Red Wings is a 16" x 16" quilt that Sue Nickels created for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Stanley Cup Quilt-Off 2011.  This quilt raised $710 for the AAQI.   This quilt is a "wholecloth" quilt which Sue quilted with red thread.

Sue is the author of Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques. This book is available from AQS at www.AmericanQuilter.com. You can also visit Sue's site by clicking here.

You can also watch Sue this weekend in Episode 402 - Quilting to Perfection as this show is open to all until Sunday, 11/27.


Red Wings - 36 pieces non-rotating

Red Wings - 100 pieces non-rotating

Red Wings - 100 pieces rotating

Red Wings - 289 pieces rotating



Tea at Tenby by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly won Best of Show at the 2009 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.  It also took 1st place, Bed Quilts, Home Sewing Machine at the AQS 25th Annual Quilt Show & Contest.

Sue and Pat coauthored Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué and Sue is the author of Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques. Both books are available from AQS at www.AmericanQuilter.com. You can learn more about Sue and Pat at Sue's website by clicking here.

Some of you may have been fortunate enough to see the quilt at Quilting in the Garden 2010, where Sue was the featured artist.

You can also watch Sue this weekend in Episode 402 - Quilting to Perfection as this show is open to all until Sunday, 11/27.

Pat was also a guest at TQS in Episode 608 - Mastering Machine Applique.

Tea at Tenby - 36 pieces non-rotating

Tea at Tenby - 100 pieces non-rotating

Tea at Tenby - 100 pieces rotating

Tea at Tenby - 289 pieces rotating


This week's puzzle is the Grand Prize winner of the Alliance for American Quilts "Alliances" contest.  Here's what Jamie had to say about her quilt.

My closest friend and I often send each other e-mails that have "coffee break" in the subject line. It is our way to sit down at the computer with a cup of coffee, tea or even a glass of wine and read each others catch up news. What could be more fun that cups and saucers on our heads? Dedicated to women friends!
You can hear an Artist's Statement direct from Jamie, by clicking here.

Soul Sisters - 36 pieces non-rotating

Soul Sisters - 100 pieces non-rotating

Soul Sisters - 143 pieces rotating

Soul Sisters - 255 pieces rotating



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

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