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A Visit with Roderick Kiracofe - Unconventional & Unexpected
October 24, 2014
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TQS recently caught up with Roderick Kiracofe, author of Unconventional & Unexpected, American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000, in the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles booth at the Pacific International Quilt Festival.   Roderick is preparing to have a book signing at the Museum in the future.

Also coming up, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, February 14-May 5, 2015. This exhibit will feature quilts from Roderick's collection.

Author, Roderick Kiracofe with Meg Cox (President-Board of Directors, Quilt Alliance) 


Roderick’s book contains 200 quilts from his collection focusing on the period 1950-2000.  The book also includes ten essays by a quilt historian, an artist, a quiltmaker and more, including Amelia Peck, Kaffe Fassett, and Denyse Schmidt.

My curiosity about the 'unexpected' quilts of the last half of the 20th century led me to eBay and other sources for seeking them out. The quilts that I am most passionate about are pieced, often crudely quilted or tied, and full of printed fabrics.  Most importantly, they are the quirky, funky, and soulful expressions from a quiltmaker who broke the rules.” – Roderick Kiracofe 


While it was difficult not to talk about every quilt in the book, we did stop and discuss its genesis. Roderick said that while he had the idea percolating for quite some time, an unexpected run-in with editor Melanie Falick, while visiting Kaffe Fassett in Carmel, led to its creation. They discussed his idea briefly and she suggested that she bring it to her publisher in New York. Although he’s written a number of books, including, “The American Quilt, A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950,” he was surprised to get the “Yes” email from Melanie quite so quickly, saying that the book was a “go.”  In fact, he had only about a year to produce Unconventional & Unexpected as the publishers wanted to move up the date from Spring 2015 to Fall 2014.




Unique Yo Yo, 1964, Laura Otto  


                          Grandmother’s Flower Garden Variation (1950-1975) attributed to Donna Settles                                             

Largely anonymous quilters made the extraordinary quilts in the book and as the title suggests, they are quilts that many people might feel don’t deserve a second or lingering look (or that they are "flying under the radar").  These quilts don’t have perfect points and matching seams, but they have a heart and soul that extends from their creators.  Roderick is fascinated with why these quilts were made and why the quilters made the choices they did when putting them together. Did they run out of fabric?  Did they want to use up their scraps?  Or perhaps they were accepting a personal challenge to create something beautiful out of chaos.  In many cases, he is as interested in what they used for the back of their quilts as much as what they used on the front.  


He loved this pieced quilt back (1940-1960) that he found in Texas so much…he didn’t publish the front.

Roderick see these quilts as something of a bridge between the traditional quilts of the past and the new modern quilts, which are coming to the forefront of quilting. As such, he has had many different responses to the book.  Some people have been brought to tears as they felt they were finally getting recognition for their work; others felt a link to their past as these quilts touched upon their personal histories, and new young quilters are seeing these quilts as inspiration for their own quilting journeys.

The reviews for the book speak for themselves:

It took me awhile to actually read the essays because I was so mesmerized by the quilts, which are all from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection. This book makes my heart skip a little every time I open it. I love quilts that are ‘off’ and all of them have this quality. There is so much inspiration in here—I can only look at a few quilts at a time. It’s a very special book.”

--Amy Karol, Angry Chicken

The book will surely be one of the seminal quilt history books of the 21st century.

--Bill Volckening

 Absorbing is the word that comes to my mind, both for the book’s essays and the exquisite photographs of quilts...”

--Amazon User

Every page screams HAPPY.”

--Sujata Shah, The Root Connection 

It is Roderick’s hope that future readers will stop and look at these quilts and take a moment to learn their stories and appreciate them as pieces of history as well as pieces of art.  As for his future plans, right now he’s catching his breath and preparing for a new installation incorporating quilts from his collection as part of a group show at krowswork gallery & project space in Oakland, CA.

If you’d like to take a peek inside the book, click here.

If you’d like to learn more about Roderick Kiracofe, click here. 

To see photos of his wonderful “Quilt Barn” where he stores his 200 quilts and 100 quilts tops, click here.

If you are in Houston, copies of his book will be available in Julie Silber’s booth, The Quilt Complex.

Click here to visit his website, http://www.RoderickKiracofe.com.

And keep your eyes out, as Mr. Kiracofe will also be the Guest Curator for Found/Made (July - November 2015) also at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  "Found" will include vintage quilts from his collection as well as pieces from Julie Silber, Eli Leon, and Marjorie Childress. "Made" will be contemporary quilts often constructed with found materials as well as contemporary art  based on quilt themes.  Artists include Ben Venom, Luke Haynes, Joe Cunningham, Clay Lohmann, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Sarah Nisiura, Dana Hart Stone, among others.




On the Set with Rosie Deleon-McCrady - Episode 1509
October 24, 2014
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Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Texas quiltmaker, embroiderer, businesswoman, and teacher Rosie Deleon-McCrady  Also in Episode 1509: Seeing Red: Ramp Up Your Redwork! is a visit to the fabulous River Walk and historic Drury Plaza Hotel in San Antonio Texas.

