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We invite you to wander into the lovely 1915 Craftsman that is the home of Mary Mashuta and Roberta Horton.  Mary is the chef in the house, while Roberta oversees the garden. The little tandem garage was at one time used as a temporary church while the first owners of the home (a pastor and his wife) were building the larger church nearby.  Roberta and Mary renovated the garage shortly after moving in, so that their father could enjoy living close to his daughters during the later years of his life.  Enjoy the astounding gardens and lovely antiques that highlight the house and grounds.  The images are truly a feast for the eyes.
 
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What do we mean? Take a look at the Flora Joy's quilt "Frame of Mind" that won the Viewer's Choice Award at Houston 2014.

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The last issue of The Quilt Life will be the October 2014 issue. Alex and Ricky want to thank editor "supreme" Jan Magee and photographer Gregory Case for their excellent work. The magazine was a readers delight. Great themes, great stories, great quilts and great quilters. 

Here are the covers NOT including the October Issue (which we haven't seen yet). Check out all the fun themes the magazine covered.

 

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6808_zoomquilttadakonagasawa_flowergarden.jpgWe guessed wrong. How about you?

Take a close look at how this quilt was put together.

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Robbie Joy Eklow brings together spirals, gears and amazing quilting in this stunning quilt. Robbie (Show 1008) put this aside for several years after dying all the fabric and then brought it out and finally finished it. "It's About Time".  

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1st Time... Really!!?? (Well, first time entering at Paducah.)

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At Paducah 2014, Thelma Childers displayed her quilt "Evening Bloom".  Thelma learned hand applique and finished about one block a month. The quilt was quilted on a longarm by Judi Madsen. Judi use many designs to enhance the applique.

Be sure to move all around the quilt to see the different styles of quilting. Will some of these approaches work for your quilt?

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Every year at the show there is a tent displaying the work of the faculty who teach during the week prior to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  Here is some of their work that was displayed.

 

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It's that time again.  See how good you are at naming the artist with each quilt. If you need help, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Ricky Tims 2. Kim Diehl 3. Leni Levenson Wiener 4.  Janet Stone 5. Cynthia England 6. Gyleen Fitzgerald 7. Tula Pink 8. Karen Gloeggler 9. Victoria Findlay Wolfe 10. Carolyn Koenig 11.Linda Pumphrey 12. Bonnie Hunter 13. Sharon Ruwe and Karen Ruwe.

 

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While recently taping new episodes for The Quilt Show, we came across this wonderful exhibit, Northern California Inspirations by the Studio Art Quilt Associates Northern CA/NV Region.

The exhibit reflects the visions of twenty Northern California textile artists as they interpret the physical and the ephemeral, the massive and the miniscule, through the medium of the art quilt.  The diverse, visually rich region of Northern California where they live influences and inspires their art.
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Last weekend was a taping-palooza in Alex's neck of the woods. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming to TQS in future shows.  Don't even ask about the characters in the beards!

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Here is a sampling of the group and modern quilts shown at Paducah this year. The quality is fantastic and the quilts are beautiful, fun and inspiring. Look for the detailed embellished quilt at the end of the slideshow.

Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them.

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Everywhere you looked at the Paducah Quilt Show 2014 were amazing quilts with amazing quilting. Here is just a sample of the talent, diversity, and different countries. 

You can click on each picture and it will enlarge.

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Here's a look at the work of fiber artist, writer, and designer Wendy Mamattah, originally from Ghana, who shares her Africa-inspired silhouette and symbols quilts, as well as her charming one-of-a-kind pin cushions. The slideshow includes her Asabone patterns. Asabone in Ghana means wild dancing which is the name for her art quilt pattern series. According to Wendy, "This is a very normal way of entertaining in most African villages and is common practice."

Star Members can watch Wendy in Episode 1412 - "I Can't Believe It's Pieced!" with Cynthia England.

You can buy Wendy's patterns at  www.braidandstitch.etsy.com.

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Here are some more of the Distortion Winners. Please note that you can click on any picture and it will enlarge. It is not a zoom, but will make it easier to read the signs and see the quilts. Click once to enlarge a picture and once to reduce it back.

The Best of Show is near the end.

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See more of the quilts from around the world representing "Distortion". There is a new challenge every year for the Patchwork Show in Alsace, France. This year will be the 20th anniversary of the show.

In Part 3 tomorow we will show you the top winner for 2013.

 

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This slideshow is Part 1 as we share the winning quilts from a challenge by the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace, France in 2013. The theme was "Distortion", the quilts were to be 1 square meter and here are the results. Part 2 and Part 3 will be on the blog Wednesday and Thursday.

You can see these quilts in person (you should if you can) at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY through June 24, 2014. It is the only place in the USA to see this collection.

      
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Bonnie Hunter has a huge number of FREE scrap quilt patterns on her website.  Here is just a sample of what is available.  Click here for FREE patterns.

You can learn more about Bonnie in Episode 1410 - You Can Have It All: Two Modern-Day Quilters Mix Old and New.

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While in Paducah, Captain John was captivated by Spirit created by Georgia Spaulding Pierce of Seattle, WA.  

Click on the "magazine" to the left for a real close look at the quilting.

He invites you to take a closer look at the individual animals and the phenomenal quilting designs. There are whales tales, crabs, fish, mountains...all done in the quilting.

Click on the photo for the magazine approach or the Smilebox to take a closer look. (Be sure to click on the movement arrows to go from picture to picture on the Smilebox. This way the pictures will not change automatically.)

 

 

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