On this day in 1985, Lynette Woodard (born in Wichita, Kansas in 1959) became the first woman to join the Harlem Globetrotters. Woodard helped her team win two state basketball titles in high school, and in college at the University of Kansas, she was a four-time All-American athlete. She was a member of the 1984 U. S. women’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Woodard coached for a time and now works as a financial consultant in Wichita.

Sondra Millard, also born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, made this quilt, titled “The Land of Oz,” in 2012 for the Quilt Alliance’s “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest. Millard wrote in her artist’s statement:

“It was an easy decision to portray everything I love about being a Kansas girl in fabric. Our crazy weather, skies that go on forever, sunflowers waving from the side of the road and of course the wheat fields as the wind ripples across them. Kansas is home. It’s where I learned to quilt at the age of 9 on snowy days in a small-town country school.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynette_Woodard


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
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How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at: qsos@quiltalliance.org

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!

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