Why You Should Visit the Tokyo International Quilt Festival Even if You Don’t Quilt

It is the largest quilt show in the world. Visit the Tokyo International Quilt Festival at the end of January to see the masterpieces of Japan’s best textile artists on display.

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A Girl’s Sweet Getaway Weekend in Hershey, PA

This past summer, a good friend and I went away for a girls weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  We found an abundance of activities in the town that calls itself “The Sweetest Place on Earth”, along with a great quilt show to boot.

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A Week at a Quiltworx Retreat in Kalispell, Montana

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to participate in a Quiltworx Retreat on Flathead Lake, Montana, near Kalispell.  It was a relaxing week with lots of instruction, lots of food and lots of sewing. Continue reading “A Week at a Quiltworx Retreat in Kalispell, Montana”

A Perfect Holiday Escape with Crafty Retreats in Central France

One of my goals for this year has been to take quilting classes from some of the best instructors in the industry so that I could  learn from various experienced quilt artists and get exposed to diverse teaching styles and techniques. I was thrilled to discover Crafty Retreats in central France and a class with Sheena Norquay, one of the UK’s top free motion quilting instructors.  What I did not expect was the absolutely perfect holiday guest experience. Continue reading “A Perfect Holiday Escape with Crafty Retreats in Central France”

Will the modern quilt please stand up?

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 3

Which of the two quilts below is from the 1930’s and which one is a modern version?

 

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Pilgrimage to Paducah

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 1

It may seem odd that the subject of an inaugural post would be about traveling to Paducah, but to a quilter this is near to being a pilgrimage to Mecca.  I imagine some might be a little challenged to pinpoint Paducah on a map of the US – it’s in Kentucky, across the Ohio river from the southernmost curvy tip of the state of Illinois.  But, in 2013 UNESCO, put Paducah on the world map as a Creativity City of Crafts and Folk Art, recognizing the city for its role in promoting creativity through quilting and the fiber arts. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Paducah”