FREE TQS! this week!!

January 22, 2017 83 Comments

 

 

A GIFT to my Lovely Blog Readers!!!  

 

Free this week Jan 22-29 you can watch my episode 

#2002 CURVES AHEAD at the Quilt Show!  

 

YIPPEE!

 

 

Giveaway!

Once you watch my episode, come back and comment at this post, 

and share one little thing that you enjoyed about the show... 

 

No, I'm not looking for compliments, I'm looking to see what you learned or thought was interesting! Which quilt, or technique, or comment on the show, etc etc...

 

I'll do a give away prize of my Double Wedding Ring Template set!  I'll pick a winner and announce it on Monday the 30th.

 





83 Responses

Darlene
Darlene

January 29, 2017

So fun. Love the double wedding ring and all the variations.

Penny S.
Penny S.

January 29, 2017

Your DWR quilts are fabulous. I especially like the one with the solids!

Diane Calesso
Diane Calesso

January 29, 2017

Your show is so inspirational! I love your mantra: “It’s just fabric, have fun.”

BTW – I find viewing Gee’s Bend quilts a religous experience also!

Debbie Morse
Debbie Morse

January 29, 2017

I watched your first TQS episode and have followed your work since, although I still have not tried a DWR quilt. Your technique makes it seem so easy and I sure have enough scraps to try this “block”. Maybe if I win this contest I will have the extra motivation to add this to my fun quilting. I plan to attend QuiltCon in Savannah next month and joined as a MQG member too late to have a chance to take one of your classes. I enjoyed reading about your entries and I cannot believe you had entries denied. Our guild allows multiple judged entries for the same price and I did not realize how lucky we are.

grace thorne
grace thorne

January 28, 2017

i like the 3 pin rule….pinning takes lots of time and to be able to do these curves accurately with just 3 pins is a game changer….

Sue k
Sue k

January 27, 2017

How fun! And enlightening!!! Just three pins…who knew? My mind is blown with all of the possibilities you opened it up to. Thank you SEW very much!!!

Karen
Karen

January 27, 2017

I watched TQS and was struck by your artistic thought process. I make a quilt by looking at a pattern and then constructing the quilt from those instructions. Your process is much different by looking at specific quilt pattern then deconstructing or enlarging or shrinking or cutting or taking away certain elements of the pattern. That alone will change my quilting and make it an adventure. Thank you Victoria!

Amy L
Amy L

January 27, 2017

So much color and inspiration on this segment of the Quilt Show! I loved learning that your color sense comes from the polyester quilts that your grandmother made. The best thing that I learned was lining up those dog ears when sewing the melons. A few years ago, my quilty peeps decided to conquer curves using the Winding Ways block. Sure wish I had known about dog ears then. I would have used a lot less pins. And “floppy toppy” and “flat bottoms” are now in my quilting vocabulary. Thanks!

Elisabeth
Elisabeth

January 27, 2017

Thank you for sharing the free form.
I forgot the wonderful feeling with them.

Paulette McKenna
Paulette McKenna

January 27, 2017

I am one of those people that have always been scared by curves but have really wanted to kind sort of get the courage up to try… The show gave me courage. I thought that the 3 pins and the belly/floppy top were most memorable. All in all, it broke things down into pieces of info that just made sense. It was a real treat to watch and learn. Thank-You!

MLee
MLee

January 26, 2017

I’ve read your book, but was still intimated by the idea of the double wedding ring quilt. It was so helpful to see how you pin the pieces together with only 3 pins, and walking through how each piece gets sewn together was so helpful.

Robyn
Robyn

January 26, 2017

I loved the way you used 3 pins and guided the fabrics through the machine. It was many years ago that I made a double wedding ring quilt and the container of pins just wasn’t enough for holding the bits together. It seemed like a million pins held each piece. I drew the patterns pieces myself with compass, protractor and ruler When it came time to sew the arc, I discovered that if I stitched just inside the drawn line, i avoided having pleats. That’s what happens when you make your pattern pieces too small I later discovered.

