Is this fabric or the real thing?  Mister Finch's textile art has a way with fabric that will astound you.
"This holiday season, New York’s Steven Kasher Gallery is transporting visitors to the magical world of Mister Finch. From December 12 to December 23 the jewelry designer turned textile artist turned sculptor will display his fantastical sculptures. Modelled on flora and fauna, the pieces are also fanciful contradictions; beautiful, yet haunting, dangerous, yet alluring." (Excerpt from Wallpaper). 

See an exhibit of his current work here.  By the way.  The fungi image in the Newsletter is the real thing captured along a walk in the woods of England.
Want to see more magical 3-D creations in fabric?  Click on the picture to see the work of Susan Else (Show 1309).
Susan even shares how to make a 3-D leaf idea that you just might want to include in a future quilt piece.


Liked what Leah Day and Laura Gaskin shared in Show 1712?  Well, check out these artist-proven ideas for upgrading your quilting toolbelt.

Sue McCarty (Show 1208) shows you how to customize a predetermined quilt design and make it all your own.


Nancy Prince (Show 1004) demonstrates how to let commercial fabric act as training wheels for your thread work.


Carol Ann Waugh (Show 1011) walks you through making the most of your BERNINA pre-set stitches by incorporating them,

along with handwork, in your quilts.



Tis the Season for Cleaning. Let's start with your iron. 



On December 8, 2015 Douglas Tompkins died from the results of a kayaking accident. He was famous to the quilting world for his involvement in the Esprit quilt collection. He specialized in collecting Amish Quilts. Janneken Smuker, a quilting author, remembers Douglas with several vintage pictures.



In this "Ask Angela" video, Angela shows you her favorite ruler as well as giving you tips on how to use rulers on your longarm quilting machine.

Star Members can watch Angela in Show 1306: No-Pin Curves and Quilting "Modern."



Leah has provided us with photos of her wonderful quilts, including close-ups of that fabulous quilting. 

Star Members can watch Leah in Show 1712: Free Motion Practice Makes Perfect.

Descriptions of the quilts follow below.

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365 Free Motion Quilting Designs - This is the collection of designs Leah created in the first three years of her blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project. Oddly enough, Leah never planned to make this quilt from the beginning, but decided to connect all the little 4-inch blocks together years after they were finished. Once complete, this quilt has become a favorite at quilt shows and when Leah teaches in person. Every single design is different, making it a truly addictive quilt for texture-loving quilters!

Dancing Butterfly Quilt - This year was all about butterflies, as Leah taught quilters around the world how to piece, appliqué, and free motion quilt this beautiful quilt block by block. The butterflies were inspired by an antique quilt that was probably made by a grandmother or great grandmother in Leah's family.

Duchess Reigns - This is one of Leah's most time-consuming and challenging goddess quilts to date. This beautiful wholecloth quilt began as a large, solid white square of fabric and Leah marked and quilted the design before dyeing the entire quilt dark red. This created many challenges for the quilt because the fabric distorted badly, and at one point Leah put it away for more than a year. When she finally got back to the project Leah had to accept the flaws on the surface and just keep quilting. One of Leah's favorite tips is "throw more thread at it!" which definitely came in handy for this quilt.

My Cup Runneth Over - Thankfulness was the theme for this goddess quilt that Leah designed and quilted in 2010. Leah had a sudden inspiration to make a quilt that would represent the overwhelming love and joy of her family. This was one of the first quilts Leah designed with fusible appliqué and the hardest part was knowing what to quilt in the background. Finally after a few months of looking at the quilt on the wall, Leah realized the perfect background was a simple landscape. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best!

Release Your Light - This huge goddess quilt is one of Leah's favorites for the transformation it brought to her life. While working on it, Leah was struck with the idea to start the Free Motion Quilting Project and challenge herself to share new quilting designs every day. In this way, Release Your Light allowed Leah  to release her light to the world, build a business, and support her family.

While it may not look like it, this quilt began as a large white bedsheet! The goddess figure was hand appliquéd to the surface, then the entire quilt was quilted. Only after it was completely finished did Leah began painting the surface with Shiva Paintstiks and colored pencils to create the dramatic blazing sun effect.


Laura from SewVeryEasy.com is back with a great method for creating reusable fabric gift bags. You can make your own pattern from any paper gift bag. Any size gift bag will work, and you get to choose your own fabric. But don't expect your bag to be returned back to you because they are too cute to re-gift.   :)


Please consider supporting the National Quilt Museum by donating to their Year-End Matching Campaign. From December 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 each dollar donated will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Click here to learn more about donating to the Year-End Matching Campaign.

The quilt in the background of this video is the TQS BOM 2013 quilt - "Two of Us" by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly. It won BERNINA of American - Best Home Machine Workmanship at AQS QuiltWeek Paducah 2014.



Sue's quilt, "Tutti Frutti Alleyway," won 3rd Place Art Whimsical at IQA Houston 2015.  Here she talks about how she created the quilt.  The interview is part of the Quilt Alliance's "Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! project.

Star Members can learn more about Sue in Show 1608: Creating Unique Collage Quilts & Quilts with Meaning. In this show she shares her fabric collage techniques, walking us through the process layer by layer. She also demonstrates using dye magnets to create her wonderful tone-on-tone fabrics.


TextileFusion was a special exhibit at IQA Houston 2015.  Suzann Thompson fuses together knitting, quilting, crocheting, and embellishing to create her signature TextileFusion pieces.  She cuts and pieces recycled knits onto a fabric foundation.  After she quilts and binds, she embellishes with crocheted motifs, embroidery, buttons, and beads.

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Top 10 Reasons to Join the Quilt Show!

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Learn about
Apliquick appliqué tools!

Watch Show 1912
with Rosa Rojas (free!)

Apliquick Rods


Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors


Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers