Admittedly, templates are old school. But for this quilt, it’s the way to go. I speed up the cutting process a little by first rotary cutting 3” strips. Then I mark around the template, rotary cut along the straight lines, and use a sharp new scissors to snip the ends of the diamonds. That last…Details
Pop quiz: what’s the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? I didn’t know either, until Meg Cox introduced us to Laurel Reinhardt in the June issue. Laurel, a former psychologist, uses the labyrinth as it has been used since ancient times – as a spiritual tool. And seeking a portable format for something that’s…Details
This Log Cabin-style selvage quilt from Karen Griska features the classic red center squares representing the cabin’s hearth. The selvages are arranged like bookshelves surrounding the hearth. When the blocks are assembled they create a delightful woven appearance. It’s the ultimate “green” quilt and it’s your FREE pattern of the week. Click here to download…Details
Diane Gaudynski’s beautiful Quilt of the Week has a very serious theme. It is named “Through a Glass Darkly, An American Memory.” The quilt started as a study in the subtle variations of deep colors. After September 11, Diane changed the color palette by adding lighter colors to signify light shining through the windows and…Details
Log Cabin Library Block by Karen Griska The Log Cabin quilt pattern is one of the most beloved and recognized of quilt designs. However, it may be both older and newer than you might think. While it’s natural to assume that this traditional block originated in the United States during the pioneer days, the origins…Details
Watch Bonnie Browning interview Susan Stewart, the winner of the 2012 Bernina of America Machine Workmanship Award at the Paducah Quilt Show and Contest. Susan’s amazing quilt started out as a Lone Star. See how she used embroidery and directional fabrics to make an award-winning quilt. Susan also encourages you to enter your own quilt.
You’re at the local fabric shop when inspiration strikes – but wait, you’d like to make a coverlet instead of a full bedspread, or your brother has a California king and you don’t know what that really means. Every quilter loves fabric, but there’s no point in buying far too much – or worse, not…Details
Even though I can’t wait to start cutting fabric, I’m going to do something really important first – starch the heck out of the fabrics. Yes, that’s a technical term meaning “make it stiff as a sheet of paper,” and it will help so much where accuracy is concerned. Cutting the patches with the grain…Details