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American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting October 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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2 min.
from the editors

Sewing from the heart. When I’m between projects, when I’m creatively stalled, or when I need to feel the reward of starting and finishing a project, I make pillowcases. It’s not just because American Patchwork & Quilting created the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, which encourages quilters to make and donate pillowcases to local charities. It’s simply the difference that sewing even one pillowcase can make. Last fall, at our debut 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-a-Thon, I saw firsthand how the pillowcase-making process can change lives. We helped children and adults make pillowcases, introducing some of them to sewing for the first time (or the first time that they enjoyed sewing!). We spoke with individuals who had donated pillowcases and individuals who had received pillowcases, and heard both sides of the heartwarming stories. Sewers…

2 min.
sew in the know

by the numbers We asked readers: For which holiday are you more likely to purchase theme fabrics? 72% Christmas 18% Halloween 7% Fourth of July 3% Valentine’s Day Vote in our next poll at AllPeopleQuilt.com/vote. S0 SPOOKY aha! I USE COTTON BATTING FOR MY DESIGN WALLS, AND I AM CONSTANTLY TRYING TO PICK THE THREADS OFF IT. I’ve tried many things to get it clean with no luck. While teaching at the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild we started a discussion about the best tools in our studios that were not meant for sewing, and one was for cleaning the strings off your design walls. Ready for it? A toilet brush! $1 at IKEA... works like a charm! —Victoria Findlay Wolfe, vfwquilts.com *Look for more aha! moments from our designers throughout the issue! popular on pinterest Fall in love with these pinworthy projects!…

2 min.
tips from readers

SNIPS ON THE SIDE (A) I attached a suction hook to the side of my sewing machine so I can keep a pair of small snips close at hand. Now I can find my scissors immediately (without even looking), and dangling threads are no longer a problem. Mindy Voelker Chester, Maryland PUT A CORK ON IT (B) Because the cover of my seam ripper kept falling off, I decided to use a wine cork instead. The sharp tip of the seam ripper easily slips into the cork and stays in place. Nancy O. Smith Blairsville, Georgia an end to loose ends (C) I wrap small ponytail holders around my bobbins as a colorful and inexpensive way to contain the loose thread ends. Jane Bulen Stover, Missouri tangle-free stitches Before I start hand sewing, I like to run my thread across a bar of…

5 min.
quilts made from memories and dreams

Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot. Each had something to teach the other, stories to share, and eventually a unique block to add to the first Quilted Conscience wall hanging, Our Dreams & Memories, in 2008. The quilt realized project director John Sorensen’s dream of easing the challenges facing immigrants, especially children, and their new communities. “This country is an immigrant country,” Kay says. “They come the same way my ancestors did, with very little, but with hopes for the future.” John, now a New York City filmmaker and author, created The Quilted Conscience (TQC) workshop project and a 60-minute documentary film of the same name as an homage to sisters Grace and Edith Abbott, social justice pioneers whose work…

3 min.
a heated competition

I am a quilter. So when a crafting/quilting friend reached out to me last year with, “You WON’T believe the fun thing I’m asking you to do!” and I learned it involved quilting with my friends and designer Debbie Caffrey at a consumer quilting event, I couldn’t resist signing up. I’m now scheduled to be a team member in my third Iron Quilter Challenge, led by Quilts, Inc., which has been held at various International Quilt Festival locations (Chicago; Cincinnati; and Long Beach, California) over the last few years. T is fall will be the first time it will occur at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It’s scheduled for the evening of October 26, and will feature six teams, which is double the usual three-team format. Team leaders, each of…

1 min.
how to host your own challenge

1. Decorate a no-longer-working iron with gold paint and lots of glitter and gems. (This step is optional but fun!) 2. Determine whether you want teams or individuals competing and how many you want. 3. Choose the fabrics: Will you assign bundles of fabrics or let your teams choose their own? (I love that part of the challenge is team leaders working with a fabric line that might not be their style.) 4. Set a time limit. If possible, have a countdown timer projected on a screen in the workroom so contestants know how much time is left. Shout out milestones (halfway through, 30 minutes remain, etc.) to help teams stay on track. (We all know how easy it is to lose track of time while quilting!) 5. Promote camaraderie and friendly competition. 6. Have…