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April Give-Away: HoneyBeGood.com $30 Gift Certificate!

Honey Be GoodQuilt Show News is happy to announce its April Give-Away!! You can be entered to win the HoneyBeGood.com $30 Gift Certificate simply by visiting http://honeybegood.com and telling us your favorite item in their shop. Leave your response in the comments below and you will be entered to win! HoneyBeGood is dedicated to promoting beautiful and affordable organic and sustainable fabric for the quilting and sewing arts.

Quilters who comment before midnight Eastern time on April 27th will be entered to win. We do not ship prizes internationally, so this contest is open to United States quilters only.

Good Luck!

AND Congratulations to Jill Shafer from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Jill won last month’s give-away!

AQS Paducah Quilt Show 2014 – Information You Will Need at the Show!

Paducah Quilt Show 2014If you’re planning on attending the AQS Paducah 2014 Quilt Show, you should start packing because it is just around the corner!

The show begins April 23rd and lasts until April 26th.  Hours are as follows:

ADMISSION CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR:

Daily Admission  
Member: $11
Retail: $14

2-day Admission
Member: $20
Retail: $25

Multi-Day Admission
Member: $25
Retail: $35

Hours
Wednesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center
415 Park Ave
Paducah, KY 42001

Shuttle Guide and Map:
If you are driving to Paducah, you can park your car and take the shuttle around town.  Here is a shuttle guide. Print it and bring it along!

Enjoy the show!!

 

Free Video: Sewing Machine Feet Explained

sewingmachinfeetDo you have sewing machine feet you never use? I know I do! And I never use them because I’m not sure what I should be using them for. But I just found out that Craftsy has a free video class on how to use various types of machine feet. And it’s a good class!

I’ve taken some of the other Craftsy classes and they have been well worth the money. And this one is FREE! I decided to check this class out and so I signed up at Craftsy.

If you’re interested in learning more about the class, here is some more information on what’s inside:

Designer, pattern-maker and sewing instructor Steffani Lincecum teaches you how to identify and use 11 of the most common sewing feet. Start with zipper and buttonhole feet, then learn how to use blind-hem and rolled-hem feet to finish your work like a pro. Finish with a tour of popular optional feet that help you achieve perfect topstitching, gathers, couching, free-motion stitching and more. Whether you’re new to sewing or a longtime sewist, you’re sure to learn some tips to improve the speed and accuracy of your sewing projects by starting off with the right foot in this free mini-class. 

My favorite lesson in this class was on Specialty Feet. I now know what to do with all of the feet that came with my sewing machine. And I see a couple feet I might order for a future quilt project. The video, not only tells about the feet, but also shows them being used properly. I love video instruction because it’s so much faster to learn than reading written instructions. The little trick to pull the top thread through the foot is awesome! I will definitely be using that one.

If you would like to sign up for the free class, click here. Full disclosure, if you sign up for Craftsy for free, I do receive a small commission. But, rest assured, I only promote classes I really love, and this class is truly free to you!

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

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AQS Paducah Quilt Show 2014

paducah2014It’s just around the corner!  If you’re attending the American Quilters Society Quilt Week 2014 in Paducah, here are some key pieces of information you will need when you arrive:

AQS QuiltWeek®

Paducah, Kentucky 2014 April 23 – 26

General Registration is now open! Make your arrangements now to see all the exciting events and beautiful quilts on display at this year’s show. Workshop information is available online now under the‘Workshops Tab’ on the AQS website.

When you purchase your ticket online, you will be able to head straight for the Admission Gate at QuiltWeek without standing in line to purchase your ticket.

Single General Admission tickets are available on the AQS website until April 13, 2014. Any tickets purchased on or before April 9, 2014, will be mailed to you. Tickets purchased after April 9, 2014, will be held at Will Call located at the Workshop Desk at the front entrance of the show.

Single Day Tickets

Single day admission tickets for AQS QuiltWeek® — Paducah, KY 2014 can be purchased in any quantity. Each ticket is valid for one day’s admission to the show for one person. For example, if you have a group of 10 attending for one day, order 10 tickets.

Multiple Day Tickets

If you will be attending more than one day of this show and want to buy a multiple-day ticket for one individual at a reduced price, please click HERE to go to the correct place to order.  

Bring Your Printed Ticket

Be sure to store your printed ticket in a safe place and bring it with you to the show. If you forget or misplace your ticket, you will need to purchase another at the show.

Paducah Lodging

For Lodging information and reservations contact the Paducah McCracken County Visitors’ Bureau at 1-800-PADUCAH or go to their website at www.paducah.travel/quilting.

March Give-Away: Fat Quarter Shop $35 Gift Certificate!

Fat Quarter Shop Gift CetificateQuilt Show News is happy to announce its March Give-Away!! You can be entered to win the Fat Quarter Shop $35 Gift Certificate simply by leaving a comment below on this blog post.

