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


“To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor,” National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, through November 11, 2015

The “To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor” exhibit offers an emotional testament to the wounds American military personnel bring back from the fields of conflict. The exhibit runs until November 10th and wraps up with an event on Veterans Day, November 11, with a ceremony to award the quilts to deserving veterans and service members.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. The Quilts of Valor Foundation was started in November 2003 by Catherine Roberts with the goal of making quilts that would both heal and comfort our war wounded. These quilts are called

Quilts of Valor (QOVs). Wounds that qualify are those that are both seen and
unseen. Chaplain John Kallerson suggested using the phrase “touched by war” as a way of identifying recipients.
“Veterans and active duty military personnel have performed a courageous service for this nation,” says National Quilt Museum CEO Frank Bennett. “The Quilts of Valor participants perform a meaningful and wonderful service for those ‘touched by war.’ We’re proud to host this exhibit and play a part in spreading the word about this exceptional program.”
More information about Quilts of Valor Foundation can be found at QOVF.org
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Tips, Tricks, and Techniques with Julie Cefalu: Binding Basics 1 and 2 Tutorials

 August 25, 2015

Join Julie Cefalu for her tips on binding a quilt.  She shows you tips and techniques for bindings in Part 1, and  how to make that perfect mitered corner on your binding and  how to join the ends of your binding using a 45-degree angled seam in Part 2.

Part 1:  http://thequiltshow.com/learn/classrooms/video/latest/julie-cefalu-tips-tricks-amp-techniques-binding-tips-1









Part 2: http://thequiltshow.com/learn/classrooms/video/latest/julie-cefalu-tips-tricks-amp-techniques-binding-tips-2










Go to Julie’s classroom for more tips, tricks, & techniques.

The videos are sponsored by The Quilt Show.

Sisters Quilt Show 2015 Teacher Quilts

August 21, 2015

Here are photos of the teacher’s quilts from the Sisters 2015 Show:  http://johnandrsn.jalbum.net/Sisters%20Teacher%20Tent%205/#

Sue Spargo “The Jester”

This is from “Albums by John Anderson” at  http://johnandrsn.jalbum.net where there are other quilt albums.

“Seasonal Palette,” J Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, through October 4, 2015

August 14, 2015

Seasonal Palette is at  J Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A & M University in  College Station, Texas,  through October 4, 2015

Barbara Confer – “Canopy”

Thirty-seven artists were selected to create art quilts celebrating the seasons. The resulting pieces, all sized at 78” tall and 32” wide, create a unique exhibit that moves us through the seasons using texture, light, color, and masterful design.

J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A & M:  http://uart.tamu.edu/visit-stark

Online Tutorials by Moda Bake Shop

July 30, 2015

Moda has some great tutorials for quilts at:  http://www.modabakeshop.com/             Go to the site and scroll down, where you will see photos of the quilts. Click on continue reading and the tutorial for that quilt photo will come up.

Some of the tutorials:

Layer Player Quilt: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/10/layer-player-quilt.html

It’s All Black & White: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2015/07/its-all-black-white-quilt.html#more-31166

Dancing in the Stars: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2015/07/dancing-in-the-stars-2.html#more-31111


Cover ArtPhoto is Moda Bake Shop’s

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!

“Art of Cloth” Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, Arizona, through February 7, 2016

July 12, 2015

Art of Cloth  is at  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in  Phoenix, Arizona, through  February 7, 2016

Claire Gimber – “Rhythms”

This exhibition features works from Arizona contemporary fiber artists.
If you are going through the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, I hope you have the time to go to  Terminal 3, Level 2, to see the exhibit!

Tutorials for Filler Quilting Designs by APQS

July 6, 2015

APQS has seven free motion filler quilting design tutorials with Angela Huffman.  These are long arm tutorials, but they are fine for use on mid arm and home sewing machines.   My favorites are flame meander, pebbles and marbles, daisy meander, swirls on a string, and meander with hearts and leaves.


“Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content” Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, July 2 – September 27, 2015

June 26, 2015

Intuitive Symmetry:  Works on Silk by Judith Content will be at  Texas Quilt Museum  in La Grange, Texas
July 2 – September 27, 2015

Judith Content – “Cascada”

Photo is the Museum’s.

Harmony and balance in the kimono structure and how it lends itself to symmetry inspires artist Judith Content.  She constructs her quilts intuitively, using a contemporary approach to the Japanese dye technique of arashi-shibori.


Texas Quilt Museum

Judith Content in her studio

Photo by James Dewrance.


Judith Content – “Tempest”
Photo by James Dewrance


Kimono Quilts and Kimonos features the works of a wide range of artists including Therese May, Yvonne Porcella, Sugar Rieck, Ans Schipper-Vermeiren, and Sarah Ann Smith. Another show, Antique Four-Poster Quilts, features antique bed quilts from the 1800s.  Their lack of corners allowed the quilt to easily fit around the bed’s posts.

To learn more about these fascinating exhibits, visit the Texas Quilt Museum website.

“Quilts 20/20: Traditional Roots, Contemporary Art” through August 30, 2015, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

 June 22, 2015

“Quilts 20/20: Traditional Roots,  Contemporary Art” is  at the Susquehanna Art
Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, through August 30, 2015.
This exhibit showcases twenty historic quilts drawn from the
Pilgrim/Roy collection and the LancasterHistory.org collection. Twenty quilts are
from these contemporary artists — Jan Myers-Newbury,
Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Nancy Crow, Michael James, Dominie Nash, Betty Busby,
Paula Kovarik, Kathy Loomis, Judy Kirpich, Eleanor McCain, Pat Pauly, Sue
Benner, Terrie Mangat, Elin Noble, Jane Sassaman, Barbara Watler, Dorothy
Caldwell, Fran Skiles, Ginny Smith, and Dinah Sargeant.

Susquehanna Art Museum’s site is http://www.sqart.org Quilts 20/20

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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Present and Past” Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, through October 4, 2015

June 13, 2015

At the Indiana State Museum, a special exhibit, 19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Present and Past, opened June 13, featuring a collection of contemporary and historic quilts and will run through October 4, 2015.

This Amish quilt, “Blazing Star,” was made in 1930 in Goshen, Ind., by Anna Chupp Miller for the wedding of her son Menno. Collected by David Pottinger. Image courtesy Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.Currently, many Indiana quilt artists have been inspired by the upcoming Indiana Bicentennial to create quilts with themes featuring 19 stars   because Indiana became the nineteenth state in 1816 and also because the inclusion of stars in patterns also was a favorite of quilters during the 1800s and 1900s.

The exhibit, incorporating the star theme, consists of 19 historic quilts from the Museum’s Collection and 19 contemporary quilts, most of which were created and made for the exhibit.  Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacker is the curator.

More info: www.indianamuseum.org



Even More Winning Quilts: Online Slide Show

June 5, 2015

Here is the Smilebox Part III slide show from The Quilt Show of even more winning quilts from Spring Market 2015:

Click to play this Smilebox photo album

More Winning Quilts from Spring Market 2015

Click to play this Smilebox photo album

June 3, 2015

A World of Beauty exhibit by International Quilt Association, Houston, Texas.  Smile box slide show is presented by The Quilt Show.

“Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia” at DAR Museum, Washington DC, through September 5, 2015

May 25, 2015

The DAR Museum in Washington DC’s current exhibit is Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia,”  which is on through September 5, 2015.  These quilts are masterpieces that date from 1790 to 1860.

For more info:   http://eyeonelegance.dar.org/   and http://eyeonelegance.dar.org/exhibition/introduction

Photo is the Museum’s.

“Quilt National 2015,” May 23-September 7, 2015, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio

May 22, 2015

Quilt National 2015, a 19th biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts, is open to the public from May 23-September 7, 2015. Visitors will see an eclectic collection of never before exhibited works from talented fiber artists representing thirty-three states and eight foreign countries.

Although parts of the collection will travel to museums and galleries throughout the country until late 2017, the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio is the only venue where visitors can view the complete collection.

For more information, visit the Dairy Barn Arts Center website .

Daren Pitts Redman of Nashville, Indiana, has Glorious Summer in the exhibit.

Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Online Tutorials

Where to see all the MQSC’s tutorials:  https://www.youtube.com/user/MissouriQuiltCo

Lea McComas’ Quilts in Online Show

May 16, 2015

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

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Care of Victorian Silk Quilts and Slumber Throws

May 9, 2015

The Smithsonian has info about the care of Victorian silk quilts  and slumber throws:    http://www.si.edu/encyclopedia_si/nmah/vicquilt.htm

   Photo is Smithsonian’s.

Crazy patchwork slumber throw. Initials JK. About 1885.

“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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AQS Paducah 2015 Show Winners

“The Mighty, Misty Monster:” Moby-Dick Embroidered Narratives by Susan Boardman, at Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, through November 2015

April 19, 2015

“The Mighty Misty Monster”: Moby-Dick Embroidered Narratives  is at the Nantucket Whaling Museum on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts through November 2015, presented by the Nantucket Historical Association.

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and its endless possibilities for interpretation inspired artist Susan Boardman’s latest series of embroidered narratives. Drawing on the tradition of illuminated manuscripts, Boardman has adapted the techniques of seventeenth-century raised embroideries to depict richly animated whaleboats, frothy waves, proud ships, and noble, mighty whales, is the write up on the website.  http://www.nantuckethistoricalassociation.com/exhibits/index.html

Susan Boardman’s embroidery and creativity are exquisite. There are seventeen scenes from Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick.  You can see them online at:  http://www.susanboardman.com/GalleryMoby-Dick.php

I read the article about the exhibit in “Nantucket Today” magazine, Spring issue 2015.

Nantucket Historical Association photo.
Boardman had a 2010 exhibit at the Whaling Museum “Sometimes think of me:” Notable Nantucket Women through the Centuries, which was a show of embroidered narratives by her with biographies by Betsy Tyler.  You can go to: http://www.susanboardman.com/GalleryHistoricWomen.php
 Nantucket Historical Association photo.

Barbara Shapel: Online Slide Show

April 13, 2015

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

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


“Antique Nine Patch Quilt Collection” at National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, through May 19, 2015

March 29, 2015


Young Man’s Fancy c. 1900

The National Quilt Museum’s curator, Judy Schwender, sought an exemplary collection of traditional nine patch quilts. The Antique Nine Patch quilt collection is an excellent complement to the modern twist New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Nine Patch, which is at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. Each antique quilt sets apart as a unique identifier of the various ways a nine patch quilt is pieced and quilted.

 IMG_2119This turn of the twentieth century four patch nine patch is in the exhibit with the Nine Patch Quilts.  I purchased the quilt, which looks new, at an antique show years ago.

Quilt Binding: Flange Binding by Machine

McCall’s Quilting has this video of making quilt binding with a flange – all by machine: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Quilt_Binding___Flanged_Binding_by_Machine

Sherri Bain Driver demonstrates how to create and apply an all-machine-sewn flanged binding. Add a touch of extra color to your quilt binding plus save time with this  machine-sewn technique.

Completed 358px Tuesday Tutorials: Flanged Quilt Binding by MachinePhoto is McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Blog

I will be using this technique in my next quilt.  I love it!

Quilt Con 2015’s “Use of Negative Space” Slide Show

March 14, 2015
Quilt Con 2015’s quilts in the “use of negative space” category
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show

Ad Libbing by Linda Hungerford and Lora Douglas

 Quilt ShowQuilt Con 2014



Photos & Slide Shows of Quilt Con 2015 Show

 March 8, 2015

A Charity Quilt Challenge was part of Quilt Con 2015.  Here are quilts from that exhibit 
that are in a Smilebox format from The Quilt Show.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

This is a Smilebox slide show of quilts from the Michael Miller  fabric challenge exhibit at Quilt Con, Modern Quilt Guild, which was held in Austin, Texas last month.  From The Quilt Show.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


struckmeyer_deconstructedlonestar Deconstructed Lone Star by Amy Struckmeyer

The winners of the 2015 Quilt Con's Modern Quilt Guild quilts are shown at:


“Into the Wild: Quilted Creatures,” National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, through April 7, 2015

Javanese Jungle by Audree L. Sells

Photo is the Museum’s.

Into the Wild: Quilted Creatures is at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, through April 7, 2015.

“Road to California 2015 ” Part II Online Slide Show

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

The Quilt Show has a Smilebox slide presentation of more quilts from  Road to California 2015 Show.

Tutorials of Ruler Work for Quilting on Mid-arm and Domestic Machines

February 22, 2015

Patsy Thompson has some excellent tutorials; some of which are about ruler work for quilting on a mid-arm or a domestic machine.  Others are for free motion machine quilting.

Part 1 is creating designs for ruler work: https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/109-tutorials/23148-patsy-thompson-creating-designs-with-rulers-on-a-domestic-machine?utm_source=Infusionsoft&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2014_12_29_Newsletter_4&inf_contact_key=fc7d2a6e849c33a099c8ec794539bf53ab4a52712e5c895244e7dd7e444d6602

Part 2 on filling in the designs is at: http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/blog/index.php/archives/5837

ruler-work-wreath-whole-wreathPatsy Thompson’s photo


“Unraveling Identity” at George Washington University The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, March 21 through August 24, 2015

February 15, 2015


Fireman’s Coat (back), Japan
Fireman’s Coat (back), Japan, late Edo period, first half 19th century.

Man’s Tunic, Peru, Inca style, ca. 1410-1532.

 Unraveling Identity has textiles from across cultures to explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity throughout the ages.  The exhibit runs from March 21 through August 24, 2015 at George Washington University  Museum’s Textile Museum   in Washington, DC.   This  is the  largest exhibition in the George Washington, University history.

Go to: http://museum.gwu.edu/unraveling-identity     where you can see twenty-nine photos of some of the pieces in the exhibit.

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:
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Road to California” 2015 Online Show Slide Presentation

January 31, 2015

Some photos from Road to California Show 2015 that was in Ontario, California, at the Ontario Convention Center, are in this slide show presentation by Smilebox from The Quilt Show.  The  show was January 22 – 25th.Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Color in Motion” at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, through April 8, 2015

January 27, 2015
Color in Motion  is at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts  in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, through April 8, 2015
 Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – “Bradford Fantasy #1”
This solo exhibition of Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s work includes a retrospective of her past work, her traveling 30th anniversary show, and several pieces of art to wear.


“Selections From the Book 500 Traditional Quilts,” Texas Quilt Museum, LaGrange, Texas, through March 29, 2015

January 24, 2015

” Comes Up Roses” by Kathleen McCrady

“These quilts are the crème de la crème of traditional quiltmaking today.  If you missed seeing the exhibit at International Quilt Festival, then you have another chance to see many extraordinary selections from this new book,” adds Museum curator Dr. Sandra Sider.

“Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin Bearley Collection,” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California, through March 15, 2015

January 16, 2015

Ocean Waves, c. 1920
Photo Credit: Darwin D. Bearley

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles   in San Jose, California, is sharing  a number of images with The Quilt Show, photographed by Dottie Cichon, from the Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition, currently at the museum.  This exhibit includes over 40 bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940.  Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found each one, and brought them out of Amish homes and into the marketplace.


The exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow 


Whimsey House Art Quilt Instructions

January 9, 2015

Here’s a well done tutorial on making a Whimsey House art quilt designed by Jamie Fingal on Bernina’s blog We all Sew.


house quilt

Quilting Hub’s “Find Quilt Shops Worldwide” Easier to Use

January 6, 2015

Quilting Hub has improved their location of worldwide quilt shops.

The result is Find Quilt Shops where you click country, then region/state, then city for a list of click-able shops for the city. Try It Now!

Online Slide Show of Inger Johanne Rasmussen Exhibit & Nihon Vogue Japan Contest

January 3, 2015

In Part Deux are some of the quilts from the Nihon Vogue Japan contest and an overview of the Inger Johanne Rasmussen exhibition. Thank you to Quiltmania magazine for sharing the images.

Click here to see a program from the show.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

The Quilt Show’s “Legends of Quilting”

December 31, 2014
The Quilt Show has a free gift for us through New Year’s Day:
Spend New Year’s Day with the Legends of Quilting

Enjoy watching some of the greatest names in quilting. Every TQS member can be inspired by the quilting giants on whose shoulders we stand, as we look into quilting’s future. Join us – the view is spectacular from up here!

  So far, I watched Yvonne. Great presentation! I learned about making fun fused faces, how to burn silk edges,  and how she paints on silk.
All the Legend Shows are open through January 1, 2015.
Just click on the name……..

“Imagine this Pasture,” through January 3, 2015, Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island, Illinois

December 29,2014

 I am posting about this exhibit, even though there are only a few more days, because this exhibit sounds like fun!  View the beautiful and whimsical Cow themed quilts created by members of the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild. The quilters used their imagination, running like a herd on a mission for greener pastures, to create their artwork. Every quilt has a story.



“American Quilts” through June 30, 2015, Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia

December 28, 2014

“American Quilts” is being shown  through June 30, 2015, at the Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Twelve of the quilts from Four Centuries of American Quilts, about which I had posted on December 21stare being exhibited.

There is an interesting article with photos about the exhibit in the December 27, 2014, Wall Street Journal.

A sample from the exhibition, A Celebration of Quilts
Photo from Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

“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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Innovative Applique Online Slide Show, International Quilt Festival 2014, Houston, Texas


December 7, 2014

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An online Smilebox slide show of Innovative Applique quilts from International Quilt Festival 2014, Houston, Texas, presented by The Quilt Show.  My internet was down for a week and am now up and running.

Dear Jane Retreat Online Slide Show

November 27, 2014
This is a Smilebox slide show from Rosemary Youngs of the Dear Janes, which
starts out with shopping at Yoders, Erica's, and Lollys. The second half is 
of the quilts from show & tell at the Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana,                                                                                                                                 this
this month.


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. 


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

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:

“Let Me Quilt One More Day,” New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, through January 4, 2015.

Let Me Quilt One More Day
November 15, 2014
New Exhibit at New Britain Museum of American Art:
Let Me Quilt One More Day on through January 4, 2015.

A new exhibit that recently opened at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut,Let Me Quilt One More Day, showcases a history of the artistic practices, reinterpretations, and innovations of quilting.

Curated by Dr. Douglas Hyland, this exhibit brings together an extraordinary selection of over 40 historical and contemporary quilts ranging from traditional to modern designs and demonstrating both the practical application and artistic range found in this medium.
(Photo: Victoria Findlay-Wolfe with her quilt at NBMAA)

Sewing Room

I can’t resist posting this.  This explains why my studio looks the way it does.

Quilting in China Video

This  link about quilting in China comes courtesy of Bonnie Browning at AQS, who  just visited Keqiao, a district of the city of Shaoxing in Zhejiang province, China. The area is known as the textile capital of China.


“Quilts from the Heartland” Show, Bloomington, Indiana, November 7 & 8, 2014, Bloomington Convention Center

November 3, 2014

The Bloomington Quilter’s Guild of Bloomington, Indiana, is having their triennial  quilt show “Quilts from the Heartland” November 7 and 8, 2014, at the Bloomington Convention Center.  Hours are 9 -6 on Friday and 9 – 5 on Saturday.

More than 200 quilts will be on exhibit at the show and there is an opportunity quilt, treasure shop, vendors, demonstations, and quilt appraisals that will be done on Saturday by American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser of quilted textiles, Caryl Schuetz.  Appointments can be made for appraisals and walk-ins are welcome.

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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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“A River of Quilts” Online Slide Show from Pacific International Quilt Festival 2013

October 28, 2014

A River of Quilts was a special exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2013.  It was a challenge to the Quilter’s ‘Sew-Ciety’ of Redding.  The challenge was to create a landscape quilt depicting one of the twenty-five designated locations identified along the Sacramento River.  Learn more as you watch the slideshow.  This is a Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Fiber Tales” Exhibit, Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 1 – 19, 2014

 October 20, 2014
Very excited.. just dropped off my 2 large pieces to The Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC)  Opening Night will be SATURDAY November 1st at 5pm  Hope to see you there!!!! Come and explore the things that people can do with FIBER!
My  “Star,”  which was quilted by Cathy Franks, is in the exhibit.
Barbara's Star Lily“Star” by Caryl Schuetz
Come by the opening night reception from 5 to 7PM on Saturday, November 1st, and if you can’t be there, I hope you will come see the exhibit, which is on through November 15, 2014.

“The Complete Quilter: Quilts of Pat Campbell” at National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, through November 18, 2014

October 16, 2014
The Complete Quilter: Quilts of Pat Campbell exhibit is  through November 18, 2014 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.
 With her extensive collection of awards, numerous completed quilts, and knowledgeable books, Pat innovated her way to the top of the quilting world.

One of the most important contributions a quilter can make to their community is growing as a quilter and sharing their experience. She did this through the quilting and appliqué classes she offered over her career, the patterns she designed, and more.

More information about The Complete Quilter: Quilts of Pat Campbell, may be found here.

 Click here to view a brief timeline of her quilting career.

“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.



“Humorous Quilts: Keeping Us in Stitches” at New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, through December 27, 2014

October 11, 2014
Quilts:  Keeping Us in Stitches is at New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts,through December 27, 2014
 Kelly Gallagher-Abbot – “Woof Meets Warhol”
What makes you laugh? Is it a good joke, a play on words, an off-color innuendo, a riff on something well-known, or slapstick? All of these are represented in the quilts gathered for this exhibition.


Online Slide Show of Past Pacific International Quilt Festivals

October 9, 2014 

The Pacific International Quilt Festival will be in Santa Clara, California, this month. Enjoy some images from previous shows.  The first slideshow has garments from 2013 and the second slideshow is an overview of 2012, and the third represents Japanese quilts from 2013. These are Smilebox presentations from The Quilt Show.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


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“Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia” Exhibit at DAR Museum, Washington DC, through September 5, 2015

October 5, 2014

“Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia” is showing at the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Museum in Washington, DC, through September 5, 2015.  The quilts and their makers were from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860. The quilts, made from the finest imported fabrics of the time, reflect the refined taste, style, creativity, and wealth of the women artists.

You can see the exhibit online at: http://eyeonelegance.dar.org/

More info about DAR and the Museum and the exhibit at: http://www.dar.org/museum/exhibitions/current-exhibition


Pieced and Stuffed Medallion Quilt, About 1810 and 1827
Made by Ludwell Harrison Goosley (1754-1813) and her daughters
105.5 in. W x 94 in. L               8-9 stitches per inch
Gift of the Massanutten Chapter (Virginia) Honoring Marian M. Duncan, NSDAR President General (1962-65); Conservation adopted by Carroll Campbell Strickland, Huntsville Chapter, AL, 62.194
Image Credit: NSDAR


Photo is the DAR’s.

More Barbara Brackman Blogs

October 4, 2014

Here are two other blogs by Barbara Brackman: Historically Modern Quilts, Textiles, and Design at: http://historicallymodernquilts.blogspot.com/

and Material Culture at: barbarabrackman.blogspot.com         

in addition to her older ones: Civil War Era Quilt History & Quilt Blocks at:http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/  and 1812 War & Piecing at: http://quilt1812warandpiecing.blogspot.com 



Tutorial for Binding an Inside Corner

September 27, 2014

 Julie Cefalu, on her blog, “The Crafty Quilter,” has a good tutorial for binding an inside corner at http://thecraftyquilter.com/2013/06/how-to-bind-an-inverted-corner/


binding an inside angle

binding an inside anglePhotos are Julie’s.

Link for Making Batiks

September 19, 2014

If you love  batiks like I do, you will enjoy this  You Tube:  Making Moda Batiks in Bali: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDsD5sQOF_A

 Batik Textiles Caribbean Calypso Green Multi - B (100% Cotton Batik)

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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Costumes from Downton Abbey” Exhibit at Winterthur, Winterthur, Delaware, through January 4, 2015

September 13, 2014


Costumes of Downton Abbey is an  exhibition of exquisite designs from the television series. Forty historically-inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed through January 4, 2015, at Winterthur    in Winterthur, Delaware.


The exhibition  is through  January 4, 2015.

Christmas Tree Table Runner Tutorial

September 10, 2014

Here’s a pretty Christmas tree table runner tutorial at: http://www.sewmamasew.com/2013/07/christmas-in-july-christmas-tree-table-runner/               

designed by Christen on Love by Hand on the  Sewmamasew blog.  As you know, it’s not too early to start on Christmas.


Photo is Sewmamasew’s.


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.


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Jelly Roll Race 3.0 Quilt Tutorial

August 31, 2014

I’ve posted about the Jelly Roll Race to make some fast, easy, and pretty quilts.  There’s Jelly Roll Race 1, then 2, and now Jelly Roll Race 3.0 has just come out. Jenny of the Missouri Star Quilt Company  has done it again!

NEW MSQC Tutorial: Jelly Roll Race 3.0

Click on: NEW MSQC Tutorial: Jelly Roll Race 3.0

“Scale + Color + Vision” at ArtQuilt Gallery NYC, New York, New York, September 9 – October 18, 2014

August 30, 2014

Scale + Color + Vision is at ArtQuilt Gallery NYC in New York, New York, September 9 – October 18, 2014 

Velda Newman – “Zinnia”

Velda Newman’s quilts, two of which are nine feet in width, will be on display.

 Check here for viewing some of her work:http://www.artquiltgallerynyc.com/The_ArtQuilt_Gallery_NYC/Current.html

ArtQuilt Gallery NYC

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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Quilt Tutorials by Christa Watson

August 20, 2014

Christa Watson has some great tutorials for quilts on her blog “Christa Quilts” at:  http://christaquilts.com/christas-free-eq7-downloads/

Here is one where she uses one  jelly roll: http://christaquilts.com/christas-quilts-the-jolly-jelly-roll-quilt/

Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt

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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“30 Quilts for 30 Years” Caryl Bryer Fallert Exhibit, Now through September 21, 2014, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California

August 13, 2014

Caryl Bryer Fallert’s exhibit, “30 Quilts for 30 Years”, is at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego through September 21, 2014. http://visionsartmuseum.org/
If you are in California or plan to travel there, be sure to check it out.

Bradford Fantasy by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. 30" x 30". Complete story is at: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/Bradford1/BradfordFantasy1.html
Feathers in the Wind #2 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. 30" x 30". Complete story is at: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/FeathersInTheWind2/FeathersInTheWind2.htm
Spirogyra #5 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, 30" x 30". Complete story is at: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/Spirogyra5/Spirogyra5.html
Cosmic Feathers by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, 30" x 30". Complete story is at: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/CosmicFeathers1/CosmicFeathers1.html
Corona #3: Solar Eclipse by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, 30" x 30". Complete story is at: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/Corona3/Corona3.html

International Machine Quilter’s Showcase 2014 Winners with Photos

August 10, 2014

International Machine Quilter’s Showcase 2014’s winners are at: http://www.mqsshow.org/mqs2014

Click HERE to see the list with images

Fly Away Butterflies

   Charlotte Hickman, “Fly Away Butterflies”

Penny Sisto Exhibit at Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, Indiana, October 24 – January 10, 2015

August 6, 2014

I just learned that Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana, will have an exhibit of Penny Sisto’s work beginning October 24, 2014,  through January 10, 2015.   www.carnegiecenter.org

I love her work, and  have her “Madonna and Child,” which I acquired many years ago. I see  the compassion in their quilted eyes and  feel the warmth of their spirit… just as Sisto said on her web site about some owners of her quilts seeing and feeling.

Penny’s web site is http://www.pennysisto.com, where you can see photos of her work in her gallery section.  You may see the compassion in their quilted eyes and feel the warmth of their spirit, too. This photo is of  “Turquoise Belt,” one of her pieces from the Heartbeat 2011 series.

“Kaffe Fasset: 50 Years in Colour” at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum, through September 27, 2014, Aberdeen City, Scotland

August 6, 2014

The Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum in Aberdeen City, Scotland, have an exhibit of Kaffe Fassett’s work through September 27, 2014.

Click on: Kaffe Fassett 50 Years in Colour

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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

“Evolutions: Third Biennial Juried Quilt Challenge” at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, July 31 – October 28, 2014

July 31, 2014

Evolutions:  Third Biennial Juried Quilt Challenge is  at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, from July 31 – October 28, 2014


 Barbara Yates Beasley – “Amani”

   The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum challenged quilters and fiber artists to consider these questions “Where have you been? Where are you going? Where are you now?” and create a quilt inspired by the theme Evolutions.

Info: https://www.rmqm.org/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits


Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Online Slide Presentation of Janet Stone’s Quilts

July 25, 2014

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

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

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: www.visitloraincounty.com/business/patchwork-trails   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

Machine Free Motion Quilting Designs Tutorials

July 16, 2014

Lori Kennedy has helpful and well done tutorials for her machine free motion quilting designs on her blog The Inbox Jaunt at http://theinboxjaunt.com/quilt/free-motion-quilting-tutorials/   


Free Motion Quilt Apple

“Hands All Around 2013” Exhibit Photos Online

July 11, 2014

The International Quilt Festival web site  has photos of the “Hands All Around 2013”  exhibit quilts at: http://www.quilts.com/home/galleryViewer2.php?txtfile=/gallery/sqf14/gallery.php?id=001

You can click on the thumbprint to enlarge the thirty-four photos.

“Light in the Woods” by Karen Spencer

“Contemporary MASSters II” at New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, through July 30, 2014

Contemporary MASSters II is at New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts,

through July 30, 2014


Barbara Lydecker Crane – “Tree and Leaf”

The New England Quilt Museum is featuring quilts from its permanent collection made by contemporary Massachusetts quilt artists.


New England Quilt Museum

“MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration” The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, through September 9, 2014

MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration through September 9, 2014
Master Pieces: Quilts of Inspiration is made up of extraordinary quilts from many of the most respected contemporary quilters. The majority of these quiltmakers began making quilts in the 1980s. These quilts are examples of the innovators works of our time.
The exhibit was created to honor Meredith Schroeder’s induction into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame, as she, too, believes in the possibilities of quiltmaking.
For more information about MasterPieces, click here.
“Allegretto” by Katie Pasquini Masopust



















“Circle the Date” by Libby Lehman

“Traditions Made Modern – Full Circle Sketches from Life” at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, through October 24, 2014

June 29, 2014

Traditions Made Modern – Full Circle Sketches from Life is  at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin until  October 24, 2014 

Victoria Findlay Wolfe – “Greatest Possible Trust”

Victoria Findlay Wolfe was called a “mod-quilt celebrity” by the Wall Street Journal, yet her work is rooted in tradition.  She took the traditional double wedding ring pattern and gave it a modern interpretation.  She has now created a series of 12 double wedding ring quilts, each employing a new interpretation of that traditional pattern.


Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

“Patchwork of History” Online Quilt Exhibit

June 27, 2014

Patchwork of History was a special event of quilts past and present from Switzerland County, Indiana’s quilt makers, to celebrate Vevay-Switzerland County’s Bicentennial. The Switzerland County Historical Society has images of the eighty quilts online at: http://www.switzcomuseums.org/Patchwork-of-History.html

Click on any image to see the larger quilt or the slide show of them.

Online Quilts from AQS Paducah, Kentucky, Show 2014

June 24, 2014

Just click on each picture, and you will get the enlarged photo.  These are quilts from the large wall quilts category of quilts in the American Quilter’s Society Show, April 2014, in Paducah, Kentucky.

Click to play this Smilebox photo album

This Smilebox slide presentation is from The Quilt Show.

Blogger Photos from “Quilts and Color” Exhibit, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

June 20, 2014
http://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2014/06/09/mfa-boston-quilts/ is a blog “Around the World ‘L'” where you can see some great photos in the post “My Favorite Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” from the Quilts and Color exhibit that is on right now at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Some of the photos will make you smile as the blogger has photos of herself with her baby in front of the quilts. Fun!

The exhibit is on until July 27, 2014.  I posted about it on  March 15, 2014.

http://www.marthastewart.com/1057874/quilts-and-color-pilgrimroy-collection  is a post by Martha Stewart on her blog.


Festival Gallery Online of Some “In Full Bloom” Quilts, 2014 International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas

“In Full Bloom” is one of the special exhibits at the  International Quilt Festival that I especially enjoy.  You can see photos of some of the quilts from the Houston, Texas, Show 2014.  Go to:  http://quilts.com/home/galleryViewer2.php?txtfile=/gallery/fqf13/gallery.php?id=001

“Rhododendron” by Cherrie Hampton

The Quilt Show: Free Episode of Cynthia England’s Piecing Technique & No Handwork Sleeve Application

June 14, 2014

Today and tomorrow only (June 14 & 15), The Quilt Show has a free episode #1412 “I can’t believe it’s pieced.” for you to view.  The quilt artist is Cynthia England demonstrating her unique paper piecing technique and also (the best) a no  handwork sleeve application that is just what those of us who hate to hand stitch sleeves can use.  I’ve got to try this! 

Wendy Mammatah is also interviewed  on the program.


If you just want to see the sleeve demo, go to 28:20.  (See the chapters listed on the right side of the screen.)

The Quilt Show is a weekly online program featuring  quilt makers hosted by Alex Anderson  and Ricky Tims, to which you can join and view the programs  of your membership time frame. You can always go back even if you don’t continue membership and see those programs forever for which you had paid.


Online Exhibit of “Posing with Pathwork Quilts in Photographs: 1855 – 1955”

June 10, 2014

The photographs in this online exhibition come from the collection of Janet Finley, author of Quilts in Everyday Life, 1855-1955: A 100 Year Photographic History. Her collection of nearly 1,000 photographs documents the use of quilts in photography from its early days through the 1950s. The online photographs are from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum collections:  http://www.quiltstudy.org/exhibitions/online_exhibitions/pwp/pwp_intro.html[/

You can also see the online photos on youtube, also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh1fS5_dl0Q#t=72[/

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“Quilts: The New Geometry” at Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, Texas, through July 6, 2014

Nancy Crow and other well known fiber artists have an exhibit Quilts: The New Geometry  at Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, Texas.  For more information:  http://geometricmadimuseum.org/exhibit_quilts.php

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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Quilt Making Calculation Information and Instructions on Lily Street Quilts Web Site

June 1, 2014

Great instructions on calculating fabric needs for a quilt making project, info on bed sizes, border planning, and binding application are on Lily Street Quilts web site.  Here are the locations for each:





The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Indianapolis, Indiana, Thursday through Saturday

May 27, 2014
I will be appraising quilts Friday and Saturday at the Expo.  Come by if you are in the area!
Caryl Schuetz
The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
Register To Attend Today!
Plan on attending!

Mark your calendar! Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is coming to the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana for the very first time May 29, 30, 31, 2014. All the information is on line now at www.sewingexpo.com 
The Expo features three exciting days filled with high-quality workshops, classes, aisles of quilts on display, quilt appraisals, stage presentations, special events, how-to demonstrations, trunk shows, fabulous shopping with retailers from across the country and much, much more.

The display galleries will be overflowing with new exhibits to inspire experts and beginners alike. The spectacular displays feature the finest work by renown quilters.


Online Collection from Pat L. Nickols Collection, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California, & Log Cabin Quilts Exhibit through July 3, 2014

May 27, 2014
The three hundred fifty quilts from the Pat L. Nickols Collection are now photographed and available for viewing online! Go to Collections page to browse the Pat L. Nickols Quilt Collection.   Click on the quilt to go to the page with larger photo and info about that quilt.
Check here to see quilts from the Museum’s log cabin quilts exhibit: http://www.mingei.org/exhibition/log-cabin-quilts-from-the-pat-l-nickols-collection/

Online Slide Show Part One of “Distortion” Exhibit at National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky

May 21, 2014

“Distortion” is a special exhibit at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, on through June 24, 2014.  I posted about it on April 21, 2014.

This Smilebox slide presentation of a few of the quilts is from The Quilt Show  Part 1 of the exhibit:

Click to play this Smilebox photo album

Colonial Revival Quilt Study Exhibit, The Quilters Hall of Fame, Marion, Indiana, through July 19, 2014

May 17, 2014

A Colonial Revival Quilt Study exhibit  is  at The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, in the  Marie Webster house through July 19, 2014.  A few of the quilts in the exhibit are  full size quilts based on Marie’s patterns which are with the study quilts.
You can see photos of twenty-eight of these  quilts  at the American Quilt Study Group’s site:


2012 Quilt Study

“Flights of Spirit: Journeys Real and Imagined,” Exhibit May 19 – June 27, 2014, Fishers Town Hall, Fishers, Indiana

May 10, 2014

Flights of Spirit: Journeys Real and Imagined  of Judy Ireland’s works, will be at the Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Drive in Fishers, Indiana, from May 19 through June 27, 2014.

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Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, New to Indianapolis, Indiana, May 29 – 31, 2014

May 6, 2014

The   Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is coming to Indianapolis, Indiana, Thursday, May 29, through Saturday, May 31, 2014, to Indianapolis Marriott East located at 7202 East 21st Street . For information about the show, see: http://www.sewingexpo.com/IndianapolisIN.aspx   Hours are 10am to 6pm Thursday and Friday; 10am to 5:30pm on Saturday.

To see what quilt exhibits will be at the show: http://www.sewingexpo.com/IndianapolisIN/DisplayGallery.aspx

The free (with admission) half hour stage presentations during the show are listed at: http://www.sewingexpo.com/IndianapolisIN/FeaturesEvents/StagePresentations.aspx     Mine is “Depression Era Quilts” at 3:15 on Saturday. The web site info about it is in error.

Classes are at: http://www.sewingexpo.com/IndianapolisIN/ClassDescriptions.aspx  and Features & Events: http://www.sewingexpo.com/IndianapolisIN/FeaturesEvents.aspx

I will be doing appraisals at the show on Friday and Saturday.

Part of SAQA’s “Deux” Exhibit

“American Quilts and Coverlets from the 19th through Mid 20th Century,” through June 7, 2014, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, New York

April 30, 2014

“American Quilts and Coverlets from the 19th through Mid 20th Century,”  is at  Edward Thorp Gallery in New York, New York, through June 7, 2014.  You can view some of the quilts  at: http://edwardthorpgallery.com/2014-textiles

Individual quilts: http://edwardthorpgallery.com/2014-textiles#individual                                                                                            Installation photos: http://edwardthorpgallery.com/2014-textiles#instal

American, cotton, fourth quarter 19th century, 80h x 80w in.



Photo is the Gallery’s.

For the first time in decades, a NYC fine arts gallery is presenting antique American quilts as the art form they are. The Edward
Thorp Gallery in Chelsea is presenting a survey of American quilts from 1810  to 1940.  Laura Fisher is curator.

“Distortion” at National Quilt Museum through June 24, 2014



Waterlily or Butterfly Ensemble by Karin Pfunder

The National Quilt Museum is proud to present Distortion from the European Patchwork Meeting. This phenomenal exhibit is the result of an international contest featuring over forty quilt artists from around the world.
For more information, click here.
For the official Press Release, click here.

Cotton Fabrics Made in the USA

April 16, 2014
Good news that cotton fabric is being made again in the US.
The fabric is not just made here,
it’s GROWN here!

The cotton fabric industry, once a vibrant sector of America’s economy, is returning
to United States’ soil.  26 brilliant colors of American Made Brand fabrics start in
the cotton field and end on the bolt.

Find the shade you love in 100% cotton fabric that is 100% made in America. Support American-made fabric—from the ground up!

National Quilt Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction: Online

April 15, 2014


How would you like to own a quilt created by Libby Lehman, Caryl Bryer Fallert, or Judy Matheison? Now is your chance.

On April 7, 2014, The National Quilt Museum  launched its 2014 Annual Benefit Auction. This year over 80 items will be auctioned with a combined value over $40,000. It will include quilts, quilt miniatures, sewing machines, gift baskets, notions, and much more. Items were donated by over 60 companies, guilds, and individuals passionate about today’s quilting community. 


It is a two-phase auction that starts with online bidding. To participate in the online auction, simply go to www.quiltmuseum.org/auction. Participants will be able to bid immediately following a brief registration process. Online bidding will run through Wednesday, April 23rd at 10pm central time. The online auction system is highly dynamic, working similar to eBay’s platform. Bidders will be informed if they have been outbid at any point during the 16 days. 

On April 24th, at 6pm, the Live Auction will begin. The auction will take place at the Convention Center in Paducah, Kentucky. Online bidders will be represented by a proxy at the live event. Each item will be won by the person offering the highest bid, regardless if they are in attendance. Typically, over 70% of items are won by online bidders that do not attend the live event; as such, everyone has a good chance to win. 

The National Quilt Museum works to bring the work of today’s quilter to new and expanding audiences worldwide. It promotes the quilting community through exhibits, education, and advocacy efforts. The Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that receives over 80% of its funding through the generosity of the quilting community. The Annual Benefit Auction is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. 

“The Colorful World of Kaffe Fasset” at American Museum in Britain through November 12, 2014

April 13, 2014

The Colorful World of Kaffe Fasset is showing at American Museum in Britain located at Claverton Manor in Bath through November 2, 2014. The exhibit spans his fifty years working as an artist and colorist.
Over one hundred works of textile art – quilts, knitwear, needlepoint, and beading are on display.
This is the grandest show of my career – every item is part of an intricate opera of colour. I have always wanted this approach to my work, but other museum designers and curators have steered me to a rather mixed approach in my exhibitions.This show is so unique to me because it explains in a visceral way my growing obsession with the power of colour. My hope and conviction is that this exhibition at the American Museum in Britain will show the grey and beige clad young the sensual thrill of pure colour. I still feel vital! I want my message to come across in this mood altering show – I’m flying high on colour.This show is closer to my desires than ever before in my many, many presentations around the world.(Kaffe Fassett, 12 March 2014)




Kaffe Fassett exhibition



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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“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.


“Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin” at Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, April 3 – June 29, 2014

April 1, 2014

Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin will open at Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas, on April 3 and show through June 29, 2014  

Nancy Bardach – “At Rest”

This juried exhibition of thirty-eight contemporary quilts showcases the textile artists’ work, while advancing a message of conservation, which  was inspired by the mission and purpose of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas,


Texas Quilt Museum

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show 2014 Winners

March 29, 2014

The 2014 Indiana Heritage Quilt Show winners are at: http://www.ihqs.org/2014-ihqs-winners-3/

ai-201 AWQ - 2nd Place
“Sakura II: Picnic at  Nakura” by Magan Farkas
ah-109 ABQ - Honorable Mention & Best First Entry
“Bizzy Bird Farm” by Julee Prose

“Commemorative Quilts” Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, through July 27, 2014


This “crazy patch” friendship quilt commemorates a house fire in the Christophel family, rural Goshen, 1921.

March 24, 2014

Art exhibit: Commemorative Quilts

Old and recent Mennonite and Amish quilts that record and honor significant life events will be on display at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana through July 27, 2014.


“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

“Quilts and Color: the Pilgrim / Roy Collection” April 6 – July 27, 2014, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Quilts and Color

March 15, 2014

“Quilts and Color: the Pilgrim / Roy Collection” will be at the Boston Museum of Fine Art from April 6 through July 27, 2014, showing sixty distinctive quilts.   More at:  https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/quilts-and-color    You can preview some of the quilts in the exhibit on that page.  Look down the page  and click on preview.

I’ll be able to get to see this exhibit!

Here’s a You Tube video by the curator, Pam Parmal, and  Gerald Roy, the collector, about the exhibit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RizX5PBHflw&feature=youtu.be

And a You Tube video with Jennifer Swope, curator, about the Amish snails’ trail that is a part of the exhibit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiBxp6_TwEI.

Another write up about the exhibit: http://artsfuse.org/104366/fuse-visual-arts-review-quilts-and-color-far-from-folk-and-perhaps-beyond-art/

Grand Central Terminal Quilt Exhibition at New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex, New York, New York, March 15 – July 6, 2014

Grand Central Terminal Quilt Exhibition will be at New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex in New York, New York, from March 15 – July 6, 2014  

Beth Carney – “Chasms 16:  Under the Stars”

The New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition will honor Grand Central Terminal’s grandeur not in marble, but in textiles. The challenge to reinterpret this grand space in fabric yielded a wide array of artistic visions. The quilts incorporate Grand Central’s iconic architecture, with chandeliers, clocks, celestial ceilings, acorns and oak leaves creatively woven into the designs.

Grand Central Terminal

The NEW MSQC “Jelly Roll Race II” Tutorial

March 8, 2014

With nearly one million views, Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Jelly Roll Race tutorial is their most popular tutorial of all time.  The technique makes this quilt fast and easy.  Jenny will show you how to make the Jelly Roll Race II Quilt. The Jelly Roll Race II is just as quick, fun, and pretty as the original. All you need is your favorite jelly roll, one yard for the squares and first border,  one yard for the outer border, an hour or two, and you’ve got a quilt! Click here now to watch the Jelly Roll Race II tutorial

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show March 6 – 8, 2014, Bloomington, Indiana

March 7, 2014

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

Sandra Peterson’s Best in Show

Congratulations to Sandra Peterson, winner of Best of Show Wall Quilt at @[111647272256521:274:Indiana Heritage Quilt Show]!

Antique Quilt Exhibit, Heritage Village Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, through July 27, 2014


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Now -July 27th, 2014: Antique Quilt Exhibit
Heritage Village Museum is showing antique quilts from their collection. Nineteen quilts span a century of American culture from the 1840s through 1940s.  The museum is located in Sharonville, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. More info at: http://www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org/home.aspx

Sochi Winter Olympics Tablerunner Tutorial on Patchwork Posse Blog

February 25, 2014

We just love the patchwork logo  from the Sochi Winter Olympics!  You can go to this tutorial to make a table runner with the design that was inspired by the Olympics’ logo on Patchwork Posse’s  blog: http://www.patchworkposse.com/2014/02/table-runner-tutorial-sochi-olymipcs-inspired/

Another Winter Olympics Logo Design Video

February 22, 2014

Here’s another video about the Sochi Winter Olympics logo designs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zlp7vDSuEwThe photos about the  designs starts at 2:03 on the video. My earlier post about the designs is from January 28, 2014.


Posters for the Games

International Quilt Study Center and Museum’s Online Exhibits

February 18, 2014

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum has online exhibits of their past museum exhibits.  Click on “View the exhibit” at: http://www.quiltstudy.org/exhibitions/online_exhibitions/




Iespecially like the one with photos of people and  quilts in the photos: http://www.quiltstudy.org/exhibitions/online_exhibitions/pwp/pwp_intro.html

Gallery Guide

Road to California 2014 Part II Winners

February 12, 2014

The Quilt Show has Part II of winning quilts from Road to California 2014 Show in January:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Smilebox presentation from The Quilt Show

Police Hopeful to Solve Murder through Mystery Quilt Found on Body

February 9, 2014

Police are hopeful of finding the murderer of Cathy Zimmer, San Jose, California, whose murder occurred twenty-five years ago, through a mystery quilt that was covering her body.  The quilt did not belong to anyone in the family  and no one knowing the victim recognized the quilt either.

Mrs. Zimmer, who was thirty-eight,  disappeared on March 8, 1989, in San Jose, and her body covered by the quilt, was found a couple of days later on the floor in the back seat of her car.

Do you recognize this quilt?

The article appeared in a couple of locations.  Here is the one I read today:


Karen Nyberg, NASA Astronaut, Invites You to Make a Star Quilt Block

February 6, 2014

Karen Nyberg, NASA astronaut, is a quilt maker, too.  I have posted about her before.

While on board the International Space Station, Nyberg created a star-themed quilt block that returned to earth with her. Her block will be combined with blocks that other quitlers have made to create a quilt that will be displayed at the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston. (See a video of Karen Nyberg–with her block–on board the ISS!)



WSJ Article about Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company

February 2, 2014
The Churn Dash Tutorial

Nice  Wall Street Journal article about Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilts, who does You Tube tutorials about quilt making at:


To see a list of her tutorials, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/MissouriQuiltCo

I think the Jelly Roll Race, about which I had posted previously, is her most popular tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bEJLnaZQOU      

with almost a million views.

Here’s one that I want to try: The Disappearing Pinwheel, just released,  check out the video by clicking here!

