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Spring is in the air! My heart sings, because I know my best friend is waiting for our arrival at the front gate.  Butch, the black dog, with his wonky ears and a little heart tag, is so pleased to see us.  Mr. Bird is sitting on Butch’s back, hoping that Mrs. Bird will notice him.

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TQS caught up with Maura Ambrose of FolkFibers.com at QuiltCon 2015.  She spent a few minutes with us talking about her traditional roots and their modern interpretation, a collaboration with the singer, John Mayer, and riding on the artisan train.

 

Maura was educated in Textile Design + Fiber Arts, at Savannah College of Art & Design.  She worked for a few years in preschools, on a couple organic farms, and then spent some time traveling America. Her goal is to share the craft and folklore that prevails around natural dyes and quilting.  She uses natural dyes (which she grows organically) in the making of her quilts and uses both vintage and new materials.  Maura uses 100% natural fibers and favors solid colors for their timeless appeal.  She also hand quilts all her quilts. Maura says it takes more time, but she feels the results are greater and more valuable than a manufactured quilt.

Visit Maura's website, www.FolkFibers.com.

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The folks at Superior Threads love their product...maybe a little bit too much...

Does your Mom love Superior too?  Why not give her a Superior gift certificate for Mother's Day?

And they are having a Facebook contest, but you can use e-mail as well.

Fun contest: Take a picture of the most unique way you can drop the hint that you'd like Superior Threads for Mother's Day and post it to their Facebook Page (or email it to info@superiorthreads.com and they will post it). The photos posted by Wednesday, May 6th will be considered for one of three $50 gift certificate prizes. Multiple entries accepted. 

 

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Fern Rising, by Claudia Pfeil, won 3rd Place for Large Wall Quilts, Longarm Machine Quilted, at AQS Paducah.

FernRisingbyClaudiaPfeil - 36 pieces non-rotating

FernRisingbyClaudiaPfeil - 100 pieces non-rotating

FernRisingbyClaudiaPfeil - 289 pieces non-rotating

FernRisingbyClaudiaPfeil - 100 pieces rotating

FernRisingbyClaudiaPfeil - 289 pieces rotating

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Let's wrap up the week with Part 3 of Award-Winning Quilts from AQS Paducah 2015.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

 

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BERNINA has over 75 presser feet and accessories.  Would you like to learn how to use them? Susan Beck, whom you've met in our online BERNINA educational videos, is having a "Feet Retreat."

Expand your creative horizons, enrich your sewing experience, and produce better results by learning to use the right tools for the sewing task at hand. Enjoy hands-on sewing with a wide variety of BERNINA presser feet, plus see live demonstrations and inspiring applications of various presser feet and accessories. July 21 - 23, 2015. 
 
 

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Just in time for Mother's Day, here is a quick project to warm her heart...and her neck!  Spoonflower crew member Teri shares her tutorial for a soothing neck pillow with a removable cover.

 

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Libby "returns to Paducah" as she shares FaceTime with Ricky during his annual concert.

 

 

 

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