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Want to attend a Quilt Luminarium and learn more about overcoming obstacles to creativity?

It’s like nothing else in quilting! A comprehensive quilt symposium that demystifies seemingly complex concepts, teaches mastery of unique techniques, and harnesses the power of the ever-elusive muse of creativity.

Click here to learn more about Quilt Luminarium and check below to see if it's coming to your town.






Upcoming cities include:

Dallas, TX

May 12-13, 2017

Tulsa (Glenpool), OK

Sept 15-16, 2017

La Veta, CO

October 13-14, 2017

Henderson, NV

December 1-2, 2017


Ricky wants to go where you want him to come! You can nominate your region. If there are several requests for Quilt Luminarium in a particular region of the US, Ricky will start an online petition.

Once the petition is live, the more signatures he gets, the more likely it will be that he will schedule an event in your region. Remember, these are regional events, not guild-specific or city-specific events. Nominate your REGION by adding a comment below.

Due to all that they bring (driving with a loaded trailer), they can only present Quilt Luminarium (in the lower 48) of the US states. There are other options for international appearances.

In this vintage 1948 Simplicity video, you'll learn a great number of sewing tips that still hold true today. You'll also learn good posture, how to "add a few pounds," and that a good Home Economics teacher will be "on call" to help you with your fashion needs and fundraising projects.
We've come a long way in 70 years, and still have a long way to go.


Gyleen Fitzgerald, our expert in Pineapple quilts (Show 909) and Butterfly seams (Show 1403), has put together a collection of gifts that three lucky winners will receive from the International Quilting Contest at TQS. Here is what is included:


Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts (and Pineapple Tool)

Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles (and Angle Trim Tool)

Dreams: A Magical Journey in Colourful Stitches

Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings


(5) ½ yard cuts of Peppered Shot Cottons

Gyleen Fitgzerald Prizes


Alex's 4-in-1 Essential Sewing Tool from C&T Publishing has been a staple in many quilter's tool belts. If you haven't gotten one yet, now is the best time ever. Sunday and Monday get 30% off in the TQS Shop on this great tool. Use the following code and place it in the coupon box at checkout. You will find the tool in "Alex's/ Ricky's Products".                 

Enter this code:                      AlexTool30

(Note: We also just got another shipment of the Apliquick tools in from Spain.)



Here is the original introduction video:


Do you take care of your sewing machine? A little bit of preventative maintenance, like that shown in this video for the BERNINA 750, will keep you stitching on the right path. These types of videos are easy to find, just head over to YouTube and type in sewing machine maintenance in the search box, you'll find all kinds of information, just make sure it applies to your machine.


A beautiful Carolina Lily block adorns this red and white stunner by Amy McClellan. The polka dot swag border adds a great graphic touch to this "traditional" quilt.

Star Members can see more from Amy in Show 2004: Into the Woods We Go - Embroidery with Whimsy in Stitches.

EviesPeoniesbyAmyMcClellan - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

EviesPeoniesbyAmyMcClellan - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

EviesPeoniesbyAmyMcClellan - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

EviesPeoniesbyAmyMcClellan - 35 Pieces Rotating

EviesPeoniesbyAmyMcClellan - 100 Pieces Rotating

EviesPeoniesbyAmyMcClellan - 300 Pieces Rotating

Evie's Peonies Quilt

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


A beautiful Carolina Lily block adorns this red and white stunner by Amy McClellan. The polka dot swag border adds a great graphic touch to this "traditional" quilt.

Star Members can see more from Amy in Show 2004: Into the Woods We Go - Embroidery with Whimsy in Stitches.

Evie's Peonies Quilt by Amy McClellan

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

Halo Medallion Month 1

We have a new update to the Month 1 pattern of the TQS BOM.

It concerns the Month 10 and 11 cutting section. The White-on-white measurement now reads 40 x 72". (not 40 x 42")
To keep current, we suggest that you download the Month 1 pdf again.
We also have a tip from Barbara Black about why you should NOT cut out all of your pieces for the quilt ahead of time. See below.
Don't forget, if you have any questions regarding the BOM, you can always check the TQS Forum.
Changes to Month 10 and Month 11
Tip from Barbara:
In Month 1 there is a list of fabric requirements, by Month. These are helpful for those using the kit--you know which fabric you'll be using each month. These are helpful for those using their own fabrics, somewhat scrappy as I am--we know how much fabric is needed for a specific step.

But these amounts should be used as "guidelines". There may be additions/changes to these numbers but most folks won't be going back to look at the list again, once they've printed it. Many patterns give fabric amounts and then tell you how to cut them. So, I don't cut my fabrics into the "requirements" measurements, only to have to cut them again.

At the beginning of each Month's instructions, Sue provides the "Pre-Cutting for This Month" chart, just like on page 7 of Month 1. So, I strongly suggest you don’t try to get ready for the next month...wait for the next pattern to be released on the first of the month.  Every effort is made to be sure the patterns are correct when published. Better to wait until we have our pattern in hand before we cut into our precious fabric!


The title of this exhibit at Road to California 2017 says it all, "Put a Bird on It." It's quite interesting how the idea was carried out in each of these quilts.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow



If you make two of these practical pincushions, one for each wrist, you can become Wonder Woman (they just might not be able to repel bullets). Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz at WeAllSew.com has a pincushion wristband tutorial so you can do just that.

Wristband Pincushion

Have you seen the latest, greatest EverSewn Sparrow20 for $279.99?

Check out all the EverSewn Sewing Machine Models here!



Take your EverSewn Sewing Machine to class with you, as these are only 16lbs!


Show #1912 - Rosa Rojas 

Apliquick Rods



Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors



 Apliquick Egonomic Tweezers 

Watch Bernina Videos