“Quilts of Southwest China” September 27 – April 30, 2016, Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan


Maya Angelou’s Quilt Sells at Auction for $380,000.00

September 18, 2015

The quilt that Oprah Winfrey had commissioned textile artist Faith Ringgold to make  in 1989 for Maya Angelou’s sixtieth birthday was sold at auction for $380,000.00!

                       “Maya’s Quilt of Life” by Faith Ringgold.           Photo Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

73″ x 73″

Here is the Swann Galleries catalog entry, which lists both the Buyers Premium of $461,000.00 and the hammer price of $380,000.00:  http://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2390++++++32+&refno=++703573&saletype= 

For more info: http://www.northjersey.com/news/maya-angelou-quilt-by-englewood-artist-sells-for-380-000-at-auction-1.1410327

“Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela,” through January 31, 2016, Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

September 17, 2015

Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela;   there are fifty-nine  quilts in this traveling exhibit made by United States and South Africa quilt artists; originally shown in July 2014 at the international Quilt Conference Africa in Johannesburg.  Circulated by the Michigan State University Museum, these  pieces reflect the ways in which Nelson Mandela touched individual lives and changed a nation.

The exhibit is at Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, until January 31, 2016.

More information<https://www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/exhibits/mandela_exhibit_and_programming.php>
You can see photos of the quilts at:<http://museum.msu.edu/museum/tes/ConscienceMandela/ConscienceMandela-1.htm>

Windows of Reflections quilt

Windows of Reflections by Harriette Alford Meriwether​

Karen Marchetti Quilts in Online Slide Show

September 12, 2015

See Karen Marchetti’s studio and work. Karen shares photos of her work in this Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

NQA Board Votes to Dissolve National Quilting Association, Inc.

This is such a surprise!  Very sad.  The first big shows I attended were NQA’s.   The letter is here on their web site: http://www.nqaquilts.org/current/newsletter/

September 4, 2015
 Dear Friends and Members of NQA,
  At a special meeting of the NQA Board of Directors held August 18, 2015, the Board celebrated NQA’s 46 years of achievements and successes. However, when looking toward the future, the Board has determined that NQA has had its season and by unanimous vote the Board of Directors voted to dissolve the National Quilting Association, Inc.
  All this may sound like a sudden turn of events, but we assure you it’s not sudden, as the warning signs have been there for nearly 10 years. The steady decline in show attendance, consistent decrease in membership, lack of contingency planning and dwindling operational funds made this a clear but difficult decision. The current Board has worked tirelessly to find alternatives to keep NQA solvent and sustainable into the future, however our efforts did not result in a partnership with another quilting organization or adoption of our programs as we had hoped.
  NQA can measure its successes through the fostering of other quilt organizations and quilt shows, establishing criteria for excellence in quilt making, establishing a Masterpiece Quilt designation, professionalizing the role of the quilt judge and quilt teacher, offering grants to communities to fund quilt related projects and originating the National Day of Quilting. NQA is considered a leader in the quilting world and there is much to be proud of.
  You may be filled with a variety of emotions – sorrow, concern, anger, bewilderment, and grief. All those are legitimate and we hope you will accept these facts and understand all efforts were made to keep NQA viable. It’s a time for decisiveness, clarity, and conviction. The NQA Board of Directors wishes to thank all of our faithful members and supporters who have done remarkable work together over the years. We all should feel a sense of pride and completion.
  Moving forward the Board is working to arrange transfer of our memberships to another national quilting association. Alternatives for management of our programs are still being researched. Watch for more news on this later.
  You can help make this transition easier for NQA by being optimistic about the future and grateful for the wonderful experiences and friendships created because of NQA. We wish you all the very best as you continue those friendships and in all of your quilting endeavors.
  Marcel Miller, President Mary Ann Guidos, Communication Chair
  Margaret Powers, Vice-President Margie Engel, Grant Chair
  Priscilla Godfrey, Secretary Heather Tighe, Chapter Chair
  Mary Lou Paoletti, Treasurer Sandra Dorrbecker, Education Chair

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Julie Cefalu – Binding Tips Part 3 Tutorial – Tips, Tricks & Techniques

September 3, 2015

Sometimes we need to machine apply binding; here Julie Cefalu shows us how.









Part 3:    http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/23722-julie-s-tips-tricks-techniques-binding-3?utm_source=Infusionsoft&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015_08_31_Newsletter_2&inf_contact_key=61d89ab8791f71e8b1b9ebf30375e683155ef0b9048fad279e26024401f5cfab

This tutorial is presented by The Quilt Show.  thequiltshow.com