Don't have time to make the whole quilt before your child heads off to college?  How about just making a pillow from favorite t-shirts? FISKARS has this simple pillow tutorial for you to make up in a day.  All you need is a 20" pillow form and 12-14 t-shirts.



Sharon's Quilt, Once Upon a Time, won Best of Show at Road to California 2014.  Click here to see Sharon's quilt close-up as a TQS Zoom Quilt.

Artist statement: I started making this quilt in 2000, then put it aside for over 10 years. It features hand appliqué and embroidery and was quilted on my long arm.

Star Members can watch Sharon in Episode 1603: Quilters and Friends for Life debuting on Feb. 2, 2015.

OnceUponaTimebySharonSchamber - 36 pieces non-rotating

OnceUponaTimebySharonSchamber - 100 pieces non-rotating

OnceUponaTimebySharonSchamber - 289 pieces non-rotating

OnceUponaTimebySharonSchamber - 100 pieces rotating

OnceUponaTimebySharonSchamber - 289 pieces rotating


It is with bittersweet feelings that we share this episode.  We were ecstatic to welcome world-class artist and quilter Sharon Schamber to the Quilt Show.  Sharon's good friend and fellow quilter Tom Russell is also a part of this episode, and we are grateful that we had a chance to talk to him before his passing.  His contributions to the world of quilting are tremendous, and he will be sorely missed.  We hope you will watch the show with a glad heart, knowing that you also are privileged to share these moments with him.

Sharon presents her secrets about no-fuss appliqué, pin-free binding, and mitering corners. There’s even a free pattern for an iron cover used for delicate fabrics.  She shares many tips, tricks and techniques, including some that are being revealed for the first time anywhere.

Sharon began her fabric career designing high-end clothing, dance costumes and pageantry wear. Many of her quilt ideas were woven from these initial threads. Because she uses so many delicate specialty fabrics, Sharon invented a sleeve for her iron, which she uses to protect fabrics from the heat. A free download of the pattern is available on her website.

Tom offers his color theory ideas, which he manifests with embroidery threads and simple stitches. We hope you will cherish his lessons as much as we do.


The Texas Quilt Museum and Moda Fabrics have announced that the non-profit Museum will be this year’s beneficiary of the company’s  “Collections for a Cause” program.

Over the years, Moda Fabrics CEO Mark Dunn has collected “mill books” – volumes of fabric samples woven by textile mills as a way to showcase their lines, popular in the 1700s and 1800s. He sometimes reproduces these fabrics.

Proceeds from the sale of Moda’s  “Collections for a Cause, Mill Book Series circa 1892” fabric line will benefit the Museum and its display of stunning antique and contemporary quilts from around the world in changing exhibits, as well as its educational programs.

Dunn chose the Museum because of his longstanding relationship with and support of Karey Bresenham’s efforts to promote and advance the quilting industry for more than 40 years. Karey is the founder of both the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival shows.

“I’m fascinated by the way that old quilts and fabrics document the time period and mood of the people,” Dunn adds. “Reproducing those fabrics gives me an opportunity to carry them forward to the next generation. At the same time, it enriches the lives of the current generation through our Collection for a Cause program.”

Click HERE to find out all about the Collection!

(Quilt: made from "Collections for a Cause" line of fabrics, based on the antique quilt "Basket of Stars" shown at the Texas Quilt Museum.)

The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 
W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. Learn more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org.


Alex and Ricky were joined on the set by Sharon Schamber and her dear friend Tom Russell, who recently passed away.

Star members can watch Episode 1603: Quilters and Friends for Life debuting Monday, February 2, 2015.

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Need to make something quick for your Valentine? Julie at TheCraftyQuilter.com has designed this cute, no-sew project that uses scraps of fabric and takes less than an hour to complete.  Make your Valentine smile with this adorable piece of "HeARTwork."


Kathleen Ware, Quiltmaker, a documentary from 1979 directed by Sharon R. Sherman, highlights Kathleen's daily life and her interaction with customers and family members.  Watch as she takes a commission for a Lone Star quilt and completes the project using cardboard templates and her sewing machine.  She then hand quilts it, using a frame suspended from the ceiling. It is a fascinating view of an individual folk artist at work.

Click here to watch the entire 33 min. film at folkstreams.net.


A quick, candid interview, with machine quilter Teri Lucas at Road to California 2015.  Here's how Teri describes herself:

I am an award-winning quilter, machine quilting teacher and Associate Editor – Online/Special Projects with Generation Q Magazine.  "It’s your quilt, it’s your rules" is the one rule of quilting I follow and work towards teaching. 

I am Teri Lucas a…

wife married 21 years to the love of my life!

quilter for 20 years and can hardly wait to see what comes next!

machine quilting teacher currently teaching at Hartsdale Fabrics in Hartsdale, NY.


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought you might need some help with gift ideas.  Every Monday, for the next three weeks, we will have an idea for a quick-and-easy project to make for those you love.

Are you looking for a Valentine's Day gift for that special cook in your life? How about a set of heart pot holders?  We found these cuties, which can be whipped up in an evening, at Made by Me.


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