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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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Tula Pink was on the set with Alex and Ricky. Tula - who loves to give traditional patterns a contemporary twist with current fabrics - shares a clever method for building a color scheme and demos how to "fussy cut the Tula way" using 1/4" masking tape and your rotary ruler. They are also joined by Award-winning longarm quilter Karen Marchetti who drops by with tips for expanding your machine-quilting repertoire - and your confidence - by building on the basics already in your toolbelt.

Episode 1406: Modernize your "Toolbelt" with Terrific Techniques debuts on March 17, 2014.

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Join Alex and Ricky on the set with Karen Gloeggler and Janet Finley.

Karen shares how to find and incorporate vintage fabrics, handkerchiefs, and doilies into your quilts to give them a period flair, and shows a clever technique for making a scrappy pieced border, perfect for a Jane Austen-inspired quilt.

You'll also meet author and quilt historian Janet Finley, who has amassed the world's largest collection of 19th- and early-20th-century photos of people with quilts, and the book she created to showcase them.

The Episode 1405 debuts Monday, March 3.  Don't miss it!

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