Karen Stone is on the set with Alex and Ricky where she demonstrates her latest technique for English Paper Piecing, which doesn't require hand piecing or curves.  Her new method combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching.  Suffice it to say, the studio audience was amazed, and you will be too!

Episode 1611 - New Methods & Old Ways debuts Monday, May 25, 2015.

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The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection is currently on exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through July 19, 2015.

From the Legion of Honor:

Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections. These fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century. High Style, presented exclusively on the West Coast at the Legion of Honor, provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than 60 stunning costumes, 30 costume accessories, and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

To see a preview of this fabulous exhibit, click here.

Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble, spring/summer 1983. Brown and pink silk taffeta; pink silk organza. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1991. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Is there something about piano playing and quilting? Ricky and quilter Karen Stone are both amazing pianists as well as quilters! (They’re both Texans, too.) Karen’s background includes classical training and being surrounded by engineers, which might explain her incredible precision and love of complex work. Her latest technique is an adaptation of English Paper Piecing that doesn’t require hand piecing and includes curves! Karen demonstrates her fascinating style, which combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching. You will be amazed, and so was the studio audience, which had loads of questions for her. Karen mentioned a quilt that inspired her, owned by quilt curator Julie Silber, so we went in search of Julie, and were rewarded with a tour of her antique quilt collection. You’ll love it!

Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways debuts on Monday, May 25, 2015.


The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show began when its founder, Jean Wells Keenan, hung a dozen quilts made by her students outside her quilt shop on a Saturday in July.  From that humble beginning has grown the largest outdoor quilt show in the world.  On the second Saturday in July, it will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

Events include:

Around the Block Fiber Arts Stroll: Fiber artists from around Central Oregon demonstrate, exhibit, and sell their work.

Quilters Affair: Workshops, classes, and events produced by The Stitchin' Post during Mon.-Fri. of quilt week, prior to the annual quilt show.

40th Anniversary Ruby Celebration: On Wed., July 8, 5:30-8 pm, celebrate with quilters from around the world, including special guests the Quilters of Gee's Bend (ticket required).

Honored Quilters - 40th Anniversary: SOQS teamed with Island Batik to shine a spotlight on 29 quilters who have received special recognition as featured quilter, inspirational instructor, machine quilter of the year, or Quilt Show Sunday lecturer.

And, of course, the fabulous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show itself on Saturday, July 11, 2015.



Wild Women Don't Get the Blues is a great quilt by Karen Stone that features fabulous color and design choices.  Star Members can discover more about Karen and her "other" talents in Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways which debuts, Monday, May 25, 2015.

(original photo by Gregory Case)

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 36 pieces non-rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 100 pieces non-rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 289 pieces non-rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 100 pieces rotating

WildWomenDontGetTheBluesbyKarenStone - 289 pieces rotating



Patsy Thompson is a great teacher and a good friend of TQS. Learn how to create a Machine Quilted Feather border.


Here's a cute project you could make for Father's Day from Chrissann Gasparro at Duckings in a Row.  You just need a few old father-type shirts, sewing supplies and a pillow form (more if you want to embellish).  They're very simple and easy to make; in fact, Chrissann doesn't even use a sewing machine - just a handi-stitcher tool.



TQS caught up with Carol A. Sinnreich while she was on the set taping Episode 1612: Quilting the Wild West, which debuts June 8, 2015.


Ripples in the Rockpools is great for beginners and would be fun to do with the kids.

Ricky stepped into the modern quilt arena after having been asked to design a quilt for the Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine. This quilt is featured in the Spring 2015 issue. Ripples in the Rockpools is based on a traditional snowball quilt block, but instead of a single center, Ricky has done a wonky four patch. The original quilt features several new hand-dyed fabrics from his Rhapsody fabric line. The flexibility and freedom in constructing this quilt makes it a great project if you want to work on a joint effort with a youngster in your life.

Click here to purchase kit (pattern included).

Click here to purchase class.


Rob Appell of Man Sewing demonstrates the Burst Block, which he uses to put together a fun, cheerful quilt.  The Burst Block  Quilt uses Layer Cakes (10" squares of precut fabric), Peltex (a stabilizer), and some additional fabric.

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