By

Jan Magee
This morning I stumbled across something very cool online, and I just have to share. Sarajane Helm is an artist and dollmaker who works in textiles and in polymer clay. Sarajane also has a quilt shop. Doesn’t it look like you could walk right in and start choosing fabric for your next quilt? Well, you...
Recently AQS posted this tip on Facebook. “Parchment paper works every bit as well as a Teflon pressing sheet, and it cools off faster.” You made  lots of comments, and you wanted to know more. Here’s the story: Quilters who do fusible appliqué know that a Teflon pressing sheet is an essential item. When you...
Are you a record-keeping quilter? I wish I were. How cool would that be to have a notebook, or a spreadsheet, with every detail of every quilt you’ve made in one neat place? I know quilters who keep track of everything, from each spool of thread and how much they paid for it to how...
Do you know what really happens when you step on the foot pedal of your sewing machine? Until just the other day, I did not. Then someone sent me a link to this great little animation. If you’re not so mechanically inclined, and you’ve ever wondered about how a sewing machine sews, you’d probably like...
I am in a clean-out-closets-and-other piles kind of mood today. Maybe it’s the start of the new year. I’ve also been thinking about “Quilt Studio on the Move,” an article Carol Newby wrote for the February TQL. Carol is a veteran of many a household relocation, and she has lots of good advice for moving...
A sharp-eyed reader let us know we made a mistake in the A and B patch sizes for the River Trees pattern in the December 2013 issue of TQL. The correct size for patch A is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, and the correct size for patch B is 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. If...
I’m not a huge fan of winter, but there is one thing I like when the weather turns nippy―I get to take my River Trees quilt out of the closet and enjoy it until spring. Even though it’s red and green, the quilt is not so Christmassy that I get tired of looking at it...
Have you read the article about Nola Emerie yet? Long story short, one day Nola decided she was going to be a quilter. That was after she suffered a massive stroke. Although the stroke left Nola with very limited use of her right hand, it sure didn’t affect her determination. It’s an inspiring story that’s...
You knew I was talking about a quilt, didn’t you? So why did we choose to showcase a 24-year-old in the December TQL issue? Hint―the issue’s theme is “milestones,” and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Corona II: Solar Eclipse” is famous for something that changed the way the world views machine-stitched quilts. Forever. We also showed the...
Before you dive into the December issue of The Quilt Life magazine, please take one more look at Laura Fisher’s BROKEN STAR quilt in the October issue. The TQL team fell seriously in love with this wonderful antique quilt. Ricky told me he wants to make his own version of the quilt, and TQL contributing...
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