Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Christa Watson, who talks about her passion for machine quilting. In this show, she shares her tips for working with pre-cuts, and, not one to waste fabric, also shares a way to make improv blocks. Christa also demonstrates how easy it is to quilt some of her favorite free motion motifs. Then, Bill Volckening is back to share quilts that are antiques, but speak very much to Modernism.
Watch Christa and Bill in Show 2409 when it debuts Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Alex and Ricky greet Heidi Kaisand, a former editor of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. Heidi loves working with wool and shares a fun and contemporary wool circles on flannel-covered canvas project. Heidi also demonstrates simple embroidery stitches.
Then, meet Linzee Kull McCray. Writer and photographer for craft, art, and textile publications, Linzee shares the fascinating history of feed sacks and examples of some of the fabrics, advertisements, and wonderful items made using feed sack fabrics. She also shares a fun string piece quilt and talks about how to keep the chaos of prints from becoming overwhelming.
Ricky and Alex meet MJ Kinman. A corporate job at a Fortune 100 company kept her busy, but it was quilting that tugged at MJ's heart. In 1991, an advertising mailer featuring a gem captured her imagination. She wanted to see if it was possible to create a gem using fabrics.
MJ has designed a freezer paper technique pattern based on the 12 birth-month gemstones. She shares tips on working with the pattern and shows examples of gems that include different color combinations.
In order to replicate the colors and fire in gemstones, MJ had to learn how to paint her own fabrics. She shows Ricky how fun and easy it is to paint your own cotton sateen fabric. After discussing tools, it's on to adding paint to create blending and movement of color (the perfect fabric for gemstones).
We wrap up the show with a Tour of the Iowa Quilt Museum. Iowa Quilt Museum Director, Megan Barrett, shares the history of this gem in Winterset, IA, that opened its doors in May 2016.
Watch MJ in Show 2407 when it debuts Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Heidi Proffetty. A master of mosaic quilts, Heidi moved from hand cutting her shapes to using a digital cutter. This allows her to blend her own photographic images into an art quilt. Heidi demonstrates the ins and outs of digital cutting, discusses SAQA Mentorship, and talks about beekeeping, which has become a family hobby.
Alex and Ricky are joined one the set by Barbara Black and Bill Volckening. Barbara has worked in the educational office at the Houston Quilt Festival for 20 years. Learn about her quilt beginnings and her very famous quilt. Barbara also shares her thoughts on the three things you do wrong in quilting, gives you tips for achieving a beautiful binding, and teaches you how to add a sleeve.
Also in the show, Bill Volckening shares his elegant antique quilts. Bill has over 500 quilts in his collection that cover the years 1750-2008. He then displays elegant quilts that debunk the myth that quilts in America were only made from scraps as utilitarian.
Watch Barbara and Bill in Show 2405when it debuts Sunday, February 24, 2019.