Ta Da! My version of the Halo Medallion Quilt designed by the late Sue Garman and quilted by Lois Squyres Kindley. I cried when I saw it!!! It’s not quite finished, needs the binding and to be blocked. The beauty of the quilting enhanced my piecing perfectly. Thank you so much Lois for your creative quilting artistry. To Barbara Black and the Sunday Sew and Sews—I did it! Thanks for all of the encouragement and guidance (along with two other quilting friends I leaned on repeatedly). But Chuck Erickson is the real winner. Through thick and thin and several swear words plus two broken arms he supported me at every step. Thank you God for sending him my way and for keeping me on the path to do my best work ever!
ps. I am making another one for my other daughter-different fabric!
The wildfire called the Spring Fire devastated the forest in and around the town of La Veta, Colorado. Ricky shares his experience in a chat with Alex with still images and video footage taken during the roller coaster ride of emotions that ensued over several days.
"This video is dedicated to Justin Shults who was the real hero protecting the priceless quilts and art, our company computers and files, and making sure the dogs were safe. He had to bear the work alone and he deserves a medal for determination and not giving into pressure. He texted, "I got this! This is what I do."
Ricky also wants to thank everyone who sent their love and support throughout this difficult situation.
On Monday, we will be sharing a timeline of the Spring Fire 2018 as told through Ricky and Justin's Text Messages and Photos. We will also be sharing a video that Ricky created of his first drive into the Yellowstone Creek Ranch fire zone going to Autumn Rock. It includes music he just recently composed and recorded in his new studio.
We just got these in the store and we are going crazy for them!
First we have the Quilter's Date Keeper - a perpetual calendar for you to keep track of all of the birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions (quilt shows!) in your life. Because it doesn't have years, you can start and finish it at any time, or use it forever.
It is full of fun quilty things - gorgeous quilt photos, inspirational quotes, and tips & tricks for quilters, and a project planning section in the back.
AND we have matching pencils! These are great for sharing with friends, and they also have quilty sayings on them.
TQS Member Dana wrote about this quilt when she first saw it in 2010:
"This beautiful quilt was one of the first I saw when entering the show. It was made by Mark Sherman, TQS member "wood4mark.""
Mark hand-dyed about 90% of the fabric in this quilt, and quilted it with a longarm machine. Dana says, "This is one of my personal favorites because of all the wonderful color and great quilting detail."
L. says "I just used the Shark Applicutter on a "tree" applique pattern that I have cut many times with regular scissors. And the Shark was awesome! It reduced the cutting time by at least half, and it was so much easier because I could just lay the pattern down and cut -- with precision! -- and I didn't have to worry about the material getting in the way as I was cutting. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tool!"
Get them while they last!
Rob Appell's Quilt Tutorial: The Shark Rotary Cutter - YouTube
Alex and Ricky welcome longarm expert and international award-winning quilt artist Cathy Franks. This powerhouse of exuberant energy shares a dizzying number of creative techniques on the longarm.
And, did you know that by manipulating just one stencil, you could create dozens of interesting and unique quilting designs with just a twist and turn of the wrist? The creative ideas just keep coming as Cathy is guaranteed to keep you enthralled.
Mark Sherman saw an image on the cover of a book in a museum shop and wanted to make a quilt based on that image. It turns out it was a page from the Book of Kells. Mark had to get special permission from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, to make the quilt. It took him six years and a jeweler's loupe to complete it.
Jen from Shabby Fabrics has the latest in their Table Glitz series. This time it is bright and cheerful sunflower placemats and coasters. Jen walks you through putting these together and offers some great tips for doing it accurately.
We searched the internet for something quilt related to Friday the 13th. We found something scary and ridiculous, The Quilt of Hathor, an episode of "Friday the 13th: The Series" in which a cursed antique is a quilt. When you sleep under it, you dream of your enemy’s murder, only for your enemy to die as you dream it.