Claudia's quilt, Fractal, has 30,000 crystals and that's not all. It is painted, inked, machine appliquéd, fused, and enhanced by a myriad of quilting designs. It also won BEST OF SHOW at Road to California 2018.

Watch Claudia in Show 2413.

FractalbyClaudiaPfeil - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

FractalbyClaudiaPfeil - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

FractalbyClaudiaPfeil - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

FractalbyClaudiaPfeil - 36 Pieces Rotating

FractalbyClaudiaPfeil - 100 Pieces Rotating

FractalbyClaudiaPfeil - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Have you been following our 2019 Block of the Month in the Sizzle Show And Tell Forum?

Look at this amazing work! We love the creativity and innovation, and it is so much fun to see how changing the fabric results in such different looks. These are just a few of the wonderful blocks that our members are sharing.

Photo Credits: Thank you to BrendaMiller, Clandy, jlmjlm, Meegwat, Mlongstreth, ajclapp, Kitkat01, burns50, and Cozmac


Want to get in on the Block Of The Month Fun? 

We have a few kits left in each colorway, and if you are in the USA they ship for free!

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The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles allowed us to photograph a few of the quilts from the Marbaum collection. Enjoy the video below.

APRIL 20, 2019 – JULY 14, 2019

Discover a selection of quilts from the Marbaum Collection - a unique collection of 87 art quilts generously donated to SJMQT for its 40th anniversary - on display for the first time. Marvin and Hilary Fletcher started acquiring quilts in the early 1980’s, eventually establishing a formidable trove of works from nearly 80 artists, bearing witness to the diversity and vitality of quilt-making from that time, to the present. The Marbaum Collection is both an invaluable resource for artists and researchers to explore, and a deeply personal collection woven together by the Fletchers’ long standing passion for and philanthropic support of art quilts. The gifted collection, unprecedented in size and scope for SJMQT, will travel internationally before joining its new home in San Jose in 2020.


Here is a full look at Claudia Pfeil's new quilt, Bricks n Gears. Take a look at the construction, the colors, and the quilting. All are outstanding. Be sure to watch Claudia in Show 2413 for great tips and laughs, but first check out the new quilt.



Noriko Kido does fabulous work and she didn't disappoint in Paducah. Her quilt, Past and Future Meet, won 1st Place Hand Quilted at AQS QuiltWeek Paducah Spring 2019. While it won for hand quilting, this large quilt (86" x 86") was hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, and hand pieced. The mixture of hand appliquéd flowers with meticulously pieced spinning suns is stunning.

Click here to see Noriko's quilt, Promise.
Click here to see another of Noriko's quilts, Flowers in my Heart.



Texas Star by Isal Frazier (1976-1999). Image courtesy of The Quilt Index.


Red White and Blue Quilts

By Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D. Curator of Clothing and Textiles,
The Museum of Texas Tech University

The colors of red, white and blue dominate our summertime festivities so I thought it might be nice to look at two 19th century red, white and blue quilts in the collection of the The Museum of Texas Tech University. The first is a pattern with several names, which is not uncommon. Its names include New York Beauty, Crown of Thorns and Rocky Mountain Road. Quilt historians like to call the quilt what the family called it, but also will refer to it with the common name. At the Museum of Texas Tech University we like to call this one, Rocky Mountain Road.

Rocky Mountain Road Quilt, pieced in 1858 by an unknow quilter.
Quilted by Mary Ann Nelson McNeese (Mrs. H.J) in 1898.
Gift of Mrs. J.C.Morton. TTU-H1969-061. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

This quilt was pieced in 1858 and quilted in 1898. It is unknown who pieced this very difficult pattern. It came with a family history that it was pieced for the donor’s great-grandmother, the mother of Andrew Nelson, a hero of the Alamo.  But it doesn’t list her name. Because he was an Alamo hero, he is listed on the Texas State Historical Association website and his mother is named there as Elizabeth Mansfield Nelson (Mrs. John). 

Mrs. Nelson came to Texas from Tennessee with her children after the death of her husband.  Interestingly this pattern was very popular in Tennessee, but it is likely that it was pieced in Texas sometime after she settled in the state. After receiving the top as a gift at the age of 4, Mary Ann Nelson McNeese (Mrs. H. J.) quilted it in 1898. She gave it to Mrs. J. C. Morton at the time of her marriage.

Star of the East Quilt, 1860-1890. Created for Reverend Marshall's family who iived in Colorado.
Gift of Mr and Mrs. Yancey Price.
TTU-H1976-133-002. Photo courtesy of Museum of Texas Tech University.