My other love is the way you have broken from the mold and use your artist eye to change things. Sometimes we want to follow the leader and keep it the same and to the pattern. Just changing it here and there, or in your case all over it seems, makes it far more interesting and delightful.

Thank you for opening my eyes to this.

Patricia Mahar
Patricia Mahar

January 26, 2017

I was lucky enough to be in your retreat last summer and having this available as a refresher is wonderful!
What I like best about your teaching technique is your consistently relaxed and easy to understand style. It reduces the internal stress of getting everything perfect. After all, if we don’t like it, we can just cut it up and make it into something wonderful!
BTW, still have an unfinished DWR on my design wall! holiday sewing, and then taking 110 delightful people to DC to do a little marching, got me off track. But I’ll soon be back to it!

Gabrielle
Gabrielle

January 26, 2017

I’ve watched this every day while having lunch.Thanks for making this available.I have had your DWR book for quite a while now, but was still scared to tackle a DWR quilt. Yesterday I gave the gentle curve/free form curve a try…. and I was SUCCESSFUL! I thought WOW this is really easy! I was so excited my husband came into my quilting room to make sure I was okay (and hadn’t dropped the rotary cutter on my foot again – I wear shoes now. Victoria was right when she said that quilting can be an extreme sport). The just 3 pins and how to line them up for pinning was the best tip. I like how Bright Lights, Big City combines New York Beauty and DWR blocks together. I’m really drawn to Color Play, but haven’t quite figured out why. Watching this made me get your DWR book out again, and your quilt You Are Here has me digging out some really cool Day of the Dead fabrics that I’ve had for a long time, but couldn’t decide what to do with them.The big thing I took away from the show was all of the different variations that come from a DWR block. Thanks again Victoria!

Karen Martin
Karen Martin

January 25, 2017

I recently bought your double wedding ring book at the Quilt Museum in Kansas. I have a box of unfinished double wedding ring blocks, with scraps from my Aunt and her mother. She asked me to finish it..its still in the box. But, when I read your book, I got hopeful that I would be able to finish as none of these blocks are the same size..some hand pieced, some machine pieced and not with a quarter inch seam. I just don’t have the heart to tear them apart and redo them, so I’m hoping now I will be able to improvise using your method.

Also your book reminded me of my 2 bffs in quilting and one is from MN and the other is in ND and I’m now reside in ND. Your stories are a lot like theirs. I enjoyed yours as much as theirs.

What I did learn from your show is the quarter inch for the melon. I thought it was tip to tip. Love the 3 pin method (I hate pinning) and I loved how you showed how to put the rows together..I was lost there and it never made sense to me. It does now.

Diana Nelson
Diana Nelson

January 25, 2017

Loved the show and seeing how a double wedding ring quilt can be interesting and never boring. I also learned that sewing curves isn’t as hard as it looks as long as you take your time. The best thing I learned about the pattern is have fun and enjoy the learning experience. I am a scrap quilter and sewing together lots of scraps for made fabric and using the templates should be a fun project that I will add to my list of things to do.

Debby Saunders
Debby Saunders

January 24, 2017

I liked the reminder that if you don’t like the way something turned out change things up. Just to get in the sewing room and not be afraid to cut and sew. I will be trying it tomorrow.

Thank you for sharing.

CJ Hines
CJ Hines

January 24, 2017

I loved how Victoria demonstrated the curve technique with Alex—I loved it! I’m going to try it and let my machine and the feed dogs do the work. But I also loved watching her do the double wedding ring and all the variations on it—the creativity and design opportunities are endless! It seems like such a freeing experience and doesn’t allow us to get bogged down in ‘perfection.’ Thank you, Victoria!

Anne
Anne

January 24, 2017

Thank you for sharing the show. It was a new experience. I actually started making a wedge by hand during a course this summer, and then stopped because I wanted to finish by machine but didn’t know how to move forward. I learned most from the location of your pins and what you told about the dog ears. Thank you!

