The Warm Company has an update about their fusible product Steam-A-Seam. They are endeavoring to get it back into production. The bottom line is that Steam-A-Seam will eventually be coming back. Click here to read the whole story.
Learn the value of handwork from Renate Hiller, a fiber artist who connects the importance of using our hands with the way in which we understand and find value in ourselves and others. Renate is the co-director of the Fiber Craft Studio at the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY.
20 Petals was created by Karen Gloeggler for the Quilt Alliance TWENTY contest. Here's what she had to say about the quilt, "20 petals, 20 fabrics, congratulations on 20 years! I’ve been designing quilts with “rays” lately and the Quilt Alliance game me a reason to finally make one. This is my original paper-pieced pattern, designed a month ago especially for the Quilt Alliance and machine-pieced and quilted by me. I chose a flower motif because like a flower, the Quilt Alliance is vibrant, beautiful and will last forever, just as a perennial! Congratulations times twenty."
I designed and machine embroidered this quilt for my guild challenge, which was to use the Jane Sassaman red/yellow and purple/green gradated dot fabrics and beads. I appliqued/embroidered all the fish directly onto the unpieced background, using a number of Jane Sassaman fabrics that coordinated with the challenge fabrics. Then I sewed the border/binding to the back of the quilt and then machine appliqued to the front. Then I dressed up the fish for a party by applying over 1000 hot fix crystals and beads.
This 4-year old girl, whom her mother calls "Mayhem" is decidedly more into fashion than your average child. She began to wrap herself in scarves and sheets while creating her own style. Her mother, Angie, suggested they make a dress out of paper and Mayhem loved the idea. They've been creating ever since and the dresses have become more and more elaborate. It's amazing what you can do with some imagination, paper, and a pair of scissors...but as quilters, we all know that.
While visiting AQS QuiltWeek in Phoenix, a detour was made to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, where a spectacular exhibit was on display, Chihuly in the Garden. Dale Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens.
His work was also the inspiration for a major award-winning quilt at IQF Houston 2013.
Owner: Created by Pat Kerko, Owned by Pigeon Forge
Made By: Pat Kerko
Year Made: 2008 - Certain
Located In: Pigeon Forge, TN United States
Created for the Challenge at the Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge with the subject "Occassions". Two fabrics given, one Gradations of primary colors and the check. The Face is hand painted with various techniques used to create the rest of the quilt. Those including free motion embroidery, trapunto, machine quilting and fabric painting. She won first place for the Challenge. I had very mixed emotions because it was a purchase award. I got very attached to her given that this was the first attempt I had made at painting a face. So now she hangs in the Welcome Center for the Tourist Department in Pigeon Forge, TN.
It was a good morning at the Lehman house today, and the day just kept getting better. After a delicious chicken salad lunch made by Lester's sister Doris, caregiver Tiffany suggested that Libby do her walking exercises before her company arrived. Libby was just doing her walking exercises with her walker and with Tiffany when the doorbell rang. Together they went to open the front door, and there were the expected and much anticipated visitors - Ricky and Justin! Libby welcomed them into the living room with hugs all around, and with Doris joining them too.
I was about ten minutes late in arriving because of a trail ride on the feeder road on my way, and Lester joined us a little later. Libby loved talking with her friends, even though sometimes she is not able to fully express herself. I had to help fill in the blanks a little on our former trail riding experiences, which I remember a lot more fondly than Libby does. However, she is still Libby and full of vim, vigor, and vinegar, so she manages to express her opinions on important things like showing off her new hairdo and commenting that she likes Ricky's trimmed beard.
Ricky brought a beautiful video of an interview with a lady and her husband in which they describe the lady's tragic story of a severe stroke and then her triumphant decision to make her first quilt, even though she faced the difficult challenges of the use of only one hand. It is a beautiful and inspiring story of one woman's determination and the results are beautifully appliqued quilts that Ricky said were award winning creations.
All of us watched it with Libby, and there were many eyes filled with tears before it was over, including Libby's. She did not really say what she thought about it all, but Libby listened carefully to Ricky's encouraging words to her before and after the video, and we are all hopeful that some day her story will have a similar happy ending.
Doris served us all some of her fantastic flan/carmel pound cake - those Lehmans can really cook! We all complimented her on the sumptuous sweet, but she liked Justin's other "compliment" the best. She was quick to tell baby brother Lester that Justin thought she was Lester's younger sister. We won't say how much older Doris is than Lester, but let's just say that Justin is welcome back Anytime, especially by Doris!
What a wonderful day for Libby today! While the rest of Houston celebrated "Go Texan Day", Libby celebrated getting to visit with good friends Ricky and Justin. Yeehaw! -Ellen
Located In: Edmond / Oklahoma City, Ok United States
Inspiration came from Pfaff's Carnivale embroidery card. I especially liked the jester embroidery design (bottom right corner) and that sparked the idea for the trapunto mask and jester cap soft sculpture. The 3D mask was done using faux trapunto with water-soluble thread and decorated with hot-fix crystals. The background uses the traditional Mardi-Gras colors and the corners are decorated with doubloons.
"Why Quilts Matter" will be joining us International Quilting Weekend March 14-16. A special 30 minute summation of the 9 part series has been put together and will be exclusively on TheQuiltShow.com. So mark your calendar and tell your friends to celebrate with us.
Here is a quick trailer to refresh your memory or introduce you to this great program.
Prizes and Surprises are coming during International Quilting Month. TQS will celebrate March 15-16 with a give-away of a BERNINA 550QE and fabric from Ricky, Alex, and RJR. Superior Threads has a shopping spree set for 5 lucky winners and Gammill has a quilting/drafting chair to make your quilting more comfortable.
There are also special deals all month and we will try to feature some of our sponsors' best deals. Today we feature Gammill. They have special discounts and you can even Trade In your competing longarm for discounts on true Gammill quality.