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This time Sharon is teaching us how to cut squares from a strip of fabric.  She shows which tools to use and how to manage different sizes of squares.

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After meeting Alex at the BERNINA Ambassador Reunion in December, Tracy volunteered to help out on TQS. She will act as our "roving reporter," informing us about interesting happenings in the quilt world. She will take us on studio tours of prominent quilters, visit quilt shows and offer the occasional tutorial.

When not working for us, Tracy can be found at her day job, working for Generation Q Magazine or blogging at www.sewsupportive.com, where she talks about ways to keep sewing with health challenges such as arthritis and autoimmune disease.

Tracy writes,

"I started quilting 20 plus years ago and became obsessed pretty quickly. It's a Quilt, Sew, Live, Breathe kinda thing - which just happens to be the GenQ motto. I started writing for Generation Q in 2012 and immediately started a feature called We Sew 2 where I design projects for kids to sew. It's been great working for this independent magazine with a small but mighty team. In 2013, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren's Syndrome and it changed how I make quilts. I wrote an article a while back about products that help you continue to sew when you experience health issues and decided this is the focus for my blog going forward. I created Sew Supportive because I want to help people keep sewing no matter what health issues come their way!"

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Rhonda Pierce, Marketing Director and Sewing Educator for SCHMETZneedles.com, discusses SCHMETZ Household Needles and Needle Anatomy.  She describes the different parts of the needle and how and why they do what they do.
 

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We are still counting down down to Valentine's Day.  In part 3 of Jen's Valentine's Day tutorial series, she shows you how to create fun and easy heart garland!
 

Click here to visit Shabby Fabrics.

Free Cutting Diagram Download: http://bit.ly/ShabbyFabricsFreeDownloads.

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Faig Ahmed takes the patterns of traditional Azerbaijani rugs and distorts them to create new textiles that appear to be melting off the wall.  The designs are far from traditional and far from boring.

From his bio,

"Faig Ahmed is an internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, who represented Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He is well known for his conceptual works that utilize traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art. His works reimagine ancient crafts and create new visual boundaries by deconstructing traditions and stereotypes."

(Photo: ThisisColossal.com; Kate Sierzputowski)

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Have you tried a Bloc Loc ruler yet?  Their grooved technology locks onto the seam, allowing you trim 90% faster and more accurately.  Here, Janna Thomas (Show 1803) shows you how to use the Flying Geese Square Ruler.

Star Members can watch Janna in Show 1803: It's All in the Border.

 

 

 

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There is a new exhibit at the Heritage Center at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota, tracing the evolution of Lakota quilting.  The gallery walls are now covered with quilts featuring traditional sunburst designs of the Lakota that are often presented as ceremonial gifts, as well as quilts made by contemporary artists featuring a more modern interpretation of Lakota designs.  As a collection, they tell the story of a Native American art form that continues to evolve.

The Heritage Center’s gallery walls are now covered with vibrant, intricate quilts. Some feature the traditional sunburst design of the Lakota quilts that are often presented as ceremonial gifts to honor or remember loved ones. Others, made by contemporary artists, present a more modern interpretation of textile tradition. Together as a collection, says curator Ashley Pourier, they tell the story of a Native art form that has continued to evolve through history. - See more at: http://www.redcloudschool.org/news/20160204/new-exhibit-looks-at-the-evolution-of-lakota-quilting#sthash.CbdIyZet.dpuf

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Recently a TQS member wrote to us saying that she is drowning in 1" strips of scrap fabric.  As luck would have it, we have found a number of creative ideas that will help to downsize the strip stash, while at the same time adding a bit of creative color to her world.


(photo by Gregory Case Photography)

1.  Create stunning baskets, bowls and tote bags using strips of fabric, clothesline, glue and your imagination.  Alex and Ricky share tips and ideas in Show 613.

2.  Need a pop of color in your surroundings?  Emily and Jamie at Everyday Art show you how to make a rag rug using all of colorful scraps. 

3.  Got a pair of summer sandals that need a bit of an update?  At Mod Podge Rocks you can learn how to update to a "new" pair of sandals and no one will be the wiser.

4. Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy shows you how to take your lamp from sad to super fun with just a bits of fabric.

 

 

Now, if you have some fabric left after all of that crafting, why not make some super cool fabric beads from J&O Fabrics or thumb tacks from How about Orange?  Happy scrap crafting!

 
To see other organization tips, simply enter "Let's Get Organized" in the Search Box at the top of the page.
 

 

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Do you know the name of this block featuring Jinny's fabulous fabric?

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