Kate
Kate

January 24, 2017

Thanks for taking the fear out of curved piecing! Three pins, who knew?!! I saw your double wedding ring quilt exhibit at IQF in Houston and have been a fan ever since. I’ve wanted to try making such a quilt and now you’ve shown me that it truly is “do-able”. The bonus of the show, for me, was permission to cut into my UFO’s and make something different out of them. The creative juices are simmering : )

Sherry Loncar
Sherry Loncar

January 24, 2017

I have your 15 minutes of play book and just love it! I was planning on watching you episode on TQS anyway, but you talked me into watching it sooner :-) The way you transform left overs and make it look so easy to do is always amazing. I think I will play with some soft easy free form curves (both fabrics face up) and get the feel of it before I tackle the double wedding ring. I will rewatch your episode several times I’m sure.

Evy-Ann Strand
Evy-Ann Strand

January 24, 2017

How fun to watch this program. You show us how to pin and put the pieces together sewing curves, I will absolutly try this out.
I also love how you inspire to not be afrid to do something new with a traditional pattern or block, and also to cut into a allready made quilt, block or made fabric, if you feel it does not work as intended.
I really really like that – and I feel much more bold to just go ahead and try out somethign I never tried before, piecing curves and also cut into blocks just being thrown aside, in order to maybe create a fun and playful quilt, my way. Thank you :)

Claire Lynch
Claire Lynch

January 24, 2017

Really enjoyed the free show. I have your Double Wedding Ring book, and want to make a funky wedding ring quilt but haven’t started on it yet. Best bit was you showing how to pin the blocks when sewing it together, especially folding the material to find the centre and pin that – great tip!

Annette Spaniel
Annette Spaniel

January 24, 2017

Even though it’s intriguing, I’ve always said I’d never sew a block or quilt with curves. But never say never because you make it look doable! You are inspiring in so many ways! : )

Kristianne Naranjo
Kristianne Naranjo

January 24, 2017

Loved the show and especially the piecing curves technique. You proved to me that less is more when pinning curves and that I need to trust my cutting and sewing machine. I’m also seriously thinking of cutting up a quilt top I don’t really like. I’d love to explore that idea and concept more.

jude jones
jude jones

January 24, 2017

my favorite was the “belly” and the “floppy-toppy”!!! wonderful! so enjoyable! love your relaxed and confident style!

Mary Green
Mary Green

January 23, 2017

Your three-pin technique is so encouraging. I’ve made a couple Drunkard Path blocks and definitely over pinned. Will revisit that pattern and do as you showed. And who knows, that Wedding Ring quilt may get made in the next five years, in time for us to celebrate 50 years married.
I love your freshness and vitality, and the fact that you seem so genuinely nice. I want to be friends with you!!!
God bless and have a great day. If I win, that’s super, but if not, I’ve still come away from this with so much in my soul,

Nancy
Nancy

January 23, 2017

I loved the part where you cut your quilt top and showed how you could make it into something a lot more intriguing. Thanks for sharing a great show!

Lenore Guajardo
Lenore Guajardo

January 23, 2017

Saw the show twice…have been watching You Tube as well. I have your books and am so in love with the addition of the strips as in Ednas double knit flowers. I love the no pinning, and the ease of making your own fabrics. I was never one for the traditional Wedding Ring quilt as I felt it was over my head…; but you show how to think out of the box and easy to do with templates and non traditional fabrics.

Vicki Bartels
Vicki Bartels

January 23, 2017

What a wonderful episode. Don’t even know where to begin. I have you Double Wedding Ring book and have been so afraid to try anything in it. I think I am going to go play for a little bit and see what fun I can come up with. Thank you for your inspiration.

Vicki
Vicki

January 23, 2017

Great show! I’m already a curve lover, butI now believe a double wedding ring is completely doable. I also really enjoyed seeing your beautiful daughter.

Lesley Clugston
Lesley Clugston

January 23, 2017

The joy of using the ‘odd’ block that has been discarded and creating a whole new look for it. Thanks for another great show, you are a natural.

Susan
Susan

January 23, 2017

I really enjoyed seeing all the different looks one can do with the double wedding ring. I would never have thought you could do this until I saw this show. I also like the idea of cutting a quilt top you don’t like and try to make it more interesting. It sure beats unsewing it all in order to reuse the fabric.

