6.0 Podcast Episode 13 – LQS

May 2, 2010

Podcast Feed

Click on the Episode to listen to my Top 10 reasons for not posting.  As always, the home sewing front, notes about my commenters, and this week, the LQS.

Congratulations to the winner of the Moda Charm Pack Giveaway – Vicki.  Vicki has a pottery business and is enjoying her hobby of quilting. 

Vicki suggested that she could make a charity quilt with the moda charm pack, and even talked about mathematics in music in the comment. 

Her name was randomly drawn by my overly complex system and it happened to correspond to lucky number 13, which also happens to be the number for this podcast! 

And the Moda Charm Pack also happened to be titled Collection for a Cause, so it was very wonderful to see all the stars aligning for this one giveaway.

Here is a mouse’s eye quilted by Vicki.  Look at all the subtle shading and color variations and block shapes!


Typically the words LQS stand for (in the quilting world) Local Quilt Shop

But I can take that to mean Local Quilt Show, or even (though not correct exactly) Lawrence Quilt Show.

Yes, my friends, I finally got to attend a local quilt show put on in the city of Lawrence, KS (hence the Lawrence Quilt Show) by the Kaw Valley Quilter’s Guild.

Things to note about the show (or any show)

1.  Quilt Stories

Everyone has a story.  Quilts have a story, vendors have a story, quilt show audiences have a story.

2.  Confirmation

Seeing other people’s quilting and piecing ideas and techniques give you confirmation that you’re actually on the right track. 

You can see the quilts that people are drawn to, figure out what you like about it, and compare to your own quilting and piecing designs. 

If you can draw similar relationships in colors, spacing, piecing designs, color values, quilting techniques, you know you’re on the right track!

3.  Inspiration

You can borrow … err … be inspired by quilting designs, piecing designs, color combinations, new techniques to try.

4.  Innovation

Looking at the vendors, you want to try to buy things you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere. 

This could be completed projects, specialty dyed fabrics, or services that you wouldn’t think of.


Specific Quilts referenced in the episode:

Red and Black Fans by Joyce Worgham Colton

 Close up of fans

 Sunbonnet Ladies by Margaret Barlow

Close up of sashing quilting.  Can I try something like this too?

Paula meets Karen by Sara Chappell

Each circle is highlighted by a small black fabric edge just under the piecing for the circle.  Subtle, but very effective!

Watermelon Vine by Ruth Powers

Lazy Afternoon by Ruth Powers

Bittersweet Memories by Ruth Powers

Up from the Ashes by Jane Buckley

These flowers are highly embroidered on the pieced fabrics.

Koi 1 by Jennifer Dixon-Perkins (hand painted)

Fairy Ferns by Cathy Audley (printed ferns on fabric)

The First Lady Iris by Cathy Audley (Iris hand batik) and Katherine’s Quilt by Jan Mastenthin

Out of Bounds by Barbara Brackman (soccer quilt)

Shadow-boxing with the QBC’s, Kaffe & Friends by Nan Doljac

Loaves and Fishes by Sara Chappell

William Morris goes Aussie by Carolyn More

Untitled by Carlotta Hemphill

Shelter in a Storm by Nan Doljac & KVQG members (I watched this get pieced together in rows at the sewing day!)


What Else?

A peek at a few more fractal pictures from the computer programs.

Made with Fractal Explorer  (this could make interesting fabric with spoonflower!)

Made with Fractal Explorer (my favorite image from the fractal programs)

Made with Fractal Explorer (this reminds me of a surreal sunset on the ocean behind trees)

Made with Fractal Explorer (love the spiral and bright colors near the spiral tip)

Beverly St Clair shared with me a pdf from a phD candidate from the Netherlands who also completed a DNA Quilt. 

The artist’s name is Marielle Otter and here is the pdf to share with you. 

I’d have to learn more science to know exactly what happens in a methylated DNA sequence.  I know that a methyl group is a carbon and hydrogens, so it likely is about a change to the DNA sequence.

Marielle’s DNA quilt (above) and explanation of the symbols (below)

Sally from Palofish Adventures in Fabric has shared some great show ideas and is willing to collaborate on a few upcoming projects.  Check out her blog and patterns!

Book Review – Get out your Retro Glasses!

I found a wonderful book Super Quilter II, which is a sequel written in 1983 (yes 83!) that is a wonderfully complex book with lots of diagrams and math and tables for advanced quilting techniques.  Love it from a mathematical background!

This is from the era pre-rotary cutters, and describes the idea of why templates are not the same thickness as your sewing lines (much like Brye’s quarter inch podcast episode, and Sarah’s Stash Resolution episode 4) and how to mark your sewing lines on the fabric. 

The original work by Carla Hassel You Can be a Super Quilter. I haven’t tried out, but here is the link for it on amazon anyway.

New Podcasts!

Quilting … for the Rest of Us by Sandy

Stash Resolution by Sarah

Special thanks to my commenters & correspondents

Ethel, Lynn, Lady Rags, Janet, Gretchen, Bonnie, KellyV, Sarah, Jill, Robyn, Sally, Vicki, Beverly, and all the Big Tent gang!

Additional Music for the Show by Mevio’s Music Alley by David Parker titled No Matter What


  1. That methylated DNA quilt is great.

    Methylation doesn’t change the sequence of DNA, but it stops the DNA from being transcribed and thus silences genes. It’s important for control over which genes are expressed in which cells. 🙂

  2. Sooo nice to see one of the best quilt books ever is still around. My copy is decidedly dog eared and tattered, but it still works!

    Judy B

  3. Thanks for your comments on the LQS. I will remember to find the “stories” in the future. It’s easy to walk by, look at the techniques, and not think about the “why” of someone’s work.


  4. Hi! this is nice article. several days i am watching about the art on the fabric. in fact there are so many methods to create artwork. this article is useful for me to widen my insight about the fabric art. Good article, thank you.

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