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Episode 1507 - 21st-Century Paper Piecing: Explore Hexies with a "Hexpert"

We discovered the work of award-winning "hexpert" Cheryl See while taping our 2012 Legend Show (Episode 1113) with Meredith Schroeder at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Fasten your seatbelt! Cheryl launches English paper piecing into the 21st century, and you'll be amazed by her quilts: each incorporates a little "secret" or two that draws you in for a closer look. In this episode, taped at the Drury Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, TX, Cheryl shares loads of tips for making precise and perfect hexies and diamonds, and then shows a number of clever and versatile 3-D projects for trying her techniques without committing to a huge project. Finally, we corral radio personality Pat Sloan in Portland, OR, where she shares some of her quilts and demos how to do an appliqué running stitch by hand.
Episode 1506 - Two Amazing Women and the Power of Quilting

Prepare to be inspired! In 2008, during a dark period in her life, artist Lisa Sipes was encouraged by her mom to give quilting a try—and a passionate new quilter was born. Now a well-regarded professional longarm artist who loves detailed work, Lisa shares fun ways to add visual and textural interest to a wholecloth quilt with a variety of stitches and colored threads. She also shows how she creates her signature "triple stitch" and alternative ways to finish the edges of your quilt. We end by visiting with the amazing and inspirational Nola Emerie, who—after suffering a massive stroke at age 52 that paralyzed the right side of her body—decided to take up quilting. You won’t want to miss this.
Episode 1505 - East Meets West: Season Your Quilts with a Japanese Flavor

We return to the Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX, to meet Priscilla Knoble, a "lover of all things fiber-related" who grew up the daughter of missionaries in Japan. As a quilter familiar with the Japanese design aesthetic and fluent in the language, Priscilla emerged as the obvious (authorized) choice to translate, publish, and distribute the books of renowned Japanese quilt artist Yoko Saito. Priscilla discusses the subtle, but surprisingly complex Japanese taupe color palate, shares images from the Tokyo International Quilt Show, and then demonstrates some of Yoko's favorite tools and techniques, including how to create and hand appliqué teeny tiny bias stems, design an original House block, and stitch a fully-lined inside pocket.
Episode 1504 - Make it Special with Machine Embroidery

Alex and Ricky welcome artist and author Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero (Episode 507) back to the TQS studio for a look at some of her newest work, which marries machine embroidery with her trademark Kaleidoscope designs. Jeanie, a former software engineer for Hewlett-Packard, explains how to select an image, print it on fabric, transform it into a unique design using her Kaleidoscope Kreator program, and then enhance it with machine embroidery. In addition, Connie Fanders, Director of Education for BERNINA USA, shows a quick-and-easy way to make a rag quilt (and more) using your serger.
Episode 1503 - Quilting without Limits: Using Unconventional Fabrics in Your Work

While in high school, award-winning quilt artist Jerry Granata made costumes for the National Marionette Company—an experience that taught him that no fabric is off limits, even for quilting. The trick is in knowing how to tame it, and in this show, Jerry reveals the huge variety of unusual fabrics available to quilters (think leather, lamé, fake fur, upholstery), where to find them, which to use when, how to prepare them, work with them, and even quilt them. We wrap with a tour of our day's location, The Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX, where Jerry—for 21 years a professional musician with the United States Navy—provides the soundtrack on his RED saxophone.
Episode 1502 - Small Pieces, Big Impact

Canadian quiltmaker, teacher, and author Mary Elizabeth Kinch drops by the studio to share her love for antique quilts and how she recreates them full-size with tiny pieces and reproduction fabrics. Mary Elizabeth, founder of the SPA (Small Piece Aficionado) Society, demonstrates how to tame those tiny pieces from template stage to finished block, incorporating lots of fabric and hand-piecing tips along the way. Then Alex travels to Washington County, Oregon, for a chat with textile artist Terry Grant, in which we get a glimpse at Terry's latest art quilts . . . featuring "upcycled" men’s shirts!
Episode 1501 - Discover Sensational Surface Design

We launch Series 1500 with a visit to the Texas studio of artist, instructor, and author Jane Dunnewold, well known for the one-of-a-kind fabrics she creates with printing, dyeing, resist, and other manipulations. In this episode, Jane discusses the meaning of surface design, and shows how she transfers a black-and-white copyright-free image to prepared for dye (PFD) silk, which she then embellishes with watercolor pencils and needle felting. You'll love our tour of her wet/dry studios, a delightful blend of old and new. Finally, Jane, who uses a hula hoop as a preventative for back problems, coaxes Alex and Ricky to give this childhood classic a try it. An informative—and fun—start to a new season!
Episode 1413 - From Film to Fabric: Photos as Inspiration

As a former commercial photographer, Leni Levenson Wiener still carries her camera with her everywhere, and her photos—particularly of strangers caught in ordinary moments—are a favorite inspiration for her fabric art. Now this talented author, instructor, and "artist's coach" visits the TQS studio to show how she evaluates and breaks down a composition for ease of construction, discusses the importance of value and "zingers" when selecting fabrics. She also demonstrates how to create a more organic look with freehand cutting. Then enjoy our off-site visit with well-known fabric designer Jennifer Sampou, who took a seven-year hiatus to move with her family to Mexico, and has returned brimming with ideas for new designs, including her latest, Studio Stash.
Episode 1412 - "I Can't Believe It's Pieced!"

We return to Texas to rendezvous with quilt artist, author, and designer Cynthia England, who gives us a glimpse of what she's been up to since her last TQS appearance (Episode 610). Over the years, Cynthia has achieved a well-deserved reputation as an award-winning pictorial art quilter who—amazingly—builds her design with piecing, not appliqué. Here she unveils the tools and techniques she uses for her "forgiving" methods, and demonstrates a clever technique for attaching a sleeve to a small quilt or wallhanging that requires no hand sewing. Then we head off to visit fiber artist, writer, and designer Wendy Mamattah, originally from Ghana, who shares her Africa-inspired silhouette and symbols quilts, as well as her charming one-of-a-kind pin cushions.
Episode 1411 - Create Old World Charm with a Quilter from "Down Under"

Australian quiltmaker, designer, shopowner, and teacher Carolyn Konig's favorite quilts are those of the 18th century, which she enjoys recreating in "old world" style with hand techniques and reproduction fabrics. In this episode, Carolyn shows the tools and techniques she uses to draft the medallion center for a reproduction quilt, and how she prepares and works on her hand appliqué, including a great tip for keeping it portable. Also, Alex reviews the importance of good pressing technique, including the difference between pressing piecework vs. appliqué or redwork
Episode 1410 - You Can Have It All: Two Modern-Day Quilters Mix Old and New

The TQS gang goes "on the road again" for a visit with author, designer, blogger, and self-described "scrapaholic" Bonnie Hunter, who made her first quilt using her grandmother's cardboard templates. Nowadays Bonnie, who still enjoys stitching on her beloved treadle machine, uses a webcam so that her followers can watch her at work in her studio! In this show, Bonnie shares her quilter-friendly system for cutting and sorting scraps, her technique for making quick 2"-finished half-square-triangle units from strips, and her ingenious "Leaders and Enders" technique, which makes thrifty use of leftovers and thread. In addition, Bonnie shows how she builds a quilt using fabric "strings" and phonebook-page foundations, and how to play with the finished blocks. We end with a field trip to meet Nebraska quiltmaker, author, teacher, and quilt judge Shelly Burge, who currently incorporates copper crimping in her quilts—while curating her collection of over 300 (!) vintage sewing machines.
Episode 1409 - Bringing In the Great Outdoors: Quilts Inspired by Our National Parks

Can you imagine being named artist-in-residence at several prominent US National Parks, including Denali (Alaska), Acadia (Maine), and Mesa Verde (Colorado)? That's the enviable experience of Colorado-based fiber artist Linda Beach! In this episode, Linda visits the TQS gang to show some of her amazing, nature-inspired, machine-pieced works, and to share some of the fabric-selecting and construction techniques she uses to create them, a process she compares to assembling a giant quilter’s jigsaw puzzle. In addition, Ricky shows how a traditional Sailboat block can be an inspirational springboard for a fun and funky new design. "Sail" in, settle down, and enjoy!
Episode 1408 - Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home!

