Lilo recently visited the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France and discovered a wonderful exhibit they were featuring there. Swiss quilt group patCHquilt was celebrating their thirtieth anniversary by putting on a showcase of 100 challenge quilts for the occasion. The challenge was open to all members of the group of every skill level and each quilt had to adhere to the following criteria:

  • Works must be original, not from a kit and must include a red border.
  • They must be 30 cm wide, 120 cm long, and displayed portrait style.
  • The quilt must include at least 1/2 of the Edelweiss fabric (that each person received), and feature a piece of that same fabric that is 10 cm x 10 cm in size.

To join in the celebration with patCHquilt, we will be featuring four of the challenge quilts each week that were displayed as part of the exhibition at the European Patchwork Meeting.

Please enjoy the next four quilts from Elisabeth Kälin, Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil, Elsbeth Reichstein, and Erika Bernhard.

Title of Quilt: Diversity

Quilter's Name: Elisabeth Kälin

Title of Quilt: August 1st

Quilter's Name: Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil

Title of Quilt: Facette Rich Switzerland

Quilter's Name: Elsbeth Reichstein

Title of Quilt: Jass Playing in Switzerland

Quilter's Name: Erika Bernhard

One of the beautiful parts of traveling is homecoming...yes, we meet wonderful stitchers along the way and there are beautiful sights to behold... But, homecoming is wonderful. To reacquaint yourself with your stash while trying to decide what projects you want to start next??? With only 42 more days till Christmas, maybe a gift or two will be at the top of your list...or maybe gifting yourself with a new start?! I am giving you all a heads up for a SAL (Sew A Long) that a friend and I are going to start in January. It will be a way for me to take along a bit of home while on the road. There are no deadlines or rules, after all, quilting is supposed to be fun and relaxing! Whenever you can start, and whenever you can finish...it is all up to you!
A friend and I both fell in love with Eastmoreland by Kathy Schmitz and decided to support and encourage each other through the process.
As I have said...you make your own start time and your own deadline. Eastmoreland will be your happy place and there will be a hashtag to post your progress if you choose to share. #eastmoreland with a little bee at the end. I hope you will join me while I take a bit of home on the road.
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Quilting has always taken on hard subjects. My Divorce Quilt: Shredded, a quilt by Susan Fletcher King, expresses her reactions to a difficult life event. The quilt achieves strong emtions by using raw edge appliqué to effect, strong black and red images, and appears to have journal entries or letters placed throughout the quilt.



Do you know someone who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia? Both Alex and Ricky had parents who suffered and they'd like to share with you an idea that Alex's mother found particularly comforting. It is an activity mat.

Activity mats are designed to safely stimulate and soothe people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, ADD, head trauma, or persons recovering from strokes. They are generally customized to the individual as you can see in this video with Alex and Ricky.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has a PDF with directions and photos to help you create your own activity mat. Click here to download.


Here in America we will be celebrating Thanksgiving soon, and while not quilting related, we are all about learning here at TQS. This PBS video tells us about the origins of some very traditional Thanksgiving foods. Did you know that turkeys have more than doubled in size from their origins?


Update 11/11/2019

Did you guess that it was Marilyn Badger? This time it was the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019.


This quilt truly is a Supernova, and yes, it was made by Marilyn Badger and won 1st Place in "Wall Quilts: Movable Machine Quilted." Champagne Supernova is 78" x 78" and contains a multitude of techniques including:

Hand Appliqué, Machine Appliqué, Beading, Crystals, Embellishments, Hand Embroidery, Free-Motion Quilting, Fabric Painting, Paper Piecing, and Machine Piecing.

There is color and texture and hand stitching and ... take a look for yourself.


Alex spoke with veteran Andrew Lee about his quilt Shock and Awe at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. Andrew discovered quilting as a therapy to help with PTSD. Andrew works with Quilts of Valor and was going to present a quilt on the day of this interview.

Alex also talks with Andrew and his wife about quilting and gets a peek at the studio they share.

Thank you for your service Andrew and thank you for sharing your quilt with TQS.



Is this beauty in blue a pinwheel block? Do you know what it is called? Play the game and find out.


It is with a heavy heart that we remember TQS member Dana Shanes Lynch, who passed away this week after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Dana was a member of a group called the Amazing Eight--quilting friends from all over the country who met online at TQS. This group collaborated on award-winning quilts. She will be missed by many and remembered as not only a talented artist but a wonderful friend to so many in the quilt community.

Click here to see more of Dana's work, those she made on her own and those she quilted for others.

Dana's friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help Dana's family with medical bills and funeral costs. Anything you can do to help defray these costs will be greatly appreciated.

Click here to donate.

We'd like to share some videos from a very happy time when the Amazing Eight were together in Houston and celebrating their 1st place Group Quilt win for their Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt. Here is a Go Tell It interview from the Quilt Alliance featuring Dana.

Dana, we will miss your smiling face and gentle heart.



The Amazing Eight, TQS members who met right here online at TQS, won First Place, Group, at IQA Houston 2014. This is the third quilt that the group has created. Together they share some tips on how they work together, what sort of problems they ran into, and how the quilt was created.

Congratulations ladies!

Watch the video to learn more about the Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt.



Here's another Dynamic Dresden quilt, Five Golden Rings, made by Tami Gallogly for Susan Cleveland to share. Tami created "double" Dresden rings by laying one on top of the other to great effect.

Learn more about Dresden Rings with Susan in Show 2510.

FiveGoldenRingsbyTamiGallogly - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

FiveGoldenRingsbyTamiGallogly - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

FiveGoldenRingsbyTamiGallogly - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

FiveGoldenRingsbyTamiGallogly - 35 Pieces Rotating

FiveGoldenRingsbyTamiGallogly -100 Pieces Rotating

FiveGoldenRingsbyTamiGallogly - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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