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Ruth Chandle is one of the founders of Textiles West and shares its focus and vision with Alex and Ricky. Ruth demonstrates how different tools, fabrics, and assorted types of fibers can be used for hand embroidery work. She shares how manipulation, layering, and a variety of simple stitches can add a new level of interest to your design.

Ruth follows this up by sharing the what, who, where and why of Boro, a Japanese repair work stitch form used to lengthen the life of garments for the poor in the Aomori prefecture.

Then, Wendy Grande comes back to The Quilt Show to share with us the techniques for creating several styles of silk ribbon roses. It’s then on to making a carnation that becomes a fascinator embellishment enhanced with the addition of a few pearls.

Watch Ruth and Wendy in Show 2504, when it debuts Sunday, August 11, 2019.

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Want to see the IMQE quilts in person? Now is your chance. They will be on display as one of the special exhibits at the American Quilter's Society (AQS) QuiltWeek Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 21-24, 2019 at the DeVos Convention Center.

To avoid lines, purchasing tickets in advance online is encouraged. Visit www.quiltweek.com to purchase tickets. AQS Members receive 20 percent off. Group and discounted hotel room rates are available.

Click here for a full list of all the special exhibits.

The Quilt Show sponsored a miniature quilt exchange between quilters in the United States and international quilters. They were paired up in teams to develop a friendship and to learn about each of their own quiltmaking styles. The only criteria was that the quilts needed to be a maximum of 24” and a minimum of 18”. From the 300 quilts (150 teams), 24 teams (48 mini quilts) were selected for this traveling exhibit based on their stories.

Click here to learn more about the IMQE.

Here is an example from Team 203.

Title of Quilt: See im Nebel – Misty Lake

Quilter's Name: Inna Rohrberg

Location: Yach, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany

I don't consider myself an artist, but I am a passionate craftswoman. Making a miniature quilt was an extreme challenge for me. My exchange partner and I have very different personalities and each has her own very individual mode of making quilts. But there is one thing that connects us and that is a love of the American quilt designer Bonnie K. Hunter. At the end of every year, Bonnie presents her followers with the gift of a mystery quilt. I have been making these mystery quilts with great enthusiasm for a number of years. The 2017 mystery was "On Ringo Lake". My exchange quilt is an almost exact representation of this design, at a scale of 1:3 - homage to Bonnie and at the same time a miniature lake for my exchange partner. For the choice of fabrics I was inspired both by the original design and also by a photo sent to me by my partner, whilst at the same time keeping with my own personal preference for more sedate colours. And honestly, how many people get to hang a miniature lake on their wall?! Foundation paper pieced by machine, Machine quilted.

 

Title of Quilt: Bee Eater of the Black Forest

Quilter's Name: Alexandra Wright

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA

My partner, Inna told me she loves all kinds of quilts but she shared wonderful photos of her work and I knew she loved and excelled at traditional patchwork. –I too love all kinds of quilts, but decided to make Inna something she might not make herself. I chose my subject after I learned Inna lived in the Black Forest in Germany. When I researched the area I discovered that the Mediterranean Bee Eater, surprisingly, is found there. I think it is one of the most colorful and beautiful birds I’ve ever seen. Over the course of the year we sent messages back and forth (thank you Google Translator!). Inna’s exuberance and enthusiasm for making quilts just made me happy! I thought this bright colorful bird reflected her passion for quilting. We agreed we would both feel “withdrawal” if we don’t get to sew every day. Like all quilters we both love fabric. I wanted to use some of the special hand dyes that I’ve saved for years. But I also got a kick out of combining my semi solid fabric “paints” with the white and gray prints I could find in my stash. We both love to sew by machine and this quilt is entirely machine made. My choices were often inspired by techniques I have seen on The Quilt Show. I used raw edge improvisational applique for the background, lots of free machine stitching, and outline sketches with 12 wt. quilting thread.

 

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Kymona Tracey at WeAllSew.com has a back-to-school project to kick off the new school year. Book bags, pencil cases, and tote bags are on everyone’s list. Send your child off to school with a stylish library book tote. As an added bonus, there is a matching pencil case tutorial.

Click here to go to tutorial.



 

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Gulf Coast Sunrise by Susan Mogan is a beautiful quilt inspired by the New York Beauty pattern. We were intrigued by how she replicated her piecing with her quilting and thread choices. We enjoyed looking at all the details in this spectacular sunrise.

Susan's quilt was on display as part of the Abstract Small exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim Jones is a crew member that has been working on The Quilt Show for years, doing the lighting for over 100 shows. We asked him what he thought he was getting into when he first heard The Quilt Show was coming, his answer is pretty funny. Now he shares his current perspective about quilting. Let's just say it's changed a bit.

 

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Anna & G have hit the road again and it feels awesome! We have a new ride, and you can take a closer look on Quilt Roadies. As with all changes in life, we are learning to live in a smaller but more flexible space and hope it takes us to many wonderful stitchy places!!

