Now it’s time to select quilting threads. I’m going to go through my thread stash and see if I already have some colors that might work. My friend ZJ Humbach, a longarmer, showed me this trick. To get an idea of how thread is going to look when it’s sewn in, you have to make...
There’s no need to spend a day on your knees basting a quilt on the floor. For a small quilt like this, Irene Berry, who is quilting Stockholm Star, clears off her worktable (for a larger quilt she might push two tables together). Large binder clips from the office supply secure the stretched backing fabric...
See Bonnie Browning interview Christine Wickert about her quilt, Monticello Baskets, which won 2nd place in the wall quilts category at the 2012 AQS quilt show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Learn how the front of her quilt, which features the Jinny Beyer fabric named Monticello, eventually became the back of the quilt!
I’m going to have to do this on the floor. I have a pair of cool laser levels that will help me mark my trimming line. I’ll start by measuring from the center to the shortest point on the side, in all four directions. 25”, 25”, 24 ½”, 24 ½”. Darn. OK. It’s 24 ½”...
Thanks to the careful matching I did when I joined the sections (and also pressing the seams open – you can really see what you’re doing) I hit that center point dead on the first time. Woo hoo! I’ll block the quilt on my design wall before I trim it. You might wonder why I’m...
Take a look at this unique bag designed by Pauline Ineson! It features a zipper placket along the top to keep the bag contents secure. You’ll learn to make the fun Wavy Windows inset! Use dark tones to match your winter coat. Make one for spring in fresh light colors, or choose your favorite color scheme. Imagine all of...
Watch Marti Michell, teacher, author, designer, and quilter extraordinaire as she lectures at the Paducah 2012 All-Star Review. You’ll pick up some quilting tips, learn  how to use some tools, and see some of Marti’s techniques. Marti is sure to bring a smile to your face as she talks about quilting today and yesterday.  
We quilters hate to throw anything away. Am I the only one who remembers cutting the legs off old pantyhose and saving them, just in case I might someday need to stuff something, like a biscuit quilt? I even once heard about a quilter who had a big box labeled “scraps too small to use.”...
Joining the sections is the same as joining rows, but this time I mark the sewing line on both sides. What I’m really concerned about is getting the points matched in the center. After all, you’re watching! Once I have half of the quilt assembled (only three seams! Why am I sweating?) I’m going to...
Here’s a fun way to watch a quilt grow…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life This free digital slideshow personalized with Smilebox
Joining the diamonds into rows is easy. Joining the rows so the points match perfectly is easy, too, if you just take a little extra time. First, determine which row will be on top when you  join it to the section. With a ruler and a pencil, mark the sewing line, ¼” away from the...
Here’s where you can see why I cut the patches with the template – those cut corners make matching the diamonds a breeze. I’m not going to try to chain piece this – it’s too easy to get confused. Adding the patches one at a time might seem like taking the long way, but “unsewing”...
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