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RJR is kicking off the New Year with Pixie Party’s Radiant. In this amazing contemporary quilt design, light and dark accents collide to create the radiating and shimmering effects of a mountain spring. Made in fabrics from the Jinny Beyer Palette and Handspray, this quilt is the perfect project for a snowy day.

The kit comes completely precut, including the sub-cuts, making this project easy as 1, 2, 3. Radiant finishes at 62" by 71" inches, making it a perfect throw size. The pattern by Cozy Quilt Designs, provides instructions for four additional sizes.


To find a participating Pixie Party shop near you, visit www.pixie-land.com.
 
If you like Cozy Quilt Designs, watch Episode 1110 - Come to the "Strip Club" ... Rated G! which features Daneila Stout, designer and publisher of Cozy Quilt patterns.

 

 
 
 

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It's time for one of the men to step up to the microphone and answer our ten questions.  Here's what Jerry had to say.

 
 
 
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The purpose of the "Mito Quilts of Hope" Project is twofold:  to raise public awareness of Mitochondrial Disease by educating quilters and to have them make and donate quilts to patients.
 
Mitochondrial Disease includes a group of neuromuscular diseases caused by damage to intracellular structures that produce energy (the mitochondria); disease symptoms usually involve muscle contractions that are weak or spontaneous.
 
The project was conceived by Christine Knox, who has Mito herself, and who wanted to do something to help raise awareness of the disease.
 
Christine is now putting what energy she has towards her Mito Quilts of Hope project, which raises awareness and provides support by sending handmade quilts to others with mitochondrial disease. Every stitch will give hope for finding a treatment and eventually a cure for this disease, while bringing warmth to someone who is very ill. It is her goal to give a quilt to every person diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease in Canada and the US within 5 years.
 
 
 
Christine Knox — Image Credit: Daniel Palmer/News Staff
 

 

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The 9th annual Quilt Alliance contest theme is "Animals We Love."  All quilters, regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced) are encouraged to enter a 16" x 16" quilt celebrating the theme.

All concepts are fair game--from unicorns to beetles--let your imagination run wild!

The Grand Prize will be chosen by a panel of professional judges, and Quilt Alliance members will choose their favorites, with prizes donated by Alliance business members. Read guidelines here.

 

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Award-winning quilter Lisa Calle shares some of her favorite features of the BERNINA 750 QE.  She didn't think she needed any new "bells and whistles," but soon learned what she was missing!

 

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The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is sharing with TQS a number of images, photographed by Dottie Cichon, from the Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition, currently at the museum.  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.
 
These photos are just to whet your appetite, so stay tuned for more detailed images...
 
The exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 
 
 

Janneken Smucker  - Sunday, January 11, 2015 2-4pm

Amish Quilts: The Story of America’s “First Abstract Art”

Janneken Smucker provides a fascinating perspective on the making, selling and collecting of Amish quilts in this presentation, which is based on her recent landmark publication, Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. In addition to being a fifth generation Mennonite quilt maker, Smucker is Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. 

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Okan Arts takes you behind the scenes at In The Beginning Fabrics, for a visit with Jason Yenter,  President and Creative Director. Jason has created quite a few collections, with his patterns printed on almost two million yards of cotton, men’s shirts and even paper products for Michael’s.
 
 
 
 

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Learn about the TQS BOM 2015 Quilt Designer, Lynette Anderson in Episode 1601. Lynette shares her appliqué tips and embroidery stitches without a machine. Click here to learn more about Lynette.

Episode 1601 debuts on Monday, January 5, 2015. Star membership is only $42.95 for over 200 shows. Click on "Shop" to become a Premium Star Member. 

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Cheryl was the first brave soul to do our ten-question interview. Star Members can watch Cheryl in Episode 1507, where she launches paper piecing into the 21st century.  You'll be amazed by her quilts: each incorporates a little "secret" or two that draws you in for a closer look. Cheryl also shares loads of tips for making precise and perfect hexies and diamonds, and then shows a number of clever and versatile 3-D projects for trying her techniques without committing to a huge project. 
 
Visit Cheryl's site at http://www.cseesquilts.com/
 

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We All Sew.com takes a look back to see which free projects and tips were the most popular this year.

These are the top 10 tips and free projects that were the most viewed and the most pinned on Pinterest in 2014.
 
 
(Ruffle Duffle Bag by Rachel Howard; RickRack attachment by Deb Wagner)



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