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We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the third quilt from the exhibition by Sherry Songhurst.

Title of Quilt: The Stars at Night

Quilter's Name: Sherry Songhurst

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The one thing about the quilting world is that there is such a variety of things you can learn. And of course that would appeal to this old nurse because the career of nursing also offered a variety of specialties. Which means you are never bored! When the owner of The Olde World Quilt Shoppe, Monique, told me I had to come take a felting class because it was a Bee Hive...well, how could I say no!! I get to learn something new while visiting one of my top 5 quilt shops :) I had never felted anything on purpose and I was a bit leery that with these few tools I could create a Bee Hive.
 
 
What was reassuring, although Monique is a quilt shop owner it does not equate to knowing everything in the quilting world, LOL! She definitely needed those finger guards!
 
 
What I truly loved about this class was you finished the day with a completed project.
 
 
...and you spent the day with a wonderful group of people!
 
 
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Fabric Magic® is a sew-in interfacing that shrinks up to 30% to add texture and dimension to projects. It is quick and easy to use - just stitch it in place and then apply steam to shrink it. Results are permanent and will last through laundering. We can imagine using this to make so many textures - bark, flower centers, leaves, animal skin, stone, earth, etc. etc. etc. - or to add unique interest and depth to a project just like Sarah Ann Smith does in Show 2508.

 

Watch the video below to learn more.

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Carolinas by Terry Sargent Peart won the Best Use of Color award at Road to California 2020. Each block was inspired by sketches she made while vacationing with her husband. She simplified the sketches and made blocks representing the sun, sea, and sky which resulted in a very colorful quilt.

 

Photos by Anna Bates

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TQS was honored to spend time with Japanese quilting icon Shizuko Kuroha. She is internationally known for her work with vintage fabrics, particularly indigo. Her work has been widely exhibited in many parts of the world, including the prestigious International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Shizuko sat down with Ricky and talked about her beginnings as a quilter, how and why she selects her fabrics, and where she finds her fabrics. She then demonstrates her unique hand quilting method.

And, to top it off, we are treated to a look at her quilts from a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival.

There's lots of great stuff here, grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

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This month Barbara has some great tips for cutting, choosing appliqué thread, and assembling that interesting Twirly Balls block for the TQS BOM Afternoon Delight

Remember, even if you aren't making the BOM, Barbara's tips are helpful in all areas of your quilting.

Click here for Barbara's tips.

 

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Prizes you can use at home right now are just an entry away (with a little bit of luck). Enter your email and you are entered. Like or subscribe to our other sites and you get extra entries for the visit. If you don't receive it already, you will be sent our popular newsletter with a fantastic quilt featured in each one. You can unsubscribe at any time. It's our job to make you not want to. One submission per household. Here are the prizes:

  • A $500 shopping spree in TheQuiltShow.com store
  • 3 Winners get $200 of Ricky's hand-dyed fabrics
  • 4 copies of Art Quilts Unfolding which offers full-color images of 400 masterpieces along with engaging interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists, key leaders, important events, and significant collections. Organized by decade, an additional 182 international artists' works are featured.
  • Alex Anderson's Quilters Select New Huge cutting mat (36"x60") or three smaller sizes if the table size mat is too big. Plus a rotary cutter and 6x12 ruler to work with on your new mat. Be one of the 1st to have this "Mongo" mat when they arrive at the warehouse.
  • 10 winners will get a 1st Edition autographed copy of Ricky's novel "Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window" when they roll off the presses soon
  • 10 winners will get an Amazon Firestick to binge watch your favorite programs including The Quilt Show on your big TV

 

 

International Quilting Weekend Giveaway 2020

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Four Star? Four Square? Do you know the name of this block? Play Jinny's game and find out the name.

 
 
 

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In 2014, Flora Joy's quilt Frame of Mind won Viewer's Choice in Houston. It was a three-dimensional quilt that switched from Mother Teresa, to Oprah, to Jackie Kennedy, depending on how you looked at the quilt.

Well now she's done it again with another three-dimensional quilt, Pop-Up Stories, which won the Judging Floor Staff Favorite award at Road to California 2020. This time blocks are unsnapped to reveal different "stories". Flora used a number of different textiles to complete the quilt, including everything from fishing line to Peltex®, and upholstery fabric to faux velveteen. It's quite a story in itself.

Photos by Anna Bates

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Peter Byrne won two top awards at QuiltCon 2020. Along with winning Best of Show, his quilt, Cityscape, also won Best Machine Quilting - Frameless, Needle Stationary. Here he talks to TQS about how he made his award-winning quilt.

See the quilt below the video.

 

 


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