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In this lesson, Barb (Persing) discusses the four types of quilting that you might select to enhance your latest quilt project. Whether all-over quilting, semi-custom, custom, or heirloom--each can add that extra "wow factor" to make YOUR quilt outstanding.


Do you avoid projects that require that you put in a zipper? Let Sonya Lee Barrington show you how easy it is to whip through the process--with flawless results.





In Lesson 3 of Listen to Your Quilt, Barb Persing asks you to consider the intended use of your quilt and then shows you how to use that information to help determine your quilting plan.





This month changes the pace with the first of 3 appliquéd blocks. You will be making 3 copies of this block. If you’ve never used the AccuQuilt GO! Cutter before, check out the video this month to see why I love to use it for cutting all of my appliqué shapes. It makes your cutting very fast and accurate.

You can use your favorite appliqué technique to create the 3 blocks for this month. If you have an embroidery machine, designs are included for you to do basic appliqué in the hoop. If you own an embroidery machine but have never used it to do appliqué this month, you may want to take a break and wait until next month to start your appliqué.




We all face the same question when we finish our quilt tops: "How should I quilt this?" Join Barb Persing as she shows you her easy approach for determining and designing the most complementary quilting choices for all of your quilts.

A professional longarm quilter for twelve years, Barb has developed a four-step approach that can be used for every quilt. Get your pencils ready for some outstanding tips!


  • Lesson 1 - An introduction to Listen to Your Quilt
  • Lesson 2 - Determine the category of your quilt (Step 1)
  • Lesson 3 - Determine the intended use of your quilt (Step 2)
  • Lesson 4 - Determine how much quilting is needed to enhance your quilt (Step 3)
  • Lesson 5 - Learn about allover quilting designs (Step 3)
  • Lesson 6 - Learn about partial custom quilting (Step 3)
  • Lesson 7 - Learn about heirloom and show quilting (Step 3)
  • Lesson 8 - Learn about thread choices for your quilt (Step 4)



4798_lesson8.pngIn the last lesson of Michelle Jackson's classroom series, Color 101, she shares how easy and how much fun it is to "pop" color into your work. Don't miss it!







4798_karryl.jpg Be sure to check out Student Work in the Show & Tell area here.



Planning to throw a party? Feeling the need to give your table a lift? No need to hit the mall to find the right accessories. Add a bit of color and whimsy to your dining experience by whipping up a set of these quick-and-easy napkins featuring Velocity, another great new collection from P&B Textiles. We stitched up a set of six napkins in less than two hours using an assortment of fat quarters from the Velocity line; that way, each person at the table gets his or her own distinctive napkin. Fun! 



Here at TQS, we're always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to help YOU improve your quilting skills. It may be almost time for the kids to get out of school, but our classes for YOU continue all the way through the end of the year! Check out this great lineup of teachers and courses we have coming your way:

And remember, all of these classes are available to Star members for FREE!!

May:  Barb Persing-Listen to Your Quilt
We all face the same question when we complete piecing our quilt tops, "How should I quilt this"? Join Barb as she shows you her easy approach that will help you determine how to plan and design the most complimentary quilting choices for all of your quilts.

July:  Laura Nownes-Contemporary Quilt Sampler
Improve your quilting skills by joining beloved quilt teacher, author, and designer Laura Nownes as she guides you through the basic building blocks...and a contemporary sampler quilt.

September:  Frieda Anderson & Laura Wasilowski-Little Fused Quilts
As members of the Chicago School of Fusing, Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski are known for their colorful, organic, and whimsical quilts.  Join them along the journey as they show you how to design, build, and embellish your own little
fused quilts.  

October:  Lauren Vlcek
-Fabric Fancification
Mixed media and doll artist Lauren Vlcek (Fabric Embellishing:  The Basics & Beyond) invites you to join her for a class that will give you a fabulous foundation for simple, successful quilt embellishments.

November:  Christine Barnes-Color for Quilters
Join author and designer Christine Barnes (The Quilter’s Color Club) as she demystifies color and shows you how to choose and combine fabrics to make quilts you will love. Build on the basics with easy color studies, then learn to create special effects like luminosity, transparency, opalescence, and luster. See how “the color makes the quilt” in a series of same-design, different-colorway examples. When it comes to color, there are rules, and they work!





The Importance of Pattern, Texture, Scale
Did you know that pattern, texture and the scale of your fabric play a vital role in the success of your quilt?  In Lesson 5 Michelle Jackson shares tips of how to create a visually pleasing piece by incorporating these various fabric elements.





TQS member PatHobbs shared her Lesson 3 homework. Don't forget to check out what other students are sharing here.




Make your own little "quiltlet" featuring Robbi Joy Eklow's (Episode 1008) quick-and-easy, fusible-applique technique. 

At 18" x 18" (unfinished), this little charmer would be stunning as a pillow or small wall quilt--perfect for those times when you need a fast and fun "quilty" gift.


Top 10 Reasons to Join the Quilt Show!

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Learn about
Apliquick appliqué tools!

Watch Show 1912
with Rosa Rojas (free!)

Apliquick Rods


Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors


Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers