Remember when you told you about the Mug Rug Exchange on the TQS Forum? If you don't remember, see below.

A Mug Rug is a mini-quilt that can act as a coaster or small placemat. It should be big enough to hold your beverage and maybe a small cookie (or a big cookie...)

Well, people have been posting photos like crazy, over 140 so far.  Here is just a sample of the mug rugs that have been exchanged among TQS members.

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If you are interested in exchanging a Mug Rug, post on the Mug Rug Exchange - Do it yourself style! Forum Link and let it be known.  You'll also find more information there about how to proceed.  When someone responds, privately exchange your snail mail address, and then when it is completed, ship off your completed Mug Rug - The best part is the surprise when your Mug Rug arrives in the mail.

It's a great way to complete a small project and make a friend at the same time.

TQS would like to see what our members are making. When you receive your Mug Rug, please post a picture in the Mug Rugs Show & Tell area provided just for that purpose. We know it will be spectacular.




Take a look at what TQS Members have been posting in the BOM 2013 Show & Tell. Imagination and creativity abound.  Have you been working on your BOM?  These should inspire you to get it started or to keep on going.

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Join TQS instructor and guest Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero for Part 2 of her visit to Vietnam.

Amazing fabrics, embroidery, and clothing are featured.

Jeanie can be found in the TQS Classrooms where she teaches,Printing on Fabric.  She was a guest in Episode 507: Great Gifts with Rebecca Brent and Judith Baker Montano.  Jeanie is also the chief designer and and creative force behind Kaleidoscope Kreator.


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Congratulations to Ruth B. McDowell who has been selected as the 45th Honoree to be inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame, July 17-19, 2014 in Marion, Indiana. Ruth is a fulltime professional quilt artist. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967 with a B.S. in Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited in juried, invitational, and solo shows nationally and in Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.

The inspiration for most of McDowell’s 520 quilts to date has come from nature. Her artistic style has shown consistent development and her unique approach to pieced quilts has inspired ten books. McDowell’s 1982 “Twelve Dancing Princesses (Or The Shoes That Danced Themselves To Pieces)” and “The Yellow Maple” (1988) were included in the 20th Century’s Best American Quilts, selected by a Blue Ribbon panel of the top foremost quilting experts of the late 20th century from many different fields of quilting expertise. 

Since that first quilt in 1972, McDowell has shared her exceptional design and teaching skills all over the world and her award winning quilts are highly sought by collectors. 

McDowell wrote her first book, Pattern on Pattern (Quilt Digest Press) in 1991. Her 1996 book Art and Inspirations: Ruth B. McDowell (C&T Publishing) was a retrospective of Ruth’s career at that point and features full-color illustrations of 97 of her quilts, many color details and drawings, and a fascinating text. As Ruth refined her understanding of both the designing and teaching of pieced quilts, she rewrote and further expanded her best-selling book Ruth B. McDowell's Piecing Workshop and now offers on her web site www.ruthbmcdowell.com several of her titles as print-on-demand and e-books. 

Just click PLAY to enjoy some of her fine work.


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Step into the home of fiber artist Lea McComas and oil painter Jim McComas.  As self described lovers of travel, Lea and Jim have visited a number of exotic locations around the globe and their home reflects this with elegance and warmth. 

This creative and dynamic duo enjoy surrounding themselves with color, pattern, and works created by the human hand. 

Lea’s upcoming class will introduce you to the art of creating a portrait using fabric.

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