Curated by Kristin Goedert & Lilo Bowman, TheQuiltShow.com
Over the past 17 years, TheQuiltShow.com (TQS), the world’s first full-service interactive online video/web TV show created just for quilters, has offered a place to learn from world-class teachers, to be inspired by stunning quilts, and to connect with other quilters in a fun and positive community environment.
As any quilter knows, a beautiful and well-executed quilt requires a wide range of skills and abilities, many of which are often hidden or behind the seams. It was with this idea in mind that TQS chose to narrow our focus to techniques that wow or intrigue and are not necessarily evident upon first glance. At the same time, TQS also wanted to create an engaging and interactive collection that would support the quilting community and share knowledge to help quilters grow their skills.
Every quilt in this collection represents the work of a TQS featured artist's unique or interesting technique that provides you the viewer a glimpse into their process.
Cherrywood Challenge: The Monarch – Caterpillar
The iconic Monarch butterfly is in trouble. In the summer of 2022, it was put on the Endangered List. Let's change that. Not only can you plant the seeds of milkweed, you can plant the seeds of creativity. Can you do it with just eight colors as you make a Monarch quilt?
Quilters were encouraged to push themselves creatively and to think outside the box.
Eight colors of Cherrywood Hand-dyed Fabrics were used to create a 20-inch square quilted artwork. No other colors of fabric could be added. The only way to add more colors was with thread, stringy bits, paint, pencil, ink, beads, etc.
SHOW ME SAMPLER by Clara Cartwright
Missouri Show Me Sampler
Clara Cartwright and Carolyn Coonrod led a group of friends (Michele Chauncey, Bettylynne Gregg, Gana Honn, and Mary Ryder) from the Discovery Quilters of Shell Knob Guild, through the teaching and learning of many techniques to create the Show Me Sampler quilts showing tribute to their state of Missouri. The quilts include Missouri-themed blocks – some traditional blocks plus some original designs by Clara Cartwright. The backing on several of the quilts is a collage of an area map of the part of the state where all of their members live.
OUR FLAG STANDS FOR FREEDOM QUILT Pattern Designer: Primitive Gatherings Maker: Bonnie Hawkins Quilter: Bobby Hardgrave
Quilting in the Ozarks: Start with a Kit
There is never enough time to make all of the quilts that we want to make. Starting with a kit lets you get right to the cutting and sewing. Quilts & Quilts The Fabric Shoppe is operated by three generations of quiltmakers located in the heart of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. The Shoppe features kits for every level of quiltmaker from beginner to advanced. This exhibit includes quilts that start with a printed panel like the Rippling Colors Patriot Panel Quilt, which is perfect for a beginning quilter. The quilter making the most popular pattern, Star Spin Quilt, should have some experience. Check out the variety of colors and techniques in these quilts, then choose your favorite quilt and order the kit today.
Kits can be ordered from Quilt & Quilts The Fabric Shoppe by scanning on the QR code on the tag of each quilt.
Quilts from Ukraine: Natalia & Illia Lashko and the Ukrainian Quilters Association
Despite blackouts, regular shelling, and lack of heating and electricity, Ukrainian quilters have completed many quilts.
The Ukrainian Quilters Associatioon members made quilts honoring Oleksandra Exter, a famous Ukrainian painter avant-garde, and other quilts representing their country.
Natalia Lashko and her son, Illia Lashko, made quilts that feature the unique technique of straw embroidery, which Natalia and her husband, Volodymyr, developed in the early 1980s.
IN HONOR OF THE CHILDREN OF THE RMS TITANIC by Debbie Hipple
Remembering the RMS Titanic
This exhibit includes quilts from Branson’s Titanic Museum that reflect on the ship’s ill-fated attempt to cross the Atlantic. The idea for the Titanic quilt originated from Deborah Hipple’s interest in history and visits to exhibits recognizing the loss of the Titanic. She decided to feature the ship rather than the tragedy as she read accounts of the ordeal. IN HONOR OF THE CHILDREN OF THE RMS TITANIC by Debbie Hipple and the TINY SHIPS quilt by Jenny Doan honor the 135 children on board the Titanic.
All living creatures need a safe place to heal, regroup, rest, or retreat. Do you nurture your loved ones in a special place? Do you create a haven for others in need? What is your haven?
Quilts by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.
The Presidential Quilts, Collection of Sue Reich
The exhibit is a Presidential and a quilt design chronology from George Washington to Joe Biden. Many of the quilts include campaign slogans, presidential nicknames, and important events that occurred during their terms in office. These quilts were made by quilt historians. Also included is a collection of large quilts with presidential connection.
AQS QuiltWeek – Branson 2023 Best of Show JOYFUL JAPAN by Pat Holly, Ann Arbor, MI
Branson Contest Quilts
The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts showcasing a wide variety of techniques that quiltmakers around the world are using today. Quilters will vie for $54,700 in cash awards, with the Best of Show receiving $10,000. Quilts range from traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, to Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.