For those who might be travelling near northern Illinois from July1 - September 30, you might want to check out a six county quilt fest going on called Northern Illinois Quilt Fest. The web site is calling it From Barns to Bedcovers and it tell about the festivities going on in each county during these months. It really does look interesting and if your down that way, visit their site and make a plan.
Annemarie of GenX Quilters has a great blog aimed at the newer quilter perhaps or a young audience but this old quilters found it a great site to visit. Thats the great thing about quilting I think, it's really ageless. GenX has a whole lot of information to offer. The first thing I noticed was the blog about The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. This lady used to live in California and now lives in southwestern Wisconsin. She does presentations about her book and blocks so that's interesting...maybe an invite up North!
GenX Quilters also has great tutorials and she has a 57 block library that links to all these wonderful blocks around the web. I have to tell you about one that really caught my eye, the Twisted Cathedral Window by Krista of the Spotted Stone. This looks so different and what a neat hand project for the summer so please go check out her blog. I'm planning on checking out all 57 when I find the time!
I also enjoyed the Sometimes Crafter. Christina has a blog with many interests and I enjoyed her pattern page and her tutorials very much. Many of these are smaller, faster projects like a cottage mug rug, a Kindle case for those who use them, an egg cup pincushion and a crochet hook case. I'm thinking gift ideas...
One last place today was CraftBuds. Lindsay and Mary started this site to promote homegrown businesses and do a nice job of it in addition to have some great articles and tutorials of interest, I love the summer headbands project! If you want to learn how to promote your blog, this is a great place to find out.
This should keep you busy for a while but hopefully, not too long away from your quilting. diana