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If you’re joining us for Quilt Festival in Houston, download their app to access helpful show information and connect with fellow Festival-goers before, during, and after the show!
What’s included on the app?
  • Complete list of exhibitors with booth numbers and info (exhibitor info will continue to be updated until the show)
  • List and descriptions of all quilt exhibits
  • Interactive floor plan map of exhibits and exhibitors (to be added soon)
  • Schedule of events
  • Schedules for show features, including Open Studios, Meet the Teacher, and (to be added) Gallery Talks
  • Other important show and transportation information 
Plus, by joining the event, you can post directly to the app, share thoughts and photos, and connect with other Festival attendees using the in-app social stream. 

How to download and access the app:
  • Search for “Quilts Inc” on the App Store or Google Play. Or access the download links directly below.
  • Once you’ve downloaded the app, create an account and join the Quilt Festival Houston event. That’s it!
Keep the app to access all future shows and to stay connected with fellow quilters and attendees year-round. 
 

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Laura at SewVeryEasy creates big pieces of toast with eggs to make this 52" x 64" quilt go together in no time at all. What fabric would you use?

Click here to download Eggs on Toast pattern.

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She did it again! Marilyn Badger's quilt, Marie’s Treasure, won Best of Show at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2018.

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Did you guess the TQS Quilt Legend for 2018? Was the hint about Iowa enough of a hint? Well wonder no more. The TQS Quilt Legend is... Marianne Fons!

 
 
 
 

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Ricky sat down with Award-winning quilter, Susan Cleveland, and discussed her last win in Houston. Susan confesses that she had a fear of "background machine quilting," and discusses what she did to overcome the problem. It's a pretty sensational idea.

Susan's latest appearance at TQS is in Show 2308: It's Hip to be a Modern Dresden.

Star members can also learn how Susan works in Show 109: Piping Hot Curves!  Susan also joined us in Show 1001: Masterful Miters and Perfect Prairie Points.

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Over the past few years, I have shared how important my quilting groups are to me. I love the camaraderie, inspiration, opinions, and sometimes the much needed shoulder to lean on. But, I have also heard that there are corners of the globe where quilting groups are nonexistent or unwelcoming. So, I thought I would share my experience in finding the perfect fit.

First and foremost...remember the social media sharing is two dimensional. It looks like everyone is getting along and loving each other, but the reality is quilters also have their own agendas and personalities and we don't always fit perfectly together. So finding that right fit can take some time and backbone.

During certain times in my life I have participated in different quilting groups that met a schedule constraint. There are many online quilt groups and three of my favorite quilts, a Bottle Block exchange, a Signature Quilts and my quilt made with 2,000 different 2.5 inch squares were made with quilters I never met but who I shared with regularly. There is an advantage to online groups...if you don't have the time to travel to meet up or you are house bound online groups are open 24/7. If you find you don't like the culture of a group...just unsubscribe...no harm, no foul.

Many quilt shops have regularly scheduled open sew days to get customers to hang out and maybe spend some money. This is a nice way to meet other local quilters but not be responsible for the social schedule. Usually all are welcome and you may find a friend or two there. I have also found in this day and age to keep conversations on the topic of quilting, family and travel...all hot topics are best left at home.

I think the most important part of finding the perfect fit is to not be thin skinned if a group, for what ever reason, does not want you to be a part of their family...and believe me, that has been a personal experience. I raised my boys with the understanding that not everyone is going to like you and you...do not have to like everyone.

Stitching with others brings us together with a common love and that is where we need to spend more time!

Click here for Anna's YouTube Channel.

Click here for Anna's blog.


 

 

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Today we’re highlighting one of the 30+ stash-friendly projects featured in The Spoonflower Quick-Sew Project Book, the DIY sunglasses case. There is a lot you can make with an 8″ square of fabric and this project takes just two of them.

Click here for more fun Sunglasses Case designs from Spoonflower.

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Pauline Salzman talks about how she put together her quilt tribute to Louise Nevelson. It is part of the HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women traveling exhibit.

"Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!" is a Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather. This interview was filmed at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas in November 2017.

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Deb Crine's quilt, Great Blue, won Best Wall Quilt at AQS QuiltWeek Virginia Beach. The quilt was painted on silk and then quilted with silk thread. It's so realistic, you can almost hear it rustling in the reeds.

Great Blue also won Best Wall Quilt at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIX Imagine Quilt Competition 2018.

(Photo: AQS)

 

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