Month

December 2011
Susan Stewart is hot. Now stop it – you know I don’t mean it that way. Sue’s a big name on the quilt show circuit these days, winning big prizes for her elegant machine-embroidered and -quilted heirloom creations. She’s teaching in Paducah in April. Sue’s been in the news, too, from her hometown paper to...
Doors open, close, and revolve for us throughout our lives. Doors often bring opportunities, joy, hope, laughter, and dreams. But they can also herald heartbreak and endings. It is difficult to see a door and not wonder what it holds for the person crossing the threshold. American Quilter contributing editor Iris Frank has gathered five...
See how Debbie Bowles takes the frustration out of cutting curves for quilts.  Debbie is the author of  Dancing Quilts From Straight Pieces.   Watch her video for tips from a pro!
This whimsical little snowman pattern is just in time for the holidays.
Bad news. My sewing machine isn’t feeling well and I guess it’s time to go in for a checkup. Nothing serious; the light bulb burned out. But it got me to thinking that it has been an awful long time since an expert has taken a look under the hood. I take good care of...
I know anniversary quilts are not uncommon. But this one, as my Dad tearfully described, “is our whole life.” I made this quilt for my parents’ 50th anniversary in 2002. At the time, I was a seamstress, not a quilter, but I wanted to make something special. A book called The Collectibles Quilt by Wendy...
Losing your love is like losing yourself. It happened to Bebe Warner fifty years ago, and it’s happening to her granddaughter PJ today. Nobody ever suspected that Bebe perfect wife, perfect grandmother, and quilter extraordinaire led a secret life. Not even PJ, though she’s desperately guarding a secret of her own. Author Ed Ditto’s novel...
The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. This video from the American Quilters Society shows how the museum got its start 20 years ago. The museum was originally named the Museum of the American Quilters Society. In 2008, Congress designated the museum as The National Quilt Museum of the...
I’ve read that there are about 20,000,000 quilters in the US.  In my travels I’ve met a lot of them with some pretty marvelous stories. But, no story touched me like the one I’m about to tell you. I’ve changed the names and locations….but, everything else is as true as can be. I was eating...
Sharon Schlotzhauer needs your help locating her 1st place quilt Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Season Two! The quilt did not make it back home from the recent Houston Quilt Festival. Each of the seven flowers depicted is three-dimensional. The quilt went missing on November 7, 2011 somewhere between the show floor and the mailing area. If...
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