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 Denise Zintzmeyer, Dominique Dallenbach, Doris Wagner, and Edith Bieri-Hanselmann.

Title of Quilt: Lost Edelweiss

Quilter's Name: Denise Zintzmeyer

Title of Quilt: Red Cross

Quilter's Name: Dominique Dallenbach

Title of Quilt: Flower Windows

Quilter's Name: Doris Wagner

Title of Quilt: Cracks in the Swissness

Quilter's Name: Edith Bieri-Hanselmann

One of the most amazing things about having a hobby...is that you are only one stitch or snip away from another passion. Back in the 1990s when I started to quilt, I thought it was all about putting pieces of fabric together. Then I discovered how to incorporate my love of embroidery into my quilting world. Along came stitching with wool and my stitching life exploded into another direction. It is not that I left my love for the other genres, but that they inspired me to keep an open mind and heart to something that will broaden my horizons! And with each path I travel I meet the most amazing artisans who are willing to share their love of the craft they are involved with.
And, it was at the Fall Fling Retreat put on by Acorn's and Threads in Portland, Oregon that I met Nancy Rose, who brought a bit of show 'n tell that put the "W" in WOW!
When I think of cross stitch I tend to think of something small that you frame...not something that is the size of a quilt and can keep you warm during October!!! This Stoney Creek Collection piece was originally released in their magazine as monthly installments but is now available as a full chart. It took Nancy 3 years and 8 months and she enjoyed every stitch! It took 36 skeins of black floss alone!!
Creativity breeds more creativity and boy am I inspired on so many levels by her creation! Take a close look at some of the motifs and I hope you are inspired to create with whatever medium you love!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Ricky had a special feeling for this quilt that he selected as his Judge's Choice at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. After experiencing a devastating fire in La Veta last year, Ricky has a heartfelt appreciation for those who work so hard to put out the fires. Please enjoy Saving Paradise by Jan Reed, Ricky's Judge's Choice at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019.





Lilo caught up with Nancy Arseneault in front of her quilt, Save the Last Dance for Me, at the International Quilt Festival 2019 in Houston. Nancy talks about her love for "day of the dead" quilts and the origin of this particular quilt. In a strange coincidence, we taped the interview on Dia de los Muertos.

Watch Nancy with Lois Poldony in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends.

See the quilt up close below, then
Learn more about Nancy below the pictures.

(The sound is a little bit off as we were taping right on the festival floor with an audience in the background.)



Nancy Arseneault is now an Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Inductee for 2019. They write,

A third-generation quilter, Nancy has brought innovation and inspiration to the quilting world for over 40 years. Since 2004, she has been an active leader in the Tucson Quilters Guild. Her roles have included Program Co-Chair, Judging Co-Chair, instructor,mentor, author, and ambassador.

Nancy’s achievements include many accolades for her whimsical series of quilts based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. Her Dia de los Muertos quilts were featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine and on episode #1907 of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Nancy has had eight quilts juried into the Houston International Festival Show, with an award in 2014. She has had six quilts juried into American Quilters Society shows, three Road to California shows, and three National Quilt Association shows. Nancy received Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Awards in 2011 and 2019.

Congratulations Nancy!

Nancy was kind enough to send us photos of some of her exceptional work to share with you. But once you've seen her quilts in person, you'll understand that these photos just don't do them justice.

Star Members can watch Nancy in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends along with her BFF, Lois Podolny.

In this show Nancy and Lois each share a technique for machine quilting. Lois gives you a clever way to quilt concentric circles in metallic thread and Nancy walks you through her machine quilting process, offering advice from preparing your sewing machine and work area, through proper bobbin winding and making sample thread sandwiches.

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Houston is a city of art, events, and music. This fountain is right outside the convention center and was created by Joe O'Connell and Creative Machines. It is called "Wings Over Water" 2016. You need to not only see it, but to hear it.


A single picture can capture a lifetime of feelings. Lea McComas is amazing at that process. The Long Goodbye is a quilt that brings a texture and feeling to a special moment showing us a special love. Thank you Lea and congratulations on winning the Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. Watch the video below the first photo to hear Lea tell the story of the quilt.

You can watch Lea here at TQS in:

Show 1609: Transforming Quilts from Real Life

Show 2307: Paula Doyle / Lea McComas - Easy Stack Quilts & Solving Color Snags




As promised, we got the white glove lady to show us a peek at the back of Janet Stone's Best of Show Quilt Crazy Four Ewe. Look at how the letters are totally different from the front of the quilt. Amazing!

You can watch Janet here at TQS in Show 1401: From ABC to BOM - Tips and Techniques Just for "Ewe".




Once Upon a Time (2016) was created by Naavah Morrow, age 14. Naavah is a member of the National Quilt Museum Junior Quilters.

44" x 59"

Learn more about kids and quilting with Amy Milne in Show 2509.


Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


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-second quilt from the exhibition by Kyoko Yamauchi.

Title of Quilt: Our Hearts as One: Praying for the Recovery of the Earthquake

Quilter's Name: Kyoko Yamauchi

Dimensions: 80" x 80"


"How does your garden grow...?" With Dupioni silk and Swarovski crystals all in a row. It's beautiful mix of techniques and wonderful free-motion quilting.

Congratulations to Claudia! She won 1st Place Naturescape at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Don't forget that Claudia teaches our Star members how to quilt in our WATCH>Featured Guest DVDs. And, you can also watch Claudia in Show 2413.

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