Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion

August 8, 2018
TheQuiltShow presents Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volkening’s Passion in this video. Warning: the quilts are gorgeous! The piano is the background is by Ricky Tims.


50 Quilts from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries ~The Bill Volckening Collection~

July 7, 2018
50 Quilts from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries
~The Bill Volckening Collection~
Bill Volckening has 500 quilts in his possession. This video presented by TheQuiltShow is like a survey of quilt history seen through the highlights of his collection.

“Artful Log Cabin Quilts” by Katie Pasquini Masopust

June 3, 2018

Katie Pasquini Masopust’s log cabin quilts, Artful Log Cabin Quilts, from TheQuiltShow:

Quilts of Sherry Rogers-Harrison

May 13, 2018
Some of these quilts created by Sherry Rogers-Harrison are no bigger than a potholder. Check the intricate detail in this Smilebox presentation.  They look like they are painted.

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Quilt Index

April 3, 2018

The Quilt Index now has over 90,000 freely-accessible and searchable records of quilts (from public and private collections, including over 250 museums) and hundreds of related stories, photos, publications, and ephemera.

quilt highlightStar of Bethlehem with floral applique
by Anna David     ca 1920
Michigan State University Museum

“Scandal! The Century of Progress Quilt Contest”

September 18, 2017

Mary Fons “The Quilt Scout” has posted an article Scandal! The Century of Progress Quilt Contest about  the Century of Progress Quilt Contest that is quite fascinating:


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Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge Winners

September 4, 2017

The winners of the Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge are at:

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Above  is from Cherrywood Fabrics web site.


Lisa Sipes’ Beautiful Quilts

July 23, 2017

Lisa Sipes has collaborated with a number of people to make some stunningly beautiful quilts. Here is just a sample from TheQuiltShow in a Smilebox presentation.

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AQS Lancaster 2017 Winning Quilts

April 11, 2017

See the winning quilts from the American Quilter’s Society Lancaster Show 2017 at:




Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2016, Houston, Texas

February 21, 2017

Here is a Smilebox slide presentation of quilts in the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase shown in Houston, Texas,  last Fall.

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Slide Presentation of Sue Spargo and Tonye Phillips’ Work

December 20, 2016

Sue Spargo and Tonye Phillips have work in this Smilebox presentation by TheQuiltShow:


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Viewers’ Choice, International Quilt Festival 2016, Houston, Texas

Viewers’ Choice at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, this month was Lone Star Explores Space by Peter Hayward.

“SAQA: Balancing Act” Quilt Gallery

September 5, 2016

Photos of quilts from the SAQA: Balancing Act exhibit  can be seen at :


Patriotic Quilts

July 3, 2016

For celebration of the Fourth of July, here are some patriotic quilts from TheQuiltShow by Smilebox:

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Graduation Quilts

June 7, 2016

Here are graduation quilts on Smilebox from TheQuiltShow’s photo files:

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Ann Harwell’s Quilts

March 13, 2016

Ann Harwell’s wonderful quilts are on this Smilebox slideshow presented by The Quilt Show.

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Indiana Heritage Quilt Show 2016 Winners

March 7, 2016   is where you can see the 2016 winners at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show from last weekend.

Photo is of SAQA Exhibit taken by Kate Lenkowsky

“QuiltCon West 2016: the Minimalist Design Quilts”

March 3, 2016

Here are quilts from Quiltcon West in Pasadena, California, in February 2016 in a Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show.

QuiltCon West 2016, the Minimalist Design Quilts

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 QuiltCon West 2016 had an exhibit of the quilts of Molly Upton. “Quilts of Molly Upton” highlights the work of a pioneer in the early stages of the art quilt movement.  Molly was known for working with velvet, silks, corduroy, and polyester blends.


Jane Hall’s Quilts – Online Slideshow

January 24, 2016

Jane Hall’s quilts are in this Smilebox slideshow that is presented by The Quilt Show.


Suzann Thompson’s “Textile Fusion” Online Slide Show

January 17, 2016

TextileFusion was a special exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Houston 2015.  Suzann Thompson fuses together knitting, quilting, crocheting, and embellishing to create her signature TextileFusion pieces.  She cuts and pieces recycled knits onto a fabric foundation.  After she quilts and binds, she embellishes with crocheted motifs, embroidery, buttons, and beads.  Below is a Smilebox slideshow presented by The Quilt Show.

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Online Slide Show of Carrie Bloomston’s Work

October 14, 2015

Enjoy the studio, work, and play of Carrie Bloomston, a Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.


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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: 

For more info:

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.


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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:

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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Sisters’ Quilt Show 2015 Photos

July 23, 2015

These photos are from the 2015 Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon, which was held last weekend. Lots of photos which were all taken by Gary Miller.  You will see that this is not a white glove show. One example is the photo below.


Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show - July 11, 2015 - Sisters Oregon © 2015 Gary N. Miller, Sisters Country Photography

Online Slide Show of Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley Quilts

July 15, 2015

The Quilt Show presents quilts by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley in a Smilebox slide show:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshowRenae’s long arm quilting is spectacular!  I have seen her quilts at the International Machine Quilter’s Showcase, which was in Kansas City at the time I was appraising at the shows.  One in particular was hanging so that the viewer could see the front and the back.   Her backs are amazing!

Online Slide Show: Carol A. Sinnreich

June 30, 2015

Carol A. Sinnreich’s beautiful art quilts are in a Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.

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Lea McComas’ Quilts in Online Show

May 16, 2015

Here are Lea McComas’  quilts in Smilebox slides presented by The Quilt Show

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“Stitch in Time: Quilt Conservation” Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9am – 3pm

 May 2, 2015
Jennifer Fulton's photo.

AQS Paducah 2015 Winners

April 29, 2015

Here are some of the AQS Paducah 2015 winners from The Quilt Show on Smilebox:

and more:
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and more:

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Barbara Shapel: Online Slide Show

April 13, 2015

Barbara Shapel’s works are shown on this Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.

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Dogwood Online Quilt Competition: Online Slide Show

April 5, 2015
Here are the winners of the American Quilter’s Society 30th Anniversary Dogwood Online Quilt Competition as well as other quilt entries.  At least half of the fabric used in the challenge quilts was required to be from the AQS Anniversary Dogwood Fabric collection, although other fabrics and embellishments could also be used. Piecing and quilting by hand, machine, or both was acceptable, but tied quilts were not.   The Smilebox show is presented by The Quilt Show.  
  To see more entries, click here.

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Online Slide Show of Lynette Anderson’s Work

February 7, 2015
These are slides of Lynette Anderson’s work  as a Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show:
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“Four Centuries of Quilts The Colonial Williamsburg Collection”

December 21, 2014

Beautifully photographed and well written is Four Centuries of Quilts  The Colonial Williamsburg Collection by Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey.

This excellent reference book published this Fall is taken from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.   There are more than 300  color images and details. The evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political, and economic issues of their time.

The collection includes quilts made by diverse religious and cultural groups over 400 years and across continents, from the Mediterranean, England, France, America, and Polynesia. The earliest quilts were made in India and the Mediterranean for export to the west and date to the late 16th century. Examples from 18th- to 20th-century America, many made by Amish and African-American quilters, reflect the multicultural nature of American society and include boldly colored and patterned worsteds and brilliant pieced and appliquéd works of art.

Grand in scope and handsomely produced, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection is sure to be one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts.


Some International Quilt Festival 2014 Winning Quilts

December 18, 2014

Here are some examples of the award-winning quilts at International Quilt Festival 2014 in Houston, Texas.

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Online Slide Show of Rosie Deleon-McCrady’s Redwork

November 22, 2014

Enjoy the  Redwork of Rosie Deleon-McCrady in this Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show. 


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Celebrating California’s State Parks with Quilts

November 18, 2014

Cris Rohn Hartman (challenge co-coordinator) has a Smilebox slide show of the California State Park Quilts – 2014 challenge.  A “challenge” was issued to create a quilt depicting a California State Park to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the California State Parks in 2014, and one hundred fifty-six quilts were made. The special exhibit  “Celebrating California’s State Parks” celebrates  two hundred seventy-eight  state parks in California.

 Click on this photo to see the Smilebox presentation:

Online Pumpkin Quilt Photos

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

The Smilebox presentation by The Quilt Show is all pumpkin quilt photos of quilts made by members of The Quilt Show.

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“About Quilt Appraisals” Program at Sugar Creek Quilters’ Guild, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:45pm

October 14, 2014

I will be doing a program About Quilt Appraisals at the Sugar Creek Quilters’ Guild in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on Monday, October 20, 2014, at 6:45pm.  The meeting is at the Crawfordsville Library located at 205 S. Washington Street.  You all are welcome to come if you are in the area.



Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2014’s Online Slide Show

September 16, 2014
Priscilla Knoble visited the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival and sent these photos to The Quilt Show, which has made this Smilebox presentation.

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Online Slide Show of Ruth McDowell’s Quilts

September 6, 2014

The 45th Honoree for the Quilters Hall of Fame is  Ruth McDowell.  You can see an exhibit of her quilts on display until September 27, 2014, at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana.  Click below to see a slideshow of her work on Smilebox as presented by The Quilt Show.


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Online Slides from “The Festival of Quilts: Birmingham Quilt Show 2014,” Birmingham, United Kingdom

August 25, 2014

 Lea McComas sent a few photos from the  Birmingham Quilt show to The Quilt Show, who presents these slides on Smilebox.

 Go to Okan Arts blog by Patricia Belyea  to see more: click here.

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Online Slide Show of Faculty Quilts from Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014, Sisters, Oregon

August 19, 2014

Here are faculty quilts from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon, this summer.  The slide show is a Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show.

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International Machine Quilter’s Showcase 2014 Winners with Photos

August 10, 2014

International Machine Quilter’s Showcase 2014’s winners are at:

Click HERE to see the list with images

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   Charlotte Hickman, “Fly Away Butterflies”

Nancy Rink’s Quilts Stolen from her Home

August 1, 2014
Quilter, pattern designer, and dye artist, Nancy Rink, has had virtually all of her quilts stolen right out of her studio in Bakersfield, California, some time between 5:00 PM Friday 7/25 and 9:00 AM Monday 7/28. 

Nancy’s quilts are her livelihood and as she says, “I have trunk shows booked at guilds and it makes it very difficult to give a trunk show without my quilts. ” 

Nancy has posted images of the main quilts stolen here (there are probably more) just in case you see or hear of anything. Please call the BPD 661-327-7111 or 661-852-7850 if you see or hear anything suspicious.

Nancy is also offering a $1000 reward for whoever facilitates the return of her quilts.  As Reported by The Quilt Show

Online Slide Presentation of Janet Stone’s Quilts

July 25, 2014

The Quilt Show has a Smilebox slide presentation of Janet Stone’s quilts.

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Patchwork Trails: Barn Quilts – More in Northern Ohio

July 19, 2014

I have posted many times about the wonderful barn quilts.  Here are more in northern Ohio:   where you can get a route map and other info.


 Patchwork Trails

 Lorain County in northern Ohio is combining and embracing agricultural history with the beauty of a hand-made quilt. Follow the route to enjoy viewing an array of colorful and unique barn quilts that are replicas of traditional quilt squares. The quilt patterns, names, and origins all have some type of political, patriotic, and historical significance.

Here are just a few.

  • Acorn at Common Ground

    • in Oberlin

    Americana at Days of Yore

    in Wellington
  • Arrow Block at Gott Barn
    in New London
  • Bowtie at McConnell Farm

    in Wellington

Petition on Facebook for Smithsonian to Show their Quilt Collection

June 3, 2014
This is a petition requesting the American History Museum in Washington DC to display some of the quilts in their collection. You can show  your support by going to this Facebook site:

Please share the collection of quilts in the Smithsonian Museums collection in a large display and or increase the opportunity for the public to see them. If you display them we’ll come. A quilt show at the American history museum is long overdue.

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The Colorful World of Tula Pink: Online Slide Show

April 10, 2014

Tula Pink is featured on The Quilt Show and they have made a Smilebox presentation from her colorful world.

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“Quilt Detectives” at Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis North April 4, 2014, Prime Life, Carmel, Indiana

April 4, 2014

“Quilt Detectives” will be presented at Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis North in Carmel, Indiana, Friday, April 4, 2014, by AQS certified quilt appraiser, Caryl Schuetz.  The program is at Prime Life at 1:00PM.

Come and be a quilt detective with Caryl as we examine antique quilts to determine  how old they are as well as other information about each quilt that members bring to show and share.


“Stitch-in-Time: A Bed Turning”, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 26, 2014

March 20, 2014
Examine twenty Indiana State Museum quilts piled atop a bed from the Museum’s  collection.  Curator of Social History Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacker will turn back each quilt to reveal stories rich in artistic technique and history.

Stitch-in-time_Bed_Turning   for more information.

71.989.001.1043(front)71.2013.101.0003(front)Photos  from the collections of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation

Slide Show of Open European Quilt Championship 2013 Winners

January 12, 2014

The 13th Open European Quilt Championships 2013 was held in the Netherlands. Some of the winners were exhibited at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, in November.  The challenge theme was “Berlin.”

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Online Slide Show of Dear Jane’s Fall Retreat 2013’s Show & Tell

November 25, 2013

Rosemary Youngs, who was just at the Fall Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana, took 110 photos of  the show and tell  quilts from the  retreat and put them into a Smilebox presentation.  She has given me permission to post the address so you can enjoy seeing them.   Very nice slide show, Rosemary! Thanks for sharing.

Week Two of Quilt Alliance’s Annual Small Quilt Auction

November 19, 2013

You have a chance to buy one of the  contest quilts made for the nonprofit Quilt Alliance. Some  are made by prize-winning star quilters; they are affordable, starting at  $60. 

This year celebrates the Alliance’s 20th anniversary. The annual small quilt auction is one of the Quilt Alliance’s most important fundraisers, supporting projects like  The Quilt Index.

Quilts up for auction on November 18-25, 2013. View and bid on all of the Week TWO quilts here: 


Week 2 Quilts:




Annual Quilt Alliance Online Auction began Monday, November 11, 2013

“The Mocha Tree” by Quilt Treasure Yvonne Porcella

The first week of the Quilt Alliance’s TWENTY auction began on Monday, November 11 at 9pm Eastern. All quilts are 20″ x 20″, and the quilts will be offered through December 9 in four one-week auctions on eBay. Here are some quilts included in Week One of the auction:

Above, left to right: “20” by Patricia Hobbs, “Needlework 1928” by Pauline Salzman, “Take 20” by Eleanor Levie.

Above, left to right: “20 Blocks for Twenty Years” by Alison Ruggiero, “Twenty Things I Say” by Pat Sloan, “Memories of Grandmom … 100 years / 5 Generations = 20” by Joyce Hughes.

To bid during the TWENTY auction, search “Quilt Alliance” on

View all 23 of the Week One quilts on the Quilt Alliance blog here, Pinterest board here or Facebook page here.

INfiber Sponsors Trusted Mentors: “What Home Means” Friday, November 1, 2013, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana

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October 2013

Home QuiltJoin us for a special art event to benefit Trusted Mentors sponsored byINfiber!

