Alex and Ricky are on the road as they tape Show 2103 with Pat Durbin at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka, CA. In this show, Pat shows you how to streamline the mosaic quilt process. She also gives you tips for using a photograph as the basis for your quilt. They also tour the museum.

Star Members can watch Pat in Show 2103: Easy Mosaic Techniques and Adding Detail & Depth to Your Quilts. The show debuts Sunday, July 30, 2017.


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The collection is 47 fat-quarter pieces  - 11.75 yards total.


Join Gina Perkes for her Ruler Mastery Series, a 10-month program in which you will be creating a whole-cloth quilt sampler using a different ruler each month. You will develop ruler skills and learn new designs to add to your quilting arsenal. With Gina’s program you can use your longarm machine or your domestic sewing machine and master your ruler skills. Click on the "Go to Classroom" button to go to Gina's Ruler Mastery Series classroom.



Beware: After you see the closeup, you are going to want to look at the whole quilt again.

Susan Haslett-Scholfied of Canton, Michigan, USA displayed her quilt, Double Wedding Ring 2016 (88" x 88"), in the Large Quilts - Stationary Machine Quilted category at Paducah 2017. It is a beautiful study in color that is more complicated than we originally noticed. (Her color wheel must still be smoking.)

Take a look at the close up below. We love the quilt, but would also love to see her fabric stash!



Want to watch Alex and Ricky put together a show? Grab your ticket to the August taping in Denver. Better yet, grab your friends or grab your whole guild. You do not have to be a member of TQS to see how the magic happens...and there are cookies!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO GET TICKETS to the August 2017 taping.

Take a look at some of the foolishness that happens at the end of a day of taping.

I belong to several different quilting groups...all have a different focus, wool, embroidery, quilting...and they all include friendship. In fact, one is made up of stitchers who do zero stitching! We just go out to lunch once a month and catch up on each others lives. There are a whole list of reasons to belong to a quilting group:

1. You get to see a variety of projects.
2. There is a peacefulness in discovering that you are not the only one with a bunch of UFOs, WIPs and PIGs.
3. You learn tips on how to store your projects so the rest of the family won't realize how deep you are into this craziness.
4. There are shared tricks on the best way to fold your stash...to make it appear smaller.
5. When you finish a project you get to share your accomplishment with people who understand the true milestone.
6. When you find a very old project, you are with friends who remember it.
7. Your stitching friends are not shocked when you throw a quilting tantrum...they understand.
8. If you need an opinion...well, there are several.
9. You are short one fat quarter of fabric to finish a project and you know someone in the group will have it.
10. In a quilting emergency...you don't have to call 911...you can call your group :)

But, most importantly, a quilt group is filled with inspiration and it is this inspiration that fills a quilting soul with excitement! When last we met there was a whole lot of show 'n tell...not only to show off...as in SHOWING OFF...but to get the rest of us excited! Enjoy the inspiration and dig out those projects!


Yes, that is spelled correctly. If you are looking for quilt inspiration, just take a look around the Disney parks. You'll see what we mean by "grate."


Loved watching Mary Kerr turn vintage textiles into Modern quilts in Show 2102: Quilts with Vintage Textiles? Still want to learn more? Did you know that Mary has a number of workshops available including:

  • Log Cabin Improv with a Vintage Twist
  • A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist
  • Hankies from Heaven: A Quilt Pillow
  • The Art of Appraisals
  • The Business of Being in Business: Marketing and Development for Professional Quilters
  • American Quilts: 1801-1900 and American Quilts 1901-2000

Click on Learn More to see a complete list of all of Mary's Workshops.


Would you list this as a log cabin quilt? Keiko Morita of Japan entered her quilt Prominence, 72" x 87", in the Large Quilts - Stationary Machine Quilted category at Paducah 2017. It is an explosive design, but when we looked closer we began to see the log cabin blocks. The quilting techniques used are listed as Free-Motion Emboidery, Free-Motion Quilting, Machine Piecing, and String Piecing.



What is it about some quilts and their 'spot on' realism that just makes them stand out from the crowd? White Umbrellas by Joan Sowada (on the right) is an excellent example. The shadows on the pavement and one umbrella have been created using a number of fabrics, including darker shades within a color family. 

Whether you are a traditional or art quilter, understanding how and where to add shadows and/or highlights can help you to create more realistic and dynamic quilts.

