Alethea decided to make a bit of a statement by taking "super sexy" fabric and creating a woman who is doing it all...taking care of kids, making the meals, cleaning the house, all the while looking great doing it. Domestic Goddess will make you wish you had 10 arms as well.

Watch Alethea use both her arms in Show 2602.

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 35 Pieces Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 100 Pieces Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Alethea decided to make a bit of a statement by taking "super sexy" fabric and creating a woman who is doing it all...taking care of kids, making the meals, cleaning the house, all the while looking great doing it. Domestic Goddess will make you wish you had 10 arms as well.

Watch Alethea use both her arms in Show 2602.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Quilters Take Manhattan is back! This will be the 8th QTM at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and their plans are better and bigger than ever with an exhibition planned for the Great Hall at FIT September 25-27, 2020. There will be guest speakers, outside activities, and vendors along with the Main Event at the Haft Auditorium at FIT on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  

Want to go with your friends, your guild, or your family?

For the QTM Main Event, they offer discounts for groups of 10 or more at the Quilt Alliance member rate of $65/person rather than the non-member rate of $100/person. All guests receive a goody bag filled with great sponsor donations and there will be a silent auction, raffle table and refreshments. Online registration for groups will begin very soon. Tickets to QA members will begin March 2, 2020 and to non-members on March 16, 2020. 

The quilt exhibition is titled Known and Unknown, featuring visually and historically exceptional quilts loaned by private collectors and artists.

Their Main Event program will include keynote speaker Anna Maria Horner and lectures by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Julie Silber, and John M. (Jack) Walsh III, as well as a panel discussion with quiltmakers, curators, and collectors moderated by Janneken Smucker.

To make it a complete three-day event, on Friday, September 25, 2020 there will be several garment district tours, a costume tour at the Museum at FIT, other outings and a Broadway show that night. Each of these add-on events will be on our website with descriptions and prices. The exhibition will be available all three days to ticket purchasers for the Main Event.

Please contact Debby Josephs – admin@quiltalliance.org or 828-251-7073 – with any questions.

Click here for more information regarding QTM.


You'll need to take a step back to get a "closer" look at Carol Morrissey's quilt, Six Roses. It's another in her series of quilts created using circles. The further away you get, the more in focus the quilt becomes.

Carol's quilt, Six Roses, won 3rd Place Abstract, Large at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019.

Click here to see another of Carol's fabulous "circler" quilts, Keith and Mick.

Watch Carol in Show 1908: Postcards and Photorealism.


Clothing acts as both a boundary and bridge between the body and the world. At once utilitarian and deeply expressive, clothing offers protection from external conditions while extending our inner selves—our identities, desires and beliefs—to the surface of our bodies and beyond. This dynamic relationship between inside and outside will be explored in Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing, featuring the work of 11 artists who investigate the boundary that clothing creates between the self and world.

Working in the fields of sculpture, photography, installation and textile art, these artists consider themes of transparency, openness, interiority and visibility to create objects that invite us in while reaching out. Their works reimagine clothing as a radical and poetic form, capable of revealing hidden—and often uncomfortable—truths while dissolving boundaries between interior and exterior worlds.

Artists include Reiko Fujii, Claudia Casarino, Charlotte Kruk, Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao, Victoria May, Kate Mitchell, Laura Raboff, Beverly Rayner, Rose Sellery, and Jean Shin.

See these works and more at the Opening Reception, Sunday January 19, 2020 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

3-4pm Members Reception

4-6pm Public Reception

(photos: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles)




Do you love vintage quilts? Quilt and textile historian Barbara Brackman has created a list of quilt shows and exhibits through spring 2020 that feature vintage quilts. Is it time to take a road trip to see them all?

Click here for Barbara's list.

(photo: Barbara Brackman's blog - Nora Ezell, Star Puzzle, 2001)


The Inventory Clearance Sale continues with fabrics an now tools. Because we have just a few units of each, you can still get these top quality fabrics and tools for 40% off. These are products that we have tested and we love. So get them first come first served at amazing prices.


Cut it Out! ($20 Off)


At This Price It's Time for the...BIG Scissors ($20 Off)


Measure Twice - Cut Once

Have a Plan ($14 Off)

Capt'n John's word for 2020 is "Organize". Maybe yours was to.



Appliquéd quilt in the Little Women pattern, made and hand quilted by Ruth N. Miller Hake (Mrs. William) circa 1972, Gift of Bobbie Robbins, TTU-H2019-063-001. Image courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Little Women Applique Quilt
By Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D.,
Curator of Clothing and Textiles, the Museum of Texas Tech University

The Museum of Texas Tech University recently received two lovely quilts made by Ruth N. Miller Hake (Mrs. William) of York Haven, Pennsylvania.  Her granddaughter, Bobbie Robbins, lives in Texas and thought they would make a good addition to the Museum of Texas Tech University. One in particular is timely with the release of the movie Little Women as it features appliqued scenes from the novel. 

Ruth Hake was born on April 5, 1911 and died on October 3, 1996.  Between about 1966 and 1982, she regularly entered her quilts in the East Berlin, Pennsylvania Quilt Show and the Historic York County Fair. Granddaughter, Bobbie, was born in 1961 and spent much of her childhood with Ruth (who taught her to thread a needle) and her husband. Bobbie loved looking at all of Ruth’s ribbons and awards Ruth won, her favorites were “the many big, purple ribbons for Best of Show.”

As a farm wife, there was always something to do; chickens to feed, eggs to collect, nuts to shell, meals to prepare, as well as canning and baking. Busy as she was Ruth also held a variety of office positions in the Society of Farm Women of Pennsylvania and made time each evening for quilting.

The original pattern for the Little Women Applique quilt was designed by Marion Cheever Whiteside and first appeared in1950 in Ladies Home Journal. Ruth made her quilt in 1972, when Bobbie would have been about 11 and the perfect age to be reading Little Women. The pattern was published again the Summer 2015 issue of Quilter’s World magazine. Marion Cheever Whiteside (later Newton) designed story book quilts between the years of 1940-1965. 

Marion was a trained artist who in the late 1940s turned a successful career in art to designing story quilts many of which were published nationally by the Ladies Home Journal magazine. More information on her can be found in an article in the 1995 issue of Uncoverings from the American Quilt Study Group.


The Little Women Applique quilt pattern depicts scenes from the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  The detailed images from the first three rows are(left to right) Father’s Letter from the War, The Christmas Party at Laurie’s House and Jo Brings Kittens to Laurie’s House; Second row (left to right) Meg Preparing to go on A Fashionable Visit, Laurie’s Picnic; Third Row (left to right) Beth Plays for Mr. Laurence, Marmee Receives a Telegram—Papa is Ill in a War Hospital, Jo has sold her hair to help Marmee visit Papa in War Hospital.

Fourth row(left to right) Meg cuts her Wedding Cake, Beth Dying, Fifth row left to right: Meg rocks Daisy and Demi, Amy and Aunt March Abroad, Amy Engaged to Laurie, Bottom Row (left to right) Jo Writing in New York, Mr. Bhaer Proposes to Jo.

This quilt surely won ribbons for Ruth with its beautiful hand quilted feathered wreaths in the alternate blocks. What a treasure and what a good time to look at it again.

Quilt maker Ruth Miller Hake (back row, second from left) with the Miller family who were Dairy Farmers in Newberry Township, Pennsylvania, circa 1930. Image courtesy of Bobbie Robbins.

Learn more about the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.

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Lilo recently visited the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France and discovered a wonderful exhibit they were featuring there. Swiss quilt group patCHquilt was celebrating their thirtieth anniversary by putting on a showcase of 100 challenge quilts for the occasion. The challenge was open to all members of the group of every skill level and each quilt had to adhere to the following criteria:

  • Works must be original, not from a kit and must include a red border.
  • They must be 30 cm wide, 120 cm long, and displayed portrait style.
  • The quilt must include at least 1/2 of the Edelweiss fabric (that each person received), and feature a piece of that same fabric that is 10 cm x 10 cm in size.

To join in the celebration with patCHquilt, we will be featuring four of the challenge quilts each week that were displayed as part of the exhibition at the European Patchwork Meeting.

Please enjoy the next four quilts from Maroin Steib, Martha Daugaard, Martine Mercier, and Michéle Brühin.

Title of Quilt: House in the Middle of Flying Geese

Quilter's Name: Maroin Steib

Title of Quilt: Living in Switzerland

Quilter's Name: Martha Daugaard

Title of Quilt: I Turn Around

Quilter's Name: Martine Mercier

Title of Quilt: A Whole Lot of Nations

Quilter's Name: Michéle Brühin


The history of quilting always has had a thread of kindness woven throughout its history. Whether it's to provide warmth for your family or as a way for people to get together and share. Whenever there is a need you will find quilters who step up to the plate. A fire that wipes out a whole town...quilters will sew and donate quilts as a way of saying you matter. Hospitals are given quilts for not only their NICU units, but hospice, ER, Pediatrics. Cancer wards usually have a stash of quilts for those going through chemo.
So it was no surprise to me that the quilting group in the community I call my Winter home base supports a service near and dear to their hearts, Aviva Children's Services. The Aviva has worked for over 40 years to improve the quality of life for children who are in the Arizona Foster Care system. The quilt group has been taking quilt fabric and making pillow cases for children, toiletry bags which they fill with a variety of toiletries and one member, Susan Thompson, has made 20 Turtles!!! Yes, I said turtles! She has been taking quilting fabric and creating wonderful stuffed turtles that are about the size of a child. These turtles occupy an examination/meeting room and she has made so many that now every room has a turtle! They provide a friendly welcome cozy friend for a child who may be confused and frightened.
I believe whenever you are feeling like the world is off-kilter...talk to a quilter...they have hearts of gold.
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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