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We caught up with Lorena Uriarte on the show floor of QuiltCon 2020 where she talked to us about how she made her award-winning quilt, Dynamic Hypnotic. While the piecing might be quite simple, it's the hand quilting that is impressive.

Below, Lorena talks about how she made the quilt followed by photos.

Dynamic Hypnotic won Third PlaceQuilting Challenge, sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting, at QuiltCon 2020.


Photos by Mary Kay Davis


Making a lot of masks, scrub caps, and gowns? You are taking care of lots of good people, so make sure to take care of your machine as well. Gayle Schliemann from BERNINA of Naperville gives you a quick guide through removing your BERNINA Hook, oiling, and changing a needle on your BERNINA 4, 5 and 7 Series models.

Learn more cool tips and tricks from Gayle in Show 2413 and Show 2503.


Looking for inspiration to create your perfect quilting and crafting space? Check out this article from Redfin.com, 13 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Crafting Space. It is chock full of ideas, and one of them even came from TQS!

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The Quilt Alliance is giving you access to FREE Story Bee Episodes through the month of April. StoryBee is a web-based interview show that records conversations with people from all corners of the quilt world, touring their workspace and finding out what’s on their minds.

A number of great episodes of StoryBee are now free for everyone to sample through the end of April 2020. Included this month are interviews with: Carole Lyles Shaw, Jacquie Gering, Georgia Bonesteel, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

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Today's puzzle is not a quilt. It's the poster for a quilt show, the 2007 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show to be exact, titled Nature's Inspiration and designed by Kathy Deggendorfer. We just love Kathy's artwork.

Watch Kathy in Show 2608.

NaturesInspiration2007SOQSPosterbyKathyDeggendorfer - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

NaturesInspiration2007SOQSPosterbyKathyDeggendorfer - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

NaturesInspiration2007SOQSPosterbyKathyDeggendorfer - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

NaturesInspiration2007SOQSPosterbyKathyDeggendorfer - 35 Pieces Rotating

NaturesInspiration2007SOQSPosterbyKathyDeggendorfer - 99 Pieces Rotating

NaturesInspiration2007SOQSPosterbyKathyDeggendorfer - 300 Pieces Rotating


Enjoy the poster for the 2007 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, titled Nature's Inspiration and designed by Kathy Deggendorfer. We just love Kathy's artwork.

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Watch Kathy in Show 2608.


Illustration by Amy Gibson, Canyon Crest Elementary
Illustration by Amy Gibson, Canyon Crest Elementary

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Big House Black and White 

A shape is a closed two dimensional flat line, meaning that it has length & width. Using the example of a house that you might draw on a piece of paper. You recognize that the drawing on the left is a house, but are not able to determine how large it is, or look around it, because it is on a flat piece of paper. Now look at the house on the right. It gives you a clear sense of its size, shape, and form (which we will focus on next week). Shape falls into two categories: geometric and organic.

LeMoyne Star Variation by Deb Tucker

Geometric vs. Organic

As quilters, we are very familiar with blocks and patterns using two dimensional shapes such as a square, rectangle, triangle, or hexagon. These shapes are created using mathematical formulas. You might want to think of them as something that is man-made.                                        










  LeMoyne Star Variation by Deb Tucker.

Twisted Hornet by Sheila Frampton Cooper


Organic shapes are free-flowing, irregular, and less defined. These shapes are often found in nature, such as plants and animals. The line that encloses the organic shape can be curved, angular, or a a blend of both. Twisted Hornet by Sheila Frampton Cooper (Show 1306: No-Pin Curves and Quilting "Modern") is an example using Organic shapes.








Twisted Hornet by Sheila Frampton Cooper

Positive vs. Negative Shape

Attic Window Block  Block #95 Attic Shadows by Jinny Beyer
Block #95 Attic Window. Jinny Beyer.com

Shapes can also be categorized as Positive or Negative as in the Attic Window block. Positive shapes are the solid forms which make up the window. Negative shape is the space between the shapes (inside the window). The Attic Window block is a perfect example of using both positive and negative space to give the illusion of a three dimensional window.


Negative shape is the area around/between the shape, such as in the illustrations on the left and of a pair of scissors. 



In Jenny Bowker's (Show 1804: Quilting Outside the Blocks) quilt Arabesque, the doorway is the positive space, while the opening is considered the negative space.

Combining Elements of Shape

Rainbow Waterfall 1 by Cara Gulati  Kimberley Mystique by Gloria Loughman
Rainbow Waterfall 1 by Cara Gulati (Left) ; Kimberley Mystique by Gloria Loughman (Right)

In the case of Rainbow Waterfall 1 by Cara Gulati (Show 1105: Curves Ahead...and More!) the organic shape that occupies the negative and positive space is more fluid and varies. While Gloria Loughman's (Show 612: Nature's Journey) Kimberley Mystique combines both geometric (background sky) and organic shapes (trees and foreground).


Practice Exercise: Recognizing Shape in Quilts

Each of the four quilts feature a number of shapes. In each category we are giving you an easy and a challenge. Put your eagle eyes on to spy the various shapes.

1. How many geometric shapes can you find in Quilts 1 & 2?
2. How many organic shapes can you find in Quilt 3?

1. Spoolin' Around by Laura Nownes. Photo by Gregory Case Photography.  2. Butterfly Quilt by Tula Pink. Photo by Gregory Case Photography

3. Johnny Jump Ups by Jane Sassaman. Photo by IQA.  4. Clipper Ship by Wendy Grande. Photo by Gregory Case Photography

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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:
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: April 19, 2020 - July 12, 2020
Ross Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio: May 14, 2021 - July 2, 2021

Please enjoy the fifth quilt from the exhibition by Fumiko Nakayama.

Title of Quilt: Geometric

Quilter's Name: Fumiko Nakayama

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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