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It's Tax Day in America. A donated quilt can save you a little bit on your taxes. Here is some information to make sure you get your money's worth.

(Quilt by Alex Anderson) 

 

 

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Prairie Pointer Tool

Susan Cleveland's Prairie Pointer Tool should be in everyone's tool kit!

Marilee's Numbered Pins




Designed for making Prairie Points with perfect mitered corners, it can be used whenever you want mitered corners with finely pointed tips and nicely centered seams... which is all of the time! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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AQS is celebrating 35 years of quilting by sharing quilt images from past shows and magazines. Take a moment to enjoy these beauties from the past. Do you recognize any of the quilts or their makers? Click on Learn More to see photos of the quilts.
 
Then, step back in time and visit the 1997 AQS Quilt Show & Contest held in Paducah, Kentucky. Visit with quilters, take a look at the beautiful quilts, fun fashions, and join the fun!
 
 
 
 

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In this video recorded at the Iowa City Public Library, author Linzee Kull McCray shares stories and images from her book, Feed Sacks: The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric.
 
You can learn more about this fascinating subject with Linzee in Show 2408.
 

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It's difficult to tell if Vicki Bohnhoff's Yellow Roses for Mom is a quilt or a photograph. Have a look and take some time to smell the roses. Vicki's quilt was on display at Houston 2018 as part of the In Full Bloom exhibit.
 
 
 
 

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Rooster Weathervane reflects Heidi's love for chickens...right down to the selection of fabrics.

Watch Heidi in Show 2408.

RoosterWeathervanebyHeidiKaisand - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

RoosterWeathervanebyHeidiKaisand - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

RoosterWeathervanebyHeidiKaisand - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

RoosterWeathervanebyHeidiKaisand - 35 Pieces Rotating

RoosterWeathervanebyHeidiKaisand - 99 Pieces Rotating

RoosterWeathervanebyHeidiKaisand - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: John Anderson

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Rooster Weathervane reflects Heidi's love for chickens...right down to the selection of fabrics. Check out the close-ups. We love the weathervane fabric.

Watch Heidi in Show 2408.

Original Photo: John Anderson

 

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UPDATE 4/12/2019
The full tapestry is on display in the Ulster Museum until July 28, 2019, with further panels depicting the story of Season 8 due to be added to the tapestry in June.

After so many years of production, Game of Thrones® has truly become a part of Northern Ireland’s heritage and culture. In order to celebrate this, Tourism Ireland created the Northern Ireland Game of Thrones® Tapestry – a giant, 77 metre long medieval wall hanging that brings to life the events, locations and story of one of the most popular television series of all time. (https://www.ireland.com/en-us/features/game-of-thrones-tapestry/) By the end of the series it will reach 250 feet in length.
 
The work is similar to the Bayeux Tapestry except instead of the Duke of Normandy fighting the Battle of Hastings; it's Jon Snow in the Battle of the Bastards. This is one of many scenes filmed in Northern Ireland and one of the reasons the Irish government wants to encourage fans to come and see it.
 
The tapestry is hand-woven and hand-embroidered on linen from one of Northern Ireland's last surviving linen mills. It is currently displayed at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
 
Click here to go to the Tourism Ireland interactive site where  you can browse the entire tapestry.
 
 
 
 

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Here are the quilts for the twenty-first team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.

Click here to learn more about the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE).

Enjoy the quilts from Team 409 created by Maike Pitz and Paula Klaassen.

Title of Quilt: The New Paulinum

Quilter's Name: Maike Pitz

Location: Leipzig, Saxonia, Germany

It is the first time that I take part at a quilt challenge. I was surprised how much I gained from this – and a large part had nothing to do with quilting. My team mate is Paula. In the first few mails we discussed about what our quilts should have in common. We decided to reflect in them something from our hometown. Beside this we selected some colors which should dominate our work. After a very short time we became friends. More and more we wrote about our home, husbands, families. One day I got a largish parcel from U.S. It was from Paula: She had sewed two dresses and some bibs for my grandchildren. Quilted bibs! Our children were fascinated from them. In the meantime I designed, sewed, quilted. I did not expect that the rather small quilt took the same amount of time like a large one! But I enjoyed every hour in my quilting chamber. My quilt represents the Pauliner church here in Leipzig. The original building from 1231 survived the WWII without any damage. But it did not survive the socialism: It was dynamited in 1968 to make place for modern, "socialistic" buildings. After the reunification there arose plans to build a church again at this place. It took many years to get it succeeded. But last year it was finished. It's has two virtues at once: The shape reminds the old church, but it is a modern and distinctive building.

 

Title of Quilt: Oklahoma Cherokee

Quilter's Name: Paula Klaassen

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

It sounded like a tall order when I first contemplated joining the exchange. It was, and still is, more than a little bit intimidating. The idea of working on a “miniature” quilt is kind of scary, when most of my quilts are at least 60 inches square! But, just imagine! My partner would be from a different country . . . and speak a different language! How would we communicate? I’m such an Okie, I was really hoping I didn’t embarrass myself. And, luckily, there is Google Translate. We decided our quilts would use blues and greens and reflect where we lived. I chose the “Road to Oklahoma” pieced block for the background and reduced it from 12” to 2” — then included Oklahoma’s state wildflower, the Indian Blanket, a dreamcatcher and a greeting, from my Cherokee heritage, in needle-turn applique. “Osiyo” means “welcome” in the Cherokee language. What an adventure this has been! And I’ve had the experience and plain old fun of making a new friend in a different country.

 
 

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Have you tried Bloc_Loc rulers yet? These handy acrylic templates offer a way to get precisely pieced blocks every time - even on fiddly patterns.

Watch the video below to get an idea of how easy they are to use! 

 

These are just a few of the templates we have in stock!



TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm


SIZZLE Quilt - Cool

 


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