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Have you ever carefully traced an appliqué piece on fabric, but when you were finished you found that the fabric had slipped and now your circular appliqué piece is an oval? We hate that!!

Now we have The Best workaround - The Best Sandboard. Recommended to us by Becky Goldsmith as a helpful tool for the appliqué portion of our 2019 Block Of The Month SIZZLE, The Best Sandboard is a sturdy board with a surface of extra-fine sandpaper that grips your fabric as you write, draw, or trace on it, keeping it from sliding around and ensuring that your traced shapes do not become distorted from slippage. 

The Best Sandboard also works great to hold your fabric in place for writing on, drawing on, or embellishing fabric!


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If you missed it before, now is your chance- Quilters Select Free Fuse is back in stock for immediate shipping!



Quilters Select Free Fuse


Sacred Threads is pleased to announce a call for artwork for their special exhibit, Eye Contact: creating a connection. This special installation will be in their July 2019 exhibit.

From their website:

There is a famous quote by Cicero (106-43 B.C.). 'Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi' (The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter). 'The eyes are the window of the soul' is a variant form of the proverb..." Reference

Here are the specifics:

  • The dimensions are 23" wide x 5" high
  • Any fiber/ mixed media technique and materials
  • Finished using any method
  • No sleeves are needed
  • Please put your name on the back of your piece, either with a label or permanent pen
  • Human Eyes - Looking at the Viewer

Make one, or make several, and mail them to us to share in a special display at the exhibit here in the Washington DC area next summer.

Deadline May 31, 2019.

Click here for more information.



Andrea Brokenshire's quilt, My Rhodie, looked so real, we thought we should be able to smell it. This winner of 1st Place Innovative at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2018, also took home a ribbon for Viewer's Choice.

The ribbon for Viewer's Choice however, was a bit confusing...we aren't sure it's exactly "wearable."

Artist Statement:

54" x 46"

I made this to celebrate my parents. This quilt was inspired by a visit to the Rhododendron Gardens in Portland during the spring high bloom.
Machine Appliquéd, Sewing Machine Quilt, Original Design

Star Members can watch Andrea in Show 1706: Textural Backgrounds, Appliqué on Silk & Straight-Line Quilting.



Eleanor Burns, the Queen of Quilting and 2011 TQS Legend, is celebrating her 40th anniversary. And she showed no signs of slowing down as she made her entrance along the red carpet! Join us as this teacher and entertainer shows you how to piece with precision, twirl your seams, and cut the fastest log cabin strips you’ve ever seen…all while making you laugh along the way.

Show 2309: Eleanor Burns - Celebrating 40 Years and Still Entertaining debuts Sunday, October 21, 2018.


Pretty Flaky is a bit more traditional quilt than you might be used to seeing by Susan. Of course, following her own tradition, it's also an award-winner.

1999, 41"x 41"

  • First place International Quilt Festival Houston 1999
  • Finalist American Quilter's Society Paducah 2000
  • Third place Minnesota Quilters show 1999

Watch Susan Cleveland in Show 2308: It's Hip to be a Modern Dresden.

PrettyFlakybySusanCleveland - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

PrettyFlakybySusanCleveland - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

PrettyFlakybySusanCleveland - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

PrettyFlakybySusanCleveland - 36 Pieces Rotating

PrettyFlakybySusanCleveland - 100 Pieces Rotating

PrettyFlakybySusanCleveland - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo from Susan Cleveland's Website


"Twirly Balls and Pinwheels" by Sue Garman

Circles in many forms have been popular quilting motifs in recent years. If you have walked through any quilt shows recently or thumbed through quilt magazines, you are sure to have seen a circle quilt or two. The simple, but eye catching design has entranced many a quilter. The late Sue Garman (Show 304), a highly regarded and legendary quilter, designed and made quilts for over forty years. Twirly Balls and Pinwheels is a masterful and intricate quilt featuring spinning balls and pinwheel sashing that spans the quilt and into the outside border. She was often heard saying that she was very much inspired by antique quilts and the motifs they used.

Always a stickler for details when it came to her own work, Sue machine quilted around each and every one of those 1" HST (Half Square Triangles). Count them...there are only 1,696! That, ladies and gentlemen is attention to detail by a masterful quilter.

