16

Budget doesn't mean that your studio can't be an organized and well functioning space.  Here are some of our favorite creative ideas with items that might just be found in your bathroom, garage, or other rooms of your home.

Make drawer organizers using boxes and small dishes found around your home.Kitchn


Jacquie Gering uses PVC pipes to store completed quilts.KansasCityStar

Label your cords with bread tags. Pinterest

 
Repurpose a chest of drawers from another room in your home. Fourgenerations


Condiment cups and a K-cup spinner hold small beads and sequins while not taking up a great deal of table space. TheCraftyPickle

Simple wooden clothes pins keep your embroidery floss in order and look luscious in a bowl. MrsJones

Don't have a lot of space but still want a stylish work table? Check out this great idea using books, an Ikea tabletop and one Linmon table leg . LivetHemma


Make a pressing station using a TV tray. Cleverlittlemouse

A clear shoe organizer is a great place to store scraps. Quiltforkeeps  


Pedicure foam cushions hold bobbins from rolling around in a drawer. ManoaRoad

Baby food jars with painted lids for storing beads or other small items. Thecraftynest

A cutting table with fabric storage. de Jong Dream House

 

Just joined our year of organizing?  Click here for other TQS Organization blogs.

  3
These look like tree leaves. What do you think this block might be called? Play the game and find out.

 
 

  2

Well, it's hard to believe, but in January 2017, TQS will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. To mark the occasion, and to have a little bit of fun while we are off taping new shows in Denver, we will be highlighting shows from the past ten years. We will put up a picture in the newsletter/blog, with a clue, and you have to guess which show it's from and just what might be going on in the picture.  Fill in the information under the photo and hit the "submit" button to enter your answer. We will randomly pick one winner per newsletter to receive a DVD that contains this show.  Answers and winners will be posted in the September 2 Weekend Fun.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT SECTION.

Here's your next photo and clue for Show #5:

This basket of goodies belongs to a very well known lover of wool and embellishment. You never know what she might "leaf" behind.  Which show is it?

 

  7

It doesn't seem to happen quite as often as it used to, but this year's Best of Show at AQS Grand Rapids was completely hand made by Barbara Clem of Rockford, IL. This hand appliquéd and hand quilted beauty is called "Spring Dance."  Click here to watch a video regarding "Spring Dance."

Click here to see other winners from AQS Grand Rapids.

 
 
 
 

  9

Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt wants you to get over your fear of ruining your quilt with machine quilting. She highlights six ways to ruin a quilt and follows up with ways to avoid that ruination.  I think we all want to avoid the...

NUMBER ONE WAY TO RUIN A QUILT

1. Allowing the quilt top to languish (neatly folded) in a Sterlite box in the basement…out of fear of “ruining” it.

 
 

  5

At Spoonflower.com you can create your own fabric. Ricky tried it and has created his own "Love is Love" fabric which he used in his "Love is Love" quilt.

You can create quilting, apparel, and upholstery fabrics from silks, organic cottons, or a linen blend. Preview and layout tools let you see your fabric before you order. 
 
All you need to do is select your fabric design file, confirm your copyright, and upload your file. Spoonflower walks you through the process.
 
If that's not enough, you can print your own removable wallpaper, wall murals and decals, and even your own gift wrap.
 
Ricky's "Love is Love" fabric is available here.  All proceeds from the sale of this fabric will go to human rights charities.

 

 
 
 

  4

"Hallelujah" is another hand-painted, machine-quilted masterpiece by Sherry Rogers Harrison.

Star Members can learn more about Sherry's process in Show 1904: The Appearance of Applique.

Below the puzzle, watch a video of Sherry working on the quilting for this quilt on her Innova.

HallelujahbySherryRogersHarrison - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

HallelujahbySherryRogersHarrison - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

HallelujahbySherryRogersHarrison - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

HallelujahbySherryRogersHarrison - 36 Pieces Rotating

HallelujahbySherryRogersHarrison - 100 Pieces Rotating

HallelujahbySherryRogersHarrison - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Gregory Case

  4

There are many ways to print fabric.  Let's call them "old school" and "new school." Both methods achieve amazing results.

There is the "Old School" method shown here with Urmila Mohan and Christina Roberts of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. This is followed by the "New School" method using high speed digital printing on an A-Tex Ultrajet DPMK.

"Old School"

 

"New School"

  0

Well, it's hard to believe, but in January 2017, TQS will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. To mark the occasion, and to have a little bit of fun while we are off taping new shows in Denver, we will be highlighting shows from the past ten years. We will put up a picture in the newsletter/blog, with a clue, and you have to guess which show it's from and just what might be going on in the picture.  Fill in the information under the photo and hit the "submit" button to enter your answer. We will randomly pick one winner per newsletter to receive a DVD that contains this show.  Answers and winners will be posted in the September 2 Weekend Fun.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT SECTION.

Here's your next photo and clue for Show #4:

This show featured an amazing longarm quilter and "photo man," Gregory Case.  We have no idea why Ricky is wearing a pumpkin hat, do you? Which show is it?

  1

The June 12, 2016 tragedy in Orlando, Florida inspired Ricky to create a print-on-demand fabric at www.Spoonflower.com called Love is Love. Once he received his fabric, His Love is Love quilt unexpectedly emerged. He posted images on Facebook and received many requests for a pattern. He's created the patten at lightning speed and it's available now. All proceeds from the Love is Love fabric will go to human rights charities.

It Started With Fabric

It was Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the musical, Hamilton, and Ricky's newest idol) who, during his acceptance speech at the 2016 Tony Awards (the night of the Orlando tragedy) said, "Love is love is love is love is love..." It was a phrase that stuck with Ricky. He had the idea to create a Love is Love fabric using the pride colors and Lin-Manuel's phrase. Spoonflower.com allows anyone to create a design and have it printed-on-demand. Spoonflower.com shares profits from fabric with the designer so he decided that ALL proceeds he receives from the fabric will go to human rights charities. Here's what the fabric looks like.

Here's a swatch showing just one band of all colors.

Here is what the fabric looks like across the goods. Each stripe is just a bit wider than 1".

The Unexpected Quilt

Once he had the Love is Love fabric and was in the studio, he decided to make a small quilt that would allow him to personally remember those who perished in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He thought something modest and simple would do. Ricky imagined how the stripes would look as blades in a lone star quilt - so that was the direction he took. Here is what the quilt looked like initially.

This option was going to turn out small - and he had more fabric - so he decided to go bigger and make a Broken Star version.

He began to explore options for filling in the gaps. He had the idea to write the words "Love is Love" in appliqué" and mirror it where it turned the corners. This softened the edges of the piecing and gave a new look to the quilt which Ricky liked very much. 

Here is a detail of the "Love Is" appliqué. The hearts were added after the words, but he liked the effect.

He then decided to treat the outer border blocks the same way. Ricky thinks anyone wanting to make the quilt can add as little or as much appliqué as they wish. Here is how the design ended up and the quilt measures 81" x 81".

GET THE PATTERN HERE 
If you wish to make the quilt, you can order the pattern only. It is full-size and available for $19.98.

GET "LOVE IS LOVE" FABRIC HERE
If you wish to use Love is Love fabric in the quilt, you will need 5 yards for this quilt. You must get the LOVE IS LOVE fabric from Spoonflower.com. Be sure to order 5 yards and not 5 fat quarters. Because it is print-on-demand Ricky cannot stock it or provide it. Remember ALL proceeds that Ricky receives from the Love is Love fabric will go to charity.

GET THE KIT HERE
If you wish to get the kit using Ricky's hand-dyed fabric, the kit contains the pattern plus 7 yards of hand-dyed fabric for $139.95. The kits are also 'made-on-demand' so please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. You still must order the Love is Love fabric separately.

You may also make this quilt using a different fabric other than the Love is Love fabric for the blades of the broken star.

May God bless the families of those who were so closely and tragically effected by the senseless tragedy in Orlando. As with so many similar tragedies, may we not forget the innocent ones. Let us remember them and do our part to make change in our world so that they will not have died in vain. As of this writing, Ricky's own Love is Love quilt is still in progress. He has  chosen to finish it and show it as a reminder that Love always triumphs over hate.

Here is Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance speech in full:

My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.

Gina's Rulers are Here!

For All Machines

Watch Bernina Videos

Bernina

Innova

 
Site Sponsors:

 

Quilters Select