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 eighth quilt from the exhibition by Karen I. Miller and Janice Jenney.

Title of Quilt: 100 Treasures

Quilter's Names: Karen I. Miller and Janice Jenney

Now is the time to "Feed the Soul" not to expect or decide to make a bunch of rules for yourself. I like goals, but only if I am allowed to be flexible. During these challenging times...and yes they ARE challenging on so many levels, we need kindness. Kindness is a gift best showered on yourself first...for if you cannot gift yourself kindness, how can you ever take the next step to be kind to others.
This little heart was stitched by my friend Deb during a workshop with Sue Spargo in Tucson, AZ at the beginning of February. It is a sweet memory that I cherish. How life has changed.
I find it settling for my soul to embrace those things which bring joy, memories, and brain stimulation. And, my hand stitching does all of that! If you have traveled along this bumpy road with me for any length of time you know that I am buried in hand stitching. There is a rhythm and beauty, whether it be embroidery, Spargoing, cross stitch, or appliqué (both cotton & wool).
A gift to my stitching world has been Ariane Zurcher! I introduced you to her back in January 2019 (Anna and G on the Road: Artistic Passion with Ariane Zurcher) but what you may not know is that since then she has been working and developing a YouTube Channel called On the Other Hand. She has worked with Sue in bringing support to the left handed stitcher. But what is awesome is that it is filled with ideas for the right handed stitcher. I think for those of you who are already deep into Spargoing and for those of you who are thinking..."Maybe I should give it a go," please turn off the news and subscribe to her channel...you will be feeding your soul.

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Lysa Flower does, and she has created a quilt that will have you "wanting your MTV". Enjoy We Got the Beat, and head on back to those days before streaming music was the norm.

We Got the Beat by Lysa Flower, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Piecing category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis


Silk is glorious, but troublesome. Here is some hard earned thoughts and approaches from Alex. To watch past lessons, go to our home page, scroll down to the LIVE section, click through to YouTube and pick what you want to see.


Alex Anderson gets to know Lorraine Turner. They discuss her books, new fabric line, Houston Quilt Show Exhibit, learning to let go, and slow dancing.

It's a fun time with a wonderful artist who shows some of her works and tells what is happening during the quarantine.



We love how there's a fussy cut print in the center of this block. What do you think it is called? Play the game to find out.



Sylvia Schaefer decided she'd had enough when everyone kept telling her dinosaurs were "just for boys". Take a look at this fabulous quilt she created with both improv and paper piecing. It brought a smile to our face and a lot of other little girls too at QuiltCon this year because "dinosaurs are for girls".

I Can't Believe I Have To Say This by Sylvia Schaefer, of Athens, GA, was featured in the Piecing category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

dinosaurs are for girls


At WeAllSew Lori Kennedy, from LoriKennedyQuilts, is in the Easter spirit. She writes, "Let’s get crackin’ and decorate eggs! No messy dyes. No spilled teacups! Create a gorgeous table runner or set of napkins for your spring table with the adorable, Eggs in a Basket free motion quilting motif!"

This is a great way for a beginner to practice their quilting.

Click here for full tutorial.



Alex is back sharing her thoughts on Pinning for Success. She also shares what happens when...

Musical Interlude / Casual Visit / Q&A
Enjoy a spontaneous musical interlude by Ricky. This week he plays a few tunes during the LIVE event, and will interact and have a casual Q&A chat with those who join the live streaming event. 
Approx. 45 minutes

Get the 2020 Block Of The Month Kit

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Quilt Show!

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Learn about Apliquick appliqué tools!
Watch Show 1912
with Rosa Rojas (free!)

Apliquick Rods

Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors

 Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers