Happy October! This month our inspiration is taken from the CONTEMPORÂNEO – CONTEMPORARY exhibit which runs October 18, 2019 – January 28, 2020. Featuring quilts by Brazilian artists and members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA), the exhibit gives viewers a chance to see these unique quilts side by side.
Our guest designer is Silvia Sutters and she takes us for a journey into improv piecing for the October Block. “Improvisational piecing is a great way to make a quilt without a lot of planning and restrictions. Use what you have, break some rules, make it wonky, and have fun!”
Each block, just like each quilt in the exhibit, will be a unique creation by You, the quilter. So let’s make some improvisational blocks!
Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club
Not on Facebook? Patterns are also available on the museum's website.
Triangle Trifecta is inspired by the Corner Gallery exhibit "Tula Pink: Personally Tula." Designed by Jess Finn from Paper Pieces, the block is constructed with English Paper Piecing (EPP), the method used by Tula in her exhibited quilts.
Jess says, "I firmly believe that EPP is popular to this day not only for its accuracy but also because of portability. I designed the Triangle Trifecta to show you how seamless Y-Seams can be with EPP, and also to give you the opportunity to explore fussy-cutting with English Paper Piecing.
Join the Facebook community Block of the Month Club
Not on Facebook? Patterns are also available on the museum's website.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation and The National Quilt Museum Partner to Help Both Organizations Expand Programming and Better Serve The Quilting Community
The two service organizations play critical roles in expanding the reach of quilting
Paducah, KY, August 21, 2019 - The Quilts of Valor Foundation and The National Quilt Museum are two of the most widely recognizable and respected service organizations in quilting. The National Quilt Museum promotes the growth and expansion of quilting by bringing the work of today’s quilters to new audiences through exhibits, education programs, preservation, and advocacy efforts. The Quilts of Valor Foundation works to cover all service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.
Both organizations are 501c3 nonprofits primarily funded through the generosity of people and organizations passionate about quilting.
Through this partnership, the two organizations will jointly work to help each other reach larger audiences. The partnership was kicked off at the annual Quilts of Valor Conference in Grand Rapids on August 20, 2019 during a speech by National Quilt Museum CEO Frank Bennett. “Our two organizations serve the quilting community and are reliant on the quilting community for support. For us both to achieve our global missions, we need everyone passionate about quilting involved with our respective organizations. Through this partnership, both organizations will be able to bring our message to wider audiences,” stated Bennett.
Along with other combined communication initiatives, the two organizations are going to make it possible to become a member of both organizations online from either website. If you sign up to become a member on either the Quilts of Valor website (www.QOVF.org) or The National Quilt Museum website (www.QuiltMuseum.org), you will be given the option to become a member of both organizations with just one click. “We think everyone that cares about the future of quilting should support both of our organizations, so we are making it possible to get both memberships on either of our websites,” explained Quilts of Valor Executive Director, Tammany McDaniel.
In addition to the combined effort to increase memberships, the two organizations will regularly use each other’s communication platforms to share news about projects and events. Both organizations annually reach audiences in the hundreds of thousands with their newsletters, email, blogs, social media, and videos.
About The National Quilt Museum
Now its 27th year, the National Quilt Museum promotes the growth and expansion of quilting by bringing the work of today’s quilters to new audiences through exhibits, education programs, preservation, and advocacy efforts. Their primary campus in Paducah, KY sees visitors annually from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. Between in-facility and traveling exhibits, more than 150,000 people per year experience the art form in person through museum efforts.
The museum is committed to teaching the next generation of quilters, and its education programs annually attract more than 4,000 young people and adults. Educational opportunities include the School Block Challenge, Quilt Camp, and the museum’s acclaimed hands-on program, The Creative Stitch, in which people of all ages with no previous experience learn to make a quilt block.
The National Quilt Museum has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for seven consecutive years, making it one of the top tourist attractions by visitor review in the world. The museum made Southern Living’s “Top 15 Museums in the South” list in 2017 and it has been mentioned in Midwest Living, CNN Travel, USA Today, National Geographic, and many more. Paducah, Kentucky is a UNESCO Creative City. For more information go to www.QuiltMuseum.org.
About The Quilts of Valor Foundation
The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine:
The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well-being. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was:
Quilts = Healing
The model appeared simple: have a volunteer team who would donate their time and materials to make a quilt. One person would piece the top and the other would quilt it. I saw the name for this special quilt. It was a Quilt of Valor, a QOV.
Our volunteers have now awarded 225,533 Quilts of Valor. Our actions resonate across age groups and we often see husband/wife teams of topper and long-armer working on these visual representations of service, patriotism and gratitude. We are reaching youth and the new quilter through our Under Our Wings® Program. Youth from 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts complete a QOV and award it to service member or veteran. We are reaching out to hold instructional classes in retirement communities, engaging veterans in using an art form both for expression and healing, and bringing back sew days throughout the country. Each year on National Sew Day, we encourage quilters to make at least one block which can be used locally or sent to a group in need of fabric for piecing tops. Our National Block Drive garnered over 12,000 blocks in a 9-month period, all of which are being pieced and quilted for award in 2019. For more information go to www.QOVF.org.
- Hancock’s of Paducah
- Hobbs Batting
- The Warm Company
- Aurifil Thread
- Janome USA
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
School Block Challenge is an annual, nationwide, quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12. It's co-sponsored by the National Quilt Museum and Mood Fabrics. Moda provides three challenge fabrics whence must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are also required to have some type of machine or hand stitching. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination, and math skills in designing and constructing their own quilt blocks.
Students can make a block on their own, at school in the classroom, in a home school program, with a scout troop, 4-H club, etc. They can work individually or in pairs or groups as they discover how the art of quilting relates to other school subjects and their own interests.
A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks, winners are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th and prizes are awarded.
Interested in participating? Visit quiltmuseum.org/sbc
The National Quilt Museum encourages the next generation of quilters through the School Block Challenge contest and exhibit-and hopes that it inspires all quilters both young and old!
- You must be at least 70 ½ years of age.
- You may transfer up to $100,000 a year to The National Quilt Museum or other qualified nonprofits without paying income tax on the transaction.
- Couples can exclude up to $200,000 in taxes in some cases depending on how they file.
- In some cases, you can roll a 401k over into an IRA and take advantage of these benefits.
- You do not have to donate the entire withdrawal; you may take some of the money and donate the rest.
- You don’t need to itemize your taxes to take advantage of this benefit.
- Funds must be directly transferred from your IRA trustee to the 501c3 nonprofit organization to take advantage of the tax benefits.
Dye-Paint Your Images Workshop with Hollis Chatelain May 30-June 1, 2019 Learn how to paint images with Procion dyes on cotton and how to use quilting to enhance the look of your painted fabric.
Cascade Curve Braid Workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe July 19-20, 2019 Enjoy the curves! - with this eye-popping curved braid pattern. This class will focus on curved piecing, cutting, and pinning for success.
Photo-Inspired Fusing Workshop with Lenore Crawford October 3-5, 2019 Create unique designs from your own photos. Learn how to combine simple techniques like fusing, fabric painting, and top-stitching to make one-of-a-kind quilts.
HERstory celebrates amazing women! The exhibit showcased “A Celebration of Strong Women,” curated by Susanne Miller Jones.84 artists from seven countries created tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes, through the art of quilting. Lovely quilts celebrate strong women who cracked glass ceilings and those who made discoveries. Women who shook the world by breaking into fields previously reserved for men are commemorated, as are those who were the first to do something before any man. The quilts within this exhibit honor athletes, authors, artists, aviators and astronauts, business leaders, educators, entertainers, mathematicians, scientists, writers and world leaders. Throughout history, women struggled to have a voice and we won that right in 1920, the right to vote. The HERstory exhibit celebrates the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished in the past and present. The HERstory book, HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women by Susanne Miller Jones, is available from Schiffer in the museum’s gift shop. The exhibit will be at The National Quilt Museum through April 9, 2019. For more information, go to www.quiltmuseum.org/herstory
This brand new video highlights Pat Kroth, our current corner gallery artist. Her unique style and use of found objects creates dimension both in the artwork and the stories behind them. Pat Kroth tells the stories behind her quilts, as well as some of her other pieces she has completed. Her Exhibit will be here at the museum until November…Read More
In this video we talk to Lenore Crawford, Artist of the Beautiful Quilt "Port of Cassis". She talks about her process, inspiration, and gives advice to new quilters interested in this beautiful artform.Read More
Happy October! This month our inspiration is taken from the CONTEMPORÂNEO – CONTEMPORARY exhibit which runs October 18, 2019 – January 28, 2020. Featuring quilts by Brazilian artists and members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA), the exhibit gives viewers a chance to see these unique quilts side by side. Our guest designer is Silvia Sutters and she takes us for…Read More
In Victoria Findlay Wolfe's exhibit "Playing with Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective" which is open through October 8, 2019 visitors experience the evolution of her artistic style. This retrospective includes her first quilt, her most recent quilt, and every stitch in between. In the video linked below, Victoria shares details about how they were made and what inspired them.Read More
We have a wonderful new exhibit featuring quilts from Block of the Month Club members. Each of these quilts are made up of 12 different blocks inspired by museum exhibits and designed by various quilters. 11 quilts were selected out of 94 entries from Round 1 which occurred from April 2018-March 2019. Each of these quilts have so much variety,…Read More
Triangle Trifecta is inspired by the Corner Gallery exhibit "Tula Pink: Personally Tula." Designed by Jess Finn from Paper Pieces, the block is constructed with English Paper Piecing (EPP), the method used by Tula in her exhibited quilts. Jess says, "I firmly believe that EPP is popular to this day not only for its accuracy but also because of portability. I designed…Read More
We say "acid-free" a LOT here at the museum, and we're very happy to share with you just how important that buzzword is for textiles. These bolts of fabric probably date to around the 1990's and are lovely shades of "Country Teal" and "Garden Green" - until they are unrolled. The photos show that where the fabric at the center…Read More
The School Block Challenge is great program for our young children in the community. Each of them can apply to be a part of the program, in which they will receive 3 fabrics to use for their block. Children from grades K-12 are allowed to participate in the challenge. They are also allowed for an adult to help them, or…Read More
This past weekend on August 17th we had a great time at a local street fair! The street fair is a event that is hosted by Market House Theatre for kids to come out and have a good time before school starts. Our Education Department set up a stand for an activity to do with the kids. Each child got…Read More