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American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting October 2019

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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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United States
Meredith Corporation
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
letter from the editor

Anyone who has seen my desk at work or sewing space at home knows I. Need. Help. I definitely enjoy the process of making quilts more than cleaning up after. There comes a time, however, when I need to clean and organize my work space. That’s when I want all the storage and organization tips I can find. Knowing that some of you may have the same dilemma, art director Elizabeth Stumbo and producer Leslie Poyzer investigated ways to incorporate storage and organization into a sewing space. Turn to page 22 to see what they discovered. Do you decorate for the seasons? There are several autumn-inspired projects in this issue, including the cover quilt, Fall Dash by designer Sherri McConnell, on page 76. It is composed of Churn Dash blocks that…

1 min.
what is your favorite organizing tip?

I have a chest of drawers in my sewing area where I store rulers, thread, notions, and many other items. I’ve considered painting it a fun color and adding fancy pulls to complement my space. I could even stencil the drawer fronts with what is inside.Char Hopeman, designer Crossing Through, page 68I keep all my rulers in a rectangular basket. If they came with instructions, the instructions go in the basket, too.Denise Russell, designer Autumn Picnic, page 54At least once a year I take inventory of my unfinished projects. It prompts me to get back to work on them.Sherri McConnell, designer Fall Dash, page 76I practice what I learned as a teenager at my first job at McDonald’s: Clean as you go. I put away scraps when I’m done cutting…

1 min.

TOP YOUR TABLE Delight dinner guests with easy autumn-theme table runners and other decor. AllPeopleQuilt.com/737 APQ Bucket List Are you playing along with our quilting bucket list? Use projects in this issue to check off these items! □ 3. Organize your fabrics and scraps. (page 28)□ 5. Identify a problem area in your sewing space and find a solution. (page 22)□ 10. Get topsy-turvy with curved piecing. (page 62)□ 26. Make a bed-size quilt, then snuggle under it. (page 86)□ 39. Change out all your quilts for a new season. (left) Visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/BucketList to print the APQ Bucket List. QUILT AS YOU GO Finish projects fast with this easy technique. AllPeopleQuilt.com/738 HALLOWEEN QUILTS Gather fabrics in fall colors and spooky prints to make seasonal quilts. AllPeopleQuilt.com/739 FAST FALL PROJECTS Bring autumn into your home with quick-to-make decor items. AllPeopleQuilt.com/740 USE YOUR SCRAPS Find…

1 min.
from our readers tips

MAKE THE CUT When I do broderie perse, I make photocopies of my fabrics and cut out paper motifs to check for color, size, and style. This lets me audition motifs without cutting up my fabrics. Kaoru S. Mitchell | Lebanon, Tennessee WHAT’S COOKING? I use a cookbook holder to view project instructions. Now patterns don't get lost under everything on my workstation. Many holders adjust to accommodate large books. Gaylene Strickler via Facebook FINISH LINE I have a large zippered pouch I call my “finishing bag.” It’s where I store the fabrics I need for backing, binding, and labeling my UFOs. I attach a note to the individual fabric pieces to remind me which project each one is for. That way I don’t accidentally cut into yardage I was saving for a particular quilt. Laura Kallenbach |…

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tidy your sewing room

1. MAGNETIC PIN WAND The magnetic end allows you to quickly and easily pick up pins from your work surface or floor. $5.99; dritz.com 2. RULER HOLDER Organize rulers and templates in an acrylic device made specifically for this function. Three size options allow you to choose a holder that fits your work space. The small and medium holders have five slots; the large holder has 10. Starting at $12.74; countryplasticsia.com 3. GRABBIT BOBBINSAVER2 Contain up to 66 plastic or metal bobbins in a pliable plastic square storage tray. Threads won’t unwind or get tangled. $11.95; schmetzneedles.com 4. TULIPS BOBBIN CLAMPS Keep bobbin threads in place with rubber tulip-shape clamps. The clamps fit two standard bobbin sizes. $11.29/pack of 12; gypsyquilter.com 5. YAZZII THREAD ORGANIZER Carry and store up to 50 spools of thread in a clutch-style organizer available…

2 min.
stock your sewing room

1. FINESSE THREAD A mini cone of this 100% polyester 50-weight thread contains 1,500 yards, which is more than a standard spool and less than a standard cone, making it about the right amount to piece and quilt a throw-size project. The cone can be used on domestic or long-arm machines. It comes in 20 solid and 40 variegated colors. Starting at $7.95/spool; graceframe.com 2. MAGIC PINS Easily pin fabrics, units, or blocks with Tailor Mate fine patchwork pins. Their easy-to-grip handles are heat-resistant so you can iron over them. $8.98 for 50 pins; fatquartershop.com 3. WOOLY WONDER PINCUSHION Keep pins close at hand in a 100% wool pincushion wrapped in a twill measuring ribbon. The wool’s natural lanolin keeps pins smooth, which allows them to glide through fabric. The 41∕2"-diameter pincushion comes in three…