Video: No-Fear Free Motion

Join Handi Quilter education coordinator Vicki Hoth as she takes away the fear factor associated with free-motion machine quilting. Vicki introduces simple motifs perfect for the beginner, including stippling, loops, hearts, swirls, feathers, and more!

Then get out paper and pencil and begin developing muscle memory for when you’re ready to go to the machine.

What Kind of Design is THIS?

What do fabric design descriptions really mean? Do you know the difference between abstract and stylized, for instance? How about herringbone vs. chevron? Abstract Motifs that are not recognized as anything specific. Airbrush An airbrush effect in fabric design is one that imitates the use of a painter’s air spray gun. Alleyways Unintentional lines formed…

Meet Gwen Marston

In the mid 1970s, Gwen Marston saw an exhibit of fine antique quilts at a local art museum that inspired her to become a quiltmaker. As most quilters do, she learned how to make quilts from traditional patterns passed down through generations. In 1990, Gwen began to design her own direct, uncluttered, and bold work.…

International Honor Quilt

Recently Shelly Zegart wrote to tell me about the International Honor Quilt. You recognize Shelly’s name —she’s known to millions as the executive producer and host of the monumental documentary series Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. You may not have heard of the International Honor Quilt, but you might remember its famous sister,…

The Dancing Ribbons Challenge

We were happy to hear from Barbara Zeger, Co-President of Centre Pieces Quilt Guild. She sent this letter: “Our guild, Centre Pieces Quilt guild, is located in State College, Pennsylvania. We are an active guild with a diverse membership whose quilting preferences run the gamut from traditional to modern. We needed a central block for…