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…


Have you checked out the Quilts of Valor project and fabric collections?

If you like patriotic fabrics, you’ve got to check out these fabric companies and the collections they’ve put together for Quilts of Valor. They should be coming to a fabric store near you soon! At market in October 2010, nine fabric companies launched designs for this special program to be released in Spring of 2011.The companies are Andover,…


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…

Love of Quilting March/April 2011

Buy this issue Projects Graphix – Cover project Monkey Business – Indigo fabrics from South Africa I Love You Always – by Robyn Pandolph Wildflower – Dynamic bed quilt Civil War Sampler – Part 2 of 3 Tucson Sunset – by Liz Porter Sophisticated – Rich tones and brown and black Little Wren – Unique…

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.


Thread Storage

I recycle wet-mop refill boxes to use for storing my thread. The clear top lets me see what’s inside.


Fabric Storage

I use plastic salad containers for storing fat quarters. The containers stack nicely, and you can easily find what you’re looking for.


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…


Free Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern – Little Wren

This free wall hanging quilt patern features a purple palette and several simple star quilt block units. A scalloped quilt border also creates the perfect touch to finish off this stunning quilt. Featured in the March/April 2011 Issue of Love of Quilting. For instructions on how to create Little Wren, please click on the link…