Wish you could go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show? Now you can because it's going virtual.

Virtual Quilt Show Day happenings:

    1. Visit their Website for a virtual walk-through of the 2020 Reimagined Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: Special Exhibits, Community Highlights, Buy a Storybook Quilt / WISH fabric postcard / quilt, Auction items available

    2. Follow them on social media - Live feeds throughout the day.

      1. Facebook: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

      2. Instagram: SistersOutdoorQuiltShow

      3. Click here to visit their website.


Laura at SewVeryEasy has a fun way to play with 18 pre-cut 5" squares. Follow along to see what she makes.


Congratulations to the 2013 QuiltWeek - Paducah, Ky. AQS Best of Show winners Renae Haddadin & Karen Kay Buckley for their glorious quilt, Fiesta Mexico!

Would you like to see the back of the quilt? Captain John took some photos just for you!

To see the front of the quilt, scroll down past the back photos.





Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin won the Maywood Studio Master Award for Innovative Artistry, one of the top eight awards at the Houston International Quilt Festival.

You can learn appliqué from Karen in our Applique Masterclass Part 1 and Show 2007: From Perfection to Preservation.

To see more of Renae's work, watch Show 703: Tools of the Trade - available to Star Members. To see an up close look at the front of the quilt check it out as a Zoom Quilt.



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    Garden Variety Sampler by Janet Stone (Show 1401). (Image Road to CA).





As we leave Elements of Design (Lesson 1) and move into Principles of Design, we want to share articles our own Editors, Lilo and Mary Kay, found to be very helpful when it comes to designing a quilt. Here are their favorites. We'd love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section (below the article), which articles you found especially helpful. Can't wait to see how you did on the quiz (Lesson 28) earlier in the week. Check your answers at the bottom of the article. Missed the quiz, click here.



Consider the Sparrows-Matthew 10:29-31 by Randi Swindler

Creating Visual Texture (Lesson 4)

Texture in art engages our sense of touch and sight. It captures the way something should feel when you reach out to touch it. As quilters, we are naturally apt to want to reach out and touch a beautiful fabric or quilt. In this lesson, we began studying how you as a quilter can draw viewers in with the use of texture.


Consider the Sparrows-Matthew 10:29-31 by Randi Swindler. (Image courtesy of Randi Swindler)


Understanding Form (Lesson 9)

Form in the simplest terms is a three-dimensional figure (i.e. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, etc.). Form has length, width, and height. Think of it as something you can pick up, set something on, or casts a shadow. Form can bear weight due to it being three-dimensional, while two-dimensional Shape cannot.


Hollow Cube by Marci Baker. (Image by TheQuiltShow.com)



Space-Creating Perspective (Lesson 11)

Think of it this way. If it's large, it's closer. If it is small, it's further away. The road is drawn using two lines that meet at one point along the horizon line. The lines of the street are drawn at an angle to create the illusion of distance and depth. Notice how both the road, and trees along it, seem to disappear into the horizon. At the point where everything seems to disappear is called the vanishing point











Fabric Choices: Predictable vs. Unpredictable Fabrics (Lesson 23)

How and what fabric choices you make can result in a flat or less dynamic quilt. Scale, value, and pattern can make a huge difference when it comes to selecting fabrics for your quilt project. It's one thing to understand the principles of the terms, but another matter when it comes to actually putting a fabric group together.




Improvisation by Becky Goldsmith. (Show 611Show 1704, and Show 2401). [Image courtesy of Becky Goldsmith]



Understanding the Subtle Nuances of Taupe (Lesson 24)

Focus on the often misunderstood taupe palette. This group of fabrics is more often than not relegated to what is frequently called the 'beige' category. But, understanding the subtle nuances of taupe go way beyond just being mere beige.

As you know, working within a single monochromatic color (Lesson 14) can be challenging for any quilter. Monochromatic literally means, "containing or using only one color." And yet, the taupe color palette can create a sense of simplicity, calm, harmony, relaxation, and sophistication.




Yoko Saito Quilt - Detail. (Show 1505) - Site in Japanese




Scrap Quilts and Ugly Ducking Blocks (Lesson 27)

Scrap quilts have a charm and look all their own. And we as quilters cannot help but be captivated by their quirky mix of colors, patterns, fabrics, and the occasional unexpected blocks. Antique quilts especially evoke a sense of days gone by, when life moved at a slower pace. The softened and often faded "vintage" look of these quilts impart a sense of charm, comfort, softness and a 'please cuddle me' feeling. It is this desire for a "vintage" look that has quilters across the globe seeking out patterns and books. Walk through any quilt store and there is sure to be at least one book devoted to the subject. Antique quilts also serve as a wonderful resource for inspiration.





For those who played the quiz on Wednesday (Lesson 28), here are the answers:                                                                                      

Row 1 - Perspective, Analogous

Amsterdam Alleyway: The Shortcut Between by Leslie Tucker Jenison (Show 1510). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com]. French Braid by Jane Hardy Miller (Show 1607). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com].

Row 2 - Monochromatic, Triad

Utterly Blue Cape by Rachel D.K. Clark (Show 703) [Image courtesy of Rachel D.K. Clark]. Green by Frieda Anderson (Show 705).

Row 3 - Shadow, Value

White Umbrellas by Joan Sowada (Image courtesy of Joan Sowada). Spyrogyra by Esterita Austin. (Show 506). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com].

Row 4 - Form, Texture

Heirloom Pumpkins by Susan Brubaker Knapp (Show 901, Show 1709). [Image courtesy of Susan Brubaker Knapp]. Urban Desires by Michele Sanandajian - Detail. (Show 2109). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com].

Row 5 - Line, Space

Canterbury #2 by Debbie Grifka (Show 2604). [Image by QuiltCon]. Reflections Of Cape Town by Cynthia England (Show 610, Show 1412, Show 2612). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com].

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Starting today, TQS will be featuring quilts from the exhibit Log Cabin Today! Presented by Brigitte Morgenroth, a series of log cabin quilts created by Brigitte Morgenroth that were featured at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2015. The exhibit is described as:

"Twenty-five years ago, Brigitte Morgenroth discovered quilting when she lived in Bophuthatswana (a former homeland in South Africa) and Libya. She creates modern and interesting Log Cabin quilts, with her choice of expressive colors and material, combined in different variations and arrangements: Log Cabin with a twist, triangular, undulating, or pineapple. Silk and polyester satin are her favorite materials, sometimes combined with patterned cotton. Mainly, she sews large quilts and sometimes smaller, more sophisticated ones. All of her quilts are hand-quilted. She gives this old pattern a modern, interesting character."

Please enjoy Brigitte's first quilt from the exhibition.

Title of Quilt: Opernball

Quilter's Name: Brigitte Morgenroth



Laura Welkin takes making a 9 patch quilt to another level with her Nearly a 9 Patch quilt (which really sort of has 8 patches of amazing appliqué). Outside of the appliqué is some stunning quilting and a very unusual pieced inner border.

Nearly a 9 Patch by Laura Welkin of Noblesville, Indiana was featured in the Appliqué, Small category at Houston 2019.



In Part 5 of this BERNINA series, they answers questions about the Q-matic Longarm Quilting Automation System (or any automated system) for your machine.

In Part 4 of BERNINA's series of longarming for beginners, they discuss two critical factors for quality stitching–needles and tension. As a longarm quilter, you’ll want consistent stitching on every project. But you’ll find that if you are using different types of batting, fabric and thread, you may need to make adjustments to get a perfect stitch.

In Part 3 in BERNINA's series of Longarm Quilting for Beginners deals with threading and basic techniques.

A person new to using a longarm is always interested in the threading of the machine. Some longarms are a little different from others. Here they share with you how easy it is to thread their BERNINA Q Series machines. Both the Q 20 and the Q 24 thread the same way. The threading is all in the front, so there is no need to go to the back or reach all the way to the back.

Part 2 is a discussion about the frame and rails.

Part 1 gave you some things to think about if you decide to purchase a longarm on a frame. The later blogs will touch on basic techniques, feature highlights of the BERNINA Q Series and BERNINA Q-matic Longarm Quilting Automation System.

Click here for Part 5.

Click here for Part 4.

Click here for Part 3.

Click here for Part 2.

Click here for Part 1.


Episode 2 of Running Stitch from the Quilt Alliance focuses on quilts and activism. Quilters have long used their work to make statements and advocate for change, tackling abolition, temperance, suffrage, and many other social justice issues. Join host Janneken Smucker for a conversation with quilter and author of Why We QuiltThomas Knauer (Show 1608), discussing why quilts are great objects for making statements, and how Thomas communicates politically through his own quilts.

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Also available on Quilt Alliance website.

From the Quilt Alliance:

Running Stitch, A QSOS Podcast is hosted by Janneken Smucker, Professor of History at West Chester University. Join us as we explore quilt stories, revealing the inner thoughts, feelings, and motivations of contemporary quiltmakers by drawing from Quilters' S.O.S. — Save Our Stories, the long running oral history project created by the non-profit Quilt Alliance in 1999.

Quilts and quiltmaking serve as a lens to examine some of today’s most pressing issues, including activism, public health, politics, race, and the economy. We’ll dig into the QSOS archive to listen to excerpts from past interviews, and bring back interviewees to ask them about what they are working on and thinking about presently. Upcoming guests include Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carolyn Mazloomi, Thomas Knauer, Melanie Testa, and Jinny Beyer.



This adorable creature by Becky Goldsmith is from the pattern, The Magical Unicorn. We'd love to live in the sunshine and color of this unicorn's world. The Magical Unicorn, which is available as a pattern pack/book and eBook formats, can be found here at pieceocake.com.

You can learn appliqué from Becky in our Applique Masterclass Part 1, and Show 611: Appliqué the Piece O' Cake Way.

Original Photo by Becky Goldsmith


We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the twentieth quilt from the exhibition by an Unknown Maker.

Title of Quilt: Mariner's Compass

Quilter's Name: Unknown Maker

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