Season 5 of Downton Abbey premieres January 4, 2015.

Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically-inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed. They are  supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® as well as the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century.

The exhibition runs from March 1, 2014-January 4, 2015.

*Timed tickets are required for this exhibition. To reserve tickets to the exhibition, please call 800.448.3883. Nonmembers may also purchase tickets online.  Included with general admission. Members free.

Winterthur will also be holding a number of lectures and several English brunches and teas to complement the exhibition.





6847_image_cosmo_threadjpg.pngPriscilla Knoble sent us a colorful package of Cosmo Embroidery Floss to give away to one lucky TQS member. That member could be you! Contest ends September 14 and the winner will be announced in the September 21 Newsletter and Daily Blog. 

Star Members can learn more about Priscilla and her work in Episode 1505: East Meets West: Season Your Quilts with a Japanese Flavor.




The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has many different types of textiles, including embroidery, silk, wool, and a small component of early printed cottons. Watch and learn about very ornate embroideries known as "‘Opus Anglicanum," woven silks from the 1750s, and gloves from the early 17th century.

Click on the photo below to go to the video to learn more about the Clothworkers' Centre - Pre-1800 Textiles and Fashions.



September is National Sewing Month!  Join BERNINA at WeAllSew as they celebrate with a month of super sewing giveaways!  Just visit them each Friday in September to join in sharing their love of sewing while entering a random drawing to win a BERNINA backpack filled with sewing goodies.  Don't forget to check back every Friday!

Click here to go to the WeAllSew website to learn more.



Priscilla Knoble visited the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival and sent back tons of great photos to share with TQS.  This is just a snippet of what you'll see over the next few weeks. 

Star Members can learn more about Priscilla and her work with Yoko Saito in Episode 1505: East Meets West: Season Your Quilts with a Japanese Flavor.

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6822_animals_we_love.jpgThe Quilt Alliance has announced their 9th annual  contest theme, Animals We Love.

From the Quilt Alliance:

A contest for all quilters – we encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter our annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced...) --all are welcomed and valued! This year’s theme celebrates the animals we love.

As usual, we welcome any technique, any concept that addresses the theme—but each entry must be a quilt (three layers stitched together). Finished quilts must be 16" x 16" in size and must include a label on the back to include at minimum the name of the artist, title, date & location made. In addition each quilt must have a 4” sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt. All entries become a donation to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and after a national exhibition tour, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization. All entries will be documented and shared in The Quilt Index (www.QuiltIndex.org).

Click here to learn more and see the prizes.



It's official - The 2015 Quilters Hall of Fame inductee is Mimi Dietrich!

Here’s what Mimi has to say about her induction into the Quilters Hall of Fame:

I am thrilled and honored to be the next inductee into the Quilters Hall of Fame next July. The best part is that for almost 40 years I have been doing something that I love…quilting! I am truly proud of the books I have written with Martingale, and I have loved traveling around our wonderful country and meeting quilters in my classes. For most of my students it all starts with one little hand-appliqué stitch and grows into a fabulous quilt! If you’ve enjoyed my books or taken a class with me, come join me at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, next summer…it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime!

To learn more about Mimi, click here.

(Photo: www.mimidietrich.com)



The 45th Honoree for the Quilters Hall of Fame is the fabulous Ruth McDowell.  You can see an exhibit of her quilts on display until September 27, 2014.  Click below to see a slideshow of her work.

(Photo: Quilters Hall of Fame)

Quilter's Hall of Fame

26 S. Washington St.
Mailing address: PO Box 681
Marion, IN 46952-0681

ph: 765-664-9333

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Click here to see the winners from 2014 AQS QuiltWeek® – Grand Rapids.  

The Best of Show Award went to Red Feathers by Claudia Clark Meyers and Marilyn Badger.  Red Feathers was featured as a Zoom Quilt.


Some other winners featured as Zoom Quilts include:

Big Bertha by Margaret Solomon Gunn, Greg's Song by Linda Taylor and Cheri Meineke-Johnson, and Pelican Parade by Joanne Baeth




There are a few days left to see the latest exhibit at the DAR Museum, Creating the Ideal Home 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America.

"This exhibition illustrates how almost 150 years of inventions have basically made our lives easier, and our homes more comfy and convenient. It demonstrates that the way we work and play today has benefited from scientific experimentation and discovery from colonial times onward."

The exhibit runs through August 30, 2014.  If you'd like to see a bit of the exhibit online, you can click here to take a technological ride through the ages.

The museum is located at 1776 D St NW, Washingon, D.C.

(Photo: www.dar.org)

To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC ComicsBatman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero. Highlights of the anniversary program,  include an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape.
Here are just a few...who knew Batman liked flowers or pink?

To see more capes and cowls, click here.
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