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Hosta BOM was Jayme's first Block of the Month and is based on her secret garden full of Hostas.

Watch Jayme at work in Show 2511.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Lilo recently visited the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France and discovered a wonderful exhibit they were featuring there. Swiss quilt group patCHquilt was celebrating their thirtieth anniversary by putting on a showcase of 100 challenge quilts for the occasion. The challenge was open to all members of the group of every skill level and each quilt had to adhere to the following criteria:

  • Works must be original, not from a kit and must include a red border.
  • They must be 30 cm wide, 120 cm long, and displayed portrait style.
  • The quilt must include at least 1/2 of the Edelweiss fabric (that each person received), and feature a piece of that same fabric that is 10 cm x 10 cm in size.

To join in the celebration with patCHquilt, we will be featuring four of the challenge quilts each week that were displayed as part of the exhibition at the European Patchwork Meeting.

Please enjoy the next four quilts from Erika Bollinger, Erika Dubler, Esther Lazzaratto, and Eva-Marie Kilian.

Title of Quilt: Edelweiss Gimmicks

Quilter's Name: Erika Bollinger

Title of Quilt: Patriotic

Quilter's Name: Erika Dubler

Title of Quilt: Alp Procession

Quilter's Name: Esther Lazzaratto

Title of Quilt: Flowers

Quilter's Name: Eva-Marie Kilian

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As part of the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the American Quilter's Society, the 35 Best of Show Quilts from the AQS Quilt Shows, 1985 through 2019, were displayed at AQS QuiltWeek - Fall Paducah 2019. These quilts were donated by the American Quilter's Society to The National Quilt Museum

 

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Ricky sat down with textile artist Jane Haworth at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019. They took a look at some of her "pet portrait" quilts which she creates through collage. Take a look and see if your favorite animal is in one of the quilts. If not, Jane can always help you make your own.

 

 

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 We loved Alex's explanation about the Postage Stamp Basket Quilt.  So much that we decided to buy something to give to you. It started because when you purchase/renew a Star Membership you can download 2 free patterns. 

One is a basket pattern from Alex. The other is a fun quilt from Ricky.

Ricky's pattern is one of our favorite quilts and is called On the Road Again. This quilt will be loved by your family for generations and gives you lots of room to play with colors.

Alex's free pattern download is called Quilt Basket Rendezvous and is very dynamic in Kaffe, but would look good with solids too. 

 

 

 

 

Alex Mentioned a Quilt Basket Stamp...

 

Vintage 1978 Quilt Basket Stamp Included

After learning about the 1978 Postage Stamp, we bought some. If you are one of the first 500 people to purchase/renew a 1-Year Membership this Holiday Season, you will receive a 4 stamp square of this 1978 Vintage part of Quilting History. The shipping is Free too.

We are looking into getting more of the stamps and also allowing you to buy them as Christmas Stocking Stuffers for your quilting friends. But for now, this is all we have. Please hurry.

 

 

 

To sum up, your 1-Year Membership for $49 gets you:

  1. 26 Brand new shows
  2. Over 300 past shows
  3. Sue Garman's 2020 BOM pattern for Free (an $84 value)
  4. Alex Anderson's Quilt Basket Rendezvous pattern download
  5. Ricky Tims' On The Road Again pattern download
  6. Stream 5 Full Length DVD classes Including Claudia Pfeil's (P)Fillers
  7. A 25% Coupon for your next visit to The Quilt Show Store
  8. And now a piece of Quilting History.

It's time to get ready for 2020. Don't miss out, Join or Renew now.

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Laura Coia of SewVeryEasy loves these Wonder Grip Quilter's Gloves and she has a story to tell.

Wonder Grip Quilter's Gloves are available here in the TQS Shop.

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Grandmother's Flower Garden. Made by Ida Nancy Pike.
1930-1949. Riverside, California. Image courtesy of The Quilt Index

Feed Sacks in the Country Music Documentary

By Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D.,

Curator of Clothing and Textiles, the Museum of Texas Tech University

If you had a chance to see the recent Ken Burns documentary, Country Music, you might have noticed that several of the performers had a tie to flour companies. Some of these relate to objects currently on exhibit in “Cotton and Thrift: Feed Sacks and the Fabric of American Households.” Country music stars, along with movie stars, were the big-time stars of the 1930s through the 1950s. Their popularity reached into the stratosphere. Three of the biggest had promotional relationships with flour companies—back in the day before some of us banished carbs from our diets. 

