Show 809: Paper-Pieced Perfection
Featuring: Alex Anderson
Presented By:
Bernina
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Episode 809

Photo by Gregory Case
  Paper-Pieced Perfection
  It's time for quilter, teacher, Silver Star Award winner, author, and TQS co-host Alex Anderson to take the floor in an on-location episode that's all about the fine art of paper piecing. In this "from start to finish" lesson, Alex introduces the tools you'll need to do the job, and then-using the New York Beauty block-she covers choosing fabrics, fabric placement, the basics of paper piecing...even how to paper piece curves and thoughts about quilting designs. As an added bonus, she takes you on a tour of host (and quilter) Cynthia Elliott's sewing room, and learns about making pizza in Cynthia's on-site wood-fired oven. Quilting and food? Perfect!
 

Video Length: 00:49:20

 
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From Chapter One:
Alex and Ricky are on location in Sacramento, California, USA, the home of Granger and Cynthia Elliott

Alex gets you set up with the tools of the trade for paper piecing

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From Chapter Two:

Alex and Ricky teach paper piecing tricks and tips with the New York Beauty

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Sue Garman

 
From Chapter Three:

Alex teaches how to stitch the curved seams on the New York Beauty

 
From Chapter Four:

Alex shares her paper pieced quilts and discusses fabric tips

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Posts on January 03, 2011
Episode 801Series 8 gets off to a free-wheeling start as fabric artist, designer, author, and teacher Susan Carlson visits the set with the lowdown on how she creates her "serendipitous" collage-like quilts. Get inside her design process, pick up some tips on using your fabric scraps as "paint," explore the potential of interpreting the same design in three different colorways, and learn a cool technique for applying binding. All this, plus Ricky shows you how to splice (and spice) your fabric by inserting a "lifeline" sliver.

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Episode 802 – Tips and Tricks for Triangles and Strips (Edyta Sitar)
Posts on January 17, 2011
Episode 802In 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.

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Episode 803 – Create Your Own Rhapsody Quilt: Part 1 (Ricky Tims)
Posts on January 31, 2011
Episode 803This episode is so "meaty" that we had to break it into two parts! You'll want to be on hand for both as quiltmaker, teacher, author, fabric designer, musician, and our own TQS co-host Ricky Tims walks you through the complete process for making your own, unique Rhapsody-style quilt. Learn to create the design, make the templates, prepare the background, prepare and stitch the appliques, and assemble the component parts into an original masterwork that you and your family will treasure. In addition to the step-by-step process, Ricky will have lots of fantastic quilts on hand to inspire you. It's almost like having him come to your sewing room for private lessons...and you can replay each step as many times as you wish!

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Episode 804 – Create Your Own Rhapsody Quilt: Part 2 (Ricky Tims)
Posts on February 14, 2011
Episode 804This episode is so "meaty" that we had to break it into two parts! You'll want to be on hand for both as quiltmaker, teacher, author, fabric designer, musician, and our own TQS co-host Ricky Tims walks you through the complete process for making your own, unique Rhapsody-style quilt. Learn to create the design, make the templates, prepare the background, prepare and stitch the appliques, and assemble the component parts into an original masterwork that you and your family will treasure. In addition to the step-by-step process, Ricky will have lots of fantastic quilts on hand to inspire you. It's almost like having him come to your sewing room for private lessons...and you can replay each step as many times as you wish!

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Episode 805 – Feed Sacks, Fun, and Old Friends: Quilts of the 1930s (Darra Williamson / Christine Porter)
Posts on February 28, 2011
Episode 805Travel back to the 1930s as quilter, author, editor, and quilt collector Darra Williamson sheds some light on Depression-era quilts, shares some stellar examples, and presents tips for working with those sometimes-challenging reproduction (and authentic) ‘30s fabrics. When Alex reveals an earlier faux pas about a particular quilting icon, British quilter, teacher, and author, Christine Porter joins the show via WebTV to help unveil the 21st-century model and to share up-to-the-minute tips and techniques for working with fusibles and the machine blanket stitch. Will Alex be forced to eat her words? Tune in and find out!

