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You may not be a fan of Game of Thrones, but you can certainly appreciate the work put into the costumes for the show. Costume Designer Michele Clapton talks about her design process.
 
 

 

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Alex Anderson's "Under The Sea" Quilt Kit

This wonderful whimsical design pairs modern bright solids with traditional half-square triangles and flying geese for a bold contemporary quilt that moves from a warm energized center to a calm cooling border. 

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The "Under the Sea" Kit includes the "Under the Sea" pattern, a 25 piece Kona Cotton fat-quarter solids bundle, 2-3/8 yards of white background fabric, and the pattern and instructions to construct the quilt.

 
 
 

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Appalachian Spring by Judy Martin is included in her Singular Stars book. It was part of a special exhibit of her quilts at AQS QuiltWeek Spring Paducah 2019. The quilt is a strip pieced Lone Star quilt, but somehow Judy managed to make the traditionally "straight" lines of the quilt appear "curved," giving it an almost flower-like shape in the center. Can you see how she did it?

Hint: the strips are part of the fabric. Look at the detail picture below.

Watch Judy in Show 2411.

Singular Stars: Judy Martin's Book of Lone Star Quilts by Judy Martin

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THE MARBAUM COLLECTION: VARIATIONS IN TECHNIQUES 
APRIL 20, 2019 – JULY 14, 2019 
FINLAYSON GALLERY

Discover a selection of quilts from the Marbaum Collection - a unique collection of 87 art quilts generously donated to SJMQT for its 40th anniversary - on display for the first time. Marvin and Hilary Fletcher started acquiring quilts in the early 1980’s, eventually establishing a formidable trove of works from nearly 80 artists, bearing witness to the diversity and vitality of quilt-making from that time, to the present. 

The Marbaum Collection is both an invaluable resource for artists and researchers to explore, and a deeply personal collection woven together by the Fletchers’ long standing passion for and philanthropic support of art quilts. The gifted collection, unprecedented in size and scope for San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, will travel internationally before joining its new home in San Jose in 2020. 

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

520 SOUTH 1ST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA 95113
PHONE: (408) 971-0323

info@sjquiltmuseum.org

  
 

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At Spring Quilt Market, Ricky Tims showed us a glimpse of his new project. He is combining a young adult book with sewing and quilting. He....let's let him explain. Take a look.

 

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Night Sky was a commissioned project for Teresa. The unusual fabrics for this quilt were found at Goodwill, but we are sure you just might have some in your home as well.

Watch Teresa in Show 2410.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

 

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The EverSewn Sparrow 25 has all of the features that a quilter or home-sewer needs, and its $329.99 price tag won't break the bank! 

The Sparrow 25 is a great take-around machine for vacation travel, classes, retreats, and getting together with quilting friends. It makes a great gift too! It is a perfect graduation, wedding, or housewarming gift that you know will be well used.

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The Sparrow 25 ships for free in the USA!

EverSewn Sparrow 25

It offers 197 stitch patterns including an alphabet, 7 buttonholes, and a memory function that allows stitch combinations to be saved. A start/stop function lets the user sew without using the foot pedal, and a needle up/down function allows the user to specify the needle position at the end of a row of stitching. 

Sparrow 25 owner David White says,
"Just bought this machine (Sparrow 25) LOVE IT!!!! I got the embroidery foot (Darning foot) and this machine does quilting free stitching great, The letter feature is excellent. This machine uses standard feet, bobbins and needles so on a Sunday afternoon you can find what you need.  The speed feature is my favorite and the granddaughter loved it too.  I rate this machine 5 stars all the way."

 

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Now that the first 24 teams selected for the IMQE Exhibition have been featured, we will be showing the five reserve finalists. Here are the quilts for the third team of reserve finalists from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018.

Click here to learn more about the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE).

Enjoy the quilts from Team 196 created by Ethelda Ellis and Sharon Moore.

Title of Quilt: Autumn Antics

Quilter's Name: Ethelda Ellis

Location: Rosenallis, County Laois, Ireland

My love to create in miniature and the opportunity to work with an unknown partner, made this an appealing challenge. I connected easily to Sharon as she has visited Ireland before and although we live on different continents we belong to the same church. Her more traditional designs juxtapose with my art quilts. It was easy to agree on a theme of Seasons and in particular Autumn through our mutual love of the warm colours. The little red squirrels have always delighted me on my walks in the natural woods around Emo, a small local village near our home in the Midlands of Ireland. They are indigenous to Ireland. I received written permission from Paul Whiteley to use his detailed photographs of them and used my own photographs of the mushrooms growing on our lawn. The background is machine pieced strips of hand and commercially dyed and printed fabrics. The red squirrel and mushrooms were made separately by fused appliqué, enhanced by free-motion thread work and then appliquéd onto the background. Free motion quilting was done on a sit down sewing machine. I hope that Sharon, my new quilting friend will like the quilt I made and that the two of us can meet one day in person. It was a wonderful experience to build a relationship with someone as passionate about quilting as I and a privilege to belong to the international Quilting Community. Thank-you TQS!

 

Title of Quilt: Autumn Stars

Quilter's Name: Sharon Moore

Location: Montpelier, Ohio, USA

This has been great fun. Hope you do it again. My teammate is Ethelda, a doctor originally from South Africa but now from Ireland. We are the same religion. We both teach quilting. She teaches how to make and machine quilt beautiful pictorial quilts. She does this in Ireland, England and Scotland. I teach new techniques that work at Sauder Historical Village and at the WCOQG retreat. I am a hand quilter and have done some machine quilting. I have never done a pictorial quilt but plan to try some day with Ethelda’s guidance. Ethelda has been a wonderful partner. Even though she is a very busy person she has found time to share through email. We discussed colors she liked so I made Ethelda ‘Autumn Stars’. The star fabric came from a Moda Autumn Elegance jelly roll and coordinating fabric for the other parts. The backing is a surprise from Kaffe. The pattern was modified from Terrie Sandelin’s Miniatures In Minutes star pattern. The quilting is my own design and yes, it is machine quilted (got to keep leaning). We are enjoying having the quilt hang in our house until it becomes Ethelda’s. Some quilts are harder to give up than other and this is one of them but it is going to a very special person.

 
 

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Cheryl Lynch will be teaching her mini mosaic class this summer and you can join her at the Quilt Gallery in Kalispell, MT. Click on Learn More to get all the details. (July 31, 2019 - August 4, 2019)
 
 
The first two days of class will be spent choosing and completing one of Cheryl's Mini Mosaic quilt patterns. There are multiple pattern options provided, students will choose their favorite design (9” x 12”) to create under Cheryl’s direction. Each completed mosaic can be bordered and quilted.  

Days 3 through 5: Creating your own mini mosaic! 
Students will create their own design (16" x 20" or 18" x 24") using the skills you learned in days 1 and 2.

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Sandy Curran's Wild Cat (39" x 45") quilt was on display as part of the Throwback Thursday quilt competition at Quiltfest Lancaster 2019. This larger than life collaged cat has stunning green eyes that draw you into the quilt.

Sandy writes about her quilts, "Sometimes my work is an expression of my joy in the things I love. Often, eyes, the "window to our souls" are central. For me, if the eyes are alive, I have succeeded."

We think she definitely succeeded with this quilt. 

We know that this is a Throwback Thursday quilt as we found it on exhibit in Paducah in 2009.

 



TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm


SIZZLE Quilt - Cool

 


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