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At the Iowa Quilt Museum through April 5, 2020, a celebration of the life and quilts of Doreen Speckmann.

"This colorful exhibit features works by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann, the quilts on display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999. Known for her wit & wisdom, as well as her teaching and publishing, Doreen led quilting cruises and used the world she explored as inspiration for her original designs." - Iowa Quilt Museum

The museum will be hosting some special events for the exhibit. They've provided the following:

On Saturday, March 7th, we will host three special events to celebrate Doreen and her impact on the quilting world.

At 10:30 am, Marianne Fons & Judy Martin will lead a guided gallery walk.

From 12:30 - 4:30, Joyce Franklin, owner of Piece Works Quilt Shop here in Winterset, will lead a class called  Meet Peaky & Spike. Participants will create a table runner from one of Doreen's patterns.

At 5:00, we'll hold a reception which is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, I'll make a few remarks as will Megan, and we'll recognize any of Doreen's family & former colleagues who are present. 

Don't know Doreen? Click here to find out about this wonderful lady and pioneer in the quilting world.

(photo: Iowa Quilt Museum)

 

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For the Love of Squircles by Marla Varner of the Bainbridge Island MQG received the Quilting Excellence Award – Sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild – at QuiltCon 2020.

If you look at the photos, I think you can figure out what a squircle might be.

Artist Statement: “Inspired by my first squircle quilt, this second version used solid scraps and continued the process of creating a block a day for a year. I once again joined a group of online quilters making daily circle blocks. However, I cut my shapes freehand and applied them using needle turn appliqué. The resulting squircle blocks created an opportunity to explore transitions and the design provided the perfect canvas for hand quilting.”

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Debbie writes about Gateway"I was captivated by the outdoor garden “rooms” at Versailles when we visited France in 2017.  They seemed like secret gardens – exactly the kind of place I would have loved as a child."

Black and white.

39″ x 32″

2018

Watch Debbie in Show 2604.

GatewaybyDebbieGrifka - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

GatewaybyDebbieGrifka - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

GatewaybyDebbieGrifka - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

GatewaybyDebbieGrifka - 35 Pieces Rotating

GatewaybyDebbieGrifka - 100 Pieces Rotating

GatewaybyDebbieGrifka - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Debbie writes about Gateway, "I was captivated by the outdoor garden “rooms” at Versailles when we visited France in 2017. They seemed like secret gardens – exactly the kind of place I would have loved as a child."

Black and white.

39″ x 32″

2018

Watch Debbie in Show 2604.

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 thirty-eighth quilt from the exhibition by Rie Miyoshi.

Title of Quilt: Me And Sue And The Flower Garden

Quilter's Name: Rie Miyoshi

Dimensions: 78" x 65"

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Pandemonium, an amazing appliqué quilt by Susan Minchow, won First Place, Mixed Large, at Road to California 2020.

Quilted by Kris Vierra, Pandemonium is a based on a Kim McClean design.

Kim wrote about her pattern: "It's very, very busy! When I was designing this quilt, I had been watching a lot of TV - mainly the Tudors and Downton Abbey. In these series, there are a lot of scenes with beautiful stately homes and the garden within the estates. I've seen these places with the kitchen garden, the folly and beautiful fountains and rose arbours. I'd love to live in one of these places, but, they are horrendously costly, so, I'm quite happy to dream in this quilt!"

Photos by Anna Bates

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Debbie's lovely quilt, Ephemeral Elegance, won First Place for First Entry in an AQS Show/Small Wall Quilt category at Paducah 2011. She was so shocked she wanted to call her husband and tell him, but forgot his phone number...

Watch Debbie in Show 2604.

EphemeralElegancebyDebbieGrifka - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

EphemeralElegancebyDebbieGrifka - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

EphemeralElegancebyDebbieGrifka - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

EphemeralElegancebyDebbieGrifka - 36 Pieces Rotating

EphemeralElegancebyDebbieGrifka - 100 Pieces Rotating

EphemeralElegancebyDebbieGrifka - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Debbie's lovely quilt, Ephemeral Elegance, won First Place for First Entry in an AQS Show/Small Wall Quilt category at Paducah 2011. She was so shocked she wanted to call her husband and tell him, but forgot his phone number...

Watch Debbie in Show 2604.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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We are off in Sisters, Oregon again for Show 2605 featuring Kathy Wylie and Valori Wells. Kathy shares her incredible appliqué quilts and new fabric line. Then she is off to demo a hand-tied scalloped binding and a quilted frame. Next up is Valori, who shows you how to make a zippered pouch out of your favorite fabrics.

Watch Kathy and Valori in Show 2605, when it debuts Sunday, February 23, 2020.


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