Online Slideshow of American Quilter’s Society’s Knoxville, Tennessee, Show 2011

The Quilt Show has a slide presentation by Smilebox of the winners of the American Quilter’s Society’s Knoxville, Tennessee, Show 2011 at:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

There is a list of the winners at: http://www.quiltviews.com/2011-knoxville-winners

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The Quilt World’s Loss of Ardis James

News was received  of the passing of  Ardis Butler James on July 7th in Stamford, Connecticut.  She  was  one of the  greatest ladies of the quilt world.

She and her husband, Robert, were to be inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame at the Marie Webster House in Marion, Indiana,  July 16, 2011,  for the Quilters Hall of Fame’s annual celebration. Ardis passed away before the  event at age 85, and, as a result, her life was celebrated during the Induction Ceremony .

Ardis and Robert have done so much for the quilt world with their quilts and promotion of quilt history and the formation of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1997, where there are currently more than 3,500 quilts.  The Center has the largest public quilt collection in the world!  When the James’ established the Center, they donated almost 1,000  quilts from their personal collection. Presently the Center has nearly 1,100 of their quilts, both antique and contemporary.

The New York Times had an article  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/arts/ardis-butler-james-quilt-collector-dies-at-85.html?_r=1&hpw

A six quilt slide show as part of the online article: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/07/17/obituaries/20110717_ARDIS.html

For more info: http://www.quiltershalloffame.net/celebration

I received a message from Karen Alexander, who is the past president of TQHF, and she provided the blog where one can get updated info about Ardis James: http://thequiltershalloffame.blogspot.com/2011/07/passing-of-ardis-james.html

Online Fabric Calculator & Free Smart Phone App

http://www.quiltshops.com has this online fabric calculator to help with  your next quilt making project:

http://search.quiltshops.com/calculator/calculator.htm

A friend informed me of  QuiltCalc which is a smart phone app that includes this kind of help plus more, and it’s free! She highly recommends QuiltCalc.

QuiltCalc helps calculate yardages for top, backing and batting.  The app has a section on yardage for piecing, binding, border yardage, square within a square, and set-in and corner triangles.  It even tells you how big a square to cut to make half square triangles!

How convenient is that?  You can have the app on your phone with you, as you shop.  That has to be the best.  Now, for me to just get a smart phone…..

Online Slide Presentation of “Sky-lines” Quilts from Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, Colorado

Here are photos of quilts from the Denver National Quilt Festival in Denver, Colorado, of special exhibit, “Sky-lines.”

Click to play this Smilebox slideshowThe slide show is presented by Smilebox from The Quilt Show.

SAQA’s Exhibit “Sharing Stories: Expressions and Stitched Meanings” July 9 – September 4, 2011, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, California

3922_sharingstories.jpgThe Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)is showing  “Sharing Stories: Expressions and Stitched Meanings”  at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, California, from July 9 – September 4, 2011.  Photo is the Gallery’s.