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TQS Quilt of the Day
April 16, 2014
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Greenery
Quilt #: 1019099  Added on 04/05/2011
 
Owner: Joyce Triezenberg
 
Made By: Joyce Triezenberg
Year Made: 2010 - Certain
 
Located In: Grayling, MI United States
 
Description Statement:
This quilt started with making the center Dresden Plate block as an experiment using a tutorial I found on the internet ( http://lurlineg.blogspot.com/2009/12/dresden-plate-tutorial.html ). Then the idea of using partial Dresden Plates to make the curve going round the center developed into this completed quilt. The straight line quilting in the Dresden Plates looks like a dahlia on the back of the quilt. The white with tiny green dots background was quilted with feathers. All this you can see in more detail here:
http://quiltsbyjoyce.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/greenery/
I had quite a stash of greens and a number of green scraps that went into the plates. The partial plates were sewn together into the curve and then appliqued to the background.
 
 



 
USA Today: The Best Places in the US to See Quilts
April 15, 2014
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Quilts are no longer relegated to the role of just being bed coverings, but are appreciated as works of art in and of themselves.  "It's pretty broad, from the extreme fine arts world to the grassroots," says Ricky Tims, one of the world's top fiber artists. The art form celebrates Quilt Week, one of its biggest annual events, April 23-26 in Paducah, Ky. Tims shares favorite places to see this "soft art" with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY

TQS wants to know how many of these great places have you visited?

National Quilt Museum
Paducah, Ky.
Even when this city isn't celebrating Quilt Week, visitors can get a fabric fix at this museum, which has what may be the world's top quilt displays, Tims says. It's one of the reasons Paducah won the honor of being named a UNESCO Creative City. "You feel as if you've walked into a cathedral and your hat should be off. You're absolutely in awe of the work that's exhibited there." 270-442-8856; quiltmuseum.org

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Need a Break from Taxes? BERNINA Has One for YOU!
April 15, 2014
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Need a break from taxes?  BERNINA has a break for you.  You can get that machine you've been waiting for at 0% interest for 48 months on all BERNINA purchases of $3,000 or more made with your BERNINA Credit Card April 11 - April 18, 2014.

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TheQuiltShow.com: Changes Coming
April 15, 2014
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We want to ease our members into the coming changes. The new site will be be cleaner and easier to navigate. We will make it a snap to connect you with what Ricky and Alex are doing and with each other (and you won't need to be on Facebook!).

You will make friends, join groups to work on quilting, and find the quilting information you are looking for faster.

So step one. What will it look like? The front page will give you a quick set of choices of things to do. Here is an example. (Some of the menu items in the brown section are there just during construction.)

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TQS Quilt of the Day
April 15, 2014
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10 o'Clock Board Meeting
Quilt #: 1007984  Added on 10/11/2007
 
Owner: Dick Funk
 
Made By: Ruthie Wasmuth
Year Made: 2007 - Certain
 
Located In: Kentland, IN United States
 
Description Statement:
This quilt was made using 35 of his ties, some from the 1980's.
 
 



 
It's the Last Day to Vote!
April 14, 2014
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It's the last day to vote - get out there and support your favorite design!

 P.S.  Alex really wants to beat Ricky...

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BERNINA USA (apologies to our International viewers) is having a FacePlate Face-Off and we want Alex or Ricky to win! Help them choose the next great BERNINA 350 Special Edition faceplate pattern and enter for your chance to win the 2015 BERNINA 350 Special Edition!

Here's the competition: Amanda Murphy (Episode 1312), Angie Steveson, Camille Roskelley (Episode 706), Heather Bailey, Jane Sassaman (Episodoe 301), Luke Haynes (Episode 1102), Pat Bravo, and Tula Pink (Episode 1406).

To Enter online via Facebook: To enter, visit the BERNINA USA Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/berninausa (the "BERNINA Facebook Page"), during the Sweepstakes Period and click on the link to the "Faceplate Faceoff" to access the BERNINA Sewing Machine Faceplate Design Contest application (the "Application"). You will be required to "like" the BERNINA USA Facebook Page, if you are not already a fan, in order to access the Application. After you access the Application, follow the on-screen directions to register and vote for your favorite design for the new BERNINA faceplate to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. For your entry to be valid, you must complete all required information. 

The contest runs from March 17 through April 14, 2014.  Click here for complete rules.

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Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home!
April 14, 2014
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Quilt artist, author, teacher, musician, and TQS co-host Ricky Tims takes center stage in this project- and technique-focused episode, filmed on location at the AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha, NE. Inspired by an antique Amish quilt spotted in a book he received as a gift, Ricky has created Northern Lights, a fresh spin on a Nine-patch strippie-style quilt.

Discover how he quick-cuts and builds his nine-patch and triangular setting units, arranging the colors so they flow seamlessly from one to the next, and how to update a traditional top with a contemporary "fiddlehead-fern-feather" quilting motif.

