Ricky Talks to Libby During his Concert in Paducah



As promised, here are just a few of the award-winning quilts from AQS Paducah 2015.  Stay tuned for more.

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Best of Show

Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin have captured Best of Show at Paducah 2015 with Majestic Mosaic. Ricky grabbed a quick picture during the ceremony.  Renae will be featured in Episode 1613 coming this June.  Click here to see more images of the quilt.

Click here to see complete list of winners and additional photos.


Janet Stone (our BOM 2014 Designer and Episode 1401 guest) won TWO awards.

2nd Place for A Letter Bit of Baaltimore and 3rd Place for Letter Carriers.


And congratulations to the Amazing Eight and Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream which won 2nd place in the group category. Click here to learn more about the quilt.




TQS Current Show
With Lea McComas

Show 1609 - Transforming Quilts from Real Life

A Day of Thread Play
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Fun Projects

Margaret Miller (Episode 401) shows you how to create many variations throughout a quilt, using just one four-patch block.

Jan Krentz (Episode 1103) demonstrates how to work with and create usual designs using fabric with stripes.

Join the Strip Club...for quilters! Daniela Stout (Episode 1110) shares how fast and easy it is to go from a strip-sewn tube to quilt blocks.

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Episode 1609: Transforming Quilts From Real Life

Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Fiber Artist, Teacher and Author Lea McComas (Episode 1609) shows how she transforms her love of travel, faces and historical images into works of art. Her photo images are manipulated via cropping, tweaking value and color, and even using gray scale. From designing, constructing, and on through intricate stitch work, Lea changes plain fabrics into realistic and vivid images. She also shares some of the antique textiles she picked up in her travels.

Plus, a bonus! Alex offers a clever method for facing a quilt while adding a built-in sleeve. This is a great technique for smaller quilts, when a common binding is too much.

Get a copy of Lea's new book Thread-Painted Portraits.  Available in the TQS Shoppe while supplies last!


Turkey Part 1: Istanbul and Food

Glass Lantern in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo by Austin Bowman)

Turkey is a feast for the senses for any new visitor. Tulips originated in Turkey and their images have been found in artwork as far back as the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul, our first destination, is home to over 15 million inhabitants, with a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds. It is the only city in the world that sits on two continents:  Asia and Europe. It is also usually the first destination for visitors to Turkey and offers plethora of museums, historic buildings, shops and restaurants to easily fill a week-long visit.  As you journey around the city with us, we also will also show you some of the interesting and delicious foods we tasted.  If you enjoy cooking, you might want to try to make a dessert called Künefe.  Look for the recipe and more information on our Projects page here.

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Portrait Quilts with Lea McComas

Join Lea McComas (Episode 1609) as she walks you through the process of creating a portrait quilt of your own.  With only a few simple supplies, you can begin the class right away.  Lea also discusses what to look for when selecting a photo for your portrait.

Look What We Found!

Who knew that you could create appliqué fabric using crayons?  Let Terrie Kygar show you her amazing melt-and-blend technique.

Current Exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Plus Spring Appeal

Listed below are the current exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. They run through July 5, 2015.  

The mission of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is to promote and celebrate the art, creators, craft, and history of quilts and textiles. It is the first museum in the United States to focus exclusively on quilts and textiles as an art form.  As with many museums, it depends on your support to keep its doors open.  The museum is currently trying to raise $75,000 as part of its Spring Appeal.  Help make a large impact in the quilt and textile community by donating now.
A Common Thread - the artwork of seventeen contemporary artists from across the United States who examine, and sometimes subvert, the centuries-old tradition of needlework. 
Kawandi Adventure: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio - View Margaret's Kawandi-style quilts made from scraps and recycled clothing she collected in India.
Bedouin Textiles from the Collection of Robert and Joy Totah Hilden - learn about the rich woven history of the Arab nomads who have inhabited the Arabian Peninsula and elsewhere for millennia.
(Photo: Ten Thousand French Knots, 2010 (detail)
by Jeana Eve Klein
Cotton, 10,000 hand-stitched French Knots
Photo credit: Jenna Eve Klein )

520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Tel: 408.971.0323, Fax: 408.971.7226
e-mail: info@sjquiltmuseum.org

Museum and Museum Store Hours:
Wednesday to Friday 12pm – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2:00pm; 2:30 – 5:00pm
First Friday of every month: Pay what you can 12 – 7pm and free 7pm – 9pm
(Except January and July)

The Museum is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.
The Museum is closed on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 2:30pm for staff meal break.

General: $8.00
Seniors and Students with ID: $6.50
Member and children 12 and under: Free

"Quiltonomics: The Real Cost of Quilts" by Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore has written a very interesting article about the real cost of quilting and the business behind it.  This article is packed with information about the quilting industry, the cost of "hand-made," and it discusses whether it is worth it to go into the "business" of quilting.  It's a long one, so sit back with your cup of coffee and learn more about your "hobby."

Click on "Learn More" to read the article.


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