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Melissa Corry (of HappyQuiltingMelissa.com) is excited to share with you the basics of stitching with those treasured little selvages that we trim from the edges of the fabric and then save and save. She is sharing some helpful tidbits that she has picked up along the way that will aid you as well. So, hit the Go to Tutorial button and get to stitching those selvages!!!
 

 

 

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The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, held in the Tokyo Dome, is the world's largest quilt festival, bringing together quilt lovers from around the world. Many special projects and exhibitions convey the fascination of quilts with a total of about 1,800 exhibited items.
 
Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts recently visited the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival and is sharing photographs from many of the fabulous exhibits.
 
Here are just a few of the quilts. Click on See the Quilts for all of Patricia's photos.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Want to know how to print fabric on demand? Alex gets her questions answered by Theresa Rizzuto and Meredith Feingold of Spoonflower. She asks everything from how to design a repeat to how much it costs.

Want to see the results when you print on demand? Star members can watch Show 2403 with Suzy Williams of SuzyQuilts.com to find out.
 

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Susan calls her quilt, Moonlight Sonata, a "very simple design in black and white with lots of intricate quilting." Well, we have to agree about the quilting, but we are not so sure how simple it is. This elegant quilt also features machine embroidery and free-standing lace. And, we are still trying to figure out how she did the trim/binding on the quilt. Here are lots of photos for you to enjoy.
 
Susan's Quilt was awarded 3rd Place Merit Quilting, Machine—Stationary -- Sponsored by BERNINA of America at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2018.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building on the Years is a charm quilt that Marci made from a single shape and 2000 different pieces of fabric. She created it to celebrate the millennium.

Watch Marci Baker in Show 2402.

BuildingontheYearsbyMarciBaker - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

BuildingontheYearsbyMarciBaker - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

BuildingontheYearsbyMarciBaker - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

BuildingontheYearsbyMarciBaker - 35 Pieces Rotating

BuildingontheYearsbyMarciBaker - 100 Pieces Rotating

BuildingontheYearsbyMarciBaker - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Building on the Years is a charm quilt that Marci made from a single shape and 2000 different pieces of fabric. She created it to celebrate the millennium.

Watch Marci Baker in Show 2402.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Here are the quilts for the eleventh team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.

Click here to learn more about the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE).

Enjoy the quilts from Team 212 created by Gila Beyer and Bonnie Hall.

Title of Quilt: Gegenlicht

Quilter's Name: Gila Beyer

Location: Vienna, Austria

This is the first time I joined in an exchange as well as making a miniature quilt. I started patchwork and quilting back in 2012 and I think I am still a beginner. When I read about the exchange I was unsure about to join but my quilting friends encouraged me to do so. So I took a deep breath and did it. It is the first time though that I designed a watercolor quilt. I searched the internet for pictures and most of the quilts I found were made of squares or rectangles but I wanted something different. So I decided to go with hexagons. I love to sew by hand so most of my miniature quilt is sewn by hand. I decided to only do a small part of the quilting by machine where several layers made it difficult to stitch through. All other parts are done by hand including the binding. To join an international exchange, to make a miniature quilt for someone I do not know and at last to be brave enough to enter for the show was an exciting experience.

 

Title of Quilt: Rio Grande Valley Holidays

Quilter's Name: Bonnie Hall

Location: Pharr, Texas, USA

Rio Grande Valley Holidays reflects two of my loves. The first, my love for the spiral lone star from Jan Krentz’s “Lone Star Quilts & beyond”. The lone star is one of the symbols of Texas. The second, my love for my new home in Pharr Texas. Pharr is in the Rio Grande Valley. Our home is about 7 miles north of the border with Mexico. All our holidays have a strong Hispanic influence and are exuberantly celebrated with fireworks.

 

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Picking colors for a quilt project can be a daunting task - Joen Wolfrom's color tools make it easy!

Ricky then asks....

Watch the video to see how Joen uses her Tools to select colors and color variations for her quilts. 
 

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The Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool makes creating a color combination as easy as 1, 2, 3.

- Choose a starting color for your project and find the color card that corresponds with it.

- Choose one of the illustrated color scheme options (monochromatic, complimentary, analogous, etc.) on the card to add colors to your project.

- Find the corresponding companion color cards for your chosen option to choose tonal variations and create the perfect color combination!

 

 

 

 


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The Essential Color Wheel is durable, color-accurate, and perfectly sized for use in your studio, workroom, office, or sewing room. 

One side of the wheel features 24 pure colors with four essential color-plan wheels for each color. The opposite side shows a range of each pure color’s tints, shades, and tones. 

Pure-color wedges are slotted so you can audition fabrics alongside them to ensure a perfect match.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We are always looking for great ideas, and when we came across Heidi Proffetty's multi-purpose design wall, we knew we found another one. Heidi created a DIY design wall that worked great in her studio. Then she had a light bulb moment, which allowed it to have a multi-functional purpose.
 

What was that light-bulb idea? She installed a retractable backdrop similar to what photographers use. But instead of raising or lowering different colored paper or vinyl scenes, her backdrop is white batting.

Click here to read Heidi's blog on the creation of her design wall.

You'll be able to learn more about Heidi and her mosaic quilts in Show 2406 when it debuts March 10, 2019.
 
(photo: Heidi Proffetty blog)
 

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We were looking for a little bit of fun in Houston when we came across just what we were looking for, Happy Vegetable Fish by Tomiko Onishi. Tomiko's fish turn into vegetables and enjoy happy times together with bubbles of sliced onions. It just brought a smile to our faces.

Happy Vegetable Fish won an Honorable Mention in the Fantasy/Whimsy category at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Apliquick Rods

 

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