November 1

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Harrison Center for the Arts

1505 N. Delaware Street, 46202

In the Underground Gallery


Local fabric artists have created small works of art to raise awareness of Trusted Mentors with the theme What Home Means.” Using stories written by actual mentees of the HomeQuilt2 Trusted Mentors program as their inspiration, each piece of art is unique and available for purchase. 


No charge for the event.

Enter a raffle to win the “Home Quilt.”
Each ticket is $5 and can be purchased online.

Invite your friends!

 Providing Mentors to 22 Agencies in Indianapolis

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Get social with us!

“How to Make a Tee Shirt Quilt” Presentation at Kokomo Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 21, 2013

I will be in Kokomo, Indiana, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Kokomo Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Tuesday evening I will do a presentation “How to Make a Tee Shirt Quilt,” with a Wednesday  workshop to make tee shirt quilts.

The Guild meeting, 7PM,  is at Chrysler Union Hall, 929 E. Hoffer Street in Kokomo.


Online Slide Show of Grace Errea Quilts

October 16, 2013

A Smilebox slide show of Grace Errea’s beautiful quilts presented by The Quilt Show is here:

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 Grace Errea’s quilts are beautiful!

Slideshow of “Maps” Exhibit at IQF Longbeach, California, August 2013

September 18, 2013
 “Maps” was on exhibit at the International Quilt Festival of Long Beach 2013 Show in August. The  pieces are of maps and our lives intersecting.  The exhibit was sponsored and coordinated by Quilts on the Wall. This Smilebox slide show is presented by The Quilt Show.

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Online Slide Show of Mickey Lawler’s Quilts

September 3, 2013

Mickey Lawler has been painting on fabric using Setacolor paints for many years.  Her beautiful fabric is for sale at large shows.  You can see some of her quilts on this Smilebox slideshow presented by The Quilt Show.

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Quilters Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee: Ruth B. McDowell

Quilters Hall of Fame Honors Ruth B. McDowell as 2014 Inductee

 Ruth B. McDowell is  named the Quilters Hall of Fame’s inductee for 2014.  The Marion, Indiana,  induction will take place July 17 – 19, 2014.

Here is a small sampling of her  work in a Smilebox slideshow presented by The Quilt Show.

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Quilt Alliance Online Auction 2013 begins November 11th

July 31, 2013

Here is info about the online auction for The Quilt Alliance’s twenty contest winners.  Ninety quilts were entered into the contest. Their 2013 theme was “TWENTY.”

All of the entries will be auctioned on Ebay to support the Quilt Alliance.
To see all ninety quilts, click here.

“Passing Through” by Lashonne Abel

“Smoky Mountain Surprise III 20 Poppies” by Doreen Prakshot

Auction #1: Monday, Nov. 11 – Monday, Nov. 18 2013
Auction #2: Monday, Nov. 18 – Monday, Nov. 25 2013
Auction #3: Monday, Nov. 25 – Monday, Dec. 2 2013
Auction #4: Monday, Dec. 2 – Monday, Dec. 9 2013
Click to play this Smilebox slideshowThis Smilebox presentation of the twenty winners is from The Quilt Show.

SAQA’s Annual Online Auction Preview

July 5, 2013

The annual online  SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction will take place beginning Monday, September 9, 2013, at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time.  You can go to: now to see the works.  Many SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) members make small pieces to donate for the fundraiser.  Below are photos of just a few to  show you how wonderful the art is.  I’ll post again closer to the auction starting date.

Soaring - Joanna Monroe

“Soaring” by Joanna Monroe

Striations 4 - Linda A. Miller

“Striations 4” by Linda A. Miller

Spring Has Come! - Noriko Endo

“Spring has Come” by Noriko Endo

Rags and Riches - Linda Stokes

“Rags and Riches” by Linda Stokes

Tequila Sunrise - Elena Stokes

“Tequila Sunrise” by Elena Stokes

Online Slide Show of Judith Baker Montano’s Quilts

June 7, 2013

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You can see a slide show of Judith Baker Montano’s quilts in this Smilebox presentation by The Quilt Show.

“Civil War Women & Their Quilts” Presentation Saturday, June 8, 2013, 2PM, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

June 1, 2013

I will be doing a presentation about women and their quilts during the Civil War  next Saturday afternoon at 2PM at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis.  The lecture is a power point presentation with a few quilts to show from that era and is a part of the Abraham Lincoln Lecture Series.


“Imagine” on “Quilt Journal” Cover

May 11, 2013

“Imagine”  was selected for the cover of “Quilt  Journal,” a new book just published by  Chalet Publishing, who also publishes the Quilter’s Travel Companion ” every two years.

“This is more than just a lined journal.  Each quilt has 3 dedicated pages with room to fill out the quilt pattern, techniques used, important dates for the quilt, etc.  Also room for fabric swatches and photos of the quilt if you like.  There’s room for 26 new quilts in each journal. And at the end of the journal there is a bonus section to record information for up to 8 family/antique quilts also.

Measures 7.5″ by 10″ and is spiral bound.” according to Chalet.

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“Imagine” by Caryl Schuetz

The book is available at your quilt shop and also their website:

“Civil War Women and their Quilts” Presentation, Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis North, April 5, 2013, Prime Life, Carmel, Indiana


IMG_0747I will be presenting a program to the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis North on Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Prime Life Center in Carmel, Indiana, at 1PM. It will consist of a power point presentation of women’s lives and the quilts they made during the Civil War.  There will be a trunk show of a few quilts that were made during the Civil War period.

Online Slide Show of Marsha Mc Closkey’s Quilts

March 21, 2013

A  Smilebox slide show of quilts by Marsha Mc Closkey from The Quilt Show.

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My “Imagine” was completed was shipped  to the International Quilt Festival, where it was part of the “In Full Bloom” exhibit that  traveled for almost a year. It was shown at the Houston, Cincinnati, and Long Beach Shows.

Meredith Schroeder Inducted into 2013 Quilters Hall of Fame

 January 28, 2013
The American Quilter’s Society’s  Meredith Schroeder is the 2013 Inductee to The Quilters Hall of Fame.  This award is presented every year by The Quilters Hall of Fame to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of quilting.Read what the Quilters Hall of Fame had to say about Meredith.


Slide Presentation of Nancy Brown’s Quilts

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Nancy Brown Quilts

The Quilt Show presented this slide show by Smilebox of Nancy Brown’s wonderful quilts.

Mary Buvia’s Quilts Exhibited at American Quilter’s Society August 2012 Grand Rapids, Michigan, Show

December 28, 2012

In August 2012, Mary Buvia of Greenwood, Indiana, exhibited a collection of many of her beautiful quilts at the American Quilter’s Society Grand Rapids, Michigan, Show. Many of these quilts have won multiple awards at previous AQS and other quilt shows.  Below you can see a Smile Box slide presentation by The Quilt Show of her quilts.

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Quilt Alliance’s eBay Auction of “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” ends Monday, December 10, 2012

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays!

The fourth and final week of our eBay auction of the “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest quilts will end on Monday, December 10 at 9 pm Eastern. Eight quilts have bids of $100 or more and the top bid for Jamie Fingal’s “Home Is Where Your Story Begins” (pictured below) is more than $1,600! The remaining quilts are currently available for $50-$100. Don’t miss out on this last chance to bid on a unique, handmade wall quilt and bring it home for someone special (like you!). You’ll be taking care of holiday shopping and supporting the work of the Quilt Alliance, all in one fell swipe.

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Home Is Where Your Story Begins by Jamie Fingal.

Here are some of the quilts still in the $50-$100 range

Bali on My Mind by Merikay Waldvogel.
Home quilts: Alice Helms
Home Tweet Home by Alice Helms.
Bricks Mortar Fabric Thread by Amy Munson. .”
Dream Studio by Peggy Schroder.
Coffee House by Eleanor Levie.
Yippee I’m Free! by Yvonne Porcella.

Presentation of “Civil War Women & Their Quilts” November 15, 2012 in Shipshewana, Indiana




November 14, 2012

This basket quilt is from the 1860’s.

I will be presenting “Civil War Women & Their Quilts” at the Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana tomorrow evening, November 15th.   I have an appraisal day at the Farmstead Inn on Friday (the 16th).

“Quilt Detectives” Presentation October 16, 2012, at Heritage Quilt Guild, Crown Point, Indiana

October 14, 2012

I’ll be at the Heritage Quilt Guild in Crown Point, Indiana, Tuesday (October 16th) for  the presentation “Quilt Detectives.”   Members will bring in their antique and vintage quilts, and we will examine them for clues  to determine  when they were made, style, pattern etcetera.  This program is a lot of fun!

One of the quilts I will take along. The pattern is underground railroad a.k.a. Jacob’s ladder.

Slide Presentation of More Quilts From Paducah’s AQS Show 2012

May 21, 2012

The Quilt Show has a Smilebox slide show of more quilts from the American Quilter’s Society’s April 2012 quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

The Quilt Show’s Smilebox presentation.

Entries Submitted for International Quilt Festival 2012

April 18, 2012

I just uploaded my entry into the International Quilt Festival’s special exhibit, “Tactile Architecture”  at Houston this Fall and then to travel for one year after that show.

“Summer in the City” by Caryl Schuetz

30″ x 28″


I submitted my entry online to their special exhibit “In Full Bloom” yesterday.  This exhibit also travels for one year.

“Lovely Lily” by Caryl Schuetz

32″ x 37″


Cathy Franks, professional long arm quilter, quilted this quilt for me.  I quilted “Summer in the City.”

Now I have to wait to see if they will be juried in for the show.  We are told that we will be informed by June 1st. A long wait!

Bee Retreat

April 13, 2012

I went on a quilt retreat a few weeks ago.  What fun!  There were eight of us working on our own quilts in a large room with design wall, irons set up and cutting tables outside that room.

Using my hand dyed cottons,  I actually made a top from a pattern.  I haven’t made a quilt top from a pattern in probably almost twenty years.  Using the pattern was a challenge for me, since it had been so long.  Here is the top, which I completed the first evening:

It’s from the pattern “Sunshine Maze” of Christine Porter Quilts, which I had purchased from Shiisa Quilts Shop in Bloomington, Indiana, awhile back.

Slide Show of Japan & Texas Collaborate on “Quilts that Helped us Heal: the Briscoe Center’s Reflection on 9/11 Quilt Collection”

April 6, 2012

This is a Smilebox slide presentation by The Quilt Show of Japan and Texas collaboration on “Quilts that Helped us Heal: The Briscoe Center’s Reflection of 9/11 Quilt Collection”

Forty-one wall quilts were created collaboratively by quiltmakers in Japan and in central Texas as expressions of condolence following the 9/11 tragedy.

Here is a selection of those quilts from the exhibit, Quilts That Helped Us Heal, that appeared last fall at the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Slide Show Presentation of Linda Thielfoldt’s Work

Linda Thielfoldt was the guest on The Quilt Show last week, and they have a Smilebox presentation of some of her quilts and garments.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Bedturning of Jean & Bill Lyle’s Quilts

February 22, 2012

If you like bedturnings, here is one with Jean and Bill Lyle’s beautiful antique quilts that is sponsored by The American Quilter’s Society at:  and here:

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, January 2012, Tokyo, Japan

This is the largest quilt show in the world.  It’s an annual January event held in Tokyo, Japan.
There are more than two hundred sixty-nine photos at this flickr site:
of quilts, overall and details from the exhibit, where you can click on any thumbnail to see the larger photo.
The flickr site  is B*mused.

New: Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange

January 21, 2012

A new quilt museum has opened in LaGrange, Texas: Texas Quilt Museum.

Their web site is:

The Museum states: It is housed in two historic 1890s buildings, which provide a fine showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art .   You’ll find a wide range of quilt art on exhibit year-round at the Museum, from fine antique quilts in traditional patterns to contemporary works.

The opening exhibition is “Texas Quilts Today: Selections from the Book Lone Stars III,” a three-part showcase of the best in modern quilt making from the last quarter century by artists living in the Lone Star State. A wide variety of techniques, styles, and subject matter will be seen in three separate segments of the exhibit that will run through summer 2012.

At present, sixty-two quilts from the book, Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2012, written by Museum Co-Founders and Co-Directors Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, and published by the University of Texas Press, are on view through mid-January 2012. The book, which serves as the catalogue for the exhibition, includes a total of 200 quilts. The second part of the exhibit will open in February 2012, and the third and final part in June 2012.

Online Slide Show of Tactile Architecture Exhibit at International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2011

January 14, 2012

Here is a slide presentation of the Tactile Architecture juried exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2011:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

The Quilt Show presents the slide show as a Smilebox presentation.

Bonnie McCaffery’s VidCast Interview with Maraya Waters

Bonnie McCaffery’s  VidCast  this month is a  twelve minute  interview with award winning Maraya Waters of Australia, who explains how she does her fabulous applique in her quilts. She uses a Floriana sewing and quilting product.  It’s worth your time to see it.  Now I have to try her applique technique.

International Quilt Festival Houston 2011 Slide Show of Art – Miniature Quilts Exhibit & Art Whimsical Quilts

December 18, 2011

More from Houston!

Here is a Smilebox presentation slide show of the art – miniature category in “A World of Beauty” exhibit at the International Quilt Festival’s Houston Show in November 2011. Beautiful!    The second presentation is the art whimsical category.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
                                     by The Quilt Show


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 by The Quilt Show

Slideshow of Nancy Prince’s Quilts

November 22, 2011

Here are quilts from Nancy Prince, as they were exhibited the the Pacific International Quilt Festival XX in a Special Exhibition this year. Nancy is a thread painting artist and uses no embroidery cards in these works.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 A Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show

The Alliance for American Quilts “2011: Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion” Quilt Auction on Ebay Now through December 12, 2011

November 15, 2011

Yesterday, November 14. 2011 and running through December 12, 2011, the 16″ by 16″ entries in The Alliance for American Quilts “2011: Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion” contest are be auctioned off on Ebay.

All proceeds support the AAQ and its projects.  The bidding for each quilt will start at $50 and each auction will run for 7-days.

Here are photos of some of the over 100 entries they received.  To view the rest of the quilts, and to listen to the stories recorded by their makers, click here.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshowThis Smilebox presentation is from The Quilt Show.

Here are two of the quilts that will be auctioned:


“Does it Look Like a Garden to You? by Pamela Allen

Photo is The Alliance’s.


 “Dancing Elephants” by Pat Holly

Photo is the Alliance’s.

“Quilt Code” Removed from Nashville, Tennessee, Project

Ever since the book, Hidden in Plain View was published about eleven years ago, there has been much discussion about a “quilt code.”  The story was debunked; the code is myth, but unfortunately, many schools teach it as fact in the US.

The City Paper in Nashville, Tennessee, has this article dated September 29, 2011,  “Metro ‘quilt’ art draws national scrutiny for historical inaccuracy ‘ at:

That article refers to this one published January 23, 2007, in the  New York Times   “In Douglass Tribute, Slave Folklore and Fact Collide.”

