The Amazing Eight, TQS members who met right here online at TQS, won First Place, Group, at IQA Houston 2014.  This is the third quilt that the group has created.  Together they share some tips on how they work together, what sort of problems they ran into, and how the quilt was created.

Congratulations ladies!

Watch the video to learn about the Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt.


While we were in Houston, we sat down some of our guests and asked them ten quick questions.  We told them to be as silly or as serious as they wanted to be.  First up, Philippa Naylor.

Star Members can watch Philippa in Episode 606: Showstopping Trapunto.

To see more of her quilts, click here.

Philippa's newest book is Applique Mastery - Visit her website at: www.PhilippaNaylor.com.




Alex and Ricky met with quilter, lecturer, teacher, and "Dear Jane" aficionado, Laura Fraga, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  Along with sharing her love of appliqué, Laura also recently took up skateboarding and managed to get Ricky "on board."  While on site, Museum Director Christine Jeffers gave TQS a tour of the museum, the first of its kind to focus on quilts and textiles.

Episode 1511: Make It Marvelous debuts on Monday, November 24.

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Leslie says her love of gray fabrics inspired this quilt and that the name, Fifty Shades of Groovy, is a little wink toward a phenomenon in the cultural zeitgeist.  It is machine pieced and quilted on a longarm and measures 87.5" x 63.5."

Leslie's Design Process:
Beginning with the dotted cloth cut into squares, I pieced it using two widths of cloth in three shades of gray.  Working intuitively to balance the values, I pieced the rest of the quilt.

Star Members can watch Leslie in Episode 1510: Screen Printing Serendipity.


Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 35 pieces non-rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 96 pieces non-rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 300 pieces non-rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 96 pieces rotating

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison - 300 pieces rotating



Joe Cunningham was our first guest here at TQS in Episode 101: Get a Life!

The Okan Arts Blog has a wonderful article by Joe in which he talks about his creative process and where he looks for inspiration.

Click here to read the article.

There's a new exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles--
Three Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds--East Bay Modern, Bay Area Modern and South Bay Area Modern--present a juried exhibition of quilts made by guild members who were inspired by Amish quilt makers.

Juror and San Francisco artist Joe Cunningham has chosen almost forty quilts displayed in two exhibitions that best represent a 21st century interpretation of late 19th and early 20th century Amish quilt-making traditions. The Modern Muse exhibitions are part of the museum’s FiberSpace program, an exhibition platform where the museum provides gallery space, while community members provide the art work and resources to mount a professional exhibition.
Amish: The Modern Muse
Part I: November 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Part II: January 10, 2015 through March 1, 2015


This is one of the most simple recipes I know of. Only five ingredients, and those five go (almost) straight from the grocery store into your crock-pot. The beauty of a recipe like this is that you don't have to spend a lot of time to prepare it, and once it's done, you have home-cooked meals ready to go for several nights. It makes at least 8 good-sized servings.

Once it's ready, it can be dressed up or dressed down as you like! It can also be converted to a taco soup!

Here's the basic recipe:

2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders, frozen

1 can black beans

8 ounces (canned or frozen) corn

16 ounces (one deli container) fresh salsa of choice (as hot or as mild as you like!)

4 wedges of Laughing Cow lite cheese

Drain and rinse the beans. Place the chicken in the crock-pot, and add the other four ingredients on top. If you are home, stir the ingredients every few hours. (I was gone all day and it turned out fine.) Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir to shred the chicken. 

I have eaten this straight from the bowl, on a bed of shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes in the summer, over a baked potato on a cold day, and wrapped in a low-cal tortilla. Friends I know serve it over brown rice. Any which way, this is a tasty, filling, low-calorie dinner treat!

Click here for more of Debby's recipes.




We have a great set of guests at the taping today.  First up is Sharon Schamber.  It is quite exciting to see all of her quilts hanging in one place.



If you've never taken a class from Sue Spargo, we highly recommend you **do! She is a wonderful and charismatic woman and teaches one on one when you need a little help getting a stitch.

She'll be teaching at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, OR.

Star Members can watch Sue here at TQS in Episode

Show 810 - Folk Art in Fabric: Inspirations and Techniques

Show 1304 - Borders with Benefits, TerrificTextures . . . and More!


**If you are interested in taking a class from Sue, in May 2015, she will be teaching two workshops.  This class is sure to fill up right away, so sign up soon.

Textural Study
3-day workshop (includes lunches)
Thursday-Saturday, May 28 - 30, 2015
9-4 pm


Fun Wool Piecing
1-day workshop (includes lunches)
Sunday, May 31, 2015
9-4 pm


Nina and Connie show you how to use a variety of fabrics to create your own original quilt art using the Leather Roller foot and the BSR (BERNINA Stitch  Regulator).

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