Then Shari Ruwe and Karen Ruwe (no relation!) demonstrate examples of their collaborative work on the Nebraska State Raffle Quilt, including Shari's technique for making and embellishing pleated poppies, and Karen's tips for adding texture and pizzazz to a quilt with metallic thread.

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Quilter's Quips and Tips: Volunteers Needed San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
April 14, 2014
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Do you like to hang around quilts?  Do you enjoy working with people that also like to hang around quilts? The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is looking for volunteers.  Here are some of the opportunities available:

Weekends at the Museum: Greet visitors, enjoy the art, and see what it takes to run a Museum! Looking for help Fridays through Sundays and asking for a commitment of twice a month.

Hospitality Committee: For anyone who loves playing host! We need individuals to prepare snacks and drinks for events, panel talks, and more. Looking for help particularly during opening receptions and special events. 

If you are interested, contact Volunteer Coordinator Louise Horkey at louise@sjquiltmuseum.org.


 

 
 

 
TQS Quilt of the Day
April 14, 2014
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Dresden Heart
Quilt #: 1002974  Added on 05/02/2007
 
Owner: Linda Carter
 
Made By: Linda Carter
Year Made: 2001 - Approximate
 
Located In: Hanford, Ca United States
 
Description Statement:
I fell in love with this quilt when I first saw it. I then had to make it, and it took me a year.
 
 



 
Trailer 1408 - Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home! with Ricky Tims
April 13, 2014
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Ricky  takes center stage in this project- and technique-focused episode, filmed on location at the AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha, NE. Inspired by an antique Amish quilt spotted in a book he received as a gift, Ricky has created Northern Lights, a fresh spin on a Nine-patch strippie-style quilt.

Discover how he quick-cuts and builds his nine-patch and triangular setting units, arranging the colors so they flow seamlessly from one to the next, and how to update a traditional top with a contemporary "fiddlehead-fern-feather" quilting motif.

Then Shari Ruwe and Karen Ruwe (no relation!) demonstrate examples of their collaborative work on the Nebraska State Raffle Quilt, including Shari's technique for making and embellishing pleated poppies, and Karen's tips for adding texture and pizzazz to a quilt with metallic thread.

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Debby Weighs In - Exercise, Interrupted
April 13, 2014
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Does everybody know I have a brand new quilting studio? Exciting, right? It has been so exciting! But man! Between the construction on a brand new room, and then a lot of other house re-modeling, my life has been VERY interrupted for quite a long time. 

And that meant my exercise routine was interrupted as well. I'm pretty sure most of you quilters have had times where "real life" interrupted your exercise routine (you do have an exercise routine, right??) Quilt shows, quilt shop hops, quilt workshops, quilt retreats, quilt show deadlines...oh, and maybe some of us even have non-quilting type interruptions! 

Anyway, what do you do? Do you just give up, and say "I'll start over again on Monday" (next week, next month, next year--fill in your favorite start date)? Do you despair that all your hard work will have gone to waste and you will be as weak as a kitten when you finally are able to start back up?

My exercise routine was interrupted for almost three months. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was NOT back to square one when I was finally able to restart my usual routine. 

Its important to remember that its all in a lifetime. Interruptions are as much a part of life as our routines are.  If it's a lifetime commitment to healthy living, the interruptions are just an unavoidable part of that. There's no need to despair, or to quit and start all over. Just start right back as soon as you can, doing as much as life allows.

If you'd like to read more of my musings about life and exercise and interruptions, come check out my healthy living blog. 

(If you like, you can see pictures of my new studio over on my quilt blog.)

 
 

 
 
TQS Puzzle - Songe d'Automne by Ricky Tims
April 13, 2014
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Songe d'Automne won the Machine Quilting Excellence award at the 2000 International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. The fabrics are all original hand-dyed fabrics.  The quilt measures 84" x 84" and is a mix of piecing and applique.  It was quilted on a domestic machine. 

Watch what Ricky is up to now when Episode 1408: Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home! debuts on April 14.

Songe d_Automne - 36 pièces non-rotating

Songe d_Automne - 100 pièces non-rotating

Songe d_Automne - 289 pièces non-rotating

Songe d_Automne - 100 pièces rotating

Songe d_Automne - 289 pièces rotating

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TQS Quilt of the Day
April 13, 2014
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"Eye" see whats on your plate
Quilt #: 1002542  Added on 04/04/2007
 
Owner: fran snay
 
Made By: fran snay
Year Made: 2006 - Approximate
 
Located In: burleson, tx United States
 
Description Statement:
This quilt is my design using the traditional dresden plate and a kaliediscope center that
I made some change on. Truly a fun project to be enjoyed my many.
 
 



 
The Hollywood Sew Episode - Part 1 of 3 - "A Downton Dress"
April 12, 2014
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Want to dress like Lady Mary of Downton Abbey?  These videos from The Hollywood Sew show you how to create a "vintage" dress incorporating style elements from the past while using a modern-day pattern.  

 
 

 
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