Here's a look at the work of fiber artist, writer, and designer Wendy Mamattah, originally from Ghana, who shares her Africa-inspired silhouette and symbols quilts, as well as her charming one-of-a-kind pin cushions. The slideshow includes her Asabone patterns. Asabone in Ghana means wild dancing which is the name for her art quilt pattern series. According to Wendy, "This is a very normal way of entertaining in most African villages and is common practice."

Star Members can watch Wendy in Episode 1412 - "I Can't Believe It's Pieced!" with Cynthia England.

You can buy Wendy's patterns at  www.braidandstitch.etsy.com.
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Here are some more of the Distortion Winners. Please note that you can click on any picture and it will enlarge. It is not a zoom, but will make it easier to read the signs and see the quilts. Click once to enlarge a picture and once to reduce it back.

The Best of Show is near the end.

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See more of the quilts from around the world representing "Distortion". There is a new challenge every year for the Patchwork Show in Alsace, France. This year will be the 20th anniversary of the show.

In Part 3 tomorow we will show you the top winner for 2013.


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This slideshow is Part 1 as we share the winning quilts from a challenge by the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace, France in 2013. The theme was "Distortion", the quilts were to be 1 square meter and here are the results. Part 2 and Part 3 will be on the blog Wednesday and Thursday.

You can see these quilts in person (you should if you can) at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY through June 24, 2014. It is the only place in the USA to see this collection.


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Bonnie Hunter has a huge number of FREE scrap quilt patterns on her website.  Here is just a sample of what is available.  Click here for FREE patterns.

You can learn more about Bonnie in Episode 1410 - You Can Have It All: Two Modern-Day Quilters Mix Old and New.

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While in Paducah, Captain John was captivated by Spirit created by Georgia Spaulding Pierce of Seattle, WA.  

Click on the "magazine" to the left for a real close look at the quilting.

He invites you to take a closer look at the individual animals and the phenomenal quilting designs. There are whales tales, crabs, fish, mountains...all done in the quilting.

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