Show 1001: Masterful Miters and Perfect Prairie Points
Featuring: Susan Cleveland
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Episode 1001

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  Masterful Miters and Perfect Prairie Points
  Ring in a new year - and a brand-new series - with TQS as we catch up with designer, author, and teacher Susan Cleveland (Episode 109) on location at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, CO. Susan shares some of her latest quilts and her new technique for stitching perfect miters. Next she tackles prairie points. (Bet you'll love her simple method...and her three delightful prairie-point variations.) We wrap with a visit to the NY home and studio of award-winning master quilter Jane Holihan, known for her impeccable hand appliqué and quilting. What a way to start the year!

Video Length: 00:49:35

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From Chapter One:

Ricky and Alex are on location at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, CO

Susan Cleveland ( episode 109 ) joins us and shares her philosophy of quilting excellence along with her quilts

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From Chapter Two:

Susan teaches how to make both perfect and super creative mitered corners

From Chapter Three:

Susan teaches how to make fabulously creative prairie points and inspiring ways to use them.

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From Chapter Four:

We visit the home of award winning quilter Jane Holihan

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Episode 1001 – Masterful Miters and Perfect Prairie Points (Susan Cleveland)
Posts on January 02, 2012
Episode 1001Ring in a new year - and a brand-new series - with TQS as we catch up with designer, author, and teacher Susan Cleveland (Episode 109) on location at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, CO. Susan shares some of her latest quilts and her new technique for stitching perfect miters. Next she tackles prairie points. (Bet you'll love her simple method...and her three delightful prairie-point variations.) We wrap with a visit to the NY home and studio of award-winning master quilter Jane Holihan, known for her impeccable hand appliqué and quilting. What a way to start the year!

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Episode 1002 – The Value of...Value! (Michelle Jackson)
Posts on January 16, 2012
Episode 1002Since graduating from FIT, Michelle Jackson has made a successful transition from lingerie designer to wearable art, and ultimately to art quilts. In this episode, the 2010 Niche Award-winning fiber artist demonstrates the relationship - and difference - between color and value, and the important part value plays in determining what one sees when viewing a quilt. In addition, Alex shows how cutting and constructing the Drunkard's Path block can be a snap with the help of the AccuQuilt Go! fabric cutter and dies. All this, show and tell, and a great location - the home of Bob and Barbara Normoyle in Monument, CO - too.

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Episode 1003 – From Doodles to Quilts (RaNae Merrill)
Posts on January 30, 2012
Episode 1003As a child, quilt designer, teacher, and author RaNae Merrill spent hours doodling on her favorite toy, a Kenner Spirograph. Obviously time well spent; nowadays, she begins each new quilt with a series of doodles and sketches. Join us on location at the Onaledge B&B and Rockledge Country Inn (Manitou Springs, CO), where she shows a sampling of her signature spiral and mandala quilts, and then shares her design process and unique foundation-piecing method. For the grand finale, RaNae, an accomplished pianist, treats us to a selection by J. S. Bach, and innkeeper Maureen Hance conducts a tour of the circa-1890 Rockledge Country Inn.

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Episode 1004 – "Painting" with Thread (Nancy Prince)
Posts on February 13, 2012
Episode 1004Yes, you can do it! Artist, teacher, and author Nancy Prince taught herself to "paint" with thread, and now she shares her "secrets." Discover how to create an off-the-quilt thread painting: what stitches to use, how to size them, shade them, highlight and blend them. With Nancy's guidance, learn to "pump up" a commercially printed fabric with thread and how to use your computer to convert a personal photo into a pattern. Ricky concludes by sharing a video about the Colorado Quilt Council and the benefits of a state guild. Don't miss a minute!

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Episode 1005 – "Twofer" the Money: Terrific Time Saving Techniques (Pat Yamin / Gina Perkes)
Posts on February 27, 2012
Episode 1005It's another fabulous "twofer" show! First, award-winning machine quilter, Gammill spokesperson, author, and teacher Gina Perkes demonstrates how you can appliqué and quilt at the same time on the long-arm machine...and add a little "dazzle" from the bobbin as well. Then quilt artist, author, designer, and (fast-talking) teacher Pat Yamin visits the set, showing some of her quilts and divulging her brush with Hollywood fame. She also shows how to use templates to quickly and accurately cut and piece a two-patch pattern, using Robbing Peter to Pay Paul as an example. You'll pick up tons of tips on this info-packed episode.

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Episode 1006 – Quilting for Garments: Watch and Wear (Linda Thielfoldt)
Posts on March 12, 2012
Episode 1006Gammill Quilt artist and long-arm machine specialist Linda Thielfoldt talks about her roots - her mom was an excellent garment maker - and brings a touch of humor to show and tell.
You'll be amazed by her easy and efficient method for stitching "mock feathers" (no backtracking!) on a long-arm sewing machine, and her helpful tips for preparing to quilt fabric for use in a garment, selecting (and reading) a suitable pattern, and achieving the perfect fit. Watch...and then wear!

