Series Fourteen Show List
|Episode 1401 – From ABC to BOM: Tips and Techniques Just for "Ewe" (Janet Stone)|
Posts on January 06, 2014
We're thrilled to kick off our 1400 series with a visit from quilt designer and award-winning quilter Janet Stone. Ever since childhood, Janet has been intrigued by typography, and her wonderfully original designs - including A-Z for Ewe and Me, our 2014 TQS Block of the Month quilt - clearly demonstrate this lifelong passion for all things "alphabet." In this show, Janet shares a "flock" of tips for stitching accurate and easy flying-geese and half-square-triangle units, as well as some terrific ideas for creating machine-appliquéd letters . . . all useful techniques for making your own version of the BOM quilt. Also, Ricky demonstrates how to spice up your bindings with a scalloped detail.
|Episode 1402 – "Cuttin' Up" with AccuQuilt (Linda Pumphrey)|
Posts on January 20, 2014
Alex, Ricky, and the TQS gang travel to the Omaha, NE, headquarters of AccuQuilt, where they connect with Linda Pumphrey, global sales manager (and self-described "Global Passionista") for a show loaded with fabulous projects and techniques. Linda leads off with Fractured Triangles, a fast-and-fun, strip-and-triangle-based quilt made using AccuQuilt's efficient and accurate cutting system. (A downloadable pdf for this project will be available on the TQS website.) Alex joins the fun with a lesson on "squiggles" (Sorry! You'll just need to watch!), and Ricky shows how to create a stunning quilt that combines charm squares with sparkling slivers of color. Finally, we couldn't leave our location without a tour of AccuQuilt's wonderful facility, hosted by director of marketing, Lynn Gibney.
|Episode 1403 – Build Beautiful Quilts with Butterfly Seams (Gyleen Fitzgerald/Connie Fanders)|
Posts on February 02, 2014
Alex and Ricky welcome back quilt artist, author, and publisher Gyleen Fitzgerald (Episode 909) who brings us up to date on life since her TQS debut, shares some of her latest work, and offers loads of ingenious - and practical - ideas for sewing and pressing that are sure to be a hit in any quilter's sewing space. Also on hand: Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina USA, who demonstrates how easy it is to piece a quilt top using a serger. You won't want to miss this!
|Episode 1404 – Jump Start Your Creativity with 15 Minutes of Daily "Play" (Victoria Findlay Wolfe)|
Posts on February 17, 2014
New York City quilt artist, blogger, and author Victoria Findlay Wolfe has made over 300 quilts (including Best of Show winner at Quiltcon 2013) and in this inspiring show, she shares her secrets! Discover how just 15 minutes of creative activity a day, coupled with scraps of fabric, orphan blocks, and other odd bits, can result in an impressive and satisfying collection of finished quilts. You'll also learn about a community service project that provides quilts for those in NYC who are transitioning from homeless shelters to their own homes. We finish with a tour of our beautiful location, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, just outside the historic city of Charleston, SC. How's that for inspiration?
|Episode 1405 – Drawing from the Past: Jane Austen-Inspired Quilts (Karen Gloeggler/Janet Finley)|
Posts on March 03, 2014
The discovery that beloved English writer Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) had made a quilt, and a visit to the author's home in Chawton, England, was just the impetus that Karen Gloeggler needed to create a series of quilts (and a quilt book) inspired by Austen's romantic novels. In this episode, Karen shares how to find, and then incorporate vintage fabrics, handkerchiefs, and doilies into your quilts to give them a period flair, and shows a clever technique for making a scrappy pieced border, perfect for a Jane-inspired (or any other) quilt. Then, in a field piece, we meet author and quilt historian Janet Finley, who has amassed the world's largest collection of 19th- and early-20th-century photos of people with quilts, and the book she created to showcase them.
|Episode 1406 – Modernize Your "Toolbelt" with Terrific Techniques (Tula Pink/Karen Marchetti)|
Posts on March 17, 2014
It may sound like a quilter's dream, but it's "real life" for popular blogger, author, fabric and pattern designer Tula Pink. Within 24 hours of posting her first fabric designs on line, Tula was contacted by a major fabric company who wanted to produce the entire collection! The rest is history. In this episode, Tula - who loves to give traditional patterns a contemporary twist with current fabrics - shares a clever method for building a color scheme and demos how to "fussy cut the Tula way" using 1/4" masking tape and your rotary ruler. But wait! There's more! Award-winning longarm quilter Karen Marchetti also drops by with tips for expanding your machine-quilting repertoire - and your confidence - by building on the basics already in your toolbelt.
