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This quilt is in Alex´s book - Fabric Shopping. The title of the quilt is (big surprise) Baskets. The blocks are 6" finished and the colors were chosen around the focus fabric used in the border. The fabric was designed by one of Alex´s favorite designers, Jennifer Sampou. Coming tomorrow a sampler from Kids Start Quilting.

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Ricky and Alex race to create coordinating fabrics. Photo by Gregory Case


Series Two comes to a close with part 2 of the TQS Road Trip. The show begins on day two of our three day trip. The RV, "Anita Roadtrip," is exchanged for a "regular car" when Ricky takes the lead and directs Alex to the Cotton Patch in Lafayette, CA. Alex and Ricky have a race to select coordinating fabrics and discuss the reasons why they made their selections. The final stop of the trip is in the home of two very well-known quilting sisters. Learn to make creative quilt labels and discover a brilliant, fool-proof way to machine quilt. Come along for the ride as TQS closes out Series Two. Watch it now!

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This star quilt is done in jewel colors with a white background rather than black.  Alex´s friend, Kris Volker, quilted it and added the perle cotton fringe to the cactus.  I like the use of the Cactus fabric because the stars look sharp as thorns.  This is from Alex´s book "Simply Stars".

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In just a few hours our Road Trip continues - Here is a hint of one of the stops - I am so glad *&* were home!!! Thanks to Gregory Case for all the terrific Road trip photos!

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Whoops!  I missed number 7.  This is an Irish Nine-Patch from Alex's "Finish It" Book.  She has some really fun fabric in it.  I also like the scalloped edges with the quilted flowers.  The curvy edges have a pieced binding.

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I am in Ann Arbor for a Bernina gig at Viking Sewing Center on Monday. But in the meantime, my favorite Pirates are gathering at Captain Jacks House  - and the timing couldn´t be better (please do not tell Bernina of my alternative lifestyle! Cool). Even though my GPS works wonders, it wasn´t hard to figure out which home was / is hosting the festivities!  My guess is that there won´t be many quilters attending - aaarrrrrrr

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Hold on a second Ricky, is anyone expecting us?

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This quilt is called Scrappy Triangles and is in the "Finish It" Book.  It is made up of 120  41/2" blocks plus and extra row of 1 1/2" squares and half-square trangle units that give it a rectangular shape.  She says it looks complicated but it is just 2 simple nine-patch variations.  I still haven´t started quilting yet, but all I can think when I see this quilt is AccuCut! (Probably because I´m not allowed to touch the good scissors or the sharp rotary cutters).

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Kat Bowser (see The Daily Blog Archives, December 24th concert) has been in La Veta all week training for her new job. That´s right, Justin and I welcome Kat to the Tims Art Quilt Studio (TAQS) - not to be confused with the The Quilt Show TQS) fold. This means that many of you just might get the chance to see her because when we do the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminars - or when we trek off to Houston or Paducah, it is likely that she´ll be there working with us. That means I can have her sing a song or two during the concerts. Yee-haw!!!

Because the concert last December was such a success, we presented two shows to full houses last night here in La Veta. It was a Broadway/Cabaret specacular. Kat performed a few classics like New York, New York and Cabaret, as well as Broadway favorites such as Memory from Cats, Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music, and I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. Two shows and two standing Os.

We´re off to the airport this morning so she can head back to Nashville and begin working in her new "home office." Congratulations Kat, we´re looking forward to seeing you here on TQS too. Her new profile is KatBowser.

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What Now? Where? Alex, Ricky and Justin change wheels and head off for the second portion of the TQS first road trip!

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