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Jan Magee
Kyra Hicks emailed me this morning. Researching the history of African American quilters is a passion for Kyra, and her discoveries have inspired several the books she’s written, including one about the famous Harriet Powers Bible Quilt. The reason for her email was to tell me that her children’s book, Martha Ann’s Quilt for Queen...
The Quilt Life is here! Click here to take a peek at what you will find inside the December 2012 issue. We added a couple of quilt block patterns for you, too. Still haven’t subscribed, click here!
TQL contributing editor Meg Cox is a busy lady. Besides writing books and magazine articles, she’s president of the Quilt Alliance, the organization behind the Quilt Index, that massive online database of quilts in museum collections. The Alliance is also responsible for Q.S.O.S – Quilters Save Our Stories. This is a grassroots project, and you...
We quilters lost one of our foremothers yesterday–Virginia Avery. She was just a couple weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Jinny was one of the quilt world’s pioneers. Back in the early 70s, she decided people needed someone to teach them to quilt, and that person was going to be her. She was good at...
Do you find quilts everywhere you turn? Even when they aren’t quilts, exactly? The other day a friend and I were minding our own business, walking to a favorite deli for lunch, when POW! We (not literally, fortunately) ran smack into this quilt, wrapped around a tree. Do you think this is the chicken or...
Recently, thanks to the wonders of the social network, I learned some sad news. Anna Williams died. Anna was Gee’s Bend before Gee’s Bend. By that I mean she was perhaps the first African American quilter whose improvisational quilts were publicly recognized as art – discovered, applauded, and promoted by the mainstream quilt world. During...
Once the quilting is finished, Irene puts the quilt in the washing machine–in cold water, with about a tablespoon of Clorox 2 and a color-absorbing sheet. She sets the machine for the very end of the delicate wash cycle, so it’s mostly rinse. This will wash out all the starch and any markings. (She admits...
Now it’s time to select quilting threads. I’m going to go through my thread stash and see if I already have some colors that might work. My friend ZJ Humbach, a longarmer, showed me this trick. To get an idea of how thread is going to look when it’s sewn in, you have to make...
Here’s where you can see why I cut the patches with the template – those cut corners make matching the diamonds a breeze. I’m not going to try to chain piece this – it’s too easy to get confused. Adding the patches one at a time might seem like taking the long way, but “unsewing”...
Confession time. Just in case you thought a quilt mag editor has all the latest and greatest new gadgets in her studio, here’s one of my secrets. Yes, I do have a lovely board that’s 14 inches square, covered with sandpaper, for arranging the patches for a block and carrying them to the machine. But...
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