Quilt artist, author, teacher, musician, and TQS co-host Ricky Tims takes center stage in this project- and technique-focused episode, filmed on location at the AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha, NE. Inspired by an antique Amish quilt spotted in a book he received as a gift, Ricky has created Northern Lights, a fresh spin on a Nine-patch strippie-style quilt. Discover how he quick-cuts and builds his nine-patch and triangular setting units, arranging the colors so they flow seamlessly from one to the next, and how to update a traditional top with a contemporary "fiddlehead-fern-feather" quilting motif. Then Shari Ruwe and Karen Ruwe (no relation!) demonstrate examples of their collaborative work on the Nebraska State Raffle Quilt, including Shari's technique for making and embellishing pleated poppies, and Karen's tips for adding texture and pizzazz to a quilt with metallic thread.
Episode 1407 - The "New" Traditional: A Marvelous Mix of Fabric, Style, and Stitches

Quilt and fabric designer, author, and highly sought-after teacher Kim Diehl loves to combine unexpected elements in her traditionally inspired quilts, and she brings many of these "hybrid" pieces along to share. Then stick around as she offers some of her best time-saving machine-appliqué techniques, demonstrates how combining ‘big stitch’ quilting with machine quilting can give your quilts added visual and textural interest, and shows how to add a final pop of color to your finishing. We wrap with a field piece featuring quiltmaker, author, and teacher Christine Barnes who shares valuable insights into the properties of color, including value, temperature, and intensity.
Episode 1406 - Modernize Your "Toolbelt" with Terrific Techniques

It may sound like a quilter's dream, but it's "real life" for popular blogger, author, fabric and pattern designer Tula Pink. Within 24 hours of posting her first fabric designs on line, Tula was contacted by a major fabric company who wanted to produce the entire collection! The rest is history. In this episode, Tula—who loves to give traditional patterns a contemporary twist with current fabrics—shares a clever method for building a color scheme and demos how to "fussy cut the Tula way" using 1/4" masking tape and your rotary ruler. But wait! There's more! Award-winning longarm quilter Karen Marchetti also drops by with tips for expanding your machine-quilting repertoire—and your confidence—by building on the basics already in your toolbelt.
Episode 1405 - Drawing from the Past: Jane Austen-Inspired Quilts

The discovery that beloved English writer Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) had made a quilt, and a visit to the author’s home in Chawton, England, was just the impetus that Karen Gloeggler needed to create a series of quilts (and a quilt book) inspired by Austen’s romantic novels. In this episode, Karen shares how to find, and then incorporate vintage fabrics, handkerchiefs, and doilies into your quilts to give them a period flair, and shows a clever technique for making a scrappy pieced border, perfect for a Jane-inspired (or any other) quilt. Then, in a field piece, we meet author and quilt historian Janet Finley, who has amassed the world’s largest collection of 19th- and early-20th-century photos of people with quilts, and the book she created to showcase them.
Episode 1404 - Jump Start Your Creativity with 15 Minutes of Daily "Play"

New York City quilt artist, blogger, and author Victoria Findlay Wolfe has made over 300 quilts (including Best of Show winner at Quiltcon 2013) and in this inspiring show, she shares her secrets! Discover how just 15 minutes of creative activity a day, coupled with scraps of fabric, orphan blocks, and other odd bits, can result in an impressive and satisfying collection of finished quilts. You'll also learn about a community service project that provides quilts for those in NYC who are transitioning from homeless shelters to their own homes. We finish with a tour of our beautiful location, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, just outside the historic city of Charleston, SC. How's that for inspiration?
Episode 1403 - Build Beautiful Quilts with Butterfly Seams

Alex and Ricky welcome back quilt artist, author, and publisher Gyleen Fitzgerald (Episode 909) who brings us up to date on life since her TQS debut, shares some of her latest work, and offers loads of ingenious—and practical—ideas for sewing and pressing that are sure to be a hit in any quilter's sewing space. Also on hand: Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina USA, who demonstrates how easy it is to piece a quilt top using a serger. You won't want to miss this!
Episode 1402 - "Cuttin' Up" with AccuQuilt

Alex, Ricky, and the TQS gang travel to the Omaha, NE, headquarters of AccuQuilt, where they connect with Linda Pumphrey, global sales manager (and self-described "Global Passionista") for a show loaded with fabulous projects and techniques. Linda leads off with Fractured Triangles, a fast-and-fun, strip-and-triangle-based quilt made using AccuQuilt's efficient and accurate cutting system. (A downloadable pdf for this project will be available on the TQS website.) Alex joins the fun with a lesson on "squiggles" (Sorry! You'll just need to watch!), and Ricky shows how to create a stunning quilt that combines charm squares with sparkling slivers of color. Finally, we couldn't leave our location without a tour of AccuQuilt's wonderful facility, hosted by director of marketing, Lynn Gibney.
Episode 1401 - From ABC to BOM: Tips and Techniques Just for "Ewe"

We're thrilled to kick off our 1400 series with a visit from quilt designer and award-winning quilter Janet Stone. Ever since childhood, Janet has been intrigued by typography, and her wonderfully original designs—including A-Z for Ewe and Me, our 2014 TQS Block of the Month quilt—clearly demonstrate this lifelong passion for all things "alphabet." In this show, Janet shares a "flock" of tips for stitching accurate and easy flying-geese and half-square-triangle units, as well as some terrific ideas for creating machine-appliquéd letters . . . all useful techniques for making your own version of the BOM quilt. Also, Ricky demonstrates how to spice up your bindings with a scalloped detail.
Episode 1313 - TQS Quilting Legend 2013

It is with great pride and pleasure that we reveal our 2013 TQS Quilting Legend: quiltmaker, artist, and author, Michael James. Our first stop is the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where Michael serves as Chair and Ardis James Professor of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design. UN-L is also home to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, and we're treated to insights on the collections from Michael and Carolyn Ducey, Curator of Collections. Then Michael reveals how he transitioned from painter to textile artist, and the evolution of his work in the process. In addition, he shares a technique for enhancing a wholecloth quilt, and welcomes us to his home for a tour of his studio, a peek at his fabric collection, and a preview of the newest piece on his design wall. It's a fabulous finale to Series 1300!
Episode 1312 - Just in Time! Perfect Projects for the Holidays

The holidays are in the air as quilt artist, author, and fabric and quilt designer Amanda Murphy connects with Alex and Ricky in historic downtown Charleston, SC. Amanda demonstrates how to make a fast-and-fun tree skirt, complete with inverted-miters, points, and continuous binding. She also shares a quick-and-colorful Christmas quilt, with trees in three sizes, snowflake appliqués, and pompom trim. We finish with a tour of the day's location, The Old Exchange and Provost (built in 1767) which has played host to patriots, presidents . . . and pirates!
Episode 1311 - Mixed Media and the ABCs of Good Design

We return to Charleston's beautiful Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a visit with artist, author, and educator, Lyric Kinard. After showing a variety of her quilts and mixed-media artwork, Lyric—named 2011 Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Professional Teachers—identifies and explains the five fundamentals—or ABCs—of good design. She also demystifies the basics of screen printing using a thermofax machine and a few simple tools, and shares lots of creative ideas for using beads to add color and texture to your work. The episode closes on a lovely note as Lyric, a classically trained professional musician, offers a sampling of Bach on the French Horn.
Episode 1310 - From the Table to Bed: Vintage Tablecloth Quilts

Rose Sheifer has designed dozens of quilting books in her career, and now she has combined her artistic eye with a love of vintage linens to transform a collection of treasured family table covers into beautiful quilts. Rose shares helpful info about finding, auditioning, and preparing the vintage linens; methods for devising a compatible block and/or quilt design; and the process for combining the two. (Note: The pattern for the Dogwood Quilt seen in the sewing demo will be available to Star members on the TQS website.) If that's not enough, Ricky shows a super landscape technique using a background fabric, fabric "slivers" and "confetti," and oversized random stippling stitches.
Episode 1309 - Enter the 3rd Dimension with Quilted Sculpture

In this episode, you'll meet "quilt sculptor" and teacher Susan Else, who made the leap from "flat quilts" to one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional quilted works and has never looked back. After showing a selection of her incredible quilted sculptures, Susan demonstrates how she uses felt, fabric-wrapped floral wire, and couching to create dimensional leaves, helps Alex construct a 3-D diorama, and shares some excellent tips for adapting your cutting tools to accommodate physical limitations. In addition, Alex demos the fast-and-fun, paper-pieced fan block that she used in her colorful quilt Hot Flash. (Look for the pattern on the Projects page). Don't miss it!
Episode 1308 - Techniques, Tips...and a Very Special Tour for Quilters

Renowned quilt artist, teacher, and author Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry takes Alex, Ricky, and the gang on a tour of Bryer Patch Studios, her lovingly designed 8,000 square-foot shop, studio, and home. You'll love seeing Caryl's first quilt, as well as the beautiful, artistic features she has incorporated into this very special place that she now calls home in downtown Paducah, KY. You'll also love learning about how she designs and executes a quilt using a hybrid method that she calls "appli-piecing," her techniques for creating work based on the Fibonacci series, her 30th Anniversary Project (which debuts in Houston in fall 2013), and so much more!
Episode 1307 - Traditional, Artsy, or Otherwise: Make Your Scrap Quilts Sing!