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Episode 806 – Having it All with Hand Appliqué (Verna Mosquera)
Posts on March 14, 2011
Episode 806Do you own-or have your ever dreamed of owning-a home-based, quilting-related business? If so, you'll want to hear what quiltmaker, fabric designer, and successful businesswoman Verna Mosquera has to say about the challenges of balancing business-her pattern company, The Vintage Spool, focuses on romantic and timeless quilt designs--and family life. Then Verna shows some of her beautiful quilts, and gives Ricky a lesson in hand applique, focusing on clean, sharp points and deep Vs. The episode concludes with a tour of our location for the day, the home of Trish and Frank Cvetovac, where you'll enjoy a glimpse of the various rooms devoted to baseball, grandmother, and other "interesting" themes.

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Episode 807 – Shhh!!! A Prize-winning Quilter Shares Some Secrets (Ronda Beyer / Gregory Case)
Posts on March 28, 2011
Episode 807After viewing this episode, you'll understand why quilter and teacher Ronda Beyer took the Best of Show award at the 2010 AQS Show and Contest in Knoxville with her friend, Gail Stepanek, for their spectacular quilt, Star Berries. Ronda is an expert on her longarm quilting machine, and she loves to put her own unique spin on traditional designs. In this episode, she demonstrates ideas that you can adapt for hand quilting as well: how to create cross-hatched and double cross-hatched motifs and how to customize premade quilting stencils to fit your needs. She also shares a few of her beautiful quilts, including the aforementioned show-stopper. Then, if you're thinking of entering a show, Photo Man Gregory Case offers suggestions for improving the quality of those required photos.

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Episode 808 – Celebrate the Past (and Future) with TQS! (Jo Morton / David Taylor)
Posts on April 11, 2011
Episode 808Join the celebration as Alex, Ricky, our in-studio guest - quiltmaker, author, and designer Jo Morton - and our studio audience mark a TQS milestone: our 100th show!! Jo shares a great show and tell of her vintage-inspired quilts, and unveils super suggestions for success with color and terrific tips for accurate piecing. Then it's off for an at-home visit with an old TQS friend, quilt artist David Taylor - plus, Ricky shows an easy mono-print technique using fiber-reactive dye and soda ash. All are interspersed with memorable moments from past TQS shows. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn...don't miss it!

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Episode 809 – Paper-Pieced Perfection (Alex Anderson)
Posts on April 25, 2011
Episode 809It's time for quilter, teacher, Silver Star Award winner, author, and TQS co-host Alex Anderson to take the floor in an on-location episode that's all about the fine art of paper piecing. In this "from start to finish" lesson, Alex introduces the tools you'll need to do the job, and then-using the New York Beauty block-she covers choosing fabrics, fabric placement, the basics of paper piecing...even how to paper piece curves and thoughts about quilting designs. As an added bonus, she takes you on a tour of host (and quilter) Cynthia Elliott's sewing room, and learns about making pizza in Cynthia's on-site wood-fired oven. Quilting and food? Perfect!

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Episode 810 – Folk Art in Fabric: Inspirations and Techniques (Sue Spargo)
Posts on May 09, 2011
Episode 810Contemporary folk artist, designer, and teacher Sue Spargo was born and raised in Southern Africa, and attributes the evolution of her signature, layered and embellished, "primitive"-style work to her childhood memories and her exposure to the energy and color of traditional African designs. Join us as she shares her wonderful folk-art quilts, and demonstrates her technique for adding dimension to a wool "base" leaf with layers of velvet, silk, and cotton. As if that's not inspiring enough, Sue then offers seven creative ways to introduce even more texture with embossing, embroidery, beads, and other embellishments. We wrap up the show with an on-site visit to the Monument, CO, home of Barbara and Bob Normoyle. Barbara, a prolific quilter, has a fantastic eye for decorating, and uses quilts throughout to enhance the decor. You won't want to miss this jam-packed episode!

