Alex and Ricky are visited by Maria Shell, who refers to herself as a "bit maker." She shares her method for creating visually vibrant and patterned quilts created by sewing small units or strips together. It is through sewing, cutting, and joining a large number of strip set units, that Maria pushes a design as far as she can, with the end result being an entirely new design.
Also in this show, Alex shares her updated version of an antique quilt and discusses the problems she encountered when trying to mimic the original quilt‘s border. Using lemons to make lemonade, Alex shares her new "super improv" and out-of-the-box triangle border.

Star Members can watch Maria in Show 2208: Improv Patchwork. The show debuts this Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Diane Kirkhart joins Alex and Ricky on the set. Diane learned how to sew from her mother at the age of five. It is her immense dedication to handwork that has led her to creating spectacular Millefiori quilts. Many of her quilts include no less than several thousand hand-pieced English Paper Pieced units.
Diane shares three variations on EPP (English Paper Piecing) including an invisible stitch machine method, a bulk reducing figure eight knot, and a fussy cutting tip for creating photo images in the center of a rosette design. This show is chock full of mesmerizing eye candy. You won't want to miss this!

Star Members can watch Diane in Show 2205: Magnificent Millefiori Quilts when it debuts Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Leni Levenson Wiener has been photographing unsuspecting people on park benches for many years. She enjoys creating a little story and found that the background and bench itself were not actually necessary when trying to convey a message. Leni shares how she builds her unique mounted floating art works. She also shares tips for using unexpected fabrics when creating faces.

Also in this show, when it comes to quilting, we don’t often do our bodies justice. Hours of being hunched over a sewing machine can take its toll. Jake Simmons, a practicing Chiropractor, shares tips for preventing pain while quilting.

Star Members can watch Leni in Show 2204: The Human Form from Portrait to Art Piece, also featuring Jake Simmons. It debuts, Sunday, February 11, 2018.


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.

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