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Episode 1007 – Simple Stitches, Super Quilts (Pepper Cory)
Posts on March 26, 2012
Episode 1007Quilt-maker, teacher, and author Pepper Cory began her journey into quilting as a college student, with the yard-sale purchase of a handmade quilt. In this episode, Pepper joins us for a delightful show and tell, and to share the history and "how-to's" of the classic Japanese stitching technique called sashiko. She also presents vintage and contemporary examples of a traditional pattern from the Isle of Man that she refers to as "the original quilt-as-you-go" block, and demonstrates its assembly with a simple running stitch. Finally, Ricky provides the evocative musical background for a tour of the day's location, the Museum of Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

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Episode 1008 – Cogs, Wheel, and Gears...on Quilts? (Robbi Joy Eklow)
Posts on April 09, 2012
Episode 1008Don't waste a second! Join us ASAP as quilt artist, author, Quilting Arts columnist, and self-anointed "Goddess of the Last Minute" Robbi Joy Eklow shares some of her quirky and colorful work, including a recent series of cog-and-wheel-based pieces. In addition, she shows how to use Adobe Illustrator, a sheet of fusible web, and an inkjet printer to create a ready-to-cut-and-use design, and demonstrates an absolutely ingenious method for squaring up large quilts. In the final segment, Alex teaches Ricky (and the rest of us) how to make a quick- and-easy gift using a 4" block, pre-made piping, and a secret ingredient from the pet store.

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Episode 1009 – "Stamp Out" Fabric (Laura Wasilowski)
Posts on April 23, 2012
Episode 1009Alex and Ricky welcome back popular quilt artist, teacher, author, and creator of beautiful hand-dyed fabric and thread Laura Wasilowski (Episode 303) for an update on what she's been up to. Then Laura, a founding member of The Chicago School of Fusing, reviews the ten commandments of a fused art quilt, demonstrates a variety of hand embroidery stitches, and shows how to create and use hand-carved stamps to add texture and dimension to your fabric stash. You'll pick up lots of great tips, both on the embroidery and stamping processes and the products to look for. Speaking of fabric, we finish off with a visit to Violet Craft, a young Portland, OR, fabric designer whose work exhibits a fresh, contemporary flair.

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Episode 1010 – It's a Mystery! (Debbie Caffrey / Charlotte Angotti)
Posts on May 07, 2012
Episode 1010
Spoiler alert: Skip over segment 2 if you'd like to make the mystery quilt...and want it to remain a mystery.

Do you love a mystery? Quilt artists and design teammates Debbie Caffrey and Charlotte Angotti define what constitutes a mystery quilt, and how they collaborate on their mystery-quilt designs. Then each of these "designing women" reveals (to the audience and to her partner!) the mystery quilt that she's made using two pre-determined blocks. It's not all a mystery: Debbie "spills the beans" on her power strip-cutting technique, and Charlotte "comes clean" with tips and techniques for crosscutting and machine quilting. All's well that ends well, however, as the pair serves up a tasty snack to Alex, Ricky, and the audience. (Instructions for the mystery quilt and recipes for the snacks will be available on the TQS site.)

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Episode 1011 – Stupendous Stitching (Carol Ann Waugh)
Posts on May 21, 2012
Episode 1011After needlepointing an entire couch, it's no wonder that fiber artist and author Carol Ann Waugh decided to take up another form of needlework! Lucky for us, she taught herself to quilt. In this episode, she shows her "stupendously stitched" and quilted works and then demonstrates the "stupendous stitching" techniques that she uses to create her uniquely textured pieces. She also shares a nifty edge-finishing technique, offers clever suggestions for using up leftover bits of your work, and discusses what it's like to create commissioned pieces for private and corporate collectors. Last stop: an on-site visit with quilt artist Judith Trager of Boulder, CO.

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Episode 1012 – Beyond Cotton: Working with Wool and Silk (Sonya Lee Barrington)
Posts on June 04, 2012
Episode 1012It's a whole new world as fiber artist Sonya Lee Barrington shares the pleasures of using wool and silk as alternatives to cotton in your quilts and other sewing projects. After whetting your appetite with a number of her fabulous quilts, Sonya "gets down to business," explaining the unique properties of these two versatile fibers, offering a slew of tips for working with them, and showing a variety of inventive project possibilities. You'll love her clever purse made from the pocket of a man's wool jacket! Want more? Ricky demonstrates an easy "four-patch-within-a-square" block that we'll pattern on the TQS site with a super-cool block challenge.

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Episode 1013 – Journaling Through (and On) Quilts (Susan Shie)
Posts on June 18, 2012
Episode 1013We close out the 1000 series with artist and teacher Susan Shie ("Shie as in pie"). Although legally blind, Susan is well-known for creating highly personal works based on her drawings and writings, and which - in addition to her own thoughts and experiences - document world events, so that each quilt becomes a visual time capsule. Susan guides Alex and Ricky in a hands-on lesson, using examples of her quilts to further demonstrate how her iconic pieces evolve, and then offers terrific suggestions and tips for writing on a quilt surface. As an added bonus, Ricky shows his method for making an updated version of the traditional Rail Fence pattern.

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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.

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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.)

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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
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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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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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 1307 – Traditional, Artsy, or Otherwise: Make Your Scrap Quilts Sing! (Alex Anderson)
Posts on September 23, 2013
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Episode 113 – TQS Quilting Legend 2007 (Virginia Avery)
Posts on November 26, 2007
Episode 113We 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.

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Episode 313 – TQS Quilting Legend 2008 (Jinny Beyer)
Posts on December 22, 2008
Episode 313Together 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.

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Episode 513 – TQS Quilting Legend 2009 (Libby Lehman)
Posts on December 21, 2009
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Episode 713 – TQS Quilting Legend 2010 (Yvonne Porcella)
Posts on December 20, 2010
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Episode 1113 – TQS Quilting Legend 2012 (Meredith Schroeder)
Posts on December 17, 2012
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