And, if that weren't enough, Sue designed and made another variation of twirling balls, this time including Dresden plates in a quilt she called Happy Daze. The use of repeating an element she liked can be found in many of her quilts over the years. See more of Sue's work here.

                                                                                                   Happy Daze by Sue Garman

We can learn a great deal from and be inspired by antique quilts, including this lovely quilt from the clothing and textile collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.

TTU 1976-122-002, Spinning Ball quilt made by the Great-Grandmother of Mrs. D. M. Wiggins. 
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

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

As with most quilting trends, this isn’t a new thing so I thought I would share a spectacular quilt from the Museum at Texas Tech University’s collection.

The Spinning Ball quilt came to the Museum in 1976 and was made circa 1880. The dramatic pattern is composed of hand pieced cheddar and green pieces, which form what appears to be a spinning ball. The blocks are sashed with green sashing with the cheddar at the intersections. The quilting is done in thread that matches the fabric and forms a beautiful diamond pattern in the white background of the blocks and straight lines in the sashing. The binding is a red and black printed calico.

The quilt came to the Museum from Dr. D. M. Wiggins, with a family tradition of having been made by the Great-Grandmother of Mrs. Wiggins in Arkansas. Dr. Wiggins was the President of Texas Tech University from 1948-1952, but not much is known about Mrs. Wiggins—yet. I look forward to further research on the maker so we can tell her story more fully. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful quilt eye candy!

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.


Below is a sampling of two antique and two contemporary quilts (not from the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections) featuring a variation of the block called by many names including Rising Sun, Wagon Wheel, Spinning Ball, Windblown Daisy, Rising Sun.

Windblown Daisy. Quilt by Julia Reagan Love, circa 1955. Rising Sun. Quilt by Rachel Alston Jones Russel; Rachel Louise Russell Gray, circa 1880. Images courtesy of The Quilt Index.

Vintage Wagon Wheels by Chris Boersma Smith.        Ezekiel's Wheel by Karen. Image courtesy of The Secret Life of Mrs. Meatloaf



And so you are wondering what the heck is Smorgasbord Quilting??? Well if you break it down, Smorgasbord is defined as, "A wide range of something," as in "variety" and Quilting is defined as "the making of a quilt, especially as a craft or leisure activity." When you put them together you have ME, LOL!!! I am the quilter who is making a wide range of quilts as a leisure activity. I have no one quilting identity...I truly love it all. Although I do have a love/hate relationship with paper piecing, and that really has more to do with the way my brain works, not the actual look of the creations. Whenever the Stitchin Post class schedules are released, I go through it much like I did as a child when the Sears catalog arrived. Looking for something that grabs my interest, or the desire to spend time with some of my favorite instructors.

I was really tickled when I had a chance to stop by QuiltWorks in Bend and see the latest Gallery exhibit. I realized that the creations exhibited were by two quilters from the Mountain Meadow Quilt Guild in Sunriver. While viewing the show, I had the warm glow of being in the presence of creations by fellow Smorgasbord Quilters. We Smorgasbord Quilters are truly what makes the Quilting World Turn...now there is a great title for a Quilting Soap Opera, LOL!!!

I hope you enjoy the works of Pat Jones and Valerie Weber...true stars in "As The Quilting World Turns."

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An oldie, but a goodie, the Witches Star block. Framed diamonds keep you looking at this traditional block. This pattern first appeared in The Quilt Life magazine in August 2013. The block measures 12" finished.

Click here to download the pattern.


The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles had an exhibit of Log Cabin quilts spanning over 150 years at the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Enjoy "Log Cabin Quilts: Infinite Variety".

And, stay tuned. We've learned there will be more stunning exhibits to come at the museum.

From the exhibit:

"Perhaps because of its name, Log Cabin is seen as the quintessential American quilt block, one that dates back to colonial days. In fact, this pattern appeared sometime in the middle of the 19th century along with the "Log Cabin President," Abraham Lincoln. Some historians have speculated that the block grew out of the presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison, while others assert that it more closely reflects the values associated with Lincoln's campaign. Still others maintain that the pattern was developed to express the grief of a nation in mourning for the loss of two presidents: Harrison and Lincoln. Regardless of the origin, Log Cabin is an immensely successful pattern, almost as popular today as it was the the turn of the century."




Diamond Effervescence, by Beth Nufer & Clem Buzick, won the BERNINA 1st Runner Up Award at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2018. It's easy to see why.