Although she's been making art all her life, LA native Sheila Frampton Cooper is relatively new to quilting. That hasn't stopped her from making a splash, as evidenced by the award-winning quilts she shares in today's fun- and info-packed show.

In addition, Sheila demonstrates her clever technique for piecing curves without pins and offers loads of tips and suggestions for machine quilting, including how to tackle multiple thread changes.

Also on hand: machine quilter, author, and popular blogger Angela Walters, who shows how she gives traditional quilting designs a modern twist and determines strategies for quilting the negative spaces in those Modern (and other) Quilts.

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Join Alex and Ricky on the set with Quilt artist Mickey Lawler for Episode 1305: "The Sky's the Limit" with Hand-Painted Fabric.  Mickey began painting sky fabrics in the mid-80s when she couldn't find the pieces she wanted for her original quilted landscapes. Before long, her company Skydyes was born...and the rest is history!

Mickey visits the TQS set to chat about her newest work, engages Ricky in a fun, hands-on fabric-painting exercise (complete with tips), demos how she builds a landscape design by combining painted fabric with touches of piecing or appliqué, and shares her practical method for designing a quilting plan that enhances the finished quilt top.

As an added bonus, we track down the legendary and "Liberated" Gwen Marston on the road in Sisters, OR, where she shares her method for creating "skinny finishes" and Amish-style bindings.

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The TQS gang returns to The Charleston Tea Plantation for a visit with quilt artist, teacher, and author, Wendy Butler Berns, known for her amazing photo-based pictorial quilts. Borders with Benefits, Terrific Textures...and More! debuts on Monday, August 12, and includes a special visit with folk artist and teacher, Sue Spargo.

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Ricky and Alex enjoy time on the set with Grace Errea in Episode 1303: Discover the Rewards of "Value-Based" Quilting which debuts on July 29, 2013.

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Every fall, as the nights become cooler and the leaves begin to turn, artisans throughout New Mexico open their studios to art lovers and collectors in an event known as the High Road Art Tour.

TQS spent some time during the recent annual event visiting the studios of seven diverse and passionate artists. Join us for the next six weeks as we take you "behind the scenes" to learn what drives some of New Mexico's most creative artisans.

Click the start button on the Smilebox above to visit the home and studio of Dr. Charles M. Carrillo, whose work as an archeologist led to his becoming a world-renowned santos artist.


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