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Show 2008 - Photo Realism in Fabric
Featuring: Melissa Sobotka
Posts On: April 9, 2017
Melissa Sobotka is a relative newcomer on the quilt scene, but this multiple award-winning quilter has taken the quilt world by storm with her photo realistic style. Using a photograph as inspiration, Melissa, like a master painter, transforms a blank fabric base using hundreds of tiny pieces of batiks. Depth is created with inks and other medium until the resulting quilt emerges in all of its glory. Melissa gives tips for selecting fabrics to achieve realism and details how tools from the art world can add life to your fabric image.
Alex shares the ins and outs of pinning and why the pins you select can make a real difference in your piecing results.
Alex shares tips on why the type of pins you use and how you pin can make a real difference in your piecing results. She also discusses using a single-hole throat plate for stitching.
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Alex and Ricky sit down with Melissa and discuss her quilting journey and look at her quilts.
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Working from a photograph, Melissa uses a lightbox to draw a pattern that will later be used for hundreds of pieces of fabric. She discusses the best fabric choices for her raw edge appliqué technique.
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Melissa has discovered tricks along the way to achieve realism through the use of tools from the art world, including her "retired" scrapbooking supplies. She also shows Alex how blending and shading adds life to the fabric image.
Sometimes the catalyst for a totally new direction in quilting simply comes down to vacation photos. Building a design using the fundamental shape of a square became the inspiration for Gyleen’s venture into the Modern world. But Gyleen, as always, has made the process more streamlined and completely her own. Using a grid system that allows you, the quilter, to design anything you like using basic building blocks that play well together. But wait, there’s more. Gyleen even shares a fast and calculating way for you to make an interesting and unique quilt back using your stash. That leaves money for new fun fabrics. She’s a gal after any quilter’s heart.
Show 2011 - Building with Details, Interest, and Finishes
Posts On: May 21, 2017
Award-winning quilt artist Teri Cherne is a quilter with sheer determination. As an artist, she didn’t let a little thing like two bouts of cancer keep her from creating. Known for her incredibly detailed and precise work, Teri shares how she drafts an entire quilt before needle ever hits thread. But that’s not all, she loves adding interesting details in her binding that she calls, "The frame for your picture." You won't believe the results.
Then Alex shares a contemporary rendition of an antique Shoo-Fly quilt as a way to honor and treasure those who stitched before.
Show 2010 - Easy Piecing with Complex Fabrics Makes Stunning Quilts
Posts On: May 7, 2017
The Queen of Kaleidoscopes, Paula Nadelstern, is back to teach a new method for making complex-looking quilts. She uses easy piecing quilting techniques. It’s about letting the symmetrical fabric do the work of fooling the eye. But your eyes will not be fooled when Paula also shares how to make stunning fabric and embellished ornaments.
This is not a new idea, as Julie Silber, the Queen of Antique Quilts, shares a variety of diverse antique quilts all featuring designs based on simple squares.
Whether you love the new or the old, you'll love this show.
Show 2013 - Art and Abstract Design
Posts On: June 18, 2017
Lyric Kinard is back to stretch our idea of abstract design using a simple technique with surprising results. Alex and Ricky join in the fun as students. Always one to challenge herself as an artist, Lyric shares the results of her 365-Day of Drawing Faces Project, which lead her to better understand the road map of the human face. This easy-to-do project is doable by anyone desiring to improve their own drawing skills.
TQS tours the Camp Sherman home and studio of Tonye Belinda Phillips. Known for her whimsical folk art creations, Tonye shares tips for achieving perfect applique points.
Show 2009 - Sweet Treats with Vintage Appeal
Posts On: April 23, 2017
As a child, Meg Hawkey loved to draw and make quilts for her dolls, but it was her husband who encouraged and pushed her to launch Crabapple Hill Studio. Meg's easy quilting tutorials show you how to achieve a vintage look using crayons and hand embroidery stitches that will give your work an added dimension. She says it is all about rediscovering the joys of sitting and stitching something beautiful. You will welcome the easy quilting techniques whether you are beginning quilting or looking for new quilting techniques to add to your current project. Plus Meg says, "Everyone will have the chance to rediscover the joys of sitting and stitching something beautiful."
