Monthly Archives: February 2011


Did you ever wonder how to put those neutral batiks to work for you?

Since a trip to New York, our Editor, Jean Nolte has had her eye on Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Sugarplum collection of strips and squares.  She also likes the shy tones of their neutral batiks and wanted to use both together with her favorite accent color— a beautiful royal purple. As soon as Jean got back to her room, she…


A Family Affair.

Have I mentioned how much I love my sisters? There are two of them. Hannah lives in NYC and works as an editor of a real estate magazine. She’s pretty cool. And my younger sister, Rebecca, has been working on Quilty with me since it started. It was never our plan to have the quilt…


Have you heard of Shweshwe fabrics?

Our March/April Love of Quilting issue features a quilt made by Evelyn Young called Monkey Business. It is made from a fabric called Schweschwe, that has an interesting and amazing history. You have probably seen this fabric in historic and contemporary quilts and not been aware that it is still dyed in much the same way…

Tip from a Smart Kid

Katie suggested this tip when she was a young girl shopping with her mother. If you’re going to the quilt store with your mom, be sure to take a book to read. She’s going to be there for awhile.


Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…


Little Wren Quilt – Wall Hanging

This wall hanging – one of our free quilt patterns as seen in Love of Quilting March/April 2011 – features a purple palette and several Feathered Star quilt blocks. And, you can forget the binding! A scalloped quilt border finishes off this stunning quilt perfectly. See the wren in the middle of the gorgeous Feathered Star in the center of this quilt?…


Tucson Sunset

The pattern for Tucson Sunset, featured in the March/April 2011 issue of Love of Quilting, can be easily adjusted for size. Use this multiple size chart to make this quilt right for you.


Monkey Business

The pattern for Monkey Business, featured in the March/April 2011 issue of Love of Quilting, can be easily adjusted for size. Use this multiple size chart to make this quilt right for you.


Curved Seams? Bring it!

I’m working on a pretty cute little number right now, if I DO say so myself… The picture isn’t the best, which is probably a good thing — my seams aren’t AMAZING yet. You know, it takes a long time to get really good at anything worth doing well. That’s what people tell me, anyway,…

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Friends and their opinions are priceless!

How do you work out a quilt design? My friends and I enjoy designing our own quilts.  We are traditional, practical, contemporary and eclectic—sometimes all at the same time! We all use our own techniques at home. Graph paper, sketching freehand, EQ Software, Adobe, and Corel Draw, to name a few. But, the best design…