We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the fifteenth quilt from the exhibition by Jackie Hillman.

Title of Quilt: Midnight Indigo Lilies

Quilter's Name: Jackie Hillman


In our second Piecing Masterclass, TQS will help you overcome your piecing challenges when it comes to working with multi-seam intersections, inset circles, no-pin curves, joining two unusual shapes, and more. In Part 2, instructors Jo MortonRicky TimsAlex Anderson, and Cynthia England will demonstrate their tricks for piecing perfection. Also in this informative show, Bonnie K. Hunter demonstrates how chain piecing with a leader and ender can help you sew two quilt tops at one time.

Watch TQS' Piecing Masterclass Part 2, Show 2612, when it debuts Sunday, May 31, 2020.


Ricky would love this quilt. Why? because it's a spectacular, larger than life raven and Ricky loves ravens. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's poem, The Raven, the image was based on a painting by Lindsay Kustusch.

Nevermore by the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild was featured in the Charity Quilts category, sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild, at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis


Ricky liked "Hank", the Texas Horned Lizard created by Carol Morrissey, so much that he purchased him for his home collection.

Star Members can watch Carol at work in Show 1908: Postcards and Photorealism.

TexasHornedLizardbyCarolMorrissey - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

TexasHornedLizardbyCarolMorrissey - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

TexasHornedLizardbyCarolMorrissey - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

TexasHornedLizardbyCarolMorrissey - 35 Pieces Rotating

TexasHornedLizardbyCarolMorrissey - 99 Pieces Rotating

TexasHornedLizardbyCarolMorrissey - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Gregory Case

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As we continue through our study of color (Lesson 13), we look at the Triad color plan. The Triad color plan is very pleasing to the viewer, and as quilter, are often the fabric that grabs your attention while strolling through the store.

The Triad plans, meaning three, are composed of three colors that at first glance seem to be selected at random. However that is not the case, as they are actually equal distance from each other on the color wheel. While the colors are lower in high contrast than the Complementary plan (Lesson 16), creating harmony in your quilt is easier to achieve.

The Triad color plan offers eight possible combinations on the Essential Color Wheel:


Yellow, Cyan/Turquoise, Magenta
Chartreuse, Cerulean Blue, Blue-Red
Yellow-Green, Blue, Red
Spring Green, Blue-Violet, Orange-Red
Green, Violet, Orange
Blue-Green, Red-Violet, Yellow-Orange
Aqua-Green, Purple, Orange-Yellow
Aqua-Blue, Fuchsia, Golden-Yellow





Of the eight plans, the most often used, and the group that offers the widest range of colors is the Primary Triad Plan (Yellow, Cyan, Magenta). By mixing any combination of these three colors, one can create all of the 24 colors on the wheel. The Secondary Triad Plan (Green, Violet, Orange), while not used as often, can also be used to create quilts with stunning results. To achieve the most harmonious arrangement, it is best when you blend each of the colors with its partner.















Round The Robin Hedge by Sue Spargo (Show 810 & Show 1304). Image by TheQuiltShow.com

As with other plans, everyone can't be the star, so to avoid things becoming too tense between the three colors, select a "lead actor" with two "supporting actors". One easy way to remember this when selecting fabrics for your work is to use the 60-30-10 rule. Sixty percent should be your lead color, thirty percent the supporting color, and the remaining ten percent acts as an accent.

For example, on your Essential Color Wheel, the primary color plan is made up of yellow, cerulean blue, and magenta. Notice how the lead actor in Faultlines: Markings #19 by Lisa Call is magenta, with yellow and cerulean blue playing supporting roles.



                       Faultlines: Markings #19  by Lisa Call. (Image courtesy of Lisa Call)



Another way to have everyone in the cast get along is to include multi-colored fabrics that feature all three of your selected colors. Blue-grey is the star, while reds, oranges and yellow-green play the supporting roles. Notice Philippa Naylor's use of a tiny multi-color floral prin (that includes a blend of all the supporting cast) to keep the viewers attention and interest in her miniature quilt, Circuit Training.

Circuit Training by Philippa Naylor. (Show 606) [Images TheQuiltShow.com]. Detail of Circuit Training by Philippa Naylor.


Need ideas? Let's look at some more examples of quilts using the triad color plan.  


Variation on the Spring Green, Blue-Violet, Orange-Red color plan:












Baskets by Alex Anderson. (Image by TheQuiltShow.com).

Variation on the Purple, Orange-Yellow, Aqua-Green plan:

Signature #200 by Lisa Call. (Image courtesy of Lisa Call)


Variations on the Cyan/Turquoise, Magenta, Yellow color plan:


Log Cabin by Jill Lewis & Sharon Young (1950-1975) [Image The Quilt Index]. Visions of Apple Pie by Laura Fogg (Show 2005) [Image courtesy of Laura Fogg].


