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We continue our feature on quilts from the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibit, Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation, as featured at the Texas Quilt Museum. The exhibit is described as:

Studio Art Quilt Associates presents Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation at the Texas Quilt Museum in Galleries I and III. These studio art quilts, dating from 1968 to 2016, represent the extraordinary range of talented artists working in contemporary quilt art. Featuring a balance of abstract and representational styles, Layered & Stitched includes several foreign artists, with a wide geographic distribution of makers in general. The curatorial vision of this exhibition embraces diversity and excellence, including three-dimensional works. Juried by Nancy Bavor, Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles; Martha Sielman, Executive Director of SAQA; and Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, who says, "Jurying this spectacular exhibition was one of the highlights of my career! It is an amazing show of historic significance."

The exhibit has also been collected in a companion book as well, titled Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation by Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, Martha Sielman, and edited by Sandra Sider. The book is described as:

Published by Schiffer Books, Art Quilts Unfolding offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists' works are featured.
 
An introduction by Janet Koplos, former senior editor of Art in America, and a conclusion by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum, help us to understand the impact and the future of the art.
 
 
The exhibit will be on display at:
(Due to the current situation around the country, dates for the exhibit have changed.)
Ross Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio: May 14, 2021 - July 2, 2021
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: October 10, 2021 - January 9, 2022
 

Please enjoy the fifteenth quilt piece, and first quilt sculpture, from the exhibition by Susan Else.

Title of Quilt: Family Life

Quilter's Name: Susan Else

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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Kathy York designed her quilt, Two Halves, to have each half look beautiful on its own. But it is even more stunning when looked at as a whole.

Two Halves by Kathy York of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild was featured in the Modern Traditionalism category, sponsored by Marcus Fabrics | Studio 37 Fabrics, at QuiltCon 2020.

Original Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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What do you get when you combine free-motion stitching with rulers? A beautiful style of quilting made up of precisely shaped patterns designed to fit the space you are quilting. Straight and curved rulers are used in a variety of ways to form patterns such as diamonds, bricks and piano keys as well as clam shells, spirographs, and scalloped motifs. Originally a longarm technique, you can now do ruler work quilting on your home sewing machine. The ruler is placed against the presser foot and the foot follows the edge as the needle stitches. The ruler is then repositioned, so the stitches form the desired patterns.

Free Goodies!

The WeAllSew post by Susan Beck is loaded with free goodies! You get an eBook, a pattern, and loads of videos to show you exactly how to use Adjustable Ruler Foot #72 for beautiful quilting techniques. The first one is the eBook by BERNINA Educator, Nina, and you can click here to download it. It walks you through the ruler quilting process including terminology, machine setup, preparation and tools, and includes table runner instructions so you can practice.

The rest of the goodies are at the end of their post, so click here to keep reading!

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The Quilt Alliance is excited to share that their first podcast. "Episode 01, First Quilts" of "Running Stitch, a QSOS Podcast" is now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Also available on Quilt Alliance website.

 

From the Quilt Alliance:

Running Stitch, A QSOS Podcast is hosted by Janneken Smucker, Professor of History at West Chester University. Join us as we explore quilt stories, revealing the inner thoughts, feelings, and motivations of contemporary quiltmakers by drawing from Quilters' S.O.S. — Save Our Stories, the long running oral history project created by the non-profit Quilt Alliance in 1999.

Quilts and quiltmaking serve as a lens to examine some of today’s most pressing issues, including activism, public health, politics, race, and the economy. We’ll dig into the QSOS archive to listen to excerpts from past interviews, and bring back interviewees to ask them about what they are working on and thinking about presently. Upcoming guests include Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carolyn Mazloomi, Thomas Knauer, Melanie Testa, and Jinny Beyer.

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Alex is sharing your great ideas and answering quilting questions. If you have a question, write it in the comments or come chat at the LIVE event. LIVE happens June 26 @ 10am PST, 1pm EST, and 6pm London time.

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Michelle de Groot created the first rendition of Poppy Art as a tribute to her uncle who never came home from the war. This piece is a simplified version of that work that others can create on their own.

Learn the whole story behind the quilt in Show 2613.

PoppyArtbyMichelledeGroot - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

PoppyArtbyMichelledeGroot - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

PoppyArtbyMichelledeGroot - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

PoppyArtbyMichelledeGroot - 35 Pieces Rotating

PoppyArtbyMichelledeGroot - 99 Pieces Rotating

PoppyArtbyMichelledeGroot - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Michelle de Groot created the first rendition of Poppy Art as a tribute to her uncle who never came home from the war. This piece is a simplified version of that work that others can create on their own.

Learn the whole story behind the quilt in Show 2613.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the nineteenth quilt from the exhibition by Colleen Blanchard.

Title of Quilt: Stars at Night

Quilter's Name: Colleen Blanchard

 

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Machine and hand appliqué can be tricky, especially when it comes to perfect circles, sharp points, bias stems, and prepping individual motifs. In TQS' first Appliqué Masterclass, Becky Goldsmith, Karen Kay Buckley, Pat Holly, Alex Anderson and Suzanne Marshall take the ‘scary’ out of preparing and executing beautiful appliqué pieces with easy to follow tips.

Take your appliqué to a new level with Pat Holly tips for creating your own machine stitched background fabric and fused borders.

Watch TQS' Appliqué Masterclass Part 1, Show 2701, when it debuts Sunday, June 28, 2020.

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Serena Brooks created Imperfect Match as her interpretation of a Double Wedding Ring quilt. Since her style is abstract, she knew it would be difficult for her to make the quilt in the traditional manner. Take a look at how she accomplished her goal.

Imperfect Match by Serena Brooks of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild was featured in the Modern Traditionalism category, sponsored by Marcus Fabrics | Studio 37 Fabrics, at QuiltCon 2020.

Original Photos by Mary Kay Davis


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