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The Quilt Show Newsletter - Volume 2, No. 28

Quilt Show Newsletter
July 8, 2008
http://www.thequiltshow.com Volume 2, No. 28


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Photo by Gregory Case

Episode 301 with Jane Sassaman
Join contemporary quilt artist, fabric designer, author, and teacher, Jane Sassaman, as she teaches you how to create a stunning quilt by combining large, bold prints with a simple silhouette pattern. Also, have you ever wondered how an idea becomes a fabric? Jane shares how she conceives, designs, and develops a new fabric line. Finally, to help you optimize those beautiful large-scale prints, Ricky shows you how to set in a corner accurately. To watch this episode, click here.

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"Tree of Life" by Pine Lorraine Hawkes Eisfeller

An Inspiring Quilt Collection on View
"Tree of Life," the stunning quilt pictured above, was made in 1943 by Pine Lorraine Hawkes Eisfeller. Pine (pronounced Piney) is now considered one of the finest quiltmakers America has ever produced, and two of her amazing applique quilts were named among the 100 Best American Quilts of the Twentieth Century.

Pine´s amazing quilts were lost to view, and their maker forgotten, until quilt historian Joyce Gross restored both the quilts and the quiltmaker to the renown they deserve. A pioneering quilt scholar, teacher, and collector, Joyce was elected to the Quilters Hall of Fame in 1996. Her vast collection of quilts and quilt-related materials recently was acquired for The Winedale Center for the Quilt at The Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. As a result, you´ll have the chance to view selected pieces from Joyce´s extraordinary collection, including "Tree of Life," at various venues around the country...and these spectacular quilts are worth going out of your way to see!

Seven quilts from the Gross collection will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, July 25-27, 2008. The quilts include a Baltimore Star quilt that dates to 1865, and two quilts by another renowned quilter from Pine´s era, Bertha Stenge. A larger selections of quilts from the Joyce Gross collection will be shown next fall at International Quilt Festival in Houston, and the University of Texas is planning additional shows in the future.

Meanwhile, to learn more about the accomplishments of historian Joyce Gross, check out the filmed interview, biography, and other information in the Quilt Treasures web portrait of Gross here. Quilt Treasures is just one project produced under the umbrella of the nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts.

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"Theotokos" by Mirkwood

Beth Wheeler Episode Inspires Members

Over the past month, Beth Wheeler´s show (Episode 211) has unlocked some amazing creativity in our members. Member Mirkwood said about the quilt shown above, "I´ve always wanted to make a quilt of this traditional Eastern Orthodox icon called Theotokos, or God Bearer. When I watched Episode 211 of TQS, I knew that Beth Wheeler´s technique would be the perfect solution." Using four sheets of Kona cotton soaked in Bubble Jet 2000 and ironed onto freezer paper, Mirkwood was able to create her own printable fabric. Wouldn´t Beth be proud? To find this and other works of inspiration, visit the Quilt Gallery.

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New Items In the Shoppe

Look what new items we found in the TQS Shoppe! Louisa Smith (Episode 204) and daughter, Lisa Harris, have collaborated on a new book titled One-Patch Plus. Following their easy, step-by-step instructions and using basic piecing and gentle curves, you will be able to create amazing quilts.

Along with the book, the Shoppe also carries the One-Patch Plus Template Set, which includes a kite, curved kite, curved diamond, and half clamshell. Both the book and the template set can be found in the Shoppe by clicking here. So save yourself some expensive gas and go shopping in your PJs. Less gas to buy means more money for cool books and tools!

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Be A Part Of Quilting History
In our April 15, 2008 Newsletter (Vol. 2, #16), we told you about an enormous (600-page),comprehensive, must-have volume filled with resource information for quilters. Well hold onto your hats, folks! Meg Cox is at it again, and this time she is looking for input from you: the everyday quilter.

While reporting on the modern quilt world for The Quilter´s Catalog: A Comprehensive Guide, journalist Meg Cox compiled a set of ten questions for quilters. More than 350 quilters from all over the world completed the survey, and at least a dozen of them were quoted by name in the book and had some of their quilts featured in photographs. All the responses helped Meg understand the trends and passions fueling quiltmakers today.

Here is your chance to be part of quilt history; that is, to share your story--and possibly your quilts. For the next book, Meg is seeking quilt projects from everyday quilters, not celebrated teachers, so she will be reading quilt descriptions carefully to make her selections. To participate in the new survey, click here. Please don´t include photos at this time.

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