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April 15, 2014
http://www.thequiltshow.com Volume 4, No. 63

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Jinny Beyer Has 10 New Blocks For You

We are now at week 5 in our matching game.  Is this helping you learn the names?


Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home!


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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Awesome Design Tips from Ricky!

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)


(Photo: Alabama.Travel)

USA Today:  The Best Places in the US to See Quilts

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.  See Ricky's favorite places.


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April 11, 2014
http://www.thequiltshow.com Weekend Fun

On the Set with Alex and Ricky: Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home!

Alex has Ricky take center stage in this project- and technique-focused episode, filmed on location at the AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha, NE. Our hosts are joined by Share Ruwe and Karen Ruwe (no relation) who talk about their common last name and the collaborative work they have done together for the Nebraska State Raffle Quilt. Episode 1408: Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home! debuts Monday, April 14.


See all 195 shows with the latest techniques --

plus, don't miss Margaret Miller's Strips that Sizzle or Easy Pieces DVDs!


Quilts for Boston: A Personal Story


One local nurse practitioner, Mary Orencole, who works at Massachusetts General Hospital, wrote to share her reflections on the events that unfolded at the 2013 Boston Marathon and how the international quilting community rallied together in response to support the Boston community.

(Photo: David King, M.D. receiving his quilt)


You Can Be Living The Quilt Life!

The Quilt Life Magazine isn't just about patterns--it's about living The Quilt Life every day.

Want to know:

Who won the American Gothic Challenge?

How to create a Fabulous Faux Flange, as taught by Janet Stone?

How symbols of the Netherlands are being used in delightful ways?

How to make Alex's Sweet Potatoes or Ricky's Potato Blue Cheese Soup?

Head on down to your local quilt shop and pick up the April edition, or click the button below for more info, including how to subscribe.


Debby Weighs In - Exercise Interrupted ....by a Quilting Studio?


Debby knows how hard it is to have your exercise routine interrupted, and offers encouragment to keep you moving. She also shares photos of the thing that interrupted her exercise routine...a new quilting studio!


From The Hollywood Sew: "A Downton Dress" -  Part 1 (of 3)

Woudn't you love to wear a dress like those worn by Lady Mary of Downton Abbey? These videos from The Hollywood Sew show you how to adapt a modern-day pattern to create a vintage look by incorporating style elements from the past.  


National Quilt Museum: What Can You Get At The Auction?

How would you like to own a quilt created by Libby Lehman, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, or Judy Mathieson? Now is your chance!!! The National Quilt Museum in Paducah is holding its annual benefit auction, and you have the opportunity to bid on many amazing items donated by the quilting community, including quilts from these talented individuals.



Alex Had One Day Off After The Seminar So...

The tulips only bloom for 1 to 4 weeks. Alex was in there at the right time.  Take a quick look at the two things Alex decided to do with one day off in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


TQS Puzzle: Songe d'Automne by Ricky Tims

Songe d'Automne (84" x 84") won the award for Machine Quilting Excellence at the 2000 International Quilt Association's show in Houston, TX. The quilt is a mix of piecing and applique, and the fabrics are all original hand dyes. 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.




The Quilt Show 2014 BOM Quilt:

A-Z for Ewe and Me
by Janet Stone

The Quilt Show presents A to Z for Ewe and Me, the latest quilt in prizewinning quilter Janet Stone's 26-quilt alphabet series. Designed exclusively for members of TQS, the 69"x 82" quilt is a playful yet sophisticated sampler. Each letter in the alphabet has its own panel, where it's combined with a related pieced or appliquéd block. Make one for the child in your life, or make one for the child in you!

Meet Janet Stone


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More Shows- More Time-More Classes- More Games- More... 

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We are going to have a new site in early 2014, but the changes are starting right away.

More Shows????  More Time???

2044_screen_shot_20131029_at_122108_pm.pngThat's right! Starting January 1, 2014, your Premium (Star) Membership will allow you full access to ALL THE SHOWS during your membership.

We have plans for lessons, techniques and more that tie in directly to your being able to see EVERY SHOW.


More Classes

Wonderful projects from Alex, Ricky (his Colorful Rhapsody class shown on right) and some of the best designers in quilting will be featured on the site with instructions and kits.

We will have short fun projects and full amazing quilts starting with the Block of the Month 2014 by awarding winning quilter-JANET STONE. 

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The puzzles are staying BUT we are adding a simple game for you to learn your quilt blocks.

Based on Jinny Beyer's "Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns" you will learn your block names and have fun at the same time.


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TQS has always worked to bring you closer to the quilts you want to see.

From all of our member quilts in the Quilt Gallery and Quilt of the Day to prize winners from shows around the world, TQS has Zoomed in so you can see the stitches. This year we will bring you even closer. Stay Tuned!

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TQS has classrooms on many subjects.  There is always something to learn.  For example,

Sharon Pederson - Quilt Tips I Wish I New When I Started - things she wishes she knew when she was a beginning quilter.





Libby Lehman - Name That Stitch - Libby shows you to use various regular and "fancy" stitches on your sewing machine to enhance your work.







Patsy Thomspon - Free Motion Quilting - Patsy teaches you the basics of free motion quilting.




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Welcome to The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims

We are proud to offer quilters worldwide the opportunity to watch a fully produced web "TV" show that features great instruction as well as entertaining segments providing insights into the lifestyles of well-known quilt personalities. The show is the first quilting show series to be shot in front of a live audience.

The ever evolving website offers members a multitude of opportunities including a Daily Blog where members can stay current with all the opportunities on our site, a Forum (message board) for sharing insightful and helpful quilting information and techniques, Chat Rooms for those who like to be instantly connected, and the world's largest online Quilt Gallery with a search feature that allows you to locate quilts all over the world.

The hosts, Alex Anderson, former host of HGTV's Simply Quilts and Ricky Tims, quilt teacher, author, and performing artist/entertainer, combine their comprehensive skills to bring to the World Wide Web the richest, most diverse website for quilters ever created.