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No Apologies by Laura Loewen and others (see names on sign below), of the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Group & Bee Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020. Their goal was to create a spontaneous and cohesive quilt that was not "planned out." We think they did a great job.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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Ricky has been reading chapters of his book, Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window, online and now he's created a playlist so you can follow along on Lizzy's adventures more easily.

Through the discovery of a family heirloom quilt, ten-year-old Lizzy Albright is transported to an enchanted land where a powerful curse has befallen the Kingdom of Ailear. This magical and thrilling multi-layers story is described as Harry Potter meets the Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland. A chapter novel for all ages designed to connect generations and issue a new generation of young quilters.

 

Look for the Lizzy Albright quilt fabrics, designed by Ricky (Benartex), pattern book, and online video lessons this year.

For now, pre-orders of the hard copy of the book are available at www.rickytims.com.

Here's Chapter 1.  Click here to follow along with Ricky and Lizzy.
 

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Take a walk with Susan K. Cleveland through her special exhibit, Pieces Be With You: Quilts by Susan K. Cleveland, at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach 2020. Learn how Susan made a quilt that didn't fit the rules of a contest... and what she did to make it fit those rules!

Watch Susan here at TQS in:

Show 109: Susan Cleveland - Piping Hot Curves!

Show 1001: Susan Cleveland - Masterful Miters and Perfect Prairie Points

Show 2308: Susan Cleveland - It's Hip To Be A Modern Dresden

Show 2510: Susan Cleveland - Dynamic Dresdens

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Karlee created a quilt for her baby boy, Nate. Here she talks about how she did it.

Learn more about Karlee and her quilts in Show 2607: Graffiti Quilting and Lettering.

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Alex returns to her LIVE teaching. Thank you for joining, chatting, and your support. Today Alex takes on "Pressing Matters".

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Ricky is going LIVE today and you can watch it here. Don't worry if you miss some, it is being recorded for you. Stay safe, stay creative and watch for Ricky LIVE.

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Join the fun and learning from the comfort of your home with our FREE quilt focused art program designed to help you find the artist within by:

  • Expanding your skills
  • Exploring your creative side
  • Improving your quilt compositions

Do you want to improve your understanding of color and not always feel the need to use a pre-made kit? Would you like to create original work that has real impact on viewers? Do you feel intimidated by a formal art class?

If you said yes, to any one of those questions, then you are the reason we created this program. Join TQS for learning, fun, and exploration as we guide you through the basics of Elements and Principles of Design and a whole host of other topics centered on the quilting art form.

  • Twice a week lessons (Sun. & Wed.). Check your newsletter for the link.
  • Lessons are Free to all. Sign up for the TQS Newsletter, if you haven't already done so.
  • Learn how leading quilt artists use these techniques in their work
  • Topics will include helpful images and a practice worksheet
  • Work at your own pace while learning the fundamentals


Apple Collage by Valentina Maximova.

We encourage you to gather your school supplies together before our first lesson, which will begin on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Items we suggest:

  • Three ring notebook with dividers
  • Assorted colored pencils
  • White copy paper
  • Graph paper
  • Construction paper in assorted colors
  • Other craft tools such as glue stick, scissors, ruler, etc.
  • Scrap fabric from your fabric stash

Join in the fun! You'll be glad you did!

Click here for more topics related to The Art of Quilt Design program.

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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 sixth quilt from the exhibition by Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein.

Title of Quilt: Feathered Stars

Quilter's Name: Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein

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NOTE from BERNINA: According to medical professionals, these masks are not antiviral, but they can provide some kind of barrier. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using homemade masks only when medical facemasks are not available. If your local hospital or someone you know needs a mask, tutorials are available online.
I have always enjoyed my classes with Sheila Sinclair Snyder, whose website is License to Quilt. I have made Tuffets and Wooden Quilt Blocks, but when I saw an Instagram post of her making masks for those who need protection from the COVID-19, I reached out for some information. She started making masks for her family...then continued on with masks for those working the front line and has added facilities identified by her local guild.
 
 
 
 
Here a few ideas from Sheila.
 
I’ve experimented with a few different styles of fabric masks, in sizes ranging from a small child to adult. I’ve also used a variety of elastics, and ties. All fabrics should be washed prior to making the masks. Each donation site may have further instruction as to whether they should be washed in hot water prior to delivery, or they may choose to send through their own laundry before using.
 
I know that the more layers included, the better protection, so here’s what I’ve used so far:
 
  1. Two layers: Batik fabric (very tight weave) on the outside and a cotton knit as the lining for comfort. Most of these have been with the elastic made to go around the ears. I think they are good for a temporary use, for example answering the door, or going to pick up groceries. They can also be worn over a molded medical mask for extra protection, but in that case ties around the back would be more comfortable for longer periods.
  2. Three layers: Batik fabric on the outside, a very light woven (iron-on interfacing), and cotton knit lining. An extra layer of protection, still not medical grade. This could possibly provide more protection for the elderly or someone with another condition or illness who is at home. I found that three layers of traditional fabric was most successful when using ties as the elastic application became very bulky and difficult.
  3. HEPPA filter: Batik fabric on the outside, HEPPA filter in the middle and cotton knit lining. A friend recommended trying this, as the filters claim to be a barrier for pollens, bacteria and virus! We are experimenting to see how they hold up during washing. If it handles well, it might be the closest I can come to a medical grade mask in filtration. It may not conform to the face perfectly, but it may well be much better than nothing for a medical professional. HEPPA filters are made for vacuum cleaners and for furnaces. They generally are accordion pleated, so many can be cut from one filter.
Some ideas to play with and to help out our front line warriors who are helping us fight this virus. Thank you Sheila, you are a perfect example of the spirit that lives in the quilting community!
 
 
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

Click here for Anna's blog.

 

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Homage by Debbie Jeske and others (see sign below), of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Group & Bee Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

 


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