Here are the quilts for the fourteenth team 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 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.

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

Enjoy the quilts from Team 264 created by Laura Franci and Karen Woolley.

Title of Quilt: Deep Blue

Quilter's Name: Laura Franci

Location: Siena, Italy

Hi, my name is Laura (screen name Stile Malena) from Tuscany, Italy and I love to play with fabrics. Actually, I started with patchwork 6 years ago. I’m a complete self-taught: I’ve studied and I keep learning from the web and i love pictorial quilt.. My mate Karen consider herself something between traditional and modern quilter and has never created any art quilt. Well, that is a great news!!! So, I looked up her FB page. O my!!! How many Karen Woolley on facebook!!! So she told me to look for her dog Maddie in in her profile picture. Maddie could be a great subject! ... but I didn't found a right picture for an art quilt (arghhh). I thought, maybe, on Instagram but nobody with her name and I didn't want to ask her so as not to get suspicious. Thank god, in the end, i found her account with her screen name and the right picture too. Not Maddie but a beautiful flower. I hope that flower come from her garden because it was an arduous search. :D


Title of Quilt: Broken Hives

Quilter's Name: Karen Woolley

Location: Saint James, New York, USA

This quilt was made for Laura, my Italian quilt partner. I love designing quilts and this one was no exception. I had the bee fabric in my stash for a while, waiting for inspiration to strike. I took this opportunity in this mini challenge to bring this fabric to life. I designed "Broken Hives" to bring to light the issue of the decline in the population of the American bee. In this quilt the bees are depicted flying around broken hives. The pieced muted background along with the circular quilting helps the viewer imagine the bees flying in circles. Perhaps by increasing the awareness of the decline of the American Bee, people will take action in improving their surrounding environment to become more bee friendly.


#7 Mady 2019-03-14 13:06
So creative and talented! Artfully achieved!!!
#6 Eileen/Sunshine 2019-02-19 10:08
I loved the thought and workmanship in both quilts and found it interesting that a bee was chosen. My hubby was a beekeeper and our bees origin were the gentle Italian strain.
#5 Suzanna Moore 2019-02-17 14:11
Wonderful quilts. I would be thrilled to have either of them.
#4 Joan H. 2019-02-17 13:56
What nice work went in to both of these quilts. Wouldn't mind having either one.
#3 Judy garden. 2019-02-17 10:29
Beautiful quilts. This was such a wonderful project.
#2 Kim 2019-02-17 05:45
Both quilts are stunning, very beautiful.
Thank you
#1 Photostitch 2019-02-17 04:32
Love the art quilt of the flower-just gorgeous!
The softness of the bees and broken hives is designed beautifully. Such thought went into both of these quilts bringing 2 quilters together under the common thread!
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