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March 6, 2019
Running National Quilt Museum with Frank Bennett from The Free Motion Quilting Project

A few weeks ago I received a note from Frank Bennett, the CEO of the National Quilt Museum. I asked him to come on the show and share about the museum and what it’s like to take care of so many quilts. Get to know Frank and learn more about how quilts are displayed and preserved by the museum in this podcast episode:

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Jump ahead to time: 15:06 to get straight to the interview with Frank!

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August 16, 2018
Weeping Willow IV from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Are you going to attend Quilt Week in Grand Rapids Aug. 22-25? I hope you will check out the special exhibit " Fresh Faces, New Ideas" where my "Weeping Willow" will be on display.

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July 13, 2018
AQS Publishes Robin's Wreaths from Nestlings By Robin

The magazine hit AQS member mailboxes early 
June and newsstands late June. 
"Robin's Wreaths" will be the series quilt
 this year presented in 5 parts.
If you are not a member, consider becoming one. 
There are many other benefits like all the
access to their digital content as well 
(a treasure trove in itself).
 Plus as a member you can find the first issue in the
 Members Only section of the website:) 
And, my name is on the cover which for some reason
 I completely didn't expect and 
therefore am surprised and delighted!
 Here is ...

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April 27, 2018
Paducah Quilt Week -- 5 -- mostly modern from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A few more of the pictures I took last week. These are almost exclusively all winners. I tried to get both the title of the quilt and the ribbon(s) but I'm sure there are a few that I missed. Getting decent photos was especially difficult because of space limitations. 

The quilts were quite close together and were cordoned off so that we couldn't get directly in front of most of the quilts. I also try to be patient with other visitors and work around them.

These are all so beautiful! Are you a modern quilter? Do you ...

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April 26, 2018
Paducah Quilt Week -- 2 -- plus a giveaway game from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Good grief! This stomach virus is a miserable, miserable way to spend three days. I thought the first round was bad, but nothing about that compares to this. I recommend that you do your best to avoid getting it. Especially the second time.

Anyway, I've recovered somewhat. Well, enough to walk out to the studio to prepare my Cotton Robin block for the mail. It should have gone out last week while I was in Paducah. (That didn't happen.) Then the virus, which Richard was fighting when I returned, found my system. Again. 

I don't know today ...

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Paducah Quilt Week -- 3 -- some quilts! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I somehow found the time to work on some of the pictures that I took at Quilt Week in Paducah. What beautiful quilts they are! Which one would you choose as a favorite? 

 Impossible, right? Well, wait till you see the others!

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April 21, 2018
Paducah Quilt Week -- 1 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Did you miss me?
Sorry that I've been away and derelict of my duties. I've been to a good place, though. Paducah, KY. The one. 

Where the National Quilt Museum is. That one.

Friends waiting on me to finish my shopping at
 Hancock's of Paducah. Look they're still smiling.

I know, I've been before. But this time is a little extra special. Quilt Week and all that. Kinda important. Especially in Paducah.

Becky, Pam, me and Beth at the AQS Quilt Show

This is The Week. When everyone quilty seems to converge on the one ...

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April 7, 2018
Weeping Willow IV from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

My "Weeping Willow IV" is now in the hands of The National Quilt Museum.

You see, I was invited by the PAAQT (Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles) to participate in the Fresh Faces / New Ideas Challenge 2018-2019 exhibit. This is the first year for the annual exhibit. After traveling for a year with the AQS Shows this piece will be auctioned off for the benefit of The National Quilt Museum.

It measures 33" X 40.5" and is made with commercial cotton fabric and quilted with verigated Fantastico from Superior Threads.

I first prepared the background by fusing ...

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March 18, 2018
Another Month Gone by in a Flash! from Seacoast Quilter

I can't believe a month has gone by so fast. I've been busy sorting things in my old house. I have accepted that a move back to Connecticut from New Hampshire is not going to happen this year. There is too much to do still, and I haven't decided to build or go house hunting. I have blueprints that I bought in the mid 90's when I was thinking of buying land from my grandmother's estate and building. It never happened but I still love the house plans. There is no rush, in any case ...

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October 9, 2017
Pardon the long absence, it’s been a busy year from The Ardent Thread

Hello, dear readers. It’s been a while.

  • In January & February I traveled Japan. More about that coming soon
  • In March we launched our wholesale import business and showed at the San Francisco Quilt Guild Show
  • In April I wrote a bunch, then stopped because there was so much more work to do with the wholesale business
  • In May we showed at the wholesale Quilt Market in St. Louis, MO
  • In June I did a guild lecture and sashiko class at River City Quilt Guild in Sacramento, CA
  • In July… I visited my son who is working in Europe!
  • In ...

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February 7, 2017
Life is Suite Again! from Quilting Hottie Haven - the blog of EvaPaige Quilt Designs

It's officially been exactly three months to the day since I blogged. Many of you have given up on me, I am sure, and I do apologize for the long delay. Here are my reasons, in no particular order:

1. The holidays kill me yearly.
2. Got new computer, which is always a fun learning curve for me.
3. Literally took me six weeks, working on trouble shooting for at least a few minutes almost daily, to sign into this blog again on new computer. I was minutes away from calling Blogger and freaking out on them.
4. Yes ...

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