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  November 28, 2012
In This Issue:
Welcome Message
Ripples and Reflections by Laurie Shifrin

More Antique Quilting Designs is a book by well-known quilt historian Roberta “Bobbe”
Benvin. The quilting designs are based on designs from her collection of antique quilts.

Dear Quilters,

Two of the many, many things I love about quilting are that even after years of quilt making there’s still so much to learn and, perhaps not secondly, the tremendous sense of community of quilting. Here at we celebrate these aspects of quilting every day.

So many people freeze up at the thought of free motion quilting and wish to unlock their free spirit and put their foot to the pedal. If you’re in that league watch Cheryl Duncan of Handi Quilter as she guides us through the basics of free motion quilting to get you started on QuiltersTV: The Quilters Community.

And if you’re puzzled as to which thread to use for your quilting National Sulky Educator Diane Gloystein is here to help. Watch QuiltersTV: The Quilters Community.

As for community, nothing is better than getting together with friends – or making new ones – at a quilting event. Newcomers may not know all that goes on at quilt shows, so watch this video to see all the fun happenings at a quilting expo! Quilt Show Tour: Original Sewing & Quilting Expo.

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Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show

Episode #308
Realistic Quilting for Pictorial Quilts with Cathy Wiggins

During her career in telecommunications Cathy Wiggins painted with watercolors and acrylics on paper, and is now painting on fabric. She’s known for her whimsical designs but is now moving towards more realism in her work. In this segment Cathy shows us how easy it is to quilt realistic grass and foliage designs as fillers to our quilts.

Cathy Wiggins continues to show us how to quilt natural pictorial quilts with wood grains as the topic of this segment. Cathy shows how to duplicate the three types of wooden boards with straight grain, half knots and whole knots and suggests thread weights and stitch length for realistic results.

In Short Takes on Longarm Quilting Jodie asks Vicki Hoth why and how Cathy was using different stitch lengths. Vicki answers that the how isn’t nearly as important as the why. Handi Quilter has two different types of stitch regulation on their longarm machines; the precision and cruise. Vicki shows the difference between the two and why and when you would use each.

Cathy Wiggins continues to show us how to quilt using motifs from nature. Water and sky motifs are added in this final segment of the show. She shows how easy it is to quilt a water filler using wavy lines and curlicues echoing back and forth horizontally across the quilt. Her #1 hint? Keep track of the scale of the filler used and maintain it throughout the body of the quilt.

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Quilt Out Loud!

Episode #405
Designing Reproduction Fabric with Bobbe Benvin

Trends in quilting are exciting and fresh, but traditional designs are forever popular and interest always cycles around. Mark shows the scrappy quilt he designed for the Nov/Dec issue of Love of Quilting magazine using reproduction fabrics. Modern or traditional: design and fabric choices are the key! Jodie visits with Bobbe Benvin who has combined her love of history and quilting to find her niche in the world of antique quilts.

Jodie continues her conversation with Bobbe Benvin. Bobbe was inspired by the quilt treasures of the York County Heritage Trust in Pennsylvania to collect antique quilts of the pre-Civil War era, most in the 1840’s time period. In this segment Bobbe shows the original quilts and the reproduction fabrics she designed from them for P & B Textiles.

Bobbe Benvin shows more of her resource material in the form of vintage quilt blocks and fabrics. Bobbe shows a vintage fabric of an eagle and wreath design and the more usable fabric designed. Bobbe’s fifth collection, Early Finery, was based on individual vintage quilt blocks she collected.

Jodie and Mark review Home Sweet Quilt by Jill Lily and show two of the fresh and modern quilts from the book.

Watch it here!


Episode #246
Tidiness Is Next to Quiltiness: With “Little Sister” Rebecca Fons

Messy sewing space? Disorganized workshop? This “Goofus and Gallant”-style episode will make you laugh and make you think. A clean space is worth all the effort, and the Fons sisters show you how easy it can be to stay tidy.

Watch here!

Quilters TV: The Quilters Community

Episode #20
Free-Motion Quilting with Handi Quilter

Do you lack confidence in your free-motion quilting? Learn tips to help you overcome your hesitation and motivate you to tackle the next quilt project! The key? Practice, practice, practice. Join us for this video with special guest, Cheryl Duncan from Handi Quilter, Inc.

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