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Do you know the name of this block featuring Jinny's fabulous fabric? Play the game and discover its name.

A block from the Jinney Beyer game


This week we continue our exploration of line as it relates to design. When creating a composition, lines can capture the viewers attention by being expressive, creating a mood or a feeling. Understanding the way different types of lines give visual cues can help you as the artist communicate a message that can impact the viewer in a subtle, or not so subtle manner without a great deal of dialogue.

Below are words that we can associate with different types of lines and quilts that illustrate these meanings.

Canopy Quilt by Barbara Confer  1880 Blue/White Bar Quilt  NYSE by Katharina Lichtman - a City Skyline
(Canopy by Barbara Confer)         1880 Blue/White Bar quilt RockyMountainquilts              NYSE by Katharina Litchman

Vertical - Strength power, dignity, grandeur, authority.    


Bug: Trixilated Transportation - a VW Bug Quilt     A quilt demonstrating line in design
Bug:Trixilated Transportation Martha Peterson/Dionne Matthies-Buban           Secrets by Marti Plage

Horizontal - calm, relaxed, balanced, stability, constancy

Quilt - Elements #35 by Robin Ferrier   1870 Quaker Silk Herringbone Doll quilt (image Stella Rubin Antiques)

Elements #35 by Robin Ferrier                                                 1870 Quaker Silk Herringbone Doll quilt (image Stella Rubin Antiques)

Diagonal - excitement, movement, power, action, vitality

 Quilt - Life by Yoshiko Katagiri    Quilt - Pinwheel Galaxy by MaxieMakes 
  Life by Yoshiko Katagiri                                              Pinwheel Galaxy by MaxieMakes                     

Open curve - organic, comforting, calm, relaxation

Quilt - Crop Circles by Colleen Granger     Quilt - 20th cent. African American Multiiple Targets
Crop Circles by Colleen Granger                                          20th cent. African American Multiiple Targets quilt

Closed curve - completness, the eternal whole, continual movement

Along with meaning, lines can also be expressive. Some examples of words associated with different lines we found at Sophia include:

Flat - Calm

Quilt - Daybreak by Lubbesmeyer
Daybreak by Lubbesmeyer

Wide - bold strength

Quilt - Broken Plaid by Alissa Haight Carlton
Broken Plaid by Alissa Haight Carlton

Gentle curve - unhurried pleasure

Qullt by Keiko Kimura
Quilt by Keiko Kimura

Sharply angled- Excitement, anger, danger, chaos

Quilt - Shattered by Jacquie Gering

Shattered by Jacquie Gering

Image from Rebloggy
Image from Rebloggy

Practice Exercise: Using Line to Create a mood or feeling

In this exercise you will be making (5) framed line drawings using white sheets of paper.

Step 1. Making the frames         

Cut your paper to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Using a pencil, draw a line 2" from one side of the paper. Repeat for all four sides of the paper.
You should now have a 'frame' drawn in the center of your paper that measures 4 1/2" square.
Carefully cut out the center square, leaving the opening 'frame' in your piece of paper.
Repeat with the remaining (4) sheets of paper.

Step 2. Preparing your line drawing foundations      

Cut your paper to  8 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Using a pencil, very lightly draw a line 1 3/4" from one side of the paper. Repeat for all four sides of the paper.
You should now have a 'frame' drawn in the center of your paper that measures 5" square. This center square will be your design area.
Repeat with the remaining (4) sheets of paper.

Step 3. Drawing your designs

Using only a black colored pencil, marker, torn or cut paper, create (1) line design (using lthe principles from the lesson) while staying within your lightly drawn square. Repeat with a different line design on each of the remaining (4) foundation pages.

Step 4. Evaluating your designs
Once you have completed your designs, cover each drawing with a frame. Compare how each drawing suggests a different feeling or mood.

Optional Exercise
Create frames using black construction paper.  Compare how a design changes when the overlaying frame is black vs. white.


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After you have learned about LINE in our Design to Quilt class this week. You'll want to visit these selections from the Road to California Art Abstract exhibit. Many of these quilts illustrate the concept of LINE as a design feature.

