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Here are the quilts for the twentieth 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 406 created by Miroslawa Pucek and Kathy McKernan.

Title of Quilt: Sun for Kathy

Quilter's Name: Miroslawa Pucek

Location: Wielkopolska, Poland

Hello, my name is Mirosława Maria Pucek. I live in Poland (Europe) - my city is Środa Wielkopolska. I really like sewing. My grandmother, my mother, my sister and her daughter were sewing in my family. I started Sewing from dolls' clothes, clothes for myself, my husband and children. I made a patchwork patch in 2013 - for my granddaughter. I participate in international exchange for the first time. Neck for Kathy McKernan - team 406. We talked about our families, about our passions (except sewing), about Christmas customs. Together, we've fixed the colors (blue, gray and yellow) and the Churn Dash pattern, the rest is a disaster. Patchwork for Kathy was made in December 2017. Greetings to all who love patchworks. I'm sorry I do not know English (translator).

 

Title of Quilt: Sing a Happy Song

Quilter's Name: Kathy McKernan

Location: Rock, Michigan, USA

The opportunity to be paired with a quilter from Poland was exciting. The fact that she spoke no English and I spoke no Polish added to the intrigue! Through online interpreter programs we were able to communicate in a basic manner, keeping things simple as it relates to the exchange project. We agreed on the colors, that it would be a traditional patchwork design and it would feature the churn dash block. The rest was to be our creativity and personalities. The thrill has been similar to what I experienced back in elementary school when presented with an opportunity to have a pen pal from a foreign country! I am amazed at the beautiful work of my partner and her family and friends as viewed on Facebook and Instagram. Over the holidays she shared the details of their holiday customs and I was struck by the continuity of their culture of which I was shamefully ignorant. Being paired with a partner from Poland sparked an interest in their history and travel in that general area. What a great experience to give/receive a quilt to remember this experience. It turns out that we were both worried about the same things - the biggest being, will she like my quilt? And we agreed that we would, because it is part of the experience!

 
 

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This beautiful appliqué quilt, Espalier by Joann Webb, with its arbor full of colorful birds is a treat for the eyes. We particularly love all of the details in the birds and the interesting border treatment, which is something we've never seen before.

 

 

 

 

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MJ Kinman's quilt, Communion, got its name when it was baptized, by accident, with a little bit of red wine. You can hear the whole story in Show 2407.

CommunionbyMJKinman - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

CommunionbyMJKinman - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

CommunionbyMJKinman - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

CommunionbyMJKinman - 35 Pieces Rotating

CommunionbyMJKinman - 99 Pieces Rotating

CommunionbyMJKinman - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: John Anderson

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MJ Kinman's quilt, Communion, got its name when it was baptized, by accident, with a little bit of red wine. You can hear the whole story in Show 2407.

Original Photo: John Anderson

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Are you Team Cat or Team Dog? How about Team Adorable!

Floral Pets from Blend Fabrics has you covered whichever you prefer.  

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This fetching, flower-filled grouping features two panel designs of our beloved best friends. These precious puppies and cherished kitties sporting summery floral wreaths complement dainty blossoms and whimsical fruit and are perfect for your next sewing project. 

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This quilt came in the mail with a return address from Angela Walters. Is it a wholecloth quilt? Can you guess what it is?

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Here's what's happening at the National Quilt Museum. Betty Ford Smith (Click here to see one of Betty's quilts close up...this one weighs 30 lbs.) talks about her quilts, participants in the School Block Challenge are interviewed, and their is a segment regarding the HERstory exhibit.

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Laura at SewVeryEasy has some great tips for cleaning the "goop" off of your iron.

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Image courtesy of Teresa Duryea Wong

Teresa Duryea Wong has been a frequent TQS contributor (read more here and here) with articles and books focused on American and Japanese quilting. Always curious, Teresa's fascination with quilting cotton, led to several years of interviews, research, walks up and down hot and dusty farm fields to better understand what role cotton plays in the US economy, the farmers who grow cotton and the quilters who love working with this most beloved of fibers. American Cotton: Farm to Quilt is hot off the press and Teresa shares an insight into how your batting (you know, that yummy stuff that gives a quilt that, cuddle up and envelope me feeling?) is grown, harvested and processed for the shelves of a quilting shop near you.


Image courtesy of Teresa Duryea Wong

Heaps of King Cotton in Quilt Batting
An excerpt from “American Cotton: Farm to Quilt.”
by Teresa Duryea Wong

Quilts have been examined, copied, shared, preserved, destroyed, written about and researched for 200 years. Yet, there’s very little curiosity about the material between the two layers of fabric that make a quilt a quilt. Like a classic peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, the layers of bread are important, but it’s the stuff inside that makes it yummy.

