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It's Block of the Month time! What will our BOM quilt for 2021 be?

Tune in to The Quilt Show on Facebook Sunday Nov. 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM PST to see Alex and Ricky reveal it LIVE. Stay tuned for more details! And in the meantime, keep an eye on this spot for BOM hints.

Mark your calendars!!

 

 

 

 

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Flowers of the Crown by Shirley Kelly won Best of Show at IQA Houston 2002. Here from the IQA website is her acceptance speech:

The That Patchwork Place Best of Show Award ($10,000)
Sponsored by Martingale & Co./That Patchwork Place

Artist's Statement: After each of the Triple Crown races, a blanket of flowers is draped over the winner: roses at the Kentucky Derby, black-eyed susans for the Preakness, and carnations to the Belmont victor. The races of 1978 provided three of the most contentious battles of the century with Affirmed prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths or less. In the Belmont, depicted here, Affirmed and Alydar would run head and head over the last mile, with Affirmed winning the Crown and all three blankets of flowers. Hand appliqué.

"Actually, I could probably make my voice reach all the way to the back. I have a rather loud one! The honor bestowed upon me and this most frustrating quilt was a total surprise. Thank you, Karey and Marti, and all of the Festival people, as well as Nancy and Martingale, for their generous sponsorship that has made my struggles with it all worthwhile.

My dad was a jockey before he and mom were married. When I was a small child, he began taking me to various race tracks in our area of Canada and western New York. I grew up to love and admire these beautiful and courageous animals. I met my husband through our mutual interest in riding. Soon, I was making pencil renderings of our and our friend's horses.

Then, on a trip to Kentucky, I received permission to draw [legendary racing horse] Secretariat, leading to other commissioned work in the thoroughbred community. Meanwhile, about 20 years ago while teaching a commercial art class, I created an action poster of 10 or 12 horses at the head of the stretch. It was eventually used as the color work-up for my Derby quilt, Two Minutes in May. Because that was successful, Battle of Old Hilltop was created. Flowers of the Crown is the last in a series of horse racing quilts, usually referred to over three long agonizing years as "the quilt from hell!"

It has obviously ascended into heaven with this fantastic honor, and I must confess I am liking it better and better. There are many people who I want to thank. Of great importance was the help of Candi Thornton, who took my rough thumbnail sketch and with the computer worked out the perspective of the framed portrait and the scrapbook. Mickey and Dan Lawler provided the hand-painted rock cable fabric for this area, along with multiple hugs. During a studio class, Paula Nadelstern advised me on the placement of the flowers. I treasure her friendship and encouragement. Bonnie and Peter Herman pushed me to make this Belmont quilt to commemorate one of the greatest Triple Crown races ever run. Jay, my husband and super efficient secretary, had learned to love dinners prepared in a half an hour or less and to answer the phone by saying ‘I'm sorry, she's working now.' And last, but certainly not least, our friend, George Smith, who provided love and creative insight that was truly inspirational. Finally, as to whether either of my children quilt, well, no. But my one-year-old grandson, Troy, has already mastered the jargon. Instead of ‘ma-ma‘ or ‘da-da,' his first words were ‘uh-oh,' followed by ‘oh, wow.' Thank you all."

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(Photo: Gregory Case)

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Which kind of quilter are you? Vote below.

Previously we asked how you stored your stash, what's on your design wall, and how do you quilt your quilts? This week we are actually looking at 3 kinds of quilters (maybe even 4). This week we want to know how you baste your quilts. Thread baste? Spray baste? Pin baste? OR Don't baste at all?

(Picture by Lauren Vlcek)

 

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Which Kind of Quilter Are You -- Basting?

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Utilizing folded fabric, Tara's Bazaar Quilt is an improv wonder. In order to make the quilt, Tara had to lay down a row and sew it, then the next, and work her way up the quilt. This means she had to imagine how the quilt was going to look before quilting each row, causing some patterns to go in and out as the quilt was made. When viewed in full, it's amazing to see how all the patterns come together.

Learn from Tara by watching Show 2709.

BazaarQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

BazaarQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

BazaarQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

BazaarQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 35 Pieces Rotating

BazaarQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 99 Pieces Rotating

BazaarQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert

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Utilizing folded fabric, Tara's Bazaar Quilt is an improv wonder. In order to make the quilt, Tara had to lay down a row and sew it, then the next, and work her way up the quilt. This means she had to imagine how the quilt was going to look before quilting each row, causing some patterns to go in and out as the quilt was made. When viewed in full, it's amazing to see how all the patterns come together.

Learn from Tara in Show 2709.

Original Photos: Kristin Goedert

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TQS continues its feature of quilts exhibited in 2020 at QuiltCon as part of The Quilts of Victoria Findlay Wolfe exhibit. The exhibit is described as:

"Purposeful play is a deliberate free-form practice with one goal in mind: to ultimately improve the outcome of the finished product while capturing a thought, emotion, or technique. Always fascinated by color, pattern, and quilters who came before us, Victoria Findlay Wolfe found her life's true joy in exploring her grandmother's quiltmaking as a starting point.

Her diverse and exciting body of work stirs quilters worldwide to dig deeper, take risks, and experiment with fabric. This retrospective exhibit features a selection of Findlay Wolfe's inspiring quilts and the stories behind them."

Please enjoy Victoria's fifth quilt from the exhibition.

Title of Quilt: J Rock Star

Quilter's Name: Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Quilted By: Jackie Kunkel

Year Made: 2011

Quilt Size: 65" x 66"

Original Photos by Mary Kay Davis

 

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The horse represented in Lise Belanger's Gentle Soul is a kind looking animal with eyes that "speak and evoke an emotion to the viewer." With machine quilting and fused appliqué it truly represents the nature of a gentle giant.

Gentle Soul by Lise Belanger of Trois-pistoles, Quebec, Canada was featured in the Animal Kingdom category at Houston 2018.

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Alex has tips and techniques for getting pressing done right for the Basket Puzzle Quilt  and other projects .

Alex s LIVE on Friday October 23, 2020 at 10am PDT, 1pm EDT, and 6pm London time.

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Created during a weeklong workshop with Rosalie Dace (Show 711) and featuring all fused strips, no prints, Tara Faughnan's Strip Quilt is a fusible wonder that you can barely even tell is fused together. But by the time Tara came home after the workshop to put the quilt together, she had forgotten how to use the fusible and needed to relearn the process.

Learn from Tara by watching Show 2709.

StripQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

StripQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

StripQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

StripQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 36 Pieces Rotating

StripQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 100 Pieces Rotating

StripQuiltbyTaraFaughnan - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert

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Created during a weeklong workshop with Rosalie Dace (Show 711) and featuring all fused strips, no prints, Tara Faughnan's Strip Quilt is a fusible wonder that you can barely even tell is fused together. But by the time Tara came home after the workshop to put the quilt together, she had forgotten how to use the fusible and needed to relearn the process.

Learn from Tara in Show 2709.

Original Photos: Kristin Goedert


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