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Series Four Show List
Episode 401 – Playing With Angles (Margaret Miller)
Posts on January 05, 2009
Episode 401It's a whole "New Angle" on the familiar Four-Patch block as popular teacher, author, and quilt artist Margaret Miller demonstrates her nifty new tool. Alex and Ricky continue the theme by turning the Four Patch and the Nine Patch block "on its ear." Finally, Bob Purcell (Thread Guy) shares his expertise on choosing the best needle for machine quilting. Don't miss this fabulous kickoff to the New Year at TQS!

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Episode 402 – Quilting to Perfection (Sue Nickels)
Posts on January 19, 2009
Episode 402Mega award-winning quiltmaker Sue Nickels is renowned in the quilting world for her outstanding raw-edge appliqué and awesome machine quilting. How does she do it? Learn how in this episode as she shares her techniques for precise and enhanced stitchery. Watch as Sue gets a chance to play with the new Bernina 830. In addition, Gregory Case (Photo Man) suggests options for self-publishing, and the bottomless TQS Treasure Chest reveals "favorite things" for every quilter's home studio.

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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 404 – Paying Attention to the Details (Elly Sienkiewicz)
Posts on February 16, 2009
Episode 404Legendary Baltimore Album applique artist and historian Elly Sienkiewicz demonstrates how to add elegance to your quilted projects with decorative stem-stitch embroidery and crisp dogtooth borders. Follow along as she outlines the construction of a charming case for storing and transporting individual blocks. Learn how to care for your quilts and other heirlooms with Bunny's suggestions from the TQS Treasure Chest. To complete the hour, Alex offers a lesson on using fabric selection to make your quilt come alive.

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Episode 405 – Quilting in the "Green" (Valori Wells)
Posts on March 02, 2009
Episode 405We are all doing our part to "go green"... and the quilting community is no exception. Quiltmaker, author, and fabric designer Valori Wells shows how to make a quick-and-easy, reusable fabric grocery tote, and - as a bonus - shares other "quilty" items, such as coverlets and stuffed animals, that you can create to enhance your home or to give as gifts. To continue the "green" theme, Bunny digs into the TQS Treasure Chest and comes up with a variety of eco-friendly products for quilters. Finally, check out Ricky's technique for adding lush texture to your quilts with bobbin trapunto work.

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Episode 406 – Following the Artist's Process (David Taylor)
Posts on March 16, 2009
Episode 406We feel especially lucky to bring quilt artist David Taylor to the attention of the TQS family. If you've been to any of the major quilt shows recently, you've probably stood before his work in awe. In this episode, David brings his current "work in progress" to discuss and demonstrate the development, techniques, and fabrics he uses to create his award-winning quilts. Also not to be missed: the always-welcome Thread Guy, Bob Purcell, gives you a handy guide to troubleshoot your thread problems.

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Episode 407 – Precision... and Pizzazz (Elsie Campbell)
Posts on March 30, 2009
Episode 407Do your Eight-Pointed Star blocks "tent" in the center? Is a button your solution for mismatched center seams? If so, this is definitely the show for you! Join master quiltmaker and author Elsie Campbell as she demonstrates her award-winning techniques and favorite tools for achieving pieced perfection with this problematic block. In addition, Alex shows how focusing on a simple traditional shape - in this case, the half-square triangle - can add pizzazz to your quilt. And-you'll love this!! - Gregory Case (Photo Man) takes us on a nostalgic and fun-filled photo journey of TQS history.

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Episode 408 – All About Neutrals (Alex Anderson)
Posts on April 13, 2009
Episode 408Ricky had his turn and now we feature Alex Anderson. Discover the charm and elegance of quilts made exclusively with neutral fabrics from Alex, who's made all-neutral quilts for years, and has even written a book about them! Along the way, she shares bits and pieces of her quilting history, demonstrates the Daisy Chain block, reveals "What in the world is a crumb catcher?"... and shows you how to make one. Follow along as TQS ventures beyond the La Veta studio to visit the quilters of the Mother's Guild of Boys Town in Omaha, NE.

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Episode 409 – Crazy for Quilts (Cindy Brick)
Posts on April 27, 2009
Episode 409Are you crazy for crazy quilts... or think you might be? You won't want to miss quiltmaker and author Cindy Brick as she takes you on an "up-close and personal" look at the history of this unique style of quilting using quilts from her own collection. Cindy also shares how to create your own crazy-quilt block using a variety of luscious fabrics and embellishments. Ricky invites an audience member to help him design a quilt block "from the outside in," and entertains and inspires with the flute piece, "Drum Circle," from his Sacred Age CD.

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Episode 410 – Feathers, Pickles, and Gifts (John Flynn)
Posts on May 11, 2009
Episode 410"Big doings" in this episode: popular quiltmaker and teacher John Flynn is on hand for the presentation of "The Give-a-Way Quilt" he pieced and quilted to honor the traditions of the Native American tribes in his area of Montana. In addition, John shares his techniques and tips for piecing the Pickle Dish block. As a special treat for machine aficionados, Ricky demonstrates how to create lushly textured trapunto feathers. Then we're "on the road again" for a visit to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Episode 411 – Quilting to Aid Others (Elise Roberts / Sandra Dallas)
Posts on May 25, 2009
Episode 411Quilters are a generous group. To honor that tradition, special guest and author Elise Roberts traces the history of social actions by quilters in the United States. You will learn how to create a quilted banner to spotlight your group's service or fund raising event. Alex and Ricky "pick up the thread" by sharing how today's quilters have responded to recent tragedies. In a related segment, TQS visits the "Home of the Brave Project" in Davenport, IA, part of a nationwide group making quilts for families that have lost service members in war. Finally, our visit with popular novelist Sandra Dallas (The Persian Pickle Dish and The Quilt that Walked to Golden) at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is not to be missed!

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Episode 412 – Machine Ribbon Embroidery (Susan Schrempf)
Posts on June 08, 2009
Episode 412The results are so amazing, you'll think the work was done by hand... but it's not! Watch special guest Susan Schrempf show how easy it is to create beautiful flowers on the sewing machine using silk ribbon and simple embroidery stitches. Then pillows take the spotlight, as Alex demonstrates how to transform a UFO block into a quick-and-easy pillow, and our TQS crew heads to Racine, WI for a field piece on "The Pillowcase Queens" who are making thousands of pillowcases for our troops overseas.

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Episode 413 – Easy, Fast-Pieced Applique (Rose Hughes / Clare O'Donohue)
Posts on June 22, 2009
Episode 413We wrap up Series 4 with not one, but two special guests! Rose Hughes discusses how she designs her quilts using photos, and shares a technique for creating quilted landscapes using her "fast-pieced" applique method. Then author Clare O'Donohue tells Alex about her new mystery novel, The Lover's Knot. To "finish" things up neatly, Alex shows how to make a scalloped-edge binding, and Bunny pulls great gifts for your favorite quilter from the trusty TQS Treasure Chest.

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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.

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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