|Episode 1407 – The "New" Traditional: A Marvelous Mix of Fabric, Style, and Stitches (Kim Diehl/Christine Barnes)|
Posts on March 31, 2014
Quilt and fabric designer, author, and highly sought-after teacher Kim Diehl loves to combine unexpected elements in her traditionally inspired quilts, and she brings many of these "hybrid" pieces along to share. Then stick around as she offers some of her best time-saving machine-appliqué techniques, demonstrates how combining ‘big stitch' quilting with machine quilting can give your quilts added visual and textural interest, and shows how to add a final pop of color to your finishing. We wrap with a field piece featuring quiltmaker, author, and teacher Christine Barnes who shares valuable insights into the properties of color, including value, temperature, and intensity.
|Episode 1408 – Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home! (Ricky Tims)|
Posts on April 14, 2014
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.
|Episode 1409 – Bringing In the Great Outdoors: Quilts Inspired by Our National Parks (Linda Beach)|
Posts on April 28, 2014
Can you imagine being named artist-in-residence at several prominent US National Parks, including Denali (Alaska), Acadia (Maine), and Mesa Verde (Colorado)? That's the enviable experience of Colorado-based fiber artist Linda Beach! In this episode, Linda visits the TQS gang to show some of her amazing, nature-inspired, machine-pieced works, and to share some of the fabric-selecting and construction techniques she uses to create them, a process she compares to assembling a giant quilter's jigsaw puzzle. In addition, Ricky shows how a traditional Sailboat block can be an inspirational springboard for a fun and funky new design. "Sail" in, settle down, and enjoy!
|Episode 1410 – na (TBA)|
Posts on May 12, 2014
|Episode 1411 – Create Old World Charm with a Quilter from "Down Under" (Carolyn Konig)|
Posts on May 26, 2014
Australian quiltmaker, designer, shopowner, and teacher Carolyn Konig's favorite quilts are those of the 18th century, which she enjoys recreating in "old world" style with hand techniques and reproduction fabrics. In this episode, Carolyn shows the tools and techniques she uses to draft the medallion center for a reproduction quilt, and how she prepares and works on her hand appliqué, including a great tip for keeping it portable. Also, Alex reviews the importance of good pressing technique, including the difference between pressing piecework vs. appliqué or redwork
|Episode 1412 – na (TBA)|
Posts on June 09, 2014
|Episode 1413 – From Film to Fabric: Photos as Inspiration (Leni Levenson Wiener)|
Posts on June 23, 2014
As a former commercial photographer, Leni Levenson Wiener still carries her camera with her everywhere, and her photos - particularly of strangers caught in ordinary moments - are a favorite inspiration for her fabric art. Now this talented author, instructor, and "artist's coach" visits the TQS studio to show how she evaluates and breaks down a composition for ease of construction, discusses the importance of value and "zingers" when selecting fabrics. She also demonstrates how to create a more organic look with freehand cutting. Then enjoy our off-site visit with well-known fabric designer Jennifer Sampou, who took a seven-year hiatus to move with her family to Mexico, and has returned brimming with ideas for new designs, including her latest, Studio Stash.
4 Free Shows for Everyone
|Episode 802 – Tips and Tricks for Triangles and Strips (Edyta Sitar)|
Posts on January 17, 2011
We honor the Traditional Quilter. We pick teachers that share the tips, techniques and tools that you need in your tool belt to create amazing quilts.
In this technique-packed episode, pattern and fabric designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts amazes Alex and Ricky with an easy method for producing dozens of accurate half-square triangle units in minutes with just two pieces of fabric and her Triangle Exchange Paper. The "exchange" of ideas continues as Edyta shows how to enliven your quilts with diamonds, rectangles, and other shapes made from strips and using her clever "Strip Exchange" technique. Also not to be missed: Alex demonstrates how to design and draw a custom double-feathered wreath for quilting.
|Episode 906 – From Music to Masterpiece: A New Perspective on Design (Katie Pasquini Masopust)|
Posts on September 12, 2011
The art of quilting knows no bounds. Art quilters bring innovation, freedom and creativity to keep quilting on its toes. You will find the techniques shown here apply to all traditions of quilting. Quality work is always in style.
For this show, TQS returns to the beautiful Monument, CO, home of Hugh and Dee Dee Eaton with none other than the renowned art quilter, author, and teacher, Katie Pasquini Masopust. After touching on the high points of her quilting journey, and sharing some of her amazing work, she puts Alex to work on a design exercise that begins with a "no-peeking" sketch drawn to the accompaniment of classical music. (You definitely will want to try this at home!) Katie then shows how to work with the results to create an original quilt design. In addition, Ricky demonstrates the "Flip and Sew" technique on a variation of the Drunkard's Path/Fan block. (You can try this one at home, too: We'll have a pdf of the 8" block available on the TQS website.)