Maureen Morse
Maureen Morse

January 23, 2017

Freedom!!
Freedom to create, cut, and experiment.

Cynthia A.
Cynthia A.

January 23, 2017

Great show! Thank you for sharing….I loved the 3 pin technique on sewing melons together, & how to line up pieces so there’s the 1/4" overhang/fudge adjustment (hard to describe….so arc ring fits inner ‘eye’ piece). I’m gonna go sew a DWR…pure LOVE!

Jessica Schildkraut Peled
Jessica Schildkraut Peled

January 23, 2017

The best part of the show was when you just cut the block right there and showed in “real time” how you play and explore with piecing.

Marcia
Marcia

January 23, 2017

I love the idea of taking something you are afraid of— and jumping in, challenging yourself.
I recently made my first Double Wedding Ring (wallhanging). My students wanted to learn how, and I can’t teach it if I don’t know how to do it. So I researched, planned and jumped in. All the tips I saw today on the Quilt Show are so true. I too found I only needed 3 pins. It went together perfectly.
I’ve recommended your book and sent the students the link to this show— to study before we have our next class.
Love your work.

Sandy Uhos
Sandy Uhos

January 23, 2017

Thank you for sharing! My favorite part was the result of your attempt at solid fabric piecing. I too find this a challenge as I tend to be more scrappy. I love the quilt and would love to find that one piece that is NOT a solid! ?

Alice
Alice

January 23, 2017

I loved the 3 pins and how you deconstructed the units to see the block in a different way. I also loved visually defining how to join the rows. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Emily Klainberg
Emily Klainberg

January 23, 2017

I enjoyed learning about your inspiration for your Gees Bend quilt.

Pam Thompson
Pam Thompson

January 23, 2017

Floppy toppy! I can never remember which curve goes on top. Also appreciated the encouragement to ‘have a go’ as we all have more fabric – so true and it’s not much use sitting on a shelf (or shelves!) Great episode, thanks Victoria.

Dinah Snyder
Dinah Snyder

January 23, 2017

The entire episode was great! I learned that only three pins were necessary for gentle curves. And to cut up a block that is ho hum to make another one that is original and exciting! Thank you for the chance to win!

Elizabeth Kuntz
Elizabeth Kuntz

January 23, 2017

I love your quilts and the double wedding ring. I really love the modern feel. I am totally scared of trying to do anything other than straight line piecing. Curves are scary. I plan to buy your book because it just is such a pretty design with modern fabrics. It’s a new year and I plan on trying to piece more difficult blocks.

Kimberly McPeake
Kimberly McPeake

January 23, 2017

You did an amazing job and I love your quilts. I will be in your class at Quilt Con and looking forward to it. I can not wait to try to make a DWR quilt, you make sewing curves look easy.

Grace Kragness
Grace Kragness

January 23, 2017

I watched the show! I just needed a VFW fix!

Terri
Terri

January 23, 2017

Thanks for all the information, this inspired me to try your patterns and templates. I was in New York recently and had planned to visit your store, but my granddaughter decided to make an early appearance, so I’ll see you next trip!

Mary Lessard
Mary Lessard

January 23, 2017

Very inspiring as always! I admit, I gasped when you cut the corners on your large block, but loved the result. Am inspired to be a little braver in my own work and try making some improv curves. I also liked the reminder of how to position your hands when quilting the curves on the double wedding ring quilts…something I forget, to let the feed dogs do the work.

Sue Buckingham
Sue Buckingham

January 23, 2017

Thanks, Victoria, for such an inspiring show! I love the energy you pack into your teaching and into your quilts. I had the program looping as long as I was working in my quilt room for an afternoon, just soaking in all that was said and shown. And….I’ll do it again and again! I’ve begun my free-form piecing too and would love to make a quilt with your FAT rings. It isn’t covered in the show whether you use special templates for that or use your large ‘football’ shape to create it. I’d sure like to know.

Jackie Stevens
Jackie Stevens

January 23, 2017

You blew my socks off when you cut off the part of the block and added them to the corners. WOW Have both of your books and have used the 15 Minutes of Play on several projects. Always eager to see what you are designing. Would so enjoy trying out the templates.

