Turkeman Mother with Children is another fabulous thread-painted portrait by Lea McComas.

Star Members can watch Lea in Episode 1609: Transforming Quilts from Real Life debuting 4/27/2015.

Click here to visit Lea's Portrait Quilts classroom to learn how to make your own portrait quilt, or click on the picture below to purchase a copy of Lea's Book, Thread-Painted Portraits.

TurkemanMotherwithChildrenbyLeaMcComas - 36 pieces non-rotating

TurkemanMotherwithChildrenbyLeaMcComas - 100 pieces non-rotating

TurkemanMotherwithChildrenbyLeaMcComas - 300 pieces non-rotating

TurkemanMotherwithChildrenbyLeaMcComas - 100 pieces rotating

TurkemanMotherwithChildrenbyLeaMcComas - 300 pieces rotating




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


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.



Alex and Ricky are joined by fiber artist, teacher and author, Lea McComas.  She shows them how she transforms her love  of travel, faces, and historical images into works of art.  Lea changes plain fabrics into realistic and vivid images and shares her love of antique textiles that she has picked up in her travels.

Episode 1609: Transforming Quilts from Real Life debuts on Monday, April 27, 2015.

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Fiber Artist, Teacher and Author Lea McComas shows how she transforms her love of travel, faces and historical images into works of art. Her photo images are manipulated via cropping, changing 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.

Episode 1609 debuts on Monday, April 27, 2015.



It's Week 2 at the Scrap Plus Quilt Along with Faith Jones and WeAllSew.com.

This week it's time to put together the quilt top and to learn a bit about straight-line quilting.

Scrap Plus Quilt Along pattern by Faith JonesFresh Lemons Quilts.

Finished Size: 56” x 64”






AQS QuiltWeek® – Paducah, Kentucky begins today, 4/22, and runs through 4/25.  Will you be there?



Here is a list of the semi-finalists.  Is your name on the list?


While we wait to see who won this year, here are a few of the winners from last year.


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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the show teamed with Island Batik to honor 28 quilters. These quilters represent the best and most creative work throughout the show's 40 years.

The featured quilters are: Joanne Myers, Ruth Ingham, Delores Minson, Sally Hass, Jan Lau, Valori Wells Kennedy, Robin Ryan, Phyllis Johnson, Jean Wells Keenan, Donna Rice, Cathy Moen, Kristin Shields and Carol Webb.

The inspirational instructors are: Lawry Thorn, June Jaeger, Jackie Erickson, Ruth Ingram and Karla Alexander.

The machine quilters are: Lori Gailey, Cindy Young, Helen Brisson, Tammy MacArthur and Laura Simmons.

The Quilt Show Sunday lecturers are: Gwen Marston, Jean Wells Keenan, Elizabeth Hartman, Alissa Carlton and Angela Walters.

The honored quilters will be special guests at the Ruby Celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 8 at the Sisters High School Auditorium, 1700 McKinney Butte Road. For tickets and information visit www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org or call 541-549-0989.

The annual show will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 9am to 4pm in Sisters, Oregon.

Never been to Sisters? Enjoy this video from a previous show.


Kendra McCracken at Fiskars has come up with a cute way to turn old clothing into useable items.  In this tutorial she shows you how to make a pincushion and needle book using an old shirt and jeans.







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