Quilts and More Fall 2018

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

1 min
from the editor

The more quilters I meet, the more impressed I am by our shared enthusiasm to improve as sewers. Sure, sometimes we get set in our ways and maybe a little too comfortable sticking to our favorite blocks and colors, but overall we are an inquisitive bunch—always looking for new twists on old techniques and better ways to sew accurately. After all, who doesn’t want sharper points? At Quilts and More™ magazine, we strive with every issue to teach you a little more about quilting as you work through the projects. In this issue, we started with common quilting headaches and grouped the projects around building the skills to overcome them. “Sharpen Your Skills,” on page 14, is full of tips and tricks from our staff and quilt designers on topics including…

1 min
keep in touch!

Want more fall style? Browse the 10 seasonal projects in the October 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine (on sale August 7). You can buy the magazine at local quilt shops, on newsstands, or as a digital issue (AllPeopleQuilt.com/shopping). FIND US ONLINE: AllPeopleQuilt.com facebook.com/allpeoplequilt instagram.com/allpeoplequilt pinterest.com/allpeoplequilt twitter.com/allpeoplequilt RETAILERS: To order Quilts and More, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and other quilting magazines, e-mail apq2@meredith.com or call 866/378-1064. LETTERS & COMMENTS: apq@meredith.com NOTE 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 prizes up to $1,000, as long as visible credit is given to the designer and Quilts and More magazine.…

2 min
stuff we love

READY. SET. GO! ULTIMATE FABRIC CUTTING SYSTEM This all-in-one kit from AccuQuilt includes everything you need to get started to die-cut your next project—a GO! Fabric Cutter, two sizes of cutting mats, dies to cut 2"-wide finished strips and pieces for a variety of 8"-square finished blocks, a pattern book, and a pick to clean your dies. $399.99; accuquilt.com WALK Learn to use the full potential of your machine’s walking foot with this comprehensive guide from author Jacquie Gering that features more than 60 quilting designs. $28.95; luckyspool.com MAGIC PINS Pin heavier fabrics before sewing or hold multiple fabric layers together for quilting with Tailor Mate pins. They’re long and thick, and have comfort grip handles for accurate placement. $8.98; fatquartershop.com RUBY RULER This 5"-square acrylic ruler from Wise Craft Handmade can do more than help you…

1 min
1 block 3 ways

SPIN AROUND Black and gray “windmill blades” circle around a white on-point center square. Fabrics are from the Chalk and Charcoal collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (robertkaufman.com). BOLD DIAMONDS In this block, which features the Sequoia collection by Edyta Sitar for Andover Fabrics (andoverfabrics.com), the green on-point square appears to float in front of the dark brown triangles. SUBTLE DETAILS Two similar background prints create subtle details, such as an hourglass unit inside the block’s center. Fabrics are from the Purebred II collection by Erin Michael for Moda Fabrics (modafabrics.com). Several secondary pinwheel patterns form where the points of the four blocks meet. Earth-tone and dark brown on-point squares create a pseudo-argyle pattern. Rows of tan-hourglass-center and red-pinwheel-center on-point squares form when blocks are joined. Go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/581 for instructions to make a 12"-square-finished Windblown block.…

2 min
sharon holland

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SEWING PROJECT? My earliest recollected sewing project was adding an additional button and scissor-cut buttonhole to my Raggedy Ann’s dress. WHO INSPIRED YOU TO START SEWING? My mother and grandmother sewed, and from my perspective everything they touched was magic. Their confidence made me feel I could do anything I set my mind to. WHEN I FIRST STARTED SEWING, I WISH I KNEW… about basting spray. It saves so much time! HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING? When I first became a textile designer, I needed to have a place to share my work. Blogging was a great way to keep a personal record of my accomplishments and share my love of quilting with fellow sewers. Luckily, at the time I had a teenage son living at home and…

7 min
sharpen your skills

ACCURATE ¼" SEAMS An accurate ¼" seam allowance ensures that your blocks will be the same size and match the units next to them in a pattern. Follow these steps to attain your perfect ¼" seam. 1. Cut three strips 2½" wide. Sew them together (Photo 1). 2. Press seam allowances away from center strip. 3. Measure width of center strip; it should be 2" wide (Photo 2). If it is wider, your seams are too narrow. If it is narrower, your seams are too wide. TIPS FOR ACHIEVING A CONSISTENT, ACCURATE SEAM • Use the same ruler and sewing machine throughout your project. Slight variances between tools add up quickly.• Use a ¼" sewing machine foot designed for your machine and practice guiding your fabric so that it stays lined up with the foot’s edge.•…