Have you ever been inspired to make a statement quilt? You’ve seen them – those powerful post-9/11 pieces or the incredibly affecting ones about Alzheimer’s disease. How about the political quilts –dramatic or humorous – that crop up around election time? There’s a statement quilt in TQL’s August issue by Karen Reese Tunnell, and it’s...
Pieced curves, like those found in the classic Drunkard’s Path pattern, add grace and fluidity to the top design of any quilt. But many quilters shy away from curved piecing because of the presumed level of difficulty and the additional cutting and sewing time. It’s true that Drunkard’s Path blocks will not go together as...
Picnic weather is here! This block pattern was originally featured in The Quilt Life magazine's June 2010 cook off. It's a fun interpretation of the classic Basket quilt pattern.
If you’re looking for fabulous continuous line designs to spruce up your quilts, look no further. Danish-born artist Lone J. Minkkinen brings her unusual take on what she sees in nature to the quilting table. Her designs are unlike any others out there. Fresh, spare, and easily adaptable both to space (blocks, borders, fills) and...
Just yesterday we heard about another quilting friend who’s making a pilgrimage to the UK this summer. She’ll probably see a few palaces and cathedrals, but her main destination is the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August. Now in its ninth year, it’s become the biggest quilt show in Europe. More than 1,000 competition...
TQL readers around the globe were fascinated by the silk sampler in Laura Fisher’s column “For All It’s Worth” (June 2011). “It reminds me a little of a crazy Dear Jane,” wrote Linda Lesiak of Fullerton, Nebraska. Jodie Storm, of Bonville, NSW, Australia, cheerfully confesses to being obsessed with historic quilts. She’s given lots of...
Just a few days ago I received this letter and photos from Yvonne Roberts, a 20-year quilter who is actively involved in the quilting community and quilting organizations in New Zealand. Yvonne writes:“When tragedy strikes, quilters want to do what quilters do: make quilts for all those who have suffered. Just after the devastating February...
Free Pattern from A Baltimore Album: 25 Appliqué Patterns by Marsha D. Radtke
I wasn’t at the AQS Paducah show this year and there’s a very good reason. My only daughter, unaware that the 2011 show was one week later than usual because of Easter, scheduled her wedding for May 1st in South Carolina. As much as I love meeting all the contest winners and catching up with...
I know it’s not polite to go through other people’s closets. However, it’s a practice you may want to adopt. A few years ago, I visited a friend over Memorial Day weekend. We were invited to dinner by his golfing buddy and his wife, named Ann. Ann is a quilter, so we had lots to...
Quilts for Kids, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, which in the past eleven years has donated tens of thousands of hand-made patchwork quilts to seriously ill children and children of abuse. In our experience, quilters are the most generous people anywhere, always using their skills to help others, and we realize that you are...
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