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April 17, 2014
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6493_upsetwomanatcomputer.jpgWe missed you!!! Our hosting company had a major outage and had the site down for over 24 hours. OUCH.

The good news is that it wasn't your fault! (Or our fault.) Yes we are all safe. It wasn't a hack but a programming problem.

We are glad to be back. Thank you for staying with us. 

Alex & Ricky


Quilter's Quips and Tips: Pinchbeck Chatelaine
April 17, 2014
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Everyone needs one of these, maybe not quite as ornate...It is a Pinchbeck Chatelaine made in England sometime around 1730-1735.  It contains a scissor case, needle case, etui (which can also be used for holding needles, cosmetics or other articles), and two thimble cases.  It is currently in storage at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.    Click here to learn more.

Do you have a Chatelaine?

P.S.  Pinchbeck is an alloy of copper and zinc which resembles gold and was invented by Christopher Pinchbeck a London clockmaker.


TQS Quilt of the Day
April 17, 2014
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A Breath of Fresh Air
Quilt #: 1023019  Added on 04/06/2014
Owner: Kelsey Smith
Made By: Nancy Rehak
Year Made: 2014 - Certain
Located In: Overland Park, KS United States
Description Statement:
I made this quilt for my niece for college graduation. Her degree is in Respiratory Therapy, hence the name.

Awesome Design Tips from Ricky!
April 16, 2014
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If you were inspired by the way Ricky (Episode 1408) created a modern interpretation based on an antique quilt, then you'll definitely want to check out these other great shows featuring Ricky's techniques for creating stunning 'new' work for yourself.

Remember: As a Star Member, you have access to EVERY SHOW, EVERY TEACHER, AND EVERY TECHNIQUE . . . PLUS, in our Little Scrap of Magic lessons, we're creating small projects to practice some of the techniques taught in the current shows.

Just 22¢ a show. Practice is free.


Make a fractured Courthouse Block (in Episode 208)


Make a "Montana Star" quilt with Ricky (in Episode 1210)


Drafting "Simple Gifts" based on an Amish block (in Episode 409)



Moving on to Jinny Beyer's Memory Match: Level 5
April 16, 2014
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Here are 10 New Blocks to test your knowledge. It's a fast, fun, and easy way to learn the names of these wonderful blocks. You can even try it again and again to test your memory.


TQS Quilt of the Day
April 16, 2014
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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:
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



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.




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.)



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...



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.





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.



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.



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