"Bloomin' Cogwheels" is a fun quilt from Janna Thomas.  If you love it, you can make it yourself.  Click here to order the book.

Star Members can watch Janna in Show 1803: It's All in the Border.

BloominCogwheelsbyJannaThomas - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

BloominCogwheelsbyJannaThomas - 96 Pieces Non-Rotating

BloominCogwheelsbyJannaThomas - 299 Pieces Non-Rotating

BloominCogwheelsbyJannaThomas - 96 Pieces Rotating

BloominCogwheelsbyJannaThomas - 299 Pieces Rotating

Photo By: Janna Thomas


Alex and Ricky had fun on the set with that lovely quilter from down under, Jenny Bowker.  Jenny's Show 1804: Quilting Outside the Blocks debuts on February 14, 2016.

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Jenny Bowker creates incredible pieced landscapes, with exotic images from the Middle East and Malaysia, where she lived with her diplomat husband.  She connected with the traditional tentmakers of Cairo (who have been crafting their elaborate appliqué fabric pieces since 2000 BC), and depicts them as the gentle people she came to know.  Jenny shares her quilting style, which often extends the quilt’s interior design out into the borders.  She saves the most complicated quilting for the outside edges, where it is easier to manipulate them.  She also walks us through the process of dissecting a tiling design (whether simple or complex), and creating a vellum pattern for it.  She demonstrates this technique with a challenging design featuring two overlapping vases. She also discusses why all quilters should enter their work into quilt shows.

Jenny's Show 1804: Quilting Outside the Blocks debuts February 14, 2016.


Oatmeal is one of those tried and true breakfast options. Oatmeal has long been touted as being good for your heart because of its high fiber content. But sometimes you get a little tired of oatmeal day after day, right? Never fear, there are so many ways to doctor those oats, you will never get tired of them again!

First, there's overnight oats. What could be easier? You take the ingredients, most of which can be found in your pantry or refrigerator, combine them in a mason jar, and put them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, your breakfast is ready and waiting for you! Here's a link to a variety of Overnight Oatmeal recipes.

Another recipe that I found was actually a quilter's creation! Quilter Kathleen Tracy came up with this unique idea for Crispy Baked Oatmeal. I have tried it and can tell you that it is delicious. 

And a third way to make oatmeal a little differently is to vary the add-ins. Here's an extra-special combo I made called "Almond Joy Oatmeal." It is so delicious, I have sometimes made it for dessert!

Oatmeal is a good way to start your day. It gives you plenty of energy to get into the studio and start quilting!

Visit Debby's healthy living blog!

Jen shows you how to create an adorable organizer using embroidery hoops and layer cakes.

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Remember Cherrywood's fabulous "Wicked" challenge?  This year the theme is "The Lion King."

Click here if you'd like to see quilts from the Wicked Challenge.

Let their luscious hand-dyed golds tempt you into creating something fit for the King of the Jungle! Be inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors and exhilarting choreography of Broadway's Award-Winning Best Musical, THE LION KING.

Whether you are inspired by the regal status of the lion pride, the gorgeous golden colors of Africa, a movie or Broadway musical...have FUN and express yourself by creating a 20" x 20" quilt using the Cherrywood Challenge pack.




Here are some of the top winners at the AQS Phoenix show.  You might recognize a few names from TQS such as Sandra Leichner (Show 1701: The Applique Doctor is In) and Joanne Baeth.  Stay tuned for more from Phoenix.

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This time Sharon is teaching us how to cut squares from a strip of fabric.  She shows which tools to use and how to manage different sizes of squares.


After meeting Alex at the BERNINA Ambassador Reunion in December, Tracy volunteered to help out on TQS. She will act as our "roving reporter," informing us about interesting happenings in the quilt world. She will take us on studio tours of prominent quilters, visit quilt shows and offer the occasional tutorial.

When not working for us, Tracy can be found at her day job, working for Generation Q Magazine or blogging at www.sewsupportive.com, where she talks about ways to keep sewing with health challenges such as arthritis and autoimmune disease.

Tracy writes,

"I started quilting 20 plus years ago and became obsessed pretty quickly. It's a Quilt, Sew, Live, Breathe kinda thing - which just happens to be the GenQ motto. I started writing for Generation Q in 2012 and immediately started a feature called We Sew 2 where I design projects for kids to sew. It's been great working for this independent magazine with a small but mighty team. In 2013, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren's Syndrome and it changed how I make quilts. I wrote an article a while back about products that help you continue to sew when you experience health issues and decided this is the focus for my blog going forward. I created Sew Supportive because I want to help people keep sewing no matter what health issues come their way!"

Rhonda Pierce, Marketing Director and Sewing Educator for SCHMETZneedles.com, discusses SCHMETZ Household Needles and Needle Anatomy.  She describes the different parts of the needle and how and why they do what they do.

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