I started quilting in 1978 after my daughter was born because I wanted to make a baby quilt for her. Sewing, knitting, cross stitch and other crafty things have always been part of my life. My major in college was art, so quilting seemed like the perfect thing for me. I have been quilting for...
A chair now sits empty in our office – on Tuesday evening Marge Boyle, our Director of Sales and Marketing, suddenly passed away. Yesterday was a somber day as our staff heard the news and could not believe it. She had not been ill. Marge and I ate lunch together every day (that we were...
AQS lost  a good friend today. Let me rephrase that. I lost a good friend today. Marge Boyle, director of sales and marketing, passed away suddenly the evening of October 26, 2010. We found out about it first thing today (well, yesterday; it’s after midnight on the 28th now). No one saw this coming. Marge...
(Submitted by Marje Rhine, pattern editor for American Quilter magazine)When I recently needed a project for a car trip, I pulled out a small kit for an English paper-pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden block. I remembered Rachel Wetzler’s article “Portable Pastime” in the May 2009 issue of American Quilter magazine on preparing just such a project. Rachel...
You may have heard of the Slow Food Movement, which is an umbrella term encompassing ideas such as buying local produce, growing your own food, and cooking in more than eating out. I suggest there is a corollary to quilting, but it isn’t complete or perfectly accurate. I’m not talking about buying fabric made locally...
What does a quilt magazine editor/certified quilt judge do on vacation? Participate in quilt-related activities, of course! I was invited by the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild to judge their every-two-years Quilt Fiesta in Santa Fe, an invitation I accepted with pleasure. And what a wonderful show it will be! The talent runs deep in...
(Submitted by Marje Rhine, pattern editor for American Quilter magazine)One of the most obvious and frequent mistakes made by beginning quilters when joining rows of blocks is poor alignment. This is especially true when working with sashed blocks and rows that don’t have cornerstones (the squares usually found between block sashing), causing the rows to...
Weddings seem to be on my mind lately, no doubt due to my new status as a future mother of the bride. Helle-May Cheney, a talented quilt designer who will be featured in a future issue of American Quilter, recently sent me this charming wedding story.“I am a first-generation Estonian-American with nearly all my family...
The Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown this coming Wednesday, is a time for introspection. A busy Jewish quilter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who prefers to remain anonymous, sent me this message to share with others as we approach the High Holy Days:“When I became a Jewish woman in 1996, I learned two phrases...
I learned to quilt, when I was about 12 years old, from my mother and my maternal grandmother; later I was prompted to try a quilt all on my own by an ad in a women’s magazine in 1975. The ad was meant to sell a bed but what caught my eye was the Double...
Quilting has been my joy, and sharing it has been one of my greatest pleasures. It seems likeI have sewn all my life – starting with doll clothes and then on to 4-H clothing projects. It wasn’t until being put on bed rest while pregnant with my oldest daughter that the quilting bug really took...
American Quilter magazine contributing editor Kathie R. Kerler won first place in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s Evolution Challenge with her quilt named At the Ocean’s Edge. (Photo above taken by Mark Frey.) The challenge for quilters was to make a quilt based on something new—an idea, method, or device. Kathie’s quilt features an innovative...
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