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We have a bonus puzzle this weekend for International Quilting Weekend.  It's My Family by Lynette Anderson, the designer of the TQS BOM 2015, My Country House.

MyFamilybyLynetteAnderson - 36 pieces non-rotating

MyFamilybyLynetteAnderson - 100 pieces rotating

MyFamilybyLynetteAnderson - 289 pieces non-rotating

MyFamilybyLynetteAnderson - 100 pieces rotating

MyFamilybyLynetteAnderson - 289 pieces rotating

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This week's puzzle is the beautiful Wish Upon a Star by Cindy Needham.

Star Members can watch Cindy in Episode 1606: Stencil Magic, from Heirloom to Today's Quilts.  Cindy also visited with TQS in Episode 202: Antique Linens and Textile Revival.

 

WishUponAStarbyCindyNeedham - 36 pieces non-rotating

WishUponAStarbyCindyNeedham - 100 pieces non-rotating

WishUponAStarbyCindyNeedham - 289 pieces non-rotating

WishUponAStarbyCindyNeedham - 100 pieces rotating

WishUponAStarbyCindyNeedham - 289 pieces rotating

 

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The Nun's Quilt by Cindy Needham has quite an interesting story.  Click here to see photos of this beautiful quilt, into which she put hundreds of hours of work, and to learn more about the quilt on her website.

Star Members can watch Cindy in Episode 1606: Stencil Magic, From Heirloom to Today's Quilts.

‘THE NUN’S QUILT’
 
This beautiful linen was purchased off of Ebay on Christmas Eve Day, 2010.  The history that accompanied it stated it was hand made by nuns in a French convent in the early 1940’s.  It also came with six beautiful napkins.  Both the table linen and one of the napkins came with a label with a cross and in French writing stating “Garanti Execute A LaMain Par Le Couvent” meaning it was “guaranteed executed by hand in a convent”.  Special symbols were handwritten on the back of the label.
 
I meticulously machine quilted and hand beaded this linen in 2011.  I would estimate my invested time at about 800 hours…at least.  This piece has a presence or a soul and I felt  it while working on it and still feel it today…others do too. 
 
I felt a strong conviction to research the linen’s history and find out which convent it came from.  I felt it should be returned back to the particular convent that created it.  A full year’s research with many contacts being made worldwide resulted in no leads revealing the linen’s origination.  To my dismay I did find out that this linen was likely created during the war and I was very upset when I discovered  the terrible things that had happened to the nuns during this time. 
 
Chantal Cholin from France recently came into my life and took up the cause and I am happy to report The Nun’s Quilt has a happier ending than was previously thought.  I am providing a shorter, edited version of her letter to me which was written March 27, 2013:
 
“Sister Marie Emmanuel told me that this tablecloth was probably made before the war or during the war. The sisters had time to elaborate very beautiful crafts.  The upper and middle class people were buying them…it was part of the French traditions and French way of life.  After the war the hard time began.  The middle class people had no more money to spend on such things.  The religious communities needed money as well to survive.  In 1950 the first Monastic shop in Paris, France was opened. 
 
I allow myself to tell you that the Nun’s Quilt is now yours.  You have been working on it so many hours. Now you know that this Art Embroidery has been made in happiness and in the sweet protection of a monastery. 
You must keep it as a “porte bonheur” (bring luck)”.
 
Cindy Louise Needham
12/24/2010~ 12/24/2011
 

TheNunsQuiltbyCindyNeedham - 36 pieces non-rotating

TheNunsQuiltbyCindyNeedham - 100 pieces non-rotating

TheNunsQuiltbyCindyNeedham - 289 pieces non-rotating

TheNunsQuiltbyCindyNeedham - 100 pieces rotating

TheNunsQuiltbyCindyNeedham - 289 pieces rotating

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This fun quilt was discovered at QuiltCon 2015.  Here's what the artist, Allison Chambers has to say about The Conan Quilt:

"I've been a fan of Conan O'Brien and his late night comedy since I was a teenager.  While watching his show I noticed a lot of his fans make artwork using his likeness and present it to him.  That's when the idea to make a Conan quilt hit me!  I took his logo, enlarged it and overlayed a grid so I could create his patchwork orange hair.  After sewing the patchwork, I cut out the outline of the hair and appliquéd it to the face and background.  The back of the quilt includes the words "TEAM COCO." I hope to make a trip to California to give it to him in person."

Click here to learn more about Allison, who is a preservation architect by day and a quilter by night.  Allison's blog is www.downtownquilter.com.

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 36 pieces non-rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 100 pieces non-rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 289 pieces non-rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 100 pieces rotating

TheConanQuiltbyAllisonChambers - 289 pieces rotating

 

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Jagged by Alissa Carlton was improvisationally pieced from start to finish.  "First long strips and then some cutting and sewing.  Dense straight line quilting fills in the whole top, to add to the graphic bold feel of the design." Alissa's quilt was exhibited in the Small Quilts category at QuiltCon 2015.

Click here to visit Alissa's website.

This is one of Alissa's books.

JaggedbyAlissaCarlton - 36 pieces non-rotating

JaggedbyAlissaCarlton - 100 pieces non-rotating

JaggedbyAlissaCarlton - 289 pieces non-rotating

JaggedbyAlissaCarlton - 100 pieces rotating

JaggedbyAlissaCarlton - 289 pieces rotating

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Toyland Tree is a wonderful and whimsical quilt from Lynn Wilder.  It would make a great heirloom quilt for your children.  Star Members can watch Lynn in Episode 1604: Taking the Fear Out of Math for Quilters.

Click here to see a photo of each block close up.

Click here to purchase the pattern.

ToylandTree by Lynn Wilder - 36 pieces non-rotating

ToylandTree by Lynn Wilder - 100 pieces non-rotating

ToylandTree by Lynn Wilder - 300 pieces non-rotating

ToylandTree by Lynn Wilder - 100 pieces rotating

ToylandTree by Lynn Wilder - 300 pieces rotating


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