Diane's luminous quilt, "Celestial," is from "Millefiori Quilts" by Willyne Hammerstein. It is the same pattern as the cover quilt of the book.

Click here to see Willyne's three different Millefiori Quilt books.

Star Members can watch Diane in Show 2205: Magnificent Millefiori Quilts.

CelestialbyDianeKirkhart - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

CelestialbyDianeKirkhart - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

CelestialbyDianeKirkhart - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

CelestialbyDianeKirkhart - 36 Pieces Rotating

CelestialbyDianeKirkhart - 100 Pieces Rotating

CelestialbyDianeKirkhart - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Diane's luminous quilt, "Celestial," is from "Millefiori Quilts" by Willyne Hammerstein. It is the same pattern as the cover quilt of the book.

Click here to see Willyne's three different Millefiori Quilt books.

Star Members can watch Diane in Show 2205: Magnificent Millefiori Quilts.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

The Month 14 Legacy Quilt Club block from Ricky is the Kansas Dugout block.

Shown here in the Enchantment colorway, the Kansas Dugout block is the fourteenth block for the Legacy Quilt Club. The Legacy Quilt features twenty blocks. A new block pattern is available for FREE each month.

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Kansas Dugout Block

"Laura went under those singing flowers into the dugout. It was one room, all white. The earth walls had been smoothed and whitewashed. The earth floor was smooth and hard…. There was a small greased-paper window beside the door.  But the wall was so thick that the light from the window stayed near the window."  
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek, Ch. 2 "The House in the Ground"


While this quilt seems to shimmer and glow, we were struck by the size of the log cabin blocks used to create the illusion. They were some of the smallest blocks we've ever seen and this was NOT a miniature quilt. Each block is about the size of a quarter.

Light Comes from Inside by Beatrice Lanter of Aeugst am Albis, Switzerland, was created in 2004. It was exhibited at QuiltCon 2018 as part of SAQA Presents: Modern Inspirations -- Art Quilts from the 1970s Through Today.
Beatrice writes, "Colors and structures are important to me. I like "painting" with small pieces of fabric--simple forms like squares, stripes, or log cabin blocks. There are always pieces left over which inspire me to start new creations, so there is no end! The parts don't have to match exactly, but somehow they grow together, the whole remaining a playful game."

The quilt is on loan courtesy of the Marbaum Collection, Gift of Hilary and Marvin Fletcher, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Materials: Cotton, linen

Techniques: Machine pieced

43" x 43"


(Photos: Mary Kay Davis)


Carolyn Friedlander is an artist specializing in modern fabric designs, quilting and sewing patterns, and quilt making with intention. She was drawn to bright and bold fabrics and saw a need for clean, modern patterns. In 2010, she founded her business, Carolyn Friedlander LLC.

Today Carolyn is an active presence in the quilt world, partnering with industry leaders to reach quilters worldwide.

Her book, Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting With Mindful Design, was published in 2014, and she has designed several lines of fabric with Robert Kaufman since 2012. She travels often, offering quilting workshops and exhibiting her design work at industry shows.

TQS recently visited an exhibit of her work at QuiltCon 2018 and would like to share it with you.



Our viewers loved the Steady Betty ironing mats, but we quickly ran out. They are handmade, so you need to get them while you can! We have received a limited quantity so please order right away. 

A Steady Betty holds your pieces in place as you press them. It makes your seams more precise and gives a better finish to your quilt. New at TQS is the larger board which has a 15" x 24" pressing surface and is perfect for pressing larger pieces or as an ironing board replacement. The B-50 has a 16" x 16" pressing surface and a light board in it for stability. The FeatherLight is perfect for retreats or classes with a 12" x 12" pressing surface and an extra-lightweight, flexible core.



Our Lady of Guadalupe by Charles M. Carrillo

The Santos of Charles M. Carrillo
by Lilo Bowman

Tucked along a quiet Santa Fe residential street you'll find the home of Dr. Charles M. Carillo who, in 1978, while working on an archeological dig at the Spanish colonial mission of Santa Rosa de Lima (circa 1734), discovered and was fascinated by an art form that would lead him on a 30-plus-year journey of studying and creating the New Mexican folk craft known as santos. Today, Charles is considered the foremost authority on the subject, and a master artist with pieces in the Smithsonian, the Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), and the Denver Museum of Art.

Santos are paintings or carvings of Catholic holy images, such as saints, the Virgin Mary, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  They were brought to the region by the early Franciscan missionaries and Spanish settlers during the 16th and 17th centuries.  Each saint had a specific iconography easily recognized, even by the non-reader.  St. Anthony, for example, was portrayed with a stem of lilies (for chastity), while St. Biagius, also called St. Biago or St. Blaise and known for curing sore throats, was depicted with his hand on a child's throat.  Although the type of the work might vary from one artist to the next, the iconography was always consistent.

Charles holds a Santos of St. Joseph

Traditionally, santos were used to decorate churches and personal residences; however, it was difficult to transport them from Mexico and Spain at that time, making them rather scarce in New Mexico.  Engraved-paper holy cards were easier to bring into the area, and soon untrained local artists began using these black-and-white cards as models to paint (or carve) santos for their own communities.

