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Show 1705 - Louisa Smith's Double Vision

Featuring: Louisa Smith

Posts On: August 31, 2015


Louisa Smith loves creating designs, and especially tessellations.  She is fascinated by the work of M.C. Escher, and she demonstrates how to make one of her patterns, the Curved Diamond Footwarmer, also called the “Tootsie Toaster,” which is derived from a tessellating curved hexagon.  Her footwarmer pattern is being made available as a free gift to TQS members.  Louisa also loves Dupioni silk, and currently works mostly with the lustrous fabrics.  Louisa, who was a guest on TQS previously (Episode 204), shares a fun new technique she calls “Double Vision,” which came to her while doodling during a car trip.  Louisa uses the “Hugs and Kisses” pattern elements (circles and diamonds) to illustrate her new technique.  She discusses both fused and pieced options. Also during the show, Ricky shares some ideas for basting quilts.

Click here for Louisa's Foot Warmer, "Tootsie Toaster," pattern.

Show Information


Chapter one 00:00:00

Ricky demonstrates how he applies his spray and thread basting techniques to his quilt tops. To purchase water soluble thread go here.

Chapter two 00:12:17

Louisa Smith tells the story of her quilts as well as discussing her book “One Patch Plus”. To purchase her book go here

Chapter three 00:22:33

Louisa Smith shares her techniques on how she uses her Superior Threads Rainbow Collection with her  “Hugs & Kisses Quilt.

To order your Superior Threads go here

Chapter four 00:37:05

Louisa Smith loves playing with fabric, color, and design, and has the. I haven't sewn curves for quite some time and these templates make it very easy.

To purchase the templates go here



#11 duanewiley 2015-09-06 13:36
Ricky and Alex - Just wanted to suggest that you add a video from Sharon Schamber on how to thread baste so you don't have the issues you were talking about with thread basting on a quilt top that you will heavily qulit. Part 1 and 2 describes the process.
#10 cfreda 2015-09-03 14:54
I have basting thread, which i bought many years ago ( don't know if it is still a product or available) but it pulls out easily compared to regular thread.
Just beginning to prepare and baste my 74" by 74" quilt,
love your spoon technique for the running basting stitches .
Also, for a large quilt, start in the middle, center and baste to the edge..keeping the thread on the spool..then pull enough thread off the spool to go the other way. Continue on, horizontally and vertically.
#9 Leslie63 2015-09-03 12:30
This was a delightful show. Thank you Louisa for sharing your wonderful talent.
#8 DBLTurtle 2015-09-02 22:14
Great show, will definitely watch more than once!
#7 iquiltfast 2015-09-01 14:09
Thank you!!! fabulous many possibilities :)
#6 lbarnes 2015-09-01 12:24
I absolutely love Louisa Smith. The show was great. Also I am wondering where the instructions are to make the template for the special TQS project Louisa designed and showed in the last segment.
#5 nickywilliams 2015-09-01 05:56
absolutely fabulous!
#4 Claire31 2015-09-01 04:14
Oh WOW - just love your colours and thank you for so much information!
#3 FiberontheMt 2015-08-31 21:24
This was fun! Love all the color blending. Guess reading all those books paid off! Where does one find the pattern for the tootsie toaster? Love these shows. Learn so much....thank you!
#2 lisaslatest 2015-08-31 12:42
love this show. I have sewing ministry at church and started cutting scraps into 1 1/2 inch strips - no idea why so small and then couldn't think what wanted to do with them . Now I do. Thank you

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