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We love Alex's fabric line, RED, from RJR Fabrics. Here she's created an adorable pattern, Snip, which is available for download on the RJR site.  Isn't the scissor border great?

Click here to get the pattern.

 

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It's almost time for Road to California and TQS will be there! Stop by the booth and say "Hi!" If that isn't enough, Alex and Ricky will be teaching this year.

Alex:

On Friday – Beautifully Quilted and Fabric A to Z – Class 50019R
On Saturday – Scrap Crazy and Studio Dream Tours – Class 6018R

Ricky:

On Friday - Improvisational Patchwork, Kool Kaleidoscope & Convergence Quilts - Class 5018R
On Saturday - Rhapsody Quilt and Machine Quilting Overload - Class 6017R

Some of you might remember when we found all of these license plates in the Road to California parking lot in 2010. Once again showing that creativity has no bounds, we present Quilters Hit the Road.

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Superior Threads has some great reference guides to help you with your quilting.  Everything from "How Tensions Works" to "How Much Thread Does it Take to Make a Quilt?" and the very popular "Thread Selection Guide."

Take a look and learn:

Click here to see all guides.

 

 

 

 

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Crossroad is the "cover girl quilt" for Sally's book, Borders, Bindings & Edges. It was designed and machine pieced by Sally in 2003 and was quilted by Kathleen Pappas of Los Angeles, CA.  It has a sampling of various borders including a sawtooth border, a checkerboard border, a dogtooth border and a final "plain" mitered border.

Click here to visit Sally's websiteClick here to order Sally's book.

Crossroad by Sally Collins - 36 pieces non-rotating

Crossroad by Sally Collins - 100 pieces non-rotating

Crossroad by Sally Collins - 289 pieces non-rotating

Crossroad by Sally Collins - 100 pieces rotating

Crossroad by Sally Collins - 289 pieces rotating

 

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Vivaldi by Moonlight, created by Sandra Leichner of Albany, OR, won Best of Show at Road to California 2015.  This wholecloth original quilt was quilted on a domestic machine.  Sandra created the dragonflies using hand embroidery.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 
 

 

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As promised, The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is sharing with TQS photos of quilts and close-ups from the Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition, currently at the museum through March 15, 2015.  This exhibit includes over 40 bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940.  Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found each one, and brought them out of Amish homes and into the marketplace.
 
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
 
 

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Take a peek at a few of the winners for 2015 AQS QuiltWeek® – Albuquerque.  Click here to head on over the AQS site to see photos of some of the quilts and a list of all the winners.

Want to see some of them close up?

Dreamtime, by Antonia Hering, winner of the Best Hand Quilted Award, can be found here as a TQS Zoom Quilt.

The Birds' Perspective - Life at the Water's Edge, by Ann Horton, winner of the Best Original Design Award, can be found here as a TQS Zoom Quilt.

Snow Flowers, by Susan Stewart, winner of  Best Home Machine Quilted Award can be found here as a TQS Zoom Quilt. And found here in detail.

(Quilt: Best of Show Award - STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Minonk, IL)
 

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Did you know a long arm machine could do this?  Apparently, an Innova Sequin Stitcher can! Wouldn't this be great for creating art quilts or specialty garments?

Want to see what else it can do?  Click here.

 

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These fabulous Jinny Beyer place mats require only a border print!  On her website she offers the free pattern and a whole bunch of fabric that would be perfect for the job.  Click here to go to Jinny's site.

You might want to watch her video, Using Border Prints, in the TQS Classroom.  Click here to go the video.

Jinny has also appeared in two TQS Episodes, 313 as our TQS Quilting Legend 2008, and 601: Perfect Your Hand Piecing.

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