In both instances the two cities had planned to use taxpayer money to construct artwork featuring the quilt code, but quilt historians informed the powers that be that the code is a myth and not fact; it’s a great story.    New York went ahead and completed their project,  but without the quilt code as part of it.

Now Nashville finds itself in a similar situation; the art would continue to have a quilt theme, but will no longer commemorate the Underground Railroad.

It’s apparent that as long as schools continue to teach the quilt code as part of US history, unknowingly, these kinds of activities will continue to occur.   Will the historians “fix’ them all before tax money is used to promote fiction?

“Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, & Politics” Online Image Resources for all Episodes

You can go to:

to get the resources to every episode of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, & Politics.”

I had earlier posted the following  about the series (except for my local PBS station, which I just added.):

The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., has created “a nine-part documentary series titled Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. The series takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about their unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, ranging from women’s studies to the contemporary art market.”  as stated on their site:

You’ll need to check your PBS schedule for Fall 2011 to find out when this series will be available in your area. Unfortunately, where I am located, our PBS station has not scheduled this series, nor do they plan to do so.  Very disappointing!

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 4 - What is Art?

See Sarah Vedeler’s Quilts Online

Sarah Vedeler’s quilts are in a Smilebox presentation by The Quilt Show here:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

SAQA Annual Online Benefit Art Quilt Auction: September 12 – October 2, 2011

SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Association is holding its annual online benefit auction of art quilts that are made by fiber artists, who have donated their work to the auction, which begins on September 12 at 2PM and goes through October 2, 2011, until 2PM.   The quilts are 12″ squares in size unless otherwise labeled.

Here are just a few of the pieces:

Endo - Shimmering Reflections #1

Noriko Endo

Shimmering Reflections #1
(11 x 11 inches)

Williamson -  Moongate Garden

Barbara Williamson

Moongate Garden
(11.5 x 11.5 inches)

Busby - Armadillo

Betty Busby


Driscoll - Pray for Japan

Jane Driscoll

Pray for Japan

Turbitt - Girasole

Nancy Turbit

(11.5 x 11.5 inches)

Shie - Love Pie

Susan Shie

Love Pie
(12.5 x 12.5 inches)

Photos are SAQA’s.

To see them and to participate:

New PBS Series: “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Fall 2011 Season

The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., has created “a nine-part documentary series titled Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. The series takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about their unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, ranging from women’s studies to the contemporary art market.”  as stated on their site:

You’ll need to check your PBS schedule for Fall 2011 to find out when this series will be available in your area.

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 4 - What is Art?

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

A six quilt slide show as part of the online article:

For more info:

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:

“Frugal & Fancy: Indiana Quilts” Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, Exhibit Online

“Frugal & Fancy: Indiana Quilts” is still on exhibit at the Indiana State Museum through July 17, 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

They have a thirty-seven page online brochure of the exhibit; they now have the quilts at:

“Indiania Fan Quilt” by Clarissa Strong

Photo is the Museum’s.


For information about the exhibit:

Slide Presentation from Machine Quilters’ Showcase, May 11 – 14, 2011, Overland Park, Kansas

The Quilt Show has a wonderful Smilebox presentation of some of the quilts from the Machine Quilters’ Showcase in Overland Park, Kansas.   The show was May 11 – 14, 2011.    As you will see in the detail slides – the workmanship is fantastic!

I was fortunate to have been the appraiser at the show.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Part 2 of Slides from “In Full Bloom” Exhibit 2010 of International Quilt Festival

This Smilebox slide show is presented by The Quilt Show.  It is part 2 of slides shown from  Houston’s International Quilt Festival of 2010’s “In Full Bloom” exhibit.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Part 1 of the slides was posted on the blog  December 18, 2010.

Two New Quilts Completed

I got the new lap quilts completed and given to two of my grandaughters for Christmas.   The theme is dinosaurs; they are big into dinos right now.


Arranging a Group Tour of Behind the Scenes at International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska

Did you know?  You and a group can take a behind the scenes  tour of  the  International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, which offers a variety of tour options for visitors.

I have done this, and it is  fascinating and worth your time.

For information on how to make these arrangements, see:

Beauty of Hilo Bay, Circa 1930-1950, Hawaii, 2005.015.0001
Beauty of Hilo Bay, Circa 1930-1950, Hawaii

Photo is the Museum’s.

Online Slide Show of “In Full Bloom” Exhibit at Houston’s International Quilt Festival, November 2010

Wow! My quilt is the third one shown in this Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show of the “In Full Bloom” Exhibit at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November!  What a nice surprise.

All the quilts shown are terrific.  Watch and see……

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

My quilt is “Imagine”.

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“Imagine” by Caryl Schuetz

Slide Presentation of Best of Show Winner, Sharon Shamber’s “Mystique,” International Quilt Festival, Houston, November 2010

Here are a few slides from The Quilt Show on Smilebox of Sharon Shamber’s Best of Show quilt, “Mystique” from the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, just a few weeks ago.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Pacific International Quilt Festival XIX October 2010


The Pacific International Quilt Festival XIX was held in October 2010. Sherry Reynolds took photos there and was a winner as well. The Quilt Show made a SmileBox presentation which can be seen here as well as on their site at:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Online Slides of Alliance for American Quilts – “New Quilts from an Old Favorite” & Online Auction Begins October 25, 2010

The winners of the Alliance for American QuiltsNew Quilts from an Old Favorite have been announced and The Quilt Show has the winners.  These quilts are only 16″ square and the theme of the contest was “New from Old.”

The fourteen award winners’ quilts are shown on this Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show:

The quilts will be  auctioned off  on Ebay.  To learn more about the quilts’ tour, visit the AAQ site at:

Auction dates are:

Auction #1: Monday, Oct. 25 – Monday, Nov. 1 2010
Auction #2: Monday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 15 2010
Auction #3: Monday, Nov. 15 – Monday, Nov. 22 2010
Auction #4: Monday, Nov. 29 – Monday, Dec. 6 2010

Thirty-nine more slides  in a second Smilebox slide show presentation from The Quilt Show are  here:

30. “Redotwo Ten” byYvonne Porcella*                                                          Photo is the AAQ’s.

The 117 quilts can be seen at:

World War II Quilts Found!

Sue Riech’s World War II quilts have been located  and are being returned to her.  Our quilters posted everywhere they could think of to get the word out.   And we are all so relieved that the quilts will be back with the collection.

World War II Quilts from Sue Reich’s Collection Stolen!

This is the message from Sue Reich, author of World War II Quilts, about her four stolen quilts that are a part of her WWII quilts collection plus another quilt.

The World War II Quilts were at the Asheville quilt show the first weekend of August.  I am pained to report 4 of them have been stolen.  The empty trunk was delivered to FedEx in New Jersey and there it sits.   Despite all of the precautions I take at sending quilts, they were not properly returned in a secure manner.  Three of the four trunks fortunately returned safely but none were taped and garbage bag ties were used instead of the locking plastic ties.
The trunks did have tracking numbers and were sent second day delivery but it still took me nearly one week to finally determine the status of the missing trunk.  The quilts disappeared somewhere between Charlotte and New Jersey.

Here is a list of the missing quilts.
1. Navy Insignia quilt in the Winter blue.  It’s condition was excellent.
Pg. 122 of World War II Quilts.
2. The wholecloth Canadian Red Cross Quilt.  Slightly faded.  Pg. 145 of World War II Quilts.
3. The Night Shift Workers Quilt.  It’s condition was excellent.   Pg. 15 of World War II Quilts.
4. The Hazleton Fund Raising summer quilt.  (This is the quilt I recently wrote about from the Vermont Quilt Festival.)  It’s condition was excellent.   Pg. 135 of World War II Quilts.
Lastly was the sweet Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, I use as a table cover.

