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American Patchwork & Quilting October 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

Sewing from the heart. When I’m between projects, when I’m creatively stalled, or when I need to feel the reward of starting and finishing a project, I make pillowcases. It’s not just because American Patchwork & Quilting created the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, which encourages quilters to make and donate pillowcases to local charities. It’s simply the difference that sewing even one pillowcase can make.Last fall, at our debut 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-a-Thon, I saw firsthand how the pillowcase-making process can change lives. We helped children and adults make pillowcases, introducing some of them to sewing for the first time (or the first time that they enjoyed sewing!). We spoke with individuals who had donated pillowcases and individuals who had received pillowcases, and heard both sides of the heartwarming stories. Sewers…

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sew in the know

by the numbersWe asked readers: For which holiday are you more likely to purchase theme fabrics?72% Christmas18% Halloween7% Fourth of July3% Valentine’s DayVote in our next poll at SPOOKYTurn your home into a haunted house with Halloween quilts featuring novelty prints, fall colors, and scary motifs. Find free patterns at!I USE COTTON BATTING FOR MY DESIGN WALLS, AND I AM CONSTANTLY TRYING TO PICK THE THREADS OFF IT. I’ve tried many things to get it clean with no luck. While teaching at the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild we started a discussion about the best tools in our studios that were not meant for sewing, and one was for cleaning the strings off your design walls. Ready for it? A toilet brush! $1 at IKEA... works like a charm!…

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products we recommend

B: $15; sewingandcraftclub.comThe Sew Easy Rotary Cutter stays upright, has a soft-grip handle, and comes with a spare blade.A: $17.99; olfa.comMake a royal color statement with Olfa’s new Splash cutter in emperor purple.C: $35.99; fiskars.comUse Fiskars’ Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter to slice in different positions: power (above), traditional (top), and 45º to either side (above right). ■…

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fabric trends

METALLIC PRINTSZephyr by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel ( Glitz by Michael Miller Fabrics ( DESIGNSBound by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics ( by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit Fabrics ( ■…

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tips from readers

SNIPS ON THE SIDE (A)I attached a suction hook to the side of my sewing machine so I can keep a pair of small snips close at hand. Now I can find my scissors immediately (without even looking), and dangling threads are no longer a problem.Mindy VoelkerChester, MarylandPUT A CORK ON IT (B)Because the cover of my seam ripper kept falling off, I decided to use a wine cork instead. The sharp tip of the seam ripper easily slips into the cork and stays in place.Nancy O. SmithBlairsville, Georgiaan end to loose ends (C)I wrap small ponytail holders around my bobbins as a colorful and inexpensive way to contain the loose thread ends.Jane BulenStover, Missouritangle-free stitchesBefore I start hand sewing, I like to run my thread across a bar of…

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quilts made from memories and dreams

LEFT AND INSET: Nyakim Wal expresses her memories and dreams in her quilt blocks and her poetry. A member of the Nuer ethnic community, she left her home in Ethiopia at age five. Photos courtesy of The Quilted Conscience project.Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot. Each had something to teach the other, stories to share, and eventually a unique block to add to the first Quilted Conscience wall hanging, Our Dreams & Memories, in 2008. The quilt realized project director John Sorensen’s dream of easing the challenges facing immigrants, especially children, and their new communities. “This country is an immigrant country,” Kay says. “They come the same way my ancestors did, with very little, but with hopes for the…