My Quilt Story: Lori Hiedeman

Lori Hiedeman shared this story about an astonishing hand-pieced hexagon quilt. Lori, be sure to let us know the END of the story! “My friend Tami has MS (multiple sclerosis). My mother and I went to visit her last fall, and knowing I enjoy quilting, she asked her husband to bring out the quilt she…

Every Life Matters

Quilter and artist Laura C. Martin has partnered with a dozen churches and homeless agencies in the Atlanta, Georgia, area to launch Every Life Matters, a blanket collection drive for the homeless. The inspiration and central image for the campaign was a quilt Laura made in memory of a man from the streets who froze…

Meet AQS Author, Peggy Holt

I have been quilting since the revival of the craft in the early 1970’s. My sewing career began at the age of nine with my first project in 4-H — the common gathered apron. Although I dabbled in the usual crafts of the seventies and eighties, quilting continued to become more and more important to…

Pinning for Better Borders

This tip was contributed by Marje Rhine, pattern editor for American Quilter magazine. I have used a similar technique for many years when pinning together the two sections of Drunkard’s Path blocks. “Most quilters know to measure through the center of the quilt and then cut borders to fit before stitching them on. But how…

Through these portals…

Doors open, close, and revolve for us throughout our lives. Doors often bring opportunities, joy, hope, laughter, and dreams. But they can also herald heartbreak and endings. It is difficult to see a door and not wonder what it holds for the person crossing the threshold. American Quilter contributing editor Iris Frank has gathered five…