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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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TQS is on the road and at the studio of Jane Dunnewold in San Antoinio, TX, where they filmed Episode 1410: You Can Have It All: Two Modern-Day Quilters Mix Old and New.  Alex and Ricky are joined by self-described "scrapaholic" Bonnie Hunter, who made her first quilt using her grandmother's cardboard templates.

In this show, Bonnie shares her quilter-friendly system for cutting and sorting scraps, her technique for making quick 2"-finished half-square-triangle units from strips, and her ingenious "Leaders and Enders" technique, which makes thrifty use of leftovers and thread.

In addition, Bonnie shows how she builds a quilt using fabric "strings" and phonebook-page foundations, and how to play with the finished blocks.

We end with a field trip to meet Nebraska quiltmaker, author, teacher, and quilt judge Shelly Burge, who currently incorporates copper crimping in her quilts - while curating her collection of over 300 (!) vintage sewing machines.

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Alex and Ricky join Linda Beach on the set.  Linda is the artist in residence at several US National Parks. Many times the parks inspire her pieces.  During the show she shares some of the fabric-selecting and construction techniques she uses to create them, a process she compares to assembling a giant quilter's jigsaw puzzle. In addition, Ricky shows how a traditional Sailboat block can be an inspirational springboard for a fun and funky new design. "Sail" in, settle down, and enjoy!

Episode 1409: Bring in the Great Outdoors: Quilts Inspired by Our National Parks with Linda Beach debuts on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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Alex has Ricky take center stage in this project- and technique-focused episode, filmed on location at the AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha, NE. Our hosts are joined by Share Ruwe and Karen Ruwe (no relation) who talk about their common last name and the collaborative work they have done together for the Nebraska State Raffle Quilt.  Episode 1408: Recreate the Northern Lights...Wherever You Call Home! debuts April 14, 2014.

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Kim Diehl loves to combine unexpected elements in her traditionally inspired quilts, and she brings many of these "hybrid" pieces along to share. She also offers some of her best time-saving machine-appliqué techniques, demonstrates how combining ‘big stitch' quilting with machine quilting can give your quilts added visual and textural interest, and shows how to add a final pop of color to your finishing. Christine Barnes also shares valuable insights into the properties of color, including value, temperature, and intensity.

The show debuts Monday, March 31, 2014.

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