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Episode 811 – Quilt a Fiesta with Tile-Inspired Quilts (Cheryl Lynch)
Posts on May 23, 2011
Episode 811Cheryl Lynch - quilter, pattern designer, author, and teacher - has found a creative way to preserve her travel memories: she turns her impressions into fabulous quilts. Recently, she has produced an extensive body of work inspired by the colorful tiled designs that she's observed while visiting Mexico. In addition to sharing some of these amazing quilts, Cheryl reveals three easy - and ingenious! - techniques for manipulating geometric images to create eye-catching designs, including one that utilizes Microsoft Word. She also offers great tips and techniques for embellishing and enhancing quilts with rickrack, and discusses the origins of her pattern company, Oy Vey! Quilt Designs, which specializes in Judaic imagery.

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Episode 812 – Protect our Planet...with Quilts (Rob Appell)
Posts on June 06, 2011
Episode 812C'mon along as Quilting Adventure Guide (aka quiltmaker, designer, author, teacher, and surfer Rob Appell) "makes a splash" in our TQS studio. First he shows Ricky his Sewmando Vest, designed to keep a whole host of quilting tools within easy reach. Then the focus shifts to one of Rob's most cherished quilting endeavors - the Endangered Species Quilt Project - in which he has teamed with Michael Miller fabrics to build awareness of our planet and her endangered species through quilting. Rob displays some of these special quilts, demonstrates how to create a clever clownfish design, and discusses his quilting process, including some great trouble-shooting tips for free-motion machine quilters.

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Episode 813 – Enhance Your Appliqué Repertoire... with Ribbon! (Wendy Grande)
Posts on June 20, 2011
Episode 813Teacher, author, and appliqué artist extraordinaire Wendy Grande uses ribbon as other quilters use fabric to create her beautiful appliquéd designs. In this episode, Wendy joins Alex and Ricky on location at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, CO, in a show and tell of her amazing work, both quilts and wedding gowns, and to share her favorite techniques and tools - ribbons, needles, thread, and markers - for achieving flawless results. Then Museum Administrator Karen Converse takes us on a tour of the 166-year-old castle, revealing some quirky facts and finds in the site's colorful history. You won't want to miss this one!

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Episode 802 – Tips and Tricks for Triangles and Strips (Edyta Sitar)
Posts on January 17, 2011
Episode 802TRADITIONAL STYLES
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.

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Episode 906 – From Music to Masterpiece: A New Perspective on Design (Katie Pasquini Masopust)
Posts on September 12, 2011
Episode 906ART QUILTING
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.)

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Episode 913 – TQS Quilting Legend 2011 (Eleanor Burns)
Posts on December 19, 2011
Episode 913In 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!

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Episode 1202 – Make it Modern! (Jacquie Gering)
Posts on January 14, 2013
Episode 1202MODERN QUILTING
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.


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Episode 110 – A Quilter Connects with History (Pam Holland)
Posts on September 24, 2007
Episode 110Join us as award-winning Australian quilter Pam Holland tells about her connections to quilting and the year 1776, but not in America. Pam teaches how to make one of her original blocks that is both traditional and timeless. Includes Gizmo Girl.

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Episode 403 – It's All About Kaleidoscopes (Ricky Tims)
Posts on February 02, 2009
Episode 403You wanted to know how Ricky Tims got his start. So, join Ricky as he charts the journey from his quilting roots to his current artistry. See his special "bargain basement sale fabrics" quilt. In this show you will peek over his shoulder as he designs a Kaleidoscope quilt. What does Ricky do with a printer that is bigger than an ironing board? He creates stunning art prints. Finally, enjoy a special Kaleidoscope video showcasing quilts from Ricky's students.

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Episode 809 – Paper-Pieced Perfection (Alex Anderson)
Posts on April 25, 2011
Episode 809It's time for quilter, teacher, Silver Star Award winner, author, and TQS co-host Alex Anderson to take the floor in an on-location episode that's all about the fine art of paper piecing. In this "from start to finish" lesson, Alex introduces the tools you'll need to do the job, and then-using the New York Beauty block-she covers choosing fabrics, fabric placement, the basics of paper piecing...even how to paper piece curves and thoughts about quilting designs. As an added bonus, she takes you on a tour of host (and quilter) Cynthia Elliott's sewing room, and learns about making pizza in Cynthia's on-site wood-fired oven. Quilting and food? Perfect!

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