Jackie Stevens
Jackie Stevens

January 23, 2017

You blew my socks off when you cut off the part of the block and added them to the corners. WOW Have both of your books and have used the 15 Minutes of Play on several projects. Always eager to see what you are designing. Would so enjoy trying out the templates.

Jackie Stevens
Jackie Stevens

January 23, 2017

You blew my socks off when you cut off the part of the block and added them to the corners. WOW Have both of your books and have used the 15 Minutes of Play on several projects. Always eager to see what you are designing. Would so enjoy trying out the templates.

Karen S Green
Karen S Green

January 23, 2017

Very informative episode. Only three pins – my favorite!

Brita Pingry
Brita Pingry

January 23, 2017

I’ve had your DWR book for some time, but after watching you on TQS, I feel confident to make one. The tidbit about the tiny triangle showing when sewing the melon will help! I always tried to match the ends. Thank you!

Patty
Patty

January 23, 2017

That curved piecing isn’t that scary. And that you paid Beatrice to English Paper Piece for you. I watched with a friend and they said they pull our that double wedding ring quilt they put away oh so long ago!

Nancy Zychowski
Nancy Zychowski

January 23, 2017

I enjoyed the program very much. It showed how to be not afraid and use one’s creativity. Just enjoy the process.

Annette S
Annette S

January 23, 2017

Thank you for the free Quilt Show episode. I have always loved your Wave Runner quilt and really appreciated the demo on cutting and sewing freeform curves. Also got inspiration for cutting up and changing existing blocks/quilt tops to morph into something that “sings”. Thank You!!

LOLLY SCHIFFMAN
LOLLY SCHIFFMAN

January 23, 2017

Your practical instructions like how to place one’s hands and how to use 3 pins, plus giving memorable names to techniques make constructing a remarkable quilt doable. I hope you will continue to be a positive, bold leader. No more fear!

Talulah Harper
Talulah Harper

January 23, 2017

Loved the show and your blog. I am so glad to learn about leaving a space at the beginning of curved pieces. I always knew about leaving a space but I was leaving too much, i.e. a whole quarter inch instead of a bit less when joining two curved pieces. Thanks so much.

Claire Haillot
Claire Haillot

January 23, 2017

What a great show! I plan on pulling my double wedding ring out of it’s box to give it another try.
Why?
there are 3 things you said that I will remember while making it:
- 3 pins
- Floppy toppy
- Vavavoom
simple enough
Thanks!

karen
karen

January 23, 2017

A few years back i jumped out of the box to do the drunkards path block and found that it wasn’t as scary as i thought. I then thought i could do the double wedding ring which i sewed a few of the rings and then put it in a box and forgot about it until i saw what you were doing. after coming across your way of doing the blocks i took them apart and made my own version of the block. you are inspiring me to cut part a quilt that i had to make for a quilt shop and to put a different spin on it. need to find a few extra pieces of fabric and then i will go for it. wish we could have see your Gees Bend quilt in it’s full glory. Thanks for being such an inspiration for us quilters.

Nancy Rector
Nancy Rector

January 23, 2017

I loved everything a out the show! Especially free form curves demo. I plan on incorporating that design idea into sea grass in my granddaughter’s scrappy mermaid quilt. ♥️

Jackie McCoy
Jackie McCoy

January 23, 2017

I learned about using three pins and the placement of your hands from TQS.

Chris Chambers
Chris Chambers

January 23, 2017

Love that you de-mystified curves without a ton of pins. Also, I have a couple of ‘older’ tops that I’m just not happy with—so I think it’s time to get out that rotary cutter! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy mizer
Cindy mizer

January 23, 2017

I love the gentle curves and how easy you made it look. It makes me want to try it.

gigi voegeli
gigi voegeli

January 23, 2017

I have been wanting to try one of your wedding ring quilts and now I am inspired! Thanks!

Marcia Hoekstra
Marcia Hoekstra

January 23, 2017

I love your wedding ring quilts. I used a pattern in your wedding ring book to construct a guild challenge quilt last year and won first place in the “expert” division. I had never pieced curves or wedding rings before, but your pattern and directions certainly took the “scare factor” out of the procedure. Thanks.

