Quilts and More Summer 2019

Quilts and More promises simple, fresh, and fun projects. Make easy quilts, bags, pillows, and pincushions using clearly written instructions.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.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
from the editor

I am frequently asked by quilters how to choose the perfect colors for their next sewing projects. Unfortunately I never know how to answer this question. Sure, I could direct the person to the color wheel and chat about art theory. Or I could say to look for inspiration in nature, swatches on a selvage, in paintings, etc. However, I think at the heart of this question is a desire to find a single, foolproof way to choose colors you’ll always love. And there isn’t one. Oftentimes, and I think many quilters would agree, I feel like the right colors just speak to me, which is why it can be so frustrating when they don’t. Recently I was trying to pull fabrics for Color Outside the Lines, the 2019 Quilts &…

2 min
stuff we love

1. SUCCULENT EMBROIDERY STITCH SAMPLER Practice your embroidery with a summery sampler that includes a screen-printed pattern on cotton fabric, floss, and a step-by-step guide for nine stitches. 2. THREAD CUTTERZ SNIPPER Cut thread and embroidery floss with this convenient-for-travel snipper that has an LED light and retractable cord and clip. SEWTITES MAGNETIC PINS Hold hand-sewing projects in place or pin thicker materials together, such as cork or denim, while sewing with magnetic sewing pins. SEW EMOJI Mix and match 35 popular emojis and 60 facial features to make whimsical projects for your home. Author Gailen Runge shares tips for needle-turn appliqué to make it easy to personalize projects such as throw pillows and a twin-size bed quilt. TEXT IT! Use the letters, numbers, and symbols of seven different fonts provided on pullout pattern sheets to personalize 10 quilt…

1 min
one block three ways

TRENDY CORAL Coral prints form a diamond frame around the crimson center square. Fabrics are from the Make Yourself at Home collection by Kim Christopherson of Kimberbell Designs for Maywood Studio (maywoodstudio.com). A secondary Square-in-a-Square design emerges where corners of four blocks meet. ALL IN THE DETAILS Fussy-cut the center square to showcase a favorite fabric motif, such as this adorable gorilla. Fabrics are from the Safari Swank collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott (northcott.com). Use low-volume prints in the large triangles and Flying Geese units for a lattice effect. RED, WHITE & BLUE For a patriotic spin on the block, pair a red-and-white stripe with blue prints. Fabrics are from the Harriot collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (robertkaufman.com). Dark blue plus signs and bold red on-point squares give this layout a completely different look. Go…

1 min
sewing toolbox: pins

1. BALL HEAD Best for all-purpose sewing. A favorite of many sewing rooms, these pins are good for most projects. The plastic heads may melt under a hot iron, so be careful to remove them before pressing. 2. FLOWER HEAD Best for foundation piecing. The flat heads allow you to lay a ruler flat atop pinned pieces, making the pins ideal for foundation piecing. Their long shaft makes them also good for quilting projects. The plastic heads may melt under a hot iron, so be careful to remove them before pressing. 3. APPLIQUÉ Best for appliqué and small fabric pieces. Short pins are ideal for pinning anything tiny, including appliqué pieces, embellishments, and English paperpiecing templates. 4. GLASS HEAD Best for piecing. All-purpose pins, these are often thinner and sharper than ball head pins. Unlike the plastic…

9 min
festive foundations

QUILT Finished size: 25" square Finished blocks: Swimsuit–4½ ×10" Umbrella–6¾ ×10" Ice Cream–4¼ ×10" Sunglasses–3¼ ×10" MATERIALS Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. □ 1 yard white dot (swimsuit, umbrella, ice cream, and sunglasses blocks) □ 2—9 ×21" pieces (fat eighths) yellow prints (swimsuit block, sashing squares) □ ½ yard red dot (swimsuit and umbrella blocks, binding) □ 4×8" rectangle pink print (umbrella block position A1) □ 1¼ ×8" rectangle gold dot (umbrella block position C1) □ 3 ×6¾" rectangle cherry print (ice cream block) □ 2½ ×3¼" rectangle pink check (ice cream block position B1) □ 4½ ×5½" rectangle gold check (ice cream block position C2) □ 9 ×21" piece (fat eighth) blue dot (sunglasses block) □ 3½ ×7½" rectangle sailboat print (sunglasses block) □ ¼ yard aqua print (sashing rectangles) □ 1 yard backing fabric □ 33"-square batting □ Lightweight copy paper, tracing paper, or…

1 min
learn more: foundation piecing

HOW TO FOUNDATION-PIECE 1. On the unmarked side of the foundation paper, place the position 1 fabric piece right side up over the position 1 foundation area; pin (Photo 1). Turn over and use a light box or window to ensure that fabric completely covers position 1 area, with about ½ " extending past all lines (Photo 2). 2. With marked side of foundation paper facing up, fold paper back on line between positions 1 and 2. (Because the paper is folded over, it will look like the unmarked side is facing up.) Line up ruler so that ¼ " of fabric extends past folded edge of paper; trim fabric (Photo 3). Unfold. 3. On unmarked side, align edge of position 2 piece with edge trimmed in Step 2; pin. Turn paper over…