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  July 4, 2012
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Welcome Message
Day Lily Dance

Day Lily Dance is a beautiful example of the artistic quilting of Ellen Anne Eddy using fantastic threads and her hand dyed fabrics.

Dear Quilters,

Has it really been seven years? Yes, I double checked; was born seven years ago. The network launched in May during Spring International Quilt Market. Two things stand out in my mind about the reception quilters gave us in those early days.

One, international quilters were ecstatic. Most countries outside of North America don’t have the shows we enjoy on PBS and HGTV. Emails came in thanking us for making quilting programming available. That was the idea: Bringing quilting programming to everyone through an online TV station.

My second impression is the frustration of want-to-be viewers who had slow connections. Dial up was still the norm then, so I answered many an email explaining why the video froze.

Today most of us have high speed connections and are living a chunk of our lives online and boy, how video has improved! In this newsletter our everything-technical guru Phil has a suggestion to further improve the video quality as you watch

It’s pretty amazing that today I am reviewing new videos for on my phone while waiting for my allergy shots. I didn’t dream that seven years ago!

Happy quilting,

Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show!
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Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show

Episode 216
The Magical World of Longarm Quilting Artist Ellen Anne Eddy

Week One
The longarm machine was invented for quilting quilts, or so we thought. Leave it to the imagination of gifted artists like Ellen Anne Eddy to take the longarm to places that astound us. The longarm machine and threads become her pen and ink and her hand painted fabrics are the paper as she quilts, bringing her magical world of colorful creatures to life before our eyes.

Watch it here!

Quilt Out Loud!

Episode 401
The World of Marie Bostwick, Quilting Storyteller

Week One
Jodie and Mark open the show from the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, Connecticut, showing what they’ve been up to recently with thread. Then they head to Litchfield to scope out the town that inspired the novels of Mark’s doorknock “victim” Marie Bostwick. Guess who they run into?

Watch it here!


Episode #226
Buying Fabric Online: Tips + Info

We love quilt shops and we love shopping online, too. On today's episode of Quilty, Mary talks about the basics of buying fabric online and gives you some pointers about the process. You're already online, right? Check it out! :)

Watch here!

Getting the Best Video from

As they are prepared for the site, the videos for are encoded in several different sets of parameters in order to give you the best viewing experience based upon your connection status. When you click on a video the players at attempt to detect your connection speed and serve the most appropriate quality file for your connection. But sometimes the choice isn’t the best one in reality, and the video quality is poor.

In such a case, it's possible to manually override the bandwidth detection and select your preferred quality (although, please note that serving a high quality file over a slow-speed connection introduces another issue, stuttering).

To do this, hover over the playback area, click on the right-most icon in the navigation bar (it looks a bit like a bulleted list), and then the left-most icon in the resulting navigation (this icon also looks like a bulleted list). Clicking on this icon should pull up a "Preferred Video Quality" screen which displays your detected bandwidth and provides the opportunity to select which of the three files to play back. Teaching people to quilt is our passion. is a place where you learn to quilt, or expand your skills with expert instruction. Learn a new technique or a timesaving tip from passionate expert quilters such as Liz Porter!

Watch designer Pat Sloan as she shares machine appliqué tips and techniques that will have you stitching like a pro! Class includes a downloadable pattern for her Life is Short wallhanging, using fusible web and machine stitching. Pat also suggests other favorite quotes that you might like to stitch.

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This free eBook from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting includes the information needed to create the four different batik fabric quilts, including:

  • The "Blue Lagoon" batik quilting pattern, featuring easy-to-make quilt diamonds and pyramids.
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Quilters Club of America - Community Update

Win 2 Fat Quarter Bundles from Windham Fabrics in the July Sponsor Spotlight.

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