By

Jan Magee
TQL readers know that every issue of the magazine has a “Helping Hands” article―one where we spotlight a remarkable quilt-related charitable project. The other day we heard about an effort going on right now in Australia, and we don’t want to wait until we have a spot in a magazine to tell you about it....
“Small” did not mean “instantaneous”, but it still didn’t take me long to finish quilting after I posted my progress last week. “Small” did turn out to be liberating, though. Experimenting with new techniques is not very scary when there’s been no huge investment of time and materials. What’s the worst that could happen? I...
Did you think I’d have my strata quilt finished in a week? I did too. But as the expression goes, “Close, but no cigar.” It became quickly apparent that my fall landscape idea was not going to work as I expected. The sky was all wrong. Ditto the green plaid cotton lamé. But, a strip...
Now that the flood waters in Colorado have begun to recede, people are heading home to assess the damage. While the focus is on moving forward, family heirlooms and photos are more precious than ever. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (which thankfully remained dry) has shared a document called “Advice for Rescuing Family Treasures”, provided...
It might be a week or so before you can get your hands on the October 2013 issue of TQL, but I couldn’t wait to introduce you to the people in the picture at the end of this post. They are, left to right, Anke Calzada, Jutta Hufnagle, and Johann Gutauer. Jutta is the driving...
That would be Shaq’s mom, Lucille O’Neal. And she is the president of Mothers of Professional Basketball Players (MPBP), which is partnering with Camelot Fabrics in the Sew SocialProject to benefit Quilts for Kids. We are always looking for projects like this to tell you about in The Quilt Life in the Helping Hands section,...
In 1998, Susan Else got bored making flat abstract quilts and decided to try making some cloth figures. Suddenly, fabric became a skin for three-dimensional objects and she was able to tell stories as never before. I, for one, am glad she did! I’ve been a fan of Susan’s work ever since I saw her...
From an editor’s standpoint, Wendy Hill (we talked about her stashless state in last week’s post) is wonderful to work with. She’s very organized, very knowledgeable, has lots of good photos, and lots of opinions! I can’t resist sharing some background information she gave me about the improvisational piecing technique in her article “Start Somewhere...
As I mentioned in my editor’s letter in the August TQL, Wendy Hill has no stash. When she told me that, my first impulse was to feel sorry for her. After all, I derive so much pleasure from the care and feeding of my own prodigious stash. But Wendy insists she’s fine—happy, even. Here’s how...
Take an armchair trip to the beach with me. At TQL, we learned about a program called Operation Surf, and we were so impressed we featured it as a Helping Hands article in the August issue. This program teaches wounded veterans to surf. Can you imagine? Some of these men have suffered multiple amputations, and...
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