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Behind the Seams – September/October 2008

b e h i n d   t h e   s e a m s™ Are You a Knitter? We know that lots of avid quilters are also knitters. In fact, many Love of Quilting staff members knit as well as quilt. In just a few weeks, we’ll share our love of knitting with…

My Thread Collection

When my grandmother went to the local variety store a few decades ago and asked for quilting thread, the clerk would inquire, “White or cream?” Ask that same question today, and you may hear, “Cotton or polyester? Short staple or long staple? Variegated or solid? What weight? Invisible nylon or invisible polyester?” While our quilting…

Make Your Next Quilt A Winner

For those who quilt purely for their own pleasure, making contest-worthy quilts may not be a goal. However, for quilters who want to see how far their skills can take them, entering contests can be both fun and enlightening. For more on blue ribbon quilts, read the article, Make Your Next Quilt A Winner, in…

Folk Art Suggested Reading

Becker, Kristina. Come Listen to My Quilts. Lafayette, CA: C & T Publishing, 2002. Better Homes and Gardens. Folk Art Quilts. Little Rock, AR: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2001. Brandt, Janet Carija. WOW! Wool-on-Wool Folk-Art Quilts, Revised and Expanded Edition. Woodinville, WA: Martingale & Company, 2004. Gillum, Linda. Folk Art Décor. Little Rock, AR: Leisure Arts,…

Freehand Quilting Design Tips

Some quilts call for a simple, allover design or have areas that need fillers. Freehand machine quilting is perfect for these quilts or sections of quilts-you simply “quilt as you go,” without marking. Proper preparation will go a long way toward making freehand machine quilting enjoyable. Select the Design Begin by deciding on a design.…

Baltimore Album Suggested Reading

Dietrich, Mimi. Baltimore Bouquets. Woodinville, WA; That Patchwork Place, 1992. Sienkiewicz, Elly. Baltimore Album Revival! Historic Quilts in the Making: Catalogue of the 1994 C & T Baltimore Album Revival Quilt Show and Contest. Lafayette, CA; C & T Publishing, 2002. Sienkiewicz, Elly. Baltimore Album Legacy. Lafayette, CA; C & T Publishing, 1998. Sienkiewicz, Elly.…

Landscape Book List

1.Joyce R. Becker, Luscious Landscapes: Simple Techniques for Dynamic Quilts, Watson-Guptill Publications 2. Ineke Berlyn, Landscape in Contemporary Quilts: Design and Technique, Batsford 3. Joan Blalock, Quilted Landscape: Machine-Embellished Fabric Images, That Patchwork Place 4. Linda Crone, Fabric Landscapes by Machine, Krause Publishing 5. Joan Colvin, Nature’s Studio: A Quilter’s Guide to Playing with Fabrics…

Sew You Want to be a Quilter Trivia Quiz

Questions: Are you a quilting novice or an experienced stitcher? Try to answer these questions excerpted from the game to determine your knowledge of quilting history, techniques, and patterns. For more fun at home or a guild meeting, play Sew You Want to be a Quilter, A Shop Hop/Quilting Trivia Game. 1. What is the…

An Original Series Celebrates Innovative Women

“Some people just never grow up,” says Rebekka Seigel when she explains how she came to create her collection of 12 paper doll quilts. Rebekka recalls many childhood hours spent cutting out and dressing dime store paper dolls. After learning about quiltmaking as an adult, it seemed natural to translate her fascination with paper dolls…

Life Lessons for Creativity

1. We are all unique and gifted. “Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.” Brenda Ueland 2. Life is perception. “We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” Anais Nin 3. Childlikeness: Never lose it! “The most potent muse…

Behind the Batiks

If you are passionate about textiles with exotic color and texture, chances are you have a special love for batiks. Skilled Indonesian artsans such as the man shown measuring dye create the beautiful colors and motifs for the batiks American quilters adore. Fabrics go through many steps in the batik making process before they are…

Amish Treasures in Manhattan

Head for New York City to view one of the country’s most significant Amish quilt collections. Lone Star quilt, 75 3/4″ x 73 3/4″. An anonymous Amish quilter in Ohio made this cotton Lone Star quilt between 1925 and 1935. Crazy Patch, 88″ x 75″. In 1903, Leah Zook Hartzler made this sophisticated and restrained…

Award for Fons & Porter

Bernina® of America presented the company’s annual Quilt Leadership Award to Marianne Fons and Liz Porter during International Quilt Festival in Chicago in April. Marianne accepted the award from Jennifer Gigas, director of training and education at Bernina®, just before the Bernina Fashion Show began. According to company president Martin Favre, this award “honors the…

Behind the Seams – May/June 2006

b e h i n d   t h e   s e a m s™ BLOOMING BEAUTIES HUGE FLORALS ARE BIG HIT SPACER Quilters are often as passionate about their flower gardens as they are about their fabrics. A new trend in quilt fabric combines both passions. Large floral prints boasting flowers at least…