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My mom, Bette Stern, doesn’t joke around when it comes to quilting. At last count, she had constructed at least 20 handmade quilts for her family and friends. Once she finishes the patchwork top, she has a foolproof way of layering it together with the batting and backing fabric in preparation for machine or hand quilting. After a year of encouragement, she’s finally documented her process in her very first tutorial over at Instructables.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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