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 seventh quilt from the exhibition by Cindy Seitz-Krug.

Title of Quilt: Bluer Than Blue

Quilter's Name: Cindy Seitz-Krug


With how our world has changed, we can find comfort in memories. How blessed we are to be stitchers and creators of all things fiber because not only is it a distraction to our daily "shelter in place", but there is real joy in the sharing. I decided to jump into a tee shirt quilt for my cousin. He had given me a whole pile of tee shirts that he had hoped someday I would make into a quilt. As I examined each one and started prepping them for construction I realized what a wonderful project tee shirt quilts are! They are filled with history, achievement, and dreams!

I imagine each household has someone who has a stash of tee shirts. Years of sports participation, events that were attended, political commitments and travel. It truly is like having a scrapbook in the form of a quilt! And, what a perfect time to start a project that is filled with positive memories! I started preparing the tee shirts and laying them out. My process is being documented on the YouTube Channel Quilt Roadies.
There are patterns available for constructing tee shirt quilts or you can just create your own masterpiece!
This fabulous tee shirt quilt that a whole family could snuggle under was made by Karen Downs for her son John, who is a wrestling coach for our local high school! As you can see, her son's history is documented in a tee shirt quilt.
This tee shirt quilt made by Darleene Boller for her grandson's high school graduation included tee shirts beginning with pre-school! It won 3rd place in the Novelty category at the Washington State Quilt Show.
This might be the perfect time to consider making a quilt that brings up memories of great times!!!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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The impact of the colorful embroidery and 69 different appliquéd birds is enough to distinguish Teruko Uchiya's quilt. Then you look closer and see the quilt is taken to another level by the delicate hand quilting every 5mm.

Hamorebi Sunlight Through the Leaves by Teruko Uchiya of Yurihonjo, Akita, Japan won Honorable MentionBalanced Piecing and Appliqué, sponsored by Quilters Select, at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019.


Alex catches up with Katie Pasquini Masopust to find out what Katie has been doing during "QuiltersQuarantine". They discuss her postponed Alegre Retreat, her current projects, and her new teaching dates.

Katie is another TQS favorite and a Quilt Show Legend. Watch her in:

Show 906: From Music to Masterpiece: A New Perspective on Design

Show 1913: TQS Quilting Legend 2016

Show 2210: Reimagining The Log Cabin Block


Wed April 1 has Alex at her sewing machine demonstrating her approach to Machine Applique.


The sun came out after the rains and it was 66 degrees and beautiful. Here are some of the sights on the walk. You can actual feel some stress draining away as you look at these pictures. Enjoy.



Ricky went LIVE and we recorded it. In Part I he shows a wonderful variety of quilts. Sit back and enjoy the show.


Is this block called "1904 Star," "Tall Pine Tree," or "Signal Lights"? Play the game and find out.



The Whale by Candy S. Stiffler, of Trappe, MD, was featured in the Small Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020. It was inspired by Charlie Harper, whose work she had never seen before until her friend brought a book of his work to a guild meeting. She was hooked and created her own interpretation of Harper's "whale".


Photos by Mary Kay Davis


During the Coronavirus outbreak, quilters are in their studios. Laura Wasilowski shares with Alex Anderson what she is doing and takes us all on a tour of her studio and dyeing workspace. Alex shows some of the small quilts she bought of Laura's, Laura displays some of her current work and even shares a song. FUN!

Laura is a TQS favorite. Learn from her in Show 303: Fearless FusingShow 1009: "Stamp Out" Fabric, and Show 2109: Inventive Products & Binding Unusually Shaped Quilts.



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