American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting April 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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from the editors

Find a friend. Nearly every month someone on the team here is packing her gear and planning projects for a sewing getaway. Whether it’s gathering at a lake house with a few friends or going on a large-scale retreat, time spent creating with others is inspiring and rejuvenating. Sometimes, however, fi nding fellow quilters is a challenge! For ideas on fi nding and building a quilting community, turn to page 24. Here are my personal top 5 tips: 1. Take a quilting class. Whether at a local quilt shop, community center, community college, or quilt show, classes are a great way to meet other quilters. 2. Join a guild, or see if your church, quilt shop, or library has a group that meets regularly. If they don’t, maybe you can start one! 3.…

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to better serve you

Stitch and share: Join the fun by participating in our quilt-along! You will fi nd two quilt-along projects in this issue (pages 46 and 54), one in Quilts and More™ magazine’s Spring 2016 issue (on sale January 19), and another online at HowToSew.com. Buy Quilts and More 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@cdsfulfi llment.com Call: 800/677-4876 Letters & comments: apq@meredith.com Find us online: Website: AllPeopleQuilt.com Facebook: facebook.com/apqmagazine Pinterest: pinterest.com/apqmagazine Instagram: instagram.com/allpeoplequilt 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 fi nished product of any project in this issue, including for…

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sew in the know

A. Rotary-cut, then spin the top of the 15"-diameter Rotating Cutting Mat from Matilda’s Own. The mat rotates 360º so you can make your next cut without moving the fabric—ideal for precision and tight work spaces. $74.99; available from happinessisquilting.com. B. Easily cut small pieces, curves, and points with the sharp, serrated-edge, 4-inch Perfect Scissors from Karen Kay Buckley. $20.99; karenkaybuckley.com. C. Brighten your work space with the Super Bright Portable LED Lamp from Idea Works. The light folds flat for storage and comes with a USB cable. It also can be powered by AA batteries. $14.99; available from primitivegatherings.us. D. Weighing in at less than 15 pounds, the Passport 3.0 sewing machine from Pfaff is perfectly portable. Visit pfaff.com for dealer and pricing information. E. Press efficiently with Clover’s…

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tips from readers

SEAL THE DEAL When chain piecing, for leaders and enders I like to use scrappy units that I can assemble into scrap blocks for future projects. In doing so, however, I often mixed up the block design because I was so focused on the main project. Now I lay out all the pieces for several scrap blocks and put a piece of Press’n Seal on each one. To prevent creating mistakes in the overall design, after joining two pieces, I put them back in place under the Press’n Seal. This also makes it easy to transport the blocks. Lori Robertson Rexburg, Idaho PACKING BACKING We travel a lot so I often have to use hotel ironing boards that have little padding. Because of that, I travel with two pieces of batting cut to…

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trusting her instincts

T he hubbub of New York City isn’t typically associated with the craft of quilting. But then there’s nothing typical about the quilts of Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Known for her twists on time-honored patterns, Victoria’s work embodies both the frenetic pace of big city life and time spent in her grandparents’ sleepy Minnesota river town. Th e results are quilts that pay homage to tradition yet are fi rmly planted in the modern world. In 1988 Victoria left the family farm where she grew up to study fi ne arts painting and in 1994 moved to New York City. While pursuing art and working in a frame shop, she met Michael, who would become her husband. A few years later, daughter Beatrice joined the family. Th ese life changes resulted in…

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10 ways to find your quilting community

1 AMERICAN QUILT STUDY GROUP If you love quilting and its history, consider joining the American Quilt Study Group. AQSG, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, hosts an annual seminar where quilt history buffs gather to hear quilt scholars’ presentations; see and buy vintage quilts, textiles, and sewing tools; and go on preconference tours. (Seminar 2016 will be held September 14–18 in Tempe, Arizona.) Some states or regions hold smaller events or meetings, often with an emphasis on a certain time period or type of quilt. “I belong to this group because it brings together a variety of people who love old textiles—not just quiltmakers, but collectors, historians, and conservators,” says editor Jody Sanders, who belongs to the Iowa Illinois Quilt Study Group. “They come from several states, not just Iowa and Illinois,…