Sandra Leichner is going to kick off Series 1700 (Episode 1701: The Appliqué Doctor is In) in July and she has quite a reputation: every quilt she has ever entered into a show has won Best of Show.  Join us for a little bit of fun with Sandra on the set between tapings.

Click here for Sandra's Website.



Coming to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles:

An Event with Margaret Fabrizio: An Adventurous Life
Sunday, June 14, 2 - 4PM

Spend a fun afternoon with artist Margaret Fabrizio.

Join Margaret Fabrizio as she traces her adventures in quilt making, her discovery of kawandi, and participate in the unveiling of her most recent work, "In Fuller Bloom." Using her entertaining self-directed videos of previous quilt unveilings and travel adventures, Margaret will reveal how a concert harpsichordist became an award-winning quilt maker and artist.

This is one event you won't want to miss!

$20 Members/$40 Non-members/$25 Seniors and Students

(Quilt: Blue Bicycle by Margaret Fabrizio 2012)

Also, Don't Miss!

Kawandi Adventure: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio

March 7, 2015 - July 5, 2015

Here's what the museum says about the exhibit:

Inspired by a 2011 exhibition of kawandi at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Fabrizio was compelled to learn more about the Siddi women of Karnataka, India, who had created the dazzlingly colorful quilts (kawandi). In 2012, the artist spent two weeks in India, learning from the Siddi women their kawandi style of hand sewing quilts. After returning to her home to San Francisco, Fabrizio created twenty kawandi style quilts from scraps and recycled clothing she collected in India. She then returned to Karnataka, taking some of her work to show the women at their monthly meeting. They were impressed and delighted. Many of the kawandi on display were created especially for this exhibition.

Now for Margaret's other claim to fame. She is a well known harpsichord player.


Karen Stone's, Indian Orange Peel, received the People's Choice Award at Quilt National '95.  Want to see Karen in action? Star Members can watch her in Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways.

IndianOrangePeelbyKarenStone - 36 pieces non-rotating

IndianOrangePeelbyKarenStone - 100 pieces non-rotating

IndianOrangePeelbyKarenStone - 289 pieces non-rotating

IndianOrangePeelbyKarenStone - 100 pieces rotating

IndianOrangePeelbyKarenStone - 289 pieces rotating

(Original Photo: Gregory Case)




Woohoo! Ricky is very excited to announce two wonderful events happening in La Veta, CO, in June.  Mark your calendars and plan a visit to his unique mountain town to see a local production of "The Quilters" and a special exhibition of quilts by world-renown quilters such as David Taylor, Alex Anderson, Libby Lehman, and Ricky himself.  The exhibition is from a private collection belonging to Ricky and Justin.  

(Quilt: Bohemian Rhapsody by Ricky Tims)

For tickets to "The Quilters," click here to contact the La Veta Theater.  There's even a special quilt, used in the play and being raffled, made by members of the Colorado Quilting Council!

Click here to sign up for Ricky's newsletter and more information.

For exhibition details, including dates, times, and featured artists, click here.




It's an exciting year for Road to California.  Since the conclusion of the 2015 show, the staff has been working on 2016, addressing all of your questions, comments, and concerns. They are very happy to announce their new website! Although not active yet, they are excited that it will be easily maneuverable and user friendly. They are also working on providing more information up front.  Stay tuned!

Also new - The Road to California Bag Challenge, sponsored by ByAnnie.com!

Here's what Road says,

We are introducing a Great New Challenge using Road to California's 20th Anniversary commemorative fabrics to encourage creativity, and the talent and skills of bag and purse makers and designers. Make a purse - any size or style - using your own design or a commercial pattern or book. You can add other fabrics, zippers, embellishments, hardware or stabilizers. Use your imagination to jazz it up as you wish. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1000 will be awarded by Road to California and ByAnnie's Soft and Stable. The winners and a few additional selected entries will be displayed at Road to California's 2016 show.


Click here to get the official rules and entry form!


Click here to buy our heavy weight Ivory fabric!


And don't forget about your quilts. Want to enter your quilt into Road to California?


Click here for 2016 Official Rules, Regulations and Contest Entry!



A fascinating new exhibit is now showing at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.  From May through August 16, 2015, China Through the Looking Glass explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.


From the Met:


From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.


The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.



Click here to watch a tour of the exhibit.


Evening coat, ca. 1925 
Silk, fur, metal 
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Robert S. Kilborne, 1958 (2009.300.259) 
Photography © Platon



Join LUKE Haynes for a three-part Silhoucat Quilt Along at WeAllSew.com. Learn a really nice way to combine piecing with easy appliqué.  Take a basic half-square triangle pattern and add appliqué on top to make a great keepsake or quick gift for the cat lover in your life.



Star Members can watch LUKE in Episode 1102:  Super Quilts from Salvaged Duds.




Reptile Wisdom uses an expanded two-color palette, English paper piecing by machine, paper foundation piecing, and machine appliqué. Karen insists on using 100% natural fibers in her batting.  Reptile Wisdom won first place in the Traditional Pieced category at IQA Houston, 2014.

Star Members can watch Karen in Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways.

(Photo: Gregory Case)


Lea McComas (Episode 1609) shows you how to remove the Gutta from your project, and she creates a very clever iron surface using a family memento that is both practical and easy to assemble.

Plus, she also shares some clever ideas for continuing the creativity with your completed Batik work.

Don't forget to post your Work in Progress by June 8, as we will be holding the drawing to win a set of Dye-Na-Flow dyes.  We will announce the winner on June 15!



Cutting stripes on the bias can be frustrating when you want everything to line up perfectly.  We found a very helpful tutorial from Thought & Found.

Need more help?  Check out Anita Grossman Solomon's ideas for using stripes and how to make them perfectly.

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