It’s the land of folk music, award-winning bourbon, a world-famous horse race, and quilts that could stack as high as the Appalachian Mountains. It’s Kentucky, of course! In each issue, Quiltfolk takes you on a roadtrip to see incredible quilts and meet remarkable quilters and quilt lovers, always against a different, gorgeous American backdrop. Well, “gorgeous” might be an understatement when you’re talking about Kentucky. The hills, valleys, and pretty red-brick houses in the city of Louisville paint a picture of the truly triple-crown state.
Beyond being a place of casseroles and hockey, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is also home to many talented quilters living their own version of the good life. For Rose Marie Werner, this means studying her favorite topic: vintage quilt kits; for longarm quilter Karen McTavish, it’s sharing what she knows; for immigrant Suzanne Thao, the good life means passing on an important appliqué tradition. What’s your idea of the good life? Picture it in your mind — but first, let’s see how they do things in Minnesota.