Not a Star Member?  It's only 21 cents per show! INCLUDING ACCESS  to the "Onlline DVD" Machine Quilting Lessons by Renae Allen. 
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

TQS Quilt of the Day
October 24, 2014
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Wonky Block
Quilt #: 1020895  Added on 04/03/2012
Owner: Dean Robinson
Made By: Dean Robinson
Year Made: 2011 - Certain
Located In: St. Petersburg, FL United States
Description Statement:
This quilt is a play on a traditional pattern Also it is a play on complementary colors. This quilt is stretched over canvas stretcher bars and is 3" deep.

Hexie Storage
October 23, 2014
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Looking for a way to sort all those hexies you've been making lately?  TQS member QuilterLynn gives a nod to Libby Lehman and organizes (by color) her little gems and notions in a Superior Thread organizer.  What a clever girl!!

Do you have a clever way to store some of your projects?  Let us know. Click here to head on over to Show & Tell and enter your storage system into the "Getting It All Together" area.


Quilter's Quips & Tips: The City Quilter is Giving Away 10 City Bundles™
October 23, 2014
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Time is running out - don't forget to enter!

TQS recently visited The City Quilter in NYC while in town for Quilters Take Manhattan.  Dale Riehl, the owner of the shop, said he would be happy to give away ten of their City Bundles™ (each consists of six fat quarters of their NY-themed fabrics), to ten lucky TQS Members.  Watch the video to learn more about The City Quilter and its NY-themed fabrics.

Winners will be selected at random. The contest begins October 10 and ends October 24, Midnight PST.


Visit The City Quilter at www.cityquilter.com.



TQS Quilt of the Day
October 23, 2014
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Wings Of Dreams (Art)
Quilt #: 1020908  Added on 04/05/2012
Owner: Dana Lynch
Made By: Dana Lynch
Year Made: 2012 - Certain
Located In: Olive Branch, MS United States
Description Statement:
This is one of two quilts made in 2012 that tell a story of my life. It is an original design made of Ricky Tims hand dyed fabrics, with machine applique, and done with King Tut thread. I quilted it with my Gammill, Lily The Longarm.

Enter to Win!
October 22, 2014
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Tired of sewing the same old blocks? Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: a bonanza of 75 modern quilt blocks from best-selling modern designer Elizabeth Hartman.

You’ll love these fresh angular designs inspired by city life, and the mix-and-match possibilities are endless! Elizabeth gets you started with 6 complete sampler quilts to sew. Each block is shown in 3 different fabric palettes. The book includes easy-to-follow cutting charts and instructions for every block. Some have full-size freezer-paper templates. Change up blocks, sizes, or fabrics to embark on a limitless exploration of modern style.

Hot off the presses and sure to be a huge hit, TQS has FIVE copies of this great new book and you could win a copy of your own!!!





Libby Lehman Fundraiser/Auction - Inspired by Libby Quilts
October 22, 2014
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Starts today!

The auction will be held at  www.InspiredByLibby.com.

Clara Lawrence created a wonderful video to highlight the beautiful quilts that have been Inspired by Libby and created as an auction fundraiser to help Libby Lehman with her medical expenses.  This collection also includes three quilts created by Libby's mother, Catherine Anthony.

The silent auction quilt made by Clara Lawrence is also in this video. It will be available to bid on in person at the International Quilt Show in Houston from Wed, October 29 through Sunday November 2.

Please note. All quilts (except for Catherine Anthony's) will continue onto the AQS Show in Paducah in April 2015. After that show, they will be shipped to their new owners.

The auction will be held October 22 through November 5, 2014. 

Click here for a Libby Update.


TQS Quilt of the Day
October 22, 2014
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Vortex Variation
Quilt #: 1023486  Added on 10/10/2014
Owner: Deborah Timby
Made By: Deborah Timby
Year Made: 2014 - Certain
Located In: Portsmouth, RI United States
Description Statement:
Using a purchased pattern for the center, I added my own corners using the designs of two Japanese manhole covers.

Best of Show Houston 2013 - Melissa Sobotka - Chihuly's Gondola
October 21, 2014
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Did you remember? Here is the Handi Quilter Best of Show 2013, Chihuly's Gondola, by Melissa Sobotka!  Who will win this year?  Stay tuned!

Look below for a Quilt Alliance for a "Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! interview with Melissa Sobotka" about her award-winning quilt. 




And The Winner of Libby Lehman's Pinatina I is...
October 21, 2014
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A truly heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who contributed to Libby Lehman's Medical Fund and who were also entered to win Pinatina I created by Libby herself.  We were overwhelmed with thousands of entries.  But the final winner is....

Debbie Goldshot from Beaver Creek, Ohio



Quilt Show Essential Bag
October 21, 2014
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Are you going to the Houston Quilt Festival?  Last week we shared a project for keeping that all essential camera close.  But, do you have a place to put your nametag and all of the other little bits you collect while walking the show?  Why not make your own quilt show essential bag we found at The Seasoned Homemaker. Wear it around your neck so your hands are free to do lots of fabric fondling.



Jinny Beyer's Memory Match: Level #30
October 21, 2014
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Challenge your knowledge of quilt blocks as we continue with Jinny's Memory Match Game. Click on the puzzle to start the game.



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