Featuring: Sue Garman / Merrily ParkerPosts On: August 18, 2008 (Free from January 9, 2017 through January 31, 2017)
Sneak a peek into how our own Block of the Month designer, Sue Garman, is able to "set up" an entire applique block using quick and easy steps to save you valuable time. We guarantee it will be an "aha, that's how she does it" moment. Wouldn't you love to play on a long-arm machine? Watch Merrily Parker, shop owner, teacher and prolific quilter as she teaches Alex to write her name on the smallest of the Gammill machines. Ricky also gives us a treat by showing how to create a totally new design by turning a traditional block on point.
Featuring: Jamie WallenPosts On: October 12, 2015 (Free from January 7, 2017 through December 31, 2018)
Jamie Wallen loves to play. His playground is his studio: he draws pictures with his longarm machine; he paints with threads; and he uses a grid as his field when creating a new design. When Jamie was a child, his mother took in mending, and he often fell asleep to the sound of the sewing machine. As an adult, he left a highly stressful nursing career after seeing an ad in a quilting magazine, and he took to longarm quilting as easily as picking up a pencil. Jamie shares how he strives to make threadwork look like a photograph, blending multiple shades of threads to create one color. He offers ideas about printing your own fabrics, as well as creating quilt designs both simple and complex by utilizing a grid and starting with basic shapes. To open the show, Alex demos a fun and fast quilted mini basket using just two squares of fabric and a piece of fusible batting.
Featuring: Katie Fowler / Joe CunninghamPosts On: March 27, 2016 (Free from January 7, 2017 through December 31, 2018)
Katie Fowler’s work was influenced heavily by negative remarks she received from her college art professor. It caused her to change her major from Art to Education, but it stuck with her, and returned later, forming her resolve to fight fear and negativity. Katie shows her quilts, and refers to Alice in Wonderland, and the need to face fears, jump down the rabbit hole, and enjoy the ride. Katie shares her paint, layer, stitch method of quilting, using PFD fabric and some amazing “play tools.” She walks Alex through the process, noting that mishaps can turn into new and wonderful discoveries. She coaches quilters to explore their creativity and move past external factors that may hold them back. To prove her point, she does something startling to one of her quilts in progress, saying “it’s about the process, not the product.” She also shares the wisdom she gained from a devastating fire that destroyed her studio. Later, Joe Cunningham gives a tour of his San Francisco studio and shares his design process.
Featuring: Rosa RojasPosts On: December 4, 2016 (Free from December 24, 2016 through December 31, 2018)
Being a perfectionist and frustrated with her own traditional hand appliqué results, Rosa Rojas was determined to find a better, faster and easier method for achieving the beautiful hand appliqué she desired. The result was the Apliquick tools that allow a person to make even the tiniest of perfect circles. This Spanish designer and artist says that it is all about ‘letting the tools’ do the work for you. Addicted to appliqué, Rosa even shows you how easy it is to design and make your own Hawaiian quilt.
Ricky also has a demonstration of a twisted thread chain, by machine, that will add texture and interest to your quilt work. Variations and interest can be enhanced depending on the size and type of silk ribbon or cording used.
Featuring: Carolyn HockPosts On: January 1, 2017 (Free from January 7, 2017 through December 31, 2018)
We're kicking off our 2000 series with another fabulous Block of the Month designed by Sue Garman. Sue's quilts are designed as skill builders, and who better to teach us the ins and outs for tackling The Halo Medallion Quilt than TQS member and pattern tester Carolyn Hock. Carolyn has made a number of BOM quilts and other featured quilt projects on TQS. From Curved Flying Geese to Delectable Mountain blocks, Carolyn is here to share some terrific ideas for making your own version of the BOM quilt.
Do you hate cutting up pretty fabric when it comes to creating a border around a block? Ricky demonstrates how to spice up your block with a square in a square technique.