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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!

 

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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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Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Is there something about piano playing and quilting? Ricky and quilter Karen Stone are both amazing pianists as well as quilters! (They’re both Texans, too.) Karen’s background includes classical training and being surrounded by engineers, which might explain her incredible precision and love of complex work. Her latest technique is an adaptation of English Paper Piecing that doesn’t require hand piecing and includes curves! Karen demonstrates her fascinating style, which combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching. You will be amazed, and so was the studio audience, which had loads of questions for her.

Karen mentioned a quilt that inspired her, owned by quilt curator Julie Silber, so we went in search of Julie, and were rewarded with a tour of her antique quilt collection. You’ll love it!

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The website and presentation of these quilts are also elegant. Take a look at quilts that were made to be works of art when other forms of art were hard for women to enter.

Currently on exhibit at the DAR Museum is Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia. The museum is sharing a sneak peak online.  The exhibit runs through September 5, 2015 and is divided into four sections:  Applique, Pieced, Albums, and Migration. The exhibition will introduce visitors to a little known history of early American quilts. Eye on Elegance looks at quilts and their makers from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860.
 
"These aren't the typical quilts that you would find in your family's cedar chest. These are really outstanding examples of design...what you are seeing in this exhibit are the masterpieces of these women."

-- Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, DAR Museum Director
 
The DAR Museum
 
Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday closed

 

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Karen Stone is on the set with Alex and Ricky where she demonstrates her latest technique for English Paper Piecing, which doesn't require hand piecing or curves.  Her new method combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching.  Suffice it to say, the studio audience was amazed, and you will be too!

Episode 1611 - New Methods & Old Ways debuts Monday, May 25, 2015.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection is currently on exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through July 19, 2015.

From the Legion of Honor:

Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections. These fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century. High Style, presented exclusively on the West Coast at the Legion of Honor, provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than 60 stunning costumes, 30 costume accessories, and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

To see a preview of this fabulous exhibit, click here.

 
 
 
Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble, spring/summer 1983. Brown and pink silk taffeta; pink silk organza. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1991. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Is there something about piano playing and quilting? Ricky and quilter Karen Stone are both amazing pianists as well as quilters! (They’re both Texans, too.) Karen’s background includes classical training and being surrounded by engineers, which might explain her incredible precision and love of complex work. Her latest technique is an adaptation of English Paper Piecing that doesn’t require hand piecing and includes curves! Karen demonstrates her fascinating style, which combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching. You will be amazed, and so was the studio audience, which had loads of questions for her. Karen mentioned a quilt that inspired her, owned by quilt curator Julie Silber, so we went in search of Julie, and were rewarded with a tour of her antique quilt collection. You’ll love it!

Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways debuts on Monday, May 25, 2015.

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The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show began when its founder, Jean Wells Keenan, hung a dozen quilts made by her students outside her quilt shop on a Saturday in July.  From that humble beginning has grown the largest outdoor quilt show in the world.  On the second Saturday in July, it will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

Events include:

Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll: Fiber artists from around Central Oregon demonstrate, exhibit, and sell their work.

Quilters Affair: Workshops, classes, and events produced by The Stitchin' Post during Mon.-Fri. of quilt week, prior to the annual quilt show.

40th Anniversary Ruby Celebration: On Wed., July 8, 5:30-8 pm, celebrate with quilters from around the world, including special guests the Quilters of Gee's Bend (ticket required).

Honored Quilters - 40th Anniversary: SOQS teamed with Island Batik to shine a spotlight on 29 quilters who have received special recognition as featured quilter, inspirational instructor, machine quilter of the year, or Quilt Show Sunday lecturer.

And, of course, the fabulous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show itself on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

 

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Wild Women Don't Get the Blues is a great quilt by Karen Stone that features fabulous color and design choices.  Star Members can discover more about Karen and her "other" talents in Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways which debuts, Monday, May 25, 2015.

(original photo by Gregory Case)

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 36 pieces non-rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 100 pieces non-rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 289 pieces non-rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 100 pieces rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 289 pieces rotating

 

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Patsy Thompson is a great teacher and a good friend of TQS. Learn how to create a Machine Quilted Feather border.

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