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This fun quilt was discovered at QuiltCon 2015.  Here's what the artist, Allison Chambers has to say about The Conan Quilt:

"I've been a fan of Conan O'Brien and his late night comedy since I was a teenager.  While watching his show I noticed a lot of his fans make artwork using his likeness and present it to him.  That's when the idea to make a Conan quilt hit me!  I took his logo, enlarged it and overlayed a grid so I could create his patchwork orange hair.  After sewing the patchwork, I cut out the outline of the hair and appliquéd it to the face and background.  The back of the quilt includes the words "TEAM COCO." I hope to make a trip to California to give it to him in person."

Click here to learn more about Allison, who is a preservation architect by day and a quilter by night.  Allison's blog is www.downtownquilter.com.

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 36 pieces non-rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 100 pieces non-rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 289 pieces non-rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 100 pieces rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 289 pieces rotating

 

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QuiltCon 2015 had a Charity Quilt Challenge. Many of the Modern Quilt Guilds worked collaboratively to create quilts using a predetermined color palette and alternate grid work design. The quilts were sewn in their entirety by each guild (from design and piecing through quilting and binding) to produce complete twin-sized quilts. The quilts were displayed in  QuiltCon lecture halls. After QuiltCon they will be donated to a children’s shelter in the guild’s local community.  Here a just a few of the quilts.  What a great way to decorate and donate all at the same time!

 To see more charity quilts, click here.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 

 

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This quilt from the Minimalist Design category at QuiltCon 2015, is Modern Mojo 2 by Linda Thielfoldt.  Here's what Linda has to say about her quilt.

"What a great color! I bought the green fabric intending to make a wholecloth quilt. When I came across the spiky looking white print I knew I had to change my plans. A little graph paper, a little cutting and a lot of free hand quilting fun and MM2 was born."

Click here to watch Linda's longarm videos here at TQS.

Star members can also watch Linda in Episode 1006: Quilting for Garments: Watch and Wear.

 

 

 

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Barbara is sharing some of her stunning quilts with TQS. Enjoy the thread painting and two-sided artistry of her work.

Star Members can watch Barbara in Episode 1605: Contemporary Stitching Artistry.

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Here's a quick and easy project that will help you use up your scraps and is practical at the same time.  It's a 9" hot pad from Delores and Sweet P Quilting and Creations.

 

 

 

 

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Simple facts: Tickets to Quilters Take Manhattan 5.0 went on sale MONDAY, March 2, -- but only to Quilt Alliance members.  


Not a member of the Quilt Alliance?

Here is the link to join or renew: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/support.php

The main event is at the Fashion Institute of Technology, with keynote speaker, our very own Ricky Tims,  and will be held Saturday, September 26. Ticket sales open to the public on March 16.

2015 add-on events this year include behind-the-scenes tours with the Met Museum and the Ameriican Folk Art Museum, as well as workshops, tours of the garment district and a Broadway outing. Spread the word!!!!

Click here to learn more about the event.

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This was a special challenge exhibit at QuiltCon 2015 where each quilter had to use the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge materials to make the quilt.  Some quilters were tested by the use of pastels, but as you'll see, they rose to the challenge.

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It's almost time for International Quilting Days, coming March 20-22, 2015 to TQS.  This year's sponsors are contributing some great prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.

Along with BERNINA, our friends, Dr. Bob and Superior Threads, are giving out five - $100 gift certificates for Superior Threads merchandise. 

Keep your eyes open for more information and to learn about more prizes. Don't forget that TQS is the place to be March 20-22, 2015!

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Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Alex opens this stimulating show with tips for quilting on Dupioni silk. This gorgeous fabric requires additional TLC, but the results can be stunning! Contemporary Fiber Artist Barbara Shapel then joins the show, to share her quilting odyssey. She too uses silk, spending as much time on piecing as she does on threadwork. Barbara works with themes of motherhood, nature and words, and her work reflects all of these elements.  She will:

  • Show how she approaches her work.
  • Offer tips to improve your quilting and threadwork.
  • Demonstrate a dense, free-motion stitch she calls “Herky Jerky,” which blends thread colors.
  • Discuss how to keep your quilt stable while at the same time keeping your shoulders healthy.
  • Share how she creates an invisible sleeve, which she uses on her numerous two-sided quilts.

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