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Quilting has always taken on hard subjects. My Divorce Quilt: Shredded, a quilt by Susan Fletcher King, expresses her reactions to a difficult life event. The quilt achieves strong emtions by using raw edge appliqué to effect, strong black and red images, and appears to have journal entries or letters placed throughout the quilt.

 

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Do you know someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia? Both Alex and Ricky had parents who suffered and they'd like to share with you an idea that Alex's mother found particularly comforting. It is an activity mat.

Activity mats are designed to safely stimulate and soothe people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, ADD, head trauma, or persons recovering from strokes. They are generally customized to the individual as you can see in this video with Alex and Ricky.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has a PDF with directions and photos to help you create your own activity mat. Click here to download.

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Here in America we will be celebrating Thanksgiving soon, and while not quilting related, we are all about learning here at TQS. This PBS video tells us about the origins of some very traditional Thanksgiving foods. Did you know that turkeys have more than doubled in size from their origins?

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Update 11/11/2019

Did you guess that it was Marilyn Badger? This time it was the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019.

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This quilt truly is a Supernova, and yes, it was made by Marilyn Badger and won 1st Place in "Wall Quilts: Movable Machine Quilted." Champagne Supernova is 78" x 78" and contains a multitude of techniques including:

Hand Appliqué, Machine Appliqué, Beading, Crystals, Embellishments, Hand Embroidery, Free-Motion Quilting, Fabric Painting, Paper Piecing, and Machine Piecing.

There is color and texture and hand stitching and ... take a look for yourself.

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Alex spoke with veteran Andrew Lee about his quilt Shock and Awe at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. Andrew discovered quilting as a therapy to help with PTSD. Andrew works with Quilts of Valor and was going to present a quilt on the day of this interview.

Alex also talks with Andrew and his wife about quilting and gets a peek at the studio they share.

Thank you for your service Andrew and thank you for sharing your quilt with TQS.

 

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It is with a heavy heart that we remember TQS member Dana Shanes Lynch, who passed away this week after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Dana was a member of a group called the Amazing Eight--quilting friends from all over the country who met online at TQS. This group collaborated on award-winning quilts. She will be missed by many and remembered as not only a talented artist but a wonderful friend to so many in the quilt community.

Click here to see more of Dana's work, those she made on her own and those she quilted for others.

Dana's friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help Dana's family with medical bills and funeral costs. Anything you can do to help defray these costs will be greatly appreciated.

Click here to donate.

We'd like to share some videos from a very happy time when the Amazing Eight were together in Houston and celebrating their 1st place Group Quilt win for their Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt. Here is a Go Tell It interview from the Quilt Alliance featuring Dana.

Dana, we will miss your smiling face and gentle heart.

 

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The Amazing Eight, TQS members who met right here online at TQS, won First Place, Group, at IQA Houston 2014. This is the third quilt that the group has created. Together they share some tips on how they work together, what sort of problems they ran into, and how the quilt was created.

Congratulations ladies!

Watch the video to learn more about the Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt.

 

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Here's another Dynamic Dresden quilt, Five Golden Rings, made by Tami Gallogly for Susan Cleveland to share. Tami created "double" Dresden rings by laying one on top of the other to great effect.

Learn more about Dresden Rings with Susan in Show 2510.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Today we continue our selection of quilts recently displayed at the Spring Paducah 2019 show featured as part of The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. The exhibit is described as:

"Organized by the Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association, the Quilt Nihon Exhibition is one of the most prestigious international quilt contests in Japan. The exhibit features 42 quilts from the "Innovative Traditional" category, which will later be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art."

Please enjoy the twenty-third quilt from the exhibition by Akiko Wakebe.

Title of Quilt: Rise to Heaven

Quilter's Name: Akiko Wakebe

Dimensions: 75" x 75"

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The park right in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston is called Discovery Green. It is beautifully maintained and is a wonderful place for weekends and events. We love seeing the flowers and plants each year.

 

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Susan Cleveland Ioves precision piecing and has spent a great deal of time developing lots of little tips to give quilters greater success! Her insightful and easy to read 16-page book, Secrets of Impeccable Piecing, is packed full of tips and tricks to increase the accuracy and precision of your quilting. Perfect for all levels of quilter from those who want to start off on the right foot, to quilters who want to tackle more challenging designs.
 
PLUS, your book includes the Quilter's Custom Seam Tool - a specialized tool to help you to place a piecing guide on your sewing machine to get the perfect seam allowance for your fabric.



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