Alex and Ricky each have their favorite – and least favorite – tools for marking quilts. They debate the merits and drawbacks of various tools.
Janna Thomas finds much of her quilting inspiration in flowers and antique stitchery designs. Her specialty is borders, and she shares her ideas for transitioning a quilt from the center out to the border – or borders! She is a stickler for accuracy, and she shares basic tips on creating accurate blocks, as well as how to prepare and handle them during assembly, to keep them from losing their shape. She demonstrates how to make quick diamond-in-a-square and triangle-in-a-square blocks. Frustration with her cutting ruler prompted her husband Paul to design a new ruler for her, and they now have a quilting tool company. They share the sweet story of how they met, and why they named their company Courtship Quilts.
Alex and Ricky share their knowledge with the audience on what type of marking tools they prefer to use while marking their quilts.
Ricky demonstrates how you can load your water-soluble thread in the machine, and in your bobbin, to do your quilting. Once you have your water-soluble thread ready to go in your machine, you can simply follow the lines of the water-soluble thread to do your quilting. When finished, just wash your quilt and that will remove your water-soluble threads.
To order the book Beautifully Quilted by Alex Anderson, go here.
To order "Ripples in the Rock Pool” by Ricky Tims, go here.
To order Ricky Tim’s Stable Stuff Poly Stabilizer, go here.
To order your water-soluble thread, go here.
From Chapter Two
Janna Thomas explains how when she received her book Language of Flowers and realized that flowers send messages, it made her think, "Do all Quilters send messages with there quilts?" Janna enjoyed watching Eleanor Burns on TV as she helped her build her confidence once she started quilting.
Janna, the owner of Bloc_Loc, explains how her business came in to play when her mother came to visit one Thanksgiving Day. Janna’s mother brought with her a ruler with duct tape on it and commented to Janna what she did but that the ruler still rocks and slips. Paul, Janna’s husband, who was working at the time for Quanta Airlines and could fix anything, took the ruler to the garage, filed a groove in the bottom of it and the rest is history on how the Bloc_Loc Company was started.
To visit Eleanor Burn, watch Show 305: Stripping Along, Show 913: TQS Quilting Legend 2011, or Show 2309: Celebrating 40 Years and Still Entertaining.
From Chapter Three
Janna shares her tips on how to prepare your borders with starch and how this helps to not stretch your fabric when applying your borders.
From Chapter Four
Learn how to use some of the Bloc_Loc rulers the correct way and how your blocks will be perfect every time.
Janna demonstrates on the Bloc Loc Drunkards Path 4 X 4 ruler, the Bloc Loc Triangle in a Square 3 X 3 ruler and other versions of the Bloc_Loc rulers.
After watching the show with Nola Emerie on TQS, Janna wanted to help her out. So Janna and Nola, who started quilting after her accident, designed the Bloc Loc Slip not right hander ruler. Janna Thomas has also released her latest book called Border Bling 1.
To order Bloc_Loc products, like the Drunkard’s Path Ruler, the Triangle in a Square ruler, or the 5 X 5 HST Ruler, go here.
To visit Nola Emerie, watch Show 1506: Two Amazing Women and the Power of Quilting.
To order Janna Thomas' book, Border Bling I, go here.