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The Quilt Show Newsletter - August 1, 2022

Transform Your Quilting Starts Today, Beautiful Butterfly Bliss, Make Improv String Quilts with Teresa Duryea Wong, Garden Party Down Under Month 8 Patterns, A Conversation with HollyAnne Knight, Collapsible Market Baskets, A Thread Painted Puzzle

Newsletter - August 1, 2022
It Starts Today!

There is so much out there to learn. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert in everything to create beautiful quilts. But quick important ideas can accelerate the beauty of your quilting projects without taking a huge amount of time.

So beginning today, we want to Transform Your Quilting. Every Monday and Wednesday we will be featuring two lessons. One that is a technique from a show and the other a quick tip from some of our best instructors. That's four great ideas in one week. We will also be featuring a blog where we will keep track of all the tips and techniques for you.


The secret to great quilts isn’t to learn a thousand things, but to learn a few things and take action. What do you have to do? Make sure you are a Star Member. Then, open your newsletters and follow the links. The lessons that day will be less than 15 minutes of your time. It’s fast learning and lots of fun.

Let's start your transformation with a lesson on How to Make a 6-minute Circle with Dale Fleming (technique) Show 704 - Click on Chapter 3 and How to Clean your Design Wall with Ricky Tims (tip). Are these Freezer Paper Miracles?
Featured Quilt - Beautiful Butterfly Bliss

Continuing the thread from Transform Your Quilting, we are featuring a quilt from its inaugural teacher, Dale Fleming. Her quilt, Identity Crisis, was the cover of her book, Pieced Curves So Simple, which features her fast, easy, pinless techniques for perfect machine-sewn curves and circles. And appropriately enough, the quilt and book's cover model is a lovely butterfly, which just so happens to be the mascot of Transform Your Quilting!
Make a Fun Improv String Quilt with Teresa Duryea Wong
Stringing Up Lots of Great New Projects

Teresa Duryea Wong shares tips for making a fun and ‘low stress’ improv string quilt in our latest show. Join us as she discusses the importance of collecting a variety of shades, prints, and scales of one color for your work. Then, it’s on to cutting strips with no ruler and sewing with no ¼” seams to build less precise shapes for that bit of wonkiness.

Learn from Teresa by watching Improv String Quilts and a History of Japanese Textiles with Teresa Duryea Wong | Using Appliqué to Mask a Mistake.

Get Your "Garden Party Down Under" Month 8 Patterns
More Vases, Shooflys, and Dresden Plates for Everyone!

For Month 8 of Garden Party Down Under you'll be adding to your collection of blocks by creating another set consisting of an appliquéd vase, Shoofly blocks, and a Dresden Plate. There are THREE downloads for this month including:

  • Patterns for Blocks 12 and 13
  • Instructions for Block 12
  • Instructions for Block 13

Again, as with the Month 7 patterns, the Dresden Plate pattern download can be found in Month 4. And as always don't forget to click the video tab and watch Barbara Black's helpful video for tips on working with these blocks.

Textile Talks: A Conversation with HollyAnne Knight
Quilting and Technology Meet For a Riveting Discussion

On this week's Textile Talk, the Quilt Alliance welcomes HollyAnne Knight, the "founder of String & Story, an online platform for learning free motion quilting and other machine quilting skills" for a conversation "about technology, the evolution of HollyAnne's career, and of course, quilts!" Register today and watch when this episode airs this Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 2 PM EDT.
A Tisket, A Tasket, Put Your Quilting Stuff in a Basket!
Available in Three Different Colors - Red, Turquoise, or Black

These handy Market Baskets are ready whenever you need them, and when they aren't in use they collapse for storage. The baskets are made with a strong, lightweight aluminum frame and polyester fabric with a large zippered compartment on the outside.

Measuring a roomy 17" x 11" x 9" inches when opened, it folds down to 8" x 11" x 3".

The Quilt Show Puzzle: Flying On Thread Painted Wings
"Fly Away Butterflies" by Charlotte Hickman

In Charlotte's quilt, Fly Away Butterflies, the trees and butterflies were created with her special technique of needle felting and thread painting. The components were then free-motion appliquéd on to her quilt.

See more of Charlotte's quilts in How to Do Thread Painting, Roving, and Needle Punch with Charlotte Hickman.
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