Month

June 2012
Recently, thanks to the wonders of the social network, I learned some sad news. Anna Williams died. Anna was Gee’s Bend before Gee’s Bend. By that I mean she was perhaps the first African American quilter whose improvisational quilts were publicly recognized as art – discovered, applauded, and promoted by the mainstream quilt world. During...
Meet Ann Holmes, the new AQS author of No Sewing Until You Quilt It. Ann Holmes, stained glass artist and quilter, has been producing site-specific stained glass since 1976. Public glass commissions include several churches and the 8½’ skylight in the Lyon business building in Batesville, Arkansas. In Asheville, North Carolina she designed and built...
This Rose of Sharon runner will look beautiful on any table. The three-block appliquéd design was created by Sharon Pederson using three of the lovely block designs submitted in the Rose of Sharon Block Challenge sponsored by the Electric Quilt Company. You’ll find complete instructions in the free pattern download. Click here to download your FREE...
Once the quilting is finished, Irene puts the quilt in the washing machine–in cold water, with about a tablespoon of Clorox 2 and a color-absorbing sheet. She sets the machine for the very end of the delicate wash cycle, so it’s mostly rinse. This will wash out all the starch and any markings. (She admits...
This Quilt of the Week Video features sisters, Sue Nickels and Pat Holly. Sue and Pat discuss the creation of their beautiful quilt called “New York State of Mind.” Learn how they made the quilt together while living 170 miles apart. Sue and Pat are the authors of  Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué .
Penny McMorris Photo: Gregory Solaris, Solaris Photography She hasn’t made a quilt she’d like to show you, she quit teaching after only two years, and she would rather the spotlight be on others. Even so, Penny McMorris is one of today’s most recognized and respected quilting champions. Click here to read the entire article from...
Now it’s time to select quilting threads. I’m going to go through my thread stash and see if I already have some colors that might work. My friend ZJ Humbach, a longarmer, showed me this trick. To get an idea of how thread is going to look when it’s sewn in, you have to make...
There’s no need to spend a day on your knees basting a quilt on the floor. For a small quilt like this, Irene Berry, who is quilting Stockholm Star, clears off her worktable (for a larger quilt she might push two tables together). Large binder clips from the office supply secure the stretched backing fabric...
See Bonnie Browning interview Christine Wickert about her quilt, Monticello Baskets, which won 2nd place in the wall quilts category at the 2012 AQS quilt show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Learn how the front of her quilt, which features the Jinny Beyer fabric named Monticello, eventually became the back of the quilt!
I’m going to have to do this on the floor. I have a pair of cool laser levels that will help me mark my trimming line. I’ll start by measuring from the center to the shortest point on the side, in all four directions. 25”, 25”, 24 ½”, 24 ½”. Darn. OK. It’s 24 ½”...
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