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More from North Carolina!

What a great time we had at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium!

Wonky Flowers

This is Wonky Flowers, by Phyllis Tarrant!  She designed this in the Goose is Loose class and then stitched it in her room that night.

Helen Turnipseed showed up in the Goose is Loose class with a nearly finished quilt top, made from the pattern in my book, Flying Colors.  Very nice!

I also had some free time to explore this incredibly beautiful state!

Cherohola Skyway

Here we are looking toward Tennessee, at the top of the Cherohola Skyway!

I found a life bird, the Cerulean Warbler, lower down too!  Not bad for a half-day outing!

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North Carolina Quilt Symposium

I’m here in the heart of the Smoky Mountains this week. I finished judging the quilt show for the North Carolina Quilt Sympsium last week. It’s a great show with some fabulous quilts! I had a day off to explore the back country before teaching began. What a beautiful state!! I’m teaching for both the Quilt Symposium and the Smokey Mountain Quilters Guild.

Donna's block
Donna Christensen designed and stitched this block in her quilt just by reading my book, Flying Colors! Way cool!

Donna's Name Tag
And look what else Donna made: this name tag with tiny little Grandmothers Flower Garden pieces. She is one talented quilter!

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Lincoln, Nebraska

During my recent teaching trip in Lincoln Nebraska, I had the pleasure of visiting The International Quilt Study Center & Museum .  What a thrill!  Many thanks to the museum for a private tour of the galleries on a day they were not open.  The museum is located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It houses a world-class collection of quilts, special exhibitions, a virtual gallery, and experiences for all ages. The Center houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The 3500+ quilts date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25 countries.

Thread Sculpture
This is the thread sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival to the museum.

The museum had a special display of quilts by Jean Ray Laury, one of the iconic quiltmakers of North America. Jean’s quilts spoke volumes about her beliefs. This is one of Laury’s best known quilts, “Barefoot and Pregnant”.

Jean Ray Laury Quilt

The museum also had an exhibit in which contemporary quiltmakers replicated antique quilts in a smaller scale. All quilts in this exhibit are 45″ square. This quilt is called Louise’s Star by Nancy Ostman.
Louise's Stars

The museum also included an exhibit of contemporary quilts.

One of the galleries features signature quilts from the 1800s and 1900s.

For a look at my complete photo album from the museum, please go to my Facebook post.

Be sure to make Lincoln, NE a stop on your next trip through middle America!

(All images posted with permission of IHQSG Museum.)

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International Quilt Study Center and Museum

One of the highlights of my trip to Lincoln, Nebraska was a private tour of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.   What a thrill be be able to view the quilts on display under the expert guidance of one of their volunteers and an active guild member.  The tour began with a gallery featuring some signature quilts from the 1800s and 1900s.  I photographed the quilts (with permission) and show the quilt followed by its label.  Stay tuned for more about the other galleries

These are just a few of the signature quilts on display.  Be sure to check out the display in you are in the Lincoln, NE area.

More tomorrow!


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The Other Side of the Rainbow

The Other Side of the Rainbow
This beautiful quilt was created by Brenda Roach of Bloomfield, Indiana.  I love her innovative use of fillers and geese.  Here’s what she has to say about it:

“This is my newest quilt: The Other Side of the Rainbow. The idea of it is that the neutral colors ‘above’ the rainbow pass through it and explode into the color below.

Thank you for all of the encouragement and techniques that you have shared with me. I believe that my quilt ‘Time to Fly’ will be featured in a one page article in the July issue of American Quilter magazine and you are mentioned in that article.”

Here is a photo of Time To Fly. I feature this incredible quilt in all my lectures.  It always generates a gasp from the audience.

Time to Fly by Brenda Roach

Congratulations Brenda! You’ve created another quilting masterpiece.

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Thimbleweeds Quilt Show is this weekend

Thimbleweeds Quilt Show

Thimbleweeds Quilt Show

To all my friends in New Mexico: The Thimbleweeds Annual Outdoor Quilt Show is this Sunday, April 29. 10-2:30 at the Veteran’s Memorial Park by Esther Bone Library, in Rio Rancho. Admission is free, there will be over 200 quilts, loads of vendors (with handmade goodies), refreshments, music and much, much, more. We’d love to see you there!

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And a Little More from Asilomar

We had so much fun at Asilomar, I couldn’t help sharing a few more photos with you!

Anne Richardson pinning

Anne Richardson is working on this beautiful circular star design.

Debbie Wickstrom Four Seasons quilt

Debbie Wickstrom is designing a quilt of the four seasons, with different seasonal colors in each block.

Melissa Cowden McGinnis and her design

Melissa's design close-up

Melissa Cowden McGinnis nearly finished her swirling design in class, just one star to go. This is a masterful piece. I love the way the designs flow.

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And More from the Empty Spools Seminars

Here’s a few more photos from my fabulous week of teaching at Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California.

Cathy Stone and quilt design

Cathy Stone very nearly completed her design in class! She lacks only one more circular star in the opposite corner! Way to go, Cathy!

Gale Wrigley and Sunburst quilt design

Gale Wrigley designed a spectacular sunburst, one of two that represent the solar system with two stars.

Debra Barnes and Fishies

Debra Barnes made these terrific fishies that are part of a larger design. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here!

All my students were SO creative. I get so much inspiration from them!

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