On Friday we revealed the Kona Cotton Color of the Year for 2024. Now, Pantone has unleashed their Color of the Year for 2024 as well. Did you guess the color on Friday? Do you already know what Pantone's is? Their Color of the Year is "a warm and cozy shade highlighting our desire for togetherness with others and the feelings this creates" Click through to find out what it is!
Capt'n John's trek to discover Modern Bridges that will inspire quilters has taken him all over the world and his trip has ended in the South of France where he's reached The Millau Viaduct. Quilters will appreciate how this bridge brought cultures together. Also, the size of this bridge and the complexity of its construction make this a bridge that only a Baltimore Album Quilt maker can understand…
On his second trip to England for his journey of Modern Bridges that inspire quilters, Capt'n John came across The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in England. How did inspiration strike John for this bridge? It reminded him of the beneficial qualities of any good quilt in your home, useful, beautiful, and gives off a simple appearance that is anything but simple.
Capt'n John's search for Modern Bridges that will inspire quilters has brought him to China's Zhejiang province and the majestic Ruyi Bridge. Have you ever seen a quilt and wondered, "How'd they do that?" This bridge will have you asking the same question. As is very common with many of today's quilts, it combines the traditional with the modern.
Capt'n John's search for Modern Bridges that will inspire quilters has brought him to Venice, Italy this week for a trip across the Ponte della Costituzione Bridge, or in english the Constitution Bridge. How does this bridge inspire the design aspirations of today's quilters? Read on to find out!
Imagine walking across a bridge that is not only functional but also a work of art.* Well, you don't have to imagine anymore because the Helix Bridge in Singapore is exactly that. This iconic landmark has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike since its construction in 2010. Learn more about this fascinating bridge and take a look at the photos, we think its look might just inspire some of your quilting designs. (*Don't you find that can be true of quilts as well? You can make a beautiful quilt (aka work of art) that also functions as a cover for your bed.)
We've heard of providing a helping hand for someone, but the Golden Bridge in Vietnam looks to be doing a lot more than just that. In his research for Modern Bridges to inspire quilters, Captn' John found that some said there was not a real need for this bridge, due to its cost and grand design. But we hope that you can agree with the beauty of the final result that art for its own sake, in this case, is enough.
This week in our series focusing on Modern Bridges that provide inspiration for quilters, Captn' John features a bridge that is based on a mathematical concept, that of the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees, England. There are many forms from science that have been featured in quilts, and notice how this bridge achieves its form by interacting with its environment.
Captn' John's next inspirational bridge is the Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore. What inspired this bridge? Nature of course. As with many of us, nature can spark our creativity and this bridge is no exception. It was inspired by the undulating shape of waves. And while this bridge provides a traditional method of a walkway in its basic sense, it has a modern presence that is a thing of beauty.
Congratulations are in order for Quilt Show Legend and three-time guest Katie Pasquini Masopust, who will be inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame next year. Katie has done it all and she's got so much more to show us too. Congrats Katie on this most prestigious honor.
Continuing with a selection of Modern Bridges to inspire your quilting creativity, Captn' John has selected the magnificent Banpo Bridge in South Korea. The Banpo Bridge, also known as the Banpodaegyo Bridge, is a treasured landmark located in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Captn' John feels this bridge celebrates color and embellishment. It also seems to highlight the contrast between traditional and modern quilting in that it was inspired by the harmony between nature and urban life.
As you know, anything can bring on sudden inspiration when it comes to creativity. Capt'n John believes every bridge has lines and shapes that can inspire every quilter. Here is the first of his Top Ten bridges, beginning with the enchanting Samuel Beckett Bridge in Ireland, AKA the Harp Bridge. This bridge was inspired by a symbol deeply rooted in Irish culture and history, do you know what it is?
WeAllSew and Amanda Murphy have come together to offer a tour of Amanda's own amazing studio in support of BERNINA's Dream Studio Sweepstakes. Amanda, who has been a guest on The Quilt Show a couple of times, shows some of her favorite things about her studio and talks about how it's never too late to have a space of your own (she only recently got one herself).
Victoria Stone of Okan Arts, whose mother and business partner Patricia Belyea was recently a featured guest on The Quilt Show, had the pleasure of visiting the 2023 Quilt Festival Long Beach in sunny Southern California this past week. Take a look at all the wonderful quilts and more that she saw as part of her write-up on the fun-filled event.
Just because something is expensive, or deemed to have value, doesn't always mean it should be something to be had. That's something Capt'n John learned in his research for the most expensive fabrics and brings us to fabric number two, Shahtoosh, which comes from the "wool of the Tibetan antelope, also known as the chiru." It has been illegal to harvest Shahtoosh since 1975. Why you may ask? Read on through to discover why this fabric is so valuable but is no longer allowed to be used or gathered.
If you've seen a llama before, you might recognize the animal that brings us the number three most expensive fabric. That animal is a Guanaco, which is, as you may have guessed already, related to the llama. Read what Capt'n John has discovered about this cuddly creature and how its wool becomes such pricey fabric.