Shelley wanted to pull all the colors out of her stash for this amazing scrap quilt. While the colors are beautiful, it's the precision piecing that leads the way in Appleyard Lane.

Learn how Shelley gets those fine points in Show 2506.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Nancy Arseneault is now an Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Inductee for 2019. They write,

A third-generation quilter, Nancy has brought innovation and inspiration to the quilting world for over 40 years. Since 2004, she has been an active leader in the Tucson Quilters Guild. Her roles have included Program Co-Chair, Judging Co-Chair, instructor,mentor, author, and ambassador.

Nancy’s achievements include many accolades for her whimsical series of quilts based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. Her Dia de los Muertos quilts were featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine and on episode #1907 of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Nancy has had eight quilts juried into the Houston International Festival Show, with an award in 2014. She has had six quilts juried into American Quilters Society shows, three Road to California shows, and three National Quilt Association shows. Nancy received Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Awards in 2011 and 2019.

Congratulations Nancy!

Nancy was kind enough to send us photos of some of her exceptional work to share with you. But once you've seen her quilts in person, you'll understand that these photos just don't do them justice.

Star Members can watch Nancy in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends along with her BFF, Lois Podolny.

In this show Nancy and Lois each share a technique for machine quilting. Lois gives you a clever way to quilt concentric circles in metallic thread and Nancy walks you through her machine quilting process, offering advice from preparing your sewing machine and work area, through proper bobbin winding and making sample thread sandwiches.

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September 2019 Update:

They've done it again! Diamond Effervescence has won Best of Show at AQS QuiltWeek Paducah Fall 2019. Congratulations!


Diamond Effervescence, by Beth Nufer & Clem Buzick, won the BERNINA 1st Runner Up Award at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2018. It's easy to see why.



We saw Project Backboard and how it can change a community. Quilters understand how art in everyday life can make it more beautiful and bring people together. Here is just another example. Click on Learn More and then on Artists to see different creations and hear the stories.



Lilo recently visited Santa Fe and got the opportunity to see what's going on in Lois Podolny's studio. Take a look at what she saw, including some work in progress and some great organization ideas.

If you notice the quilt on Lois' longarm, you'll see that it is a different interpretation of Sarah's Revival by Sue Garman. The design was based on an 1847 quilt made by Sarah Holcomb.

Star Members can learn from Lois in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends.

See the quilt below the video.

"Sarah's Revival" by Sue Garman


One of the blessings of writing about quilting is that you touch and are touched by quilters around the world. Living in a period of history where the advancements of technology allow us to get to know others who are interested in the same things we are is a gift. No longer do we have to settle for quilting around the quilting frame with those within a few miles of us. Now we can share, learn and laugh with quilters in other countries. When I send my musings to the web editor, I never really know who is reading but occasionally I am blessed with a visit from a friend I have never met.

It was such a surprise when I got a call from the Stitchin' Post that there was a quilter from the UK who was in town and hoped I would be able to meet her at the shop. Janet has been quilting for 40 years and is my kind of quilter...she loves it all!!! Currently she is finishing up a king size quilt and has also followed me down the Buttermilk Basin rabbit hole!!

We spent some time sharing stories and encouragements...but...what I really wanted to know is what kind of shopping does a quilter from the UK spend her money on???

Well...it is pretty much the same as any quilter this side of the pond would work...we quilters are more alike than different, LOL. And, because I spent a bit more time in the shop than I had intended, I contracted the quilt virus and bought a couple more items....that I swear I really needed!!!

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Going to have empty candy bags after Halloween? You'll want to save them as Laura at SewVeryEasy has a quick and fun tutorial to make zippered cases out of leftover candy bags. We see an M&Ms version in our future.

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The DAR Museum always shares something fun and interesting. This time, for National Sewing month, they posted this amazing little item.

The museum writes,

This brass fish-shaped sewing case dates from 1865-1875 and contains a thimble, small scissors, a bodkin, a needle case, and a stiletto. The bodkin is used for drawing cords or tapes though narrow casings or for lacing up garments. The stiletto, or awl, is a multi-use tool common for centuries in sewing kits and can be used to make holes, pick out stitches, and many other tasks. At 4” long this case could easily fit in a pocket or a larger sewing box.

(photos: DAR Museum)


The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show has posted the winner of their Best of Show Award winner. The machine quilting on this quilt is off the charts. One viewer said, "The back of the quilt was amazing as well." - Laurie Mielke
Take a look at Twisted Sister by Margaret Solomon Gunn from Gorham, Maine. Congratulations Margaret!
(photos: The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show)


Ricky made a call to the owners of Precision Acorn Piecing, Bernie and Shelley Scott-Tobisch, to find out what they've been up to since they taped Show 2506 (currently FREE to everyone). Looks like they were in a beautiful place when the call came in.

The products mentioned in the video are currently available in The Quilt Show Shop, click here.




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