We always get a kick out of seeing a quilted car. You might even know (or be part of) a group of quilters who have managed to piece their orphan blocks into a quilted tea cozy for a Mini or VW bug, and they drive it on special occasions. I’m sure that day doesn’t go...
Your free pattern this week is from Bettina Havig a quiltmaker, teacher, lecturer, judge, and  quilt historian. She adapted this pattern from a circa 1875 quilt that she purchased at an auction.  To adapt the antique quilt design, she used four blocks instead of six and changed and balanced some of the shapes. However, the...
Quiltmaking was wildly popular during the US Civil War (1861-1865.) However, most of the quilts crafted during this period were not made for the use of the quiltmaker but as contributions to the soldiers in the field and those wounded in hospitals. The Sanitary Commission, a private philanthropic organization, assisted the War Department and Medical...
Confession time. Just in case you thought a quilt mag editor has all the latest and greatest new gadgets in her studio, here’s one of my secrets. Yes, I do have a lovely board that’s 14 inches square, covered with sandpaper, for arranging the patches for a block and carrying them to the machine. But...
Admittedly, templates are old school. But for this quilt, it’s the way to go. I speed up the cutting process a little by first rotary cutting 3” strips. Then I mark around the template, rotary cut along the straight lines, and use a sharp new scissors to snip the ends of the diamonds. That last...
  Faye Labanaris demonstration at the All-Star Review at the 2012 AQS Quilt Show – Paducah. Click here Find out more about Faye Labanaris
Pop quiz: what’s the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? I didn’t know either, until Meg Cox introduced us to Laurel Reinhardt in the June issue. Laurel, a former psychologist, uses the labyrinth as it has been used since ancient times – as a spiritual tool. And seeking a portable format for something that’s...
This Log Cabin-style selvage quilt from Karen Griska features the classic red center squares representing the cabin’s hearth. The selvages are arranged like bookshelves surrounding the hearth. When the blocks are assembled they create a delightful woven appearance. It’s the ultimate “green” quilt and it’s your FREE pattern of the week. Click here to download...
Diane Gaudynski’s beautiful Quilt of the Week has a very serious theme. It is named “Through a Glass Darkly, An American Memory.”  The quilt started as a study in the subtle variations of deep colors. After September 11,  Diane changed the color palette by adding lighter colors to signify light shining through the windows and...
Log Cabin Library Block by Karen Griska The Log Cabin quilt pattern is one of the most beloved and recognized of quilt designs. However, it may be both older and newer than you might think. While it’s natural to assume that this traditional block originated in the United States during the pioneer days, the origins...
Watch Bonnie Browning interview Susan Stewart, the winner of the 2012 Bernina of America Machine Workmanship Award at the Paducah Quilt Show and Contest. Susan’s amazing quilt started out as a Lone Star. See how she used embroidery and directional fabrics to make an award-winning quilt. Susan also encourages you to enter your own quilt.
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