A Visit to Sil Thread - Notions Galore in NYC

While visiting "Quilters Take Manhattan 2015," Mary Kay stopped by this amazing notions shop, Sil Thread.  If you can't find what you need here, you don't need it.

Address: 257 W 38th St #1, New York, NY 10018


9/26/2015: It was Ricky's day at Quilters Take Manhattan 2015.  He was the keynote speaker and his topic was "Let the Art Find You."  He talked about his first career as a musician and how he found joy in quilting.  He encouraged the audience to take risks with their work and provided advice on achieving  personal goals.  Most importantly he told the audience, be in the business of "doing," don't dilly-dally, just get started on that quilt and see where it takes you.

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9/ 25/2015:  TQS went to Mood in NYC today.  If you are a fan of Project Runway, you've heard about this fabulous fabric shop.  You'll want to visit and then maybe walk a few doors down to have a bit of fun at the Stitch Bar.

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Want to see inside the  REAL store?

The store has over 40,000 square feet of space on 37th street in New York and is chock full of the latest in designer fabrics, embellishments, and notions.  As one Mood client said, "If you can't find it (fabric) at Mood, it doesn't exist!"  This is not a "quilt shop" but a great place to explore possibilities beyond that of everyday cotton. Come and get your Mood on!

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Love the store? You'll want to watch Episode 508: Paula at the American Folk Art Museum.  At the end of the episode, featuring Paula's exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum, she takes TQS on a tour of the NY Garment District, including a trip to Mood Fabrics.  It's a tour that includes all the fabric and embellishments any quilter would love.


9/25/2015:  TQS is in New York to visit Quilters Take Manhattan, a Quilt Alliance annual event.  Ricky Tims was the Keynote speaker.

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Shahzia Sikander studied the art of Indo-Persian painting and has used it as a springboard for her own unique works.  As an artist she is continuously inspired by works created 500 years ago, as well as by the works of other artists. Follow Shahzia as she takes us on a tour of miniature paintings that inspire her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new season of The Art Project.

Watch for the gorgeous designs on the carpets and walls in the paintings.

Pat Holly (Episode 608) has embraced working in miniature with equally stunning results in fabric.  The detail on "Imagining India" is a feast for the eyes.  The work was done with a steady hand on her BERNINA, with tweezers, fine thread and luscious silks fabrics! The quilt won Best Wall Quilt at AQS Paducah in 2012.

In show 608, Pat shows Ricky how to apply and build the red and blue bird at the lower portion of this image.

(Photo by Jane Sassaman)

What's a quilter to do when she discovers that she does not have enough trim for a show quilt?

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Photo by Gregory Case Photography

 Come join us as we make Blooms For Julie, our dazzling Summertime Quilt Project. Click here for more info.


TQS Current Show
With Deb Tucker / Carrie Bloomston

Show 1707 - Tricks and Tools of the Trade

Sometimes you just need to finish that quilt. Julie has a quick method for sewing your binding by machine.  Stay tuned until the end for her bonus tip!

Want to learn more about binding?  Julie has more to share in her classroom.


A New 2 Hour Class For You! Feather Fundamentals

FREE for Star Members! Renae Allen demonstrates how to quilt essential feather patterns, with nine basic but gorgeous designs found on the Skillbuilder 2 practice panel.  Renae has designed a "Practice Panel"  to help you improve your technique by tracing the designs.The practice panels are available to anyone.



Learn Quilt Block Names With This Fun Game

Do you know the name of this block? Jinny's game will help you learn.



Latest Quilt Puzzle

"Circular Emotions" is a "Double Vision" quilt from Louisa Smith. Star Members can watch Louisa in Show 1705: Louisa Smith's Double Vision.

(original photo by Gregory Case)

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"Infinite Variety" - Exhibit Catalog Now Available

 When "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" was on exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, everyone entered the room in a state of awe.  Jaws dropped and all eyes went up to look at the exquisite quilts hanging from the ceiling.  Now the long-awaited exhibit catalog is available from the American Folk Art Museum.

Click here to order.


Here's the information from the museum:

This long-awaited catalog celebrates the American Folk Art Museum's unprecedented 2011 exhibition "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts." The book offers an opulent presentation of more than 650 red and white quilts from the collection of Joanna S. Rose with inspiring craftsmanship and composition, a history of red and white quilts, rare perspectives on the exhibition, and a pattern index. An essential volume for every quilter or quiltmaker, it also offers unique and extraordinary insight into the spirit of creativity and design. By Elizabeth V. Warren with Maggi Gordon; Preface by Anne-Imelda Radice, PhD; Foreword by Martha Stewart; and contributions from Stacy C. Hollander and Tom Hennes. Principal photography by Gavin Ashworth. Quilts from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. New York: Skira/Rizzoli in association with American Folk Art Museum, 2015. 352 pages, 675 color illustrations, 9 x 11 inches.

Click here to see a slide show of some of the quilts.

Go Tell It at the Quilt Show: Bill Volckening and Polyester Quilts

The Alliance for American Quilts invited collector Bill Volckening to talk about one of the quilts from his collection of polyester quilts while at QuiltCon 2015.

"Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!" is a Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather.

RJR Fabrics: FREE "Point of View" Pattern

Here's a simple pattern from RJR that utilizes your striped fabric and decorative machine stitches to create a beautiful quilt.


Alex Talks About Soft Wool Batting from Quilters Select

Alex talks about the luscious feel of Soft Wool Batting from Quilters Select.

Alex's thimble is from Thimbles by TJ Lane. It is known as the "Alex," of course, and is silver with a garnet. 

Click here to learn more about Quilters Select Soft Wool Batting.

One-of-a-Kind Experience at the American Folk Art Museum

Members of the Quilt Alliance were given a private tour of quilts at the American Folk Art Museum as part of "Quilters Take Manhattan 2015."  This was a one-of-a-kind experience, and not to be missed. Most of the quilts had a political message, as quilts were one way women were allowed to express their patriotic and political preferences.

The lighting was kept dim as a means of protecting the quilts.  We have made some adjustments to the images to allow for better viewing.

Thank you to the American Folk Art Museum and the Alliance for American Quilts for making this possible.


A Statewide Shop Hop? Visit Oregon and Have a Ball!

Did you ever feel the need to shop an entire state for fabric and supplies?  Now is your chance. Pack your car and grab a passport, as 21 independent shops and several bonus Oregon attractions are taking part.  Have your passport stamped at each shop and collect a FREE pattern and the fabric to complete a 6" block.

The Hop begans October 3 and runs through October 24, 2015. For more info, go to www.StitchesShopHops.com.

The state is divided into four "zones."  Here is an example of one zone. Complete one or more zones to win prizes!


  •        Bolts To Blocks, Albany
  •        Boersma's Sewing Center, McMinnville
  •        Grandma's Attic, Dallas
  •        Greenbaum's Quilted Forest, Salem
  •        Quilt 'n' Stitch, Stayton
  •        The Cotton Patch, Keizer
  •        Stretch & Sew Fabrics, Keizer
  •        Quiltwork Patches, Corvallis

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