Featuring: Rosa RojasPosts On: December 4, 2016 (Free from December 24, 2016 through December 31, 2019)
Being a perfectionist and frustrated with her own traditional hand appliqué results, Rosa Rojas was determined to find a better, faster and easier method for achieving the beautiful hand appliqué she desired. The result was the Apliquick tools that allow a person to make even the tiniest of perfect circles. This Spanish designer and artist says that it is all about ‘letting the tools’ do the work for you. Addicted to appliqué, Rosa even shows you how easy it is to design and make your own Hawaiian quilt.
Ricky also has a demonstration of a twisted thread chain, by machine, that will add texture and interest to your quilt work. Variations and interest can be enhanced depending on the size and type of silk ribbon or cording used.
Featuring: Deborah Boschert / Julie SilberPosts On: October 8, 2017 (Free from January 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020)
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 quilt historian, curator, and quilt broker Julie Silber, takes us on a history lesson via the lives of ordinary women, using quilts from the 1820’s to 1950. You don’t want to miss this fun and information packed show.
Featuring: Susan ClevelandPosts On: October 7, 2018 (Free from December 31, 2018 through March 1, 2020)
We have translated this show into English, Spanish, Italian, German, French & Russian. Watch in your language and let us know if it's good. Susan Cleveland is in the house and that means precision, fabulous workmanship, and lots of laughs. Having avoided the Dresden plate for years because she wasn’t happy with her own results, she is now a full-fledged convert…working with a traditional block in an upbeat and contemporary way. With a nod of thanks to her quilt sisters of yore, Susan shares tips for creating perfect points, avoiding the dreaded wonky bias volcano center, and fun and contemporary ways to add spark and fun to this much loved block. A stickler for impeccable piecing, Susan then shares tips about thread, needles and feed dogs that can make a huge difference when it comes to results. Don’t miss this show!
Featuring: Marianne FonsPosts On: December 16, 2018 (Free from January 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020)
TQS Quilting Legend 2018, Marianne Fons, welcomes Alex and Ricky to the turn of the century house she has called home since she was 39 years old. This home in Iowa was originally owned by her grandparents. She loves living only two blocks from the town square and being able to walk everywhere. A model of beauty and utility, the house is filled with books, works by her father (a commercial exhibit designer) and other items of personal importance. In the home we enjoy a bed turning of some of her more remarkable/interesting works.
Marianne discusses Quilts of Valor, an organization that Marianne has supported for many years, including as a board member. The Non-profit was established by Catherine Roberts in 2003 as a way to honor and recognize the sacrifice service men and women have given while serving the US military. Marianne says ‘nothing says love like a quilt’. She’s currently working on a quilt with pinwheel star block which she shares with TQS.
Marianne also talks about the beginnings of her career and meeting Liz Porter at the local quilting class. This unexpected meeting of two young women led to a long partnership (Fons & Porter) that has included numerous books, a magazine, and television shows.
Marianne is a voracious reader and loves a good story. A desire to become a fiction writer has now become a reality. She has completed one novel and is currently working on a second. This next chapter in her life which includes being on the board of the Iowa Quilt Museum and Winterset Theater (which she helped to save a restore, she gives Alex and Ricky a tour) have brought her full circle…she has fallen in love with her home town and is one of its biggest cheerleaders.
Featuring: Becky GoldsmithPosts On: December 30, 2018 (Free from December 29, 2018 through December 31, 2019)
Alex and Ricky welcome back Becky Goldsmith (Shows 611 and 1704) to catch up and see what she’s been working on. Although known for handwork, she wanted to do something different for a change. An antique bullseye quilt she’d seen 30 years ago kept nagging her. It was a challenge to figure out how to make the piece using foundation piecing. Once the puzzle was solved, she was off and running making several bullseye quilts in a row.
Becky has also been selected as the 2019 BOM quilt designer. Her quilt, Sizzle, contains a combination of foundation-pieced circular designs with a touch of her signature appliqué.
In this show, Becky walks you through the fundamentals of the 2019 BOM and the building of a Bullseye quilt.
Featuring: Shelley Scott-Tobisch / Bernie TobischPosts On: September 8, 2019 (Free from September 8, 2019 through December 31, 2019)
Alex and Ricky are introduced to Shelley Scott-Tobisch and Bernie Tobisch of Easy Precision Piecing, creators of the Acorn Easy Precision Piecing Seam Align Glue, Easy Press Solution, Easy Press Pen, and the Block Builder Base. Shelley has been quilting for twenty years, while Bernie has had a forty-three year career as a sewing machine tech. Combined, they offer students a wealth of knowledge when it comes to achieving perfection in their piecing results. Having serviced over 50,000 machines, Bernie walks TQS through tips to help resolve issues that all quilters face, like tension, tilting stitches, and the proper needle for the job.
Then, Bernie and Shelley talk about the special features of the Block Builder Base, a portable patchwork block base developed to keep pieces in place and aid in assembly without shifting when it comes time to move from the cutting area to sewing. Bernie and Shelley cap off the show by talking about the many wonderful years they spent living on a boat.