Tuesday September 2nd 2014

‘The Quilt Life’ Archives

Stockholm Star: Step 11: Measure, mark, and trim

Stockholm Star: Step 11: Measure, mark, and trim

I’m going to have to do this on the floor. I have a pair of cool laser levels that will help me mark my trimming line. I’ll start by measuring from the center to the shortest point on the side, in all four directions. 25”, 25”, 24 ½”, 24 ½”. Darn. OK. It’s [Read More]

News from the big apple

This morning I had an email from Dale Riehl. TQL readers might recognize his name from an article in the June 2011 issue, “Quilt shop to the world.” Dale and his wife, Cathy Izzo, are the proprietors of The City Quilter, a New York City quilt shop with such a vast [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 10: The final seam

Stockholm Star: Step 10: The final seam

Thanks to the careful matching I did when I joined the sections (and also pressing the seams open – you can really see what you’re doing) I hit that center point dead on the first time. Woo hoo! I’ll block the quilt on my design wall before I trim it. You might wonder [Read More]

Salvaging the selvage

Salvaging the selvage

We quilters hate to throw anything away. Am I the only one who remembers cutting the legs off old pantyhose and saving them, just in case I might someday need to stuff something, like a biscuit quilt? I even once heard about a quilter who had a big box labeled “scraps too [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 9: Joining the sections and blocking

Stockholm Star: Step 9: Joining the sections and blocking

Joining the sections is the same as joining rows, but this time I mark the sewing line on both sides. What I’m really concerned about is getting the points matched in the center. After all, you’re watching! Once I have half of the quilt assembled (only three seams! Why [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 8: On the design wall

Stockholm Star: Step 8: On the design wall

Here’s a fun way to watch a quilt grow…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life This free digital slideshow personalized with Smilebox [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 7: Joining the rows

Stockholm Star: Step 7: Joining the rows

Joining the diamonds into rows is easy. Joining the rows so the points match perfectly is easy, too, if you just take a little extra time. First, determine which row will be on top when you  join it to the section. With a ruler and a pencil, mark the sewing line, ¼” [Read More]

You’ve got to see this.

We always get a kick out of seeing a quilted car. You might even know (or be part of) a group of quilters who have managed to piece their orphan blocks into a quilted tea cozy for a Mini or VW bug, and they drive it on special occasions. I’m sure that day [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 5: Ready to start sewing

Stockholm Star: Step 5: Ready to start sewing

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 [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 4: Cutting, finally

Stockholm Star: Step 4: Cutting, finally

Admittedly, templates are old school. But for this quilt, it’s the way to go. I speed up the cutting process a little by first rotary cutting 3” strips. Then I mark around the template, rotary cut along the straight lines, and use a sharp new scissors to snip the [Read More]

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