Can you name this block? We couldn't until we played the game and found out.


Sometimes a quilt project just doesn't speak to you anymore.  Maybe you are not sure where or how to continue, so it's languishing in the closet, taking up space.  No need to worry; we have some ideas that just might be the spark to get you going on those UFOs!

Photo by Gregory Case Photography

  Maybe the piece just needs an interesting border...
Wendy B. Berns
has some ideas (Episode 1304)

Photo by Gregory Case Photography

What about some three-dimensional interest? 
Ricky Tims says free-motion couching (Episode 1106) is fun, fast, and easy.

Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Are your random blocks in need of a home?  You could try a few small tabletop or wall-size quilts
that include large areas of neutral space, which is great for straight-line quilting the Jacquie Gering way (Episode 1202).


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Alex and Ricky share some great pressing tips & techniques which will help you when ironing all those half-square triangles in Month 9 of the TQS BOM 2015 - My Country House.

Click the button below to get the pattern for Month 9, available September 1, 2015.



Sometimes you just need to finish that quilt. Julie has a quick method for sewing your binding by machine.  Stay tuned until the end for her bonus tip!

Want to learn more about binding?  Julie has more to share in her classroom.



Remember days of Charms lollipops and catching lighting bugs?  Alex's new quilt, "Flower Pops," brings back those childhood memories. 

  • You can download the pattern, or better yet, join the class with Alex at Alden Lane. FLOWER WOW!-ER will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9-4pm – $99 and includes lunch. There are still a few spots available. 

Flower Pops by Alex Anderson




Join Superior Threads for Mother Superior's 29th Birthday Specials. Through today, August 31, only!

Their MonoPoly reduced-sheen monofilament is only $6.38 a spool and is wonderful for invisible appliqué and quilting.

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Their Twist Spools are only $5.67 and are an exciting blend of science and creativity. Available in 50, two-color combinations, Twist adds amazing texture and color depth to embroidery projects. Give your embroidery projects a new sense of life by using Twist for shading and texture.

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Razzle Dazzle, designed with our Ricky Tims, is available for only $4.96 a spool. Razzle Dazzle is a bold and decorative polyester thread for bobbinwork, couching, and reverse quilting. Available in 25 colors and wound on 110-yard spools, Razzle Dazzle is iron and dryer safe on medium heat.

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Alex demonstrates a great new repositionable fusible product from Quilters Select that is perfect for machine appliqué.  Appli-Stick is available in a roll, in sheets, and as a thin tape.

This very unique webbing was created especially for simplifying the appliqué process. One side of the web has a fusible coating and is applied to your fabric back. The other side has a light sticky coating, making your fabric moveable! Reposition your appliqué pieces as many times as you need. Once positioned, fuse into place and add your favorite decorative stitch! Use the tape-size version for quilt bindings or decorative trims. The convenient printable sheets make complex appliqué patterns a snap!

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Louisa Smith loves creating designs, and especially tessellations.  She is fascinated by the work of M.C. Escher, and she demonstrates how to make one of her patterns, called the “Tootsie Toaster,” which is derived from a tessellating curved hexagon.   Her “Tootsie Toaster” pattern is being made available as a free gift to TQS members.  Louisa also loves Dupioni silk, and currently works mostly with the lustrous fabrics.  Louisa, who was a guest on TQS previously (Episode 204), shares a fun new technique she calls “Double Vision,” which came to her while doodling during a car trip.  Louisa uses the “Hugs and Kisses” pattern elements (circles and diamonds) to illustrate her new technique.  She discusses both fused and pieced options. Also during the show, Ricky shares some ideas for basting quilts.

Star Members can watch Show 1705: Louisa Smith's Double Vision when it debuts August 31, 2015.


Louisa Smith joins Alex and Ricky on the set to demonstrate her pattern, "Tootsie Toaster," to talk about Dupioni silk, and to share her fun new technique which she calls "Double Vision."

Star Members can watch Show 1705: Louisa Smith's Double Vision when it debuts August 31, 2015.

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In this week's class you'll learn how to make two types of flying geese. Using Lynn's easy patchwork math method, you'll be creating these blocks in no time.

Lynn's book, Patchwork Math Using Quilting Design Components, is available in the TQS shop; click here to order.

Click here for the .pdf instructions to make this week's practice block.

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