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Series Five Show List
Episode 501 – Fabulous Fusible Flowers (Melinda Bula)
Posts on July 06, 2009
Episode 501Melinda Bula is an award-winning quilter--she just won Best of Show in Chicago 2009--Melinda creates Fabulous Fusible Flowers using thread and fabric. Ricky opens the show, demonstrating luminosity using the "7-value system." Melinda follows, showing how to build her lovely Sunflower pattern. You'll love learning how to design and achieve depth and reality in your quilts. With two great teachers, the Treasure Chest, Lilo as clothes model, and lots of smiles, Series 5 starts off with a bang.

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Episode 502 – Thoroughly Modern Dresden Plate (Anelie Belden)
Posts on July 20, 2009
Episode 502Anelie Belden shows how easy it is to make one of your favorite patterns, Dresden Plate, thoroughly modern using freezer paper (Ricky loves freezer paper!) and a breezy flip-and-sew approach. Wait... there's more: Anelie has a "no-measure" border technique that you are sure to love. To start the action, Alex demonstrates her easy Heart block that is half pieced and half appliquéd.

Appliqué, flip-and-sew, no-measure binding, freezer paper, and a modern twist to a familiar pattern: this show will give you techniques you'll want to start using immediately.

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Episode 503 – Long Arm Weaving (Cathy Franks)
Posts on August 03, 2009
Episode 503This show brings you three great quilters, teachers, and designers. Cathy Franks is a long-arm expert, an international award-winning quilt artist, and a refreshing bundle of energy! She creates designs and develops techniques that produce amazing results. Sue Garman takes us along on her journey of building a new quilt design. Where do her ideas come from? Next, TQS visits Sharon Malec. Sharon is famous for showing "man's best friend" in quilts that are beautiful, emotional...and fun!

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Episode 504 – Marti's Instant Magic (Marti Michell)
Posts on August 17, 2009
Episode 504Marti Michell is a pioneer in the quilting world. Do you want to develop techniques that are fast and accurate? Marti shows you how. You'll love her demonstrations of the Circular Log Cabin block and quilting "as you go." Watch as Alex shows you how to divide a block into its parts so you can draw the block any size you wish. Finally, see what fun products are hidden in the TQS Treasure Chest.

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Episode 505 – Fabric of Life Challenge (Challenge Show)
Posts on August 31, 2009
Episode 505TQS members joined with Carol Schillios and Fabric of Life to create quilts from fabric made by women in Mali. The challenge extended our design capabilities and increased our awareness and sensitivity for women around the world. Discover who won and see the designs created by Ricky, Alex, and some surprise participants. As an added bonus, Ricky and .?. show how their designs were created. You will then see how to paper piece a Compass design. This is a show brimming with design, color, and heart.

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Episode 506 – Picture Perfect (Esterita Austin / Jan Krentz)
Posts on September 14, 2009
Episode 506Jan Krentz Skypes in from San Diego to demonstrate how to build a LeMoyne Star. Want to see how the star will look before you cut the fabric? Jan has a great trick for you. Then meet Esterita Austin, who will amaze you with her quilts, which she creates using photographs and freezer-paper templates. She shows how tulle can suggest different shading effects when used with misty fuse. Traditional blocks, artistic shading, and Dan Purcell with "What's on the Internet?"...in addition to being informative and fun, this show is a visual treat.

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Episode 507 – Great Gifts (Jeanie S. Ajero / Rebecca K. Brent / Judith B. Montano)
Posts on September 28, 2009
Episode 507Join us for a show that is chock-full of ideas for hand-crafted gifts. We know it's hard to find items to please both your quilting and non-quilting friends. Not to worry! Jeanie S. Ajero, Rebecca K. Brent, and Judith B. Montano share a variety of unique quilted gift ideas, from stunning kaleidoscope cards, to small machine-embroidered items, to a little purse pattern that can also be used to create a baby's hat or a yarmulke. All are sure to please any recipient on your gift list.

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Episode 508 – Paula at the American Folk Art Museum (Paula Nadelstern - NYC)
Posts on October 12, 2009
Episode 508You have a special backstage pass to the opening of an exhibit featuring the work of a great quilter and a good friend. Join us for a trip to the Big Apple, New York City, where we visit the American Folk Art Museum for the one-woman show of Kaleidoscopic Quilts by Paula Nadelstern. Then Paula takes us on a personally guided tour of her favorite "not-to-be-missed" shops in the NY Garment District. It's a tour that includes all the fabric and embellishments any quilter could covet for his or her stash.

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Episode 509 – Machine Quilting Magic (Joanie Zeier Poole)
Posts on October 26, 2009
Episode 509You don't want to miss the incredible machine-quilting skills shared by award-winning quilter, Joanie Zeier Poole. (The audience and crew all fell in love with her work.) Discover how she uses very fine thread and tiny, tiny stitches to produce her incredibly rich and textured designs. Have you ever taken pictures at a quilt show and found that the colors change when you use the flash? Watch as Gregory Case uncovers the problem and gives you tips for getting the best shots possible.

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Episode 510 – Quilts Through Two Artist's Eyes (Patt Blair / Tammy Finkler)
Posts on November 09, 2009
Episode 510Join us for a show that presents different perspectives from two award-winning quilt artists. Tammy Finkler, a traditional quilter and long arm quilting expert, guides you step by step through the process of designing intricate wholecloth quilting designs. Then examine quilts from an artist's viewpoint as Patt Blair teaches you how to draw and paint a tiger's face using a special "paint pencil" and fabric dye. You'll love the whimsy Patt brings to her quilting. Bottom line? Don't miss the fun, information, and fabulous quilts in this show!

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Episode 511 – Mini Delights (Terrie Sandelin)
Posts on November 23, 2009
Episode 511Your in for a "far out" good time. Join Joaquin (Ricky) and Mona (Alex) as they journey back to the 60s to celebrate "Hippie Day." The characters, costumes, and photos are sure to have you feelin' groovy. Meantime, learn something new as Terri Sandelin shares her fast and precise technique for creating beautiful miniature quilts. You'll love Terri's special system that makes the results come out just right. Then be inspired by a trip to Boys Town.

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Episode 512 – Rose of Sharon (Sharon Pederson)
Posts on December 07, 2009
Episode 512We know that designing your own quilt can be intimidating. Join us as we present clever ways to help you using a variety of techniques. Sharon Pederson demonstrates how to use a "road map" to create a quilt block. (You can trust Sharon: she teaches Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter!) Ricky shares ideas for building a design using die-cut templates, and we take a road trip to Robbi Joy Eklow's studio that will open your eyes to a special way of designing.

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Episode 513 – TQS Quilting Legend 2009 (Libby Lehman)
Posts on December 21, 2009
Episode 513Join 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.

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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.


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.

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