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The Quilt Show Newsletter -Esther the Easter Chicken, Quilts at the V&A, Visit Kuwait

Quilt Show Newsletter
March 23, 2010
http://www.thequiltshow.com Volume 3, No. 63

1374_easterchicken.jpgDownload This Free Pattern:    Esther the Easter Chicken
Add a bit of pizazz to your tabletop for spring with Esther the Easter Chicken, designed and made by TQS member clhughey. Esther was selected as the first-place winner in our recent TQS Table Runner Contest, and--as promised--we are sharing the pattern with our members. 

With her charming personality and lively attitude, Esther won the hearts of our members as well as the contest judges. Click here to stitch up your own version of this fabulous fowl. She is sure to be the talk of your next holiday gathering.  

To find these and other quilty projects, visit the Projects page here.

 

 

 

 





Esther the Easter Chicken
-clhughey

 

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It's a First: British Quilt Exhibition at the V&A
If you're planning a trip to London in the next few months, be sure to put the Victoria & Albert Museum on your "must see" list. For the first time ever, the museum is exhibiting British quilts dating from the 1700s to the present day. Along with both historic and everyday, utiliarian quilts, the exhibit includes related needlework tools and personal keepsakes. 

One example of the quilts on display is a cot quilt made at "Deal Castle," which is displayed alongside the maker's diary and portraits of the two grandchildren who slept under the quilt. The National Gallery of Australia has loaned the famous Rajah quilt, stitched by women convicts in 1841 as they were being transported on the HMS Rajah towards Van Diemen's Land (present-day Tasmania). 

The exhibit runs through July 4, 2010.  To see a glimpse of some of the quilts, click here.

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Let's Visit Kuwait
One of the great treats about being a member of TQS is getting to know quilters from around the globe whom you otherwise might never meet. What began with a question from scwalanna evolved into a conversation about life as a quilter living in Kuwait. Sound intriguing? If so, follow along for the next few Newsletters as we take you on a mini-vacation to Kuwait. 

Along with images of the city, the homes, shopping, and textiles, there will--of course--be quilting. Just sit back with your favorite beverage while we take you to Kuwait--without the jet lag!  Click here to join the fun.

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Dresden Pincushions featuring A Stitch in Time by Red Rooster

Go "A Little Bit Vintage" with Red Rooster
Nothing evokes that vintage feel in fabric like the colors and prints of the 1930s.  A Stitch in Time, a new fabric line by Red Rooster Fabrics, features an array of flowers, stripes, checks, frolicking barnyard animals, and other 30s-inspired motifs. One recent afternoon, we used some of these fun fabrics to stitch up a few Dresden Pincushions from our Projects page. They are so quick and easy! Why not make several for when you need a quick, "quilty" gift? Check out the entire fabric line--and a fun, free quilt pattern from Red Rooster--here.   

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Tip of the Week:  Recycle Your Cutting Mat
Do you have an old, warped cutting mat that is no longer useful for cutting large pieces of fabric?  If enough flat area of mat remains, here's a way to recycle it. Thanks to TQS member, chockfullofjoy, for sharing this clever idea for using a section from an old mat as a mini ruler and as a way to protect your sewing surface.

1. Cut a flat portion of an old mat with a rotary cutter. Lots of elbow grease and pressure are the key. 
2.  Bend the mat until it snaps along the cutting line. 
3.  Place the cut, flat portion of the mat directly in front of your sewing machine. 

According to chockfullofjoy, this handy "new" measuring mat was especially useful for sizing up Star blocks for the 2009 BOM quilt. Added bonus: The mat also protects the surface of her sewing table.

If you have a tip to share, send it to us here.  We just might feature your great idea in an upcoming Newsletter.

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Try Vanish Lite Thread For Trapunto
Create luscious and eye-popping trapunto when you use Vanish Lite water-soluble thread from Superior Threads. It's excellent for machine- and hand-basting alike, and--because it's light--it washes away quickly and completely. Award-winning quilter, Philippa Naylor, shares a trick for using this "magic" thread in Episode 606 here. To find this and other products for your quilting masterpieces, visit the Shoppe here.

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