Quilt batting, or what used to be called wadding, is the soft, solid, yummy layer inside a quilt sandwich. The batting is what makes a quilt warm and gives it its drape, and today a quilter can find a batting in almost every make, shape, and material, whether thick or thin, to meet her needs. Besides cotton, other common quilt batting materials are wool, polyester, cotton blends and bamboo.

The process to make cotton batting is strangely very hi-tech, but also strikingly similar to the way it has been made for a century. I was fortunate to visit the manufacturing facility owned by The Warm Company in Elma, Washington in 2018, and it was fascinating to learn how the cotton travels through giant automated machines and comes out the other end as a smooth, finished product, ready for the billions of quilt stitches that will eventually pierce it.
(Half of America's cotton crop is grown in Texas. Photo by Steve Chapman)

Heaps of American cotton are purchased each year and turned into cotton batting for quilts, as well as industrial batting for furniture and bedding. The Warm Company alone, whose primary business is quilting, purchases four million pounds of fresh, American cotton annually.

To put that in perspective, it takes roughly 14,000 acres of West Texas farmland to produce four million pounds of cotton. That means the Warm Company buys enough cotton to cover the entire crop of at least four farmers, and they are spending approximately $3.2 million annually on those purchases.

The Warm Company has strict requirements for fiber length, thickness, strength, and color, and only the cleanest cotton is chosen. The raw cotton, which has been ginned to remove leaves, sticks, seeds, etc., travels to the Warm facilities where it is cleaned again, twice in fact. This super-fine cleaning process separates even more leaf or stick fragments from the fiber. It is natural for very tiny specs of leaf or stick to remain, even after all this rigorous cleaning. Those tiny specs are called pepper.

The pepper look is what you will see in the batting named Warm & Natural. This product is so popular with quilters that many consider it essential to quiltmaking.

Warm & Natural batting is not bleached, and as the name suggests, the batting has a natural-looking creamy, off-white color.

A second type of batting is made with purified cotton, and this is the cotton used to make Warm & White batting. With purified cotton, the individual fibers are scoured to remove natural oils and discoloration. The treatment involves a gentle bath of hydrogen-peroxide.

This process leaves the fibers so clean and white that the fibers actually become coarse, so a lubricant is added to the cotton, not unlike when human hair is bleached and needs a conditioner to make it soft again. The Warm & White batting is preferred by many quilters who seek that clean, pure snowy-white color.

After cleaning, the cotton begins its long journey through the conveyor-belt maze of automation that turns fibers into batting. The cotton fibers are formed into layers, and the layers are laid on top of each other. Eventually, a scrim is added to the layers of cotton fiber. A scrim looks a lot like a common dryer sheet, only it is significantly lighter and thinner.

The fibers and scrim are needle-punched millions of times, in a matter of seconds, by very long needles. As the needles move up and down through the fibers, they force the cotton down through the scrim and back up again until the fibers and scrim essentially become completely intertwined.

Thanks to the scrim, the batting holds together and at the Warm Company, no glue is added. Stitches in most modern batting can be up to 10 inches apart without worrying about the batting moving or bunching up.

 

 

 

 


(Inside the Warm and Natural manufacturing facility in Elma, Washington, where every package of pre-cut cotton batting is folded by hand. Image courtesy of Teresa Duryea Wong)


Heaps of King Cotton in Quilt Batting is an excerpt from “American Cotton: Farm to Quilt.”
For more information, visit Teresa’s website

 

 

 

 

Books by Teresa Duryea Wong

  

American Cotton: Farm to Quilt
The story of the American cotton farmer,
America’s textile industry and their connection to quilting

Cotton and Indigo: From Japan
The story of Japan's cotton and indigo, and their
enormous contribution to fiber arts worldwide.

Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters:
The Story of an American Import

The story of Japan love for American quilting, how
it came to be favorite pastime and an artform that now
has a uniquely Japanese esthetic.
 

When she's not busy writing, it's off to the post office to ship out more autographed copies of books. The life of the author is so glamorous!

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Anna and G On The Road is home sweet home. Although traveling and visiting quilters, quilt shops, and quilt shows is such a blessing, there really is no place like home. I can almost hear my Ruby slippers clicking together, lol. One of the first things I had to indulge myself with was a trip to the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon. There is nothing more grounding than visiting your local quilt shop. I was especially taken by the display of quilts that were in the Twigs Gallery. One of the artists was Sheila Finzer, a Central Oregon Art Quilter, and the display of her quilts hung in the gallery was reflective of our lives here in Central Oregon. I only wish our little camper was large enough to hang these art pieces...then, I could have a bit of home on the road!

"Log Jam on the Metolius" by Sheila Finzer



"Two Sisters" by Sheila Finzer



"The Fall" by Sheila Finzer


 

"Mountain Stream" by Sheila Finzer

 

"Jumping Over The Edge" by Sheila Finzer

"Tree-Mendous" by Sheila Finzer


 

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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