Author Archives: Eileen Fowler

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.

Meet Deb Strain, Designer Extraordinaire

By Eileen Fowler, QM Associate Editor In Quiltmaker’s November/December ’14 issue, our Inspirations section features adorable owl and snowmen figurines from designer Deb Strain and Blossom Bucket. When I spotted these at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh last May, it … Continue reading

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Cut It Out! Brother’s Innovation for Applique

We heard a lot of buzz about Brother’s revolutionary ScanNCut at International Quilt Market. This machine can quickly convert patterns, drawings and more into applique fabric patches. The built-in 300 DPI scanner will scan your images, then precisely cut the … Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Butterfly Block

Many of my designs for 100 Blocks are inspired by nature. Knowing that 100 Blocks volume 9 would released in May, I decided to go for something springy. I searched for ideas in Google  images. Butterflies? That says spring! Who … Continue reading

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QM Staff Inventory: I Love Tradition–with a Twist

It was the first day of first grade and I was ready. I had my Big Chief writing tablet and a pristine box of 16 beautiful Crayola crayons. I could hardly wait to break it open. As we were given … Continue reading

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Staff Stories: Early Machine Quilting Failures

I’ve been sewing most of my life. So how difficult could it be to machine quilt? My sister Sam and I sailed through our first five beginner quilting classes together way back in 1990. Sam pieced up an Irish Chain … Continue reading

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Finding the Permanent Solution

You know that awful feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something goes horribly wrong? What if that horribly wrong thing was a permanent ink marker leaving its imprint on one of your precious quilts? Several years … Continue reading

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Unswerved by Curves

Have you checked out our fun foundation patterns in the July/August ’13 issue? Two of the foundation patterns also have curves: Shayla and Kristy Wolf’s Piccadilly Circle. . . and my Sparkling Bubbles quilt. Do you avoid patterns that call … Continue reading

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100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!

We’re tickled pink with Volume 7 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! Check out the complete list of fabulous designers in the issue here. Here’s a little background on the design process for my block. My preferred technique is foundation piecing. Unusual … Continue reading

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Plug into EQStitch–Final Reminder for EQ7 Giveaway

We love to design quilts! And our friends at The Electric Quilt Company have so many fun tools to keep our creative juices flowing. If you already own the EQ7 software and an embroidery machine, you’re going to love their … Continue reading

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An Elf for Yourself + Giveaway

We love Just Another Button Company! From their whimsical buttons. . . to fun pins . . . Kits to make pincushions . . .   and more! We just can’t get enough! If you’re looking for some quilty gifts, … Continue reading

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