One-of-a-Kind Experience at the American Folk Art Museum 2015

Members of the Quilt Alliance were given a private tour of quilts at the American Folk Art Museum as part of "Quilters Take Manhattan 2015."

The lighting was kept dim as a means of protecting the quilts.  We have made some adjustments to the images to allow for better viewing.

Thank you to the American Folk Art Museum and the Alliance for American Quilts for making this possible.

A Visit to Sil Thread - Notions Galore in NYC

While visiting "Quilters Take Manhattan 2015," Mary Kay stopped by this amazing notions shop, Sil Thread.  If you can't find what you need here, you don't need it.

Address: 257 W 38th St #1, New York, NY 10018

Shahzia Sikander studied the art of Indo-Persian painting and has used it as a springboard for her own unique works.  As an artist she is continuously inspired by works created 500 years ago, as well as by the works of other artists. Follow Shahzia as she takes us on a tour of miniature paintings that inspire her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new season of The Art Project.

Watch for the gorgeous designs on the carpets and walls in the paintings.

Pat Holly (Episode 608) has embraced working in miniature with equally stunning results in fabric.  The detail on "Imagining India" is a feast for the eyes.  The work was done with a steady hand on her BERNINA, with tweezers, fine thread and luscious silks fabrics! The quilt won Best Wall Quilt at AQS Paducah in 2012.

In show 608, Pat shows Ricky how to apply and build the red and blue bird at the lower portion of this image.

(Photo by Jane Sassaman)

What's a quilter to do when she discovers that she does not have enough trim for a show quilt?

TQS Current Show
With Deb Tucker / Carrie Bloomston

Show 1707 - Tricks and Tools of the Trade

Blooms for Julie - Buy the Kit - Only a Few Remain!

Photo by Gregory Case Photography

 Come join us as we make Blooms For Julie, our dazzling Summertime Quilt Project. Click here for more info.


Sometimes you just need to finish that quilt. Julie has a quick method for sewing your binding by machine.  Stay tuned until the end for her bonus tip!

Want to learn more about binding?  Julie has more to share in her classroom.


A New 2 Hour Class For You! Feather Fundamentals

FREE for Star Members! Renae Allen demonstrates how to quilt essential feather patterns, with nine basic but gorgeous designs found on the Skillbuilder 2 practice panel.  Renae has designed a "Practice Panel"  to help you improve your technique by tracing the designs.The practice panels are available to anyone.



Learn Quilt Block Names With This Fun Game

Do you know the name of this block? Jinny's game will help you learn.



Latest Quilt Puzzle

"Circular Emotions" is a "Double Vision" quilt from Louisa Smith. Star Members can watch Louisa in Show 1705: Louisa Smith's Double Vision.

(original photo by Gregory Case)

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Get Creative with Jen: How to Make a Tablet Cover

Follow along with Jen to learn how to make a cute, custom, and functional cover for your tablet or e-reader!

Click here for the pattern.

Click here to visit Jen's website.


Curvalicious Convertible Backpack


Have you been having fun with your Curvalicious ruler?  Cheryl Lynch debuted this Convertible Backpack at the AQS show in Syracuse, and her promised pattern has finally arrived. What's a Convertible Backpack?  It's a quilted bag that can be worn as a cross body bag, or, with the click of a clip, as a backpack. The Curvalicious ruler is used to create the outside of the bag.

The bag measures 12" wide x 15" high x 3" deep.

Here's what Cheryl has to say:
"The instructions have been tested and are illustrated with lots of photos.
There's a zipper closure across the top of the bag with enough pockets inside to hold a tablet, a cell phone, pens and more.  Easy directions for a gusset are included.

I designed this bag for a trip to France.  I needed it to hold my ipad, phone, sketchbook, passport and camera.  While traveling in the countryside, I loved wearing it as a Backpack.  When we got to Paris, I switched it to a Cross Body Bag for security.  It was perfect.  I always had my hands free."


Click here to order the pattern.

Click here to watch a video about Curvalicious.

Star members can watch Cheryl in Show 811  - Quilt a Fiesta with Tile-Inspired Quilts.

2 Kinds of Quilters: Where Do You Get Your Quilting Ideas?

Previously we asked how you stored your stash, what's on your design wall, how you baste your quilts, how you quilt your quilts, and how you hang your quilts.

Now we want to know, "Where do you get your quilting ideas?"  Do you go straight to TQS, or online?  Do you read a book or magazine?  Or do you draw inspiration from your friends and the world around you?

Which kind of quilter are you? Vote below.

(Picture by Lauren Vlcek)


Not seeing the Poll?  Click on the link below.

Out-of-this-World Kaleidoscopic Works

Using small, ornate materials, Suzan Drummen makes unbelievable kaleidoscopic works of art. You'll want to see how she manipulates her material - sometimes including herself - to create images that look like 3-dimensional textiles.

Click here to read the article by Kate Sierzputowski and see images of these fantastic works of art.

You can see more of the Netherlands-based artist’s work on her Facebook page here.


Win a Ruler from Deb Tucker!

Deb Tucker is giving away some of her rulers to a few lucky TQS members! You might win one of the following:

  • Wing Clipper
  • Square *2
  • Rapid Fire Hunter's Star (Petite)
  • Tucker Trimmer

Contest ends on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Midnight PST.  ENTER BELOW.

Star Members can watch Deb in Show 1707: Tricks and Tools of the Trade.


In this video, Deb demos the Wing Clipper and gives you tips for creating flying geese blocks.

What is Deb Tucker's Favorite Ruler?

We asked Deb about her favorite ruler, and which one she would choose, if she could only have one.  Here's what she said:

"What a loaded question!  Especially for a ruler designer !!!
This is really tough for me to choose and I think I would have to find a way to smuggle at least one additional tool.
The tool that most inspires my design mojo is the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star.  But as you know I desperately need a Tucker Trimmer to trim down those blocks to high precision finished pieces.  
So we'll go with that.  You have to promise not to tell all my other rulers that I choose a favorite."

The Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler is available in the TQS shop, click here to order.

To see Deb's other products, click here.

Star Members can watch Deb in Show 1707: Tricks and Tools of the Trade.


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