Ricky and Alex learn how to make a French Braid when Jane Hardy Miller joins them on the set.

Episode 1607: The Art of Color Braiding debuts on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Click here to visit Jane's website.

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Do you love Project Runway?  You just might enjoy The Great British Sewing Bee, where amateur sewers take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain's best home sewer. The judges are May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row's Patrick Grant. The first series was won by 81-year-old Ann Rowley.  The show just finished up its third season.

Feel like giving it a try? Click here to see episodes.

Items from Episode 4 - Men's shirts, evening bags and evening dresses.  These were created by Lauren Guthrie - more information can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03myqj2.

(photo: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03myqj2)




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Want to make some cute bunny napkins for your springtime brunch? Try these adorable little guys, created by Melissa Mortenson, who is the writer behind the Polka Dot Chair blog.

Click here to see the tutorial at WeAllSew.com.


Quilter Jane Hardy Miller’s stitched together her first French Braid quilt many years ago. Over the ensuing decades she has refined and elevated the pattern into a complex design with 12 colors and a sophisticated palette. The results are stunning! Jane shares her secrets for selecting fabrics (often surprising), and using contrasting colors, accents and different values. She demonstrates her COB technique – working out from the center of the braid. She takes us on tours of both of her studios and talks about the highs and lows of each one. We continue the studio tour in Nebraska, where quilter Peg Pennell shares her space. Her quilts are unique because of their shapes, but they also feature heavy quilting, beading and embellishment.

Episode 1607: The Art of Color Braiding debuts on Monday, March 30, 2015.


This is a French Braid Sampler created by Jane Hardy Miller.  Star Members can watch Jane in Episode 1607: The Art of Color Braiding which debuts on Monday, March 30, 2015.

FrenchBraidSamplerbyJaneHardyMiller - 35 pieces non-rotating

FrenchBraidSamplerbyJaneHardyMiller - 99 pieces non-rotating

FrenchBraidSamplerbyJaneHardyMiller - 300 pieces non-rotating

FrenchBraidSamplerbyJaneHardyMiller - 99 pieces rotating

FrenchBraidSamplerbyJaneHardyMiller - 300 pieces rotating




This adorable little quilt uses a Charm Pack of solids, but how cute would it be if you made it out of your stash of 2 1/2" squares?

Click here for the free pattern, available at the FatQuarterShop.com.


The TQS Zoom Quilt this week is Doodle Bird 2 by Joanie Zeier Poole and Pam Levenhagen.  It's the third quilt created by these two friends.  Pam created the central panel from her original painting.  Joanie assembled the top and brought it to life with her imaginative quilting designs, that fill each tiny space using hand-guided free-motion quilting on her domestic machine. Doodle Bird 2 won 2nd place at AQS Lancaster 2015, Wall Quilts – 1st Entry.

Star Members can watch Joanie in Machine Quilting Magic, Episode 509.


Katy Jones, aka Quilt Monkey,  is a British quilter and blogger who first started quilting in 2008 with the gentle encouragement of a friend. Her first quilt was somewhat of a disaster, since she made it up as she went along and hoped for the best. Since then Katy has improved her technique and co-founded the  digital quilting eMagazine Fat Quarterly. She regularly teaches patchwork and quilting workshops, which is where TQS caught up with her, at QuiltCon.

Click here to visit Katy's blog.


Here are some absolutely stunning quilts created by Cindy Needham.

Star Members can watch Cindy in Episode 1606: Stencil Magic, from Heirloom to Today's Quilts. Cindy also visited with TQS in Episode 202: Antique Linens and Textile Revival.

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