Another quick and easy tutorial from Angela Walters. This tutorial will show you how to quilt a variation of the basic swirl, called the swirl hook. This machine quilting design is perfect for pointy blocks or when you just want to add a different texture to your quilt!

Star Members can watch Angela in Show 1306: No-Pin Curves and Quilt "Modern" also featuring Sheila Frampton Cooper.


Alex and Ricky were joined on the set by Sandra Leichner for Show 1701: The Appliqué Doctor is In. Every quilt that Sandra has entered into a show has won Best of Show.  Now that's a doctor I'd like to have make a house call!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

If you like Ricky's modern quilt shown in the Smilebox, here's the scoop:

It's called Ripples in the Rockpool and it is available at his online store at www.rickytims.com.  There is also an online class available for only $14.95 at www.letsquilttogether.com.


The puzzle is a simple cupcake block by Sandra Leichner, aka The Appliqué Doctor.  Star members can watch Sandra in Show 1701: The Appliqué Doctor is In, which debuts on Monday, July 6, 2015.  Sweet!

CupcakeBlockbySandraLeichner - 36 pieces non-rotating

CupcakeBlockbySandraLeichner - 100 pieces non-rotating

CupcakeBlockbySandraLeichner - 289 pieces non-rotating

CupcakeBlockbySandraLeichner - 100 pieces rotating

CupcakeBlockbySandraLeichner - 289 pieces rotating



A doctor’s reputation is often based on credentials.  Sandra Leichner’s credentials are impeccable:  every quilt she has ever entered into a show has won Best of Show.  So when Sandra demonstrates her appliqué techniques, you know you’re in capable hands.  Sandra has been quilting since 2000, and prior to that she sewed clothing.  She shares her understanding of how fabric behaves, and teaches quilters to better work with their projects.  Sandra shows how to create a perfectly flat appliqué point without using glue.  She also demonstrates her signature tendrils in various thread weights.  You will be as amazed as the studio audience was while they watched her!  Sandra also introduces her son, who helps with her business and does his own artwork.  Afterwards, Quilt Maker Lynn G. Kough shows how to use just one shape to create a variety of designs and original works in fabric.

Show 1701 - The Appliqué Doctor is In debuts Monday, July 6, 2015.


Have you heard about the Row by Row Experience?   It runs from June 21 - Sept. 8, 2015.  Completed quilts can be turned in June 21 - Oct 31, 2015.

It's like a shop hop, but it's not:  no fees, no cards to stamp, and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

Prizes, collectibles and more fun!

This year's theme is WATER!

Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2015 rows from 8 different 2015 participating Row by Row shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! Click here for more details.

Exclusive Fabric Plates™ by Zebra Patterns will be available in shops around the country. Each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create fun projects, wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt.

Click here to see participating shops.



Click here to browse the magazine.

QUILTMANIA announces the launch of its new magazine, "Simply Moderne."  "A great wave of pure energy and modern style, tracking the latest trends in the quilting world and celebrating creative fresh new ideas by young designers from all over the world!"

And, guess what? It's available in English beginning in mid-July. The inaugural issue contains an article featuring a TQS favorite, Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Ce'st magnifique!

Included in the Premier Issue:

- Introduction : How Modern Quilting Won Me Over  by Meg Cox
Exhibition : Quiltcon & Good places in Austin
Portrait Victoria Findlay Wolfe & Good places in New York
PiecingDiamond Dance (Victoria Findlay Wolfe), Sew Vintage (Michelle Tucker)Hexagons (Liza Prior Lucy), Gemstones (Konda Luckau)
Report : Amercian Made Brand

Appliqués : Mod Flower Garden (Heather Gavin), Bubbles (Rachaeldaisy), Gardenvale (Lissa Alexander)
- It's summer : Surf on the Beach ( AM Saudo), Garden Respite (Diane Lallement), Cool Flying Geese (Mieke Duyck), Travel Bug (Barbara Cherniwchan), Luggage Tag (Quiltmania)
Step-by-step instructions : Variation for a Vase (Margarita Korioth)


Star Members can watch Victoria in Show 1404: Jump Start Your Creativity with 15 Minutes of Daily "Play."


The AAQ Retreat is about to kick off the 15th year, with four fun-filled days and three nights of sewing, laughing, shopping, friends and eating, October 1-4, 2015 in Dublin, CA.

Enjoy learning opportunities with Alex and our guest instructor, Laura Wasilowski.  Attend the guest lectures and classes and/or bring your own project(s) to work on.

Alex will be available all day, every day, to help you with your projects, and to demonstrate tips and techniques. Laura Wasilowski will be teaching Improvisational Design with fused fabrics. 
Visit the retreat website at www.aaqretreat.com for pricing and details.
Consider making it a quilt-filled week and start with “Quilting in the Garden” at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA.  

This year the featured artist at Quilting in the Garden is Freddy Moran.  Guest artist Sally Collins rounds out the weekend of beautiful quilts hung from amazing oak trees and a variety of quilt instructors to please everyone’s taste. Also, Tuesday,  September 29, Lynn Wilder (featured here at TQS in Show 1604: Taking the Fear Out of Math for Quilters) will be teaching her super popular "math class" - no worries - she takes care of the hard part!

It is a week of quilting fun in the beautiful Tri-Valley area of Northern CA. Click here for more information.



It's summer, and time to make a fun and fresh quilt while the days are long and sunny.  Blooms For Julie is a quilt we know you are going to love making AND having around for years to come.  As you know, TQS loves to share beautiful quilts with you, but we also want to increase your skills.  This quilt fills both bills, and then some! 


In this month's lesson, Jan Magee's version of Whirling Squares will teach you how to tackle those pesky partial seams.  So, get your things together and let's start sewing!



TQS visits with Daniela Stout as she talks about her three new lines of batik fabrics (lucky woman!).  Star Members can watch Daniela in Show 1110: Come to the Strip Club ... Rated G!

Click here to order Sunburst pattern.



Okan Arts visited with artist and designer Julie Paschkis in her home in Washington. Julie has a fascinating background, which includes the studying of folk arts and crafts in Norway and a BFA from the School for American Craftsmen at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).  

Julie is a designer for In The Beginning Fabrics and she also produces greeting cards for Trader Joe's.

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to visit Julie's website.


Watch Bernina Videos




Site Sponsors:

Superior Threads

RJR Fabrics



Quilters Select