Quilts and More Summer 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

LINDA: One of the things I love about quilting is that there’s always something new to learn or try. As I did my final review of the projects in this issue, I was thrilled to see how many techniques we were able to include. JODY: There certainly is something for everyone—no matter your skill level or style. If you’ve never worked with precuts, try Center Pieces, an easy table runner (page 64), or three Scrap Lab projects (page 15) that will introduce you to using timesaving 2 1∕2" strips. Love triangle-squares? Summer Spinner, a mini wall quilt (page 78), and the Sew Easy Sampler Pinwheel block (page 26) are great projects that showcase a simple technique for making triangle-squares. LINDA: I love helping beginner quilters build their skills, but we have ideas…

1 min
social life

FOR THE RED, WHITE & BLUE Make patriotic fabrics and star motifs the focus of your quilts. They’re so inspiring, you’ll want to proudly display them all summer. Get free patterns at AllPeopleQuilt.com/104. STORE MORE Maximize your creative space (no matter how small) with smart ideas for storing your stash, tools, and supplies! A cubbyhole unit, right, is upended to f t rolls of fusible web, freezer paper, and more. You can find more storage ideas at AllPeopleQuilt.com/105. 47 The percentage of our fans on Facebook that said they don’t square up their quilt before binding. Learn tips for squaring up your quilt at AllPeopleQuilt.com/106. WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS WHAT THEY USE FOR BASTING. THEY SAID: “505 spray.” — Leonie “Curved safety pins.” — Linda “Thread basting all over, corner to corner.” — Jaime “Adhesive batting.” — Kathryn “My QuilTak tool.” — Augusta “A lot of…

1 min
good reads

PERFECT HARMONY Explore color, contrast, scale, and more in Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design by Carolyn Friedlander. T e eight projects in this book use a variety of techniques, including appliqué and paper piecing, to delve deeper into experimenting with creative quilt design. $27.95; Lucky Spool Media; luckyspool.com SEW RETRO Choose from 27 vintage-inspired sewing projects to update any room in your home. At Home with Modern June by Kelly McCants provides easy instructions for traditional quilts, curtains, sewing room essentials, upholstery projects, and floor mats using materials such as cotton and oilcloth to add individual style to your home. $26.95; Stash Books; ctpub.com TRADITION WITH A TWIST Get patterns for traditional quilt blocks and learn to make them modern by experimenting with fabric, setting, and scale. T e authors of Vintage Quilt Revival:…

1 min
treasure trove

1 min
what went wrong?

QUICK FIXES: 1. RETHREAD Remove the thread spool and bobbin; rethread your sewing machine with the presser foot up. Make sure the presser foot is down while sewing. 2. REPLACE NEEDLE A damaged or dull needle may be the problem. Change the needle and make sure it is the correct size and type for the fabric you are sewing. 3. TESTING 1, 2, 3 Use threads of different colors in the needle and bobbin to stitch a test seam. If the seam pulls or bunches, it is easy to determine if the tension problem lies with the top or bottom thread. Adjust tension and test again.…

1 min
one block, 3 ways

1 A nod to tradition. Select the print for the large squares first, then choose prints for the small squares based on colors in this fabric. Mixing the scale (or size) of prints makes the block more interesting. FABRICS: Walk in the Park collection from Maywood Studio (maywoodstudio.com). 2 A perfect pair. Batiks in dark green and light green produce dramatic results. Using the dark color as the background allows the light-color chain to be seen easily. FABRICS: Boutiques collection by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics (andoverfabrics.com). 3 Soft spot. Start with precut 5" squares of plush fabric for a snuggly child’s quilt. Choose a focus fabric and two blenders from the same collection for a quick-tosew gift. FABRICS: Cuddle Charms Fuchsia Zoologie collection for Shannon Fabrics (shannonfabrics.com).…