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                                                                                    "Fatsia Japonica" by Millyka

On May 3, 2008, the TQS website hit another milestone....our 9,000 quilt is now posted in our TQS Quilt Gallery!  This quilt is titled "Fatsia Japonica" and showcases the beautiful leaves of the Fatsia plant.  Fatsias have leaves up to 12" (30 cm) on a plant that can grow up to 8 ft. tall (2.4 m). 

TQS member Millyka says "This is a result of a class I took with Jenny Bowker.  I loved the class as it pushed me out of my comfort zone."

Keep posting your quilts in the TQS Quilt Gallery!  Remember that it doesn't have to be one you made; it can be one you purchased or received as a gift! You never know, yours may be our next milestone quilt! To view this and other member posted quilts click here.

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                                                                   Class Project by Students of "quiltedgentleman" 

Today is National Teacher Day in the United States.  It is a day when those individuals who spend so much time and effort are recognized for their hard work.  This quilt is a class project by the students in  quiltedgentleman's 1st grade as a donation for Relay for Life.  Each of the hands represents a student in the class.  What a creative way to include quilting, donation and art into a project.  This class is sure to learn a great deal by their combined efforts.

Each of us has had a teacher that left a lasting impression.  What tip or advice have you received from an instructor that has helped you with quilting?  If you are a teacher, what advice would you give to your students?

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Detail of "Flora Bella" by Annie Smith                                                  Photo by Gregory Case

Annie Smith, Episode 209, will be our special guest in chat room "Featured Guest" May 7, 2008, at 5:00pmPacific/8:00pm Eastern.  Annie will share more tips on successful fabric selection when walking by all of the temptations at the fabric store.  She will also share how to achieve more accurate piecing precision in your quilts.  Join us for an hour of great fun.  And remember, if you cannot join us, you are always able to read the transcript of the chat.  Just click on Chat Transcripts and select Annie Smith-Fabric Selection/Piecing Tips.  To watch Annie's show click here.

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When adding a sleeve to display your finished quilt, make the finished sleeve 4" wide, the size most commonly required for quilt shows. You may not be planning to show your quilt now, but you’ll be ready just in case—at a moment’s notice and without that frantic, last-minute flurry.

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Debra Svitil, a part time elementary school teacher from Alpharetta, Georgia, was chosen to create a portrait quilt of First Lady Laura Bush.  The quilt was presented to Mrs. Bush on the occasion of the Congressional Club's 100th Anniversary Luncheon in Washington, DC on April 17, 2008.  It was commissioned by Alfredia Scott, wife of Congressman David Scott of Georgia and the chairperson of the event.

Mrs. Scott placed a call for designs to be submitted for her consideration through Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro, Georgia.  Debra knew immediately that she wanted to create a piece that would honor Laura Bush, the individual, and highlight her dedication to furthering education - specificlly her idea that childre's reading is a gateway to further things.  She found the perfect quote from Mrs. Bush that embodied this ideology and built her concept for the quilt around that quote:

A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.

She began by painting the portrait with fabric inks and paints.  She then quilted Mrs. Bush's head and shoulders using more than 30 different colors of thread.  Mrs. Bush's love of country is reflected n the overall background motif - a stylized stars and stripes from the American flag.  Having lived in Texas and knowing first hand the strong sense of identity Texans derive from their state symbols, Deb utilized blubonnets (the state flower) when making the stripes.  Woven among the bluebonnets are other symbols of Texas; Monarch butterflies, pecans, an armadillo and even a longhorn!

Deb was there for the presentation of the quilt and met Mrs. Bush.  She feels honored to have been chosen to create this piece of art for the First Lady. 

To visit Debra Svitil's website, click here.

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Paducah, Kentucky, USA - The stunning international art quilt competition and exhibition, Expressions: The Art Quilt, is currently on exhibit at the Museum of American Quilters Society through July 8.

Ricky Tims curated the exhibit which had its initial showing in 2006 at Tims' Art Quilt Gallery and has toured the country for the last two years. The Museum is its last stop before these incredible quilts are returned to their owners. 

The topic and techniques used to create each presonally expressive piece was left solely up to the artist.  From abstract and stylized to photo realistic designes, with colors ranging from vibrant to subtle, these dazzling pieces are often purchased by private modern art collectors or added to museums.

With over 230 entries, quilters from across the United States and as far away as japan, Australia and Switzerland competed.  The final 63 were selected by Tims, Joan Hanley, a painter and sculptor and Katie Pasquini Masopust, art quilter and current president of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Shown above is Tonal Meditations by Carol Krueger. 

Click here for more information about this exhibit at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society.

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Have you ever returned from a workshop with someone else’s scissors or rotary cutter? ID your cutting tools by tying a “ribbon” of your favorite fabric through the handles. You’ll recognize them quickly—every time!

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Houston, Texas, USA April 30, 2008 - Many quilters are familiar with the International Quilt Festivals held across the United States each year. Quilts, Inc., the sponsors of the various Festivals, have added unique and exciting features to their website that will make the site more interesting and helpful to all quilters.

First, Festival attendees could get help and information for planning their visit from the new Friends @ Festival  forum, which allows users to post questions they have about upcoming Festivals and receive responses from fellow users or show staff members.  It is also a place where veteran Festival attendees can share their experiences and advice about the shows.

Another exciting new addition to the Quilts, Inc. website is the Festival Gallery Online, which features a sampling of quilts from a different Festival special exhibit each month with photos and information on the artworks.  Also, visitors to the website can now read entries from "A Piece of My Mind, " an online journal from Quilts,Inc. President and Festival Director, Karey Bresenhan.

Plus, the new feature, "Top Tips from Top Teachers," includes a frequently changing list of tips on quilting and creativity from different well-known instructors as well as a listing of their upcoming Festival classes.

To visit the Quilts, Inc. website, click here.

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This great story came to us from Quilt Show member, SDQUILTER, who has heard many times over the years, "Sometimes you just gotta break the rules."  She sent this link for us to share and says it reminds her of someone here at The Quilt Show who isn't big on rules, either.  Anybody up for a game of guess who?

Click here to read the story in Country Magazine.

 

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Cochise County, Arizona, USA - A new non-profit entity, the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, is currently being organized.  Initially it is to be a virtual entity, housed on the organization's website.  They are  looking for exceptional quilters to honor.  Nominations will be accepted beginning in March 2008 through May 15, 2008. Nomination forms and more information are available on the organization's website. 


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