All quilts mean something to the quilter's who make them, but this one was especially significant to Sujata. Mom And I was mostly stitched while Sujata was sitting next to her mom and talking to her after she had experienced a stroke. To her, it represents that life needs to still go on when the going gets tough.

Learn from Sujata in Show 2705.

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert


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 twenty-ninth quilt from the exhibition by an Unknown Maker.

Title of Quilt: Wild Goose Chase W/ Bleeding Heart Border

Quilter's Name: Unknown Maker


We return to the home of Alex Anderson and TQS is visted by not one, not two, but three fabulous guests! Jennifer Sampou, a fabric designer for more than twenty years, discusses how she uses modern technology to create digitized ombre fabric. Then, Julie Silber and Joe Cunningham bring their considerable knowledge of vintage and antique quilts into play as they discuss how to look at an older quilt for inspiration in creating a Modern quilt.

Watch Jennifer, Joe, and Julie in Show 2706, when it debuts Sunday, September 6, 2020.


They say that people sometimes choose style over substance. In the case of Kestrel Michaud's quilt, Rose, she chose both. For all the bells and whistles that the quilt features, including Rose's mechanical leg and her steam powered dog, Kestrel felt Rose still needed to look good before she went out into battle.

Rose by Kestrel Michaud of West Melbourne, Florida was featured in the Fantasy / Whimsy category at Houston 2019.



~Join Ricky for the Lizzy Albright Quilt Tutorials~
Young readers will want to have their very own Lizzy Albright quilt. They will need your help. By involving them in making this quilt, they will be inspired for the upcoming Lizzy Albright youth quilting curriculum that will be forthcoming.
  • Interactive with group participation. 
  • Tutorials are yours to keep!
  • Watch at your convenience - It’s not LIVE
  • $2 Per Tutorial - ONLY $99*

Registration is open now. Get more information and register at Let's Quilt Together. The class starts September 13, 2020.

*A $50 Coupon off the tutorials will be sent to each person buying the kit to replicate the original 1930 sampler quilt. Please purchase before September 7th, 2020. Watch for your coupon before registering. Enter code during checkout. Proof of purchase required.


Ricky designed two lines of depression era vintage fabrics for Benartex specifically for this quilt! 
Kit contains 28 yards, PLUS the pattern book. Kits without the pattern book are also available. 
Get your Lizzy Albright Products in the TQS Shop, including:


Nowadays, there is such a wide variety of quilt battings available that it may be a challenge to select the right one. Sylvain Bergeron at WeAllSew.com wants to help you select the proper batting for your project.

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It's time to keep purging, organizing, and upgrading your quilting studio space. Alex will show some studios that will inspire you get started with a make over.

Alex is LIVE on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10AM Pacific, 11AM Mountain, Noon Central, 1PM Eastern, and 6pm London.




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Quilt Tapestry with Flowers and Baskets by Yoko Saito. (Image courtesy of Priscilla Knoble for Yoko Saito)

As we shared in Lesson 40 and Lesson 41, Unity can be thought of as everyone in a group working together. Unity represents calmness and order through repetition, either by shape or color. While Variety adds that bit of spice to a quilt without sacrificing the idea of the group working together as a whole. Remember...Unity adds harmony; Variety adds interest. Last lesson's focus on variety featured a look at what you as a quilter can do by pushing just one design. But how do these two principles come into play when you work within a very narrow palette? Or, let's use the example of how your guild challenge involves working with only a few selected fabrics. How do you achieve interest and variety?


In Lesson 24 (The Elegance of Taupe) we observed how taupe, which can at first appear to be very monochromatic, can in fact comprise a wide range of colors, textures and prints when used by a master quilter such as Yoko Saito.

Her book, Japanese Taupe Color Theorydispels the notion that quilts and quilted items are dull and anything but boring. The handbags below are a perfect example of quilted works that keep within a narrow palette of color but still offer unity and variety.

