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Monday, July 29th, 2013


Outside the Block


Premieres Saturday, August 3rd at 9:00am on WTVP-HD 47.1.

Laurie Baker and Georgia Gingrich

Unleash your inner quilter! Local quilting experts Laurie Baker and Georgia Gingrich are inviting quilters to think beyond the pattern in their new special Outside the Block. More than just a quilting how-to, Outside the Block strives to give both beginning and experienced quilters the creative tools they need to build a truly personalized masterpiece.

“Other quilting programs deal more with how to make a specific project exactly as the designer made it,” says Laurie. “We’re concentrating on a basic quilt block, offering insights on how to change the pieces that make up the block and really make it your own.”

From fabric basics to cutting to the actual sewing, Georgia and Laurie share their wealth of experience with practical advice and engaging humor.

“We were taught in kindergarten to ‘color inside the lines,’” added Georgia. “Well, we’re encouraging quilters to explore beyond the lines and think outside the block.”

The new program, edited by WTVP Executive Producer William Baker with a set designed by Tracy Simmons, will premiere as part of a special broadcast event, live from the WTVP studio. Tune in Saturday, August 3rd starting at 9:00am on WTVP-HD 47.1 as Georgia and Laurie join us between segments of the show to discuss their passion for quilting, what it’s like to make a TV show, and their love of public television. They will also be presenting a special challenge to viewers—inviting you to create your own block and come share them at our “Block Party.” Tune in for details.

Outside the Block is the first foray into television for both ladies, but they are no strangers to the art of quilting. Georgia has taught quilt making, from beginners to advanced classes, at Peoria-area shops and guilds for many years. In addition to teaching, she is past president of Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild and in demand as a lecturer on various quilting topics. Laurie, co-author of Homestyle Quilts – Simple Patterns and Savory Recipes (with Kim Diehl), has spent the last 23 years as a technical editor and writer for the quilting, sewing and crafting industries. She has also had several of her own designs published, and she teaches and lectures whenever her schedule permits. She is currently the president of the Washington Squares Quilt Guild and incoming president of Gems of the Prairie.

Outside the Block premieres Saturday, August 3rd at 9:00am on WTVP-HD 47.1 as part of the 2013 August Membership Drive.


Membership Thank You gifts
  DVD Outside the Block $75 Get this Thank You Gift Now
  DVD + Two Passes to the Block Party $100 Get this Thank You Gift Now
  COMBO: DVD + Two Passes the the Block Party + DVD A Century in Quilts: America in Cloth $175 Get this Thank You Gift Now



For complete list of programs, air times and membership Thank You gifts. [Click Here]





For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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