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QuiltCon 2015 Modern Traditionalism - Part 1

Inspiration from traditional quilts was the catalyst for this category, Modern Traditionalism, at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin.  This is Part 1, stay tuned for Part 2.

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TQS Zoom Quilt - "Fancy Shawl Dancer" by Linda C. Anderson

Fancy Shawl Dancer was created by Linda C. Anderson and won 3rd Place: Art Pictorial at Road to California 2015.  It measures 41" x 57" and was completed in 2014.

Artist statement: Having seen local Indians dance with this eye-stopping dress and mesmerizing movement reflecting a butterfly, I knew I had to capture that feeling and motion. The dark sky makes me think of dream catchers in the Southwest, as well as Starry Night by Van Gogh. I used 100% cotton and hand painted all the fabric used. I machine stitched the raw-edged appliqué.

Click here to see the Zoom Quilt.

How a Pressing Sheet Can Save Your Project

How can you protect your finished sewing project when giving it the final pressing? BERNINA Brand Ambassador Diane Gloystein reveals her trick. Click here to see what you can learn from and Diane Gloystein.

Ten Questions with Anita Grossman Solomon

We put Anita Grossman Solomon on the spot in Houston for ten quick questions. 

Star Members can watch Anita in Episode 905: It Couldn't Be Simpler!

Lunch, Anyone?


Make it personalized and reusable. This little gem of a sandwich bag is sure to brighten any school lunch. 

Quilter's Quandary

     My Country Home by Lynette Anderson.  Photo by Gregory Case Photography

What's a quilter to do when the pattern directions call for 140  1 1/2" squares?  Call Mom and ask what she recommends.  That is exactly what TQS member donnamc did.   "Mom gave me a tip - first build strata and then cut them down from there.  Of course!"

  • There were 23 colors in the A's last month, so add one more color.
  • You will need 34 squares on each side and 36 squares top and bottom.
  • Cut a 9.5" strip of each at 1 1/2" wide, sew 12 together and trim into 6 strips of 1.5" each.
  • Repeat with the remaining 12 colors.
  • For the top and bottom, join 2 of the first set with 1 from the second set.
  • For the sides, remove one square from one of the strips.


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