Show 113: TQS Quilting Legend 2007
Featuring: Virginia Avery
Presented By:
Bernina
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Episode 113

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  TQS Quilting Legend 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.
 

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Meet Virginia Avery. Jinny has been a guiding force in our industry for over 50 years! Jinny was a pioneer to quilting when she started teaching in the 60’s and did not retire until recently in 2005. Through her enthusiasm in teaching and helping people find their voice in cloth, Jinny quickly became a major influence during the quilting renaissance of the 1970’s and her efforts continued for decades. Her innovative approach of using patchwork in garment construction was ground breaking and paved the way for the incredible popularity of art to wear. Her perseverance, dedication and love of this industry has made her our pick for the first TQS quilt legend – 2007!

Books by Virgina Avery
  • Hats – A Heady Affair
  • Quilts to Wear
  • Nifty Neckwear
  • Wonderful Wearable
  • Big Book of Appliqué
New York Council of the Arts at www.nysca.org
Bernina Fashion Show at www.bernina.com
Yvonne Porcella at www.yvonneporcella.com
Mary Ellen Hopkins at www.maryellenhopkins.com
 
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Series One Show List
Episode 101 – Get a Life! (Joe Cunningham)
Posts on April 02, 2007
Episode 101Joe Cunningham, avid hand quilter, shares a unique but time honored way to baste quilts in preparation for quilting in a hoop or on a machine. Show includes a visit from Bob, The Thread Guy and a musical duo performance by Joe and Ricky.

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Episode 102 – Threads of the Spirit (Vikki Pignatelli)
Posts on April 03, 2007
Episode 102Vikki Pignatelli, quilt artist, author, teacher shows how complicated-looking curves are easy to assemble and demonstrates an improvisational curve technique that includes how to finish unusually-shaped projects with a unique whole cloth facing. Vikki also discusses how her passion, emotion, and spirit are expressed in her work and the founding of her Sacred Threads Exhibits. Also includes a Native American flute performance of Wahatoya by Ricky and a visit to Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

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Episode 103 – Visualizing Color! (Joen Wolfrom)
Posts on April 23, 2007
Episode 103Joen Wolfrom of JWD Publishing, color expert, author, quilter, and photographer shares her love of photography and how to use photo imagery for color inspiration in quilts. All quilters will find this unique approach to color selection valuable when it is time to select colors (and fabrics) for their quilts - regardless of the style of quilt. Show includes a piece (captured at Quilt Festival in Houston) featuring Ami Simms who explains how she is using quilts to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. Gregory Case, The Quilt Show's Photo Man, gives tips on quilt photography.

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Episode 104 – Y Magic! (Cheryl Malkowski)
Posts on May 14, 2007
Episode 104Cheryl Malkowski, author and traditional/innovative quilter shares how one, easy-to-make quilt block can be used to reap unlimited design possibilities. A WOW for both beginners and experienced quilters alike. Show includes Gregory Case, The Quilt Show's Photo Man and a visit to Quilter Resource distribution center in Chicago.

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Episode 105 – Jump-Starting Creativity! (Barbara Olson)
Posts on June 04, 2007
Episode 105Barbara Olson, renowned fiber artist, author and international quilt teacher shares her formula for jump-starting creativity. Her insightful process will help generate the creative energy needed when you have too many ideas - or none! By using a variety of unusual fabrics, you will learn how to think creatively.This is all about the process, not the technique. Show includes a visit from Bob, The Quilt Show's Thread Guy and a visit to the home of Cheryl Sterling - a developing new talent with an unbridled spirit.

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Episode 106 – A Touch of Ireland (Denise Labadie)
Posts on July 02, 2007
Episode 106Denise Labadie, award-winning quilt maker uses her profound love of the Irish landscape and ancient megalithic stones as a theme that is central to her quilting. To best express the moods and textures inherent in her complex landscapes, Denise uses a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and threads. She demonstrates how she achieves the effect of realistic looking "fabric stones." Show includes a visit from Cheryl, The Quilt Show's Gizmo Girl and a piano performance of Danny Boy by Ricky.

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Episode 107 – Portraits from Nature (Jean Wells)
Posts on July 23, 2007
Episode 107Special Guest Jean Wells uses inspirations from nature to create a series of small quilts. The surprise is how they are combined and displayed! Ricky demonstrates making a flying geese block with only one seam, Photo Man gives advice on selecting photos for use in quilts and Gizmo Girl helps us get portable.

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Episode 108 – Memories and Memorials; Quilts Tell a Story (Mary Fisher)
Posts on August 13, 2007
Episode 108Mary Fisher, quilt artist, author and AIDS activist, demonstrates unique ways of creating original fabric by stamping and block printing, and shows how she used the technique in African-themed quilts from her book, ABATAKA. An ambassador for the United Nations AIDS program, Mary discusses how she uses her art to raise awareness about AIDS' impact, especially on women. She recently taught HIV-affected women in Africa to make bead bracelets brought to the U.S. market by Fair Winds Trading, Inc., through partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine, and Macys.com. Also, Ricky and Alex both demonstrate how to make a memory block.

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Episode 109 – Piping Hot Curves! (Susan Cleveland)
Posts on September 03, 2007
Episode 109"Piping Hottie" Susan Cleveland demonstrates Piping Hot Curves by making perfect, tiny piping and accenting curved designs without piecing curves! Mother Superior, Heather Purcell (Superior Threads) talks about how different threads will affect the finished look of a quilt. Ricky plays a tune. You can visit Susan's website at www.piecesbewithyou.com

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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 111 – The Purrfect Quilt (Ann Fahl)
Posts on October 15, 2007
Episode 111Ann Fahl, teacher and author, well-known for coloring with thread, appears on the show and shares her whimsical series of quilts based on her beloved and mischievous cat. Ann demonstrates a pattern for creating a colorful cat and Gizmo Girl talks about lollipops for quilters and getting techie with new, easy-to-use computer patterns for quilters.

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Episode 112 – Threadplay and Sheer Ribbon Illusions (Libby Lehman)
Posts on November 05, 2007
Episode 112Thread embellishment and sewing machine expert Libby Lehman shares her Sheer Ribbon Illusion technique and demonstrates how she uses the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator). Ricky performs a tune from Heart and Soul.

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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 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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