These quilts are very distinctive and recognizable.  Hopefully, the thief will not be very smart and will get them to the open market and soon.
Please know that I will appreciate any and all help in getting the quilts returned.    My address and telephone number were on the sleeves of each quilt but they are easily removed.

We now know that they were stolen in the Fed Ex facility in Keasbey, New Jersey, on August 11th, so they may still be in that area or elsewhere in the Northeast.

Please be alert and on the lookout for these quilts.

There are photos of some of the WWII  quilts that were stolen at this site near the bottom of the page:

Slide Show Online of Antique Quilts Exhibit at Long Beach, California’s, International Quilt Festival

The antique quilts “America Collects Quilts” exhibit at the July 2010 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, was wonderful!  I saw it at their show in Chicago a few months ago.

The Quilt Show has put together a slide show of 34 quilts with Smile Box at:

or below:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

2010’s “Quilting in America” Survey Results

The “Quilting in America” survey results for 2010 are out.  They are sponsored by International Quilt Festival and Quilters Newsletter.

Some info is: quilting is a $3.6 billion industry annually and that  there are 21.3 million quilt makers in the U.S. with 14% of  American households having at least one active quilt maker.

So that is  good news and bad news, because the average age of quilters today is 62.   We need to get younger people involved.

Here for more info:

AQSG’s Online Auction Now through September 20, 2010

Join the fun and bid in American Quilt Study Groupd’s Pre-Seminar OnlineAuction, August 1st through September 20th!

You can  purchase a wonderful quilt history item and support the American Quilt Study Group at the same time! You don’t need to be a AQSG member or planning on attending the 2010 Seminar to bid—just go online to: and bid now!

Thanks to generous donors, they have 18 items for you to choose from including books, fabric, and quilts from early 1800s to mid-1900s. Items not reaching their Buy-It-Now price in the online auction will continue into the Live Auction at the Seminar in October. All funds will directly support AQSG.

Amish Quilt

Amish Quilt donated by Stella Rubin

Photo is AQSG’s.

Newly Restored 1786 Martha Howard Quilt at Canton Historical Society of Canton, Massachusetts

The Canton Historical Society of Canton, Massachusetts, has had the Martha Howard Quilt dated 1786 fully restored.

Martha Howard’s quilt will be on display at the Canton library on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 10 AM to 4PM.

For more information about the 18th Century whole cloth quilt, see:


More Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Activities During AQS Show in March

With all the quilt happenings in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  you might want to visit Paradise Village Antiques on Route 30 East, just about three  miles  from the Spring Quilt Blossom Festival.

Many of the antique dealers there usually have antique quilt and textiles.  The management encourages the in-house dealers to fill their display spaces with items quilters would enjoy during the quilt festivities in the town.

Slide Show of Quilts From 2010’s Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, Largest Quilt Show in the World

  Weekend Fun

Tokyo Quilt Show




 The largest quilt show in the world, Tokyo's International Great Quilt Show, is held annually in Japan.  This year more than 220,000 people attended the show, which was last month.
Click here to see a Smilebox slideshow of quilts from the 2010 show, which is on The Quilt Show's Daily Blog. 

 Jennifer at shared her photos of the competition with The Quilt Show.


Online Videos of AQS Des Moines Show 2009 Winners

There are two videos, one  of the best of show winner and a video of other winners and their quilts from the 2009 Des Moines AQS Show.  The quilts are beautiful!

You can see the videos at:

Online Photos of 2010 Road to California Show

You are in for a treat!   Photos of the  2010 Road to California Show winners are online now at:

The Three Sisters, with their quilt Seasonal Sisters  won Best of Show at the Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase.   Annette Hendricks,  Gail Thomas, and Helen Godden are the sisters.

Part Deux of Road to California Slide Show of Quilts

Here is Part Deux of  a slide show of quilt photos from the 2010 Road to California Show, which is from The Quilt Show.

There is an earlier blog entry for the Part One.

Online Slide Show of Road to California Quilts 2010

To see a slide show of quilts from the 2010 Road to California Show, check out:

The site is The Quilt Show, which has a SmileBox slide show.

Smithsonian Native American Quilts Online

This site at the Smithsonian has an article about native American quilts.

Go to this site to see a few photos of some of the quilts:

Red Bottom Tipi quilt

Patriotic Quilt Exhibit Can be Seen Online – You Can Make One to Help Our Troops

This exhibit of   22″  square quilts has been to Iraq for our troops to see and it travels to quilt shows.  Money from the books and auction of the quilts will benefit US wounded warriors.  Currently 220 of the quilts are touring.

You can make one of these quilts.  They tour for eighteen months and then are auctioned.  All moneys go to our wounded service men and women.

See the quilts:

You can go to this site for the 2010 Patriotic Quilt Entry Form, if you want to be a part of this:

Kathryn Brooks, Norman, Ok

Check comment 1, which has current info about the 2010 quilts.

Week Two of Itty Bitty Auction For American Quilt Study Group

The AQSG’s  (American Quilt  Study Group) Itty Bitty Auction of 22  small quilts is in two parts. Week one completed and now week two has begun.

For part two, which started today,   December  7 – Sunday, the 13th, go to:

then to  place a bid go to


Constructed by Xenia Cord and hand quilted by Linda Pumphrey.

“Going for the Gold”

Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Permanent Collection of Local Amish Quilts

The Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has a permanent exhibit of local Amish  quilts dated between the 1870’s and 1940’s.   This collection was the former Esprit Collection.

During the AQS Show in Lancaster in March, there will be a special quilt exhibit at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum.

Tips on Buying an Antique Quilt & Caring for an Antique Quilt – From the International Quilt Festival

These two videos are from the International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2009.  They are about buying and anitique quilt and caring for an antique quilt.  The presenters are: Mary Koval and Jane Lury.

Alliance for American Quilts Online Auction Begins Monday! October 26, 2009

I am repeating this today as the auction begins tomorrow.  I acquired a Therese May small quilt at the auction a couple of years ago…I am so happy to have it!

Crazy for Quilts

The Alliance for American Quilts is having an online auction, whose proceeds will be used to support the AAQ and its projects.

All 85 Crazy for Quilts contest quilts will be auctioned via eBay

Here are the dates:

Week One: Monday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 1

Week Two: Monday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 8

Week Three: Monday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 15

The bidding for each quilt will start at $50 and each auction week ends at 9:00 pm Eastern.

73. “One Crazy Hot Mama”
Pamela Allen

14. “Folly Flash”
Yvonne Porcella

For week 1 (October 26th) go to:

to see the quilts that are selected for the week’s auction.

Alliance for American Quilts Online Auction Begins October 26, 2009

Crazy for Quilts

The Alliance for American Quilts is having an online auction, whose proceeds will be used to support the AAQ and its projects.

All 85 Crazy for Quilts contest quilts will be auctioned via eBay

Here are the dates:

Week One: Monday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 1

Week Two: Monday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 8

Week Three: Monday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 15

The bidding for each quilt will start at $50 and each auction week ends at 9:00 pm Eastern.

73. “One Crazy Hot Mama”
Pamela Allen

14. “Folly Flash”
Yvonne Porcella

Purdue Extension Sewing Expo October 10, 2009, Noblesville, Indiana

DSC01009I’ll be doing a presentation about dating quilts at the Purdue University Extension Sewing Expo in Noblesville, Indiana, on Saturday, October 10th, at  the Hamilton County Exhibition Center in the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street.

