Recently a TQS member wrote to us saying that she is drowning in 1" strips of scrap fabric.  As luck would have it, we have found a number of creative ideas that will help to downsize the strip stash, while at the same time adding a bit of creative color to her world.

(photo by Gregory Case Photography)

1.  Create stunning baskets, bowls and tote bags using strips of fabric, clothesline, glue and your imagination.  Alex and Ricky share tips and ideas in Show 613.

2.  Need a pop of color in your surroundings?  Emily and Jamie at Everyday Art show you how to make a rag rug using all of colorful scraps. 

3.  Got a pair of summer sandals that need a bit of an update?  At Mod Podge Rocks you can learn how to update to a "new" pair of sandals and no one will be the wiser.

4. Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy shows you how to take your lamp from sad to super fun with just a bits of fabric.



Now, if you have some fabric left after all of that crafting, why not make some super cool fabric beads from J&O Fabrics or thumb tacks from How about Orange?  Happy scrap crafting!

To see other organization tips, simply enter "Let's Get Organized" in the Search Box at the top of the page.



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"Pour l'Amour du Fil"

Hall XXL – Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire – NANTES - France

  April 20th to 23rd, 2016


For lovers of needlework, the upcoming Pour l'Amour du Fil show in Nantes, France, promises to be a real treat. The venue halls will abound with classes, exhibits, vendors and more, all designed to inspire quilters, knitters, embroiderers, and those aficionados of needle arts.

With this year's theme, "Cherry Blossoms," it is no accident that the show will include Yoko Saito (learn about Yoko Saito in Show 1505) and beautiful quilts from her most recent QUILTMANIA book, "My Little Japan."

There will also be traditional quilts by Linda Collins, Jane Lury & Linda Koenig.  Wonderful embroideries by Brian Haggard (Show 1106), Australian quilts from Margaret Sampson George & Brigitte Giblin, and the amazing Boutis by Kumiko Nakayama, along with many other American and European artists.

Come and meet the artists, enjoy the demos on TV screens, classes and workshops by artists from all over the world, mini workshops from 1 to 2 hours (sewing, knitting, embroidery…) and more.

In the shopping area, over 100 exhibitors from different countries will welcome you, so don’t miss this wonderful edition with splendid exhibitions, a creative mood, lots of surprises and especially the pleasure of a show not quite like any other.

Enjoy a video from last year's show;  it's in French, but its main language is Quilting.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


Don't let Asya Kozina near your fabric scissors!

This is not your everyday paper art. Russian artist Asya Kozina has been turning paper into high art for years, and won renown for her impressive Mongolian wedding costumes.  Here she creates Baroque wigs.


In this new tutorial, Jen from Shabby Fabrics shows you how to make a classic Danish Heart quickly and easily!

Click here for Free Template Download.



While we were working in our offices behind Alden Lane Nursery in California, one of Alden Lane's employess came by with this quilt top in progress. It is a great quilt for a kid. It has articles that have been part of the child's life and will be a real meaningful quilt as the child grows up. Take a look and be sure to click the magnifying glass to zoom in closer.

Click on the picture to see the whole quilt




Denver Broncos

BroncosQuilt - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

BroncosQuilt - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

BroncosQuilt - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

BroncosQuilt - 100 Pieces Rotating

BroncosQuilt - 289 Pieces Rotating


Carolina Panthers

PanthersQuilt - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

PanthersQuilt - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

PanthersQuilt - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

PanthersQuilt - 100 Pieces Rotating

PanthersQuilt - 289 Pieces Rotating



Here's a look at some of our TQS member's quilts featuring some of their favorite teams...and it's not limited to the NFL.

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