It's a fabric lover's dream as co-host Alex Anderson "anchors" aboard the USS Yorktown with a boatload of inspiration and tips for creating sensational and successful scrap quilts. From building a healthy stash to choosing a scrap-worthy block to establishing and implementing a viable "plan"—Alex touches all the bases. (Our self-described "queen of pinning" even demonstrates a quick-and-easy, no-pin technique for piecing the Bowtie block.) Then join us for an enlightening field piece on how a group of Egyptian artisans, known as the Tentmakers of Cairo, are adapting their traditional talents to the world of quilting.
Episode 1305 - "The Sky's the Limit" with Hand-Painted Fabric

Quilt artist Mickey Lawler began painting sky fabrics in the mid-80s when she couldn’t find the pieces she wanted for her original quilted landscapes. Before long, her company Skydyes was born…and the rest is history! Mickey visits the TQS set to chat about her newest work, engages Ricky in a fun, hands-on fabric-painting exercise (complete with tips), demos how she builds a landscape design by combining painted fabric with touches of piecing or appliqué, and shares her practical method for designing a quilting plan that enhances the finished quilt top. As an added bonus, we track down the legendary and "Liberated" Gwen Marston on the road in Sisters, OR, where she shares her method for creating "skinny finishes" and Amish-style bindings.
Episode 1304 - Borders with Benefits, TerrificTextures . . . and More!

The TQS gang returns to The Charleston Tea Plantation for a visit with quilt artist, teacher, and author, Wendy Butler Berns, known for her amazing photo-based pictorial quilts. Wendy, recipient of the 2009 Jewel Pearce Patterson scholarship for quilting teachers, presents practical solutions for designing and implementing pieced borders, offers a wealth of tips for adding texture to a variety of quilt projects, and compares notes with Ricky about their simultaneous foray into quilting—with their respective dads! Then we check in with contemporary folk artist and teacher Sue Spargo (Episode 810), who shares a sampling of her newest adventures in dimensional stitching.
Episode 1303 - Discover the Rewards of "Value-Based" Quilting

The quilt world gained a valuable asset when Grace Errea made the transition from high-level corporate executive to full-time textile artist, designer, author, and teacher. After sharing striking examples of her "value based" contemporary-realistic work, Grace shows and explains an eight-value fabric chart, oversees an impromptu workshop involving the studio audience, and reveals the materials and methods she uses to create and build the patterns for her quilts. All this, plus Alex demos a lightweight, snuggly receiving blanket that features the surprising combination of flannel and voile.
Episode 1302 - Pour Yourself "a Cuppa" . . . and Piece Some Hexies!

A crafting enthusiast from a young age, the enterprising Mickey Depre earned spending money by making and selling handmade doll clothes . . . to her sisters! In this episode, the accomplished quilt artist, teacher, and author shares a sampling of her wonderful quilts, demonstrates the basics of traditional English paper piecing (including a nifty trick or two), and then opens the door on the infinite variations possible for those fabulous pieced hexies. The episode concludes with Jane Knight, who takes us on a tour of our day's location, The Charleston (SC) Tea Plantation, the only operating tea plantation on the US mainland. Brew up a pot of your favorite variety, settle in, and enjoy!
Episode 1301 - New Directions in Quilting: Embracing the Possibilities

We couldn't imagine a more appropriate guest to kick-off Series 1300 than artist, teacher, author, and legendary shop owner, Jean Wells, who returns (Episode 107) with an update on her continuing shift in creative direction. After sharing her favorite sources of inspiration, Jean shows the important role of value in building her quilted compositions, her approach to construction, and how she overcomes the occasional creative rut. (Look for Jean’s "What If I Get Stuck?" worksheet on the Projects page.) We wrap with a tour of Jean's beautiful home and studio in Sisters, OR, and her great tip for giving your quilt a portrait finish.
Episode 1213 - "Shake It Up" with the Queen of Paper Piecing

Quilt artist, prolific author (20 books and counting), and popular teacher Carol Doak joins the TQS gang aboard the historic USS Yorktown, now part of the Patriots Point museum complex just east of Charleston, SC. Considered by many the Queen of Paper Piecing, Carol "shakes things up" with a ton of creative options for flipping, distorting, and otherwise changing up the shape of familiar paper-pieced elements. Among her revelations: a method that allows you to incorporate paper piecing to size borders for any quilt. We wrap with a tour of our location, veteran of two wars, the Apollo 8 space mission . . . and two Hollywood movies!
Episode 1212 - Something Old, Something New: Early Influences and Fresh Stitches

Alex and Ricky welcome back fiber artist, author, and teacher Judith B. Montano for her third TQS appearance (Episodes 201 and 507), this time on location at The Old Exchange and Provost in beautiful downtown Charleston, SC. This time around, Judith discusses her Canadian upbringing, and the influences of both the Hutterites and Canada's native peoples on her early work. She then shares her techniques for distorting traditional stitches to create organic shapes and interesting layers, and how she employs cheesecloth, scrim, and other unique materials in her pieces, incorporating painterly techniques along the way. Finally, in a segment taped in Sisters, OR, we meet UK quilter, Karin Hellaby, who offers a brief history of Pineapple quilts and shows her "Sew Simple" technique for creating a Pineapple block.
Episode 1211 - FreshTechniques for Old Favorites

Long-time quilter, teacher, and self-confessed "obsessive quilter" Ann Petersen thrives on producing sharp points and perfectly pieced blocks, and loves to share her techniques for piecing success. In this episode, Ann demonstrates her method for piecing accurate curves with the aid of freezer paper and just five pins! She also reveals her ingenious method for foundation piecing…without the fuss of paper to remove. Finally, if you suffer from arthritis, you'll appreciate our visit to the home and studio of Bend, OR, artist Sarah Kaufman, who has successfully adapted her quilting methods to cope with this debilitating ailment, and shares her nifty process for making the Folded Log Cabin block.
Episode 1210 - The "Stars" are Out in Big Sky Country!

The "stars are out" at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Gallatin Gateway, MT, as Alex demos some clever—and easy—variations on the traditional Sawtooth Star block, and Ricky shows how to piece her Lone-Star-based Montana Star. (Cutting directions for the Montana Star will be available on the TQS website.) This "stellar" show also features a visit to Valentine, NE, where Florentine Blue Thunder shares his amazing Lakota Star quilts and Vi Colombe (from the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD) shows us her stunning Circular Stars. Can't get more star-studded than that!
Episode 1209 - A "Roundup" of Techniques from Two Terrific Teachers

Saddle up, as we stop by for a visit with renowned quilters, teachers, and authors Georgia Bonesteel and Charlotte Warr Andersen at their annual retreat at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Gallatin Gateway, MT. First the pair unveils a special quilt commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ranch, as well as retreat projects from previous years. Next Georgia demonstrates "picture piecing," her special method of paper piecing with gridded freezer paper, and Charlotte shows how it easy it is to use organza to create soft and shimmery effects in landscape quilts. We finish with a tour of our historic ranch location with owners Kim and Kelly Kelsey.
Episode 1208 - Starting a Longarm Business? What I Wish I Knew!

