Meet the Moderns

The June TQL marks the debut of a new regular column, “Modern Connections”. Victoria Findlay Wolfe, one of the most prominent faces of the Modern quilt movement, will profile a modern quilter in every issue. I’m really looking forward to reading about these quilters, most of whom Victoria has met only online (of course). If…

The other side

In the June TQL, we introduced the delightful Dahlia Clark, a Canadian quilter whose wild dye-painted Giraffe quilt, Kelly, just blew me away when I saw it at the International Quilt Festival last fall. (How did she come up with that crazy angle? You’ll just have to read the article to find out.) Dahlia, as…

Baby talk

Don’t you think a making a baby quilt is one of the happiest things a quilter can do? A baby quilt is small, for starters. You can use pretty colors and cheerful prints. Best of all, babies are not the quilt police. They don’t care if your points match. They’ll spit up on it no…

International Honor Quilt

Recently Shelly Zegart wrote to tell me about the International Honor Quilt. You recognize Shelly’s name —she’s known to millions as the executive producer and host of the monumental documentary series Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. You may not have heard of the International Honor Quilt, but you might remember its famous sister,…

Win-win situation

This time, our timing couldn’t have been better. In the April issue of TQL, we’ve featured a technique from Janet Stone called Fabulous Faux Flange. It’s a binding method with a cool twist, done entirely by machine. It’s way easier than it looks! I know—that’s how I finished the little strata quilt I made last…

Where’s TQL?

Have you noticed we have a “TQL” picture in every issue? It’s kind of like our own version of Where’s Waldo. I hope you’ve noticed, because coming up with them is such a fun, creative opportunity for us. (Clue: It’s often on the “Life Online” page, but not always). For instance, the letters TQL were…

A day brightener

Did you read “The Quilting Abides” in TQL’s February issue? It’s the sweet, sad, yet hopeful story of Betty Blankenberger. Betty was a dedicated, prolific quilter who, sadly, developed Alzheimer’s. Long story short (you need to read this one yourself to get the full impact), Betty still hand quilts tops other people have made—including vintage…

Men quilt 2

In last December’s “Life Online” feature we printed a letter from a quilter named Clifford Rininger. Cliff wondered about how finishing methods are judged in competition. It seemed to him that judges in his area were taking points off for any quilt that was not finished with a traditional binding, hand stitched to the back…

Opening night

Last night I attended a widely anticipated event—the opening reception for MANifestations, an exhibit of quilts made by men at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. What a party it was! RMQM has been showcasing the work of male quilters every other year since 1992. Even so, Karen Roxburgh, the museum’s executive director,…

Teflon vs. what?

Recently AQS posted this tip on Facebook. “Parchment paper works every bit as well as a Teflon pressing sheet, and it cools off faster.” You made  lots of comments, and you wanted to know more. Here’s the story: Quilters who do fusible appliqué know that a Teflon pressing sheet is an essential item. When you…