Already we have had some wonderful stops and made new friends. Fiber & Stitches is located in St. Helens, Oregon, AKA Halloween Town, and the owner Jamie is just like the rest of us as you can see by this quilt that she started for her son...maybe 6 years ago, LOL. But, now she is on the home stretch! What was a wall hanging has turned into a large bed quilt.

The blessing of traveling in search of more projects is that you really make good friends along the way. Marion (the librarian as she is known) and I have crossed paths numerous times from Colorado to Oregon, and this latest meeting brought us not only together at Fiber & Stitches but at a cross stitch event at Acorn & Threads. The stitchers gathered for a day of cross stitch which included numerous Floss Tubers, a world that fascinates me!

We love our time on the road and hope by chance we meet you along the way!

Once you are running the slideshow, you can click on the item to see it in more detail

Click to play this Smilebox collage

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

Click here for Anna's blog.

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The creators of QUILTmania magazine hold an extravagant show (called Pour l'Amour du Fil) of color, fiber and texture every Spring in  the city of Nante, France. See the splendor of the show through the lens of TQS Guest Kathy Doughty's husband, John, a professional photographer and a great person to have along if you are attending a quilt show.

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Sue de Vanny's quilt, Majestic Presence, highlights the beauty of this lion king. From the amazing expressive eyes to the unusual fabrics for the mane, she captured the majesty of the animal with a number of different techniques.

Majestic Presence was on display as part of the Small Wall Quilts - Pictorial Exhibit at AQS QuiltWeek Paducah Spring 2019.

Quilting Method: Stationary Machine

Quilting Techniques: Machine Appliqué, Collage, Free-Motion Quilting, Fabric Painting, Thread Painting, Thread Sketching.

Size: 36" x 42"

Click here for some interesting facts about lions.

 

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Do you think this block is called "The Devil's Puzzle?" Play the game and find out.

 
 
 

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Meet the EverSewn Sparrow QE Quilter's Edition

Get the best of sewing and quilting with the new EverSewn Sparrow QE. Creativity lies at your fingertips with a large 8" throat space and an intuitive control panel, where over 70 stitch patterns were carefully selected for your projects.

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The QE has a sleek design and superior stitch quality, paired with handy features for advanced sewists.

A large 8" throat space is perfect for quilts or large projects. The Sparrow QE has plenty of room between the needle and machine for sewing larger amounts of fabric.

Beautiful stitch quality with 70 carefully selected stitch patterns. Whether you’re doing free-motion quilting, piecing, or just sewing, the Sparrow QE has the right stitch.

Straight stitch and Zig Zag stitch plates are included with the machine. Depending on your sewing project, these can be interchanged for precise sewing and quilting.

A knee lift system gives you the freedom and comfort to sew or quilt for hours. This clever tool allows you to lower or raise the presser foot without having to touch the machine so you can keep your hands on the fabric.

Every EverSewn machine is designed by engineers who sew, so they are easy to use. The Sparrow QE combines a simple user interface with a modern design and lots of features. Whether you are a beginner or experienced sewer, the EverSewn Sparrow QE will enable you to create anything you want without frustration.


Meet the EverSewn Sparrow X Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Embroidery intimidation is history with the new Sparrow X, a revolutionary combination embroidery and sewing machine controlled with your Android or Apple smart device.

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Connect to the App EverSewn Pro and you will not be confined to a tiny sewing machine screen. Hoop your project, press start, then watch the machine flawlessly stitch your design, or step away and monitor embroidery progress on your smart device. Easily remove the embroidery arm to transform the X into a normal sewing machine equipped with 120 stitch patterns, automatic threading, a built-in thread cutter, and more.

The intuitive App will make embroidery easy, even for beginners, to get to a wonderful embroidery result. Plus, forget about the small and unclear screen on your old sewing machine. Now you can use your smart device (cell phone or tablet) to create your designs with more freedom. 

The EverSewn Pro App Editing Tool provides a series of tools that allows users to import other embroidery files, change thread colors, and adapt the patterns without limitation. This easy-to-use tool substitutes basic embroidery software and offers a one-touch experience like you have never experienced in a sewing machine! 

The Sparrow X is a sewing and embroidery machine combined. The machine can be transformed from a regular sewing machine with 120 stitch patterns and into a modern embroidery machine in just a few easy steps! 

Reliable quality is a hallmark of EverSewn. This newly developed, state-of-the-art sewing and embroidery machine will bring you many hours of quality sewing. Designed in Chicago and manufactured in Taiwan. 

The Sparrow X comes with 100 embroidery designs included. You can easily add new designs with the EverSewn Pro App. The machine reads most common file formats (EXP, PES, XXX, DST, and more). Two embroidery hoop sizes included. Enjoy an embroidery area of approximately 4.75" x 7". 



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