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American Patchwork & Quilting February 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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from the editor

Better Homes and Gardens 8-Cube Organizer available at walmart.comIt’s time for a fresh start! If you’re like me, this is the time of year you begin thinking about how to make your sewing time, space, and experience more enjoyable and more productive. Some of us make a quilting resolutions list or a UFOs-to-finish list. (Go to for UFO help.) Others reorganize a sewing space or finally organize the sewing stuff that’s been tossed in closets, stashed under beds, or hidden in the laundry room (or so I’m told). In this issue, some of our quilt designer pals share their best advice and biggest challenges regarding organization and storage. Go to page 15 for inspiration and ideas or just to learn that you’re not alone in your struggle to get…

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keep in touch!

The Winter 2016 issue of Quilts and More™ magazine features great gift ideas along with patterns for warm and cozy quilts. This issue is on sale now at local quilt shops, on newsstands, or at inspiring photos and instructions for 12 projects in the American Patchwork & Quilting® 2017 Calendar. Visit to order.Find 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 magazine.our promisePrior to…

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tips from readers

RIBBON STORAGEI use recycled shoeboxes and dowels to store and use rolls of ribbon without tangling. I poke holes in the sides of the shoebox, insert a dowel through ribbon spools, and put the dowel ends through the shoebox holes. I store the shoebox with the lid on to keep ribbons clean.DEANNA L. BRYAN / SHIRLEY, ARKANSASBINDING BASICSAfter I cut and iron binding, I roll it on an empty toilet paper roll. When I’m ready to use the binding, I slip the roll onto my cone thread holder and start sewing. It keeps me from dragging binding all over the floor.DONNA JONES / EL DORADO HILLS, CALIFORNIAHANG IT UPTo keep frequently used items within easy reach, I mounted a magnetic strip, purchased at IKEA, to the wall near my sewing…

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sew in the know

QUILTING RESOLUTIONS WE’RE MAKING THIS YEARADD QUILT LABELSNo matter your style, these cute products make labeling fun and easy.A: Sold as yardage, the Made for You collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics ( includes labels in a variety of colors and designs.B: Add a personal touch with a tiny tag bearing a sweet message. Seasonal and special occasion tags also are available. Find retailers at Take the mystery out of washing instructions with a stylish quilt label by Tracy Miller. $10 for 13 labels; modernyardage.comFINISH UFOSDo you have a stack of unfinished objects (UFOs)? Tackle them starting January 1 with our UFO Challenge, which makes finishing fun! Share your progress in our Facebook group and on Instagram. Get details at TO CHARITYGiving back feels good! Donate…

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#honest sewing room

Share photos of your sewing space with us on Instagram, using the hashtag #honestsewingroom, or post them on our Facebook page!93% THE AMOUNT OF DESIGNERS WHO STORE THEIR FABRIC BY COLOR**They also say fabric takes up the most storage room in their sewing spaces.Other ways to sort fabric:precut typescrap sizefabric company or designerlow volumenovelty printssolids, prints, batiks, etc.cotton, flannel, denim, etc.season or holidayWhen Kim Niedzwiecki was asked what storage item she would like see invented, she replied, “Self-sorting fabric.”Sign us up!“I have my fabric sorted by color, in baskets. Batiks, cottons, large scraps—they all go together. That way when I need a color, everything I have is in one spot and I don't miss a design opportunity.”— Pat SloanUse baskets and containers in a single color for a neat look…

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ripple JAY WILDE)FABRICS are from the Ombré gradients collection by V and Co. and Bella Solids collection, both for Moda Fabrics (!Make the fabric work for you! Rather than needing to find multiple shades of each color, ombré fabric, which goes from dark at the selvage to light in the center, makes selection easy.MATERIALS❑ 15—9×21" pieces (fat eighths) ombrés: magenta (A), plum (B), aubergine (C), indigo (D), turquoise (E), lagoon (F), teal (G), mint (H), lime green (I), mustard (J), honey (K), coral (L), persimmon (M), popsicle pink (N), hot pink (O) (quilt center)❑ 42∕3 yards solid white (quilt center, border, binding)❑ 51∕3 yards backing fabric❑ 81×95" battingFINISHED QUILT: 725∕8×861∕2" (twin-size with 16" drop)Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew…