In this lesson, Sharon shows you a quick way to make snowball blocks.


Last week the girlfriends and I headed over the mountains and through the fields...past several wineries and arrived at the most perfect stitching spot in the world...Crabapple Hill Studios the creation of Meg Hawkey in Benton City, Washington. Set in an agricultural area of Eastern Washington Crabapple Hill Studios is filled with all things quilts and embroidery designed entirely by Meg. It is a design studio and not a quilt shop, so is not open to the public. The way you get to enter this special place is by signing up for the 8 different workshop/retreats. Two sessions are offered back to back in each of the 4 seasons. 


There is a waiting list but it is worth putting you name on the list as life gets in the way sometimes and the waiting list is very fluid. My girlfriends and I are already signed up for the Oct. 2017 waiting list. We want to experience this event with a Halloween flavor. As attendees we were treated like best friends. Meg and her crew made sure our every needs were met. It was so fun meeting and stitching with women from around the country. 


Plus, learning the technique for coloring your embroidery projects, specialty stitches and the ingredients of every dish we were fed, LOL. I hope you enjoy the slide show! There will be an interview with Meg on The Quilt Roadie You Tube Channel this week and stay tuned for more photos on www.wooliemammoth.blogspot.com

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow



This is a time-lapse video using 83 photos of a wood quilt as it was created by Fraser Smith. It was made between September 2011 and February 2012. If you have ever seen one of Fraser's works, you will be astounded at what it takes to create a single quilt and by how realistic it looks.  See the finished quilt below.

Click here to see more of Fraser's work.

"The Lake" Carved wood & silk dyes, 60" x 43" x 4", 2012.


Since the 1920s, tweed has figured prominently in all of Chanel's fashion collections. It is currently made for the company in the French atelier of Maison Lesage. Watch as they use warps and wefts of all material from wool and denim, to zippers and plastic.




Here's a fun way to keep track of your wine glass at a party.  Make a wine coaster.  Jen from Shabby Fabrics shows you how.

Click here to download the template.


Just last week, Alex went out to lunch with Jake Finch, Co-founder and Publisher of "Generation Q Magazine." Well, it turns out that Alex was interviewed for the magazine a while back and that issue has just hit the newsstands. To celebrate, we are giving away the magazine to six lucky TQS members.

All you have to do is click on the button below and tell us why you'd like to win a copy.

On July 31, 2016, we will select six TQS members from random to win a copy.





Over the course of this year we've had you focus on the most obvious quilting/creative items that need to find a more organized home to reside. But what about the place where you do your research, watch TQS shows, shop online, sketch, etc.? Whether it is an actual desk or worktable, this space needs attention so it doesn't become a convenient dumping ground. Before we tackle the top of the desk/worktable, and hopefully yours does not look like the one in the photo, we are tackling the items that are much closer to the floor.

We need you to face that rats nest of tangled cables and cords currently lurking around or under your desk or worktable. Quick, can you identiy all of the plug-ins without having to follow the cord back to it's intended home?  Hate looking at all of those cords and want a more streamlined look? Grab your sword and let us help you tame that wild beast in the nether regions of your space.

With everthing in it's place and labeled, you'll find controlling cords and cables saves you time, energy and it makes your space look and feel much neater! Here are some ideas to get you going:

  1. Begin by un-plugging and untangling everything around and under your work space. 
  2. Whether you have two cords or twenty, each needs an identifying label.  From bread tags, tape flags, to high end labels there are a vast array of options to satisfy taste and budget. More about labels in a bit.
  3. If you haven't already invested in a multi-plug surge protector power strip, this is the time to do so.  A lot of money has been invested in your tools, so don't let an unexpected power outage damage these items.



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1. Clip on cord identifyers. Dotz

2.Washi tape flags. TheChicSite

3. Bread bag labels. Apartmenttherapy

4. Make a label for each cable. YesMissy

5. Add a flag. ContainerStore

6. Identifying colored cord covers. Dotz  


Now that you have identified each cord, let's look at the creative ways to keep them from becoming a tangled mess.

Options for Clean and Clutter free:

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1.Hide the cord along the table legs using matching colored zip ties. ChezLarson

2. Hang a kitchen basket under your table for your surge protector. Organizeandinspire

3. Spiral Tube by Dotz. Wind the 6 foot long Spiral Tube around the cords, cables and wires and trim to a custom length.

4.Cord Mate channel.  Paint the color of your choosing or leave in white and stick in place. HomeDepot

5.Attach a rain gutter to contain cords. Lifehacker


Options for Visual Inspiration and Admiration:

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1.Got any Legos around the house?  Use them to hold your cords. ModernisticDesign

2. Embrace the cord and make it part of your decor style with leaf stickers. Clippings

3. Add a bird for even more charm. Amazon

4. Build a cord hiding picket fence using foam core and double sided tape. Pinterest


At your Workspace:

Frustrated by cords always dropping behind your work area when you unplug?


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4.VELCRO brand 8 in. x 1/2 in. Reusable Ties (50-Pack)5.



1.Cord Catchers by Dotz.  Non-stick, and keep your cords for when you need them.

2. Cordie by Quirky to do the same job.

3. Binder Clips along the back of a worktable. Buzzfeed

4.Velcro cable ties.  These work well for lots of other items such as iron cords, hairdryer cords, small appliances.  You might want to buy an extra package.

5. Cable drop cord clips. ContainerStore

6. Rabbits to the rescue. Oddgifts

Need more ideas?  Check out Lifehacker's top 10 tips for keeping cables under control.

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



Wouldn't this block make a great Christmas tree if you used the right fabrics? Find out what it's called when you play the Jinny Beyer Memory Match game.


Rosalie Dace was inspired by this 100-year-old church in Spain, with murals by Okuda San Miguel, that cover the floors and ceiling of this 'skateboard church.' The pictures, the colors, and the church architecture are very "quilty" and geometric.
For more photos (including the skateboarders), click on "See More."

Where do you find design inspiration?

Star Members can learn more about Rosalie in Show 711: Quilting: Where Imagination and Reality Meet also featuring Jennifer Chiaverini and Michael Cummings.
(photo: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/12/skate-church-okuda-san-miguel/)

Paula Nadelstern was interviewed about her quilt during the International Quilt Festival in Houston. She had a bit of an epiphany when she decided that if it was YOUR quilt then you CAN break the rules.
Star Members can learn more about "rule breaker" Paula Nadelstern in Show 307: Puzzle Quilts.
One quilt, one person, one video camera, three minutes = another quilt story saved!
"Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!" is a Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather.

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