Sally Frey loves to redesign modern quilts based on antique quilt patterns and designs. Her quilts become a blending of old and new that you are going to be excited to try. Is it Antique Quilts or is it Modern Quilting? Take a look and you decide.
Show 2007 - From Perfection to Preservation
Posts On: March 26, 2017
With fifteen Best of Show ribbons to her name, Karen Kay Buckley knows what a judge is looking for when it comes to a perfect quilt. From perfect circles to ovals and stems, Karen shares tips and tricks for taking your work to a whole new level. But wait, there's more. Karen shows her technique for squaring up the perfect block.
Then meet North Carolina Textile Conservator Lynn Gorges, who spends her days preserving textiles for future generations to enjoy.
Show 2006 - Engaging the Viewer with Line, Shape, and Gesture
Posts On: March 12, 2017
Have you ever wondered why some quilts draw you in for a closer look? It is through the use of line, shape and unusual or often overlooked fabrics, that Ann P. Shaw unlocks the mystery of adding 'gesture' to her quilts. A former student of Ruth McDowell, Ann took over thirty classes and now, with Ruth's blessing, is taking this technique and adding her own unique spin on the process.
Rosalie Dace takes us on a walk in Sisters, OR, and opens our eyes to seeing line and shape in the world around us.
Show 2005 - Free-Form Collage and Embroidery
Posts On: February 26, 2017
Have you ever wanted to create a landscape without the fuss of complicated pattern pieces? Laura Fogg's method of fast, free-form collage will open your eyes to the possibilities of creating stunning impressionistic designs. Building a landscape begins with a base, onto which is layered free-cut fabrics, cheesecloth, yarn, and other elements to create a multi-layered interest and depth. She then "draws" on the collage using free-motion quilting.
Ann Horton shares her technique for creating a stunningly realistic three-dimensional butterfly using machine embroidery. Ann's free-form embroidery adds another layer of texture when it comes to making her award-winning quilts.
Show 2004: Into the Woods We Go - Embroidery with Whimsy in Stitches
Posts On: February 12, 2017
When it comes to creating warm and whimsical design, this Utah quilter has it all stitched up. By combining cotton, wool, and timeless woodland themed embroidery designs, Amy's quilts have a charm that is simply irresistible to quilters around the world. Along with clever tricks for prepping your work, she shares a technique using cereal boxes that will have you raiding your kitchen cupboards.
Then Australian quilter, Sarah Fielke, shares how effective a hand-quilted big stitch can be on your project.
Show 2003 - Vintage Charm Using Silk and Machine Threadwork
Posts On: January 29, 2017
Join Lynda Faires as she takes Crazy Quilting to a whole new level with beautiful fabrics and machine stitches. Using Dupioni silk, Lynda shares her method for avoiding awkward corners or Y-seams when creating a crazy patchwork block. The magic happens when luscious threads, ric-rac, and ribbons are combined along with machine stitches to create interest and depth. Lynda says the results are simply stunning and achievable by any quilter.
Alex takes the guesswork out of selecting fabrics by using a color wheel tool.
Show 2002 - Look Out! Double Rings and Curves Ahead
Posts On: January 15, 2017
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is back to unlock the secrets of the Double Wedding Ring block. By exploring the design in over sixty quilts to date, she has figured out tips for successful stitching that she is passing on to you. But why stop there? With free-form cutting, she is taking this traditional block for a spin on the wild and wonderful Modern side. Then, step inside a Gee's Bend classroom to see what really takes place when these creative women get together. Buckle your seat belts for a wild and wonderful show!
Show 2001 - Delectable Curves and Points - TQS BOM 2017 - The Halo Medallion Quilt
Posts On: January 1, 2017
We're kicking off our 2000 series with another fabulous Block of the Month designed by Sue Garman. Sue's quilts are designed as skill builders, and who better to teach us the ins and outs for tackling The Halo Medallion Quilt than TQS member and pattern tester Carolyn Hock. Carolyn has made a number of BOM quilts and other featured quilt projects on TQS. From Curved Flying Geese to Delectable Mountain blocks, Carolyn is here to share some terrific ideas for making your own version of the BOM quilt.
Do you hate cutting up pretty fabric when it comes to creating a border around a block? Ricky demonstrates how to spice up your block with a square in a square technique.
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