Contemporary Batik Class


Join Lea McComas (Episode 1209) this week as she shows you how to apply color to your Gutta prepped piece.

Don't forget to post your WIP (Work in Progress) to be entered in the drawing for a set of Dye-Na-Flow paints.


When it comes to improving your machine quilting skills, following a "Don't Do" list can be an effective way of enhancing the quality of your work. Based on a lecture given at QuiltCon, Angela Walters shares the things that you should stop doing to become a better quilter.

Star Members can watch Angela in Episode 1306: No-Pin Curves and Quilting Modern.


TQS Current Show
With Karen Stone / Julie Silber

Show 1611 - New Methods & Old Ways

Sometimes you want to put your personal stamp on your work.  Let these artists show you how paint can make all the difference.

Paint your own background fabric
with Cindy Walter (Episode 1111)

Katie Pasquini Masopust shows you how easy
improvisational painting can be (Episode 906)

Velda Newman (Episode 903) demonstrates how
to put shape into a flat surface by using paint

A Day of Thread Play
with Libby Lehman

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Latest Quilt Puzzle

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues is a great quilt by Karen Stone.   

(original photo by Gregory Case)


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"Contemporary Batik" Class with Lea McComas: Lesson 4

Lea McComas (Episode 1609) shows you how to remove the Gutta from your project, and she creates a very clever iron surface using a family memento that is both practical and easy to assemble.

Plus, she also shares some clever ideas for continuing the creativity with your completed Batik work.

Don't forget to post your Work in Progress by June 8, as we will be holding the drawing to win a set of Dye-Na-Flow dyes.  We will announce the winner on June 15!


Tip of the Week: Perfect Stripes

Cutting stripes on the bias can be frustrating when you want everything to line up perfectly.  We found a very helpful tutorial from Thought & Found.

Need more help?  Check out Anita Grossman Solomon's ideas for using stripes and how to make them perfectly.

Episode 1611: New Methods and Old Ways

Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Is there something about piano playing and quilting? Ricky and quilter Karen Stone are both amazing pianists as well as quilters! (They’re both Texans, too.) Karen’s background includes classical training and being surrounded by engineers, which might explain her incredible precision and love of complex work. Her latest technique is an adaptation of English Paper Piecing that doesn’t require hand piecing and includes curves! Karen demonstrates her fascinating style, which combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching. You will be amazed, and so was the studio audience, which had loads of questions for her.

Karen mentioned a quilt that inspired her, owned by quilt curator Julie Silber, so we went in search of Julie, and were rewarded with a tour of her antique quilt collection. You’ll love it!

Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia at the DAR Museum

The website and presentation of these quilts are also elegant. Take a look at quilts that were made to be works of art when other forms of art were hard for women to enter.

Currently on exhibit at the DAR Museum is Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia. The museum is sharing a sneak peak online.  The exhibit runs through September 5, 2015 and is divided into four sections:  Applique, Pieced, Albums, and Migration. The exhibition will introduce visitors to a little known history of early American quilts. Eye on Elegance looks at quilts and their makers from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860.
"These aren't the typical quilts that you would find in your family's cedar chest. These are really outstanding examples of design...what you are seeing in this exhibit are the masterpieces of these women."

-- Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, DAR Museum Director
The DAR Museum
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday closed


On the Set with Karen Stone for Episode 1611

Karen Stone is on the set with Alex and Ricky where she demonstrates her latest technique for English Paper Piecing, which doesn't require hand piecing or curves.  Her new method combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching.  Suffice it to say, the studio audience was amazed, and you will be too!

Episode 1611 - New Methods & Old Ways debuts Monday, May 25, 2015.

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High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection is currently on exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through July 19, 2015.

From the Legion of Honor:

Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections. These fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century. High Style, presented exclusively on the West Coast at the Legion of Honor, provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than 60 stunning costumes, 30 costume accessories, and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

To see a preview of this fabulous exhibit, click here.

Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble, spring/summer 1983. Brown and pink silk taffeta; pink silk organza. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1991. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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