American Patchwork & Quilting June 2021

American Patchwork and Quilting delivers inspiration, education, and motivation to passionate quilting enthusiasts of all skill levels. In each issue, you'll get the highest quality patterns and how-to instructions, along with compelling feature stories about designers and destinations.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.

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from the editor

About five years ago, a quilt from designer and author Susan Ache first appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine, and we have featured several of her projects since. In this issue, we’re excited to showcase her home and studio space in Florida. Turn to Fun in the Sun, page 16, to see what is behind her colorful creations. Many of you want to display your projects on your walls as Susan does but aren’t sure how to hang them. No, it’s not with nails, tacks, or pins poked through the fabric and into the wall. Instead, we advise a hanging sleeve. Ask the Editors, page 10, looks at two hanging sleeves options and provides the steps for making both. Are you grappling with a quilting problem or challenge? Send it…

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On Sale May 14 Take a road trip from the comfort of your living room with Quilt Sampler® Spring/Summer 2021 magazine. You’ll find 10 projects in a variety of sizes and color combinations from 10 shops that are eager to demonstrate their hospitality. Buy the magazine at local quilt shops, on newsstands, or at Find us online: search: AllPeopleQuilt Subscription help: 800/677-4876 Retailers: To order American Patchwork & Quilting®, Quilt Sampler®, Quilts & More™, and other quilting magazines, email or call 866/378-1064. Note to readers: It is permissible to make and publicly display a single finished product of any project in this issue, including for purposes of competitive winnings up to $1,000, so long as visible credit is given to the designer and American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.…

now trending search: American Patchwork & Quilting @allpeoplequilt HOW TO CHOOSE FABRICS Discover 10 tips for finding color palettes you'll love. PATRIOTIC PROJECTS Make red, white, and blue quilts to celebrate the season. STITCH A BAG We have all the patterns you need, whether it’s a purse, tote, or shoulder bag you desire. ON-THE-GO SEWING Choose from among handwork projects that fit easily into a travel bag. TABLE RUNNER SEW-ALONG Join the staff and readers of Quilts & More™ magazine in making a seasonal table runner. The sew-along, which runs from May 28 to June 18, includes tips, videos, Q&As, and a photo contest. DECOR WITH A THEME Create pretty and useful decorative items to brighten your sewing space.…

why didn’t i think of that?

Whenever I purchase a quilt kit, I take a picture of each selvage before I do any cutting. That way if I make a mistake or the kit doesn’t have enough fabric for my project, I know the fabric names so can easily purchase more. LINDA WELLS Spring Hill, Florida To make the most of my fabric, before cutting it I create freezer-paper shapes of the pieces I need. I lay out the shapes on my fabric without using a ruler to see if they’ll fit. Or I create a cutting layout so I can cut my fabric pieces with the least amount of waste. HEIDI JAMES Bellevue, Washington An emery board is an excellent tool for stabilizing fabric so the fabric doesn’t distort when I’m drawing diagonal lines for things like triangle-squares or binding strips.…

hang & display

Q: I’m interested in making a wall-size quilt but am intimidated by the thought of adding a hanging sleeve. Do you have any tips to make it easier? ANGELA HUNTER Renton, Washington Method 1: For Large Projects A hanging sleeve works best for wall quilts 24" wide or wider. The standard width for a finished sleeve is 4". 1. To determine one dimension of your hanging sleeve rectangle, measure the width of your quilt top and subtract 1". For a standard 4"- wide finished sleeve, your second dimension should be 9". Using those measurements, cut a rectangle from your chosen fabric. 2.Turn rectangle short edges under ¼"; press. Turn under ¼" again; stitch in place to hem. 3. Fold hemmed rectangle lengthwise with the wrong side inside; off set raw edges by ½", making one…

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