|Episode 913 – TQS Quilting Legend 2011 (Eleanor Burns)|
Posts on December 19, 2011
In our 900 series finale, beloved quilter, teacher, author/publisher (of over 100 books!), longtime PBS television personality, and 2011 TQS Quilting Legend, the irrepressible Quilt-in-a-Day Lady, Eleanor Burns opens her wonderful log home and spacious studio to Alex, Ricky, and the TQS gang. After Eleanor shares her quilting history and a generous sampling of quilts, we peek in on students at work on a quick-and-easy quilt using Eleanor's Fabric Frenzy pattern. Along the way, Eleanor demonstrates her technique for sewing partial seams, and takes Alex and Ricky on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the quaint town of Julian, CA, where they sample a slice of the famous local apple pie. All in all, a "delicious" experience you won't want to miss!
|Episode 1202 – Make it Modern! (Jacquie Gering)|
Posts on January 14, 2013
The modern quilters are taking a fun view of the art. Their styles are graphic, wonky, and clean. Not sure what modern means? Take a look.
Field Piece: Alma de la Melena Cox
Although she has only been quilting since 2008, teacher, author, (lifetime sewer) and Modern Quilter Jacquie Gering has already made quite a splash in the quilting world. Jacquie enjoys giving traditional blocks a fresh spin, and shares her technique for modernizing the classic Log Cabin block by altering the shape and size of the pieces and through adventurous fabric choices. She also demonstrates how to add lush texture to your quilts with straight-line quilting and the serpentine stitch. We catch up with Alma de la Melena Cox, an artist who uses paint and fabric to create "quilts on wood", while she was teaching at Quilter's Affair in Sisters, OR.
0 Free Shows for Basic and Star Members
5 Free Shows for Star Members Only
|Episode 113 – TQS Quilting Legend 2007 (Virginia Avery)|
Posts on November 26, 2007
We join Virginia Avery at her home in NY State. Jinny became one of the early quilt teachers and is noted for her sense of humor, style and incredible fortitude. Jinny not only let us take a peek in her home but offered a special view into her quilted clothing collection. You also have a special seat as Jinny jams with fellow jazz enthusiasts. We salute Jinny and thank her for her incredible contribution to our quilting industry.
|Episode 313 – TQS Quilting Legend 2008 (Jinny Beyer)|
Posts on December 22, 2008
Together we will celebrate the life and work of Jinny Beyer. Jinny has been on the quilting scene since the beginning of the Renaissance of quilting that we are enjoying today. Her books, fabrics and quilts reflect her tremendous talent. In addition, her generous spirit has opened the door to thousands of quilters over the decades. In this incredible Special Edition of TQS we get to visit Jinny in her historic home and see how a true legend lives, works and thinks! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity you do not want to miss. Sit back and enjoy this tribute to one of our most legendary quilters, Jinny Beyer.
|Episode 513 – TQS Quilting Legend 2009 (Libby Lehman)|
Posts on December 21, 2009
Join Alex and Ricky as they visit the home and workspace of legendary quilter and good friend, Libby Lehman. Libby has a rich history of quilting in her family and to her credit has one of the Top 100 Quilts of the Century. You will also learn how she gets so much accomplished in spite of her incredible traveling schedule. Libby has a deep knowledge of sewing machine capabilities, an artist's feel for color, movement, and design, as well as a wonderful sense of humor. Join TQS as we celebrate Libby Lehman as our 2009 Quilting Legend.
|Episode 713 – TQS Quilting Legend 2010 (Yvonne Porcella)|
Posts on December 20, 2010
Alex and Ricky head to the home and studio of art quilter, teacher, author, Silver Star Award winner, founder of the renowned Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA), and 2010 TQS Quilting Legend, YVONNE PORCELLA. Yvonne shares her quilting history, and gives an "up-close and personal" look at some of her amazing and artful quilts and wearables. Then she puts on her "teacher" hat to show how she creates one of her Fantasy Faces and to demonstrate techniques for "taming" various types of silk fabrics. It's a show packed with inspiration, instruction, and heart...a fitting "grand finale" for the 700 series.
|Episode 1113 – TQS Quilting Legend 2012 (Meredith Schroeder)|
Posts on December 17, 2012
We always look forward to revealing the TQS Quilting Legend of the Year, and we've never been happier than to announce our selection for 2012: co-founder and president of the American Quilter's Society, Meredith Schroeder. We begin with a tour of the National Quilt Museum, founded by Meredith and husband Bill over 20 years ago in Paducah, KY, to honor and showcase the work of quilters in a dedicated museum setting. Next, we visit the offices of the American Quilter's Society, where a busy staff of 45 produces two quilt magazines (including The Quilt Life), assorted quilt-related books, and four annual quilt shows. Finally, we drop in at the Schroeder home, where - among other things - Meredith reveals the only quilt she's ever made...as part of an ugly quilt challenge! It's the perfect wind-up to another terrific TQS series.