Ricky and Alex meet MJ Kinman. A corporate job at a Fortune 100 company kept her busy, but it was quilting that tugged at MJ's heart. In 1991, an advertising mailer featuring a gem captured her imagination. She wanted to see if it was possible to create a gem using fabrics.

MJ has designed a freezer paper technique pattern based on the 12 birth-month gemstones. She shares tips on working with the pattern and shows examples of gems that include different color combinations.

In order to replicate the colors and fire in gemstones, MJ had to learn how to paint her own fabrics. She shows Ricky how fun and easy it is to paint your own cotton sateen fabric. After discussing tools, it's on to adding paint to create blending and movement of color (the perfect fabric for gemstones).

We wrap up the show with a Tour of the Iowa Quilt Museum. Iowa Quilt Museum Director, Megan Barrett, shares the history of this gem in Winterset, IA, that opened its doors in May 2016.

Watch MJ in Show 2407  when it debuts Sunday, March 24, 2019.


Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Heidi Proffetty. A master of mosaic quilts, Heidi moved from hand cutting her shapes to using a digital cutter. This allows her to blend her own photographic images into an art quilt. Heidi demonstrates the ins and outs of digital cutting, discusses SAQA Mentorship, and talks about beekeeping, which has become a family hobby.

Watch Heidi in Show 2406.


Alex and Ricky are joined one the set by Barbara Black and Bill Volckening. Barbara has worked in the educational office at the Houston Quilt Festival for 20 years. Learn about her quilt beginnings and her very famous quilt. Barbara also shares her thoughts on the three things you do wrong in quilting, gives you tips for achieving a beautiful binding, and teaches you how to add a sleeve.

Also in the show, Bill Volckening shares his elegant antique quilts. Bill has over 500 quilts in his collection that cover the years 1750-2008. He then displays elegant quilts that debunk the myth that quilts in America were only made from scraps as utilitarian.

Watch Barbara and Bill in Show 2405 when it debuts Sunday, February 24, 2019.


Need a handmade heirloom gift for a bride and groom (that costs less than $20)? Alex has the answer.


Jenny K. Lyon is an excellent Free-Motion Quilting teacher. She has a way to "plactice" and end up with a wonderful project. Plus, you will learn to "stretch and puddle"



Okay, you need to see this denim jacket. How did she do it? 


Watch Jenny in Show 2404 starting this Sunday.





A lot happens in this show. First, Alex shares tips for making a pieced binding. Then, she and Ricky meet with Suzy Williams of SuzyQuilts.com. They talk about her quilting journey and how she designs her own fabric using Spoonflower's print-on-demand technology. Suzy says that creating her own fabric allows her tremendous flexibility.

Learn how to design your own fat quarters and get over your creative slump making mini quilts, when Show 2403 debuts Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Watch Suzy and Spoonflower in Show 2403.



Alex and Ricky are joined on the set by Marci Baker and Michelle McKibben. Marci is back to share great tips on pressing and seams, along with tips for cutting and assembly line stitching a fast and visually exciting one-patch quilt design.

Then, Michelle McKibben shares an 1873 India Soldier quilt that was originally given to Michelle’s great, great, great grandmother as a presentation gift by soldiers that were nursed during their years in India.

Star members can watch Show 2402 with Marci and Michelle when it debuts on Sunday, January 13, 2019.



TQS BOM 2019 "SIZZLE" by Becky Goldsmith

SIZZLE Quilt - Warm

SIZZLE Quilt - Cool


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