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Christine Brown
This tip was contributed by Marje Rhine, pattern editor for American Quilter magazine. I have used a similar technique for many years when pinning together the two sections of Drunkard’s Path blocks. “Most quilters know to measure through the center of the quilt and then cut borders to fit before stitching them on. But how...
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...
As we approach the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, I thought this quilt story from AQ reader Kathleen Schumacher was especially relevant. Thank you to pattern designer Trisha Cribbs for giving her permission to publish Kathleen’s photo here. Though not the first quilt I ever started, the first...
“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...
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,...
Pojagi is a Korean wrapping cloth, often made in patchwork style from small pieces of fabric and embroidered clothing. After reading the Pojagi: Korean Patchwork article by Mary Ruth Smith, Ph.D. (March 2011 issue of American Quilter), Margaret Parker of Golden, Colorado, took the challenge to design with seam lines and created a transparent summer...
There are so many amazing aspects to Ronda Beyer’s Essence quilt, which won the Best Longarm Workmanship Award at the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Knoxville this summer. From the quietly elegant fabrics to the incredible original quilting designs, the quilt entices viewers to stop and savor every detail. The beautifully crafted scalloped outer...
Do you get tension headaches? I’m not talking about headaches you get from the stress of airline flight delays or not being as smart as your smart phone, but the specific misery that comes from not being able to machine quilt with perfect—or even just acceptable—consistent tension.  If ugly little knobs show up in between...
Pieced curves, like those found in the classic Drunkard’s Path pattern, add grace and fluidity to the top design of any quilt. But many quilters shy away from curved piecing because of the presumed level of difficulty and the additional cutting and sewing time. It’s true that Drunkard’s Path blocks will not go together as...
Just a few days ago I received this letter and photos from Yvonne Roberts, a 20-year quilter who is actively involved in the quilting community and quilting organizations in New Zealand. Yvonne writes: “When tragedy strikes, quilters want to do what quilters do: make quilts for all those who have suffered. Just after the devastating...
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