We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the second quilt from the exhibition by an unknown quilter.

Title of Quilt: Indigo Sunburst

Quilter's Name: Unknown Maker

My friend Kathy has been a long time member of the Tucson Quilters Guild and was this year's hanging chairman...so, when she invited me to visit the show I couldn't wait. The Tucson Quilt Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of quilting and fellowship. It was so nice to have an insider share information about the show and also to bridge introductions with quilters who had quilts in the show. One of quilters she said I needed to talk with turned out to be a former guest of The Quilt Show! It was Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends with guest was Nancy Arseneault!
Her quilt, called Isn't it Romantic?, was a judged quilt and won 2 ribbons! 1st place for One Person Machine Appliqué Machine Quilted and also for Exemplary Machine Appliqué.
Nancy started with a pattern by Esther Aliu, stitching a blanket stitch on her old BERNINA. She said she loved the thunk sound her old BERNINA made :) Nancy uses 2 batts in her quilts, one cotton and one wool with the wool one on top. She says the wool batt when quilting provides dimension to her quilts, and as you can see she knows what she is doing!
When I attend Quilt Shows I am amazed by the talent all around, and Nancy has definitely inspired me to give this technique a try!!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Stargazer Splendor by Andrea Brokenshire won Third Place, Pictorial, at Road to California 2020 and it isn't hard to see why. It looks so real you'll think you can smell its fragrance as you walk by.

Learn more about Andrea in Show 1706: Textural Backgrounds, Appliqué on Silk & Straight-Line Quilting.

Photos by Anna Bates


Deportation pieced by Jackie Benedetti, quilted by Rachael Dorr, won Best Machine Quilting, Framed, sponsored by Handi Quilter, at QuiltCon 2020. Jackie was kind enough to show us a picture of the memorial on her phone. The quilt is a stunning representation of the memorial.

Congratulations Jackie and Rachael.

Artist Statement: “This quilt was inspired by a sculpture in the Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation in Paris. It honors the French Jews, and other 'undesirables' who were deported to the concentration camps in WWII. The triangle and circle wall at the memorial entrance inspired Rachael's quilting (which also includes some segments of barbed wire). Never again!”
Photos by Mary Kay Davis
Sculpture photo by Jackie Benedetti


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Here's the latest beautiful block from Jinny. Have you been learning all the names? We think this one just might have something to do with temperance. What do you think?



Cheryl See wanted to make a Hawaiian style quilt, but wanted it to be less traditional and more innovative it design. She did just that, incorporating a train, stations, and places she's lived all in appliqué.

Cheryl's quilt, Train To Nowhere, won First Place, Appliqué Wall, at Road to California 2020.

Want to see more of what Cheryl can do? Watch her in Show 1507: 21st-Century Paper Piecing: Explore Hexies with a "Hexpert".


Photos by Anna Bates


At the Iowa Quilt Museum through April 5, 2020, a celebration of the life and quilts of Doreen Speckmann.

"This colorful exhibit features works by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann, the quilts on display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999. Known for her wit & wisdom, as well as her teaching and publishing, Doreen led quilting cruises and used the world she explored as inspiration for her original designs." - Iowa Quilt Museum

The museum will be hosting some special events for the exhibit. They've provided the following:

On Saturday, March 7th, we will host three special events to celebrate Doreen and her impact on the quilting world.

At 10:30 am, Marianne Fons & Judy Martin will lead a guided gallery walk.

From 12:30 - 4:30, Joyce Franklin, owner of Piece Works Quilt Shop here in Winterset, will lead a class called  Meet Peaky & Spike. Participants will create a table runner from one of Doreen's patterns.

At 5:00, we'll hold a reception which is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, I'll make a few remarks as will Megan, and we'll recognize any of Doreen's family & former colleagues who are present. 

Don't know Doreen? Click here to find out about this wonderful lady and pioneer in the quilting world.

(photo: Iowa Quilt Museum)



For the Love of Squircles by Marla Varner of the Bainbridge Island MQG received the Quilting Excellence Award – Sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild – at QuiltCon 2020.

If you look at the photos, I think you can figure out what a squircle might be.

Artist Statement: “Inspired by my first squircle quilt, this second version used solid scraps and continued the process of creating a block a day for a year. I once again joined a group of online quilters making daily circle blocks. However, I cut my shapes freehand and applied them using needle turn appliqué. The resulting squircle blocks created an opportunity to explore transitions and the design provided the perfect canvas for hand quilting.”


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