Four fabulous new exhibitions are on their way to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

In association with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

April 20 - July 14, 2019
Turner and Gilliland Galleries
Water - it's everywhere! The majority of the earth's surface is covered by water. More than half of the human body consists of water. Every living thing depends on water to survive, and life hangs in the balance when this precious resource is squandered. Offering a variety of artistic interpretations, H2Oh! draws on a well of beauty, reverence, and contemplation as it invites viewers to consider the importance and the impact of water, one of the most vital, desired, powerful, sacred, and enjoyed resources on earth.

The Marbaum Collection: Variations in Techniques

April 20, 2019 - July 14, 2019
Finlayson Gallery
Discover a selection of quilts from the Marbaum Collection - a unique collection of 87 art quilts generously donated to SJMQT for its 40th anniversary - on display for the first time. Marvin and Hilary Fletcher started acquiring quilts in the early 1980s, eventually establishing a formidable trove of works from nearly 80 artists, bearing witness to the diversity and vitality of quilt-making from that time, to the present. The Marbaum Collection is both an invaluable resource for artists and researchers to explore, and a deeply personal collection woven together by the Fletchers’ long-standing passion for and philanthropic support of art quilts. The gifted collection, unprecedented in size and scope for SJMQT, will travel internationally before joining its new home in San Jose in 2020.

Kristen Martincic: Swim Club

April 20 - July 14, 2019
Hallway Gallery
Kristen Martincic uses swimwear as a surrogate for the female body, creating paper bathing suits that are a cross between a bathing suit and an underdress, skin and clothing. Social conventions and context play a significant role in how these garments are viewed by others and ourselves. These delicate paper suits talk about the awkwardness of vulnerability and exposure while maintaining a sense of levity.

Momentary & Timeless

April 20 - June 2, 2019
Porcella Gallery
Momentary & Timeless invites you to join six Bay Area fiber artists as they explore various ideas through a combination of haiku and the art quilt. Each artist presents a unique style that will draw you into the rhythm of the exhibit. You will be invited to write your own haiku and hang it on a “wishing tree” – a tradition unique to Japan.


Nina McVeigh (at WeAllSew.com) shows you how with this Strip-pie Table Runner. It is a great project to get you started with free-motion quilting. You will be using blocks and strips to define specific areas to quilt. Then, Nina will take you through four beginning quilting fills.

Here's what you need to get started:
  • By Hand Strip-pies by Benartex or other pre-cut 2 ½” strip set
  • 1/2 yard backing
  • 1/2 yard batting
  • BERNINA 570 QE Sewing Machine (I used the BERNINA Q 20 Sit-Down Longarm Machine to quilt the runner, but the quilting may also be done on a domestic machine such as the BERNINA 570 QE machine.)
  • Straight Stitch Needle Plate
  • 9 mm Patchwork Foot #97 / #97D
  • BERNINA Stitch Regulator #42 (The BERNINA Stitch Regulator is built into the Q 20)
  • If quilting with the Q 20 you will need a free-motion foot such as the Freehand Embroidery Foot #24 or the Ruler Foot #96
  • #80 Jeans Needle
  • Cotton Thread
  • Rotary Cutting Equipment


This is a beautiful feathered star block. This block was pretty easy to guess; do you think you can guess the rest of the blocks? Play the game and find out.



Recently Alex brought us a lovely little bundle of fabrics that she just loved - they were pastels with luxe metallic gold woven throughout.

It was so pretty, and we thought of so many different things to do with it, that we had to share it with you too!

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Each bundle contains 9 sumptuous metallic fat quarters.

How to Participate:
The National Quilt Museum Annual Benefit Auction is a two tier auction. The auction will be exclusively online from April 7th – April 24th at 10pm. At this point all leading bids will be transferred to the live auction. If you are the leading bidder on an item on April 18th when the online auction is ending you will receive an email telling you that you are the leader and giving you an opportunity to make one more “highest bid” going into the live auction. 
The Live auction will take place on April 25th at 6pm at the Convention Center in Paducah, Kentucky. A proxy bidder will be representing all online bidders at the live event. All winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours of the live auction ending.

Click here to REGISTER TO BID.

Click here for the AUCTION HOME.

About the Museum
The National Quilt Museum works to advance the art of today’s quilters by bringing it to new and expanding audiences worldwide. We do this through exhibition, education, and advocacy efforts.

Learn more about The National Quilt Museum

Shipping is available for all auction items. Shipping for most quilts will run between $7.00 to $10.00  If you would like other items shipped you will be billed actual shipping costs.


The National Quilt Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 
funded through the generosity of quilters like YOU!

When Alex and Ricky went to visit with Heidi Kaisand, they filmed in this lovely full-service quilt shop on the south side of the historic square in Winterset, Iowa. Enjoy a visit to the Piece Works Quilt Shop.
To learn more about Heidi and her love of wool and embroidery stitches, watch Show 2408.

In Barbara's blog this month she shares more tips for Sizzle Month 4, including cutting tips that get her the fastest and most accurate results.
Barbara also suggests:
Watching Show 2401 again to see Becky pin and sew that small circle in place. Start at about 31 minutes to see this all-important step.
Watch Becky's Goldsmith's video Pinning and Sewing the Center Circle - even though it focuses on working with Block 8, the sewing process to set-in the circle is very similar.

We love the title of this quilt. We don't know why Andrea Brokenshire named her quilt Dance of the Twirly Girls, but we do know that it is an amazing thread-painted quilt. We also know that it won Best Wall Quilt at AQS Daytona Beach 2019.

Star Members can watch Andrea in Show 1706: Textural Backgrounds, Appliqué on Silk & Straight-Line Quilting.

(Photos: Ricky Tims)





MJ writes, "Historic Willett Distillery (Bardstown, KY) inspired this piece. Using the amber, orange, and cherry hues of my favorite cocktail, the blend of design elements became Old Fashioned New."

Watch MJ in Show 2407.

OldFashionedNewbyMJKinman - 32 Pieces Non-Rotating

OldFashionedNewbyMJKinman - 98 Pieces Non-Rotating

OldFashionedNewbyMJKinman - 299 Pieces Non-Rotating

OldFashionedNewbyMJKinman - 32 Pieces Rotating

OldFashionedNewbyMJKinman - 98 Pieces Rotating

OldFashionedNewbyMJKinman - 299 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: John Anderson


MJ writes, "Historic Willett Distillery (Bardstown, KY) inspired this piece. Using the amber, orange, and cherry hues of my favorite cocktail, the blend of design elements became Old Fashioned New."

Watch MJ in Show 2407.

Original Photo: John Anderson

TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm

SIZZLE Quilt - Cool


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

Apliquick Rods

Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors

 Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers