Contemporary Batik Class


Join Lea McComas for Lesson 4, Lea shows you how to rinse out your project and heat set it with an iron.  She then shows you some options for what you can do with your batik once it is finished.

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

FREE for Star Members


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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Exciting News from Road to California

It's an exciting year for Road to California.  Since the conclusion of the 2015 show, the staff has been working on 2016, addressing all of your questions, comments, and concerns. They are very happy to announce their new website! Although not active yet, they are excited that it will be easily maneuverable and user friendly. They are also working on providing more information up front.  Stay tuned!

Also new - The Road to California Bag Challenge, sponsored by!

Here's what Road says,

We are introducing a Great New Challenge using Road to California's 20th Anniversary commemorative fabrics to encourage creativity, and the talent and skills of bag and purse makers and designers. Make a purse - any size or style - using your own design or a commercial pattern or book. You can add other fabrics, zippers, embellishments, hardware or stabilizers. Use your imagination to jazz it up as you wish. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1000 will be awarded by Road to California and ByAnnie's Soft and Stable. The winners and a few additional selected entries will be displayed at Road to California's 2016 show.


Click here to get the official rules and entry form!


Click here to buy our heavy weight Ivory fabric!


And don't forget about your quilts. Want to enter your quilt into Road to California?


Click here for 2016 Official Rules, Regulations and Contest Entry!

"China Through the Looking Glass" at Metropolitan Museum


A fascinating new exhibit is now showing at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.  From May through August 16, 2015, China Through the Looking Glass explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.


From the Met:


From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.


The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.



Click here to watch a tour of the exhibit.


Evening coat, ca. 1925 
Silk, fur, metal 
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Robert S. Kilborne, 1958 (2009.300.259) 
Photography © Platon


BERNINA: - Silhoucat Quilt Along with LUKE Haynes

Join LUKE Haynes for a three-part Silhoucat Quilt Along at Learn a really nice way to combine piecing with easy appliqué.  Take a basic half-square triangle pattern and add appliqué on top to make a great keepsake or quick gift for the cat lover in your life.



Star Members can watch LUKE in Episode 1102:  Super Quilts from Salvaged Duds.



TQS Zoom Quilt: "Reptile Wisdom" by Karen Stone

Reptile Wisdom uses an expanded two-color palette, English paper piecing by machine, paper foundation piecing, and machine appliqué. Karen insists on using 100% natural fibers in her batting.  Reptile Wisdom won first place in the Traditional Pieced category at IQA Houston, 2014.

Star Members can watch Karen in Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways.

(Photo: Gregory Case)

"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.

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