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Faith Jones at WeAllSew.com has a fun beginner-friendly project that you can make with your friends, children, or grandchildren. Here is a quick and easy tutorial to make a Lavender Sachet Heart Bunting. Just in time for Valentine's day, hang these hearts together as a decoration, or make them individually to bring the relaxing fragrance of lavender into your home.

Tutorial for Lavender Heart Sachet Bunting

The floor of the National Quilt Museum
The National Quilt Museum needs your help. It's time for the Museum's annual Quilts for Quilting Campaign to begin. The Quilts for Quilting Campaign is one of the museum's largest and most important annual fundraisers and it's quite simple. Quilters around the world generously donate items that the museum auctions off in their annual live, silent, and online auctions. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the museum's general fund.
All you need to do is donate a quilt of any size to The National Quilt Museum that can be used for fundraising purposes. It can be old, new, antique, and any size. Other items which can be donated include, fabric, notions, patterns, quilt kits, etc. There is no limit on what you can donate.
The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.
To make a donation, please ship your item(s) to
The National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson Street
Paducah, KY 42001
Attention: Q for Q
If you have any questions, contact Lori Robbins or Emily Hendrix at 270-442-8856.
The Museum thanks you for all your support.



TQS Member, Linda Poole's Dad, a silversmith for Tiffany & Co. played an integral part in the making of this amazing trophy for 38 years.

To learn more go here.

Tiffany's Super Bowl Trophy


Will the Atlanta Falcons win?

FalconsQuilt - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

FalconsQuilt - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

FalconsQuilt - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

FalconsQuilt - 36 Pieces Rotating

FalconsQuilt - 100 Pieces Rotating

FalconsQuilt - 289 Pieces Rotating

A quilt created with Atlanta Falcons' fabric.


Will the New England Patriots win?

PatriotsQuilt - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

PatriotsQuilt - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

PatriotsQuilt - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

PatriotsQuilt - 36 Pieces Rotating

PatriotsQuilt - 100 Pieces Rotating

PatriotsQuilt - 289 Pieces Rotating

A puzzle featuring New England Patriots fabric.


To say I love taking classes is the understatement of the year!  Early in 2016 I decided to treat myself to Craft Napa 2017 – conveniently located 60 miles from home. Honestly it was very difficult to decide exactly which classes to take. They ALL looked so intriguing! Three days with three different instructors – BLISS. I thought it would be fun to share my work and what I learned.

Day 1:  Machine Quilting with Jenny Lyon

Imagine spending the whole day sitting in front of a BERNINA special edition 765 Rose Gold machine stitching away to your hearts content. Jenny had a plethora of tricks up her sleeves to help students grow their confidence at free motion quilting. I learned I LOVE bubble quilting and how easy it is to try different motifs with just a little practice. Practice, Practice, Practice! That is the name of the game.

Alex Anderson's Bubble Quilting


Day 2:  Draw eight items eight different ways with Jane Lafazio.

We were instructed to bring 8 objects that related and then Jane taught 8 different ways to draw, paint and render it. It was a play date with my inner child. What I learned is that we can ALL draw, it is simply like learning to write cursive - a practiced skill. You might remember her Show 1903 – if you haven’t watched it check it out!

Alex Anderson Drawing


Day 3: UFO collage Class with Lynn Krawczyk.

We were instructed to bring the “uglies” or unfinished projects we were willing to sacrifice. We would then deconstruct and then reconstruct our pieces. I didn’t exactly follow the class supply instructions, because most of my uglies end up in the trash at home. As Libby Lehman taught me, “if it is butt ugly most likely it will always be butt ugly” (sorry, I just had to share). So I went to my Dupioni silks and decided to play with that. The colors are so vibrant and seductive I knew they would be fun to work with. Lynn gave us some simple instruction then set us loose. What I learned is that with just a little magic and a willingness to trust the process...yes process...your piece will come together. I was reminded it is about the process or the journey; that is what counts. I intend to explore more with my silk.

Alex Anderson Silk Sample

All in all, it was a very magical weekend that I will always hold dear to my heart. I cannot express how wonderful the whole experience was and intend to attend again. We ALL have something to learn and it’s fun to do so!

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