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





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!



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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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.


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


Here are just a few of the award-winning quilts from AQS Paducah 2015.  Stay tuned for more.

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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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