Bob Wills founded the Light Crust Doughboys and developed a relationship with the Burris Mill and Elevator Company to sponsor the band on a radio show broadcast from Fort Worth in 1931. Although the general sales manager of Burris Mill cancelled the show because he did not like their “hillbilly music,” Wills’ persistence and the demands of fans who used Light Crust Flour brought the group back to the air. However, in 1933 Bob Will was fired from the Light Crust Doughboys for drinking, which led to a move to Waco where he organized a new group he called the Texas Playboys. 

 

  
Devil's Highway quilt (front). The back shows the Light Crust Flour logo that survived washing of the sack and the dying of the white fabric. Gift of Mrs. G. C. Keith, TTU-H 1979-180. Images courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Read more about Devil's Highway (A.K.A. the jinxed quilt) here.

Bob Will’s Texas Playboys played a cross between swing and country music, which was great for dancing. Possibly in an attempt to recreate his earlier financial arrangement with a flour mill, Bob Wills made a deal with the Red Star Milling Company in the fall of 1935, a subsidiary of General Mills, to sponsor their radio show on KVOO in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today the word “playboy” conjures up Hugh Hefner’s empire and magazine, but in 1935 it was a much more innocent word.

This image from the Oklahoma Historical Society shows a display of Playboy Flour. 
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

This Play Boy Flour sack in the Museum’s collection was printed with blocks that could be made into a quilt.
TTU-H2017-086-001, Gift from the Good People of Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Because it was such a pretty logo, someone decided to embroider over it and make a quilt from several Play Boy Flour sacks.
This is not in the Museum’s collection, but an interesting use of flour sacks. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Hank Williams had a promotional relationship with Mother’s Best Flour. At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother’s Best Flour Radio Shows. The Mother’s Best Flour Show ran in the mornings from 7:15 until 7:30 over WSM radio in Nashville. Although the Museum doesn’t yet have a sack with the label still attached to identify it as a Mother’s Best, the image below shows the types of images that were printed on the fabrics used to package Mother’s Best products.

Hank Williams and his band with Mother’s Best Flour sacks, circa 1951.
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Hank Williams with his guitar and Mother’s Best Flour shows the pattern of the fabric. 
What a great AD—the country music star with the product! Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Flour sacks were often printed with beautiful logos and the flour mills developed relationships with country music stars to promote their products on radio. Feed sacks were an integral aspect of life during the first half of the 20th century, and so it would be natural to find them to be a part of popular country music. Cotton and Thrift: Feed Sacks and the Fabric of American Households,” a companion exhibit catalog of the same name is also available through the Museum Store, Amazon and TTU Press.

Learn more about the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.

Click here for related articles from the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.

 

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I can get lost in my own little world of quilting. And yes, I admit about 80 percent of my quilting world is composed of hand stitching...whether it be wool, embroidery, appliqué, or cross stitching. But, occasionally I feel compelled to shake up my world and challenge my brain cells by learning something new. Hence when the Stitchin' Post calendar listed a class by Karen Stone on Hexies by Machine I was intrigued. Hand stitching hexies is a comfortable experience for me. But how in the heck does one do it by machine??? Karen has been quilting since 1986 and has won numerous awards for her quilts. She is also a much sought after instructor ...and why the heck not...hexies by machine???
 
 
 
As an author and inspirational quilting guru on trusting yourself, I was amazed that I not only was able to expand my quilting world but also was able to finish a block!!! At first it seemed maybe too challenging for me, but with her kind teaching method and encouragement I was able to make my first hexie block and stitch it by machine!
 
 
The second half of the class she taught the same process again with this wonderful block!
 
 
I highly recommend stretching out of your comfort zone. Not only do you feel awesome by learning something new, but a whole new world might open up on your horizon! If you have an opportunity to take a class from Karen Stone...DO IT!!! It will rock your world!
 
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

Click here for Anna's blog.

 
 
 

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Karen Eckmeier woke up from a dream laughing about a village of vegetables; so, she decided to make one in her "Happy Village" collage style. Her Pineapple Palace holds court over her colorful village of organic delights. How many different vegetables can you find?
 
Karen's quilt, Veggieville, was on display at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019 as part of the Fantasy / Whimsy exhibit.
 

 

 

 

 

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Jayme Crow tells Alex about the Three B's of Quilting:

  1. The Backflip technique
  2. The Boondoggle Ruler
  3. How she creates Batiks

It's a fun ride. Afterwards you can learn even more from Jayme in Show 2511.



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