Yoko Saito's Japanese Color Theory: A Study Guide (Image courtesy of Priscilla Knoble for Yoko Saito). Cocoa Cookies and Marshmallow bags by Yoko Saito. (Images courtesy of Priscilla Knoble for Yoko Saito).

Priscilla Knoble (Show 1505) has used her fluency in Japanese and quilting knowledge to share the world of Japanese quilting books with those desiring to make their own pieces. Her understanding of the Japanese esthetic and quilting techniques are a huge aid for those desiring to gain an understanding of the Japanese form of quilting. Priscilla shares Yoko Saito's method for repeating elements to create both unity and variety in the design of a quilt.

Floral Wonder by Yoko Saito. (Image courtesy of Priscilla Knoble for Yoko Saito).

by Priscilla Knoble

(Show 1505)

Many traditional quilts use the concept of unity by creating multiples of the same block within a quilt.  Sometimes with these quilts, variety is found by using the same quilt blocks, but making them out of a variety of fabrics. Other times you will see a quilt, such as a Baltimore album, where each block is somewhat different, but still has rules of how it belongs within the whole.

If you’ve been to any quilt shows and seen quilts in the exhibitions from Japanese quilters, you will likely not be surprised that patchwork and quilting is an extremely large market in Japan. Although the introduction of this craft to the Japanese was primarily due to the influence of the quilting history in America, as with many things, they have added their own aesthetic and style to much of their work.

Yoko Saito, a celebrated artist known for her unique and intricate designs, is a master of using unity and variety within her quilts and in such a way that is fairly unique to the aesthetic that you often see coming out of Japan.

Ms. Saito loves houses and has written several books and patterns using them as the key design motif. In the Chatter of Houses (Houses, Houses, Houses; 2013; Stitch Publications) she has created an amazing quilt where each of the houses or buildings is unique, yet placed in a pleasing layout of center house blocks with two borders chock full of them.













Chatter of Houses by Yoko Saito. (Image courtesy of Priscilla Knoble for Yoko Saito).


In a completely different vein, in an often seen design arrangement, she will create a quilt that has detailed appliqué on top of a subtle and creative background. In both the Julstjarna Poinsettia and Floral Bouquet (Floral Bouquet; 2015; Stitch Publications) that she designed, you will notice elements that are quintessential Yoko Saito.

First observe the background and borders that are often made up of at least two, if not three fabrics that are very close in color/pattern. Rather than making these with square designs, Ms. Saito will use gentle curves and scallops. Next she will tend to cover the seams between the borders and the central background with appliqué. In the case of both of these quilts, she uses intricate floral designs with stems, leaves and flowers where the stems follow the seams, all but making the background fabric transition disappear. To add even more interest and depth to the quilt she will use a subtle variety of monochromatic colors to keep your eyes dancing along the pattern. Note the variety of greens used for the leaves in Floral Bouquet or the greys/blues in Julstjarna Poinsettia.

The next time you see a pattern you would love to make or if you are designing one yourself, take a chapter out of Yoko Saito’s book and try one of her design techniques yourself.



Julstjarna Poinsettia by Yoko Saito. (image courtesy of Priscilla Knoble for Yoko Saito).

In 2017, Ricky had a chance to chat with Yoko Saito during the Houston Quilt Festival. Watch the interview and see more of her work.

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Who says you can't make anything with those tiny pieces leftover in your scrap bin? Not Becky Grover, who made Firebird out of, "only the scraps of fabric from my red scrap bin."

Firebird by Becky Grover of Ann Arbor, Michigan was featured in the Fantasy / Whimsy category at Houston 2019.


The Kaffe Mystery Classes are done and the Edyta Sitar Basket Classes are coming soon. It's time to clean up, purge, organize, and fantasize about your quilting studio. Alex presents some great quilting studios and adds her ideas, mistakes, and advice. Come to the LIVE and share your thoughts and advice.

LIVE starts Monday, August 31, 2020, at 10am PDT, 1pm EDT, and 6 pm London time.

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