Month

October 2011
  AQS author Sue Patten shows us how to properly use a pounce pad. Sue Patten is the author of “Adaptable Quilting Designs” and “Quilting Possibilities: Freehand Filler Patterns.” Click here for more information about Sue and her books.    
Here’s a festival table runner pattern from designer Elizabeth Scott.  It’s a bonus pattern from The Quilt Life magazine and features applique bells on a pieced background. Wouldn’t this make a pretty gift for the upcoming holidays? It’s a quick and easy project  and you’ll have fun choosing  your own favorite fabrics and colors ....
Sue Reich of  Washington Depot, Ct has generously allowed us to share a poem that she found and posted on her blog. Our staff laughed and laughed when we read it and we bet you will, too.  Be sure to read it to the end.  We think you will agree that quilters have a lot...
“Made in memory of my grandmother who died in May 2009, this quilt was exhibited at the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines last month. Every week for ten years I would go over to my grandparents’ farm and see them, do some housework, or just visit. I did this by myself, and then...
I began my quilting journey in 1978 very reluctantly! A good friend kept trying to get me to go with her for quilting lessons and I kept putting her off. I thought I didn’t have enough interest. She finally wore me down and from the first lesson I found I couldn’t get enough! I made...
Many hours of cutting, sewing, and hand or machine quilting can take a toll on your body. According to medical sources, good posture and certain exercises can help relieve stress and prevent problems associated with repetitive quilt-related activities. Learn these ten exercises for happy and healthy stitching, republished with permission from Lourdes Hospital in Paducah,...
Many of the projects in American Quilter call for invisible thread. So we asked Barbara Shapel for some tips. Barbara said that since invisible thread is sometimes temperamental, try these tips for problem-free use: • Don’t wind the bobbin more than half full. Wind bobbins slowly and with less tension than what is normal for...
Pat Yamin, president and founder of Come Quilt With Me, is well known in the quilting industry. She has appeared on many television and radio quilt shows, the most recent being The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Her company manufacturers templates and other tools that assure accuracy and shorten the time necessary...
You’ve probably noticed that it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s hard to ignore the color pink in October. There are activities promoting Breast Cancer Awareness everywhere.  And, isn’t that wonderful? I remember a time when breast cancer was never mentioned and if it was,  it was in whispers. Betty Ford deserves much of...
Nothing says “I love you” like red roses and this beautiful quilt will do the same. Cathy Wiggins created this design by using her Fabric Paint by Number technique. The design work has been done for you, so you can dive right into creating this cheery floral quilt. Get started on your own rose bouquet....
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