Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by fabric die cutting expert Ebony Love. Ebony believes that using a die cutting system is more efficient and time saving for quilters like herself. She shares clever ideas for prepping your die, tricks for reducing fabric waste, assembly line cutting, and dynamic variations that take one block from nice to wow! And find out just where that Twinkie comes in...
Then, quilt historian, curator, and quilt broker, Julie Silber, joins Alex and Ricky to teach the importance of signing a quilt for future generations.
Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by American-born fabric designer, author, and Australian quilt shop owner, Kathy Doughty. Kathy shares tips for showcasing large print fabrics. And, inspired by the nature of her Australian surroundings, Kathy has begun working in a more organic manner, which translates well to her appliqué.
Also in this show, Alex has help for those who fear finished appliqué with fast, easy, and very doable techniques. Her charming Holiday Stars Quilt is the perfect project to test your newfound skills.
Alex and Ricky welcome longarm expert and international award-winning quilt artist Cathy Franks. This powerhouse of exuberant energy shares a dizzying number of creative techniques on the longarm.
And, did you know that by manipulating just one stencil, you could create dozens of interesting and unique quilting designs with just a twist and turn of the wrist? The creative ideas just keep coming as Cathy is guaranteed to keep you enthralled.
Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Renaissance man Mark Sherman, who unlocks the secrets for creating truly unbelievable Tiffany style stained glass quilts based on inspirational photos, hand-dyed fabric and his deft touch at realism.
And if that weren’t enough to get your creative juices flowing, Ricky designs a stunning contemporary quilt based on an antique string pieced tumbler design. It’s a double dose of fun and inspiration in one show. Don’t miss it!
Using traditional Amish quilts as inspiration, Ann pares down the piecing lines using her new "gesture" process to create more modern designs. To shake things up even more, Ann pares down the Courthouse Steps block to its most minimal or remixed version.
Then, the effervescent quilt blogger Anna Bates makes a stop on her road trip to join us in the studio. Anna regales us with stories of quilt shops, meeting quilters on her journeys, and clever tips for doing handwork while riding along in an RV.
Alex and Ricky welcome back Katie Pasquini Masopust to share the secrets behind her new art quilts built using log cabin blocks. Her love of tradition led Katie to see how far she could expand the block.
Enlarged photographs are used to build on a grid system that becomes the framework for her quilts. Varying fabrics, color, and value take on the role of major players as an entirely new art quilt is built. Along the way, Katie shares tips for using this most traditional of blocks in an unconventional manner.