Name: Fairy Ring
Designer: Ricky Tims
Show 1903: Make Your Own Kind of Fabric
Begins: July 31, 2016
Price: Free to Star members
Description: Practice your circle embroidery skills with Ricky's Fair Ring pattern.

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 Jill's quilt just might remind you of springtime in your home town.

Star Members can watch in Jill in Show 1902: A Bias for Applique.

AroundtheTownbyJillFinley - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

AroundtheTownbyJillFinley - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

AroundtheTownbyJillFinley - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

AroundtheTownbyJillFinley - 36 Pieces Rotating

AroundtheTownbyJillFinley - 100 Pieces Rotating

AroundtheTownbyJillFinley - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Jill Finley


"Quilters do accumulate large stashes of fabric throughout their lifetime and they feel guilty about it." - Shamara Elkins, Second Chance Fabrics

Shamara has created a new kind of fabric store to help quilters with their guilt. Customers can drop off fabric from their stash and receive cash or store credit. Her store now has quite a collection of "vintage" fabrics with prices ranging from $2.99 to 6.99 per yard.  They also sell new fabrics as well.

Learn about Second Chance Fabrics  from this article and video from The Fresno Bee.  Would you like to have one of these shops in your area?


There are many reasons for the popularity of HBO's "Game of Thrones."  The first thing that comes to mind is probably not the costumes, but it should be.  The detail work in these clothes makes each one a singular masterpiece of design with unbelievable handwork, embroidery and embellishment. Click on the button to see more costumes.


(photos: smatterist.com)


With the Summer Olympics in Rio just around the corner, we thought we'd revisit the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Hoffman California Fabrics worked with designer Linda Ambrosini to create this lovely quilt, featuring 29 different batik fabrics, based on the patchwork banners and the eye-catching uniforms of the athletes. The quilt measures 50" x 74." The pattern for "When Bali Meets Sochi" is available as a free download. Please be sure to set your printer to "actual size" to ensure that your templates are accurate.



Ricky starts the show with decorative stitches and free-motion yarn stitching. He and Alex are then joined by Jane LaFazio, who came to quilting with a graphic design degree and a passion for sketching and watercolor. Jane shows you how to add surface design to your fabric and how to machine needle felt wool roving, sheer fabric and ribbon to create a stunning fabric base which can be further embellished with beads, sequins and embroidery.


Star Members can watch Show 1903:  Make Your Own Kind of Fabric.  Star Members can click here to download Ricky's pattern.

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Learn more about winner, Charlotte Newland, who made it through eight weeks of tough sewing challenges to become Britain’s best amateur sewer of 2016 on "The Great British Sewing Bee." The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) caught up with Charlotte to talk about the competition, modern quilting, QuiltCon, and the MQG. Click on "Learn More" to read the interview.

(photo: Love Productions/BBC)


Alex catches up with Lisa Calle to find out what she is doing now. During the conversation, Lisa gives Alex a quick peek at a portion of her new quilt for Houston. The full reveal will be at Houston in October 2016.  Lisa is having a secret sale at lisahcalle.com. Put anything in your cart and get an instant 15% discount.



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

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