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.


Along with being a Quilt teacher and Author, Gail is the founder of Hawks Aloft, a rescue organization that cares for and educates the public about birds of prey that can no longer live in the wild due to injuries. Gail brought along three owls to visit the studio. They watched as she shared her method of using a flexible curve ruler, a pencil, and freezer paper to create a free-form drawing for making curved flying geese. She also has tips for eliminating waste when foundation paper piecing and for removing the foundation paper.

Also in this show, Ricky was in Paducah when an antique quilt caught his attention. The quilt featured a variation on an Irish Chain. He breaks down that quilt into workable strip sets and creates an updated contemporary version.

Star Members can watch Gail and her owls in Show 2111: Working with Curved Flying Geese and Foundation Paper Piecing & Creating a Contemporary Antique Quilt when it debuts Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Click here to visit Gail's Website.


Judy Ahlborn grew up surrounded by a family of artists. It’s no wonder with her love of painting, sewing, and computers, she ended up with a degree in Textiles and Technology. After her retirement from a career in computer science, she came back to art by creating collage style quilts using software to create background fabric which she layers and paints with thread.

In the After Set, Judy shows us her other talent as she demonstrates the acrobatics that she keeps up with to this day.

And follow along with the TQS cameras as Ricky and Justin share their town of La Veta, Colorado.

Star Members can watch Show 2110: Creating Collage and Fabric with Your Computer, when it debuts Sunday, Nov 5, 2017.


In Show 2109, Michele Sanandajian wants to push the boundaries of what constitutes a quilt. Her collage work and her use of out-of-the-ordinary mediums makes her quilts stand out. Bits of dryer sheets, netting for produce, candy wrappers, and scraps of leather make their way onto a surface painted design in a layer-by-layer effect using her Innova longarm. Finishing off the work is her hand spun yarn that becomes the edge finish of the quilt.

Then, TQS catches up with textile artist, teacher, and “Dean of Corrections of the Chicago School of Fusing," Laura Wasilowski, in Sisters, OR, to see her “Pretty Planet” series and how she binds these unusually shaped quilts.

Star Members can watch Michele and Laura in Show 2109: Inventive Products & Binding Unusually Shaped Quilts, when it debuts Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Watch artist, author and teacher, Deborah Boschert, as she explores the possibilities of creating surface design with commercial fabrics. Seeing a need to help students overcome the struggle of getting started, Deborah shares a practical and easy way to self-evaluate your composition throughout the entire design process. 
Then Julie Silber, quilt historian, curator, and quilt broker, takes us on a history lesson via the lives of ordinary women, using quilts from the 1820s to 1950. You don’t want to miss this fun and information packed show.

Star Members can watch Deborah Boschert and Julie Silber in Show 2108: Surface Design Simplified & Vintage Quilt Bed Turning when it debuts Sunday, October 8, 2017.


Join us as multi-prize winner and youngest ever recipient of the Master Quilt Award, Bethanne Nemesh, shares her stunning artistry. Known for her inventive use of details, she shares a beaded piping finishing technique that adds that ‘wow’ element and a method for creating machine quilted feathers that requires no backtracking.

Also in this show, the TQS camera crew visits the home and studio of Maryland artist Lesley Riley, who shares a fabric collage technique for creating your own story in fabric. This tip filled show is not to be missed.

Star Members can watch Show 2107: Extraordinary Binding Techniques & Amazing Fabric Collage when it debuts on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

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