A Quilt Scout Round-Up!

posted in: Quilting, The Quilt Scout, Work 3
Who’s that gal, sittin’ on a chair? It’s the Quilt Scout! It’s the Quilt Scout! Photo: Lucy Hewitt, 2018.



I have been a little relaxed about letting you all know when there’s a new Quilt Scout column up. But why?!

After all, this Scout continues to keep the home fires burning over there at Quilts, Inc., opining about all sorts of quilt-specific items twice a month. Besides, she’s been filing rather sparkling content of late, darnit. Most of the time, when I turn in my work to the (rakish) Bob G. and (steadfast) Rhianna G., I say, “This is my favorite column, yet, you guys!!” but lately, I’ve meant it even more.

If you go to the Quilts, Inc. Scout page, I guarantee you’ll find several pieces worth your time. What will likely show up first is my piece examining the similarity between music “zines” of the 1990s and the early publications of the late-20th-century American quilt revival. Fascinating stuff. The column I turned in last week might be up by the time you click, though, which is just as groovy: I offer tips for taking great quilt style photography. Trade secrets!? You bet.

Regardless of what comes up on the homepage, all my columns, most-recent first, are linked on the left of the page. These pieces shall surely provoke and entertain. Now, I mean “provoke” in a good way, as in “provoke thought” or “provoke reflection”, though I have been informed that several of my columns — presumably the post critiquing feminism/quilting and the one about the Smithsonian article — elicited angry letters! Yes! Several people were miffed and let their miffs be known in emails (okay, two) to my bosses. Well, I like that very much. Writing and/or reading about quilting shall never be dull because the quilt is alive and well and complicated. Let the discourse live!

See you at the Scout. And you know, speaking of feedback … If you like what you read and want the Scout to keep scouting — forever in service to you — let Quilts, Inc. know. We all need a little encouragement, even a fearless scout.

3 Responses

  1. Cari Goode
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    Why, that’s my favorite Quilt Scout I’ve read too! In fact, I’d like to hear more! I was just settling in for a fun read when all of a sudden… it was done. Mary, will you write more about the zines? Pretty please with cream and sugar on top?

  2. Mary Spriet
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    I loved the Smithsonian article! Spot on… some people just write the article without understanding the topic. …. such as, don’t call a quilt a blanket! On our local “Create” TV station, which I love, their advertisements were mention all the variety of creative shows. When they mentioned quilting, they held up a knitted afghan!! Geez, I wanted to scream, and I may have voiced a bad word or two at the TV….. I do think journalism is there to inform us & make us think of things we otherwise wouldn’t. I like being informed and I enjoy your articles.

  3. Ann Ragsdale
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    Thanks for posting this reminder. I have enjoyed reading the Quilt Scouts that I obviously have missed for a long time. You write on such interesting topics.

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