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When it comes to creating warm and whimsical design, Amy McClellan has it all stitched up. By combining cotton, wool, and timeless woodland themed embroidery designs, Amy's quilts have a charm that is simply irresistible to quilters around the world. Along with clever tricks for prepping your work, she shares a technique using cereal boxes that will have you raiding your kitchen cupboards.

Also in this show, Australian quilter, Sarah Fielke, shares how effective a hand-quilted big stitch can be on your project.
 
 

Star Members can watch Show 2004:  Into the Woods We Go - Embroidery with Whimsy in Stitches when it debuts on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

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The human image can be represented in many ways. These quilts from the  Art, Human Image category at Road to California highlight just some of them.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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

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Learn how thread is made as longarm quilter extraordinaire Linda V. Taylor takes you through the A&E factory to follow the process from cotton bale to finished product. It's a fascinating process.

Linda has a FREE Longarm Quilting classroom at TQS where you can learn the basic tips, tricks, and techniques of longarm quilting. Even if you don't own a longarm machine, you can benefit from these lessons.
 

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International Quilting Weekend will be celebrated at TheQuiltShow.com March 17-19. The contest this year will include prizes from some of your favorite artists. We will be introducing you to all the prize givers soon. First up is Bonnie Hunter. This basket of goodies will make a quilters heart happy. More instructions will come as we get close to the date. Don't miss it!

 

 

Kaffe Fasset Adventures in Color

Addicted to Scraps by Bonnie Hunter

Essential Triangle Too by Bonnie Hunter

Bonnie Hunter Playing Cards

Quiltville ruler by Creative Grids

Clover Fork Pins

Bobbini Bobbin Holders

Grip-it Machine Quilting Grippers by Sewingmates.com

Three issues 100 blocks magazine

2” finished Triangle Paper by Edyta Sitar

Beginner Free Motion Machine Quilting by Leah Day DVD

Invisifil thread wonderful for machine quilting

The Quilter’s Planner mini

Mont Blanc pattern by French General

Indygo Junction Quilted Cook & Carry Pattern

Indygo Junction Quilted Kitchen pattern

Cross Roads Denim Bundle to go with Indygo Junction patterns

Insulfleece for the Indygo Junction Patterns

High Street by Lily Ashbury Jelly Roll by Moda

Kona Cotton Pink Lemonade Roll Up

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Debby Weighs In

There’s a little cafe in town where my friend and I enjoy having lunch. But honestly, I’m not sure I’ve tried more than one thing on the menu. I love this one particular salad so much that I order it every time we go there. One day it occurred to me that I could probably make this salad at home.

So as usual, I wrote down what was in it, and ran it through the recipe analyzer. Even using conservative amounts of the ingredients, it's about 400 calories per serving. It's so delicious that it is worth it for a special treat once in a while. And honestly, my at-home version is probably half the calories of the restaurant version. The key ingredients are: chopped dates, apples, bacon crumbles, pecans, and blue cheese on baby greens with poppyseed dressing.

Salad with dates, apples, bacon, pecans, blue cheese on greens with poppyseed dressing

The day after Christmas I made plans to get back on the straight and narrow. This included making some of my favorite very low-calorie foods to have on hand. So I took my leftover turkey pieces out of the freezer, and I made another batch of my low-cal apple cranberry sauce. For my New Year’s dinner, I made one of my favorite salads. It's actually the basic ingredients of a turkey sandwich, just without the bread and served on a bed of lettuce– 2 ounces of turkey, 1/4 cup apple cranberry sauce, 1 wedge of laughing cow lite cheese, and 1/4 avocado. This salad comes in at about 225 calories, and it is a completely satisfying dinner for me.

Salad with turkey, cranberry, lite cheese, and avocado

Click here for Debby's salad recipes.

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We have an extra puzzle this week and it's a stunner. A silk delight with shimmering jewel tones and fabulous stitching, you'll want to discover the beauty of "Silk Jewels" by Lynda Faires.

Star Members can learn about Lynda in Show 2003: Vintage Charm Using Silk and Machine Threadwork.

SilkJewelsbyLyndaFaires - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

SilkJewelsbyLyndaFaires - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

SilkJewelsbyLyndaFaires - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

SilkJewelsbyLyndaFaires - 36 Pieces Rotating

SilkJewelsbyLyndaFaires - 100 Pieces Rotating

SilkJewelsbyLyndaFaires - 300 Pieces Rotating

Silk Jewels by Lynda Faires

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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We have an extra puzzle this week and it's a stunner. A silk delight with shimmering jewel tones and fabulous stitching, enjoy the beauty of "Silk Jewels" by Lynda Faires.

Star Members can learn about Lynda in Show 2003: Vintage Charm Using Silk and Machine Threadwork.

Silk Jewels quilt by Lynda Faires

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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Anna Bate's Pumpkins blocks
When I think about it, I have to acknowledge that about 75% of my quilt projects include some sort of hand work...75%!!!  

No wonder my "To Do" list is so long. There is a lot more time invested when you have this much handwork. Because of that, I am always looking for ways to streamline the process so I can finish a chunk of my projects in this lifetime and not have to drag them with me :).  Whether it be wool, embroidery, appliqué or Sashiko, I try to figure out short cuts in the prepping stage because I can't wait to get to the fun part...stitching! I am not a purest in the hand work genre, so cover your ears and eyes if you are because I may shock you! I use a lot of fusible! With that said, in the past, my quilts still ended up in shows and publications and received ribbons. Currently I just make quilts for the pleasure and the sharing.
 
Anna Bates working on her light box
I am always on the hunt for tools that make my quilting life easier, and one of my favorite tools is my light box. It is simple, easy to use, and has never failed me. As a result, I have never felt the need to trade up. Made by mesew.com, they have not raised their prices in 20 years!!! You rarely hear that these days! Light boxes come in all shapes, sizes, and weights, but what I can tell you is that this light box is not only light weight, it is simple to use. You can move the light around to brighten up all corners of your project and I can attest that it is sturdy because it has banged around 3 moves in 20 years. Made in the USA...did I say they haven't raised their prices in 20 years! Most tool manufacturers keep trying to upscale their products. They look more modern, the accent colors change, and they continue to up the game. But, sometimes it is the simple things...the less complicated, that make our quilting life peaceful. You can check out my light box on the Quilt Roadies tutorial on prepping your wool or applique! Have a wonderful week of creating!
 

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Have a lot of red and pink scraps? Jen from Shabby Fabrics shows you how to create a quick and easy fabric wreath. Put this together in no time for Valentine's Day.

All you need is a wire frame and strips of fabric!
12" wire wreath frames can be found anywhere floral supplies are sold.
Total required fabric:
-If you are using yardage: 1.5 yards of fabric cut into 1"x7" strips
-If you are using fat quarters: 6 fat quarters cut into 1"x7" strips
-If you are using a Jelly Roll by Moda Fabrics: one jelly roll with the strips cut length-wise down the middle and then into 7" sections will give you enough strips to make 2 wreaths.

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!

 

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