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From corporate businesswoman to trained pastry chef to wonky skyline collage quilter, Sue Bleiweiss has done a bit of everything! Here she shares her fabric collage techniques, walking us through the process layer by layer. She also demonstrates using dye magnets to create wonderful tone-on-tone fabrics. We tour Sue’s studio and uncover her artistic inspirations. Next, Textile and Quilt Designer Thomas Knauer presents a trunk show to illustrate how he infuses his quilts with meaning through stories and messages.

Star Members can Watch Episode 1608:  Creating Unique Collage Quilts & Quilts with Meaning when it debuts on April 13, 2015.

 

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The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textile's theme for FiberShots this year is "Embellish Your World."  Is your world full of flowers? Ocean? Mountains? Or abstract shapes and forms?  Is much of your world virtual? Whatever inspires you, they hope you will translate it into a 16" square for FiberShots. The deadline for submission has been extended from February 20 until February 27.

This year they will have a reverse auction, with prices beginning at $300. After three weeks, all remaining FiberShots will be $150, and in the final weeks, $75. Museum members will have the first opportunity to purchase before the opening reception of Common Threads, on March 15.

Click here for the entry form.

Help support the museum!

Current Exhibits:

November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection

January 10, 2015 – March 1, 2015
Amish: The Modern Muse II

Striped Amish, 2014 Pamela Rocco

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 First Street
San Jose, California 95113
(P) 408-971-0323 ext 23
(F) 408-971-7226

www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Twitter: @SJQuiltMuseum
Facebook: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

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Do you find that the mathematics of quilting make you run screaming from the room? Fear no more! Designer, teacher and lecturer Lynn Wilder has found a way to make “Patchwork Math” palatable for all of us. While visiting at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Lynn explains her system for breaking down quilt designs into smaller components, making complex projects much more manageable and accessible. With a combination of grid units and various tools, she makes the daunting become doable. She also discusses her unique methods for auditioning fabrics and for creating order – with a pasta dryer! You’ll also meet Aussies Helen Stubbings and Tracey Browning, who share a smart and cool method for making iron-on hexagons. Bring it on!

Episode 1604: Taking the Fear Out of Math for Quilters debuts on February 16, 2015.

 

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Inspired by the Beatles, a special exhibit at Road to California 2015 was curated by Donna DeSoto and was inspired by the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the US.

The quilts are all 24” x 24” and had to have a sleeve and a label.  Entries could not contain any copyrighted information, images or lyrics. The collection was not juried; anyone who submitted a quilt by the deadline was included.

Quilts were made by fiber artists from all over the world using many techniques and materials.  They all had one thing in common: a passion for The Beatles.

To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

And because we couldn't just "let it be," keep an eye out for more Inspired by the Beatles quilts.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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For lovers of all things textile, add to your bucket list a visit to these two fabulous museums.  Both have collections and upcoming exhibitions that are sure to enthrall and inspire your own creative work.


Festival Hat, China,
early to mid 20th century


Good Beginnings brings together examples of one of the most eloquent textile expressions of China--embroidery undertaken for the delight and protection of children.The exhibition presents over 100 hats and garments handcrafted in the early 20th century from silk and detailed with appliqué, metal thread, tassels and beads. It includes highly decorated and embellished garments worn by children for New Year celebrations and other festive occasions.  The exhibition is on view at the Textile Museum of Canada from February 11 - May 24, 2015.

Man's Tunic, Peru, Inca style, ca. 1410-1532. Camelid hair 37.5 x 30.9 in.

The largest exhibition in the George Washington University Museum's Textile Museum history, Unraveling Identity will unite textiles from across cultures to explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity throughout the ages.  The exhibit runs from March 21 - August 24, 2015.

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Jan Krentz shows you how to test a pattern block
using inexpensive gift wrap paper in Episode 1103

Create beautiful quilts from photos using Rose Hughes'
quick-pieced appliqué technique in Episode 413

Perfect your eight-pointed star block
with Elise Campbell in Episode 407

 

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This is just a snippet of Sharon's magnificent quilt, Crimson Promises
 
 
 
 
"Best show ever. This story is so inspirational and Sharon's work has always been dazzling to me. Her invented techniques are just perfect."
- beesewer
 
"What a great show. I have watched your show from the beginning and this was the greatest show ever."
-ilovecats
 
"Thank you for a deeply touching show. Life lessons shared are profound and the quilting lessons invaluable."
- WillowHillQuilts
 
 

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It's almost time for International Quilting Days, coming March 20-22, 2015 to TQS.  This year's sponsors are contributing some great prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.  From our friends at Innova, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to have a quilt of his or her choice machine quilted (a $500 value).

Keep your eyes open for more information and to learn about more prizes. Don't forget that TQS is the place to be March 20-22, 2015!

(quilt section: Belle for a Day by Renae Haddadin)

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Appliqué, Modern, Pieced, and Traditional; there was something for everyone at Road to California 2015. 

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 
 

 

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This time it is Joe Cunningham's turn to be interviewed at Road to Calilfornia 2015.  Visit Joe's website at www.JoeTheQuilter.com.

Star Members can watch Joe in Episode 101: Get A Life!



TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm


SIZZLE Quilt - Cool

 


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