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American Patchwork & Quilting December 2015

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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Meredith Corporation
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from the editors

Sharing your gifts.As the holidays approach, I find myself reflecting on the best gifts I’ve ever received. I recall the year as a child when I got a special doll and a beautiful wardrobe of her clothing that my mother had made. Mom used scraps to make the doll clothes so some of the pieces even matched outfits I had in my closet.In college, friends shared framed verses and made collage boards containing words cut from magazines and images that evoked memories and giggles. I still have them, and they still remind me of those cherished friends.I treasure handmade gifts, whether they result from small efforts or large undertakings. To me, the makers are demonstrating their love when they share their time and talents. To that end, I strive to…

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to better serve you

More for you: Get a copy of the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Make it Yourself™ magazine to create handmade happiness in the form of more than 75 projects. Go to your local quilt shop, newsstand, or to purchase the issue.Keep track of important dates and get inspiration and instructions for 12 projects in the American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar, on sale now. Go to to get your copy.Many of our magazines are available as digital editions. For details, visit & comments:apq@meredith.comFind us online: Website: Facebook: Pinterest: Twitter: help: Visit: E-mail: Call: 800/677-4876Retailers: To order American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler®, Quilts and More™ and other quilting magazines, e-mail or call 866/378-1064.our promisePrior to publication we cut, sew, and assemble…

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tips from readers

Make this pincushion!Visit to get the free pattern for this easy pincushion.RIGHT ON TARGETI once sewed a button to a pincushion I had made just for decoration. I quickly found out that by sticking needles into the buttonholes, my eyes were instantly drawn to them, making the needles easier to find in the midst of the straight pins. Based on that, I decided to add more buttons to the pincushion and now have a button for appliqué needles, one for embroidery needles, and one for hand-sewing needles, which makes it a breeze to find the needle I need!Janet SteeleDetroitNO-SLIP STICKERSTo prevent my ruler from slipping when I'm cutting fabric, I put several adhesive felt pads on the ruler underside. I now have fewer miscuts and less wasted fabric!Elaine ReidLancaster,…

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sew in the know

PRODUCTS: A. Trader’s Dice; Stitchin’ Tree Quilts,; $10. B. Coloring Books; C&T Publishing,; $6.95/each. C. Elm Creek Quilts Playing Cards; C&T Publishing,; $4.95.TOP YOUR TABLEWelcome guests to your holiday meal with a festive table topper featuring seasonal colors, Christmas motifs, and warm fabrics. Get free patterns at KIND O F GI FT-GIVER A RE YOU?PRODUCTS: D. Prairie Summer stationary set; One Canoe Two,; $24. E. Mini Dutchman’s Puzzle pendant; Siesta Silver Jewelry,; $27. F. Elephant and I Eco Pouch Set; C&T Publishing,; $9.95.PRODUCTS: G. Christmas Card Trees pattern; Indygo Junction,; $9.99. H. Victorian Christmas Tree precut trio of ornaments kit; Lumenaris,; $9.95. I. African Vintage Coin Purse kit; Cultured Expressions,; $10.95. J. Makin’ It Cute Smitten for Mittens template set;…

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homage to history

Designer Pam Buda relies on her intuition, antique collections, and experience to produce traditional quilt and fabric designs.A self-proclaimed history buff , Pam Buda designs both fabric and quilts that salute the pioneering spirit of quilters living on the American prairie between 1840 and 1900. “The settlers were simple, frugal people who didn’t have much,” Pam says, “and yet they still made beautiful things.” She focuses broadly on the Civil War Era, acknowledging ordinary, hardworking folks who dared to homestead on the frontier. “In my imagination,” Pam says, “the homesteaders made quilts out of simple scraps and old clothing. Their quilts were indicative of their lifestyle.”In the fabrics she designs, Pam creates prints that are simple and small in scale. She does not include large florals or chintzes, mostly because…

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all that glitters

IVORYSPRING.WORDPRESS.COMmaterials⅞ yard white-and-gold dot (sashing)1¼ yards gold-and-white stripe (quilt center, border 5)2⅛ yards black-and-gold feather print (quilt center, star blocks, border 6, binding)⅝ yard cream-and-gold cheetah print (quilt center, star blocks)1¼ yards cream-and-gold feather print (quilt center, star blocks) ½ yard cream-and-gold map print (quilt center) ¼ yard cream-and-gold dragonfly print (quilt center) ½ yard gray map print (quilt center, star blocks) 1½ yards dark gray feather print (quilt center, star blocks, border 6)1 yard dark gold feather print (star blocks, borders 1 and 3)¾ yard black-and-gold dot (star blocks)⅜ yard each of light gray feather print and light gold tone-on-tone dot (star blocks)¼ yard black map print (star blocks)½ yard white tone-on-tone (border 4)7⅞ yards backing fabric94" square battingFinished quilt: 85½" squareFinished block: 9" squareFABRICS are from the Gold…