Miss Tilly is still painting with us each week. Last night she painted this little beauty. She is always so enthusiastic and everyone loves her! Don’t you hope that you are still being this creative at 91 years old???!!!

Our first class working on the Row Quilt met yesterday to make a row with pinwheels and Two by Two’s. Great work everyone. The row quilt is shaping up nicely!

One group of our quilters worked on the Row Quilt yesterday. This row combined the Friendship Star and the Monkey Wrench. Nice job!!!!

These terrific painters came out last night to paint our dancing cranes. Didn’t they do an amazing job???!!!! I love it when painters who come to The Studio are willing to take on a challenge. Great work everyone! Our next challenging painting is the Flying Pelicans coming up on April 30th. Check it out here.

One of the best things about social media is connecting to people with the same interests. I follow a couple of quilting groups on Facebook and yesterday there was a quilter who was asked to make a quilt for the “Quilts of Valor Foundation” on short notice and she put out a request for help. She was asking for help making red, white and blue quilt blocks (12 1/2″). Often when I read requests they are for pretty big projects and I don’t feel like I have to time to take them on but two blocks I knew I could get done quickly. I made a Flying-x and a Variable Star….so off they go in the mail to her today. If you aren’t familiar with “Quilts of Valor” you can click on the link and read about them. They have a very cool mission.

After being away from The Studio for almost 2 weeks Lincoln and I have to get back to work today. He’s so ready!!!! These are some of the upcoming Paint Parties that we have coming. Click this link here and check them out and join us at The Studio soon.

What more is there to say! We started with a 15 passenger van and 5 quilters. We spent 9 days traveling through 10 states covering 2723 miles and visited 31 quilt shops. It was a Fabric Acquisition Road Trip. Just look at my haul!!!! This will keep me busy for a little while. We spent about 7 months planning the journey . Our group was amazing and so much fun. Everyone was amiable and flexible so we added and left off some stops along the way. We fit in just as much as we possibly could. Some of you followed along with our adventure and watched as Wilma, Barbara, Katrina and Janet made our way through 10 states. And even our friend Denise who had to drop out at the last minute went with us in spirit. It was an epic trip! I can’t wait to see what everyone creates with their finds.

We left Paducah, after we spent some time at Hancock Fabrics, and traveled to Hurricane WV for the night and then back on the road heading home. We stopped at the largest quilt shop in West Virginia, Bolts and Quarters and then stopped at a quaint diner for lunch-Cool Springs Park. And finally made it home with a load of fabric and stories.

Here is the description of the Kaffe exhibit on the National Quilt Museum website: Kaffe-85 and Fabulous!

Kaffe Fassett reached a milestone birthday in December 2022 and this exhibition  reflects his influence as a leading

textiles designer and practitioner of contemporary crafts.

This might be the most amazing group of quilts I have ever seen. They were so detailed and so large. You can get an idea if you click on the photos and take a good look. If you are in the Paducah Kentucky area you should hurry over to see these before they leave. Here is what the museum website says about her work.

Larger Than Life

by Velda Newman

Sea Shells by Velda Newman

January 9  – July 11, 2023

Velda Newman is a contemporary quilt maker and fiber artist from Nevada City, California.  Her large-scale designs, portraying subjects from nature, have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan.  Newman uses textiles and thread the way other artists use paint and brush.