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February 13, 2018
Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2018 - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

Connection by Sano Junko | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Connection by Sano Junko
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Connection by Sano Junko | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Connection by Sano Junko | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Today I am sharing with you more photos of the quilts that were on display at the Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 as seen through my lens. There were many more inspiring and exciting works to be seen - truly incredible pieces of design, artistry, and workmanship - all varying in style from traditional, to modern, and original. The quilts shown here represent just a handful of quilt that drew in my eye or made my jaw drop! Pictured above is my show favorite; I love this original design with a ...

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Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2018 - Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

Tokyo International Quilt Festival | Leaping Hearts by Shizuko Kuroha | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Leaping Hearts by Shizuko Kuroha
Tokyo International Quilt Festival | Leaping Hearts by Shizuko Kuroha | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Last week was one of those weeks that I will never forget. Attending the Tokyo International Quilt Festival had been a bucket list item for a number of years and I could hardly believe that I was actually there! It is one of the largest quilt shows in the world and showcases 300+ prize winning works from Japan and aboard. The venue - Tokyo Dome - is incredible and the sheer size of the quilt show and market area initially feels overwhelming; attending for just one day is great but it really requires two days to feel ...

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February 4, 2018
Venus art quilt; finished at last from Claire Passmore

I am really pleased that the quilt I have been working on for quite some time now is finally finished. Yesterday I stitched on the hanging sleeves and put on the label. It is now ready to submit to the exhibition I have made it for (more on that later).
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Goddess or Sex-object? Claire Passmore ©2018 Size: 24" x 41"

There was a slight false finish though, which delayed me just a little longer! As I was pinning the quilt to the design wall ready to photohraph,  despite my very best efforts to get the whole quilt square, it quickly ...

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January 12, 2018
Happy Adventures 2018! from Quilt & Textile Collections

Happy Adventures 2018!
I can’t believe its 2018 already! I’ve spent last month confirming contracts and dates, so I know it is 2018, and yet? I completely understand the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun.” We have lots of fun planned for you in 2018! We aren’t even two weeks into the New Year and look what is going on...I was a guest designer for the first block of a scavenger hunt quilt. If you haven’t checked the quilt out yet, simply follow this link. Besides the scavenger hunt quilt, our Block of the Month Friendship ...

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December 15, 2017
In the American Tradition - Pieced from Quilt & Textile Collections

In the American Tradition - Pieced
This is part two of the special exhibition from the Houston Quilt Festival that focused on traditional quilts. This group of quilts are pieced but made recently. Our mother is fond of saying, “why would anyone cut up fabric to sew it back together again?” (The secret is out, our mother is not a quilter!) The answer to her question is apparent when you see the works of art created by sewing the pieces back together again. “The Never Ending Project” by Barb Kissell and quilted by Meg Fasio is appropriately named. Because there are A LOT of pieces, more ...

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December 2, 2017
Rising Stars! from Quilt & Textile Collections

Rising Stars!
This year the International Quilt Festival – Houston introduced a new exhibition, “Rising Stars.” It is to be held annually, so people can submit to be considered. If you don’t think you are quite in the “rising star” category, encourage someone you know to submit for next year. This year two artists were selected and given a special showcase. Sarah Ann Smith, doesn’t consider herself a natural born artist. However, looking at her quilts it is hard for me to agree with that statement. Granted it may have taken years to learn the tools of the trade, but she ...

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November 24, 2017
Remembering Sue Garman from Quilt & Textile Collections

Remembering Sue Garman
  This is Thanksgiving Week, a time to give thanks for family, friends, and the many blessings in life.  So, as we continue to write about the Houston Quilt Festival Special Exhibitions, it seemed appropriate to write about Sue Garman, a “matriarch” in the quilting family.  Through her patterns and teaching, she was a blessing to many quilters! Although I never had the honor of meeting her, multiple readers, writers, and quilt aficionados, spoke of generous spirit, wonderful designs, and artistic legacy.  In classes, she shared lots of tips to go with those pattern sheets. She left many patterns and designs ...

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November 16, 2017
Amazing Amazona! from Quilt & Textile Collections

Amazing Amazona!
The Houston Quilt Festival Exhibition Hall is filled with a wide variety of special exhibitions. Although it is easy to be enticed to stay in the vendor portion of the quilt festival, the exhibit hall is the perfect place to see: different techniques, superb skill, and award winning quilts. The exhibition that caught my eye across the exhibit hall was entitled “Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazona” and it was amazing. Besides appreciating his unique style of art quilts, this was a new technique to be observed. Danny does unorthodox freehand patchwork that is quite different from the traditional techniques. He ...

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October 27, 2017
Happy Holidays: International Quilt Market/Festival - Houston from Quilt & Textile Collections

Happy Holidays: International Quilt Market/Festival - Houston
It’s that time of year, the start of the holiday season.  For many people it starts with Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, etc. For the quilter, the holiday season starts with quilt market/festival in Houston.  It is the time to see old friends, quilting family, and make new friends. So, we hope to see you in Houston!  Please feel free to stop by our exhibition, Pioneer Quilts.  Check out one of our demos at Open Studios or book signings.  Although many of my classes are sold out, I still have some places left in my Adire: Indigo Resist & Dye ...

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October 4, 2017
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum from Quilt & Textile Collections

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
Previously the La Conner Quilts museum, the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, is celebrating twenty years. To go with the new name, they have a new slogan: Imagine. Create. Inspire. Any nonprofit reaching the five year mark is a cause for celebration, let alone twenty years. Congrats to all who had part in making the museum happen and thrive! Besides the museums two other quilts exhibits Pieces of the Past: 20 years of Collecting and Time Flies...20th Anniversary Festival Challenge exhibit,  QTC was honored to be selected to help with the celebration. Pieces of the Prairie one of ...

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September 27, 2017
Chintz, Glorious Chintz! from Quilt & Textile Collections

Chintz, Glorious Chintz!
I come from a theatre background, so it isn’t unusual for lines from plays or songs from musicals to pop in my head. Especially because sometimes the song catches the mood and moment more adequately than I can.  Such was the case when Kay and I went to visit the Chintz Exhibition at Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. A moment when the breath is taken away…then the song begins. In the musical Oliver, the boys have been starving and craving something other than gruel. Thus begins the songs of dreams of food or in this case dreams of ...

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October 17, 2016
Joined At Their Art from Terry Jarrard-Dimond Studio 24-7



Come and join us for the opening reception for Joined At Their Art at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC.  There is a walk and talk by each of the 6 artists followed by the reception.  The show will be up through December 2, 2016.

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