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It is with bittersweet feelings that we share this episode. We were ecstatic to welcome world-class artist and quilter Sharon Schamber to The Quilt Show. Sharon's good friend and fellow quilter Tom Russell is also a part of this episode, and we are grateful that we had a chance to talk to him before his passing. His contributions to the world of quilting are tremendous, and he will be sorely missed. We hope you will watch the show with a glad heart, knowing that you also are privileged to share these moments with him.

Sharon presents her secrets about no-fuss appliqué, pin-free binding, and mitering corners. There’s even a free pattern for an iron cover used for delicate fabrics. She shares many tips, tricks and techniques, including some that are being revealed for the first time anywhere.

Sharon began her fabric career designing high-end clothing, dance costumes and pageantry wear. Many of her quilt ideas were woven from these initial threads. Because she uses so many delicate specialty fabrics, Sharon invented a sleeve for her iron, which she uses to protect fabrics from the heat.

Tom offers his color theory ideas, which he manifests with embroidery threads and simple stitches. We hope you will cherish his lessons as much as we do.

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The Texas Quilt Museum and Moda Fabrics have announced that the non-profit Museum will be this year’s beneficiary of the company’s  “Collections for a Cause” program.

Over the years, Moda Fabrics CEO Mark Dunn has collected “mill books” – volumes of fabric samples woven by textile mills as a way to showcase their lines, popular in the 1700s and 1800s. He sometimes reproduces these fabrics.

Proceeds from the sale of Moda’s  “Collections for a Cause, Mill Book Series circa 1892” fabric line will benefit the Museum and its display of stunning antique and contemporary quilts from around the world in changing exhibits, as well as its educational programs.

Dunn chose the Museum because of his longstanding relationship with and support of Karey Bresenham’s efforts to promote and advance the quilting industry for more than 40 years. Karey is the founder of both the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival shows.

“I’m fascinated by the way that old quilts and fabrics document the time period and mood of the people,” Dunn adds. “Reproducing those fabrics gives me an opportunity to carry them forward to the next generation. At the same time, it enriches the lives of the current generation through our Collection for a Cause program.”

Click HERE to find out all about the Collection!

(Quilt: made from "Collections for a Cause" line of fabrics, based on the antique quilt "Basket of Stars" shown at the Texas Quilt Museum.)

The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 
W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. Learn more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org.

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Kathleen Ware, Quiltmaker, a documentary from 1979 directed by Sharon R. Sherman, highlights Kathleen's daily life and her interaction with customers and family members.  Watch as she takes a commission for a Lone Star quilt and completes the project using cardboard templates and her sewing machine.  She then hand quilts it, using a frame suspended from the ceiling. It is a fascinating view of an individual folk artist at work.

Click here to watch the entire 33 min. film at folkstreams.net.

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There was plenty to see at Road to California 2015.  Here are just a few of the award-winning quilts on display.  Stay tuned for more.

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A quick, candid interview, with machine quilter Teri Lucas at Road to California 2015.  Here's how Teri describes herself:

I am an award-winning quilter, machine quilting teacher and Associate Editor – Online/Special Projects with Generation Q Magazine.  "It’s your quilt, it’s your rules" is the one rule of quilting I follow and work towards teaching. 

I am Teri Lucas a…

wife married 21 years to the love of my life!

quilter for 20 years and can hardly wait to see what comes next!

machine quilting teacher currently teaching at Hartsdale Fabrics in Hartsdale, NY.

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While taping at Alden Lane, we snuck in and took some candid photos of Sally's beautiful quilts. 
 
 
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Vivaldi by Moonlight, created by Sandra Leichner of Albany, OR, won Best of Show at Road to California 2015.  This wholecloth original quilt was quilted on a domestic machine.  Sandra created the dragonflies using hand embroidery.

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As promised, The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is sharing with TQS photos of quilts and close-ups from the Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition, currently at the museum through March 15, 2015.  This exhibit includes over 40 bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940.  Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found each one, and brought them out of Amish homes and into the marketplace.
 
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Take a peek at a few of the winners for 2015 AQS QuiltWeek® – Albuquerque.  Click here to head on over the AQS site to see photos of some of the quilts and a list of all the winners.

Want to see some of them close up?

Dreamtime, by Antonia Hering, winner of the Best Hand Quilted Award, can be found here as a TQS Zoom Quilt.

The Birds' Perspective - Life at the Water's Edge, by Ann Horton, winner of the Best Original Design Award, can be found here as a TQS Zoom Quilt.

Snow Flowers, by Susan Stewart, winner of  Best Home Machine Quilted Award can be found here as a TQS Zoom Quilt. And found here in detail.

(Quilt: Best of Show Award - STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Minonk, IL)
 

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These fabulous Jinny Beyer place mats require only a border print!  On her website she offers the free pattern and a whole bunch of fabric that would be perfect for the job.  Click here to go to Jinny's site.

You might want to watch her video, Using Border Prints, in the TQS Classroom.  Click here to go the video.

Jinny has also appeared in two TQS Episodes, 313 as our TQS Quilting Legend 2008, and 601: Perfect Your Hand Piecing.



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