Textiles and the Triplett Sisters

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 to add to our UFO lists and perhaps even finish. Sue Garman made over 300 quilts in her 40 years as a quilter, the majority of the quilts being original designs. The exhibition featured 100...
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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 uses no intricate sewing, but focuses on creating artwork with fabric. Danny states “since I’m using fabric to create my artwork, I want to maintain the original beauty of the textile designs on each piece of...
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2017 Quilt Market is History!


Each year before the witching hour is upon us, the annual Quilt Market takes place.  It is the show for professionals in the field and requires credentials to get into the exhibition space and to the vendor area.  Attendees receive a sneak peak of new releases in fabric, tools, and books.  Kay and I were very pleased to have our book “Pioneer Quilts: Prairie Settlers Life in Fabric – 30 Quilts from the Poos Collection” included in the new releases.  It meant demos, book signings, and schoolhouses…Oh My! Also, a few of the antique quilts from the book Pioneer Quilts are in a Special Exhibition at both Quilt Market and Quilt Festival.   This means you have the opportunity to see 25 of the quilts from the book in person.  The exhibition also includes 5 contemporary quilts...
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Breaking News about Triplett Sisters’ BOM!


Breaking news...Kay Triplett has finished the fourth block! Okay, we are currently in the fifth month, and she’s been running behind. (In true sister fashion, I had to give her a hard time. :>)) However, given her progress, she might get caught up this month. Did you get behind on our Block of the Month too? Not even get started yet? More Breaking News...Individual patterns are available in our etsy shop. (Just click on the blue writing for the link to the shop.) Now is the time to join us on this BOM journey. If you missed one of our blocks, the patterns are available in our etsy shop. Or simply purchase the complete pattern and beat us to the finish line. Even More Breaking News...Fusible kits are available in our etsy shop too. Need a...
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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 our traveling exhibitions will be there. This exhibit will give viewers in the Seattle area a firsthand look at some of the quilts from our new book, Pioneer Quilts: Prairie Settlers’ Life in Fabric. It is...
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