Calling all Northern CA Quilters. As for quilting, it is GOING ON this weekend! Not only is there an incredible shop hop, but the Manteca guild is celebrating it's 30th year with a fantastic quilt show. I am honored to be the featured artist!Both John and l be there all weekend - so please do plan to come  and say "hi" and view all the wonderful quilts! For more information go here.




Look around you. Keep your camera handy. These six images were on furniture and accessories in my hotel in Cusco, Peru. One image was a stone carving on a church. I took many photos hoping they might someday spark an idea for a quilt. Have you ever made a quilt from photos you took on a vacation?


As you might image, there were no official Galapagos textiles. However, once we got to Cusco, Peru, we began seeing amazing woven alpaca tapestries. The common market at Aguas Calientes had a lot of weavings featuring typical Peruvian designs. Here is just a sampling. Notice the many variations of designs.


We also saw Peruvian embroidery. I love these designs.



Hey everyone! It's pirate day at TQS with Valori Wells - a lot of antics coupled with quick fun projects Valori shares. In addition Ricky demonstrates bobbin trapunto and we open the TQS treasure chest. Later this afternoon Alex's rings the bell in her class room. If you have not yet become a guild member join today.



Congratulations to Jan and Lauri.  Their quilt "What Butterfly?" won best best in show in last week's Pahrump Arts Council's Fiber Arts Show in Pahrump, Nevada.  To see the quilt again click here.



Join Sue Garman as she teaches you how to make this border of spinning colorful pinwheels.  Using the paper piecing patterns provided, you will have this stunning border finished in no time.  And don't forget to continue making the sawtooth stars that will come into play later.  To find and download the pattern, click here.  Be sure to check out the accompanying video here

If you haven't joined us for this stunning quilt project, it's not too late.  The Shoppe has a few kits still available.  Wrapped in a bundle with a pretty ribbon, the pre-cut fabrics are sure to give you a jump start. 

Be sure to visit the Show and Tell area to see all of the amazing variations on the BOM.  And don't forget to share your quilt progress with everyone.  We love seeing all of the creative touches.



I know many of you have been looking forward to seeing the sights of the South America tour. First, let me say that our journey was focused around the creative process and the lessons I gave prior to leaving on the trip were on composition. The idea was not tour to these wonderful places and then spend time 'quiltling', but rather to have an experience that would enlightened us all personally and let our insights filter into our artistic endeavors when we returned home. My talks were on The Journey - the journey in life, on our trip, as well as our creative journeys. There were two reasons for this: 1) So we could spend all our time focusing on the sights we came to see and, 2) so anyone who is not a quilter (spouses, friends etc.) would be able to fully enjoy the trip too. If you ever want to do a trip with me, you'll find we won't be sewing, but we will learn and experience a lot. By the way, the next big trip is Africa in early 2011 with Jim West, www.sewmanyplaces.com. The itinerary, cost, and actual dates are not set, but if you are interested, start putting your dimes in the cookie jar. You can contact Jim and be the first to get the details when they are final.

I came home very inspired artistically and I think many of our group did as well. My first creative effort will be to document this from my personal perspective in video clips. These take a great deal of time to put together so they will likely be issued rather slowly. Here is the first video. The narrative is from my daily journal and the photos were taken by either Justin Shults, Jim West, or myself.


School is back in session and for "spring break" it is party time - I unlock my classroom door and we embark on a new journey. In my bite size sessions we will discuss everything from fabric selection, the BIG three secrets for sure fire success, storage, care and last but not least a visit to the studio of P&B Textile we are having ONE BIG FABRIC PARTY!

 If you have not yet become a TQS guild member, join today as to not miss the fun.

To get the free  pattern for the quilt shown go here. (Thank you P&B)

If you are interested in purchasing my new line Whisperings go here to see which quilt shops purchased the entire collection

If you are interested in an autographed copy of Fabric Shopping (it is out of print) go here




"Sedona Starburst" by TQS Member bettyannseeman

Here it is!!!  Thanks to our fantastic TQS Members, the TQS Quilt Gallery now features over 12,000 quilts!  Congratulations to TQS Member bettyannseeman who posted the 12,000 quilt this morning.  Titled "Sedona Starburst", Betty Ann says that it was designed on her computer using Ricky's Rhapsody design techniques.  Then with her special touch she tweaked the design and printed it out and off she went.  Betty Ann also says that she plans on auctioning this quilt at her guild's quilt show in March.  For more information about her show, The Friendship Knot Quilter's Guild Show in Sarasota, FL, click here.

To see Betty Ann's quilt in our Quilt Gallery type in Quilt #1013211 in the search bar or search for the title" Sedona Starburst".  Click here to see more of Betty Ann's quilts in her profile. 

Keep the quilts coming.  Upload photos of your quilts today.  Remember one very lucky TQS Member (who has posted a quilt in the quilt gallery) will win a Ricky Tims Rhapsody Quilt when we reach 36,000 quilts.  Be sure to tell your friends and fellow quilters the place they will find over 12,000 different quilts in one place...thequiltshow.com!



Hey gang. Thanks for zooming to get the Rhapsodie Coloree Bundles mentioned yesterday. Some of you are searching for them and they just aren't there. That is because they sold out. When our inventory drops to zero, the item is removed from the webstore so they you don't order something we don't have - thus the 'while supply lasts' comment.

However, according to Justin, he is going to order some more in and we will let you know when they are back online and we'll offer them at the same special price. If you missed out - and you really think you would like one of these special bundles - why not comment here and it will give us a better idea of how many to package? Thanks everyone!

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