Only 27 quilts have been awarded the distinction of Master Quilt by the National Quilt Association, and Tribute to Tolkein, made by this episode's featured artist Sue McCarty, is one of the honored few. After demonstrating how to personalize a computer-generated quilting design by adding your own unique flairs and touches, Sue unveils "What I Wish I Knew," her nine most valuable tips for launching a successful career as a longarm quilter. If you've ever considered quilting for others, you won’t want to miss this! In addition, Ricky demonstrates a quick-and-easy sleeve for displaying your quilt.
Episode 1207 - Out of Africa: From Life Experience to Incredible Quilts

You won’t want to miss this show, as (self-taught!) textile artist Hollis Chatelain visits us on location at friend Caryl Bryer Fallert's Bryer Patch Studios in Paducah, KY. Hollis reveals how her previous experiences as a photographer and as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa—as well as her vivid dreams!—have informed her amazing, award-winning work. She also shares how she combines a fast-and-fun reverse appliqué technique using recycled denim and hand-dyed fabric to create texture, as well as insight into her incredible threadwork. Then quilter and AQS Executive Director Bonnie Browning drops by to show Hollis, Caryl, Alex, Ricky, and Justin how the fun, relaxing, and improvisational art of the Zentangle can translate to quilting.
Episode 1206 - The Magical World of Mixed Media

Dollmaker, mixed-media artist, and TQS classroom teacher Lauren Vlcek enjoys combining her various talents to create one-of-a-kind mixed-media pieces. In this info-packed show, Lauren demonstrates how she uses her deconstructed crazy-quilt technique to make a small wall shrine, sharing tons of tips for fabric selection, pressing, decorative machine stitching, and embellishment along the way. She also shows how to insert a reverse-appliqué "window frame" in a pieced block background, and a variety of ways to employ the results. But that's not all: Ricky also shares tips for working with guild exchange blocks, and offers a few potential block suggestions (available on the TQS website).
Episode 1205 - Picture This: Simplified Pictorial Piecing

Quilt artist and teacher Sue Rasmussen began her sewing career as an 11-year-old on an 830 Bernina purchased for her by her dad. In this show, she joins the TQS gang on location at the Main Street Quilting Company in Bozeman, MT, to demonstrate her terrific techniques for adapting a traditional pictorial block or personal photograph for simplified piecing. Along the way, she shares loads of good info on fabric choices, construction, and even on using your iPad for creating templates! Then we visit the Coffee Creek Quilters, whose quilting classes for women incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, OR, have dramatically changed the lives of the participants.
Episode 1204 - Songs, Stories, and Buttons

Join Cathy Miller, a.k.a. The Singing Quilter, as she shares her journey to quilting via a quilting stage production. Her effervescent personality and quilting songs will have you in stitches. Cathy then shows Alex how to use the Japanese art of Notan in quilting. Jill Gorski, the button lady, will expand your knowledge of antique buttons, you might otherwise have overlooked. Jill also shows creative ideas for using those special buttons in your stash. It's a double dose of fun show. You don't want to miss it!
Episode 1203 - Achieve "Stellar" Results with Precision Piecing

Author and teacher Marsha McCloskey loves complex blocks, and brings a "suitcase" full of piecing techniques and tips to the International Museum of Folk Arts in Santa Fe, our location for this "star-studded" episode. Along the way, Marsha demonstrates how to draft and piece a miniature Ohio Star block using her bias-strip-piecing method and shows how to stitch super-precise half-square-triangle units. She also reveals what she calls "stupid sewing," shares a great use for leftover blocks and scraps, and gets a big surprise from Alex. As an added bonus, Marsha C. Bol, director of the IMFA, shares the history and vast collection of folk art items housed and displayed at our day's taping site.
Episode 1202 - Make it Modern!

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.
Episode 1201 - The ABC's of (Award-Winning) Quilted Feathers

Following up her highly popular appearance in the 400 series, quiltmaker, teacher, and author Sue Nickels returns to the TQS set, this time to share the secrets behind her fabulous quilted feathers. You'll love her simple approach to designing even the most complex motifs…and her favorite tips? Not to be missed! There's even an opportunity for you to get in on the act with a special TQS contest. Then Ricky shares an impromptu musical interlude with talented TQS member Rita Connolly, and we go on the road to meet Kathy Plank, who gives us a taste of the annual Sisters (OR) Home and Garden Tour, including stops at some colorful, quilt-bedecked gardens.
Episode 1113 - TQS Quilting Legend 2012

We always look forward to revealing the TQS Quilting Legend of the Year, and we've never been happier than to announce our selection for 2012: co-founder and president of the American Quilter's Society, Meredith Schroeder. We begin with a tour of the National Quilt Museum, founded by Meredith and husband Bill over 20 years ago in Paducah, KY, to honor and showcase the work of quilters in a dedicated museum setting. Next, we visit the offices of the American Quilter's Society, where a busy staff of 45 produces two quilt magazines (including The Quilt Life), assorted quilt-related books, and four annual quilt shows. Finally, we drop in at the Schroeder home, where—among other things—Meredith reveals the only quilt she's ever made…as part of an ugly quilt challenge! It's the perfect wind-up to another terrific TQS series.
Episode 1112 - She's Back! Lessons from Grandma, a New Contest, and More

We just had to bring her back! Alex and Ricky head off to Main Street Quilting Company in Bozeman, MT, to rendezvous with popular quilt artist, teacher, and author Edyta Sitar, whose TQS Half-Square-Triangle Exchange was a rousing, worldwide success. This time around, Edyta unveils her latest work, demonstrates an ingenious flip-and stitch method for creating eight-pointed stars (learned from Grandma Sitar), and shares some clever tricks for dressing up those star points. Great ideas for enhancing pieced work with appliqué, a bevy of helpful pressing tips, and a video tour of Edyta's barn-turned studio round out this jam-packed show. Watch for a contest and not one, but two great new "Edyta projects" on the TQS website.
Episode 1111 - The Pleasures of Painting on Fabric

TQS says "aloha" to Hawaii-based quilt artist, author, designer, teacher, and former Quilt Central host Cindy Walter in this "colorful" episode taped at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM. Following a show and tell of her quilts, Cindy discusses the pluses of painting on fabric, reviews the properties of various paints, talks about tools, troubleshoots with easy solutions for potential glitches, and engages both Ricky and Alex in hands-on demos to show how simple and versatile the process can be. All this, plus a mini-lesson from Alex on traditional English paper piecing, too!
Episode 1110 - Come to the "Strip Club"... Rated G!

TQS goes back to Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day Studio in San Marcos to meet designer and publisher Daniela Stout, whose monthly "strip club" is a huge hit at her quilt shop in El Cajon, CA. Each month, club members take on a new project using fabric strips, and in this episode, Daniela shares some of her favorite techniques and tips for turning strips into versatile tubes, squares, and blocks. (You'll have a chance to "strip" as well: Daniela's Strip it Tube Block Quilt will be available as a free project on the TQS website.) We wrap up with a visit to Washougal, WA, where Barbara Shapel treats us to a show of her award-winning two-sided quilts, in which the quilt back offers viewers a different perspective of the design on the front.
Episode 1109 - Fabulous Fabric Landscapes... By Accident!

We return to the home of Betsy and Richard Ehrenberg in Santa Fe to welcome self-described "late bloomer" –AKA fiber artist, teacher, and author—Karen Eckmeier, who demonstrates how she uses overlapping and topstitched fabric strips to create her delightful "accidental landscape" quilts. In addition, Karen shares ideas for adapting her versatile technique for use on garments, and Lilo and Elena model some of Karen's wearable creations. (You'll need to watch to discover why you'll always find a "lucky lizard" stitched into Karen's show quilts.) The episode concludes with a tour of the Ehrenberg home, Casa de Vidrio (House of Glass), which houses the couple's amazing collection of contemporary art glass.
Episode 1108 - Sisters, Strata, and Strategies for Quilting

The stunning Santa Fe home of Betsy and Richard Ehrenberg provides the backdrop for this "must-see" episode. Alex leads off by demonstrating a terrific product that will save you time and effort with your paper-based appliqué. Then the TQS gang welcomes quilt artists, pattern designers—and sisters!—Barbara Persing and Mary Hoover. Mary, a former quilt-shop owner, shares the many creative possibilities of designing with strata sewn from colorful fabric strips. Then Barbara, a professional longarm quilter, author, and popular TQS Classroom host (Listen to Your Quilt), teaches four simple steps for designing an effective quilting plan, and Mary "ties it up with a bow" by sharing a clever ribbon-like quilting pattern.
Episode 1107 - Making Do, Making New: Fresh Looks for Recycled Wool

"Quilting cousins" (and accomplished fiber artists) Tami Pfeil and Kim Kleine have always been fascinated with "repurposing," and have carried their inclination to rescue and reuse salvaged materials—particularly wool—into their quiltmaking. From our location at the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Tami reviews the stabilizers, threads, and stitch length recommended for working with felted wool, and Kim offers a variety of creative ideas for combining wool with traditional quilting fabrics. (You won’t want to miss our special models, Lilo and Elena!) As an added bonus, Ricky introduces Shockwave, a dynamic pattern based on a 3" paper-pieced Kaleidoscope block.
Episode 1106 - "Go Crazy" for (Contemporary) Crazy Quilts

The TQS gang visits The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM, to greet quiltmaker and author Brian Haggard, who has parlayed his love for traditional crazy quilts into a body of work that puts a contemporary spin on a familiar genre. After sharing some of his beautifully embellished pieces, Brian demonstrates an easy way to showcase a cherished photo as the centerpiece for a special memory block. He also shows his technique for creating three-dimensional flowers using die cuts, and Ricky jumps on the embellishment bandwagon with creative ideas for free-motion couching.
Episode 1105 - Curves Ahead...and More!

Do you get nervous just thinking about curved seams? Fear not! In this "tip-top" episode, fiber artist, designer, teacher, and author Cara Gulati is on hand to demonstrate her fabulous, no-fuss, pin-free technique for sewing curves. She also reveals the simplicity and versatility of freezer-paper templates, with a bounty of tips for making, marking, using, and removing them, and Ricky unveils his top five tips for machine quilting. This show is loaded with ideas, info, and inspiration. Don't miss it!
Episode 1104 - "The Ten Commandments" of Precision Piecing

For this episode, we travel to Santa Fe, NM (the second largest art market outside of New York City!) to catch up with Texas quilter and teacher Tommy Romano, who shares his top ten tips—or "ten commandments"—for precision piecing. Preparation, appropriate tools and their maintenance, technique… even the proper state of mind—Tommy puts his precise approach to work while demonstrating a new twist on the traditional Nine Patch block. You'll learn a bunch and love the results! The episode comes to an "artful" conclusion as Peter Stoessel, executive director of our day's location, the beautiful Blue Rain Gallery, takes us on a tour of the site, which features regional and non-regional art by top Native American artists.
Episode 1103 - The Skinny on Stripes

Popular author, designer, and 1998 Quilt Teacher of the Year nominee Jan Krentz joins Alex and Ricky at the Quilt in a Day Studio in San Marcos, CA, with a sampling of her striking work, including the stunning Star quilts for which she is best known. She also brings a ton of great info to help you "diagnose" and work with various types of striped fabrics to enhance your blocks and quilts. (You'll love her nifty tip for using gift wrap as an auditioning tool!) Finally, we meet poet Margaret Chula and quilter Cathy Erickson, whose collaborative book, What Remains, was inspired by stories and photos of Japanese Americans in internment camps during the 1940s.
Episode 1102 - Super Quilts from Salvaged Duds

Self-taught quilt artist Luke Haynes describes himself as an "architect who makes quilts"—the perfect blend of his background in architecture and fine arts. Luke, who hits the thrift shops to build his fabric stash, shows samples of his work, demonstrates his method for preparing his salvaged-clothing finds for quilting, shares the design and auditioning processes he uses to build his unique designs, and fields questions from the audience. (Whew!) If that's not enough, Alex shows how to draft and customize a cable motif for hand or machine quilting, and we leave the studio for a field piece on the urban contemporary quilt scene in the lively city of Portland, OR.
Episode 1101 - Dress Your Quilts with Buttons and Beads

Series 1100 gets off to a "dazzling" start as quilt artist (and embellishment aficionado) Tom Russell visits the set with a show and tell of his wonderful quilts and loads of brilliant ideas for using beads and buttons to dress up your work. Tools, techniques, tips and tricks…Tom covers it all! The episode wraps with a demo from Alex, who shows how easy it is to create ruffles using the Bernina ruffling foot. You won't want to miss this stellar series kick-off!
Episode 1013 - Journaling Through (and On) Quilts

We 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.
Episode 1012 - Beyond Cotton: Working with Wool and Silk

It'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.
Episode 1011 - Stupendous Stitching

After 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.
Episode 1010 - It's a Mystery!

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.)
Episode 1009 - "Stamp Out" Fabric

Alex 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.
Episode 1008 - Cogs, Wheels, and Gears...on Quilts?

Don'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.
Episode 1007 - Simple Stitches, Super Quilts

Quilt-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.
Episode 1006 - Quilting for Garments: Watch and Wear

Gammill 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!
Episode 1005 - "Twofer" the Money: Terrific Time Saving Techniques

It'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.
Episode 1004 - "Painting" with Thread

Yes, 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!
Episode 1003 - From Doodles to Quilts

As 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.
Episode 1002 - The Value of...Value!

Since 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.
Episode 1001 - 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!
Episode 913 - TQS Quilting Legend 2011

In 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!
Episode 912 - Doubleheader Today: Landscapes and Longarm

You can't beat this: Two great teachers hit it "out of the park" in a single episode! First up is certified longarm-quilting instructor Pam Clarke, who uses a Gammill Vision to demonstrate her simple techniques for creating complex-looking quilting designs. Then designer, author, and teacher Joyce Becker steps up to the plate to show some of her wonderful landscape-inspired quilts, and to demonstrate how she "builds" a mini-landscape, adds texture with variegated thread, and finishes with a frame. It's a home run in any league!
Episode 911 - May All Your Quilts "Be Colourful!"

US Air Force Academy Chapel - We return to the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs to catch up with Dutch quilt and pattern designer Jacqueline de Jonge, who shares a dazzling collection of her "colourful" quilts, discusses some of her techniques for creating flow through color, and gives us the scoop about what quilting is like in the Netherlands today. She also demonstrates her techniques for paper piecing precise points and curves. As icing on the cake, Ricky shows how to create improvisational, overlapping feathers for machine quilting.
Episode 910 - At-ten-tion! Art Deco Quilts, Front and Center!

Admittedly "drug to a show of blankets" by his wife, Don Linn discovered a whole new world in quilting. The quilt artist, teacher, and author - now known as Mr.Quilt among friends and fellow quilters - describes how he began by quilting for others on a longarm machine, and soon moved to designing his own work. He shares his current passion for Art Deco with a show and tell of his quilts, and demos the "how-I-did-its" of his quilt, Flying High, inspired by this episode's location, the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs. Alex adds to the learning with a lesson on how to make "chicklette sticks" (you'll need to watch to understand!), and Alex and Ricky view the Academy's weekly parade formation of 4,300 cadets and enjoy a Chapel tour with Cadet Teddy Reicks.
Episode 909 - Techniques, Tips...and Turning "Trash" into "Treasure"

The work of quilt artist and author Gyleen Fitzgerald may be rooted in tradition, but she never fails to add her own contemporary spin. In this episode, Gyleen shares her method for stitching the "Grandmother's Flower Garden" block by machine using the "butterfly seam," shows how the same technique can be used for sewing a typical Y-seam; and demonstrates how to make a colorful "trash to treasure" Pineapple block using her pineapple ruler and lots of fabric scraps. Then, Brett Maddox (Executive Director of Red Crags Estate) introduces the "permanent residents" (aka ghosts) of our location: the picturesque, circa-1912 Onaledge B&B, in Manitou Springs, CO.
Episode 908 - Wedgies, Danglers, and Funkies...Oh, My!

An early career in couture clothing gave way to the quilting life for fiber artist, quiltmaker, innovative designer, and colorist Dianne S. Hire...and she's never looked back. Dianne brings along a fantastic show and tell of her unique and colorful quilts, gives us the scoop on how she makes "wedgies" and "danglers" to enhance her work, and partakes of an informative Q&A exchange with our studio audience. Also on tap: Alex shares some of her best sewing tips for "when things "go funky!" and we head off to the Katy, TX, home of quilt artist Tom Russell to take a look at his work and reap the benefits of his best techniques and tips.
Episode 907 - Get UnRuly: Playing with Words

Prepare for some fun, as that UnRuly Quilter, Tonya Ricucci, shows you how to get your message across with "word play" on your quilts. Tonya - an author and popular blogger - shares a sampling of her whimsical quilts, and demonstrates her fun-and-freeing techniques and tips for piecing improvisational letters, words, and phrases. Alex "gets a word in" too, demonstrating how to make easy fabric letters with the aid of an index card. Then we head off to the Rocky Mountain town of Estes Park, CO, to check in with textile artist Patty Hawkins, who treats us to a look at her beautiful quilts, inspired by the ever-changing Colorado landscape and crafted from her own luscious fabrics.
Episode 906 - From Music to Masterpiece: A New Perspective on Design

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.)
Episode 905 - Rotary-Cutting Revolution: It Couldn't Be Simpler!

We guarantee that you won't want to miss this "tip-top" technique episode, as New York City quiltmaker, author, and teacher Anita Grossman Solomon brings to the set an abundance of inventive and time-saving methods for cutting and piecing. Discover how to cut two blocks at once and how to use striped fabric to create dramatic effects. Pick up a bucket-load of rotary-cutting tips, as well as ideas for storage, sorting, and working in a small space. Even Ricky gets into the act, demonstrating three quick, alternative techniques for finishing: faux binding, facing, and framing.
Episode 904 - The Wonderful World of Embroidered Appliqué

In 2002, Sarah Vedeler left a career as a software engineer to become a full-time mom - and fell in love with quilting and embroidery. Nowadays, she calls upon her software background to design outstanding embroidery and embroidered appliqué patterns, teaches, and creates beautiful quilts. She joins us to demonstrate how to use the AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter and dies to create embroidered appliqué and shares some helpful hints for giving your digital embroidery "a pop" with quilting. Speaking of quilting: Alex shows how easy it is to create an original quilting design to fill a specific area of your quilt.
Episode 903 - Realistic Imagery: How Does She Do It?

For years, contemporary quilt artist, author, and teacher Velda Newman has wowed the quilt world with her amazing, up-close renderings of flowers, fruit, and other natural subjects. In this technique-and-tip-packed show, Velda demonstrates how to paint on fabric (using an apple from her quilt, Sunkissed) and how to create a realistic, dimensional leaf with pintucks. In addition, Velda discusses how to design for scale with the aid of a photograph. If you've ever wondered how she does it, this is the show that will tell you. Don't miss it!
Episode 902 - When Serendipity Strikes: Portrait of a Quiltmaker

Quilt artist and teacher Lola Jenkins came to quilting in a unique fashion - a quilting magazine literally fell at her feet in a hobby store! - and she began teaching just a few months later. You're in for a special treat as she visits TQS with a show and tell of her vibrant and personal quilts, many of which are "portraits" of people she knows or has been commissioned to interpret in fabric. Lola also demonstrates how to use the various elements in a printed fabric panel to build a fantasy collage quilt, and engages in a lively Q&A session with the audience. If that's not enough, Ricky shares his Caveman technique... and a lucky TQS member will win the demo block!
Episode 901 - State-of-the-Art Quilting: Tradition Meets Innovation

It's a true "multimedia experience" as quilt artist, teacher, and pattern designer Susan Brubaker Knapp joins the TQS gang on location at the home of Hugh and Dee Dee Eaton in Monument, CO. Susan shares some of her traditional and art pieces in a wonderful show and tell, and then - after a brief "musical interlude" (accompanied by Ricky) - she gets down to business, demonstrating her method for making consistently sized vines and her techniques for needle-turn appliqué. She also shows how she designs and creates a quilt using an original photo and her computer. (Bonus: the demo pattern will be available on the TQS website for download.) We wrap up with a visit to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO, which opened its doors in 1990 as a showcase for Colorado quilts and quilting.
Episode 813 - Enhance Your Appliqué Repertoire... with Ribbon!

Teacher, 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!
Episode 812 - Protect our Planet...with Quilts

C'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.
Episode 811 - Quilt a Fiesta with Tile-Inspired Quilts

Cheryl 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.
Episode 810 - Folk Art in Fabric: Inspirations and Techniques

Contemporary 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!
Episode 809 - 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!
Episode 808 - Celebrate the Past (and Future) with TQS!

Join 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!
Episode 807 - Shhh!!! A Prize-winning Quilter Shares Some Secrets

After 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.
Episode 806 - Having it All with Hand Appliqué

Do 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.
Episode 805 - Feed Sacks, Fun, and Old Friends: Quilts of the 1930s

Travel 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!
Episode 803 - Create Your Own Rhapsody Quilt: Part 1

This 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!
Episode 802 - Tips and Tricks for Triangles and Strips

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.
Episode 801 - "Painting" with Fabric: Free-Style Quilts

Series 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.
Episode 713 - TQS Quilting Legend 2010

Alex and Ricky head to the home and studio of art quilter, teacher, author, Silver Star Award winner, founder of the renowned Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA), and 2010 TQS Quilting Legend, YVONNE PORCELLA. Yvonne shares her quilting history, and gives an "up-close and personal" look at some of her amazing and artful quilts and wearables. Then she puts on her "teacher" hat to show how she creates one of her Fantasy Faces and to demonstrate techniques for "taming" various types of silk fabrics. It's a show packed with inspiration, instruction, and heart...a fitting "grand finale" for the 700 series.
Episode 712 - The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

You won't want to miss this very special episode when quiltmaker Ami Simms visits The Quilt Show to share the touching story behind how she came to found the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and how you can join the battle against this life-altering disease by making and donating a 9" x 12" Priority Quilt. In addition, Ami demonstrates a quick-and-easy technique for making Fast-Finish Triangles, the perfect vehicle for hanging a little quilt, and how to "build" the Puppus Doggus pattern (which will be available as a pdf on the TQS website). Even the audience is part of the program, showing and sharing the stories behind the Priority Quilts they've brought to the set. Watch, learn, create...and make a difference!
Episode 711 - Quilting: Where Imagination and Reality Meet

You'll no doubt want to be "front and center" as quilt artist Rosalie Dace brings us a touch of her native South Africa through her quilts and photos, shares the secrets of how she creates focal points in her work, and demonstrates how to stitch "super-skinny" straight and curved lines on a quilt surface using a 1/4" foot. In another segment, we chat with best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini about her Elm Creek novels to discover how she weaves her quilting knowledge into her novels and how the novels have led to a series of quilting books. In addition, Alex uses the House block from her Welcome Home quilt to demo the flip-and-sew piecing method, and we go on location to visit artist and quilter Michael Cummings to see how he constructs his folk-art-style narrative quilts in the dining room of his 1860s "shotgun" home in New York City.
Episode 710 - Conquering the Y-seam Tumble

Beloved quilt teacher, author, and designer Laura Nownes comes to Alex's hometown, to show a selection of her charming quilts AND to share her simple, two-pin technique for stitching a Y-seam, a must for constructing the Tumbling Blocks block. Laura also talks about her long-time collaboration with quilter and friend, Diana McClun, including the story behind their best-selling, quilt-library staple, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! As an added bonus, Alex and Ricky draw upon the Alden Lane Nursery location to inspire you with tips on color and composition for quilts. Don't miss it!
Episode 709 - Quilting with Personality

Learn to "plant your fabric stash with interest" as Alex and Ricky use colorful window boxes to demonstrate the concept of visual texture, and how mixing the patterns and print scale in the fabrics you choose can add interest and personality to your quilts. Then, TQS welcomes quilt artist Marcia Stein, who talks about developing a personal style, and demonstrates how she builds a quilt based on a photograph. Lots of juicy details here, including "the skinny" on needles, thread weight and color, stitch length, and Marcia's virtually invisible, super-tiny zigzag, machine-applique technique.
Episode 708 - Surface Delights

In this "dazzling" show, Alex and Ricky chat with textile artist, embellishment pioneer, and repeat Quilt National exhibitor Terrie Hancock- Mangat about the evolution of her art, and enjoy a show and tell of her unique, inventively embellished quilts. Then Terrie teaches Alex (and us!) her reverse- applique technique, including how she uses floss as an accent. In the spirit of the embellishment "thread," Bernina educator Gayle Hillert returns to share more ideas for using the decorative stitches on the sewing machine to embellish children's clothing.
Episode 707 - Stellar Star Circles

Where do we begin? Award-winning quilt artist? Best-selling author? World-traveled teacher? NQA-certified judge? Quilting icon Judy Mathieson does it all... and in this episode, she demos some of the techniques that she is famous for, including her precision paper-piecing method - no paper to remove! - and how she builds her characteristic star circles, segment by segment. If that's not enough, Judy also offers valuable pointers on what judges look for in a quilt when judging a quilt show. This not-to-be-missed episode was shot on location at the beautiful Wente Winery in Northern California, and also features a brief winery tour, a lovely redwork pattern featuring grapes, vines, and leaves, and Ricky singing opera... in a cave!
Episode 706 - Quilting Through Fresh Eyes

Wondering what's hot on the quilting scene these days? You've come to the right place! In this episode, designer Camille Roskelley, a fifth-generation quilter and author of the new book, Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home, demos three fast, fun, and fresh directions for spicing up your work using monograms, blanket stitch, and rickrack. Then Ricky chats with Susanne Woods, the acquisitions editor from C&T Publishing, about what to watch for in the sewing and crafting book market in the coming months. All this and more! from our on-location studio at beautiful Alden Lane Nursery.
Episode 705 - Tips, Techniques... and a Special Tribute

If you love to collect tips-and to fuse-you'll love this show! First, Jennifer Keltner, editor of American Patchwork and Quilting, shares "Tricks in Your Toolbox: Top 10 Quilt Tips"-a sampling of great ideas for making your quilting experience even more enjoyable, accurate, and efficient. Next, quilt artist and teacher Frieda Anderson joins us for a show and tell of her fabulously fused quilts and to demonstrate how she builds a fusible applique design and how to make a decorative-edged fused binding. Finally, in a moving field piece, TQS visits New York City to view The National Tribute Quilt, conceived and orchestrated by the Steel Quilters of United States Steel Corporation in response to the events of September 11, 2001. Keep the Kleenex handy.
Episode 704 - Circles, Curves, and Chocolate

You'll be going around in circles-the good kind!-when quilt artist, teacher, and author Dale Fleming reveals how she came to design her famous "6-Minute Circle." In addition, she shares her nifty technique for soft-curve piecing, offers some "gotta-try-‘em" tips for designing quilts that incorporate large-scale prints, and shows a variety of fabulous quilts to whet your creative appetite. Not only will you be informed and inspired, but you're sure to be motivated by Dale's "just do it" approach!
Episode 703 - Tools of the Trade

There's a ton to learn in this show! For starters, with the help of quilter and product designer Renae Haddadin (via WebTV), Alex and Ricky play with the Mariner's Compass and other circular designs using Renae's Amazing Ray tool. Next, we catch up with folk artist, teacher, and lecturer Rachel D.K. Clark, who is especially well known for her quirky and colorful wearable art. After giving us a taste of her work, Rachel demonstrates a variety of her favorite piecing techniques, all of which can be used in garments or quilts. Keep a pencil and notepad handy!
Episode 702 - Quilting in the Digital Age

The lovely Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA, provides an inspirational backdrop for this info-packed episode, which features the talented creative duo of textile artist Lura Schwarz Smith and her husband, Kerby C. Smith. First Kerby, a professional photographer, demonstrates how to adjust a photo image with the aid of a computer program to produce a crisp, clear, true-in-color image on fabric. Next, Lura shows how to enhance digitally printed fabric images with a variety of media, including water-soluble oil pastels, pencils, and inks. Finally, Ricky puts the "bow on the package" by performing an American Folk Medley for the nursery customers―and for us!―on an antique piano owned by the original owner of Alden Lane.
Episode 701 - Animal Magnetism

Join Alex and Ricky as they meet quilt artist Nancy S. Brown on location in the Oak Barrel room at Northern California's Wente Winery. Nancy, best known for her amazing, award-winning, hand-appliqued animal portraits, explains how childhood outings to the zoo inspired her choice of subject matter, and reveals a surprising secret about her wedding dress. She also shares the thought process that goes into each design, the various techniques she employs to translate the design to fabric, and some of her favorite hand-applique tips... and wait 'til you see the gifts exchanged between guest and hosts!
Episode 613 - Mixing It Up

Mixed media/fiber artist Laura Cater-Woods is our featured guest on this exciting show that is all about creativity and innovation. Laura shares a selection of her amazing, fiber-based work and describes her inspirations for designing and constructing a quilt. Then, to whet our creative appetites, she demonstrates how to build a three-dimensional stand-alone quilt using a variety of materials and media. From Susan Breier's best-selling book, It's a Wrap, Alex demonstrates how to wrap fabric cord and use it to make a fabric basket, and - ta da! - Alex and Ricky proudly unveil some stunning examples of the 2008 BOM quilt, Bouquets for a New Day, made by our talented TQS members.
Episode 612 - Nature's Journey

G'day! Join us on a "journey of design," as quilt artist, teacher, and author, Gloria Loughman, shares the process and methods she uses to capture the natural beauty of her native Australia in her amazing, dreamlike quilts. Discover how she "builds" each quilt with fabric, paint, and thread, and the secrets of her machine-applique technique. Then Alex and Ricky stop by to visit California quilter, Jenny Mostek, whose passion for quilting outgrew her space, so...she bought the house next door! You don't want to miss this episode!
Episode 611 - Applique the Piece O' Cake Way

Applique lovers rejoice! It's time to meet, visit with, and enjoy the work of that hand-applique dynamo, Becky Goldsmith, designer and co-founder (with Linda Jenkins) of Piece O' Cake Designs. Becky demonstrates how to applique "the Piece O' Cake way" with unique methods that include making laminated applique templates, using upholstery vinyl for placement, pieced applique backgrounds, and her signature needle-turn stitching. Ricky gets in the act by showing how to use freezer paper to design original applique designs and-as a bonus-Alex demonstrates Texture Magic: how it works and the wonderful things-such as quilts, clothing, and purses-you can use it for.
Episode 610 - Piece a perfect landscape

On the road again! This time, Alex and Ricky head to Texas to visit with quiltmaker, author, and pattern designer Cynthia England. In addition to treating us to a show of her work (and tales of the havoc wreaked on her studio by Hurricane Ike!), Cynthia explains how to break a complex design into manageable sections and demonstrates her award-winning paper-piecing method. She also discusses how a design wall plays an important part in her design process. In another segment, Ricky shows how to use bobbin work to add "pop" to an applique design and gives us a peek at his Dad's Lone Star quilt.
Episode 609 - Freeform feathers and Happy endings

This super show brings you two outstanding teachers for "the price of one!" First, professional machine- and award-winning quilter Judy Woodworth uses a Gammill Longarm Quilting Machine to create freeform, out-of-the-box feathers, and encourages Alex to try her hand as well. Then: Who doesn't love a happy ending? Bonnie Browning, author of nine books, including Borders and Finishing Touches 2, involves our enthusiastic studio audience as she demonstrates a variety of innovative techniques, tips, and notions for giving our quilts the best endings ever! You'll be learning something every moment of this jam-packed episode.
Episode 608 - Mastering machine appliqué

Ever wonder how an award-winning quiltmaker creates those perfect, teeny-tiny berries in their applique designs? Wonder no more, as master machine-appliquer Pat Holly shares her prize-capturing techniques for successful circles. Pat also shows us how she uses decorative machine stitching to create background fabric for her applique work and reveals her personal sampler book of decorative stitches. Then, stitchers and Austen fans alike will delight as author Jennifer Forest joins us via WebTV to chat about her book, Jane Austen's Sewing Box: Craft Projects and Stories from Jane Austen's Novels. Last - but certainly not least! - Alex, inspired by the stitching on an antique sleigh quilt, demonstrates the beautiful hand featherstitch.
Episode 607 - Folded-fabric elegance

Get your fabric-folding fix as fabric artist Rami Kim, author of Folded Fabric Elegance, shares a collection of her quilted works in an inspiring show and tell. Next, Rami demonstrates how to make her trademark, three-dimensional folded "chopkey" in both a square and hexagonal shape. We wrap up our visit with a fashion show of her wonderful wearable art, featuring Ruth and Lilo as models! (You don't want to miss that.) In keeping with the "dimensional" theme, Ricky demonstrates how to make three versions of prairie points for edging or embellishing quilts and garments.
Episode 606 - Showstopping Trapunto

Award-winning quiltmaker Philippa Naylor brings it "all to the table" in this inspiring show. Philippa, who has returned to her native Yorkshire, England, after living for fifteen years in Saudi Arabia, describes how she became interested in quilting and how living in the Middle East influenced her life and her work. She also shares a show and tell of her heart-stopping quilts and demonstrates the techniques she has developed for creating the amazing trapunto that is a hallmark of her style. For the piecers among us, Alex demonstrates a simple method that yields a perfect set-in seam for a Split Lemoyne Star or other similar block.
Episode 605 - Improvisational landscapes

British-born textile artist Kate Cox shares her work and shows how to employ raw-edge appliqué and free-motion quilting to create an impressionistic quilt based on a favorite photograph. Kate, who now lives in Colorado and is greatly inspired by the American landscape, also demonstrates her freehand approach to cutting with a rotary cutter. Ricky introduces a terrific method for resist-dyeing a design on fabric using school glue, Procion dyes, and soda ash. Finally: Would you like to watch TQS on "the big screen?" No problem! Digital Dan (Purcell) shows how easy it is to link your computer to your TV so that you can watch TQS from your favorite easy chair... and he does it in language even a technophobe could love!
Episode 604 - Become a machine "doodler"

Linda Taylor and Cheri Meineke-Johnson are well-known for their award-winning quilted and embellished creations. (Cheri makes and embellishes the quilts and Linda does the machine quilting.) In this episode, Linda joins us and uses a longarm machine to show how easy it is to build a quilted feather by "doodling." She also demonstrates how variegated thread can add extra depth to a quilted design. Alex demystifies the process of drafting an Eight-pointed Star with an easy-to-follow demo, and our in-the-know Photo Man (Gregory Case) shares valuable info for upgrading your camera to expand your photography options, including what to look for if you're in the market for new equipment. Don't miss this one!
Episode 603 - Do the "block shuffle"

If you're looking for a simple way to give a block a unique twist, be sure to join us as quiltmaker Karla Alexander, best-selling author of the Stack the Deck book series, demonstrates how she creates and then alters a block for a fresh new look. Along the way, she takes the mystery out of sewing a partial seam, chats about her quilts, and "uncovers" a fabulous show and tell. In addition, Bernina pro Gayle Hillert is on hand to show us how to utilize decorative stitching to embellish children's clothing with techniques that adapt for quilts as well.
Episode 602 - Paper piece like a pro

