Friday January 15th 2016

‘The Quilt Life’ Archives

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]

There is a difference!

Pop quiz: what’s the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? I didn’t know either, until Meg Cox introduced us to Laurel Reinhardt in the June issue. Laurel, a former psychologist, uses the labyrinth as it has been used since ancient times – as a spiritual tool. [Read More]

Tugging at the Heart Strings

Just heard from Laura Nownes about one of the patterns published in our February 2012 TQL. You can read about how she and her friends created an original quilt, Heart Strings, to comfort a member of their quilting circle. The friends are at it again, using the pattern for [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 3: Starch

Stockholm Star: Step 3: Starch

Even though I can’t wait to start cutting fabric, I’m going to do something really important first – starch the heck out of the fabrics. Yes, that’s a technical term meaning “make it stiff as a sheet of paper,” and it will help so much where accuracy is [Read More]

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

Plenty of design play went into the making of Artisan Star, Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka’s stunning starburst quilt in the June issue of TQL. Deb and Michael had a limited amount of fabric, so they cut it all into diamonds – and went for it! It’s fun to [Read More]

Hear a Song by Laura Wasilowski

Hear a Song by Laura Wasilowski

Laura Wasilowski is a contemporary quiltmaker, teacher, and creator of hand-dyed fabrics and threads. She is also a song composer and singer extraordinaire! Listen to Laura’s rendition of  “There Once Was a Quilter from North Illinois,” a companion to her [Read More]

Stockholm Star: Step 1: Fabric Selection

Stockholm Star: Step 1: Fabric Selection

Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka’s quilt Artisan Star (the pattern in the June TQL that inspired Stockholm Star) is stunning. I knew right away I wanted to make the pattern, but I wanted to see how it would look in different fabrics. A line from Robert Kauffman caught my [Read More]

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