Set-in seams, also known as Y seams, are used to make blocks that can’t be assembled with straight, continuous seams. The stunning quilt shown here, Borealis by Marla Yeager, offers plenty of opportunity to practice setting in seams. The complete pattern and instructions for Borealis will be published in the September 2010 issue of American...
If you’re involved in planning guild programs or retreats, you know it can be a head-scratcher to think of someone to present lectures, workshops, programs or trunk shows. You have years of quilting expertise available via AQS authors! Many of our authors, past and present, are active teachers, criss-crossing the country to share their passion...
One of the great benefits for those of us immersed in the quilt world is the exchange of knowledge, not only of patterns and techniques, but also of experiences. Quilter Mary Peterson recently shared with me her could-have-been catastrophic experience during a small quilt show in Shreveport, Louisiana. “I was co-chair of a quilt show...
Whether used on a garment or a quilt, Scott A. Murkin’s “Strata Quilts: Layer Upon Layer” technique, published in the May 2008 issue of American Quilter magazine, is a wonderfully creative process. This spectacular layered organza and cotton gown (modeled by Tina Cherry in the 24th Annual AQS/Hobbs Bonded Fibers Fashion Show & Contest in...
Welcome a charming cast of characters into your sewing room! Meet the Yo-Yo Family, small doll folks created by Bobbie McLure Long. Each individual is dressed in a style that matches his or her personality, complete with accessories. They look terrific, but they couldn’t be easier to make. And they each have their own little...
For 26 years, dedicated quilters and fiber artists have made the springtime “pilgrimage” to Paducah, Kentucky, for the annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest. Every year generates not only an amazing array of spectacular quilts and enthusiastic quilters, but also new events, exciting developments, and heartwarming stories. Here’s one of those stories. Annabel Baugher is...
How well do you know the sites around Paducah? Today I was out taking photos of dogwoods – which are just beautiful right now – and decided it would be fun to test your knowledge of the architecture and other attractions in the city… of course, I’m only giving you a piece of the photo...
Quilt artist Judith Larzelere has delighted and amazed countless quilters with her stunning use of color since she began exhibiting her quilts in the late 1970s. After reading the profile article on “Jude” (as she likes to be called) in the January 2010 issue of American Quilter, Mary F. Gonzalez was inspired to make her own...
Nothing helps creativity like having the right tools, skills and techniques at hand. Renae Haddadin, well-known for her stunning machine quilting on intricately designed medallion quilts, has written her first book to share the simple, easy-to-do methods she uses to achieve her award-winning results. Amazing Ways to Use Circles & Rays is more than a...
What are fractals? In simplest term, a fractal is a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is approximately a reduced-size copy of the whole. The Sierpinski carpet is a well-known example of a plane fractal first described by Polish mathematician Wacław Sierpiński in 1916. Thank you to...
Submitted by Marje Rhine, technical pattern editor for American Quilter magazine)In September I lost the girl doggy love of my life, my 14-year-old Sheltie, Daisy. All fall I thought about what I could do to memorialize her in fabric. Not being very proficient at appliqué and wanting a realistic portrait instead of the cartoon I could...
Mosaic tile patterns have inspired quilters for years, and Jean Biddick is no exception. She has put clever drafting and piecing techniques in play to create visually stunning quilts based on the tiled floors of the Truro Cathedral in England. These exceptional quilts are truly easier to make than they appear. A few of them...
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