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The Quilt Show Newsletter - September 18, 2023

Best Original Design - AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids 2023, Inspiration Abounds with Vicki Conley Around, Alex LIVE: Mystery Tie Quilt - Class 01, Textile Talks: A Conversation about Erasure with Artist Quinn Alexandria Hunter, In The Store - New EXTRA WIDE 118" Quilt Backs by the Yard, A Puzzle That Brings The "Fireworks"

September 18, 2023

Featured Quilt - Best Original Design at AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids 2023

Last year's winner for Best of Show at the 2022 Houston International Quilt Festival has won this year for both its originality and creativity at another show. Beyond Reason by Angela Petrocelli won the Best Original Design Award at AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids 2023. You may remember this quilt for many reasons, its size (96" x 96"), its ability to draw you in with one design which changes to another as you get closer, or just the number of pieces it has (226,576 to be exact).

The piece count, and all the work that went into this quilt, is precisely what inspired its title. Angela says, "Some accomplishments are beyond reason. This quilt is the embodiment of a dream…not of a finished product, but the journey and completion of a process. I believed I could, I thought I should, I said I would, and I did."

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Inspiration Abounds with Vicki Conley Around

A Vibrant Voice on The Quilting Scene

Vicki Conley has been a potter, an artist, a teacher, and now a quilter, and having her hand in all those fields has made our latest show one full of creativity and joy that we here at TQS and you at home just can't get enough of. We think this quote perfectly sums up everything you need to know about it:

"Yet another great show with lots of ideas and inspiration."Pamela N.

Watch Vicki along with Carrie Bloomston in Learn Turned Edge and Fussy Piecing with Vicki Conley | Make a Soul Box with Carrie Bloomston.

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Alex LIVE: Mystery Tie Quilt - Class 1

When Is A "Tie" Better Than A Win? In Alex's Latest Class!

Get your ties ready. Get them from family, friends, and thrift stores. Alex will tell you how to use them, treat them, stabilize them, and sew them. BUT the results will be a mystery and this first class sets the stage for that.

Alex is LIVE TODAY, September 18, 2023 @ 10am PST, 1pm EST, and 6pm London time. All classes are recorded so they can be viewed later.

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Textile Talks: A Conversation about Erasure with Artist Quinn Alexandria Hunter

Keeping History Alive

Presented by the Schweinfurth Art Center and SDA, Quinn Alexandria Hunter is an interdisciplinary artist from North Carolina whose practice centers on uncovering and unveiling truths – digging into the histories of Black Americans to find spaces and memories that have been lost, erased, or covered. Hunter looks at the way erasure of historic labor and pain is connected to the contemporary, and how it affects the way we view and use the space around us in the present.

Register today and watch when this episode airs this Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 2 PM EDT.

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In The Store - New EXTRA WIDE 118" Quilt Backs by the Yard

118 Inch Quilt Back - Caribbean

118 Inch Quilt Back - Charcoal

The Bigger The Backing Fabric, The Bigger You Can Make Your Quilt

These 118 Inch wide (instead of the usual 108 inch) quilt back fabrics allow you to back your quilt with ease - no more aligning and sewing huge fabric pieces together. Our new Stroke of Genius quilt back fabrics offer a brush stroke design that works well with many different styles of quilt - keep one or two on hand for your next projects!

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The Quilt Show Puzzle: Featuring Fantastic Fireworks

"Freedom Fireworks" by Terrie Hancock Mangat

Freedom Fireworks is part of a series of fireworks quilts that Terrie has made over the years. In Cincinnati, they would bring the barges up the river every year and shoot off fireworks from them orchestrated to music. Each year Terrie would go and listen to the music, watch the fireworks, and then memorize how the sky would look, loving the marks of the smoke on the sky and the appearance of the light up above. These annual trips inspired her fireworks series of quilts. Freedom Fireworks was made using cowrie shells, mirror cloth from India, fabric from Africa, decoupaged pieces with pipe cleaners coming out of them, and more.

See more of Terrie's quilts in How to Embellish Your Quilt with Gayle Hillert and Terrie Hancock Mangat.

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