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This time we asked the author of Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern - Victoria Findlay Wolfe - to answer ten quick questions.  Find out what she'd really like to do with Ricky and Justin.

Star Members can watch Victoria in Episode 1404 - Jump Start Your Creativity with 15 Minutes of Daily "Play."

 

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Clara Lawrence visited with Libby to show her another batch of quilts from the Inspired by Libby Auction.  Libby's improvement is remarkable since the last visit and her personality and energy shine through as she recognizes the quilts and quilters who have done so much for her.  

Click here for earlier visits with Libby and the quilts.

Click here for Libby and the quilts, part 2.

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Lynette Anderson, TQS 2015 BOM - My Country House - creator, demonstrates an amazingly simple way to applique using the ApliQuick tool.  In this video, she demonstrates the ApliQuick tool up close.  If you are doing the BOM or any quilt with small applique pieces, you'll want to use this tool.

Haven't ordered your TQS BOM 2015 Kit yet?  It's still available at the special price of $189.00 and the ApliQuick tools is only $37.95.  If you order both together, there is no additional shipping charge.

 
 
 
 
If you want to learn more about the ApliQuick tool, click here.
 

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If you loved the great tips for creating your own inspirational works Debby Schnabel shared in Episode 1512, check out these other great shows for ideas on adding handwork to your repertoire.

Wendy Grande shows you how to use ribbon as fabric
for your applique in  Episode 813

Learn how to emboss silk velvet leaves
with Sue Spargo in Episode 810

Learn how to add the ancient art of Sashiko
to your handwork toolbox
with Pepper Cory in Episode 1007

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Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA provides 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 you'll discover how she incorporates a variety of embroidery stitches into her work. Next, 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!

Show 1512 - Enhance Your Quilting "Menu" with Hand Embroidery premiered on December 8, 2014.

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Enjoy these traditional beauties from the International Quilt Festival Houston 2014.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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Ann Petersen was our guest in Episode 1211: Fresh Techniques for Old Favorites where she demonstrated her method for piecing accurate curves and an ingenious method for paper piecing.  We sat her down in Houston for a quick 10-question interview.

Want to learn more about Ann, click here to take a look at her studio.

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It's not always about the quilts in Houston. Here are selections from the Wearable Art category from IQA Houston 2014. You'll note a number of familiar names including Rami Kim and Gilbert Muniz.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 

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Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Lynette Anderson has cultivated a worldwide following unparalleled by any other designer in the quilting industry. Whether you are a lover of embellishing, stitchery, patchwork design, quilting fabric, or a bit of everything rolled into one, Lynette offers a complete package. From her rural upbringing in rural Dorset, England, Lynette has always loved the country life. She learned sewing, knitting, embroidery and painting at a very early age under the instruction of her mother, Ruth, and both her grandmothers. She stumbled into the craft of quilt making while searching for a creative outlet when her three boys were small. Her interest soon grew into a thriving career in teaching and pattern designing, and eventually to the launch of her own business, Lynette Anderson Designs, which she continued to grow after migrating with her family to Australia in 1990.

Since 1995, Lynette has published nine books, countless patterns, stitchery designs, handcrafted wooden buttons and 15 quilting fabric ranges, making Lynette Anderson Designs one of the most successful businesses in the quilt cottage industry. Lynette's designs are as vast as her imagination and always incorporate a touch of whimsy. Her sophisticated folk art design style is distinctive. Her unique blend of simple stitchery, appliqué´ and piecing in quilt design has struck a chord with embroiderers and quilters all over the world.

She begins the design process with hand drawings before being transferred onto computer to be finalized. The inspiration for her patterns and fabrics come from her childhood adventures, evening walks with her husband, Vince and dog Hugo in the rainforest near their current home, as well as everyday life. From a memory or a chance encounter, Lynette first draws out her ideas, often without an end product in mind. Sometimes a quilt will start with an idea for just one block. "I have always loved textiles... the feel and the smell of new fabrics combined with inspirational color combinations make my heart smile."

These days Lynette splits her time, working and designing from her home or her nearby studio and shop, which she aptly named "Little Quilt Store" nestled along the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Lynette enjoys traveling and lecturing around the world in the US, Japan, Canada, and throughout Europe. For more information visit www.lynetteandersondesigns.com.au or follow her blog at www.lynetteandersondesigns.typepad.com.

***Download the Introduction packet so your are ready when the program begins on January 1, 2015***

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We sat Karen Gloeggler down for a quick interview in the TQS booth in Houston.  Karen was featured in Episode 1405: Drawing from the Past: Jane Austen-Inspired Quilts.  Can you guess what her favorite vice is?



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