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.


Watch as Alex demonstrates how easy it is to use Select Soft Cotton batting from Quilters Select™. This batting features a temporary, two-sided water-soluble fusible coating, which eliminates pinning and controls stretching and movement during embellishing.

Quilters Select is sold only in Quilt Shops. Call your local shop to see if they carry Quilters Select batting. If not, have them contact Quilters Select or Floriani.

Click here to learn more about Select Soft Cotton.


It's almost time for "Quilting in the Garden" at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.  Alex will be there; will you? This year's featured artist is Freddy Moran and guest artist is Sally Collins.  The quilt show takes place the weekend of September 26th and 27th and is free!


To whet your appetite, here's a video from last year's show.


"Floaters" by Louisa Smith is a colorful quilt, highlighted by thread embellishment and an interesting border. 

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

Louisa also has a new book, One-Patch PlusClick here to order and see Louisa's other books.

FloatersbyLouisaSmith - 36 pieces non-rotating

FloatersbyLouisaSmith - 100 pieces non-rotating

FloatersbyLouisaSmith - 289 pieces non-rotating

FloatersbyLouisaSmith - 100 pieces rotating

FloatersbyLouisaSmith - 289 pieces rotating

(original photo by Gregory Case)


Some costumes are made by amateurs, some by professionals, some are actual props, and some are "actual" people, but whatever they may be, they are always interesting. Watch creativity run wild and enjoy the fascinating people and their costumes as TQS walks the floor of Comic-Con 2015.

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Superior University is a great way to learn and also to get thread at fabulous prices. Here some facts about it:
  1. You get to learn with fun monthly projects that can be completed in just over an hour.
  2. You get to work with a wide variety of threads.
  3. There are no sign-up fees and you get special discounts on thread and shipping (in most countries).
  4. Superior U has been so popular that they have expanded and are starting sign-ups again!
Enroll in Superior University before Sept. 10th, 2015 and receive 3 spools of your choice of any Superior thread (up to $30 value) as a bonus. These spools will be sent with your first University package.


Learn how to make a trendy and useful fat quarter fabric folder for your back-to-schoolers.

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Learn how to make these "Easy Peasy" pincushions with adorable little pom poms from Caroline at SewCanShe.com. Grab your zipper foot and get going!

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