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Straight from Quilt Market in Houston are the results of the Quilting in America™ 2014 survey. It is the seventh in a series of studies done since 1994 with the intent of measuring the amount of time and money quilters spend on their hobby in addition to profiling the key segments of the market.   Key findings include:
  • The estimated value of the quilting market is up 5% since 2010, ($3.76 billion in 2104)
  • The average quilting household expenditure is up 36% to $298
  • 12.2% of quilting households are considered "dedicated," responsible for generating 60% of quilting industry spending
  • The total number of quilters  is down 23% to 16.4 million.

Are you a dedicated quilter?  Click on Learn More to see a Summary of the Results.

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We are having fun meeting TQS members and seeing the amazing displays. Watch in the coming days for quilts and videos from Houston to just appear. So come back often. 

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TQS visited the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014.  Here are just a few of the prize-winning quilts.   You will recognize a number of the names as they have appeared as guests on the show. More to follow.

 

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Patricia Belyea, quilt maker, importer, and author of the Okan Arts blog, recently visited Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry in her new studio in Port Townsend, WA.  She invited TQS to come take a look as she toured the home and studio of this award-winning quilter.

 

 

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Looking for a way to sort all those hexies you've been making lately?  TQS member QuilterLynn gives a nod to Libby Lehman and organizes (by color) her little gems and notions in a Superior Thread organizer.  What a clever girl!!

Do you have a clever way to store some of your projects?  Let us know. Click here to head on over to Show & Tell and enter your storage system into the "Getting It All Together" area.

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Here are the winners of the 4th Annual Modern Quilt Guild Fabric Challenge.  Participants were required to use fabric from Michael Miller's Petal Pinwheels collection.  MQG members were allowed to make anything they wanted, as long as it was quilted.  You could add any solid or Michael Miller fabric and you did not have to use all of the fabrics given.  Three winners were chosen and each received "A Eear of Free Fabric." - Yes, a whole year of FREE fabric!

Congratulations to the winners.  If you'd like more information on each quilt, click here.

Picnic Petals by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Southern Connecticut MQG Member

Spinning Mills by Michelle Hart, Phoenix MQG Member

The Moon at Night by Colleen Molen, Individual Member

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A new exhibit is opening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & TextilesAntique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin Bearley Collection includes over forty bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940.

The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community.

Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. Together, these stories reveal much about the culture that made the quilts and the one that collected them.

 

The exhibit runs from November 15, 2014 - March 1, 2015, click here to learn more

Bear Paw, c. 1900-1915, Wool, 99" x 92"   - Photo Credit: Darwin Bearley Collection


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Cherrywood Fabrics was delighted that we featured some of the quilts from their Wicked Cherrywood Challenge and has kindly shared their Smilebox with high resolution photos and detail images of the quilts with us.  It also includes the names of the winners of the challenge. Click on the photo to go to the slide show.

Click here to learn more about the challenge.

 

 

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6920_haunted_house_gigi_s_thimble.pngWeAllSew.com has gathered up their favorite Halloween projects from costumes to candy corn.  Take a look and find some wonderfully creative ways to decorate your house...and your kids!

Click here to find projects.

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If you are heading out to for the PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) show this week, be sure to stop by and see the warm and delicious works created by Sonya Lee Barrington being exhibited in the Special Exhibit area. 

If you think that wool is only for making clothes, Sonya's re-purposed wool items for the home will have you looking at this versatile fiber in a whole new way.  Want to learn how to work with this natural fiber?  Sonya shows you the tricks in her show (Episode 1012).

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