Quilters who comment before midnight Eastern time on March 25th will be entered to win. We do not ship prizes internationally, so this contest is open to United States quilters only.

Good Luck!

AND Congratulations to Carol Newby from Greeley, Colorado. Carol won last month’s give-away!

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AQS Lancaster Quilt Show 2014 – Must-See Event Information

Lancaster2014SaveDateAmerican Quilter’s Association is busy getting ready for a great show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this month. If you’re going and want to purchase your ticket before you go, now you can! When you purchase your ticket online, you will be able to head straight for the Admission Gate at QuiltWeek without standing in line to purchase your ticket.

Single General Admission tickets are available on this site until March 10, 2014. Any tickets purchased on or before February 26, 2014, will be mailed to you. Tickets purchased after February 26, 2014, will be held at Will Call located at the Workshop Desk at the front entrance of the show.

AQS Members: $10.08
Non-Members: $12.60

Click here to purchase your tickets online.

AQS also has the show schedule available online, including all workshops that will be taking place during Quilt Week. To view schedules and workshops, click here.

Here are some events you want to be sure to check out while you’re there!

  • On-site Appraisals
  • Eleanor Burns 35th Extravaganza
  • Don’t Let the Cowboy Hat Fool You! – A musical Event with Ricky Tims
  • Picnic in the Park: The Quilt Collaborations of Sue Nickels and Pat Holly
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AQS Des Moines Quilt Show Contest Is Open!

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BARCELONA CROW’S NEST, Patricia Delaney, Abington, MA, 2013 Winner

If you’re thinking about entering your quilt in a large show, consider entering in the AQS Des Moines Quilt Week Show. The competition happens during the show in October. Entries are due in June of 2014.

In the past, I’ve had an opportunity to interview staff members of American Quilt Society. I was extremely impressed with their process for accepting quilts, and their care of quilts while in their possession. They take their job seriously and pay attention to every detail so that your quilt will hang well, look great, be fully protected, and will be returned to you without a hitch. It’s an amazing process!

If you’re wondering what it takes to enter a large quilt competition, here are the rules to this competition:

2014 Des Moines Contest Rules

1. The maker(s) of a cloth quilt can enter their completed work by submitting it easily online at www.AQSshows.com along with the non-refundable entry fee of $20 per quilt for AQS members or $35 per quilt for nonmembers, digital photos (see rule 5), and appraisal and/or design permission, if applicable (see rule 6).

2. There is a limit of one quilt entry per category; two quilts cannot be entered in the same category, for example, you may enter one quilt in category 1 and another in category 4, but you cannot enter both quilts into category 4.

3. All quilts must be quilted by hand, machine, or both. Quilting is defined as a running stitch that passes through top, batting, and backing. Tied quilts are not eligible.

4. All quilts must fit the size requirements and definitions of the selected category. Please look carefully at category definitions and sizes. You must select a different category for each quilt.
For categories defined by quilting method:
a. Home Sewing Machine includes use of any sewing machine that is table-mounted/stationary, allowing the quilter to move the fabric rather than the machine.
b. Longarm/Midarm Machine includes any sewing machine mounted on a frame, allowing the quilter to move the machine head rather than the fabric.

5. Three photos must be uploaded with the entry.
Please include:
A full-view photo of the quilt showing all four corners. No part of the quilt can be obscured. (Do not  crop or manipulate your photos, however, you may crop the  background so long as all edges, corners, and binding of the quilt are visible.)

A detailed photo showing quilting stitches. Select a 12-inch section representing your best work.
A photo of the entrant(s) from the shoulders up. If you are a group or team of quilters, please use a group photo that includes everyone. Please click here to view our Suggestions for Good Photography.

6. Permissions and Appraisals: Any quilt that cannot be defined as an original piece requires written design permission from the inspiration(s) source. Quilts valued over $1,000 dollars require an appraisal submission. When uploading design permissions and appraisal files make sure they are no larger than 10 MB and multiple pages are scanned as one document. (Original design definition: first, not a copy of a previous work; new creation; patterns by others are NOT used)

7. Quilts must be in excellent condition. Incomplete, torn, or soiled quilts do not qualify for entry or display.

8. Quilts can be entered in multiple AQS QuiltWeek Contests: Phoenix, AZ;  Lancaster, PA; Paducah, KY; Charlotte, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Chattanooga,  TN; and Des Moines, IA.
Effective in 2014 — A quilt winning a cash award is eligible to enter any other AQS contest for the next twelve months, for example, if your quilt wins a cash award in Lancaster 2014, you may enter it in any other AQS contest for one year. However, it would not be eligible to enter Lancaster in 2015.

