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.




Have you been working on a UFO, starting a new project, working with your guild via ZOOM? Quilts, Inc., is looking for your "quarantine" quilts for an exhibit.

Here's the info from their site. Click here to go to the Quilts, Inc. site for further information.

Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos.

Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos:

Exhibition and Book

Size of Entries for the exhibition: Minimum width is 24" and length is 24”. Maximum width is 60” and length is 84”. Each entry must have a 4” (10 cm) finished sleeve or casing sewn to the top back edge of the quilt (please include a .125”/.377 cm ease in the sleeve or casing). Sleeves should be secured with stitching at the top and bottom edge. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, and email must be securely sewn to the back of the quilt, bottom left side. There is no “made after” date requirement. Please do not submit quilts made from kits. [NOTE: Our juror will be selecting additional quilts from this call to be included in a 2021 book to be published by Schiffer. There is no size or format restriction for those works. All quilts in the Houston exhibition will also be in the book, with separate publication permission forms that will be sent via email.]

Who May Enter: The entries may be the work of one person or more than one person as long as proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt. The person entering the quilt must have been directly involved in the quilt’s creation.

Limit on Entries: You may enter up to 1 quilt  per person or group.

Photo/Image Copyright Permission: Entry into the exhibition automatically grants copyright permission for the image of the quilt and/or all or part of the Artist’s Statement about the quilt to be used in articles, ads, promotions, catalogs, books, magazines, websites (including any webcast coverage), blogs, CDs, DVDs, current event news coverage, television productions, online and/or multimedia productions for and about the International Quilt Festival, International Quilt Market, or for and about Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos or for and about quilting and developing creativity. The quilt artist retains copyright to the quilt and will be credited in any usage.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by midnight CDT, June 30, 2020. You will be notified no later than July 10, 2020, regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than August 14, 2020.

Jury: Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, will select the works for this exhibit and for the book. Her decision is final. Entries selected from digital images are subject to additional evaluation when the actual quilt arrives in Houston. If the actual quilt is found to differ significantly from the digital image submitted for jurying, the selection committee reserves the right to reject the entry and override the jurors’ initial decision. The decision as to whether the difference is significant is entirely the prerogative of the committee.

Length of Exhibit: Quilts will be returned by the end of January 2021, unless traveling.

Selling Your Quilt: You may choose to offer your quilt for sale while on exhibition. If you do, 12.5% of the selling price will be donated to the International Quilt Association (IQA) and 12.5% of the selling price will be donated to the Texas Quilt Museum. Both the Association and the Museum are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Please check with your tax attorney for information on how to deduct the donation.

Visual Instructions: Please read carefully the information for your digital images. (Check Quilts, Inc. site for more information.)

Timeline for Quilt Registration:

Registration open: March 27, 2020-June 30, 2020

Notification by: July 10, 2020

Selected quilts arrive in Houston by August 14, 2020. The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than August 14, 2020 at the offices of Quilts, Inc. in Houston, Texas, USA.

Quilts returned to owner: End of January 2021 unless traveling. If traveling they will be returned after September 2021. 


Deadline for Receiving Quilts: The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than August 14, 2020. International shipments should be SHIPPED no later than July 15, 2020 to the offices of Quilts, Inc. in Houston, Texas, USA.

Shipping Information: Complete shipping information will be sent when your entry is juried into the exhibition. DO NOT SEND QUILTS PRIOR TO NOTIFICATION.

Important Special Note to Quilters Shipping from Foreign Countries: While we encourage you to insure your work for its full value for insurance purposes, we must ask you to value it for customs declaration purposes only at no more than $30 (USD). A higher customs value may require an expensive bond that may not be refunded upon your quilt’s return to its home country. Also mark the customs document with “for exhibition and return, not for sale, no commercial value.” We hope you understand that this is for practical purposes only, and certainly does not reflect on Quilt Festival’s estimation of your work. If you wish to claim full value for customs purposes, we recommend that you arrange a carnet A.T.A. for your quilt at your expense. If we incur customs expenses due to a decision on your part to declare the customs value of your quilt as more than $30, you will need to reimburse us for any such expense. If you claim less than $30 for customs purposes, and we still incur customs charges, we will pay those charges in full and will not expect reimbursement.

Insurance: Each work will be insured door to door (from the time you ship it to us until it is returned to you) under the Fine Arts Policy maintained by Quilts, Inc.


If you are working on a "quarantine" quilt, TQS has come up with a set of "QuiltersQuarantine" labels you can download and use to document your work.

Click here to download pdf file with labels. (You'll need to scroll to the bottom of the page for the labels.)




We just received the quilt basket 1978 stamps and now we have them in the store for everyone for the first time. They come in a fun presentation package, but you can take them out and put them in a frame. They will look great in your studio or they make a wonderful gift to a quilting friend.


Alex returns to her LIVE teaching. Watch on our Facebook or just click the picture and go to our YouTube LIVE playlist. Thank you for joining, chatting, and your support during these times. Today Alex takes on "Facing a Quilt".

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