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.
Star Members can watch Show 2210: Reimagining the Log Cabin Block when it debuts on May 6, 2018.

Quilt artist and teacher Katie Fowler returns to share the fun of coloring pre-printed mandala designs built with quilt blocks on fabric. It takes the joy of the coloring book to a whole new level. Now your colored designs can be used just like any other fabric in your stash!
And, Ricky kicks off the show with tips for assembling a contemporary baby bunting quilt inspired by an antique quilt. The large 16” blocks can then be combined using a variety of settings to make a number of very striking quilts.

Star Members can watch Katie in Show 2209: Coloring on Fabric Mandala Designs when it debuts this Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Alex and Ricky are visited by Maria Shell, who refers to herself as a "bit maker." She shares her method for creating visually vibrant and patterned quilts created by sewing small units or strips together. It is through sewing, cutting, and joining a large number of strip set units, that Maria pushes a design as far as she can, with the end result being an entirely new design.
Also in this show, Alex shares her updated version of an antique quilt and discusses the problems she encountered when trying to mimic the original quilt‘s border. Using lemons to make lemonade, Alex shares her new "super improv" and out-of-the-box triangle border.

Star Members can watch Maria in Show 2208: Improv Patchwork. The show debuts this Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Diane Kirkhart joins Alex and Ricky on the set. Diane learned how to sew from her mother at the age of five. It is her immense dedication to handwork that has led her to creating spectacular Millefiori quilts. Many of her quilts include no less than several thousand hand-pieced English Paper Pieced units.
Diane shares three variations on EPP (English Paper Piecing) including an invisible stitch machine method, a bulk reducing figure eight knot, and a fussy cutting tip for creating photo images in the center of a rosette design. This show is chock full of mesmerizing eye candy. You won't want to miss this!

Star Members can watch Diane in Show 2205: Magnificent Millefiori Quilts when it debuts Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Leni Levenson Wiener has been photographing unsuspecting people on park benches for many years. She enjoys creating a little story and found that the background and bench itself were not actually necessary when trying to convey a message. Leni shares how she builds her unique mounted floating art works. She also shares tips for using unexpected fabrics when creating faces.

Also in this show, when it comes to quilting, we don’t often do our bodies justice. Hours of being hunched over a sewing machine can take its toll. Jake Simmons, a practicing Chiropractor, shares tips for preventing pain while quilting.

Star Members can watch Leni in Show 2204: The Human Form from Portrait to Art Piece, also featuring Jake Simmons. It debuts, Sunday, February 11, 2018.


A quilter since 2003, Mel talks about her love of stretching creatively through quilt challenges which push her out of her comfort zone. Some of her quilts include improvisational patchwork. Mel demonstrates a “slice” of improvisational patchwork which involves inserting a secondary strip of fabric into a background block. She shares the infinite “what if” ways to vary this basic idea to create a whole range of fun and unique blocks. Then, using crayon-etched children’s artwork as her inspiration, she shows you her technique for creating modern Mola designs using hand-dyed batiks and commercial prints, again showing a myriad of variations for their use.

In the After Set, we know that Mel loves challenges and that includes Improv comedy. She uses what she has learned doing Improv as a parallel to being present in the moment when it comes to working on a challenging quilt.

Also in this show, Alex puts a new spin on an antique String and Old Maid’s Ramble quilt using contemporary fabrics. It’s a great way to use orphan blocks and is a great baby quilt project.

Star Members can watch Mel in Show 2112: Creating Improvisational Patchwork and Modern Molas & A New Spin on an Antique Quilt. This show debuts Sunday, December 3, 2017.