The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is pleased to have Meg Cox as part of their Winter lecture series. In her lecture, Success Stories: What It Takes to Make It Big In Quilts, Meg will talk about lessons learned from quilting icons such as Eleanor Burns and Tula Pink, as well as the strategies of people who found fortune, but not fame, in quilting.



Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
$15 members/$25 non-members
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South First Street | San Jose, CA | 95113 |
You can also learn from Meg here at TQS in Show 2106: TQS Challenge with Meg, Alex, and Ricky. Meg accepts the challenge to join Alex and Ricky in making a quilt based on their favorite musical. Each person's work was veiled in secrecy and you will be as surprised as they were by the results. They will share the message, tips, and techniques used to meet the challenge. Lo and behold, one of the three needs a bit of help when it comes to spelling.


You may have heard that high winds have been affecting California lately. That was certainly true at Quilting in the Garden this year. In some cases, the quilts wrapped around themselves as they fluttered in the wind. We still managed to photograph some quilts including a few TQS BOMs, and works by Sue Rasmussen, Nancy Brown, Laura Nownes, Diana McClun, Sunjata Shaw, Freddy Moran, and more. We even found a couple of new quilts by our very own Alex Anderson.


Margaret Solomon Gunn won First Place Wall Quilts Machine Quilted Mixed or Other at the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show with her quilt, Ode to Spring.

It is a stunning purple wholecloth quilt accented with silver dragonflies. While Margaret's longarm work is always amazing, take a look at the edge treatment. It adds that extra bit to an already spectacular, multi award-winning quilt.
(photo: The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show)
(photos below: Margaret Solomon Gunn - www.mainelyquiltsoflove.com)


There is still time before Halloween to make this adorable quilt, Halloween Cats, from Mickey Beebe. Pattern provided by AQS (approx. 71" x 78"). Think you'll need a little magic to finish it in time? Just make a few less cats.



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 first four quilts from Adelheid Risi, Agnes Guenat, Andrea Groenenwegen, and Annalise Pianto-Beck.

Title of Quilt: Alp Procession Appenzell

Quilter's Name: Adelheid Risi

Title of Quilt: Yodel

Quilter's Name: Agnes Guenat

Title of Quilt: Ju Di-u-uu-Di

Quilter's Name: Andrea Groenenwegen

Title of Quilt: High Alpine Seasons

Quilter's Name: Annalise Pianto-Beck


Well, it was everything I had imagined and surpassed all that the attendees had hoped for...Buttermilk Basin's Woolstock event was a huge success. By the end of the event everyone was tired and worried about how they were going to get all their loot back home! The 3-day event included a couple of meals a day, snacks to fill any treat bag, and three absolutely adorable projects which we prepped and started stitching. Since the event takes place in October, it is Halloween themed and both Stacy West and her crew created a festive environment! There were gifts, bingo, and contests each day and we stitchers love stuff, LOL.

At the end of the day we all would make the trek to the shoppe and add more loot to our ever growing pile. With each visit we would see something that we hadn't seen on the previous visit. Truly the best part of the event was the new friends and old friends we shared this creative time with. I was surprised at the number of Quilt Roadie friends that I got to spend time with!

One of the contests was a Halloween Brooch created by the participants. The brooches were laid out on the table and everyone voted for their favorite. The creativity of the Woolstock Stitchers made it extremely difficult to choose a favorite. I thought I would share the top 3 winners!

The combination of techniques used to create the brooches was wonderful and I think this type of contest would be fun for any guild or stitch group.

Have fun stitching, put Woolstock on your Oct. 2020 calendar, and we'll see you down the road!

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Alex Anderson talks with Teresa Duryea Wong about her book Magic and Memories: 45 Years of International Quilt Festival and the early years of the Houston International Quilt Festival.

For more information about the book, the book signing, and the luncheon at festival, look beneath the video.


Join Quilt Festival founder Karey Bresenhan, Quilts, Inc. Executive Vice-President Nancy O'Bryant, and author Teresa Duryea Wong for a book signing and question-and-answer session on Saturday, November 2 at 3:00 pm on the Quilt Festival Houston show floor. The three will be discussing and signing copies of the new book, Magic & Memories: 45 Years of International Quilt Festival. You won't want to miss the opportunity to learn more about the book, the history of Quilt Festival, and the two women behind the show. This is a free event open to all attendees at Quilt Festival. It will take place at the center of Aisles D and E in the exhibits area of the show floor. 

Magic & Memories: 45 Years of International Quilt Festival
(Schiffer Publishing)
Hardcover: 128 pages

Once a year, tens of thousands undergo a pilgrimage to Houston, Texas, for the International Quilt Festival—an enormous confluence of exhibitions, shopping, competitions, educational opportunities, and, most importantly, a gathering of kindred spirits like no other. Standing behind this magical show are two of the most influential trailblazers and business leaders in the quilting industry. Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes are cousins who were raised as sisters, and their shared history is a colorful story of five generations of quilters. Through numerous interviews, Teresa Duryea Wong shares a mosaic of memories and histories not only from Karey and Nancy, but from an array of quilters and Festival-goers. With nearly 200 photos spanning more than half a century, Magic & Memories celebrates the resilience and passion of all who love quilts—young and old, beginner and expert, traditional and contemporary—and the history they make.

The book will debut for sale at this year's Quilt Festival in Houston! Purchase your copy (while supplies last) for $30 at the Commemorative Items booths in Concourses B, C, and D. It can also be purchased via online enrollment if you're signing up for classes or events. Pre-ordered copies will be available for pickup on site at the show. 


Friday, November 1, Noon-2:00 pm
More information and enroll HERE

Author Teresa Duryea Wong will also present this fascinating luncheon/lecture about the book! Don’t miss this wild romp through 45 years of International Quilt Festival history as you learn the story of the two women who created Festival and a whole lot more. At a time when women rarely owned a business, cousins Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes broke social barriers and raised the bar for women as they turned what many saw as a hobby into a business, and created an appreciation for the art form that flourishes today. Their company, Quilts, Inc., also founded the International Quilt Market, which is credited with helping build the multi-billion dollar quilt industry. In addition, these two intrepid Texas women helped revive quilting in Europe through 20 years of Quilt Expo.

Wong spent countless hours interviewing the powerful duo for her book Magic & Memories: 45 Years of International Quilt Festival (available for purchase at the luncheon). The interviews, the research, the memories, and the magic of Festival will all come to life in this lively lecture. A meal with beverage is included.


Have you been playing along? How many blocks can you name? Here's a pretty block from this week's game.



Not a fan of appliqué? Barbara Black has come up with a pieced border to finish off her "Cool" version of Sizzle and she came up with a design that didn't require her to purchase any extra fabric outside of the kit.

She's also made a step-by-step tutorial so you can do it too! Click on Learn More to follow along.



Sherri Lynn used the natural limitations of these women's military pants she found and she upcycled them into a very graphic quilt. Enjoy Six Pairs of Pants by Sherri Lynn Wood.

Watch Sherri in Show 2507.

SixPairsofPantsbySherriLynnWood - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

SixPairsofPantsbySherriLynnWood - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

SixPairsofPantsbySherriLynnWood - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

SixPairsofPantsbySherriLynnWood - 35 Pieces Rotating

SixPairsofPantsbySherriLynnWood - 99 Pieces Rotating

SixPairsofPantsbySherriLynnWood - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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