Susan used a simple technique to create the "double star" effect in her Sidewalk Cafe quilt. Learn how she did it in Show 2510.

(quilted by Lauren Vlcek)

SidewalkCafebySusanCleveland - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

SidewalkCafebySusanCleveland - 96 Pieces Non-Rotating

SidewalkCafebySusanCleveland - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

SidewalkCafebySusanCleveland - 35 Pieces Rotating

SidewalkCafebySusanCleveland - 96 Pieces Rotating

SidewalkCafebySusanCleveland - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Susan used a simple technique to create the "double star" effect in her Sidewalk Cafe quilt. Learn how she did it in Show 2510.

(quilted by Lauren Vlcek)

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis


Marilyn Smith's quilt, 15 Warthogs, won not one, but two awards. It was selected as the Judge's Choice award by Cindy Seitz-Krug and also won Viewer's Choice award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. It was exhibited as part of the Alternative Techniques category and while the color and graphic impact catches your eye, you are drawn in by all the meticulous detail on each warthog. (See approximate size in the last picture.)



Amy Pabst walked Lilo through a number of her log cabin quilts which were featured in her exhibit, Log Cabin: 100K. The series of quilts focused on miniature scale and explored the unlimited layout and design options of the log cabin block. There are a total of 102,779 individual pieces in this exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019 and some of them are very, very small.


Barbara Black talks about working on the TQS BOM 2020 Afternoon Delight.  Once she got the call from TQS to put it together, she and her group of Sunday Sew and Sews were up to the task. Find out what it took to pull this project together in record time.

Click here to go to Barbara's Blog and get the whole story.
Click here for all the details on Afternoon Delight.


Lisa Walton, current President of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), will be teaching on a cruise next summer and you can join her. You can stitch and cruise along the Danube with Lisa in July 2020. You can also learn from Lisa right here at TQS in Show 2503.

Click here for all the cruise details.

Here's what Lisa will be teaching:

"Just what you need – another obsession! This workshop will teach the basics of bead embroidery and variations including attaching cabochons. The sampler made in class will be the starting point for many wonderful future projects as well as a piece of art in itself. As an added bonus you will also make a beaded button using your newfound beading skills. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and will cover the following techniques:

  • Seed Stitch
  • Stop Stitch
  • Lazy Stitch
  • Dangles or fringing
  • Writing with beads
  • Kaleidoscope patterns
  • Raised or elevated beading"


Lilo recently visited the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France and discovered a wonderful exhibit they were featuring there. Swiss quilt group patCHquilt was celebrating their thirtieth anniversary by putting on a showcase of 100 challenge quilts for the occasion. The challenge was open to all members of the group of every skill level and each quilt had to adhere to the following criteria:

  • Works must be original, not from a kit and must include a red border.
  • They must be 30 cm wide, 120 cm long, and displayed portrait style.
  • The quilt must include at least 1/2 of the Edelweiss fabric (that each person received), and feature a piece of that same fabric that is 10 cm x 10 cm in size.

To join in the celebration with patCHquilt, we will be featuring four of the challenge quilts each week that were displayed as part of the exhibition at the European Patchwork Meeting.

Please enjoy the next four quilts from Denise Zintzmeyer, Dominique Dallenbach, Doris Wagner, and Edith Bieri-Hanselmann.

Title of Quilt: Lost Edelweiss

Quilter's Name: Denise Zintzmeyer

Title of Quilt: Red Cross

Quilter's Name: Dominique Dallenbach

Title of Quilt: Flower Windows

Quilter's Name: Doris Wagner

Title of Quilt: Cracks in the Swissness

Quilter's Name: Edith Bieri-Hanselmann

One of the most amazing things about having a hobby...is that you are only one stitch or snip away from another passion. Back in the 1990s when I started to quilt, I thought it was all about putting pieces of fabric together. Then I discovered how to incorporate my love of embroidery into my quilting world. Along came stitching with wool and my stitching life exploded into another direction. It is not that I left my love for the other genres, but that they inspired me to keep an open mind and heart to something that will broaden my horizons! And with each path I travel I meet the most amazing artisans who are willing to share their love of the craft they are involved with.
And, it was at the Fall Fling Retreat put on by Acorn's and Threads in Portland, Oregon that I met Nancy Rose, who brought a bit of show 'n tell that put the "W" in WOW!
When I think of cross stitch I tend to think of something small that you frame...not something that is the size of a quilt and can keep you warm during October!!! This Stoney Creek Collection piece was originally released in their magazine as monthly installments but is now available as a full chart. It took Nancy 3 years and 8 months and she enjoyed every stitch! It took 36 skeins of black floss alone!!
Creativity breeds more creativity and boy am I inspired on so many levels by her creation! Take a close look at some of the motifs and I hope you are inspired to create with whatever medium you love!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

Click here for Anna's blog.



Ricky had a special feeling for this quilt that he selected as his Judge's Choice at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. After experiencing a devastating fire in La Veta last year, Ricky has a heartfelt appreciation for those who work so hard to put out the fires. Please enjoy Saving Paradise by Jan Reed, Ricky's Judge's Choice at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019.





Lilo caught up with Nancy Arseneault in front of her quilt, Save the Last Dance for Me, at the International Quilt Festival 2019 in Houston. Nancy talks about her love for "day of the dead" quilts and the origin of this particular quilt. In a strange coincidence, we taped the interview on Dia de los Muertos.

Watch Nancy with Lois Poldony in Show 1907: Machine Quilting Friends.

See the quilt up close below, then
Learn more about Nancy below the pictures.

(The sound is a little bit off as we were taping right on the festival floor with an audience in the background.)



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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