Month

August 2011
No matter how beautiful your quilt is in “real life” a bad photo of  it might very well keep it from being admitted to a quilt show.  The AQS staff photographer Charley Lynch has a video that will give you some pointers on taking  photographs that will give you the very best chance of making...
 National Sewing Month was first celebrated in  1982 after President Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” There are so many forms of  “home” sewing that I can’t even begin to list them all. There is embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, garment sewing, home...
Pojagi is a Korean wrapping cloth, often made in patchwork style from small pieces of fabric and embroidered clothing. After reading the Pojagi: Korean Patchwork article by Mary Ruth Smith, Ph.D. (March 2011 issue of American Quilter), Margaret Parker of Golden, Colorado, took the challenge to design with seam lines and created a transparent summer...
Last week we asked you to tell us when you thought the following quotation about the demise of quilting was written: “Women in the offices, they say, are usurping man’s work, but it is just as true that men with their factories are supplanting the necessity of woman’s remaining in the home. In fact, wholly...
Here’s a FREE pattern from Deb Kimball author of International Sunbonnet Sue. This cute Sue looks like she is on the way to Paducah QuiltWeek™! Paducah Sue is a bonus pattern not included in Deb’s book. Click here to download your Paducah Sue Pattern.
There are so many amazing aspects to Ronda Beyer’s Essence quilt, which won the Best Longarm Workmanship Award at the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Knoxville this summer. From the quietly elegant fabrics to the incredible original quilting designs, the quilt entices viewers to stop and savor every detail. The beautifully crafted scalloped outer...
I came across  a quote last week that made me chuckle and really proves that old saying “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” It is from a quiltmaker bemoaning the fact that quilting was becoming a lost craft. “Women in the offices, they say, are usurping man’s work, but it is...
Here is a hint from Joanie Zeier Poole, Des Moines Quilt Show teacher, on how to  start machine quilting. “Get out the owner’s manual for your machine.  Read the instructions for free-motion, lowering the feed dogs, adjusting the upper and lower tension (if necessary) as well as how to adjust the pressure of the presser...
Try your hand at thread painting with the beautiful first blooms of Spring.
AQS author Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, Kansas, started the Project First Day to provide a new set of clothes for the first day of school for the young children in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri. Susan put out the call to all of her quilting and sewing friends across the country to make 1,000 garments for the children....
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