I’m so excited about the September 2012 issue of American Quilter magazine that I can’t wait to share a little about the upcoming articles and patterns. But will you be receiving this issue at home? The answer is yes IF you are an AQS member whose membership is up to date, or IF you renew an expiring membership no later than Friday, June 29, 2012, or IF you are a new member who joins prior to that date. The September issue will be mailed out beginning the third week of July. If you join or renew after June 29, 2012, you will still receive 6 issues of American Quilter but your subscription will start with the November issue, not September. For more information on your membership, visit www.AmericanQuilter.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call member services at 270-898-7903 between 8 and 4 Central time, Monday through Friday.
Now for a sneak peek at the September issue:
Have you ever known a blind quilter? Or an art quilter with multiple sclerosis? Or a young girl with one paralyzed arm who sews and uses a longarm quilting machine? American Quilter contributing editor Marjorie L. Russell introduces you to three amazing women—widely diverse in background, age, and experience—who have confronted the label of “disability” with a decision to never give in.
Most American children learn about Civil War battles and historic events in school. As our nation continues the four-year-long sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, I suspect very few of us, however, know the back stories of women and their households dealing with shortages of everything from food to cotton during that war—and in particular, how shortages affected quilting. Read certified appraiser and teacher Suzanne Swenson’s fascinating article on this subject and enjoy photos of her authentic Civil War quilts.
And do you know about Civil War potholder quilts, a forerunner of the quilt-as-you-go technique? Another certified appraiser and co-author of Civil War Quilts (Schiffer Publishing, 2011) shares her knowledge on this little-known quilting genre and offers up a simple but graphically impressive pieced quilt pattern, adapted from a Civil War quilt in her collection.
Fast forward to quilting today and enjoy Weeks Ringle’s first article in a three-part series on the modern quilt movement, in which she has been a pioneer. Generously illustrated with Weeks’ beautiful quilts, her article discusses the similarities and differences of traditional and modern quilting.
Another quilter who gracefully spans the bridge between traditional and modern designs is Gail Garber, highlighted in Marjorie Russell’s profile article, also in this issue. And you’ve heard of extreme sports—well, one quilter in Maryland could qualify for “extreme quilting” if you consider her most recent quilt is housed in the back yard and made of porcelain tiles!
After you’ve finished reading all these great articles and our regular features, head to your sewing space and try out some new techniques also included in this issue: a nifty faux piped binding, fused broderie perse appliqué, and improvisational piecing to spice up traditional quilts, along with patterns for three wonderful new projects.
Don’ miss out on this super issue…or any future issues, for that matter. For more information on membership, visit www.AmericanQuilter.com, email email@example.com, or call member services at 270-898-7903 between 8 and 4 Central time, Monday through Friday.
Posted by Christine N. Brown, American Quilter magazine editor-in-chief