Today we continue our selection of quilts recently displayed at the Spring Paducah 2019 show featured as part of The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. The exhibit is described as:

"Organized by the Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association, the Quilt Nihon Exhibition is one of the most prestigious international quilt contests in Japan. The exhibit features 42 quilts from the "Innovative Traditional" category, which will later be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art."

Please enjoy the thirty-third quilt from the exhibition by Yuko Akimoto.

Title of Quilt: Untitled

Quilter's Name: Yuko Akimoto

Dimensions: 75" x 66"


Lisa Walton, the current President of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), invites you to join her "tribe". (Learn more about Lisa in Show 2503.)

Here's more about Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art:

Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art is a gorgeous showcase of 50 art quilts by renowned master artists. Seminal works show the evolution of the art quilt from the earliest pioneers creating during the 1960s through to today’s artists experimenting with new forms, new materials, and new digital technologies.

Trace the development of this exciting art form as it developed from isolated makers, primarily in Ohio and California, into an international movement involving thousands of artists spanning the globe.


Texas Quilt Museum: January 9, 2020 - March 15, 2020  
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: April 19, 2020 - July 12, 2020
Ross Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio: May 14, 2021 - July 2, 2021  



Alethea Ballard, the Maverick Quilter, has good reasons for clocks, frogs, and birdhouses in her quilts, but watch this short clip to see how she quickly gives the broiderie perse girl a little "kick".



Alethea decided to make a bit of a statement by taking "super sexy" fabric and creating a woman who is doing it all...taking care of kids, making the meals, cleaning the house, all the while looking great doing it. Domestic Goddess will make you wish you had 10 arms as well.

Watch Alethea use both her arms in Show 2602.

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 35 Pieces Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 100 Pieces Rotating

DomesticGoddessbyAletheaBallard - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Alethea decided to make a bit of a statement by taking "super sexy" fabric and creating a woman who is doing it all...taking care of kids, making the meals, cleaning the house, all the while looking great doing it. Domestic Goddess will make you wish you had 10 arms as well.

Watch Alethea use both her arms in Show 2602.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Quilters Take Manhattan is back! This will be the 8th QTM at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and their plans are better and bigger than ever with an exhibition planned for the Great Hall at FIT September 25-27, 2020. There will be guest speakers, outside activities, and vendors along with the Main Event at the Haft Auditorium at FIT on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  

Want to go with your friends, your guild, or your family?

For the QTM Main Event, they offer discounts for groups of 10 or more at the Quilt Alliance member rate of $65/person rather than the non-member rate of $100/person. All guests receive a goody bag filled with great sponsor donations and there will be a silent auction, raffle table and refreshments. Online registration for groups will begin very soon. Tickets to QA members will begin March 2, 2020 and to non-members on March 16, 2020. 

The quilt exhibition is titled Known and Unknown, featuring visually and historically exceptional quilts loaned by private collectors and artists.

Their Main Event program will include keynote speaker Anna Maria Horner and lectures by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Julie Silber, and John M. (Jack) Walsh III, as well as a panel discussion with quiltmakers, curators, and collectors moderated by Janneken Smucker.

To make it a complete three-day event, on Friday, September 25, 2020 there will be several garment district tours, a costume tour at the Museum at FIT, other outings and a Broadway show that night. Each of these add-on events will be on our website with descriptions and prices. The exhibition will be available all three days to ticket purchasers for the Main Event.

Please contact Debby Josephs – admin@quiltalliance.org or 828-251-7073 – with any questions.

Click here for more information regarding QTM.


You'll need to take a step back to get a "closer" look at Carol Morrissey's quilt, Six Roses. It's another in her series of quilts created using circles. The further away you get, the more in focus the quilt becomes.

Carol's quilt, Six Roses, won 3rd Place Abstract, Large at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019.

Click here to see another of Carol's fabulous "circler" quilts, Keith and Mick.

Watch Carol in Show 1908: Postcards and Photorealism.


Clothing acts as both a boundary and bridge between the body and the world. At once utilitarian and deeply expressive, clothing offers protection from external conditions while extending our inner selves—our identities, desires and beliefs—to the surface of our bodies and beyond. This dynamic relationship between inside and outside will be explored in Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing, featuring the work of 11 artists who investigate the boundary that clothing creates between the self and world.

Working in the fields of sculpture, photography, installation and textile art, these artists consider themes of transparency, openness, interiority and visibility to create objects that invite us in while reaching out. Their works reimagine clothing as a radical and poetic form, capable of revealing hidden—and often uncomfortable—truths while dissolving boundaries between interior and exterior worlds.

Artists include Reiko Fujii, Claudia Casarino, Charlotte Kruk, Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao, Victoria May, Kate Mitchell, Laura Raboff, Beverly Rayner, Rose Sellery, and Jean Shin.

See these works and more at the Opening Reception, Sunday January 19, 2020 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

3-4pm Members Reception

4-6pm Public Reception

(photos: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles)




Do you love vintage quilts? Quilt and textile historian Barbara Brackman has created a list of quilt shows and exhibits through spring 2020 that feature vintage quilts. Is it time to take a road trip to see them all?

Click here for Barbara's list.

(photo: Barbara Brackman's blog - Nora Ezell, Star Puzzle, 2001)


The Inventory Clearance Sale continues with fabrics an now tools. Because we have just a few units of each, you can still get these top quality fabrics and tools for 40% off. These are products that we have tested and we love. So get them first come first served at amazing prices.


Cut it Out! ($20 Off)


At This Price It's Time for the...BIG Scissors ($20 Off)


Measure Twice - Cut Once

Have a Plan ($14 Off)

Capt'n John's word for 2020 is "Organize". Maybe yours was to.


Buy our 2020 Block Of The Month Kit Afternoon Delight

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Quilt Show!

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Learn about Apliquick appliqué tools!
Watch Show 1912
with Rosa Rojas (free!)

Apliquick Rods

Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors

 Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers