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American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting February 2016

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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2 min.
from the editors

Time to get organized. Two things seem to happen in the weeks after Christmas: We make a lot of resolutions quickly, and we abandon most of them just as quickly, even when it comes to something as important as our sewing spaces. This year, try a different approach. First take the time to really analyze how your sewing space works for you. Then getting it organized might not be a resolution you abandon. We can get you started. See “What’s Your Organizing Personality?” on page 25. If you’re like me, getting your sewing room organized is a continual goal. Whether you have a Pinterest board, magazine clippings, or an architectural drawing of your dream sewing space, our organizing article might shed some new light on your ideas. As I talked with…

1 min.
to better serve you

More for you: Get inspiring photos and instructions for 12 projects in the American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar. Visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/calendar to order. The Winter 2015 issue of Quilts and More™ magazine includes 29 quick-to-finish gifts and quilts. Buy it at your local quilt shop, on newsstands, or AllPeopleQuilt.com/shop. Many of our magazines are available as digital editions. For details, visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/getdigital. Subscription help: Visit: AllPeopleQuilt.com/myaccount E-mail: apqcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com Call: 800/677-4876 Letters & comments: apq@meredith.com Find us online: Website: AllPeopleQuilt.com Facebook: facebook.com/apqmagazine Pinterest: pinterest.com/apqmagazine Twitter: twitter.com/allpeoplequilt Retailers: To order American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler®, Quilts and More, and other quilting magazines, e-mail apq2@meredith.com or call 866/378-1064. Note to readers: It is permissible to make and publicly display a single finished product of and project in this issue, including for purposes of competitive winnings up to $1,000, so long as visible credit is given…

3 min.
sew in the know

by the numbers We asked readers the No. 1 reason their sewing spaces aren't clean. organize your space Peek into functional and stylish sewing areas, then steal storage ideas for your own space—no matter how big (or small) it is! Visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/211 for ideas. 70% Not enough space 18% Too much fabric 8% Don’t know how to store supplies 4% Chose stylish storage over functional storage Vote in our next poll at AllPeopleQuilt.com/vote. YOU SHARED IT! I am one of seven daughters of Roman and Dorothy Brunner. Several years ago, those of us who sew decided to make a Seven Sisters quilt for each sister and our mother. We have spent lots of time together sewing the blocks and assembling eight quilts. Because each of us is different, each quilt is different. But to symbolize our connectedness, the same red…

2 min.
tips from readers

bits and pieces I use quite a bit of freezer paper when appliquéing. Instead of throwing away small scraps that are still usable, I toss them into a wicker basket I keep under my drafting table. Now those pieces are readily available when I am making templates. Judy DeWald Lincolnshire, Illinois ON A ROLL I roll pieces of a project around an empty cardboard paper towel or wrapping paper roll. It’s a much neater way to store an in-progress project and the fabrics stay wrinkle-free. To travel, I stash thread or accessories I might need inside the roll. Carol Metz Grass Lake, Michigan use the leftovers I make a lot of string-pieced blocks for scrap quilts. I cut the base cloth to the dimensions I need, then add strips to it with a stitch-and-flip method. Because you never see…

5 min.
a quilting life

If you’re lucky, your grandmother may have slipped you a little cash on occasion. Sherri McConnell is especially lucky because when her grandmother gave her $20, it was with the admonition that Sherri spend it on fabric. “She’d hand it to me and say, ‘I started you on this expensive habit,’” Sherri says with a laugh. “Of course, she started me on a hobby that’s become my career, and I’m so grateful that she did.” Sherri chronicles that hobby and career on A Quilting Life, her blog where readers are treated to the quilts she designs and stitches and to tips for mixing fabrics, sewing room organization, and scrap management. She’s also the author of A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home (C&T Publishing; 2013) and Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom…

1 min.
how about a quilt-along?

Over the past several years quilter and blogger Sherri McConnell has organized and participated in several quilt-alongs—online “gatherings” in which all quilters make the same block or quilt. Here are Sherri’s tips for having the best experience. BENEFITS OF JOINING ✚ It’s a great way to try new block and quilt designs and to use up your stash and scraps. ✚ When other quilters share their creative processes, everyone learns. ✚ You get inspired by new fabric and pattern combinations. ✚ Suggestions from participants can help you with your project. TIPS FOR TAKING PART ✚ Make a test block so you have a realistic expectation of the time the project will take. ✚ Set weekly or monthly goals to help you stay on track. Quilt-alongs usually have a set time period (a month, several months, or a year). ✚…