Using locally gathered wood (e.g., aspen, cottonwood root, and pine), natural-pigment paints, and natural varnishes, these folk artists were able to provide works to a large number of individuals and churches in their respective regions.  As tourists began to arrive on the railroad (1880-1940), they purchased santos as souvenirs, and soon these objects became popular with both collectors and admirers. 

An antique santos depicting St. Aloysius carrying a skull and a crucifix.

While researching documents about the colonial mission of Santa Rosa de Lima, Charles found many references to santos. His interest was piqued, and he attempted to paint his first piece, Santa Rosa de Lima, based on an historic picture from New Mexico. 

Limited to the medium available at the time (acrylics), Charles was unable to achieve the traditional look he wanted.  For hundreds of years, the peoples of New Mexico used water-based paints derived from plants, insects, minerals, and clay for a wide range of decorative arts.  During the late '70s, few books were available that described how to create natural pigments and varnishes, and certainly none pertaining particularly to santos. Charles, however, found an article written in the 1940s that helped him develop his own pigment paints. In addition, his background in chemistry and biology helped him to devise his own formula for making pinon-sap varnish, which helps to seal the colors once the painting is completed. 

To make the varnish, Charles uses a jar to collect tree sap that has fallen to the ground. Next, he pours grain alcohol over the sap; once the sap has dissolved, the tree sediment settles at the bottom of the jar and the varnish is decanted and ready for use.  The final step of the process calls for the application of a thin coat of beeswax to add sheen.

In 2007, after making 11,000 pieces of traditional work, Charles wanted to make something new that would incorporate traditional Catholicism in a modern way, and that would continue to pay homage to New Mexico.  Trucks and cars are prized there, which led to the creation of his “Saints on Wheels” series—a modern version of santos that incorporates the love of classic American cars.  Flight out of Egypt, in which Charles depicts the Holy Family riding away in a circa-1942 sedan, is a typical example.

Flight out of Egypt by Charles M. Carrillo

Each piece in the “Saints on Wheels” series includes the traditional iconography, but adds a contemporary twist and a classic car. For example, Our Lady of Guadalupe maintains her traditional sunburst, veil of stars, and roses, but is given the modern name, Mama Lupe. Similarly, each saint is easy to identify as he or she drives along with the landscape of New Mexico in the background. With its whimsical imagery, Charles’s work is wildly popular with collectors—Catholics and non-Catholics alike. 

A traditional santos of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Charles M. Carrillo

Among the numerous awards he has garnered over the years, in 2006 Charles received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Santa Fe Spanish Market and the prestigious NEA National Heritage Award.  When asked if he has had any negative reaction to his work, Charles says that the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  The clergy is especially fond of his newer work which tells the traditional stories in a modern way. On the other hand, Charles has had to learn the distinctive features of various classic cars as car enthusiasts are quick to point out any inaccuracies.

St. Stephen by Charles M. Carrillo.

For the past 38 years, Charles has exhibited his work in the Spanish Market of Santa Fe, as well as in various national museums. With its roots firmly planted in tradition, the work of Charles M. Carrillo—whether strictly traditional or with a contemporary twist—continues to foster both the spirit and unique artistic heritage of New Mexico.

The Holy Family by Charles M. Carrillo.

See a slide show of Charles' work here.

You may reach Charles M. Carrillo here or visit his website here.




Sashiko means little stabs and it's origins are as a functional reinforcement for clothing in ancient Japan. Sashiko uses a basic running stitch with Egyptian cotton thread. Most Sashiko designs usually come from nature but also use a variety of geometric shapes. Traditional Sashiko uses indigo dyed fabric and white thread, but modern and innovative designs using a variety of fabrics are also popular.

My favorite Sashiko designer and teacher is Sylvia Pippen who relocated from the Big Island to La Conner, Washington and recently opened a brick and mortar shop.


I love Sashiko because with only one thread and a running stitch it is relaxing. Sylvia really caught my attention with her 2018 BOM because she combined Sashiko and Wool!!! My 2 favorite things!

At retreat this past week I was able to prep and stitch a couple of blocks...and all I have left is to stitch the wool! A totally relaxing retreat weekend.


...and just to tease your senses, take a look at this beauty...a combination of Sashiko and Applique. This one is a WIP (work in progress) for me :)
There is such a variety of genre in quilting but I think you would love Sashiko...give it a try!!!

Click here for Anna's YouTube Channel.



Chawne Kimber (pronounced "Shawn") is a professor of mathematics and an amazing interpreter of traditional quilts who also uses her chosen medium to express complicated ideas. She has become quite well-known in the world of modern quilting for her award-winning work and her blog, Completely Cauchy.

Chawne is also an expert on small piecing techniques (we are talking tiny).

Here she is at QuiltCon 2018 talking about her quilt, Bobby Dole's Blue Jeans.

Click here to learn more about Chawne.

Click here to read more about Chawne on the Modern Quilt Guild website.


Kyla Farquharson began her quilt, Family, at the age of 8, finishing it at age 10. When it was presented at the QuiltCon 2018 awards ceremony, a collective "oooh" went up around the room. Kyla writes, "I really hope that you will like my quilt since it took a lot of hard work and patience to make it." Kyla, I think we all LOVE your quilt.

Kyla's quilt won 2nd Place in the Youth Category.

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