Not quite sure what to do with that layer cake that's been sitting in your sewing room?  Have a bunch of 10" squares that need to find a home?  Here's a great quilt idea from Modalissa.com.  Just draw some lines, sew some lines, and then cut on some lines.  Easy peasy.




Gloria Loughman is a quilt artist, teacher, and author from Australia.  Her quilts capture the beauty of her native land.  Recently she had an exhibit at PIQF entitled "A Slice of Oz," which we share with you here.

Do you want to learn more about Gloria?  Watch Show 612: Nature's Journey as she discusses the process and methods she uses to create her quilts. Discover how she builds each quilt with fabric, paint, and thread, and learn the secrets of her machine-appliqué technique.

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You're in the quilting zone all day long; what do you listen to?  Is it time for TV?  Do you pop in an audio book?  Are your iTunes cranked? Do you open the window and listen to the sound of crickets and the trilling of a lark?  Or is it quiet time, no sounds but the gentle hum of your machine or the quilt thread tiptoeing through the layers?

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Looking for that special gift for a quilty friend?  There are a number of great ideas online.  Check out all of these different quilt boxes.  Of course, they are so beautiful, you might have a difficult time giving them away.

Here's a beauty from Cranberry Woods.

How about a box with wooden inlay and carving?  Here's one from ARTside My Box.

How about something with a Storm at Sea block from Quiltboxes?

Want something a little bit darker?  There are many wonderful choices at Wood Mosaics.


Philippa Naylor stopped by the TQS booth in Houston and gave us an update.

Star Members can learn more about Philippa in Show 606: Showstopping Trapunto, in which she shares a show-and-tell of her heart-stopping quilts and demonstrates the techniques she has developed for creating the amazing trapunto that is a hallmark of her style.



While getting office supplies, Capt'n John saw this scene. A driver had turned the corner too quickly in the parking lot and got into trouble. It is going to be hard to explain how this happened to the family. (Yes the car still had temporary plates as the car was recently purchased!!!)

So, was it a man or a woman? Vote below.


Photo by Gregoyr Case Photography

Join us in Show 1711 as Susan Lenz and Judy Simmons share techniques sure to "wow" you.  Susan uses grave rubbings, antique textiles and buttons prominently in her art, which she creates to honor the memory of an object or a moment in time. 
She uses the rubbings to give a second life to a person who may not be remembered. 

A second technique involves creating stained-glass-like fabric pieces using synthetic fibers, a soldering tool
and a heat gun.  The results are surprising!  She also discusses her global thread art installation.

Also included is a visit with Judy Simmons, who uses Shiva Paintstiks to add realistic shading and depth to her quilts.




Here's a beautiful block from this week's game. It has the look of the holidays about it.  Do you know what it's called?  Play the game to find out.


Lea shows you the tools she uses to give her a broad value range when creating her portrait quilts.

Star Members can watch Lea in Show 1609: Transforming Quilts from Real Life.

Click here to visit Lea's Portrait Quilts classroom.

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