Quilts and More Winter 2014

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

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’tis the season for giving

Taking time to handcraft something special makes holiday gif -giving all the more enjoyable. Do you start weeks before, or are you like me and add the final touches the night before the gif is due? For this issue we gathered projects that you can easily finish in an evening or weekend. You’ll find an apron for your favorite cook on page 19. We show you how to use small scraps of fabric and rickrack to cover a plastic tape measure on page 40. A mitten and scarf duo made with plush fabric is on page 44. Need a quick baby quilt? Check out page 50. A sewing station caddy on page 82 will corral notions and gadgets in a sewing area. Whether you are making multiples to give to everyone on…

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social life

63 The percentage of followers on Facebook that said they like to embroider as much as they like to quilt. Cozy up this winter with a movie, hot chocolate, and a beautiful embroidery project. Go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/020 to get easy patterns and learn basic embroidery stitching. SEW FESTIVE Add handmade touches to your home this season with cheery sewing projects that are quick to make! Go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/021 to get the patterns. DECK THE HALLS Deck the halls, walls, and beds with these merry quilts. Whether you’re looking for a jolly decoration to last the season or a special gift to place under the tree, we have everything on your wish list. AllPeopleQuilt.com/022 Q&A WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS THEIR NO. 1 REASON FOR HAVING UFOS (UNFINISHED OBJECTS). THEY SAID: “ It’s about the process, not the…

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1. Fabulous Wool Felt Put wool felt to use and stitch a whimsical tea cozy, needle keeper, sewing mat, tablet case, and trinket box. Choose from 17 projects and make gifts for friends, family, and even yourself. $26.95; Kansas City Star Quilts; kansascitystarquiltsstore.com 2. Fun-Size Quilts Employ fat quarters to make small quilts with big impact. The quilts from 17 designers include fox blocks, hedgehog appliqué shapes, and graphic geometric motifs. All will make perfect last-minute gifts. $24.99; Martingale; shopmartingale.com 3. Crazy Quilt Christmas Stockings Join scraps of irregularly shaped, mismatched fabrics and fashion crazypatch holiday stockings. Embellish fabrics such as cotton, silk, wool, and linen with hand-embroidery stitches to create texture and dimension. $8.99; Design Originals; d-originals.com 4. Here Comes Winter Simple piecing and whimsical appliqué team up to create cozy winter decor in 19 projects from Jeanne Large…

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hot stuff

PUT A PIN IN IT Need a last-minute gift idea for your sewing friends? Make mini footstool pincushions using the Color Wheel Pincushion pattern and kit from Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt. Personalize the pincushion with fabrics and footstool feet (drawer pulls) to suit the recipient. $15; licensetoquilt.com MASTER THE CURVE Pair the Quick Curve Ruler and its companion book, Contemporary Curved Quilts, from Sew Kind of Wonderful to create graphic quilts. Place your rotary cutter in the ruler slot to cut curved pieces, then use the outside edges of the ruler to square up blocks. Th e easy-topiece projects in the book include a pillow, a table runner, and five full-size quilts. $22 (ruler), $18.95 (book); sewkindofwonderful.com GREAT STATES Utilize Modern America from designer Jerilynn Lijewski to commemorate the United States. Piece…

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color play

Capture the colors of a favorite season when selecting the palette for your next project. An assortment of holiday treats, packages wrapped with care (and flair), or a trio of snow angels can inspire a quilt color scheme. Study these photos for ideas for mixing prints successfully. FABRICS (below, clockwise from top left) are from the following collections. Holiday Magic collection by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics (windhamfabrics.net) Winter Wonderland collection by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics (modafabrics.com) Merry & Bright collection by Kimberbell Designs for Maywood Studio (maywoodstudio.com) Stepping Stones collection by Hoffman California Fabrics (hoffmanfabrics.com) Yosemite Park collection by Jenni Calo for Connecting Threads (connectingthreads.com) “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” –Joseph Chilton Pearce Happy Holidays Go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/023 to see more winter-theme fabrics. FABRICS (below, clockwise from top left)…

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finish line

STRAIGHT-LINE QUILTING DESIGN Stitching horizontal lines across vertical seams creates a plaidlike effect. Vary your stitch length to add interest. On this quilt top the stitch length varies from 2.5–4.0 millimeters. MARK QUILT TOP Using a water-soluble marker or chalk and an acrylic ruler, mark horizontal lines across the quilt top, 1⁄2” on each side of horizontal seam lines. (Marked lines give you confidence as you begin to stitch.) ASSEMBLE QUILT LAYERS Follow the instructions in Quilt It, page 100, to prepare the quilt sandwich (marked quilt top, batting, and backing). SET UP MACHINE Remove presser foot and install a walking foot. Add a new machine needle, and thread the machine and bobbin with 50-weight, 100% cotton thread. Use a quilt-sandwich swatch to test thread/needle/tension combination and stitch length. BEGIN QUILTING For best results, start on one edge of…