Weddings seem to be on my mind lately, no doubt due to my new status as a future mother of the bride. Helle-May Cheney, a talented quilt designer who will be featured in a future issue of American Quilter, recently sent me this charming wedding story. “I am a first-generation Estonian-American with nearly all my...
The Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown this coming Wednesday, is a time for introspection. A busy Jewish quilter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who prefers to remain anonymous, sent me this message to share with others as we approach the High Holy Days: “When I became a Jewish woman in 1996, I learned two...
I learned to quilt when I was about 12 years old, from my mother and my maternal grandmother. Later I was prompted to try a quilt all on my own by an ad in a women’s magazine in 1975. The ad was meant to sell a bed but what caught my eye was the Double...
Quilting has been my joy, and sharing it has been one of my greatest pleasures. It seems likeI have sewn all my life – starting with doll clothes and then on to 4-H clothing projects. It wasn’t until being put on bed rest while pregnant with my oldest daughter that the quilting bug really took...
American Quilter magazine contributing editor Kathie R. Kerler won first place in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s Evolution Challenge with her quilt named At the Ocean’s Edge. (Photo above taken by Mark Frey.) The challenge for quilters was to make a quilt based on something new—an idea, method, or device. Kathie’s quilt features an innovative...
(Submitted by Marje Rhine, American Quilter magazine pattern editor) I used to have a lot of trouble accurately applying mitered borders. It seemed more often than not I would end up with pointy or sometimes rounded borders. This was because I could not accurately cut the angles of the borders when they were already attached...
Get the pattern here. “Quilting became my source of comfort and stability in a vagabond life––created by numerous job transfers––of new places, people, and friends,” Marla Shares. The challenges involved in the journey from her first simple quilt to designing and creating complex designs like Borealis have defined Marla as an artist. E-mail: marlakyeager@gmail.com
If you enjoy this coaster pattern from Geesje Baron & Esther Vermeer, then you will love their book 3-D Folded Blocks.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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