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The Quilt Show Newsletter - February 23, 2024

Best of Show - 2024 AQS QuiltWeek Daytona Beach, Gee's Bend Quilts at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Make Decorative Stitched Holiday Cards, Dee LIVE: Hexie Projects - Coasters, Now Available - Two New Quilters Select Ruler Sizes, A Dreamy Puzzle

Weekend Fun - February 23, 2024

Featured Quilt - Best of Show at the 2024 AQS QuiltWeek - Daytona Beach

After winning Second Place in the Pieced-Large category at Road to California 2024 last month with her quilt Dreams of a Summer Day, Margaret Solomon Gunn is back this month winning an even bigger award. Her quilt, Eyes of the Forest, won Best of Show at the 2024 AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach. On the work she put into the design of the quilt, Margaret said, "The design is original and all applique is turned-edge and hand stitched, even the very tiny 1/4″ berries!"

See "Eyes of the Forest"
See "Dreams of a Summer Day"

Gee's Bend Quilts at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

View Gee's Bend Quilts from the Collection

The Quilt Show recently visited Philadelphia and ran across this exhibit featuring the quilts of Gee's Bend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (there through July 7, 2024) that we wanted to share with you. Of the quilts on display, the museum said, "The 13 quilts on view were acquired in 2017 through the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and were selected to tell the history of quilt-making in Gee's Bend (Alabama) from the mid-1920s to 2005. The significance of these quilts to their makers is expressed in the quilters' own words gathered from contemporary interviews."

(Above Quilt - H Variation Quilt: Milky Way [1971] by Nettie Young)

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WeAllSew Tutorial: Decorative Stitched Holiday Cards

Quilted Cards For Any Holiday

Even though Valentine's Day just ended, there are still plenty of holidays coming up, including St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and so many more. So how will you celebrate those holidays? You don't just want to give your loved ones a store bought card, you want to give them something more. Sally Manke at WeAllSew has the perfect solution with a tutorial to make Decorative Stitched Holiday Cards.

Go To Tutorial

Dee LIVE: Hexie Projects - Coasters

What Can You Do With Hexies?

This versatile shape offers so many options! In this first class in a series of Hexie Projects, Dee Christopher will show you how to construct beautiful personalized coasters to keep for yourself or give as thoughtful gifts.

Dee is LIVE TOMORROW, February 24, 2024 @ 10am PST, 1pm EST, and 6pm London time. All classes are recorded so they can be viewed later.

Watch Dee LIVE

Now Available - Two New Quilters Select Ruler Sizes!

2.5" X 6.5" Non-Slip Quilting Ruler

6.5" x 12" Non-Slip Quilting Ruler

New Rulers Make New Quilting Possibilities a Reality

Say goodbye to slipping rulers and wandering cuts with Quilters Select Rulers, designed with a unique non-slip coating to ensure precise cuts. Featuring dual sets of measurement numbers for easy reading from any direction, they eliminate the hassle of repositioning, keeping your fabric steady and your cuts flawless.

Quilters Select has two new sizes available for you to add to your ruler collection. The 2.5" x 6.5" Ruler is perfect for sub-cutting jelly roll strips for quilting, and the 6.5" x 12" Ruler is perfect for cutting border strips with a built-in seam allowance.

See The 2.5" x 6.5" Ruler
See The 6.5" x 12" Ruler

The Quilt Show Puzzle: Dreaming of the Sea

"Caribbean Dreams" by Betty Ford-Smith

Betty lived in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for three years teaching school. She missed being there and the water a lot, so she created Caribbean Dreams as a way to remember her experiences. According to Betty, the water in St. Thomas is different than the water in Florida where she lives now, so she wanted to capture what she saw in it by using glistening blue and water-inspired fabrics. She also included rings of yellow fabric throughout to represent all of the sunshine in the islands and Florida.

Here's what Betty had to say about the logistics of making this quilt. "It measures 61 x 63 inches and weighs 19 lbs. This quilt took 2 months to make and a little over 200 hours, sewing sometimes for 5 and 10 hours a day. The quilt used a little over 45 yards of fabric which were hand cut into 2,250 5 x 5 inch squares."

See more of Betty's quilts in Learn Color Combinations and How to Make Pinecone Quilts with Betty Ford-Smith.

Go To Puzzle
See The Quilt

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