In her book Color Play, Joen Wolfrom (Show 2101) says that "the secret to making shadows and highlights has everything to do with color, the color scales, and the color wheel...Shadows move down the color wheel toward violet, while highlights move up the color wheel toward yellow. The deepest shadows will be a violet hue (see image below). The brightest highlight will be either a golden yellow (the umbrellas) or a chartreuse hue, depending on the side of the color wheel your color is on."


Let's look at some examples of quilts where shadows and highlight play a big role in creating realism for the viewer:

Joen Wolfrom is back to share the secrets of how to gain a better understanding of shadows and highlights. This knowledge is another valuable tool to add to your quilting toobox of tricks.

Secrets of a Shadow
by Joen Wolfrom

Shadows appear when something blocks light from landing on an object. The three important principles of shadows are:

1.   A shadow’s color is darker than the object. This darkness can range from slight to very pronounced. The amount of darkness depends on your design, your preferences, and the materials available.

2.   A shadow’s color is more toned than the object. There is one exception: A shadow for a pure-colored or deeply-shaded object can be made from a darker shade rather than a tone. 

3.   A shadow’s color is always cooler than the object. This coolness can range from slight to pronounced. Use your color wheel as a reference. Cooler colors move down the color wheel toward violet. If you want to create a slight shadow on your object, select a cooler version of the object’s color. A prominent or deep shadow may come from the “downward” neighboring one or two colors. Rarely will a shadow be as deep as violet unless the object’s color lies near violet on the color wheel.  (For more information, see Let the Colors Flow. - below)






Highlights are the brightening of a color due to extreme light. Highlights are almost always present whenever there are shadows. Highlights work similarly to shadows, except their coloring moves in the opposite direction―upward toward yellow. Here are the three important principles for creating highlights:

1.   A highlight is lighter than the object.

2.   A highlight is warmer than the object.

3.   A highlight is more pure (more intense) in its coloring than the object.



Let the Colors Flow

by Joen Wolfrom

Instead of thinking of the color wheel as only 24 separate colors, think of it as a circle of scores of continuous colors flowing from one tiny variation to another.

To begin, visualize pure warm yellow moving ever so slightly toward chartreuse in minute steps. As the yellow flows toward chartreuse, it becomes a cooler yellow. When yellow and chartreuse intersect, yellow is at its coolest temperature while chartreuse is at its warmest (the closer a hue is to yellow, the warmer it is; the farther away from yellow, the cooler it is). As chartreuse flows from its warm hues to its midpoint color, its temperature becomes neutral (neither warm nor cool). After passing its midpoint color, chartreuse moves to its cooler hues. When chartreuse meets the next color, yellow-green, it is at its coolest stage while yellow-green is at its warmest. This fluidity from color to color with the ebb and flow of temperature continues throughout the half circle until the movement stops at violet, the bottom color.

The colors on the opposite side of the color wheel are equally fluid, each color moving from warm variations to the midpoint neutral position and then to its cooler versions. They, too,  head downward to the next neighboring color, eventually ending at violet.

The 24 colors we see on the color wheel are the 24 midpoint colors that represent their major color sections in this continuous flow of color.  Understanding this fluidity of color will greatly enhance your ability to create shadows and highlights in your designs.  


Illustrations of Shadows and Highlights:

Notice the varying degrees of darkness, grayness, and coolness in the shadows on the hosta leaves and stems. The small shadow on the far right edge is the darkest of all. In contrast, the top two large leaves are in highlight. Their hues are lighter, more intense (more pure), and warmer than the leaf itself.







This park setting provides a great view of nature in both highlight and shadow. The spring-green trees in the park are contrasted with cooler spring-green leaves in light shade. Leaves more hidden from light are in cooler green hues. The tree in complete shade (left back) is filled with blue-green leaves. The grassy shadows vary in the amount of their coolness, darkness, and tonality. The grasses in intense light are in highlight. They are the warmest, purest grassy hues.







Practice Exercise: Finding Shadows and Highlights around You

Go for a walk in the early morning or late afternoon, as this is the time when shadows and highlights will be most pronounced, The walk could be around your neigborhood, a local park, or a place of interest to you. Be sure to take a camera or cell phone with you. Don't hurry, take your time and look closely around. Remember, you are training yourself to be more observant. Take your photos and upload them to a file or print on a page for your notebook. These images can later be used for inspiration. Below are several examples of shadows and highlights to get you started.



Show 2101: Joen Wolfrom on Understanding Color in Quilts

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