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Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Jerry Granata a former costumer for the National Marionette Company.  Jerry reveals the huge variety of unusual fabrics available to quilters (think leather, lame, fake fur, and upholstery), where to find them, which to use when, how to prepare them, work with them and quilt them.

Episode 1503: Quilting without Limits: Using Unconventional Fabrics in Your Work debuts on August 4, 2014.


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Alex and Ricky are on the set with Mary Elizabeth Kinch, a Canadian quiltmaker, teacher and author who shares her love for antique quilts and how she recreates them.  Also in Episode 1502: Small Pieces, Big Impact, Alex heads to Oregon to chat with textile artist Terry Grant and shares a glimpse of her latest art quilts. 
 
Episode 1502 debuts on July 21, 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We launch Series 1500 with a visit to the Texas studio of artist, instructor, and author Jane Dunnewold, well known for the one-of-a-kind fabrics she creates with printing, dyeing, resist, and other manipulations. 

This may be the only time you see three outstanding quilt artists working a Hula Hoop!

Episode 1501 - Discover Sensational Surface Design debuts on July 07, 2014.

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Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by former commercial photographer, Leni Levenson Wiener, whose photographs are her inspiration for fabric art. While in the studio, Leni shows how she evaluates and breaks down a composition for ease of construction, discusses the importance of value and "zingers" when selecting fabrics. She also demonstrates how to create a more organic look with freehand cutting.

Also in this episode and off-site visit with well-known fabric designer Jennifer Sampou.

This episode debuts June 23, 2014.

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Alex and Ricky are back in Texas with quilt artist, author, and designer Cynthia England who tells them what she's been up to since her last visit in Episode 610. In this episode she unveils the tools and techniques she uses for her "forgiving" methods, and demonstrates a clever technique for attaching a sleeve to a small quilt or wallhanging that requires no hand sewing.

Also in Episode 1412, a visit to fiber artist, writer, and designer Wendy Mamattah, originally from Ghana, who shares her Africa-inspired silhouette and symbols quilts, as well as her charming one-of-a-kind pin cushions.

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Join Alex and Ricky on the set with Carolyn Konig, a quilter from "Down Under" whose favorite quilts are those of the 18th century which she enjoys recreating.  In this show Carolyn shows her methods for making these quilts, including tips on hand applique, and a great tip for keeping it portable.  Also, Alex reviews the importance of good pressing technique, including the difference between pressing piecework vs. appliqué or redwork.

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