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"Why did you change the website?".  First let me thank you for your patience. The site is going to be evolving over the next 6 months, and I know you will like where we are heading. Here are some reasons for the change:

  1. Number 1 is that Webmaster Bob created the original site in 2007 from scratch. The computer language is an older language and would be hard for a new programmer to come in and take over. As the site grew, Bob just hand created each section. We can't run the business thinking Webmaster Bob is with us forever. That was our first reason for the change.
  2. The new language is in modules. We have certain modules now and we can add more. Bob doesn't have to create each from scratch.
  3. We wanted to improve the ability of the entire membership to exchange ideas, pictures, and techniques. We have added this ability, but we are still learning how it works. We have hired a moderator to learn all the features of the new forum and the new community. She will be teaching us all how to use it soon.
  4. We want people to join, and even create, groups. You will have Public groups to learn together and private groups for fun. We interviewed a group that left MSN and they told us what they would like the site to do. We are working on their suggestions now.
  5. We had a major glitch at the start. The outside programmers missed an important problem and it exploded when the site went live. Webmaster Bob has been working 15 hours a day to add a new module and throw out the original membership and store systems. They are now up and running. You can join and renew fast and easy now (and get $10 Off at Superior Threads). You can also get our Black Friday deals in the new shop. Yes, we added Paypal as you requested.
  6. We have an amazing program of new shows, interviews, projects, and tools to present to you. We are going to use the new architecture and new modules and programs to make learning quilting even easier and faster.
  7. We appreciate your input, suggestions, and even your complaints. We are using all of them to tweak the site to your preferences. You will see a lot of changes each week.
  8. To those who are having some trouble with the videos, we are working with Vimeo to get them fixed. The videos were the one thing we didn't change!! But apparently Vimeo made some changes exactly at the same time. Your iPads should work again. We had one person tell us that the HD is working backwards for her. If she clicks it on, it is actually off. If the video is choppy, click the HD button even if it shows off and see if that fixes it.

Again, thank you for your patience and feedback. We have wonderful content coming your way and it will be worth the pain of webbirth.

Capt'n John

 

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There's a new BERNINA available now in a limited supply. It's the BERNINA 530 Swiss Edition and it has a BERNINA Red faceplate that celebrate's BERNINA's Swiss origins, heritage and family tradition. It includes a wide range of functions and features such as the CB hook, which is the traditional BERNINA bobbin system that produces the legendary BERNINA stitch quality.  It has an optional BERNINA Stitch Regulator and Quilter Accessory Kit.

Click here to learn more about the BERNINA 530 Swiss Edition.

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Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Join Alex and Ricky (in Episode 1511) meet up with quilter, lecturer, teacher, and "Dear Jane" aficionado, Laura Fraga, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  Along with sharing her love of appliqué, Laura also recently took up skateboarding and managed to get Ricky "on board."  While on site, Museum Director Christine Jeffers gave TQS a tour of the museum, the first of its kind to focus on quilts and textiles.

 

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Just in time for the hectic Holidays.  Add a bit of rustic charm to your home's surroundings with these quick and easy fabric stars.  Use them as coasters, on wreaths, or as a special touch on gift packages.
 
We found these charming two fabric stars we think you are going to love making.Go to tutorial
 
 
 
 

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Penelope Rogers created this quilt using boutis & trapunto. Click on the partial picture to go to the zoom quilt for the closeup view. Then click on the YouTube to see Sherry Rogers-Harrison show how boutis is done.

 

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Don't miss out on a chance to bid on 32 beautiful guilts others up for bid during the second week of the Quilt Alliance's annual small quilt auction.  Bids start at $60.00. The second week ends Monday at 9 pm Eastern.

Here is one of the great quilts up for auction.  "Quasi-Stellar Object" by Rita Connoly.

Click here to see quilts currently up for auction.

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The Amazing Eight, TQS members who met right here online at TQS, won First Place, Group, at IQA Houston 2014.  This is the third quilt that the group has created.  Together they share some tips on how they work together, what sort of problems they ran into, and how the quilt was created.

Congratulations ladies!

Watch the video to learn about the Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt.

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While we were in Houston, we sat down some of our guests and asked them ten quick questions.  We told them to be as silly or as serious as they wanted to be.  First up, Philippa Naylor.

Star Members can watch Philippa in Episode 606: Showstopping Trapunto.

To see more of her quilts, click here.

Philippa's newest book is Applique Mastery - Visit her website at: www.PhilippaNaylor.com.

 

 

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Alex and Ricky met with quilter, lecturer, teacher, and "Dear Jane" aficionado, Laura Fraga, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  Along with sharing her love of appliqué, Laura also recently took up skateboarding and managed to get Ricky "on board."  While on site, Museum Director Christine Jeffers gave TQS a tour of the museum, the first of its kind to focus on quilts and textiles.

Episode 1511: Make It Marvelous debuts on Monday, November 24.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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Leslie says her love of gray fabrics inspired this quilt and that the name, Fifty Shades of Groovy, is a little wink toward a phenomenon in the cultural zeitgeist.  It is machine pieced and quilted on a longarm and measures 87.5" x 63.5."

Leslie's Design Process:
Beginning with the dotted cloth cut into squares, I pieced it using two widths of cloth in three shades of gray.  Working intuitively to balance the values, I pieced the rest of the quilt.

Star Members can watch Leslie in Episode 1510: Screen Printing Serendipity.

 

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 35 pieces non-rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 96 pieces non-rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 300 pieces non-rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 96 pieces rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 300 pieces rotating

 

 

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