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A quilter since 2003, Mel talks about her love of stretching creatively through quilt challenges which push her out of her comfort zone. Some of her quilts include improvisational patchwork. Mel demonstrates a “slice” of improvisational patchwork which involves inserting a secondary strip of fabric into a background block. She shares the infinite “what if” ways to vary this basic idea to create a whole range of fun and unique blocks. Then, using crayon-etched children’s artwork as her inspiration, she shows you her technique for creating modern Mola designs using hand-dyed batiks and commercial prints, again showing a myriad of variations for their use.

In the After Set, we know that Mel loves challenges and that includes Improv comedy. She uses what she has learned doing Improv as a parallel to being present in the moment when it comes to working on a challenging quilt.

Also in this show, Alex puts a new spin on an antique String and Old Maid’s Ramble quilt using contemporary fabrics. It’s a great way to use orphan blocks and is a great baby quilt project.

Star Members can watch Mel in Show 2112: Creating Improvisational Patchwork and Modern Molas & A New Spin on an Antique Quilt. This show debuts Sunday, December 3, 2017.

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Festival of the Cranes #24 is a raffle quilt. Gail writes, "I have long had a passion for group quilts and began designing and coordinating group quilts since the mid 1980s. Every year, I design a new raffle quilt for Hawks Aloft that 12 of us gather in a retreat setting to stitch the quilt top, usually in one day. It’s my little Sweat Shop with mountains of fun and friendship."

Star Members can learn how to create quilts like Gail in Show 2111: Working with Curved Flying Geese and Foundation Paper Piecing & Creating a Contemporary Antique Quilt.

FestivaloftheCranes24byGailGarber - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

FestivaloftheCranes24byGailGarber - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

FestivaloftheCranes24byGailGarber - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

FestivaloftheCranes24byGailGarber - 36 Pieces Rotating

FestivaloftheCranes24byGailGarber - 100 Pieces Rotating

FestivaloftheCranes24byGailGarber - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Festival of the Cranes #24 is a raffle quilt. Gail writes, "I have long had a passion for group quilts and began designing and coordinating group quilts since the mid 1980s. Every year, I design a new raffle quilt for Hawks Aloft that 12 of us gather in a retreat setting to stitch the quilt top, usually in one day. It’s my little Sweat Shop with mountains of fun and friendship."

Star Members can learn how to create quilts like Gail in Show 2111: Working with Curved Flying Geese and Foundation Paper Piecing & Creating a Contemporary Antique Quilt.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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The Month 11 Legacy Quilt Club block from Ricky is Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.
 

Shown here in the Enchantment colorway, the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block is the eleventh block for the Legacy Quilt Club. The Legacy Quilt features twenty blocks. A new block pattern is available for FREE each month.

Participants always SAVE 15% -

Use Coupon Code:

PETERPAUL15

Good for all products at Ricky Tims Online Store.
Expires December 15, 2017

 

Click here to find previous blocks in the Legacy Quilt Club.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Laura not only wrote about her own pioneer childhood experiences, she devoted a whole novel to the ninth year of her future husband Almanzo Wilder as he grew up on a prosperous farm in Upstate New York. Young Almanzo learned at an early age to bargain for the value of his labor. After a liveryman paid two dollars per bale of good hay, he wondered why Almanzo settled on the price.

"Well," Almanzo said, "I asked two and a quarter because if I'd asked two, you wouldn't have paid but one seventy-five." The liveryman laughed, and said to Father, "That's a smart boy of yours." Father did not take the money for the hay; he let Almanzo take it and count it to make sure it was sixty dollars.

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farmer Boy, Ch. 28 "Mr. Thompson's Pocketbook"

 

The Wilder Homestead is a historic home and farm today near Malone, NY. Photo by Connie Ryle Newman

 

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Scandinavian Hearts are part of an old tradition to make woven paper or felt hearts to fill with candies or nuts to hang on a Christmas tree. Charlotte decided to make hers from satin, but these can also be made from simple cotton or wool.

Watch Charlotte here at TQS in Show 1209: A "Roundup" of Techniques from Two Terrific Teachers also featuring Georgia Bonesteel.

 
 
 
 

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Rhonda Dort's quilt, Basket of Flowers, is only 24"x 24" but it stopped Capt'n John in his tracks. The vintage cotton table topper, vintage hand crochet, and vintage hand-dyed trims are beautifully blended with great quilting by this Innova pro. Take a look.  

