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Books & Software

American Quilter's Society
www.americanquilter.com

Electric Quilt Co., The
www.electricquilt.com

Hoopsisters.com
www.hoopsisters.com

Martingale & Co.
www.martingale-pub.com

Professional Quilter, The
www.professionalquilter.com

Quayside Publishing
www.creativepub.com


Fabric Manufacturers


Bali Fabrics
www.balifab.com

Blank Quilting
www.blankquilting.com

Northcott Silk
www.northcott.com

P&B Textiles
www.pbtex.com

Quilting Treasures
www.quiltingtreasures.com

Red Rooster Fabrics
www.redroosterfabrics.com

RJR Fabrics
www.rjrfabrics.com

Wilmington Prints
www.wilmingtonprints.com

Kits, Patterns & Catalogs

Marianne Elizabeth
www.marianneelizabeth.com

Pearl Louise Designs
www.thimblecottage.com

Pine Tree Country Quilts
www.pinetreecountryquilts.com

Quakertown Quilts
www.quakertownquilts.com

Teacher’s Pet, The
www.the-teachers-pet.com

Whims
www.whims.cc

Wichelt Imports, Inc.
www.wichelt.com


Machines & Accessories

A-1 Quilting Machines
www.800longarm.com

ABM International
www.abminternational.com

Nolting Manufacturing
www.nolting.com

Tin Lizzie 18
www.tinlizzie18.com

Quilt Shops

eQuilter.com
www.equilter.com

Ethelbird & Eliza Kids
www.ethelbird.com

Original Quilts/BugFabric.com
www.bugfabric.com

Quilter’s Roost
www.quiltersroost.com


Shows, Classes & Cruises

American Quilter's Society
www.americanquilter.com

Machine Quilters Expo
www.mqxshow.com

Maine Quilts
www.mainequilts.com

Quilt Odyssey 2011
www.quiltodyssey.com

Quilting in the Country
www.quiltinginthecountry.com

World of Quilts Travel
www.worldofquiltstravel.com


Tools & Supplies

Block Butler
www.blockbutler.com

Creative Curves
www.creativecurves.com

Grace Frame Co
www.graceframe.com

Quilting Made Easy, Inc.
www.quiltingmadeeasy.com

Stencil Company
www.quiltingstencils.com


Miscellaneous

TNC Enterprises
www.tncenterprises.net




Inside Our April/May 2011 Issue ...

Projects

Stones and Skins
by SUE HARVEY and SANDY BOOBAR
Fabric courtesy of Northcott

Looking for something a little different? Make this quilt in shades of blue and purple for a girl or warmer tones for a boy!

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 12" x 12"
Number of blocks: 18 (12 Block A, 6 Block B)
Finished quilt size: 73½" x 92½"

Stones and Skins

Ring of Flowers Ring of Flowers
by WENDY SHEPPARD
Fabric courtesy of RJR Fabrics

Soft and sweet! Use this pretty little quilt wherever you need a feminine touch.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 10" x 10"
Block A (appliqué), 5" x 5" Blocks B and C (pieced)
Number of blocks: 28 (4 Block A, 12 Block B, 12
Block C)
Finished quilt size: 38½" x 38½"


Paisley Park
by SUE HARVEY and SANDY BOOBAR
Fabric courtesy of Wilmington Prints

Charming paisley prints and florals were used to create a springtime soft lap quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 9" x 9"
Number of blocks: 20 (8 setting, 12 pieced)
Finished quilt size: 64" x 75"

Paisley Park

Nine-Patch Playmat

Nine-Patch Play Mat
by ALISON NEWMAN and KAITLIN WITTE
Adapted with permission from the book,
Thread & Bobbin: 21 Simple Sewing Projects

A perfect weekend project! Use pinks and white to make it girly, or bright colors for a totally different effect.

Finished Size: 48" x 48"
Finished Block Size: 9"
Skill Level: Beginner


Dream Weaver
by KATHY BROWN
Pieced by Linda Reed
Quilted by Carol Hilton
Fabric courtesy of Red Rooster Fabrics

So easy! Just one block rotated several different ways creates a woven effect.

Skill level: Beginner
Block size sewn into quilt: 12" x 12"
Number of blocks: 20
Finished quilt size: 62" x 74"

Dreamweaver

Garden Frolic Spring Frolic
by HEIDI PRIDEMORE
Quilted by Doris Pridemore
Fabric courtesy of Blank Quilting

Only two appliqué shapes were used to make the flowers and butterflies for this whimsical table topper!

