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Jan Magee
In 1998, Susan Else got bored making flat abstract quilts and decided to try making some cloth figures. Suddenly, fabric became a skin for three-dimensional objects and she was able to tell stories as never before. I, for one, am glad she did! I’ve been a fan of Susan’s work ever since I saw her...
From an editor’s standpoint, Wendy Hill (we talked about her stashless state in last week’s post) is wonderful to work with. She’s very organized, very knowledgeable, has lots of good photos, and lots of opinions! I can’t resist sharing some background information she gave me about the improvisational piecing technique in her article “Start Somewhere...
As I mentioned in my editor’s letter in the August TQL, Wendy Hill has no stash. When she told me that, my first impulse was to feel sorry for her. After all, I derive so much pleasure from the care and feeding of my own prodigious stash. But Wendy insists she’s fine—happy, even. Here’s how...
Take an armchair trip to the beach with me. At TQL, we learned about a program called Operation Surf, and we were so impressed we featured it as a Helping Hands article in the August issue. This program teaches wounded veterans to surf. Can you imagine? Some of these men have suffered multiple amputations, and...
Ricky Tims had a great time encouraging his Facebook fans to help him come up with punny names for his entry in the August TQL Cookoff. (Recipes for this issue’s cookoff had to be inspired by stage plays!) The ideas his FB friends suggested are pretty funny, proving once again what a clever and creative...
Have you made your self-portrait quilt yet? I hope you’ve been inspired by the June issue to give it a try, just like Alex, Ricky, Libby, Joe, and I did. There’s some great advice from real experts in that issue—like Yvonne Porcella—but I’ll tell you a little secret. It’s a lot of fun if you...
Once in a while it’s fun to share a little behind-the-scenes story about the TQL issue you have in your hands. When we decided to do an issue with a “faces” theme, our thoughts turned pretty quickly to the work of Marilyn Belford and the quilt Rundy, a portrait of her neighbor. Rundy was perfect...
Are you making vacation plans? How about a road trip? Yours will likely be a little shorter than the trip Laurie Gibb took (“Journey 65” in the April issue of TQL). If you’ve read the story, you know that Laurie celebrated her 65th birthday by taking off for a whole year on a solo adventure...
Have you read “Time Capsule Quilts” in the April TQL? The article is about Susan Shie, who is often referred to as an “outsider artist.” For an outsider, though, she’s pretty connected, to both her own daily life and to the events that shape our world as a whole. The story is about the way...
Bet you smiled when you read Jennifer Rounds’s story about making a quilt that her college-bound son might actually permit her to give him (“Invisible Hug” in the April TQL). She shares the pattern as well, and you just may want to make one of these quilts for someone you love to take to school...
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