 

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Internationally recognized fabric designer Paula Nadelstern chose "Quilt Talk" by Tim Latimer of Lansing, Michigan, for her Judge's Choice Award in the Quilt Alliance Voices Quilt Contest.


"For my Judge’s choice, I often pick a quilt with beautiful design strategies and mind-boggling processes that aren’t part of my signature style. I’m attracted to the differences but also to the subtle similarities. I render my love of detail and texture with quantities of complex patterns while this artist’s quilting statement brims with detail and texture powered by his extreme stitching. I welcome him to the Semper Tedium clan."

Artist's Statement:

"This Quilt represents my obsession with quilting. The voices in my head are often about quilting and those voices in my head need to come out. I talk quilts and I make quilts, and the quilts represent my artistic voice."

 

 

 

 

Click Here to go to Online Auction. Part 2 Going on now and runs Through December 4, 2017!

The nonprofit Quilt Alliance presents a contest, exhibition and auction of small wall quilts every year. This key fundraiser supports this mission of documenting, preserving and sharing the history of quilts and their makers, and is an important opportunity to showcase and record the work of quilters in the U.S. and all over the world.

The 2017 theme is “Voices” and the only requirements were that entries must be a quilt (3 layers--top, filling and backing) and must be 16”x 16”. All techniques and materials were encouraged. As part of their mission, the Quilt Alliance records the stories of quilts and quiltmakers through their oral history projects. They value the human voice as well as your voice expressed in cloth and thread. They encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter their annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, appliqué, pieced…) –all are welcomed and valued!

They invited entrants to share their opinions, memories, language, conversation and truths in the form of a quilt. Let all voices be heard!

Thank you to all of the artists who entered and donated a quilt (or quilts!) to the 11th annual Quilt Alliance contest!

Next year's contest will be StoryQuarters, helping the Quilt Alliance celebrate 25 years. Click here for more information.

Group 2 started November 27 at 9:00 AM EST and ends December 4, 2017 at 9:00 PM EST.

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I have to admit I love workshops...specifically quilting workshops where you get to spend intensive time with one instructor either for a day or week. It is an investment of time and money for sure. But, it is a bucket list quilting gift to yourself. In the past few years I have enjoyed the Empty Spools Seminars where I have learned new techniques from Sylvia Pippen, Sandra Leichner and Mary Lou Weidman. I do have to admit it is a blessing to live in Sisters, Oregon because our local quilt shop, The Stitchin Post, schedules workshops with the likes of Rosalie Dace, Hilde Morin, and Sue Spargo to name a few...plus Jean Keenan Wells and Valori Kennedy Wells are hometown artists and shop owners, which means I save on travel and lodging costs. This does not keep me from putting away a bit each month for a workshop outside my area. I love meeting other quilters from around the world who understand my passion for the quilting art form.

You have to be alert and proactive to get into a workshop because they fill up fast!!! Because I waited too long, I was #2 on the waiting list for the Sue Spargo and Tonye Belinda Phillips workshop...and, never moved up! Boo Hoo...but, really, who wouldn't show up to that class! Even though I didn't make the roster, I dropped by the classroom to have a peek at what I was missing. The samples were beautiful and I wanted to rush home and stitch to make myself feel better!!!


It was fun to see old friends stitching away. So, I put my name down for 2018...I am not going to be left out in the stitchers cold next year! Each time you take a class you get a bit more proficient...the little hexie stitching was by a stitching friend, Janet, and her mom on a bag. See how beautiful their stitches are. You improve your skill with each class and workshop!

Have a wonderful stitching day and I hope a class or workshop is on your quilting horizon!

Click here for Anna's YouTube Channel.



 

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Cotton+Steel has a quick and easy tutorial for making a Santa hat. Make one to match your jammies, make one for your friend...actually it might be impossible to make just one.
 
 
 
 

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The craziest question I've been asked during a seminar (Quilt Luminarium) - Boxers or briefs? Here's the answer. Play and share - 'tis the season!

 

NEW...Introducing our 2017 Halo Medallion Kit by Sue Garman  in Batiks!

Kits are now shipping! Order yours now as we have a limited quantity!

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