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Jan Magee
Susan Stewart is hot. Now stop it – you know I don’t mean it that way. Sue’s a big name on the quilt show circuit these days, winning big prizes for her elegant machine-embroidered and -quilted heirloom creations. She’s teaching in Paducah in April. Sue’s been in the news, too, from her hometown paper to...
Bad news. My sewing machine isn’t feeling well and I guess it’s time to go in for a checkup. Nothing serious; the light bulb burned out. But it got me to thinking that it has been an awful long time since an expert has taken a look under the hood. I take good care of...
Janet Stone says she absolutely has to embellish her quilts! But how does she make her embellishments an absolutely integral part of her quilt and not look like an afterthought? “I truly think about the embellishments and I guess it’s just intuitive as to when something works and when it doesn’t,” Janet explains. “I’ve always...
Have you ever been inspired to make a statement quilt? You’ve seen them – those powerful post-9/11 pieces or the incredibly affecting ones about Alzheimer’s disease. How about the political quilts –dramatic or humorous – that crop up around election time? There’s a statement quilt in TQL’s August issue by Karen Reese Tunnell, and it’s...
Just yesterday we heard about another quilting friend who’s making a pilgrimage to the UK this summer. She’ll probably see a few palaces and cathedrals, but her main destination is the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August. Now in its ninth year, it’s become the biggest quilt show in Europe. More than 1,000 competition...
TQL readers around the globe were fascinated by the silk sampler in Laura Fisher’s column “For All It’s Worth” (June 2011). “It reminds me a little of a crazy Dear Jane,” wrote Linda Lesiak of Fullerton, Nebraska. Jodie Storm, of Bonville, NSW, Australia, cheerfully confesses to being obsessed with historic quilts. She’s given lots of...
We’re talking to Pat Holly, whose fabulous quilt Paisley Peacock not only graced the TQL centerfold in June but also won best in show in Paducah. TQL: Pat, how do you choose colors for a quilt? PH: When I am designing, next to the actual motifs and elements, color is the most important part of...
Wrapping up my chat with Linda Roy about Vintage Button Bouquet, I thought info about the idiosyncrasies of how Linda does things would be helpful.      Jan: So, Linda, do you have any tips for us?     Linda: Sure. I can tell you that I premake components for my quilt and do so whenever possible....
                                A fun contest based on an article in the February issue, “Behind the scenes at the museum.” The museum is the American Folk Art Museum and the man is “missing” from the Bird of Paradise quilt top made 1858-1863....
A block name, that is. It struck me when Barbara Brackman mentioned in the December issue of TQL (in If You Could Ask One Question feature) that “Names we assume to be folk tradition often were invented by needlework editors.” Such power! I realize that happens these days, but never thought about it happening way...
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