Author Archives: Carolyn

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.

QM Bitty Blocks: Flying Geese Pinwheels

By Carolyn Beam, Quiltmaker Content Director I’m excited to share April’s QM Bitty Block with you. I hope you’re having as much fun sewing these little treasures as I am. In case you’re new to Bitty Blocks, these little blocks … Continue reading

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Carolyn’s Chevron Quilt—Free Pattern

I’ve seen lots of different chevron quilt designs with many unique variations. When I was looking for a quilt pattern to use for my grandson’s quilt, I decided I liked the simplicity of a chevron quilt using rectangles. The one … Continue reading

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Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery Quilt Starts Jan. 1

Happy Holidays! And welcome to Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery Quilt We’re excited to bring you Quiltmaker’s first New Year’s mystery quilt, Auld Lang Stitches—an online exclusive for our readers. Here you can find yardage requirements and color ideas for your quilt. … Continue reading

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Charm Square Dresdens—Free Quilt Block Pattern

By Carolyn Beam, QM Director of Content I love 5″ charm squares, and I’m on a mission to find as many ways to use them as possible. Some of my charm squares come from pre-cut packs, but I also cut … Continue reading

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Quilt Exchanges: Types, Tips and More

My family and I have lived in several different states, and in each one I’ve searched out the friendship of fellow quilters. One of the best parts of belonging to quilt groups is participating in different exchanges. I’ve participated in … Continue reading

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Changes at Quiltmaker and a Giveaway

Change is inevitable. It happens to all of us at one time or another. And it’s happened here at Quiltmaker. We said goodbye to our editor-in-chief June Dudley last month, as she left to pursue new opportunities. But that doesn’t … Continue reading

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Exploding Stars

Well, it was that time again—time to design a new block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 9. I was thinking about what might make a fun block, and then all of a sudden it hit me. Exploding Stars is my … Continue reading

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QM Staff Inventory: I love Scrappy

When I thought about my quilting style and what it is, my first thought was traditional. Most of the quilts I design and sew are based on traditional blocks. As I went back and looked at my quilts, I realized … Continue reading

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Staff Stories: Early Machine Quilting Confessions

Machine quilting was definitely not in my vocabulary when it started gaining popularity, nor was it on my to-do list. I was a traditionalist, after all. Why would I “ruin” a quilt by machine quilting it? Hand quilting was the … Continue reading

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Big Block Baby Quilts

In each of our 2013 issues, we featured a quilt called a Big Block Baby Quilt. What is a Big Block Baby Quilt you might ask? Basically, just what it sounds like. We looked at each pattern in an issue … Continue reading

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