(Contributed by Marje Rhine, pattern editor for American Quilter magazine) Like many quilters,  I shied away from using templates for many years. When I did use them, I tried to cut around them with a rotary ruler firmly held over the edge of the template. But this didn’t work too well and I usually ended up taking...
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....
With over 70 Sunbonnet Sue books currently listed on Amazon.com (including out-of-print titles selling for hundreds of dollars) plus countless stories, patterns, articles, and websites devoted exclusively to her, Sue has remained incredibly popular since her creation around 1900 by artist and illustrator Bertha Corbett. For a fascinating insight into Bertha’s life, be sure to read the...
The most popular quilt character of all time, Sunbonnet Sue, has gone international. Deb Kimball used her imagination to send Sue traveling in the US and around the world, and the colorful result is International Sunbonnet Sue. Each of the 49 Sues is dressed in her country’s traditional costume and holds a symbolic souvenir. One...
Traditional Flying Geese Pattern Instructions Provided by Linda Baxter Lasco.
[This article was written by American Quilter contributing editor Iris Frank of Santa Cruz, California.] Jennifer Marsh’s dreams are never small…actually, they are gargantuan in my book. When I heard about her current “dream” project of wrapping the 37-story tall Saturn V Rocket replica standing at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with...
                                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....
Erin Ulrich, former AQS contest coordinator, shares what she learned as an observer in the jury room. “I do not quilt, knit, crochet, or hem my own pants. I am not an artist. I am a person good with numbers, spatial relationships, organization, and empirical observation. I cannot create, but I can analyze. Thus, I...
When you start a project that will have decorative stitching as surface embellishment, make a stitch sampler. Create a basted sandwich of the same top, batting, and backing materials as the quilt. Then sew each decorative stitch in a row with the thread you plan to use. Mark the row with the thread name and...
My love for fabric began at a very young age when I used my mother’s newly hung drapes to create my first fabric project! My mother recognized my passion for fabric and thus began the journey with fabric and sewing. Creating beautiful gowns opened the door into creative textile design and established the building blocks...
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