Quilts and More Spring 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

2 min
from the editor

When I first started quilting, I was so intrigued by the idea of having my own fabric stash. All that beautiful fabric, so full of potential, right at my fingertips. Now, my stash overflows its bins, and I stow away fabric in nooks all over the house. One of the things that draws quilters together is our mutual love of fabric. This issue of Quilts & More™ magazine is all about your fabric stash—how to organize it, refresh it, and use it up. We have several projects that showcase fabrics from the designers’ stashes, such as the Stash & Carry caddy on page 58 and Festive Foundations: Spring, the first in our new seasonal series of foundation-pieced wall quilts, on page 14. We’ve also added a new feature, “Sewing Toolbox,” which…

1 min

TOOL ORGANIZATION Store your notions in clever ways to create a clean work area. AllPeopleQuilt.com/655 SORT YOUR FABRIC See tips for organizing your stash. AllPeopleQuilt.com/657 SCRAPPY QUILTS Combine your scraps with yardage to make beautiful projects. AllPeopleQuilt.com/658 We asked our Facebook followers: HOW MANY UFOS (UNFINISHED OBJECTS) DO YOU HAVE? Join our yearlong UFO Challenge, which includes an online support group to make finishing quilts and other projects fun. AllPeopleQuilt.com/656 connect with us search: American Patchwork & Quilting @allpeoplequilt…

2 min
stuff we love

1. SHEAR HOLDER Meant for holding shears and other hairdresser instruments, this handy organizer stores sewing notions, too. Rubber bristles in one compartment stand tools upright and protect your table from sharp points. $14.99; amazon.com 2. STASH ’N STORE An 8"-long desktop organizer with silicone pockets holds sewing supplies of various sizes. It can easily sit on your work space or travel to a retreat. $9.98; fatquartershop.com 3. BOBBIN TOPPER (A) SPOOL & BOBBIN BUDDY (B) Keep thread organized with a stackable holder that fits all spool sizes. Bobbin Toppers attach to spools to hold bobbins in place. $7.50 for Bobbin Topper (set of 8); $6.75 for Spool & Bobbin Buddy; missouriquiltco.com SAJOU CROSS STITCH EMBROIDERY KIT Cross-stitch a floral design inspired by a fabric pattern manufactured in France. Then display your work as the lid of…

1 min
1 block 3 ways

FORECAST: SUNNY Soft colors chosen from a warm palette give the 1930s reproduction prints an inviting feel. Fabrics are from the Aunt Ella’s Butterflies collection by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (robertkaufman.com). A lattice pattern is created when the white prints meet to form on-point squares. A STAR IS BORN The star points recede into the lighter lime green batik on half of the block, but they pop against the white batik background on the other half. Fabrics are from the Firefly collection for Anthology Fabrics (anthologyfabrics.com). An alternating pattern of squares and Square-in-a-Square units is created when blocks are sewn together. PLAYFUL PRINTS Novelty prints of laughing children, horses, and rainbows combine in a star that’s reminiscent of a Hunter’s Star block. Fabrics are from the Best Friends Forever collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for…

1 min
sewing toolbox: interfacing

1. FOAM Best for bags and home decor projects. Foam interfacing provides a thick, slightly stiff foundation that often takes the place of batting in bag and home decor projects, such as storage baskets. When sewn inside bags, pouches, or zippered cases, it can help protect fragile items. 2. HEAVYWEIGHT Best for bag bottoms, hat brims, and baskets. As the stiffest interfacing, heavyweight interfacing gives hat brims and bag bottoms their stability. It comes in one-sided or two-sided fusible variations, or without fusible (look for “sew in” on the packaging). Avoid using fusible on delicate fabrics that can’t be ironed. It tends to be nonwoven, so you can cut it without worrying about bias edges. 3. FLEECE Best for bag linings. Fleece provides a soft lining that is good for bags and cases. It is…

10 min
festive foundations

QUILT Finished size: 24½ ×25" Finished blocks: Tulip–4¼ ×7¼" Butterfly–4 ×5½" Birdhouse–7½ ×10" MATERIALS Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. ❏ ⅓ yard total assorted red prints (tulip blocks, birdhouse block)❏ 1¼ yards white dot (tulip blocks, butterfly blocks, birdhouse block, sashing, border)❏ ⅛ yard teal print (tulip blocks)❏ ¼ yard aqua floral (butterfly blocks)❏ 6" square gray print (butterfly blocks) ❏ 1 yard total assorted yellow prints (birdhouse block, binding)❏ 8"-square aqua print (birdhouse block)❏ 9×21"piece (fat eighth) pink print (birdhouse block)❏ 1 yard backing fabric❏ 33" square batting❏ Lightweight copy paper, tracing paper, or foundation material of your choice❏ Flat head pins❏ Add-A-Quarter ruler (addaquarter.com; optional)❏ Air- or water-soluble marking pen❏ Embroidery floss: gray tip NEW TO FOUNDATION PIECING? If you are learning the foundation-piecing technique or would like a refresher, check out…