Ricky has just launched a new online website where he will be offering online classes. Don’t worry, Ricky is not leaving TQS - he’s just following his passion to teach - teach - teach and hopefully, inspire! This new venture is an easy fit with his career journey. Ricky says, “Because people are gravitating to the internet for their content, DVDs are less and less desirable. So instead of producing new DVDs, I decided that online classes would be the way to go.”

The format is set up so that when you register for a class can start immediately. Purchased classes reside in you’re My Classes library and are yours to keep forever. Your classes can be accessed any time day or night so you can progress at your own pace. There’s a place in each class to share photos of your projects with other students and there is an Ask The Teacher button if you need a bit of help along the way.

While the site is brand new and has limited offerings at the moment, over time Ricky will populate the site with classes that feature fun projects and a various techniques. Ricky will be presenting a variety of projects that will range from easy to challenging, from traditional to contemporary, and from modern to art. Classes are reasonably priced. Joining the site is FREE, and by doing so you’ll be the first to know when new classes are posted.

The site launched in early December in order to open registrations for one unique class. It’s an in-depth, 52-week Photography Challenge Class starting in January. It will run 52 weeks and have 52 lessons! Other classes can be taken at anytime, but registrations for this class must happen before January 4th. Students who sign up will progress together week by week throughout 2015. The class is crafted to teach design and composition, camera techniques, and Photoshop. To learn about this and the other classes, visit the site, read the descriptions and watch the video trailers.




Master quilter, Suzanne Marshall, has just released her newest book Quilts:  From Concept to Contest .  Follow along as Suzanne shares tips for quilting without a hoop, ideas for quilting designs, and background information on each of the quilts featured. This is a must have book any quilter wanting to improve their quilting skills. 

Order Autographed copies by emailing Suzanne

See the book on her site here

Watch Suzanne's Show (Episode 203) here.



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Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Series 1600 is just around the corner.  With another stellar line-up of artists you will be learning techniques and tips from the quilt world's most renowned teachers and artists.  Check out who you don't want to miss and some of what they are showing:

Lynette Anderson: Applique Tips- Embroidery stitches w/o a machine
Sally Collins: Many tips & techniques including Chain Piecing, accurate 1/4", and pressing
Sharon Schamber: Amazing ideas--BRAND NEW Bonded Binding Technique and raw edge applique w/o fusible
Tom Russell: Handling hardship
Lynn Wilder: Breaking down the complex

Barbara Shapel: Quilting & needle tips, the "herky jerky" stitch, hoop or not to hoop, the caffeine stitch
Cindy Needham: Her favorite quilting design template, thread choices
Jane Hardy Miller: French braid quilts-fabric selection and creating the center

Bari Ackerman: fabric collage
Peg Pennell: embellishing techniques
Sue Bleiweiss: Dying w/ a color magnet, How she quilts
Thomas Knauer: Creating meaningful quilts

Lea McComas: Stitching and value, photo editing (Grisaille Technique), Facing with a built in sleeve
Joanne Sharpe: Your own (or your loved one's) handwriting on a quilt, art in free motion
Jennifer Murche: What are fabric bowls?

Ricky Tims: Various ways to baste a quilt 
Louisa Smith: The curved diamond, double vision quilts

Julie Silber: Antique quilts

Karen Stone: Innovative English Paper Piecing by Machine, a cornucopia of tips and techniques




Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Join us in Episode 1512 as Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA welcomes us back to provide the setting for our visit with art quilter (and popular healthy-lifestyle blogger) Debby Schnabel. Debby, who lives in a 650 sq. ft. cabin in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, enjoys exploring new themes by working in a series, and then embellishing her pieces with hand embroidery. You’ll love her tips on fabric selection and threads, her fusible-free techniques for applying circles (a favorite motif), and discovering how she incorporates a variety of embroidery stitches into her work.

Then come along for a field visit with Denver-area quilter Laurie Hill Gibb who decided, upon celebrating a landmark birthday, to take a year-long quilting journey across the US . . . by herself!


Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Join Alex and Ricky (in Episode 1511) meet up with quilter, lecturer, teacher, and "Dear Jane" aficionado, Laura Fraga, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  Along with sharing her love of appliqué, Laura also recently took up skateboarding and managed to get Ricky "on board."  While on site, Museum Director Christine Jeffers gave TQS a tour of the museum, the first of its kind to focus on quilts and textiles.




We have a great set of guests at the taping today.  First up is Sharon Schamber.  It is quite exciting to see all of her quilts hanging in one place.



And the five lucky TQS members who won a copy of Elizabeth Hartman's Patchwork City are:

  • sgerritz
  • quilty55
  • sarabski
  • lbc40
  • cheri77

We will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping information.  Congratulations!


Sheila Frampton Cooper talks about her Inspired by Libby auction quilt at IQA Houston.  All proceeds from the auction go to Libby's medical fund. The auction ends November 5, 2014.  Go to www.inspiredbylibby.com for more information.



Alex talks about her Inspired by Libby auction quilt at IQA Houston.  All proceeds from the auction go to Libby's medical fund. The auction ends November 5, 2014.  Go to www.inspiredbylibby.com for more information.



Helen Godden talks about her Inspired by Libby auction quilt at IQA Houston.  All proceeds from the auction go to Libby's medical fund. The auction ends November 5, 2014. Go to www.inspiredbylibby.com for more information.


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