Variations on the Purple, Orange-Yellow, Aqua-Green plan:







Ellie by Darlene Determan. (Image courtesy of Darlene Determan)

Works combining every color along the wheel:

Stupendous Stitching by Carol Ann Waugh (Show 1011). [Image by TheQuiltShow.com]. Bow Ties by Alex Anderson (Image by TheQuiltShow.com)

Wall of Sound by Maria Shell (Show 2208) [Image by TheQuiltShow.com]





Do you still not trust your instincts? Use the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool to help solve the mystery. Each of the twenty-four pages illustrates the pure color, tints, shades and tones of a family, allowing you the opportunity to select from a wide array of fabrics to make a quilt more interesting.






Triad Color Plan
by Frieda Anderson

Frieda Anderson (Show 705) is known for creating luscious hand-dyed silk quilts featuring botanical themes. Green (featured above) is no exception. Creating this level of eye candy for the viewer is not by accident. Frieda shares her method of inspiration, which you can use as well, when it comes to designing a quilt using the Triad Color Plan.

A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.
Triadic color harmonies tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.
To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced - let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.


I often take pictures of things I like in nature - trees, leaves, flowers, birds, water, animals. You name it, I’ll take a picture of it if it catches my attention, particularly if the colors are interesting. I take the images as reference for quilt ideas, but also for color ideas. If you look closely, nature will give you all the color ideas that you can ever need.


The idea for this little wall quilt came after walking in a small woods near my home in the early autumn. The leaves on the trees were turning beautiful combinations of orange and red, with stark green stems running down the center of the leaves. I came home and pulled out scraps of my hand dyed silks that were already fused and started playing around to create the center of this little leaf quilt. Once I had the center finished, I knew that I needed to really set it off with a great contrasting color. So, I got out my trusty color wheel and started looking at color combinations to see what would make my idea really sing. If you don’t already own a color wheel, they are a great addition to your quilting equipment. A color wheel will always tell you which colors are going to work well together. Since I had the center leaf motif worked out in orange and green, my color wheel told me that purple was the perfect color to set the leaf off and make my motif glow. That completed my triad color theme perfectly - orange for the leaf and border, green for the stem, and the purple accents to create drama.

This quilt is a raw edge fused creation using my hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics and fusible web to create it in what I refer to as a collage technique. I finished the quilt using a pillow case technique to complete this small 8” x 14” quilt. A stitch in the ditch around all of the design motifs in rayon thread completed the composition nicely.

You can view a pattern similar to the Orange Leaf design, Emerging Leaves, and many other quilts on my website at www.friestyle.com.




Practice Exercise: Build a block

Use these two blocks to try out your own triad color group. Build the blocks using fabric, construction paper, or colored pencils.

 Block 1

 Block 2

Use these two blocks to try out your own triad color group. Build the blocks using fabric, construction paper, or colored pencils.

Click here to download Triad Block 1

Click here to download Triad Block 2

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Previously I pondered the changing quilt world and how it will evolve and change. It was with great sadness that I received an email that the physical shop Olde World Quilt Shoppe, one of my favorites, was closing its doors and transitioning to an online shop with a possibility of opening in the future. It is challenging to face each quilting day wondering how we will adjust to these changes. I know we have talked about how our kids and grandkids are currently experiencing the virtual classroom and that this might open the quilting door for quilters everywhere to take a class they otherwise wouldn't be able to take, either because of the cost or commitment to time. There have been platforms such as Crafty classes, where you can observe an art teacher and potentially learn a technique. But, now the Stitchin Post has taken it to a new level!
A ZOOM lecture series with Jean Wells!
I mean...this is brilliant! It will allow interaction with the instructor! Just think of all the students who have wanted to take a class with Jean but the cost of travel and lodging prevented this dream from coming true! And, if you are like me who knows zero about the art world of quilting...who is a pattern follower...well, I will feel comfortable sitting in the comfort of my home as a student!
The first lecture is called Dreaming in Color - Color Vocabulary with Jean Wells, costs $15, and takes place this Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12 PM PST.
I am ever hopeful that as we move forward there will be exciting new adventures in the quilting world! Join me!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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The Greensboro Modern Quilt Guild created a quilt with an adorable family portrait to bring awareness to endangered African penguins. Meet Liza, Deacon, and Pat in Brrr....

Brrr...  was featured in the Charity Quilts category, sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild, at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis


The Quilt Show caught up with Brittany Bowen Burton at the Texas Quilt Museum where her quilt Madonna was on display. Madonna won Best Machine Quilting, Framed at QuiltCon 2017. Here, Brittany tells us two stories about the quilt that you might not know. One of them is every quilter's nightmare. Has it ever happened to you?

Photos for the quilt are below the video.

49.5” x 75.5”
Pieced by Brittany Bowen Burton
Quilted by Natalia Bonner
Millcreek, UT, United States
Individual MQG Member



The quilt blocks look good on the design wall, "but that is not what quilt blocks are for." Time to sew them together.

Buy the Sequoia Sampler REMIX pattern PDF here.

Alex Anderson LIVE: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10am PST, 1pm EST, 6pm London.



The Blanket Stitch is perfect for machine appliqué. BUT how do you set your sewing machine? How do you go around corners? Alex has learned to love machine appliqué and shows you her approach to this important stitch. You can learn the lessons you need or use all the lessons on the Sequoia Sampler REMIX pattern and have a wonderful wall hanging when you are done. Get the pdf below the video.


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Apliquick Rods


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