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 11" x 11"
Number of blocks: 9 (5 Block A, 4 Block B)
Finished quilt size: 52" x 52"



Hot & Hip
by VIRGINIA ROBERTSON
Fabric courtesy of Bali Fabrics

Traditional Dresden Plate and Basket blocks take on a whole new look when made with jewel-tone batiks!

Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
Block size sewn into quilt: 6" x 6"
Number of blocks: 13 (4 Block A, 4 Block B, 4 Block
C, 1 Block D)
Finished quilt size: 34" x 34"

Hot & Hip

Little Tweety Lil' Tweety
by SARAH SHRIVER and MARGARET OKULEY
for THE ELECTRIC QUILT COMPANY

This colorful quilt with dimensional appliqués makes a perfect playmat for baby.

Skill level: Intermediate
Finished quilt size: 35" x 35"


From the Archive:
Steps and Spirals
by TERRI CARLSON

Teal and black fabrics were used to achieve a truly dramatic effect.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 12" x 12"
Number of blocks: 42
Finished quilt size: 91" x 103"

Steps and Spirals

fruitful orchard Fruitful Orchard
by MICHELE CRAWFORD
Quilted by Kay Kimball
Fabric courtesy of P&B Textiles

Luscious fruit-print fabric was used in this gorgeous table topper.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 9" x 9"
Number of blocks: 16 (4 Block A, 8 Block B, 4 Block
C)
Finished quilt size: 52" x 52"


Wild Roses
by KATHY CENTER
Quilted by Bev Palm

Rob Peter to Pay Paul blocks were used to create a romantic trellis design.

Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
Block size sewn into quilt: 7½" x 7½"
Number of blocks: 50 (30 appliquéd, 20 setting)
Finished quilt size: 73" x 86" (including scallops)

Wild Roses

Strawberry Time

Strawberry Time
by PEARL LOUISE KRUSH
Fabric courtesy of Troy Corp.

Strawberries for dessert! Use this runner and placemat set for a special brunch.

Skill level: Intermediate
Finished block size: 14" x 10" basket, 8" x 10" center
Number of blocks: 3 (2 basket, 1 center)
Finished runner size: 14" x 40"
Finished placemat size: Approx. 11½" x 12"
Finished napkin size: 16½" x 16½"


Floral Flair
by MICHELE CRAWFORD
Quilted by Kay Kimball
Fabric courtesy of Red Rooster Fabrics

X blocks form a garden trellis design in this vibrant floral lap quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 9" x 9"
Number of blocks: 20 (10 Block A, 10 Block B)
Finished quilt size: 52" x 61"

 

Floral Flair

Nestlings

Nestlings
by WENDY SHEPPARD
Fabric courtesy of Benartex

Appliqué this little quilt to use as a seasonal wall hanging or door banner!

Skill level: Intermediate
Finished quilt size: 17" x 21"

 


Purple Mariposa
by WENDY SHEPPARD
Fabric courtesy of RJR Fabrics

Friendship Quilt blocks in blue and purple were used in the center of this little lap quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 9" x 9"
Number of blocks: 15 (6 Block A, 5 Block B, 4 Block C)
Finished quilt size: 35" x 55"

 

Mariposa
  features
 
Quilt Gallery

Quilt Gallery:
A Quilters' Gathering

A sampling of outstanding quilts from the 21st annual A Quilters' Gathering


Book It!
thread & bobbin
by Alison Newman and Kaitlin Witte

Best friends and former college roommates, Alison Newman and Kaitlin Witte, collaborate on a new book that appeals to beginning and experienced sewers alike.

thread & bobbin

pop Pieces of the Past:
Textile Treasures of the Bidwell House Museum
by PATRICIA L. CUMMINGS
Photography by James Cummings

A Georgian manor in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts houses a treasure trove of textiles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Strength in Numbers
by BETH HELFTER

Six New England quilt pattern designers join forces to create a vending and marketing cooperative.

strength
  the machine quilter
 
Creative Quilting with Ronda K. Beyer
by DAWN GOLDSMITH

Award-winning longarmer Ronda K. Beyer discusses her curved crosshatch technique and her sources of inspiration.
ronda k. beyer


thread snippets Thread Snippets
by CINDY NEEDHAM

Quilt instructor Cindy Needham explains how important thread choices are in the overall appearance of a finished quilt.



Free-Motion Quilting on a Home Sewing Machine
by JULIE BAIRD

Quilt teacher Julie Baird explains how to turn an ordinary home sewing machine into a quilting machine that will allow you to free-motion quilt with ease.

free-motion quilting