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American Patchwork & Quilting August 2017

American Patchwork and Quilting delivers inspiration, education, and motivation to passionate quilting enthusiasts of all skill levels. In each issue, you'll get the highest quality patterns and how-to instructions, along with compelling feature stories about designers and destinations.Every digital issue includes the pattern pieces found in the corresponding print version. To access pattern pieces, simply click on the underlined text in Cut Fabrics sections.

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Do you have a favorite precut?Do you ever make quilts using bundles of precut fabric pieces? Fat quarters, 5" charm squares, skinny strips, triangles, and hexagons— there is a variety of precuts from which to choose. We take a look at precut types and the tools that have been developed in response to their popularity in “We Love Precuts,” page 16.Most precut bundles contain one of each fabric in a single collection. A smaller collection may include duplicate fabrics, so be sure to read the packaging.These bundles are the perfect way to get an assortment of fabrics that look great together without spending a lot of money. If you have trouble selecting fabrics, precuts can give you a coordinated look and take away some of the angst you may feel…

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Pick up Quilt Sampler® Spring/ Summer 2017 for the latest top shops and exclusive quilts. The Summer 2017 issue of Quilts and More™ has many quick-to-sew that would make great decor or gifts. You can buy these magazines at local quilt shops, on newsstands, or at projects, including small items SUMMER 2017 Quick to and Precut FriendlyFind us To order American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler, Quilts and More, and other quilting magazines, e-mail or call 866/378-1064.Subscription help:Visit: apqcustserv@cdsfulfillment.comCall: 800/677-4876Letters & comments:apq@meredith.comNote to readers: It is permissible to make and publicly display a single finished product of any project in this issue, including for purposes of competitive winnings up to $1,000, so long as visible credit is given to the designer and American Patchwork & Quilting…

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sew in the know

Hit the MarkClover's Hera Marker is a sharpened piece of plastic that you can use to crease lines in fabric, including marking quilting designs and diagonal lines for triangle-squares (we marked two squares at a time). The best part? There is no residue to remove when you're done stitching. $6; clover-usa.comMake the RoundsWa! Circles from Lecien Fabrics are 2.3"-, 3"-, and 5"-diameter precuts in five fabric lines (shown: L's Modern Basics collection). Each precut bundle contains 30 circles that are great for appliqué and yo-yos. lecienfabrics.comBonusWa! Circles pair well with the extra-small, small, and large (not pictured) Clover Quick Yo-Yo Makers for even easier embellishments. Starting at $5.50; clover-usa.comFussy-Cut HexagonsUse the Acrylic Fabric Cutting Template from Modern Handcraft to fussy-cut fabric for English paper piecing. The template allows you to…

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books we

The Big Book of Fat-Quarter QuiltsGrab your stash of fat Martingale; 2016; quarters and stitch your way through 66 quilts. These quilts, by today's top quilt designers and ranging in size from wall hangings to bed covers, encompass traditional, scrappy, and modern styles.; $27.99Charm SchoolUse precut 5" squares to make 18 easy projects by author Vanessa Goertzen. You'll learn how to transform the simple square into Snowballs, Stars, Flying Geese, and more. This book features both traditional and modern patterns for precut collectors. C&T Publishing;; 2017; $25.95Jelly Roll JazzAuthor Jean Ann Wright shares patterns for nine quilts made with precut 21? 2"-wide strips. The projects are easy enough to finish in a weekend but look complicated enough to stand Landauer Publishing; 2016; $14.95 out from typical precut quilts.…

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how do you use your precuts?

Stitch Up a TreatTry a Cake Mix Recipe by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. for Moda Fabrics to whip up easy quilts in no time. Each "recipe" (currently there are eight) contains 44 trianglesquare papers. Pair one with a Layer Cake (or other bundle of 10" squares) to make your choice of block. Every Cake Mix Recipe offers multiple block settings and enough papers to make a quilt. $9.95; check your local quilt shop or favorite online retailerStrip StylePrecut 21? 2"-wide strips saves cutting time when making a quilt. Choose a favorite roll of precuts for a project that looks coordinated with little effort. Visit for free patterns.Fat Quarter FunIf you want to do more with your fat quarter bundles than collect them, go to to get free quilt…

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tips from readers

A SHARP IDEAWhen I buy a five-pack of rotary-cutter blades, I write in marker on the small plastic case the numbers 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Each time I take out a new blade, I mark an X through the next descending number. This way I know at a glance how many blades I have left in the pack and when to think about buying more.LYNNE CONDER / BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOISSEE-THROUGH STORAGEI have a jewelry organizer that has clear pockets hanging in my sewing room closet. In it I sort my threads by color, which makes them easy to find at a glance.MARIE FLOOD / KEY COLONY BEACH, FLORIDAHIDDEN SCRAPSFor each quilt I make, I baste together small pieces of the background and binding fabrics, then tack them under the quilt…