Monthly Archives: January 2011

Some things in life ARE free!!

We just can’t pass up sharing this great value, from our sister magazine, with our readers. Quilter’s Home if offering a free e-book for download! Yes- it’s free— Just click here! Modern quilting, as they call it, are simple and … Continue reading

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Are you inspired by travel or nature in your quilting? Sue Spargo spoke at our local Des Moines quilt guild.

Besides the fact Sue Spargo is a wonderful wool artist, her quilts speak, telling stories of places Sue’s traveled and places she’s lived. Through her quilts, she shows us how to find inspiration in nature, travel, and textures. We’re exposed … Continue reading

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The cruise quilt is started and check out those Timeless Treasure batiks!

Jean, our Editor, started her quilt last weekend, and has found a great way to piece the strip units with squares on point that she will be sharing, both on the cruise and in the magazine. Wow! Do those Tonga … Continue reading

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How do you work out a quilt design?

A design wall is a great tool. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating, especially in this stage of the quiltmaking process. I’m more visual, so seeing the colors together, rearranging them, switching out colors, and … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek at one of the quilt projects for the Alaskan Cruise!

We are really excited about our next cruise—to Alaska May 21–28—especially our Editor, Jean Nolte, who has been working on a great quilt for the occasion! On a trip to New York City last spring,  Emily Cohen, at Timeless Treasures … Continue reading

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Are you color challenged?

I’ve been working on the guild color challenge that I blogged about last week, and auditioning my turquoise crayon with some of my fabrics. I am also remembering the best workshop I’ve  gone to on color—by Karen K. Stone. She … Continue reading

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Do you belong to a small group? Check out some of our special interest groups here at QCA! The Civil War Ladies group is now forming!

Small groups are a great way to share a common interest ! We have a very large group in Des Moines that has numerous small groups. It helps members with common interests focus and share their ideas and knowledge with … Continue reading

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Our Afghan Quilt Project

What started in the beginning of November as a phone call between our publisher, Kristi, and her deployed husband Jason, turned into a month-long project in our office. Our goal was to create 29 quilts to ship to Jason’s unit! These soldiers … Continue reading

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Challenge yourself in 2011!

What is your comfy color? Do you gravitate towards any certain color or colors when choosing fabric? My favorite batik color is Hoffman 128 Midnight.  It makes other batiks sparkle and I have still, to find a color it doesn’t set off. … Continue reading

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