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Cheryl writes about this quilt,

A request from my husband, and the inspiration behind my latest book: You Inspire Me To Quilt. I finally made it for him, his own piece of audio inspired comfort.
90" x 64" - 2014

Star Members can watch Cheryl in Show 1911: Slabs, Curves, and Shrinking Ahead.

EqualizerbyCherylArkison - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

EqualizerbyCherylArkison - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

EqualizerbyCherylArkison - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

EqualizerbyCherylArkison - 35 Pieces Rotating

EqualizerbyCherylArkison - 99 Pieces Rotating

EqualizerbyCherylArkison - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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It was pretty scary for Melissa Sobotka when her award-winning quilt, Silk Road Sampler, didn't return home from Houston as planned. After many anxious hours, it was finally discovered in Michigan.

Star Members will be able to watch Melissa when she comes to TQS in April, 2017.

We just got some great information from Nancy Prince (another Houston Best of Show Winner) on a better option for tracking your quilts. Here's what she has to say:

(NOTE: We are going to keep looking into the problem and will update if new solutions are found.)

The Tile Mate works on Blue tooth technology and the app on the quilt owner’s cell phone has to be within 30 feet of the Tile Mate device for it to work. Basically the device emits a sound once the cell phone is within 30 feet. So if the quilt is on a FedEx truck or at a distribution center, the Tile Mate cannot notify the owner of its location. There is always that outside chance if the quilt is in a distribution enter or on a truck that someone could walk buy that has the app and possibly notify the owner, but this is a long shot at best. I am always on the lookout for a smaller device to track my quilt so I forwarded the Quilt Show link to my husband, Techie Tom, and he gave me the above information.
 
For my quilt "On This Winter Day" I do have a tracker in it. My quilt is rolled on a 4” PVC” tube and my husband bought me a product called Spot Trace. The device is secured inside the PVC tube. Spot Trace is a bit pricey - $100 but you can get them on sale for $50 – but effective. Now the device is too large to sew into the quilt so I can only track the quilt when it is in route. But I figured that the biggest chance for the quilt to get lost is on the road and not at the venue where it will be hanging. Does it protect the quilt 100%? No, but enough for me so I know where it is all the times on the road. The device can be set to alert me (you can determine the time between alerts) on a regular basis so I know where it is. I can even see the FedEx truck on the road – bit spooky but at least I know where it is. The device does run on batteries so I always make sure that it starts out on a trip with new ones. The more alerts you have the faster the battery will run out. So we have set the alerts so that the batteries in the device will last about a month. There is a yearly subscription fee but I feel the cost of that and the device are well worth the price to protect my quilts while they are on the road. Obviously if the quilt is not on a PVC or cardboard roll, the device cannot be used.
 

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Melissa Sobotka won a big prize at the Houston Quilt Festival this year. Ricky tracked her down to find out what she'd done with the prize money and gets to take a look inside her shopping bag.
 

Star Members will be able to watch Melissa when she comes to TQS in April, 2017.

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Follow along with Jen in this tutorial to learn how to create this stunning fabric Christmas wreath! The best part is that there is no sewing necessary!
 

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Being a perfectionist and frustrated with her own traditional hand appliqué results, Rosa Rojas was determined to find a better, faster and easier method for achieving the beautiful hand appliqué she desired. The result was the Apliquick tool that allows a person to make even the tiniest of perfect circles. This Spanish designer and artist says that it is all about ‘letting the tools’ do the work for you. Addicted to appliqué, Rosa even shows you how easy it is to design and make your own Hawaiian quilt.

Ricky also has a demonstration of a twisted thread chain, by machine, that will add texture and interest to your quilt work. Variations and interest can be enhanced depending on the size and type of silk ribbon or cording used.

Star Members can Watch Show 1912: Hand Appliqué: From Frustration to Perfection when it debuts on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

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Here is the quote on my (Capt'n John) Doctor's wall. I thought it was a good phrase to concentrate on in December:

 

Every Day is a New Day

Today I will Live, Love, and Make a Difference

Today is not a Throw Away Day

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For nearly 30 years this TQS Legend has produced high quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers.

From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quilt making, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to very painterly landscapes and abstracts executed with the finest fabrics and most creative stitching techniques.

Were you able to guess? It's Katie Pasquini Masopust!!!

Star Members can watch the TQS Legend 2016 (Show 1913) when it debuts on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

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TQS Vintage - This article originally ran in 2012. (The video is from 2008.)

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Seth Doane from CBS Sunday Morning interviewed Ricky a few years back about the billion-dollar quilting industry. Ricky discusses his feelings about his craft and even gets Seth to try machine quilting a few feathers! Karey Bresenhan of Quilts Inc. mentions that quilting is an almost 4 billion dollar industry. This interview was made over four years ago. How much do you think it brings in today?

 

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Looking to make something a bit different this holiday season? Follow along with Faith Jones, of Fresh Lemons Quilts and WeAllSew, as she makes a table runner using four modern-traditional holiday block designs. Look below for Weeks 1, 2, and 3.

So far you have created seven beautiful quilt blocks. This week you are going to finish up the project—just in time for the holiday season!

 

 
 

(photo: WeAllSew)

 

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It happened in the blink of an eye...all the Who's in Whoville are ready for Christmas. For those of us that celebrate Christmas, it is hard to believe how fast it arrived and how much stitching we have left to do!!! I have been stitching pillowcases, napkins, place-mats, table runners...all kinds of handmade items to share the love of the holidays. The history of gift giving has many sources. For Christians it is a reminder of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. But gift giving this time of year dates back even earlier than Christianity and is connected to celebrations that were dedicated to crops that were harvested. Commercialized gift giving has it origins in America and has evolved into a shopping frenzy starting with Black Friday.

For me one of the best parts of the Christmas holiday season is the decorating because I get to reacquaint myself with quilting items I have made and those that were gifted to me. I treasure those stitched items that remind me of someone special. I think that is why I like to make gifts...I am sure most people enjoy the thought and time that goes into making something special and it takes me back to the core of what Christmas is all about...sharing one's gifts and talents.  

Although I love all kinds of stitchery and quilts, it seems to me I am drawn to those that reflect the Christmas holiday and winter months. What about you?... What are your favorite stitching themes? I hope you enjoy the slideshow of my Christmas collection and maybe see something you want to make for yourself!

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