Winners from Road to California’s 2014 Show

February 1, 2014

The Quilt Show has a Smilebox slide presentation of the winners from Road to California Show 2014, Part I.  You can see the winners at: http://www.road2ca.com/2014winners/index.html The quilts are amazing!  Sharon Shamber won Best of Show with a $6,000.00 award sponsored by Gammil.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

2014 Winter Olympics Patchwork Quilt

January 28, 2014

So cool!  http://www.graphicart-news.com/the-olympic-patchwork-quilt-sochi-2014/#.UuPyq7Qo73h


Posters for the Games

This is a Russian blog with photos of the patchwork theme:

Free Online Craftsy Classes

January 25, 2014

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“Eyecatchers, The Hunter Collection” at Folk Art Center, Ashville, North Carolina, through May 11, 2014

January 22, 2014
Eyecatchers, The Hunter Collection is on display and the quilts are for sale at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, North Carolina, through May 11, 2014.
   Quilts at the Folk Art Center, Asheville, Eyecatchers Exhibition
Caryl Fallert-Gentry’s Feather Study #30  & Libby Lehman’s Skyview II: Crop Circles

First World War Quilt Returns…..almost 100 Years Later

January 18, 2014
Photo by Ted Brown

Photo by Ted Brown

A quilt created by the Georgetown Women’s Institute in 1915 is now on display in the Georgetown Branch of the Halton Hills Library. The quilt was recently returned to Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, after spending decades in an a linen closet in England.


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

“Festival Awareness Project 2013: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” Online Slide Show

 January 3, 2014

 Festival Awareness Project 2013: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs was an exhibit of quilted pet portraits for Houston’s no-kill animal shelter and adoption agency, Friends for Life. The quilts were at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, this Fall. This Smilebox slide show is presented by The Quilt Show.  Quite a few of the pieces used digital imagery.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Embroidered Narratives of Susan Boardman

January 1, 2014   The New Year

Sandra Boardman’s exquisite embroidered and hand dyed, beaded narratives of   the lives of ordinary and illustrious Nantucket women in their journals and letters in the archives of the Nantucket Historical Association. Through a familiarity with her subjects’ words, drawings, and artistic creations, she develops an intimacy with their lives that serves as the catalyst for her own designs.

Susan Boardman is currently working on a series of embroidered narratives inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.


Online Exhibit “Quilts in Common: Around the Globe & Across the Centuries”

December 28, 2013

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at University of Nebraska – Lincoln  has added their 2008 exhibit “Quilts in Common: Around the Globe & Across the Centuries” to their web site.  You can see it at: http://www.quiltstudy.org/exhibitions/online_exhibitions/qic/

Click on “View the Exhibition” at the right near the top of the page or at the bottom of the web site  page.

Whole Cloth - Blue Resist, Maker unknown, Probably made in Eastern United States, Circa 1790-1830, IQSC 1997.007.0914

Star of Bethlehem, Circa 1845, Possibly made in Eastern Pennsylvania, United States, IQSC 1997.007.0660

“Quilting Around the Circle City” at Marion County Central Library Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana, through January 2014

Quilting_Around_the_Circle_City A special exhibit called “Quilting Around the Circle City” is on display at the Marion County Central Library downtown.  For their recent 2013 Quilt Show, the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis issued a challenge to their quilters to create small panels of a person, place, event or theme found in Indianapolis. The result is a colorful display stretching 16 feet long and open to the public for viewing during library hours into January.   

American Folkart Museum’s Magazines Now Online

December 13, 2013
This press release is from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The access is free:

A fully-accessible, digital archive of 117 issues of magazines published by
the American Folk Art Museum from 1971 through 2008 will go online and be
available to all beginning December 6, 2013. More than 10,000 pages of Folk
Art and The Clarion-including scholarly articles and texts, photographs,
illustrations, advertisements, calendars, and more-have been digitized and
can be reached via the Museum’s website at http://www.folkartmuseum.org
and following links to “Publications” and
“Magazines.” The archive is organized chronologically.

Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Museum, commented:
“This invaluable archive is but one way in which the American Folk Art
Museum continues to provide education and leadership in the extraordinary
fields of both traditional folk art and the creative expressions of the
self-taught. Making the issues available online further extends the reach of
the Museum and advances our mission.”

The digitization and launch of the archive has been made possible by a
generous grant from Museum Trustee Karin Fielding and her husband, Dr.
Jonathan Fielding, which matched funding from the Friends of Heritage
Preservation. These grants were spurred by a gift from the American Folk Art

Published (on average) three times each year, The Clarion, later called Folk
Art, was a preeminent forum for original research and new scholarship in the
encompassing field of American folk art. Reflecting the mission of the
museum, the articles embraced new perspectives on a wide variety of topics
ranging from traditional arts such as portraiture, schoolgirl arts, painted
furniture, and pottery, to original discourses on under-recognized artists.
Features and articles were written not only by American Folk Art Museum
curators, but also by scholars and experts in a variety of fields, with
subject matter spanning three centuries. The publications were lavishly
illustrated with meticulous care, and included news about the Museum as well
as exhibitions around the country, illustrated advertisements from a stellar
roster of dealers and auction houses, and other related information.

Tanya Heinrich, the Museum’s Editor and Director of Publications, and a
former publisher of the magazines prior to their cessation, directed the
project with the assistance of Elena Terhune, a researcher from Smith

Currently, the magazines are searchable by issue; the complete index of all
issues will be available in the summer of 2014.

“Beauty in a Time of Scarcity:19th Century Quilts from the Lewis and Katherine Haag Collection” through April 13, 2014, Washington Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland

December 6, 2013
The Washington Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, has the exhibit Beauty in a Time of Scarcity:19th Century Quilts from the Lewis and  Katherine Haag Collection of   twenty-six quilts plus a pair of Victorian pieced and embroidered
pillow shams in the exhibit through April 13, 2014

Photo: A MUST see new exhibition!

Part 2 of Reiko Kato’s Quilts “World of Mother’s Dream”

December 2, 2013

This is Part 2 of Reiko Kato’s quilts that are in this Smilebox slide presentation from The Quilt Show.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Online Slide Show of “World of Mother’s Dream” by Reiko Kato – Part 1

December 2, 2013

The amazing and exquisite work “World of Mother’s Dream” by Reiko Kato of Kanagawa, Japan,  was a special exhibit at Houston’s International Quilt Festival 2013.  The Quilt Show has a Smilebox slide presentation of part 1 of Kato’s quilts.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Free Episodes from The Quilt Show this Thanksgiving Weekend

November 29, 2013

The Quilt Show has four free episodes for anyone to watch this weekend.  Go to: http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/shows.php/free_shows/1/#tabs

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.


“Thirty Quilts for Thirty Years” at National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, December 6 – March 11, 2014

Thirty Quilts for Thirty Years will be at National Quilt Museum Paducah, Kentucky, from December 6 – March 11, 2014.

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – “Corona #3: Solar Eclipse”

The exhibit  celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s first art quilt, “Red Poppies.”  There are thirty new quilts.

National Quilt Museum

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 eBay.com 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 www.ebay.com

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

“A River of Quilts: Quilted Images of the Sacramento River” Slide Presentation from Pacific International Quilt Festival 2013

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

A River of Quilts: Quilted Images of the Sacramento River

  Pacific International Quilt Festival 2013 featured a special exhibit entitled A River of Quilts.  The Quilters’ Sew-Ciety of Redding, California, had a challenge to  create a landscape quilts of specific locations along the Sacramento River.

Here is a Smilebox slide show of the quilts presented by The Quilt Show.

2013 International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, Winners

November 5, 2013

The 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, had many beautiful quilts on exhibit again this year. You can see the winners in each category here: http://www.quilts.org/winners.html

Honorable Mention
Mass Maples
  First Place

                         Boy   and His Best Friend