For more info call 317-776-0854 or go to:

There will be  vendors and other presentations  too, by:

Terri Gunn of Quilt Quarters

Teri Daugherty of The Back Door Quilts

Ruthann Fennell of Fennell Artworks

Capi Saxton of Always in Stitches and several others.

Slide Show of Caryl Bryer Fallert’s Quilts

This Smilebox  slide presentation of Caryl Bryer Fallert’s quilts is from The Quilt Show.  Caryl’s quilts are breathtaking!

For more from The Quilt Show, which is online, not televised, go to:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Caryl Bryer Fallert

Iraqi Bundles of Love

This came in my email yesterday from Karey Bresenhan of the International Quilt Festival.  What a great idea!  Just have to pass it on to you:

Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 11:59 AM
Subject: Iraqi Bundles of Love

Dear friends,

Quilters have the biggest hearts in the world. American quilters now have a unheard-of opportunity to do a good deed that will help our country’s image, aid our troops stationed in Iraq, and help Iraqi women who are bearing the brunt of so much destruction in their country. This is not a political project—it is a project started by one quilter’s husband who is now stationed in Iraq. I have looked into it personally and think it is a marvelous effort to make a difference—I feel certain that many quilters will want to help this happen!

The project is: IBOL—IRAQI BUNDLES OF LOVE. And in good old Army parlance, we’re starting The Festival Brigade to help this project succeed. Major Art LaFlamme (his wife is Kristin, who has a quilt in this fall’s Houston show) is the originator of the project. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it will do so much good. Here are the bare bones. For more details, including how to package your Bundle of Love, go to Major LaFlamme’s website for the project:

First, go to your stash and see what you can spare—fabrics, scissors, thread, thimbles, notions like needles and pins, etc. No books—too heavy. If you’re also a knitter, yarn and needles would be great to include. Lots of us have duplicates, even triplicates, and what a great way to lighten your stash, gain storage space, and do good, all at the same time!

Then go to the post office and get one of their large, flat-rate FFO/APO boxes, which are fairly sizable (one quilter sent 9 pounds in one box). At just $11.95 to mail, it’s a great tool to use in this project. Package your donations according to Major LaFlamme’s directions (this is very important as it will reduce the help needed to unpack and distribute these supplies) and mail it to him in Iraq at his special project address (the post office will ask you to fill out a customs form, too).

Once your box arrives in Iraq, Major LaFlamme and his great group of volunteers from the US armed services will open the box, lift out the package, and easily deliver it to its distribution point, where it will go either to an individual Iraqi woman or to a shop that is making scarce, badly needed supplies and has almost nothing to work with. (You see why it is VERY IMPORTANT to follow his packaging directions?)

Here, in his own words, is Major LaFlamme’s description of how the IBOLs will be distributed: “Some would be delivered by US forces, to local individuals and to local groups and small businesses who have had micro grants or loans from either the US or the Iraqi government. I see this as reinforcing good with more good. Some would also go out with US forces, to places like rural villages, camps for displaced persons, orphanages (which often means single moms who are without tribal men to provide for them), and the like. And some would go to our partners in the Iraqi security forces or police.

They would work with their subordinate units and local tribal leaders to then get the stuff out to those who can use it. This is important, as it does things that range from letting them engage the locals in ways other than questioning or arrests, to showing the locals that the Iraqi government, by proxy, understands and is working to meet their needs. It’s not the same as electricity 24 hours a day, but it shows that the government understands and is trying.”

All you have to do is get a flat-rate APO box from the post office, fill it with extras from your stash, package it according to his directions, and mail it for $11.95. I think it would be a lovely gesture to include a photo, your first name, and your state, so that the lucky recipient knows this came from a real person in a real state in a real country with a really big heart. You could send a letter, too, but remember that English is not widely known. But anyone can understand a photo, a name, and a state.

Timing is essential. Major LaFlamme wants these gifts from the heart to be delivered during Ramadan, and that means we have to move fast to get them overseas in time for him to deliver them. He needs to receive them no later than September 17; allowing about 10 days transit time, that means boxes need to be postmarked by September 7. So don’t put this off till later…DO IT NOW! Join with the rest of the quilters in The Festival Brigade and let’s make this project happen!

The address for this is below. You won’t find it on the Bundles of Love website, but I’m sharing it with you here in this e-mail. Major La Flamme is keeping it off of the web, since this project is set to come to an end with Ramadan in mid to late September. Feel free to share it with others, but please help us respect his request—both for safeguarding this address, and for getting these bundles into the mail by September 7.

211th RSG
IBOL – Population Donation
APO, AE 09393

Again, in the Major’s own words, here’s why he thinks this is important: “I want this insurgency to end. I want peace in this land. I want the Iraqi government and police and security guys to be able to meet the needs of the people here, from water to power to security and law and order. And as a long time student of both Iraq and counterinsurgency, I understand that these kinds of changes are themselves big. I see IBOL as a tool, no different than a hammer. You may not be able to build a boat with just a hammer, but used right, it can sure make a difference.”

I know how much receiving a Bundle of Love would mean to me if I were living in the conditions the Iraqi women endure, and I urge you to take action IMMEDIATELY to participate in this fine project. What an impact this can make.
* The extra stash was paid for long ago.
* The postage will run $11.95 if you use the APO flat-rate box.
* The box is free.
* The goodwill is priceless.

Karey Bresenhan
Director, International Quilt Festival—Houston, Chicago, Long Beach

The Joyce Gross Quilt Collection Photos Can be Seen on Online at The Quilt Show

The Joyce Gross quilt collection’s exhibit, “The World According to Joyce Gross,” is showing  at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, California, until October 25, 2009. The Museum:

You can go to this quilt photo or press on smilebox below it to view this and other quilts from the collection  online.  This is through The Quilt Show, which is the online show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

Click on the Picture to go to the Smilebox

or here:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Joyce Gross Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox

The Tristan Bed Cover to be on Exhibit at the V&A Museum, UK, Opening November 2009

It is now confirmed that the  14th Century ‘Tristan’ bed
cover will be on display at the same time as the quilt exhibition in
2010. It will be in the V&A’s Mediaeval Renaissance Galleries when
they open in late November 2009.

The details from the V&A catalogue are here

Bed cover;  The Tristan quilt;  Unknown;  ca. 1360-1400

Canberra Quilters of Australia Have Award Winners With Photos on Website

Challenge Quilt (Open) - First Place

Helen Godden – Cat Napping

I’ve always thought that my cats have these kinds of dreams.

The 2009 Canberra Quilters, Inc. in Australia have a great site showing award winners of their 2009 show.

Winterthur Quilt Collection Photos Online

There are now online photos of  Winterthur’s  quilt collection . See them at:

Go to this site for information about the Collection, which consists of more than 300 quilts.

The Alliance For American Quilts: Online Auction Set For October

The Alliance For American Quilts is having a fundraiser in October that is an online auction, “Crazy For Quilts.”

All contest quilts will be auctioned via eBay.  All proceeds will support AAQ.  All auctions  end at 9:00 PM Eastern.

On eBay search keyword “Alliance for American Quilts.” Never used eBay? No problem! View a great tutorial on the eBay website.

You can go to this site to see the quilts:

I’ll update the blog closer to the date.

Here are two of the more than eighty quilts:

14. “Folly Flash”
Yvonne Porcella

66. “Crazy Cow Polarity”
Kathryn Wagar Wright

Antique Welsh Quilts Video

A video of an exhibition of antique Welsh quilts is being shown at: The video is from BBC.

A center  in the old Town Hall in Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales,  UK, is featuring a collection of some of the finest examples of these quilts that Jen Jones has been collecting since the seventies.