Barbara Levine
Barbara Levine

January 23, 2017

Thank you Victoria! I am fairly new to quilting and never tried curves. You have given me the courage to try it out with my next quilt. Thank you for the wonderful tutorials and lessons you gave us on the show!!

Karen Williamson
Karen Williamson

January 23, 2017

I loved this. I am encouraged to try cutting something up and see where it goes. I’ve never done that before and it scares me a little. Thanks for the courage.

Linda R. Davis
Linda R. Davis

January 23, 2017

Victoria, you were so good on the Quilt Show & I learned so much about sewing the circle together the easy way. I can’t wait to try it as I have been afraid to sew curves. I also loved watching how you chose colors as that is a hard problem for me. Your daughter is beautiful..

Cathy Calloway
Cathy Calloway

January 22, 2017

Thanks for helping to reduce the fear factor on sewing curves.

Sharon Jordan
Sharon Jordan

January 22, 2017

I’ve been wanting to make a pickle dish quilt. After watching this eppisode, I think I can do it. -Thank you!

Pat Anderson
Pat Anderson

January 22, 2017

I was actually lucky enough to attend the taping of that show! Loved it and making of your wedding ring quilts is actually on my bucket list. (P.S. Your daughter is a beauty!) Thanks for the giveaway!

Maureen M
Maureen M

January 22, 2017

First thanks for this link to view the episode free. This show has taken some fear out of double wedding rings. I think larger melons with softer curves would be the way to start. Appreciate the tips about handpplacment when sewing the curves.

David S
David S

January 22, 2017

Great show! People’s fear of things, such as curves, is always curious to me. My first quilt was a winding ways quilt, because that’s what I wanted to make. I didn’t let the fear of the unknown stop me, or the fear of making mistakes. I love that you embrace this mentality in your work, whether through play, or cutting up an old project and reinventing it. Also, I loved the play on the DWR design in big mama.

Micki Tedeschi
Micki Tedeschi

January 22, 2017

What a great show. Showing me how to put the quilt together was most helpful.
Thanks!!

Jen
Jen

January 22, 2017

I loved seeing how the wedding ring quilt goes together. Vavavoom! That was a new idea for me. Thanks for the great episode.

Judy L
Judy L

January 22, 2017

I really loved the show, it was great to see your quilts and inspiration. I thought your explanation of the free form curves was great, I really want to try that technique. Your directions for finding the middle and where exactly to pin to sew the curve for the melon were also helpful, especially how to pin right through the seam to set it where you want it. You are very encouraging and that is awesome!

Anita
Anita

January 22, 2017

The show is great! You taught me how to not fear sewing curves, and not the least: having fun doing it!

Mary on Lake Pulaski
Mary on Lake Pulaski

January 22, 2017

The show was great! Don to see so many of your quilts. I really think you showed exactly how to take the fear out of sewing curves!

Norma Jean
Norma Jean

January 22, 2017

I think what inspired me the most is cutting up quilt blocks that will never make it into a quilt top and making them into something unique and modern. I have tried making a double wedding ring in the past and, after watching the show, am now ready to actually make a double wedding ring quilt now. Thanks for taking the mystery out of sewing curves!

Pam
Pam

January 22, 2017

Hi Victoria! I enjoyed everything about the show! I especially appreciated your advice about cutting up old quilt tops that just aren’t what we want. I have three of those! And I liked your comment about how some of your techniques result in more scraps, and we like scraps. The idea of having fun, making use of leftovers, and just cutting up things again if they don’t work is very liberating!

Amy Southerland
Amy Southerland

January 22, 2017

Thank you for sharing the show with us. I loved having you remind us to have fun and not to worry about mistakes. It is easy to get caught up in worrying about not being perfect and not have fun.

Gail Butler
Gail Butler

January 22, 2017

What I enjoyed about that show was seeing you sew curves and being reminded that we don’t have to pin excessively. And that I should put my pins in my shirt (and not in my mouth, which is how I learned to sew). Thank you, that whole episode was fun to watch.

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