Here is a hint from Joanie Zeier Poole, Des Moines Quilt Show teacher, on how to  start machine quilting. “Get out the owner’s manual for your machine.  Read the instructions for free-motion, lowering the feed dogs, adjusting the upper and lower tension (if necessary) as well as how to adjust the pressure of the presser...
Try your hand at thread painting with the beautiful first blooms of Spring.
AQS author Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, Kansas, started the Project First Day to provide a new set of clothes for the first day of school for the young children in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri. Susan put out the call to all of her quilting and sewing friends across the country to make 1,000 garments for the children....
Author and AQS QuiltWeek® teacher, Kathryn Schmidt, has a FREE quilt pattern for you this week. Kathy’s pattern is called “Disorderly Conduct” and can be made with just six fat quarters. You’ll have fun making this quilt using some of the concepts from her book Rule-Breaking Quilts. Click here to download your free pattern.
Just as there are three different spellings for calico, the word can have an entirely different meaning,  depending on where you live. In the United States  calicoes are generally small, closely packed prints, while in Great Britain a calico is a plain, inexpensive muslin. The unassuming calico print has become synonymous with quilting and has...
Heirloom sewing techniques and fabrics have much to offer every quilter! When combined with quilting cottons and simple piecing, the fine natural-fiber fabrics and intricate details translate into beautiful quilts. MISTY GARDEN and was designed by Susan Stewart. The quilt size when completed measures about 35″ x 35″. It features appliqué and reverse appliqué done with heirloom...
We love to brag about our authors and Susan Stewart has really given us something to brag about.  With the help of her friends, Susan is providing school clothes for the children of tornado-torn Joplin, Missouri! Susan grew up on a farm in Missouri. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and then worked in...
Have you ever run out of  a fabric when you were in the midst of a project? Have you ever been fabric shopping and fallen in love with a fabric but,  just couldn’t make up your mind about buying it — and then when you returned it was gone? I have had so many quilt...
Do you get tension headaches? I’m not talking about headaches you get from the stress of airline flight delays or not being as smart as your smart phone, but the specific misery that comes from not being able to machine quilt with perfect—or even just acceptable—consistent tension.  If ugly little knobs show up in between...
This is the final installment of a three-part series designed to help you build your machine quilting skills. In this article, you will use some of the shapes from previous lessons, manipulating them into new forms. You can find the first installment at No-Mark Machine Quilting – Part 1 of 3 . Part 2 is...
I have a problem. I have all of these beautiful quilt designs in my head and no time to make the quilts. I realize that part of the problem is that I’m a hand-quilter (and hand-piecer) with a full-time job. I mean how many quilts can I possibly expect to make in my extra 1/2...
by Shirley Stutz In school I loved learning about fractions and their least common denominators. It seemed like a wonderful math game. I also love to find the least common denominator in quilting designs, reducing them to their simplest forms. This makes no-mark machine quilting easy. To analyze designs, start by choosing a picture, a...
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