Slide Show of Cathy Franks’ Work

My friend, Cathy Franks, was the guest on The Quilt Show  with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims last week.  Lilo Bowman from the show produced a slide show of some of Cathy’s work.   Cathy is a long arm quilter who uses a Gammil.  I think her quilts will knock your socks off!     Cathy does my long arm quilting.

Close up of “On the Wings of a Dragonfly”

Created by John Anderson
Click to Play

Sisters Show, 2009, Photos on Blog

If you missed the recent annual Sisters Show in Sisters, Oregon, you can go to this blog for lots of photos of the displayed quilts:

You’ll need a little time, if you want to see all of them.
The photos are under the entry for July 13, 2009.

Quilt Photos On Flickr From NQA Show

The NQA annual show was held in June in Columbus, Ohio. Shown below is the Best of Show Wall Quilt from the National Quilt Association’s 2009 Exhibit in June.

Grape Harvest by Gina Perkes, Lynn Drennen, Marilyn J. Smith by truvy57 (Dorothy).

“Grape Harvest”

If you weren’t able to get to the NQA Show in June, there are
105 photos of the National Quilt Association’s show  at:                                                                                     

Here is a link to the Hanging River exhibit:

Vermont Quilt Festival 2009 Winners and Photos

Here is where you can see the photos of the winning quilts and list of winners from this year’s Vermont Quilt Festival.

“Honey, I’m Home” by Hope Johnson of Vermont

Quilters’ Hall of Fame Celebration in Marion, Indiana, July 16 – 19, 2009

The Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration of Marie Webster’s birthday is  in Marion,  Indiana, the weekend of July 18, 2009.  The honoree this year is Merikay Waldvogel.  There are various activities scheduled….classes and quilts.  I have not been able to locate a web site that gives the schedule of activities for this year’s event.

Activities include the Midwest  Fabric Study Group’s meeting in the Days Inn conference room.  The hotel is located at the intersection of  SR 18 and Interstate 69, 3 miles east of downtown Marion. Members Linda Pumphrey and Sharon Pinka will be previewing their presentations  for American Quilt Study Group’s San Jose 2010 meeting, and there will be show-and-tell.  This is open to the public.

Also, the Howard County Historical Society located at the Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore in Kokomo, invites everyone to see their  antique quilts exhibit.  The hours are Tue s. – Sat. 1-4.  They will have
special hours on Sunday, the 19th, for Quilters Hall of Fame  attendees, from 10:30am – 4pm.  Kokomo is south of Marion and 35 miles west on SR 35.

Fifty Quilts of Valor at Indiana State Museum

There is an article you can read at:

about fifty Quilts of Valor that were made by one thousand people who participated in the partnership project between the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis, Inc., and the Indiana State Museum.

The quilts were presented to soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan at Roudebush VA Medical Center on June 24th.

Way to go, Folks!  Thank you to our soldiers for all they do for us!

50 Quilts of Valor at ISM

ISM Photo by Kathi

Here’s an article online in “Quilters World”  about this:

Quilts Painted on Barns Through Southern Ohio, Too

I recently wrote about quilt blocks painted on barns along the quilt trail in North Carolina,  quilted gardens in Elkhart County, Indiana, and now I just learned that quilts painted on barns are also in southern Ohio.                      This is  the site to check for Ohio’s:

To learn more about Ohio’s barns and the quilt trail, check out:                             

Right now I am thinking about a trip to Athens to Quilt National, and then some time spent driving along the barn route, at least in Athens County; hopefully there’ll be time to see more.   What fun!

McCord Museum’s Quilts Can Be Seen Online

The McCord Museum is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Museum has photos of their Collection on their web site.  Their home page is:

Their main Collections page is:

But we are, of course, interested in quilts.  Those pages are at:

This photo is the McCord Museum’s.

You will see the symbol below when you check a quilt photo.  This tells you what you can do with the photos.

Creative Commons License
Go see the quilts.  They are lovely!  You can also learn about this pictured quilt.

BOM 2009 Medallion Quilt on The Quilt Show

The 2009 Block of the Month quilt on The Quilt Show, Ricky Tims’ and Alex Anderson’s online show, is designed by Sue Garman especially for TQS.  The monthly instructions and photos  are at:

The quilt is a medallion style quilt about 85″ X 85″ this year and is called “Stars for a New Day.”

It’s a beauty!  Not too late to start, and it’s free!

Traditional Quilt Slides From Pacific International Quilt Festival

The following site shows slides of traditional quilts from the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2008 that are on The Quilt Show.  Check ‘um out!

Slides from The Esprit Collection on The Quilt Show

You can see a slide presentation on The Quilt Show of Amish quilts from The Esprit Collection at:

Fiberart For a Cause: “Collage Mania” is May 5 – 7, 2009

Fiberart For A Cause is online fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
COLLAGE MANIA  is set for May 5 – 7, 2009.

The Preview begins April 29.  You are going to need all the time between then and May 5 to really LOOK at the art and make your SHOPPING list!

100% is donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.   Last year Collage Mania raised $13,000 for the American Cancer Society in two days. Virginia Spiegel, founder and organizer,
says that the goal for Collage Mania 2009 is $20,000.

For more info go to:

Believe by Karen Stiehl Osborn

Gold Donor Day: Tuesday, May 5
All collages are available for
a minimum $80 donation.
Regular Collage Mania: May 6 and May 7
All collages available for
a minimum $40 donation.

Maryland Historical Society Online Quilt Tour

The web site of the Maryland Historical Society has a tour online of early Maryland quilts, Baltimore Album quilts, and quilts after the album quilts.

See the tour at:

TV Story on Roswell, Georgia’s Guild Quilt Show

The Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild of Roswell, Georgia, is having their quilt show this weekend, “The Great American Cover Up.”

The show made the TV news there.  It will make you smile! You can see it at:

The reporter, Conn Jackson, who did the story seems delightful!

My Two Accepted to International Quilt Festival Fall 2009

My Two Accepted to International Quilt   Festival Fall 2009

My Rainbow Poppy was accepted into the International Quilt Festival’s “In Full Bloom”  exhibit; View From the Park was accepted into their “Tactile Architecture” exhibit.


Rainbow Poppy


View From the Park

Fiberart For a Cause – Fundraiser for American Cancer Society

Fiberart For A Cause

2009 Invitational Reverse Auction

of Fabulous Fiberart
Preview now open.
Gold Donor Day
Opens 10 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 24
Closes 9:59 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 25
Artwork offered for a premium donation.

Regular Reverse Auction
Opens 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 25
Closes 5 p.m. CST Thurday, March 26

For more information or to place a bid, go to:

One of the pieces for auction

Rayna Gillman

Whose Woods

Photos of 1800’s Quilts from Shenandoah Valley

Antebellum and Present-day Quilts of the Upper Shenandoah Valley

This 1995 exhibition marks the first organized display of antebellum quilts from the upper Shenandoah Valley.   Of the 47 quilts in the exhibition, 26 were made between 1840 and 1860.

Shown  is a selection of quilts from an exhibition held at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum during the spring of 1995.  Only quilts from the mid-eighteen hundreds are pictured on the web site.

At the web site, place your cursor on the photo to see the entire quilt.

Info from the gallery guide:

Photo is the Museum’s.

“Rainbow Poppy”

It’s almost done!  Rainbow Poppy is disperse dyed onto soft  satin.    I     manipulated a digital photo of a poppy and played with it on Adobe Photoshop Photo Elements 5.0.

I am very pleased with the way it is turning out.  I’m almost done with the machine quilting.


“View From the Park” is Done!

I have been working on “View From the Park” for some time now…..


Done!  Well, I still have to add the sleeve and quilt label.

Now I am quilting “Poppies”.

Photo to come.