2016 National Quilt Museum Quilts for Quilting Campaign

2015 Live auction - Quilts for Quilting Campaign

2015 Live auction – Quilts for Quilting Campaign

This is an email I received from the National Quilt Museum:

It’s time for the National Quilt Museum’s 2017 Quilts for Quilting Campaign to begin. The Quilts for Quilting Campaign is one of The National Quilt Museum’s largest and most important fundraisers. Last year over 500 quilt enthusiasts participated. We hope that you will participate this year and help the Museum achieve its fundraising goals.

How it works? The program is simple and everyone can participate. To get involved simply donate a full size quilt or miniature quilt to the Museum for fundraising purposes. The quilt can be a new creation or an antique and it can be any size. Most donated quilts will be a part of one of our three annual auctions. In a few cases they are held to be used in later events. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

The Museum is currently in its 6th consecutive year of growth. This is only possible do to the generosity of the people that fund our efforts. The dollars raised from this program and others have helped us expand several programs and diversify promotional efforts. Ultimately, the contributions of people passionate about quilting have led to thousands more people experiencing the work of today’s quilting community through educational programs, in-facility exhibits, travelling exhibits, and other programs.

In addition to helping the Museum, each contributor will receive a free gift.

How to donate your quilt to the “Quilts for Quilting” campaign:

Send quilts to:
National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson Street
Paducah, KY 42001
Please write “Attn: Q for Q” on the box.
Please include your name, address, and contact information so that we may send you a receipt and a gift.

There is no limit to the number of quilts you may donate to the campaign. We welcome multiple donations. If possible, please donate by April 1, 2017.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Frank Bennett at fbennett@quiltmuseum.org or 270-442-8856.

And if you want to just plain donate money go to their Donate page.

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Turmoil and Tranquility – 2016 SAQA Exhibition

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

This caught my eye – The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh. The piece was selected for the Turmoil exhibiton.

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

And here is the flip side, The Sentinel by Linda Colsh, selected for the Tranquility exhibition.

The show debuted at the International Quilt Show in Houston.

To hear the accompanying artist statment click on the titles above.

To see more of Linda Colsh’s work go to her website – Linda Colsh.

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Blue knitted amulet bag by Rose Rushbrooke

Blue Knitted Amulet Bag by Rose Rushbrooke

Blue Knitted Amulet Bag by Rose Rushbrooke

Another in my series of knitted amulet bags. This one is simple – a blue bag with a looped fringe and a chain made with seed beads and semi=precious round beads.

It’s about 17½” long and the bag is approximately 1¾” by 1¾” at the longest points. I often tie a knot in the chain at the back of my neck to get the length right.

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2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival – La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People's Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew

Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People’s Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew

This is so adorable. I can see this little fairy in my garden – probably in a greenhouse or garden shed so she keeps dry.

To see more of the winning pieces from the 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival you need to hie yourself to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum where they are displayed until November 20th 2016.

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Fly Me To The Moon quilt exhibition at the International Quilt Festival 2016

Captain James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins

Captain James Arthur “Jim” Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 and man’s first step onto the moon is the subject of a quilt exhibition and book entitled ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. You can read the interview with Susanne Miller Jones who put together the exhibition.

If you are going to the Festival this November then make sure you use Guide by Cell so you can hear the artist explain a bit more about each piece.

Sadly the piece I made for this book didn’t make the cut. You win some, you lose some!

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Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

This is one of my early experiments learning Russian spiral stitch. AND I had to design cages to hold in some pretty glass beads I had in my stash.

Clasp for Teal Russian spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

The clasp is a toggle, a short shaped piece of the Russian spiral which goes through a loop of seed beads. Herringbone stitch divides the spiral from the clasp.

The necklace is just over 20″ long from toggle to loop.

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