World-renowned (and world-traveled) quilter, author, and teacher Carol Doak brings us photos and stories from her recent trip to Iceland, followed by a show and tell of wonderful quilts and an up-close demo of her "can't-miss" foundation-piecing methods. There's more: Ricky shows how to use thread to embellish a block featuring a photo-transferred image, with an assist from The Thread Guy (Bob Purcell), who explains a variety of thread finishes. If that weren't enough, Bunny opens the TQS Treasure Chest to reveal some nifty notions, and Ricky treats us to his piano rendition of "The TQS Theme."
Episode 601 - Perfect your hand piecing

Join Alex, Ricky, and the TQS crew as legendary quilter, author, and fabric designer Jinny Beyer invites us into her home in Northern Virginia, where she shares her finely honed techniques - and lots of tips - for successful hand piecing. Jinny believes that it can be faster and more accurate to piece by hand, and in this episode she'll show you how. While we're "in the neighborhood," we open the TQS Treasure Chest at Jinny's shop, Jinny Beyer Studio, and share some great gift ideas. You won't want to miss this fun and info-loaded on-site show!
Episode 513 - TQS Quilting Legend 2009

Join 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.
Episode 512 - Rose of Sharon

We 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.
Episode 511 - Mini Delights

Your 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.
Episode 510 - Quilts Through Two Artist's Eyes

Join 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!
Episode 509 - Machine Quilting Magic

You 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.
Episode 507 - Great Gifts

Join 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.
Episode 506 - Picture Perfect

Jan 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.
Episode 505 - Fabric of Life Challenge

TQS 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.
Episode 504 - Marti's Instant Magic

Marti 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.
Episode 503 - Long Arm Weaving

This 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!
Episode 502 - Thoroughly Modern Dresden Plate

Anelie 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.
Episode 501 - Fabulous Fusible Flowers

Melinda 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.
Episode 413 - Easy, Fast-Pieced Applique

We 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.
Episode 412 - Machine Ribbon Embroidery

The 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.
Episode 411 - Quilting to Aid Others

Quilters 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!
Episode 410 - Feathers, Pickles, and Gifts

"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.
Episode 409 - Crazy for Quilts

Are 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.
Episode 408 - All About Neutrals

Ricky 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.
Episode 407 - Precision... and Pizzazz

Do 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.
Episode 406 - Following the Artist's Process

We 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.
Episode 405 - Quilting in the "Green"

We 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.
Episode 404 - Paying Attention to the Details

Legendary 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.
Episode 403 - It's All About Kaleidoscopes

You 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.
Episode 402 - Quilting to Perfection

Mega 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.
Episode 401 - Margaret Miller/Thread Guy

It'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!
Episode 313 - TQS Quilt Legend (Jinny Beyer)

Together 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.
Episode 312 - Melody Crust/Sandra Smith Field Pkg

Quilters love embellishments. You don't want to miss meeting quilt artist Melody Crust as she teaches you fun and fast ways to add that bit of "bling" to your next project. Watch as she shows how beads, paint, and ribbons can change the entire look of your quilt. Be sure to have your permission slip as TQS takes a field trip to the studio of quilter Sandra Smith whose work encompasses a great deal of visual interest. Ricky stimulates our other senses with a new take on a traditional piano piece.
Episode 311 - Gina Halladay/Joanna Figueroa

Who knows about the latest trends and fabrics in today's market. Meet Gina Halladay of www.quiltersbuzz.com. Fresh and dynamic quilt artist and fabric designer, Joanna Figueroa, teaches you how to use the new quilt fabric packaging trends to create fun projects. Then, if all of that information doesn't have your head spinning with ideas, wait till you see Alex piece the perfect pinwheel.
Episode 310 - Liuxin Newman

Set aside some quality time to be amazed by the incredibly small and detailed handwork created by Australia's master applique artist Liuxin Newman. Known to the world as the Thimblelady, Liuxin teaches you needle turn circles the size of a pin head and.....well let's just say that the TQS audience and crew were on the edge of their seats. You won't want to miss this show. Bob Purcell demystifies sewing machine needles while Ricky warms your heart with a flute piece from his Sacred Age CD.
Episode 309 - Daphne Greig/Susan Purney-Mark/Bunny

Join Canadian artists Daphne Greig and Susan Purney Mark as they teach you how to create fun and colorful quilts using fat quarters and fusible applique. Alex shares a really cool technique. Who would have thought that you could create perfectly pieced circles using freezer paper (in less than 7 minutes)? Be sure not to miss Bunny Rose as she opens the TQS Treasure Chest.
Episode 308 - Gina Perkes/Photo Man/Field Pkg

Gina Perkes is one of today's leading quilt artists. Learn how to improve your own quilting skills as Gina walks you through the process of creating intricate grids and continuous curves. Her easy to follow step by step instructions will give you the confidence to design your own masterpiece. Gregory Case (Photo Man) shares great tips on what to emphasize in your quilt photos when submitting them for a show. Then follow Alex and Ricky as they visit and learn about San Francisco General Hospital's rehabilitation project called "The Great Cover-Up".
Episode 307 - Paula Nadelstern/Maggie Weiss Field Pkg/Photo man

New York native, Paula Nadelstern, shows you how to "puzzle" your friends by using one block and complex fabric to create a quilt that is dramatic yet easily accomplished. Using a few tools and some careful observation you too can achieve stunning results. Gregory Case (TQS Photo Man) joins Ricky and shows the importance of photo sizing. You will also enjoy a special visit to the studio of Maggie Weiss.
Episode 306 - Kim Deneault/Bunny/Field Pkg

Join us as we learn how young quilters can foster a love for our craft. Kim Deneault will have you raiding your stash once you see her technique for creating fun and textural quilts using her quick and easy reverse appliqué techniques. Fortunately after you have made a mess in your quilting space, Bunny Rose has quick and useful tips for bringing it back in order. We also visit Alex's daughter Adair Anderson, an 8th Grade teacher, as she teaches government using student designed quilt blocks.
Episode 305 - Eleanor Burns/Tims Concert

Join us for an hour of quilting and fun with the effervescent Eleanor Burns. Eleanor, creator of Quilt in a Day, has the audience and the hosts in stitches as she teaches blocks from her newest venture. But what Eleanor does not know is that Alex and Ricky also have a little surprise up their sleeve for her. In addition, Ricky shares a little stripping action of his own.
Episode 304 - Sue Garman/Merrily Parker

Sneak a peek into how our own Block of the Month designer, Sue Garman, is able to "set up" an entire applique block using quick and easy steps to save you valuable time. We guarantee it will be an "aha, that's how she does it" moment. Wouldn't you love to play on a long-arm machine? Watch Merrily Parker, shop owner, teacher and prolific quilter as she teaches Alex to write her name on the smallest of the Gammill machines. Ricky also gives us a treat by showing how to create a totally new design by turning a traditional block on point.
Episode 303 - Laura Wasilowski/Thread Guy

Watch Laura Wasilowski, textile artist, teacher, fabric dyer and "Dean of Corrections at The Chicago School of Fusing" as she explores the endless possibilities with fusible applique'quilts. Laura's whimsical style and keen sense of humor will have you sharpening your decorative blades in no time. Are you having trouble keeping your quilting projects organized? Let the Treasure chest discoveries help you to keep everything in its place. Also, Bob Purcell (Thread Guy) has a fun thread game to share with you.
Episode 302 - Sally Dutko/Quilt Challenge

Join in the fun as Alex, Ricky and award-winning fiber artist Sally Dutko overcome the challenges of working and creating a quilt using an unlikely combination of fabrics chosen by our "beloved" producers. Each person's work was veiled in secrecy and you will be as surprised as they were by the results. They will share tips and techniques used to meet the challenge.
Episode 301 - Jane Sassaman

Contemporary quilt artist, fabric designer, author and teacher, Jane Sassaman teaches how to create a stunning quilt using large, bold prints with a simple silhouette pattern. Jane also shares how she conceives, designs and develops a new fabric line. Also, Ricky shows how to set in corners which also optimizes beautiful fabrics. In show 301 you will discover new ways to optimize today's beautiful large-scale prints.
Episode 211 - Beth Wheeler

Ever heard of Threadography? Beth Wheeler joins us and shows how to create stunning photo finish quilts using a fool proof technique which includes photography, thread work and computer technology. The results are gallery worthy and attainable for all quilters. In addition Alex demonstrates valuable binding basics, Ricky takes us on a field trip to his Dad's studio and a new TQS feature debuts - the TQS treasure chest.
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