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American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting February 2015

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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1 min.
a quilting duet that really moves you

I know that the Baby Lock Crown Jewel II is a finely tuned instrument, and now I can get up to 6” of extra quilting space when I play it on the Momentum frame. The pair makes a truly moving duet. That’s because the Momentum moves in sync with me as I quilt, maintaining the same amount of quiltable space. The extra space along with the Crown Jewel II’s user-friendly features and customizable options at my fingertips make every quilt easier to finish. See this unique duo in action at your local Baby Lock retailer.…

1 min.
from the editors

If “I wish I had more time to quilt” is your birthday candle wish, we empathize. Often it’s a matter of fitting in 10 or 20 minutes (or a glorious afternoon) of sewing between shuttling, cooking, cleaning, working, and all of the other things that fill the hours of your day. We’re here to help! We’ve collected tips, tools, and suggestions that allow you to be more productive in those precious moments—however brief—you can carve out for quilting. Look in every story throughout this issue for time-saving hints, gadgets to simplify a technique or process, and aha advice. As Elizabeth Beese was planning this issue, she had her own aha moment: She had three fabulous, yet different, quilts based on a Four-Patch design. Not one to let this type of kismet…

1 min.
new favorite

After quilting for 30 years, it’s not surprising that I know precisely what I like. While I enjoy experimenting with new techniques, tools, fabrics, and quilt styles, when making quilts for myself I’ve always fallen back on scrappy, traditionally pieced quilts. So it was a surprise to me when I fell in love with foundation paper piecing while on location in Montana for Judy Niemeyer’s photo shoot (see Judy’s story,page 16). The concept of chain-piecing while foundation-piecing might seem obvious, but I hadn’t grasped it. Then I saw Judy’s organized method in progress—and everything clicked. In the office, we talk a lot about things that can change your quilting life. Whether it’s a new way of looking at an old technique, a tip that will shave 10 minutes off a process…

4 min.
sew in the know

your best time-saving tips “I cut out everything at once. Then I don’t have to keep stopping and starting.” —DAWN“I create a legend for my quilt with mini fabric samples so I know which fabric goes where.” —BRENDA“Gather all your tools and supplies before starting. Keep them together in a project box.” —LINDA“Use prewound bobbins. You won’t have to stop and wind new ones in the middle of a project.” —GERRI facebook.com/apqmagazine PRODUCT WE LOVE actual size! Magnetic Attraction It was love at first sight when our editors spotted these 1-inch-diameter magnets from Quilt Dots. This set showcases designer Judy Niemeyer’s distinctive quilt patterns; other sets feature quilts and fabrics from other top-notch designers. The designs are also featured on oversize paper clips, which Judy uses to organize segments while paper piecing. From $6; zappydots.com or…

2 min.
tips from readers

PICTURE-PERFECT PLANS put scrapbook paper embellished with chipboard letters behind glass in a picture frame to create a dry-erase board. I list quilts I want to make on the glass using a dry-erase marker. It’s cuter than a typical dry-erase board and keeps me focused on the projects I want to tackle. Lesli C. Townsend San Antonio NONSTICK SURFACE When I’m hand-stitching on a wool or flannel foundation, the fabric tends to stick to my lap. So I can easily move the foundation piece as I stitch, I put a nonstick appliqué pressing sheet on my lap. Karen Scott Crown Point, Indiana BATTING BUDDY Whenever I work on a quilting project, I attach a scrap of batting to my shirt with a safety pin. I put any stray threads I find on my quilt top, sewing table,…

7 min.
can-do quilting

FABRIC DESIGN MONTANA QUILT DESIGNER JUDY NIEMEYER estimates she hand-quilted more than 500 quilts while raising her three children. While she loved the quiltmaking process, she felt there must be a way to simplify it. T en, about 20 years ago, she hit upon a foundationpaper-piecing technique that turned out to be adaptable to virtually any quilt block. Excited about its broad application, Judy began teaching her method. She started with customers of The Quilt Gallery in Kalispell, Montana, where she worked at the time, then branched out to other quilt shops, guilds, shows, and, eventually, across the world. “It’s a rhythm people get into,” Judy says of her foundation piecing technique. “Once they figure out that rhythm, they never stop.” Judy has found a rhythm not only in creating patterns for…