Quilts and More Spring 2017

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

LINDA: It’s time, it’s time! It’s time to quilt along with us! JODY: That’s right, and our Quilts and More quilt-along quilt, Step by Step, is on the cover. With Courthouse Steps blocks in three sizes, this bold quilt has a fresh feel and it’s easy to construct, making it perfect for a quilt-along. We’re so excited to share our selections for all three projects in the Block Party Quilt-along. See page 47 to learn more. LINDA: To make it even more fun to quilt along with us, we’re adding a Facebook live weekly video so you can see what we’re all working on, and, of course, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram (#apqquiltalong) in addition to seeing who else is quilting along at AllPeopleQuilt.com/quiltalong. JODY: Since this is the first…

1 min
social life

43% The percentage of our Facebook fans who store their fabric in plastic bins sorted by color. CREATIVE FABRIC STORAGE Organize your stash with 35+ ideas for storing your fabric at AllPeopleQuilt.com/379. CLUTTER-FREE WORK SPACE Clean up your sewing space with stylish organization for your supplies. Find ideas at AllPeopleQuilt.com/380. WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS WHAT THEY DO WITH FABRIC SCRAPS. THEY SAID: “I cut my scraps into strips for a scrappy binding or a narrow border.” —Beverly “I sort my scraps by color and use a lot for appliqué.” —Barbara “I make dog and cat beds and donate them to a local animal shelter.” —Lynn “I use them in other quilts!” —Donna “I use long strips to tie up my tomato and bean plants.” —Sharon Need more ideas for your scraps? Get our scrappiest quilt patterns ever at AllPeopleQuilt.com/381. connect with us facebook.com/quiltsandmore instagram.com/allpeoplequilt pinterest.com/apqmagazine AllPeopleQuilt.com/podcast twitter.com/quiltsandmore…

1 min
stuff we love

Get the pattern for the Rollie Pollie Organizer from Cozy Nest Design, and whip up a stylish set of detachable pouches that roll up into a compact, stylish storage system. $6.99 (digital pattern) or $9.49 (paper pattern); cozynestdesign.com Sort and stack sewing supplies in the Stow ’N Go Shoulder Tote from Creative Options. Organize notions in the four sturdy rectangular storage containers; then stack them inside a durable 111∕2×8×71∕2-inch bag. Visit creativeoptions.com to find a retailer. Watch a video to see how to maximize storage space using this tote and similar products: AllPeopleQuilt.com/382. Gain tips to clear the clutter from your sewing space from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. Then take time to truly enjoy sewing and stitch some of the 23 featured projects. $22.95; ctpub.com MAKE IT: Stitch your own set of portable…

1 min
now trending: butterfly motifs are on the rise

Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope? It’s quite fitting—the combination of shapes, sizes, and color possibilities of these winged beauties is endless. MODERN FLAIR Choose your own thread colors, and hand-embroider four different butterfly designs. $6 (digital); etsy.com/shop/septemberhouse TIME FLIES Save time and energy—grab the GO! Butterfly die by Edyta Sitar and a stack of precut 10" squares, and start cutting. $39.99; accuquilt.com DIVERSE OFFERINGS Fuse and stitch butterfly patterns inspired by The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest author Felicia T. Brenoe’s travels to the Ecuadorean Amazon rain forest. Designs feature 12 butterfly species and six wreaths in eight projects that represent a range of styles. $22.95; ctpub.com…

2 min
vanessa christenson

GO AHEAD AND USE THE FABRIC! That’s the advice Vanessa wished she had received when she started quilting. The creative force behind V and Co. and the popular Ombre fabric collection for Moda Fabrics shares her colorful quilts and answers some quilt (and not quilt-related) questions. instagram.com/vchristenson twitter.com/vchristenson facebook.com/VandCo WHAT/WHO INSPIRED YOU TO START QUILTING? My friend’s mom in 11th grade. YEAR YOU MADE YOUR FIRST QUILT? Started? 1993. Finished? 2001. HOW MANY QUILTS HAVE YOU MADE? That’s funny...like I can count how many! Probably in the hundreds. HOW MANY FABRIC COLLECTIONS HAVE YOU DESIGNED? Eight for Moda Fabrics. HOW DO YOU PICK NAMES FOR YOUR COLLECTIONS? I’m a horrible namer. If it were up to me, I’d name them Collection 1, Collection 2 or Pattern 1, Pattern 2...it’s the hardest part for me. WHEN I FIRST STARTED QUILTING I WISH I KNEW TO... Just go…

11 min
exploring color

Fabric selection, workmanship, and contrast all contribute to a great quilt. But color makes a huge statement regarding a quilt’s beauty and the feelings evoked in the beholder. In this section we explore the mood and meaning of colors and offer tips and inspiration for combining colors. We also share advice and ideas from some of our favorite quilt designers, teachers, authors, and fabric designers. mixing colors the color wheel Why do some color combinations sail and others fail? The answer lies in color theory. Knowing color theory basics will help you find palettes that have the look and feel you want. The color wheel (see the larger version on page 15), a favorite of designers, artists, and quilters alike, makes relationships easy to see by dividing the spectrum into 12 basic hues. The…