Free pattern from “Paper Piecing Patterns” by Bonnie K. Browning. Now available as a downloadable e-book.
We are seeing more progress on the demolition of the Executive Inn now. Here are some photos that I took this week. You can now see that they have removed a whole section of the building, with part of the roof hanging precariously on the back section. There are gates around the hotel so only...
Although enchantment with fabric seems to have always been a part of my life, I began my quiltmaking journey in 1985. Today, I look back at the development and exploration of my creative process. Even in 1985, the adapting of traditional time-honored designs and techniques was significant. Somehow, even then, I experimented, finding my own...
This technique for preserving points on the Friendship Star and other Pinwheel and Star blocks comes from reader Diane Williams (edited by Marje Rhine, American Quilter magazine pattern editor). It works ONLY when you are making blocks using half-square triangles that you have cut slightly oversized. For this project, I was working on a 9”...
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...
If scrappy quilts are not your style, and if you like applique, and if you’re trying to work out of your stash to save money, then Dilys Fronks’ latest book is just the ticket. In Dual Image Applique she describes how to get two images from one cut. You save time as well as money,...
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...
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