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 Anna Suter, Ariane Jauss, Barbara Grundmann, and Barbara Heller.

Title of Quilt: Edelweiss City

Quilter's Name: Anna Suter

Title of Quilt: Rosti Rift

Quilter's Name: Ariane Jauss

Title of Quilt: Edelweiss

Quilter's Name: Barbara Grundmann

Title of Quilt: Crazy Swissness

Quilter's Name: Barbara Heller


After all...we are called Anna & G On The Road. So, it is about time we hit the road again.

The biggest decision to make is what stitching to take along. This may not be G's #1 but it sure is mine!! When planning, I take into consideration the cadence of our travel...are we staying several nights in one spot or is it going to be a new spot each day? I also check the weather down the road because there will be no machine sewing at a picnic table if it is 19 degrees!!! Since we have transitioned into Penny, our van, the answers are even more important. I don't want to be hauling a sewing machine along when there is little chance of a machine sewing session!

But, here is the thing...I know many of you are like me. You break out in a cold sweat just thinking about not having enough stitching along, LOL. I have given it much thought and here is what I came up with for this trip. I brought along my Primitive Gatherings BOM for times when I might be in one spot and can spread out. I did buy the thread pack so there was no need to haul my entire thread collection! I also prepped all the blocks and they are nice and neat, all in one box!

The serious question is what to stitch while traveling? I am blessed in that I don't get car sick. Reading and Stitching are a must, otherwise I am an, "Are we there yet?" kind of traveler! On this particular journey I chose 2 different projects which provided variety, decreased boredom, and most importantly...no lost needles or supplies.

The first one is an adorable pre-printed embroidery by The Good Life. You get a pre-printed piece of fabric, spool of thread, and the needle! You don't even need a hoop for this project...and, by far it is the easiest project I have transported yet!

Next is a Buttermilk Basin kit. I pre-prepped this project so all I needed was a needle and a baggy of thread. Since this project uses either a buttonhole or whip stitch, it is easy to stitch on the road.

Surprisingly being on the road means I get some Wips done! Do you stitch on the road???

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

Click here for Anna's blog.



Alex catches up with Sarah Ann Smith and learns about all kinds of things:

  • What is on her design wall?
  • What is The Postcard Quilt (aka A Letter to My Sons)? [You will love it. Click here to see the quilt.]
  • What do the fabrics look like that she made in Sue Benner's Class?
  • What is the "Secret Style" of quilt that she loves?
  • What does her studio look like before Houston and what is she teaching there?

See Sarah's Show 2508.                      Need to Join?                                                                  


Here's a fun block from this week's game. Looks like it has lots of little pieces. Do you know what it's called? Play the game and find out.



Here's a fun block from this week's game. Looks like it has lots of little pieces. Do you know what it's called? Play the game and find out.



Update from Heidi:

Hi everyone,
"I have to start out by apologizing. While the Dakine snowboard luggage is absolutely perfect for traveling with your quilts at airports and to and from guilds it appears that with most airlines there would be an extra baggage fee for exceeding the common 62" length. However, I did a little more research and found another very similar type and quality of snowboard luggage made by https://www.burton.com/us/en/p/burton-wheelie-gig-bag-board-bag/W20-109941.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3dHpp4mf5QIVh63tCh3N8AfBEAAYASAAEgKqpfD_BwE and it comes in various lengths as well. The smallest size is 150 cm or 60" in length and this would meet most airports standard luggage guidelines." 


One of our very favorite guests, Heidi Profetty (Show 2406), has a great idea for shipping quilts and she's sharing it with us.

She writes,
"I wish I invented and marketed this type of bag to the quilting industry myself, because it's so nicely constructed and works out perfectly for travel with quilts in the airport/hotels. Okay, wait for it....it's a snowboard bag!! 
It comes in extra long lengths but just wide and tall enough to carry rolled quilts (especially large ones!) The particular model I purchased is made by Dakine (https://www.dakine.com/en-us/bags/travel-bags/snowboard-gear-bags/low-roller-snowboard-bag/) It comes in lots of colors and patterns and it has awesome easy rolling wheels, lots of convenient handles on the outside, 360 degrees of padding inside, it's durable, easy to pack because the zipper is full length, it's water resistant, packs up tight for storage when not in use, lockable main zipper, it has outside pockets for extra quilty storage stuff and outside slots for identification. It holds quite a few quilts and I think its a real winner if your airport traveling with your quilts or if your lugging all your quilts to a guild to present a trunk show. 
I am excited about this find and thought maybe you might like to know about it too!"




Okay, if it's not going to be Alex's quilt you need to see more of it up close. Below are some close ups. Carolyn Hughey did a great job, and don't miss the different quilting designs by Angela Walters. If you are doing the BOM 2019, don't miss the different quilting designs by Angela Walters (you can copy...). We will start the contest on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Watch for the newsletter and enter to win. The contest will go through Monday October 28, 2019. YES, we will ship it anywhere in the world.



We always knew Barbara Black was a winner and here's more proof. Barbara's quilt just won Best of Show at the 2019 Heritage Quilters Huntsville show. You just might recognize the quilt, it's the TQS BOM 2011 Ruffled Roses!..Congratulations Barbara!

Barbara also has a lovely story about the creation of the quilt. Click on Learn More to read all about it on her blog.



The Quilt Alliance is looking for help in their booth at the Houston Quilt Festival. Want to join in the fun?


Sarah Ann begins her series of "celebrating the ordinary" with her quilt Lilies of the Valley, which also celebrates her life in Maine. These lovely flowers grow in her yard.

Learn more about Sarah and her life in Maine in Show 2508.

LiliesoftheValleybySarahAnnSmith - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

LiliesoftheValleybySarahAnnSmith - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

LiliesoftheValleybySarahAnnSmith - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

LiliesoftheValleybySarahAnnSmith - 36 Pieces Rotating

LiliesoftheValleybySarahAnnSmith - 100 Pieces Rotating

LiliesoftheValleybySarahAnnSmith - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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