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RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases. 

This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction!  This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.

Meet "Mr. Pineapple" by Gyleen Fitzgerald

Gyleen writes,

"When asked to make Rare Science Bear that represented me as a quilt artist, I knew it had to be a pineapple bear. Since the launch of Pineapple Tool by Gyleen in 2005, I’ve been known for making and teaching Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts. True to the pineapple concept I upcycled the materials. The embroidered pineapple on the center square was cut from a linen bread cloth. I used Peppered Shot Cottons strips and leftovers to complete the pineapple block and to color block my bear. The ribbon was from a lovely gift I received last year. I wanted to infuse as much color and playfulness into the bear as possible. Mr. Pineapple makes me smile. You’re going to love him, bid high."

Star Members can watch Gyleen in Show 1403: Build Beautiful Quilts with Butterfly Seams.

 

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Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern, and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children's books.

An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pinapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.

She has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.

For Gyleen, dreams hold no limits. Ray, her husband, is her shining light and quilting is her passion; together they color her world in a very special way.

Gyleen is a Philadelphia, PA, native who spent her formative years in Taiwan and Japan.

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"Magical Moments in Time" is a stunning kaleidoscope quilt by Lois Podolny. The largest kaleidoscope in the center has over 800 individually cut pieces of fabric. Lois then repeated the kaleidoscope design with her quilting. Lois' quilt took 2nd place, Innovative Pieced, in the 2014 IQA Judged Show.

Star Members can watch Lois is Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends.

MagicalMomentsinTimebyLoisPodolny - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

MagicalMomentsinTimebyLoisPodolny - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

MagicalMomentsinTimebyLoisPodolny - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

MagicalMomentsinTimebyLoisPodolny - 36 Pieces Rotating

MagicalMomentsinTimebyLoisPodolny - 100 Pieces Rotating

MagicalMomentsinTimebyLoisPodolny - 289 Pieces Rotating

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"Magical Moments in Time" is a stunning kaleidoscope quilt by Lois Podolny. The largest kaleidoscope has over 800 individually cut pieces of fabric. Lois then repeated the kaleidoscope design with her quilting. Lois' quilt took 2nd place, Innovative Pieced, in the 2014 IQA Judged Show.

Star Members can watch Lois is Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends.

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RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases. 

This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction!  This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.

Meet "Bojagi Bear" by Youngmin Lee

She writes,

"Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloth, carries wishes for the well-being and happiness of its recipients. I appreciate the beauty that comes as a result from the long and slow process of hand stitching. As a Bojagi artist, I hope I can put my wishes and heartfelt thoughts on my RARE bear. Many pieces of small fabrics and many different stitches all carry good wishes and this bear can comfort whoever receives it. I included three bat figures on the belly of the bear as bats are symbols of happiness."

Star Members can watch Youngmin in Show 1703: Quilting the Bones & Beyond.

 

 

 

 

Youngmin Lee is a Korean textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area USA. With a BA in Clothing and Textile and an MFA in Fashion Design, Youngmin has presented numerous workshops on Korean Textile Arts including workshops at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Richmond Art Center, Mendocino Art Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California.  

Youngmin’s bojagi works were shown at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (2005, 2016), Bojagi show at the Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton CA (2012, 2015), Korea Bojagi Forum in Jeju and Seoul in Korea (2014), Hands of Korea in Romania (2015) and The Natural Dye Showcase in Mendocino Art Center CA (2015).

 

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Nancy was kind enough to send us photos of some her exceptional work to share with you. But once you've seen her quilts in person, you'll understand that these photos just don't do them justice.

Star Members can watch Nancy in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends along with her BFF, Lois Podolny.

In this show Nancy and Lois each share a technique for machine quilting. Lois gives you a clever way to quilt concentric circles in metallic thread and Nancy walks you through her machine quilting process, offering advice from preparing your sewing machine and work area, through proper bobbin winding and making sample thread sandwiches.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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What are you going to do on the back of your Rajah Revisited quilt? Brenda Dean (she had the pattern prior to release to TQS.) chose to make her back as interesting as her front. We thought it was amazing and you could use all of the historical tidbits we have been providing to do something similar.
 
