Sharon Pederson was able to talk with Sharon Schamber in front of her award-winning quilt at the Houston Quilt Festival this year.  Sharon discusses her design process from beginning to end.

Here's a quick puzzle of Sharon's quilt, Crimson Promises.  It's your opportunity to create a Sharon Schamber quilt is less than a day!

Crimson Promises - 36 piece non-rotating





This quilt comes from the master of the Mariner's Compass, Judy Mathieson. Judy created the quilt in 1986.  It is 73" x 88."  It is made from cottons, is machine pieced and hand quilted.

Judy's first attempt at quiltmaking in 1973 was with a Mariner's Compass block.  Through the years she explored its many possibilities and ultimately created her masterpiece, Nautical Stars.  It was inspired by a watercolor drawing of roses in the Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.

Judy has been a guest on The Quilt Show. In Episode 707: Stellar Star Circles, she joined Alex and Ricky to demo her technique for precision paper-piecing with no paper to remove!  She also talked about how she builds her star circles, segment by segment.  And if that wasn't enough, she gives tips on what judges look for when judging a quilt show.

Nautical Stars 35 pieces non-rotating

Nautical Stars 99 pieces non-rotating

Nautical Stars 120 pieces rotating

And just for fun,

Nautical Stars 250 pieces non-rotating





This week's puzzle is an award winner from last year's International Quilt Festival in Houston.  It is Ambrosia by Gina Perkes of Payson, AZ.  Gina's quilt took First Place Innovative Applique in the 2010 A World of Beauty Exhibition.

Gina has visited TQS before in Episode 308: Artistry on a Long Arm.  In this episode Gina walks you through the process of creating intricate grids and continuous curves.  After watching her step-by-step approach, you'll be a pro in no time.

Ambrosia 36 pieces non-rotating

Ambrosia 100 pieces non-rotating

Ambrosia 110 pieces rotating


It's just a few hours until Halloween so we've chosen a quilt to honor the occasion.  Enjoy EEEEK! from Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool (where you can purchase the pattern).

As Verna says, it's creepy and it's spooky, it's all together kooky!

To learn more about Verna and her amazing applique creations, watch Episode 806: Having It All with Hand Applique.

EEEEK! 35 pieces non-rotating

EEEEK! 154 pieces non-rotating

EEEEK! 99 pieces rotating




This week's puzzle is from one of our latest guests, Dianne S. Hire.  She created a curved quilt without templates that is fast to assemble.  It is a Curvaceous Squares quilt. You can learn more about Dianne's methods in Episode 908: Wedgies, Danglers, and Funkies...Oh, My! And look for her book, Vivacious Curvy Quilts where you can find 100 photos of Dianne's work and pieces by her students.

Curvaceous Squares - 36 pieces non-rotating

Curvaceous Squares - 100 pieces non-rotating

Curvaceous Squares - 100 pieces rotating



In honor of PIQF, we are highlighting a quilt by one of our own TQS Members, Sherry Reynolds (aka wyomingquilter).  Sherry's quilt, Christmas All Around, won 1st place traditional in 2010, as well as, the Viewer's Choice award. It most recently won Best Machine Workmanship at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show 2011.  Sherry said that she designed the quilt on graph paper and wanted to capture the favorite colors, icons, and memories, and the sparkle of Christmas.  The piecing and quilting on this quilt are absolutely stunning.

It is 88" x  88" and was quilted on a 20-year old Bernina 1001.  The sparkle is courtesy of Swarovski crystals.

P.S. Sherry's entries into PIQF this year are equally as stunning, you can see them by clicking here and heading over to the Forum.

Christmas All Around - 35 pieces non-rotating

Christmas All Around - 100 pieces non-rotating

Christmas All Around - 100 pieces rotating


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