9. Quilts must be a single unit and may not be framed with wood, metal, etc. Odd-shaped quilts and quilts with multiple panels must be mounted on black fabric containing a sleeve; attach the quilt at the top only, leaving the bottom free for the judges to view the back of the quilt. Quilts made from stamped kits are not eligible.

10. All decisions of the jurors and judges are final. AQS reserves the right to reject any entry or to move a quilt into a different category. AQS juries quilts based on technique as well as appropriate subject matter.

11. Quilts must have been finished between June 1, 2011 and the entry deadline.

12. Quilts must be available for display from September 13, 2014 until one week after the show.

13. Written judging evaluations are NOT provided for this contest|

14. Enter your quilt online by: June 4, 2014
Bed Quilts: Width 60″ to 110″; Length 80″ or more. Quilts designed for use on a bed.
Bed Quilts – Hand Quilted: Quilted predominantly by hand.
Bed Quilts – Machine Quilted: Quilted predominantly by machine.
Wall Quilts: Width 24″ to 80″; Length 24″ or more. Quilts made for display on a wall.
Wall Quilts – Hand Quilted: Quilted predominantly by hand.
Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted: Quilted predominantly by home sewing machine.
Wall Quilts – Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted: Quilted predominantly by longarm/midarm machine.
Wall Quilts – Modern: These quilts may use improvisational piecing, bold colors, simple shapes, neutralas backgrounds, or other techniques that represent today’s modern quilt style.

ONLINE ENTRY is OPEN! Click here to enter.

 

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February Give-Away: Quilt Lover’s Heart® Pendant and Chain!

QuiltPendant72Quilt Show News is happy to announce its February Give-Away!! You can be entered to win the Quilt Lover’s Heart® sterling silver pendant and chain simply by leaving a comment below on this blog post.

Quilters who comment before midnight on February 14th will be entered to win. We do not ship prizes internationally, so this contest is open to United States quilters only.

Good Luck!

AND Congratulations to Kathy Boice of Kansas, Ohio. Kathy won last month’s give-away!

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Are You Looking for Quilt Shows in 2014?

united_statesIt’s January, and if you’re like most quilters, you’re starting to think about the quilt shows you’re planning to see this year. I love this part of the year and the planning that goes into choosing which shows I’m going to see! The perfect place for you to start is http://quiltshownews.com.  We’ve got lots of quilt shows listed by state. I am planning a Spring Break trip right now and so I’m going to be looking for shows happening along my route in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. If you too will be traveling for Spring Break or summer vacation, you can take a look at the cities along your route and find shows that are happening in those areas! And if you are in a guild or quilt group, and you’re planning a show this year, take a look to see if we have your show listed on your state’s page.  If not, hit reply and tell me about the show.  We will make sure to include links to your guild website, or contact information.  Quilters want to know about you!! Happy Quilting!

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Are You Picking the Right Colors of Fabric For Your Quilts?

5556_2014-block-of-the-month-craftsy-color-theory-1386911711341Pick Perfect Colors for Your Quilts – FREE Class

At Quilt Show News, we are sent information on all kinds of new quilt products. When we see a really good one, we share it with you. Here is one I am excited about and I think many of you will be interested in!

I have been a quilter for over 30 years. By now you would think I am pretty good at choosing colors for my quilts. But the truth is, I would like to know a lot more about choosing the right color. I know that the right colors can really take a quilt to the next level. I found a free resource to help with color and wanted to share it with you.

Craftsy is offering a free color class all on video. It is truly free . I just ordered the class for $0 dollars. Then I was sent to a page with the videos ready to view. Instantly! I was surprised to see there is not one vidoe but EIGHT! It’s called a “block of the month”, but I received all eight videos upon signing up.  I cannot wait to dig in! There are videos on analogous color and complementary color, and a bunch more. I am going to watch these while I quilt this week. I can’t wait to dig in!

This was absolutely free, so if you would like to receive the class too, simply go to Craftsy using this link and you can sign up. In seconds you will have access to the videos. (Just so you know, Quilt Show News does receive small commissions from Craftsy on occasion when you use our links. But make no mistake, this class is free!!!)

Here is the class description:

Amy Walsh is a lifelong sewer who used to eavesdrop on her mother’s sewing bees after bedtime. Her love of fabric began at an early age, when she started collecting it in her bedroom closet. Today, Amy is a longarm quilter. In 1995, along with Janine, she started Blue Underground Studios, Inc. Janine Burke learned sewing from her grandmother during grade school. Eventually, her passion for needle and thread led her to quilting, and she’s been collecting fabrics ever since. In addition to working as a longarm quilter, Janine designs patterns and teaches quilting classes.

As always, if your organization is planning a quilt show, let us know. We will add you to our directory so quilters can find you and put your show on their calendar! Go the contact page and fill out the simple form today!

Happy Quilting

Deborah

PS:  Here is that link again if you want to check it out. 2014 Craftsy Block Of The Month