 
Brenda wrote to Lilo,
 
I completed my quilt top some weeks ago and then set about making the backing for the quilt. I felt that the story had to be told and should form part of my quilt. I printed the fourteen panels of text that Lessa [our TQS BOM 2016 designer] forwarded to you onto printable fabric then tea dyed it to give it an antique look. The panels are bordered with some Jinny Beyer border fabric and I have used antique looking tone on tone for the rest of the background.

I created the wording on the panels in my own style using information from many sources. My main source was the book 'Patchwork Prisoners' by Trudy Cowley & Dianne Snowden from Research Tasmania along with details of female prisoners listed on their website. I contacted them before making the quilt back and they gave me permission to use the information.
 

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Follow along with Jen from Shabby Fabrics and see how she uses English Paper Piecing to create these fun Christmas ornaments!
 
 

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We all have them, disaster stories.  Everything from sewing your clothing to your quilt to having the dog eat your batting. The CreativeBug Blog shared some of their best. Do any of these stories sound familiar? Let's have TQS come up with our own list.  Answer question number one in the box below (don't enter it into the comments) and we will compile our own list of disasters to share with you.

 

(photo: CreativeBug)

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RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases. 

This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction!  This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.

Meet "Wooly Bear" by Allie Aller

Star Members can watch Allie in Show 1906: Crazy for Crazy Quilts.

Allie writes,

I love working with hand dyed wool, and was certain that this rich and cozy fabric would make a sweet and cuddly bear for the auction.

I cut each bear pattern piece out from muslin and crazy pieced each with wool scraps from my collection, adding hand embroidery along the seams, as is traditional in crazy quilting.  When all the pieces were ready, I assembled my bear, stuffed it, and then very carefully added the facial features. Did you notice his eyes?  They were made using silk flowers and buttons.

A matching little quilt accompanies Wooly Bear to keep him cozy, to sit on or wrap up in. He looks forward to being a part of your family.

Allie is a lifelong and passionate quilter. Her explorations in crazy quilting have led to a Craftsy class on the subject and two books with C & T Publishing.  Her latest book with them, due in February 2017, is Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined. This genre in quilting has been a love of hers for 20 years, and she is thrilled to share all her original techniques and discoveries in design.  She lives in the country in Washington state with her (still) adorable husband of 35 years, where their two grown sons are a source of immeasurable pride and joy.

 

 

 

Visit her blog at http://alliesinstitches.blogspot.com/ and "Friend" her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/allison.aller.

 

Click here for links to see more Celebrity RARE Bears.

 

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RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases. 

This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction!  This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.

Meet "Rebel For a Cause" by Jamie Fingal

Star Members can watch Jamie in Show 1702: Rebel with a Cause.

Rebel is bold, colorful, and whimsical, just like Jamie. Rebel isn't so much about perfection as she is about having fun in her work. Jamie desiged the fabric and had it printed via Spoonflower just for this project. 

Rebel features Jamie's trademark designs and even has her name "tattooed" on her side. There is a red zipper with aluminum teeth hand sewn on his back, just to remind you who she is.

Jamie says:
"This RARE bear really struck a chord for me personally, because our oldest son was diagnosed with a rare cancer in June of this year. Every time I pulled out a seam or got frustrated with the pattern, I thought of him and his struggle, so I forged ahead to finish the bear.

I dedicate this project to my son, Dan, with love".

She might be a little bit wild, but this "Rebel for a cause" would feel right at home in your studio.

Jamie Fingal is a contemporary quilt maker from Orange, California. She primarily makes whimsical art quilts for the wall. She is also a fabric designer with RJR Fabrics, and the author of Embellished Mini Quilts.  Jamie is one half of the curating team of Dinner at Eight Artists with artist Leslie Tucker Jenison. She has been a guest on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show. She has two DVDs with F&W.

 

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