Quilts and More Fall 2015

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 editors

I think it’s important to keep learning, even when your school days are long past. Take the time to learn every cool trick you can do with your favorite ruler. Try a new technique or a project that wouldn’t be your typical choice. Or practice quilting skills you’d like to improve. Buy the best tools you can afford. As you get more experience, you can determine the things that are must-haves for your sewing kit. See what is included in our staff’s picks for a basic sewing kit (BSK) on page 104. LINDA: Autumn is back-to-school time for many, and when you’ve got a passion such as quilting, the opportunity to learn never ends. Whether it’s a new (or new-tome) tool or technique, I’m always searching for ways to improve my skills…

1 min
social life

HARVEST TIME Use fall fabrics, appliqué motifs, and rich colors in quilts that’ll have you falling in love with autumn. Get free patterns at AllPeopleQuilt.com/140. 68 The percentage of our Facebook fans who add a label to their quilts. Get creative inspiration for quilt labels at AllPeopleQuilt.com/141. WE ASKED OUR READERS HOW THEY PICK MACHINE-QUILTING DESIGNS. THEY SAID: “I lay the quilt on my machine and let it speak to me. Then I doodle away on paper until I get it right.” — Cecillia “I base it on who it is for, how they are going to use it, and how it was pieced. Then I decide on either an allover design or a custom layout.” — Ashley “I let my long-arm quilter choose the quilting patterns. I’m just happy to have them machine-quilted.” — Betty Pinterest Fave! QUILTING INSPIRATION See how…

1 min
stuff we love

RIP IT Unsew seams using a Seam wise seam ripper from Lumenaris, then flip the sharp tip around to store it in the acrylic handle. $23.95 each; lumenaris.com FLOWER POWER Utilize Makin’ It Cute plastic templates by Me and My Sister Designs to transform charm square fabrics, felt, or paper scraps into flowers that can embellish bags, headbands, cards, and more. $7.99; fatquartershop.com GET CRAFTY Sew, paint, stamp, and distress Kraft-Tex paper fabric. T e material—available in five colors—has texture similar to leather but is pliable like fabric. Get instructions for 27 projects, including home decor and accessories, in the Kraft-Tex Style book, or combine cotton fabrics and Kraft-Tex in a Budapest rucksack. $12.95 (paper) and $21.95 (book); C&T Publishing; ctpub.com $9 (pattern); Domestic Strata; domesticstrata.com…

1 min
good reads

SEW ON THE GO Get instructions for nine projects that’ll help you organize your sewing tools and supplies and for seven projects to create at a quilting retreat in Make It, Take It. Dayretreat host and author Krista Hennebury culled projects and tips from 12 designers to help you make the most of your retreat or sew-in. $26.99; Martingale; shopmartingale.com INSPIRED BY HISTORY Learn the backstory on 10 time-tested blocks and get instructions for 20 quilts in Quilting the New Classics. Author Michele Muska collaborated with 20 designers to showcase traditional and modern takes on classic quilt blocks such as Double Wedding Ring, Dresden Plate, and Log Cabin. $21.95; Sixth & Spring Books; sixthandspring.com CHILD’S PLAY Use step-by-step photos and follow instructions to make 14 skill-building projects in Get Quilting with Angela and Cloe from…

1 min
hand-stitched happiness

Get stitching with Sue Spargo’s new Eleganza perle cotton that offers extra short variegations to create rapid color change. (Size 8 cotton is available now and sizes 3 and 5 will be available soon.) $5 each or $29 (6 pack); suespargo.com Add artful stitching to the cloth sampler Sort and store embroidery floss using Henry the Hedgehog— a laser-cut birch plywood floss holder. $8 each or $15 for 3; etsy.com/shop/gigglesnortsociety Learn how to stitch, trace, draw, and layer hand-embroidery stitches in Rebecca Ring Quist’s Embroidery Workshops. T e hardcover book features a cloth sampler, basic techniques, and instructions for 25 projects. $29.95; abramsbooks.com…

1 min
what went wrong?

If your seams start in a tangled mess, begin by stitching across a scrap. Without much fabric for your machine’s feed dogs to grab, the first few stitches can be swallowed into the machine’s throat plate, right. Work out the kinks before you start piecing by first sewing across a fabric scrap (see green rectangle, below, on table). Chain-piece by feeding subsequent pieces under the machine needle without lifting the presser foot. Trim off the starter scrap when you’re done chain-piecing. Repeat the process each time you begin and end a line of stitching. Solution This piece of fabric is sometimes referred to as leader or ender because you start sewing on this scrap before sewing together your pieces of patchwork.…