Month

May 2012
Here’s a fun way to watch a quilt grow…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life This free digital slideshow personalized with Smilebox
Joining the diamonds into rows is easy. Joining the rows so the points match perfectly is easy, too, if you just take a little extra time. First, determine which row will be on top when you  join it to the section. With a ruler and a pencil, mark the sewing line, ¼” away from the...
Here’s where you can see why I cut the patches with the template – those cut corners make matching the diamonds a breeze. I’m not going to try to chain piece this – it’s too easy to get confused. Adding the patches one at a time might seem like taking the long way, but “unsewing”...
We always get a kick out of seeing a quilted car. You might even know (or be part of) a group of quilters who have managed to piece their orphan blocks into a quilted tea cozy for a Mini or VW bug, and they drive it on special occasions. I’m sure that day doesn’t go...
Your free pattern this week is from Bettina Havig a quiltmaker, teacher, lecturer, judge, and  quilt historian. She adapted this pattern from a circa 1875 quilt that she purchased at an auction.  To adapt the antique quilt design, she used four blocks instead of six and changed and balanced some of the shapes. However, the...
Quiltmaking was wildly popular during the US Civil War (1861-1865.) However, most of the quilts crafted during this period were not made for the use of the quiltmaker but as contributions to the soldiers in the field and those wounded in hospitals. The Sanitary Commission, a private philanthropic organization, assisted the War Department and Medical...
Confession time. Just in case you thought a quilt mag editor has all the latest and greatest new gadgets in her studio, here’s one of my secrets. Yes, I do have a lovely board that’s 14 inches square, covered with sandpaper, for arranging the patches for a block and carrying them to the machine. But...
Admittedly, templates are old school. But for this quilt, it’s the way to go. I speed up the cutting process a little by first rotary cutting 3” strips. Then I mark around the template, rotary cut along the straight lines, and use a sharp new scissors to snip the ends of the diamonds. That last...
  Faye Labanaris demonstration at the All-Star Review at the 2012 AQS Quilt Show – Paducah. Click here Find out more about Faye Labanaris
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