The second quilt, Star of the East Quilt, was made circa 1860-1890 for Rev. Marshall’s family who the family history states lived in Colorado and that he was a missionary to Egypt. The arrangement of these blocks is interesting in that there is no sashing, but the Star of the East or Circle Saw blocks have a diagonal arrangement of blue blocks between them. The block is shown in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns as #3808. The quilt has a marvelous floral swag border, which must have been smashing before the red fabric deteriorated.

Several of the mid-nineteenth century quilts in the Museum’s collections have lots of red fabric. Research into why these red fabrics have disintegrated so much would be interesting. It is likely that it had to do with the acidic content of the dyes used to create the red color. Still, these two red, white and blue quilts are striking.

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

Click here for related articles from the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.



On Monday you saw the Exuberant Appliqué of Alethea Ballard (click here to see those quilts). She also created several works depicting Frida Kahlo. Take a look. Remember to visit The Maverick Quilter at Alethea's website. Don't miss her show at Bay Quilts in El Cerrito, California through June 25, 2019.


On Monday we showed you the beginning of Claudia Pfeil's new quilt. Now let's see the back of the quilt as it is being completed. Be sure to come back on Friday for the full quilt reveal. Again, don't miss Claudia in Show 2413 (if great tips and laughter are on your To-Do List).

Did you miss The Beginning?



Last week I posted a series of questions to the quilters who lurk out in the world...quietly enjoying their stitching. I decided to give voice to all of us customers and maybe take a look at what is going on in the quilting world. By no means was this an official tabulation or census for some big brother entity who is keeping track of us quilters. No, this was just for me...as I have an inquisitive mind about things in my world.

So, here are the results as paraphrased by me! I received over 100 responses to my questions and I appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to answer. I read each response (sorry I couldn't answer each one personally) and kept a running tally for each question...not only the answer, but the commentary that many of you left with your answers.

From over 100 responses only one, thank you Renee...was under 40! Now, this could be that the demographics of The Daily Blog readership are aging, or it could be we need to do more to attract the younger generation into this soul satisfying hobby. It also makes me think that life is busier for this age group and their financial hobby outlay goes more to day-to-day expenses. But, maybe the industry needs to look at what might attract this age group to simpler, faster...and...and maybe classes that include a bit of emotional respite.

With that said, more of you like to figure patterns out for yourselves rather than take classes. It may be that we all have had many classes and those are best for enticing new quilters to the fold. On the flip side, you do like to take classes if there is a new technique! Especially one that makes a quilt easier or faster to make.

As for bed size or small...almost split down the middle. We are still making quilts for family and friends and those tend to be on the larger size, but smalls allow us to practice or expand a new technique. Many, many of you are still having a love affair with your machines but your day is split. Machine work during the day and handwork in front of the TV at night :)

Travel for classes or no? About equal. Many like to travel to the "high-end" classes but finances, physical and family responsibility keep just as many at home. I wonder if local shops offered "retreat" like classes that are local if that would be popular?

The next question was interesting, brick 'n mortar or online? All of you like your brick 'n mortar. But, what leads you to turning on your computer is proximity to a quilt shop. And, if you have a quilt shop near you they might not carry what you need. But, your support for the brick 'n mortar was evident. We like to touch and see our fabrics/tools but totally understand that any one shop cannot carry it all.

There was more of an emotional response to the next question Kit or No Kit. No Kit was answered as in, "NO KIT!!!" LOL. More of you were in the No Kit category, and if you did buy a kit, it was as a starting point and you mixed it up???!!!

More of you quilt alone for a variety of reasons, but one of the reasons I loved was when you quilted in a group there was rarely any stitching accomplished, LOL. Isn't that the truth...we love our groups for the emotional support and camaraderie, but we rarely do it to actually make some progress or finish a quilt!

And, as you might have guessed the answer...more of us quilt for the sheer joy, even if we know where the quilt is going. One of the responders to this question, Bernadette, in her answer summed it up perfectly... "Liz Porter once said that most of her quilts would probably be donated to charity after she was gone from the planet. I love that idea: holding my work close now for trunk shows and display, but releasing it to the homeless/needy/friends and relatives after I die."

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to make this inquisitive mind happy...Oh I hope we continue this journey together because it is a wonderful life!

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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This quilt, Rafa by Marcia Baraldi and Valeria Baraldi of Brazil, has a subject you just don't see every day (unless maybe you're Pam Holland). Actually, the giraffe might be wearing Pam's glasses...

Small Wall Quilts - Pieced

Quilted on a stationary machine, applipieced, hand appliquéd, machine appliquéd, crystals, dimensional work, free-motion quilting, interfacing.

Design Source: "Bowtie Ben" by Punch Studio


TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm

SIZZLE Quilt - Cool


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