American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting April 2017

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

Change usually means progress. Stitching by firelight to adjustable LED lights. Templates made from cardboard boxes to rotary cutters and cutting machines. Progress like that lets us make more and do more. Change like that makes quilting easier, faster, and more fun. Sometimes, however, we yearn for the past: for quilting bees, for scrap quilts spurred by necessity, and even for the plink-plink-plink of typewriter keys. But that nostalgic yearning for the sound of typewriter keys goes away as I hit delete to rework a sentence rather than having to hear the “fwooop” of the roller bar as I remove an error-filled sheet to replace it with a new one. I’m comforted to know I can always slow down and piece by hand if I prefer it over speedy chain piecing. It’s…

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keep in touch!

Join the fun by participating in our fourth annual quilt-along! You will find one quilt-along project in this issue (page 70), one in Quilts and More™ magazine’s Spring 2017 issue (on sale now), and another online at HowToSew.com. Buy Quilts and More magazine at local quilt shops, on newsstands, or at AllPeopleQuilt.com/shop. Find us online: AllPeopleQuilt.com instagram.com/allpeoplequilt facebook.com/apqmagazine pinterest.com/apqmagazine 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. Subscription help: Visit: AllPeopleQuilt.com/myaccount E-mail: apqcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com Call: 800/677-4876 Letters & comments: apq@meredith.com 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. our promise Prior to publication we cut,…

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tips from readers

CLEAR LINES When machine-appliquéing alight color appliqué to a light background, it can be challenging to see the appliqué edges. To make it easier, after fusing a shape in place, trace around it with a washable fabric marker. JEAN BECK / INVERNESS, FLORIDA make sure you use an air- or water-soluble pen! SAVE THE DATE I have trouble remembering where and when I bought my fabric. To remedy that, I now write the store name and date of purchase on the selvage edge in permanent marker. I keep that selvage piece until my project is finished. It has helped me locate fabric when I've miscalculated and need to buy more. CINDI SULLIVAN / GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA GRAB YOUR TISSUES I do a lot of machine appliqué and have found that tissue paper makes the best stabilizer. It's cheaper…

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sewin the know

SEW WHEREVER YOU GO A: Put light where you need it with the sleek UnoLamp with Clamp. The table lamp has a flexible arm to direct the light, a switch dimmer with four brightness levels, and an LED bulb for true color matching. $50; daylightcompany.com B: A small, adjustable lap table provides a sturdy surface for appliqué and handwork. The Lap App features a nonslip area for tracing and marking, an ironing cover, a pocket for needlework scissors, spindles for thread storage, and a magnet to catch needles. $69.99; lapappstore.net C: Press seams with ease using the Roll & Press for Clover by Joan Hawley. It is ideal for paper-piecing, curved seams, and fabric you can't iron, such as laminates. The ergonomic handle allows you to press or fold seams without fabric distortion.…

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sharpenyour skills to quilt better and make it more fun!

secrets to better seams Seam allowances matter! If you aren’t sewing perfect¼" seams, your blocks won’tbe the same size. Being offjust a little bit multiplieswith every seam and willlead to big differencesin finished sizes. Todetermine your perfect ¼"seam, cut three 11/2"-widestrips and sew them together. Press the seam allowancesaway from center. Measure the width of thecenter strip. If it is 1" wide, you’re spot-on. If it’s widerthan 1", your seams aretoo narrow. If it’s narrowerthan 1", your seams are toowide. When determining how much to adjust, remember that you lose a minimal amount inthe turning of the seam. My seams are off so one block is slightly larger than the one that will be next to it. Now what? If the discrepancy between the two blocks is small, let your sewing machine ease…

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Get Mitered-Corner Binding Mitering corners in binding is easy with this tip. Visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/402 for the steps. Fudge Factor Help Are your pieces not quite the right size? Learn to hide thedifference at AllPeopleQuilt.com/403. Master Curved Piecing Curved piecing is easier than it looks! Use the tips atAllPeopleQuilt.com/404 to get smooth curves. Conquer Bulky Intersections Bulky intersections are a challenge when piecing and quilting. Fix the problem with the tip at AllPeopleQuilt.com/405. Perfect Quarter-Inch Seams Get a perfect seam every time when you follow the advice atAllPeopleQuilt.com/406. Tricks for Triangles Go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/407 for two techniques to easilypiece triangle-squares. No-Waste Flying Geese Make four Flying Geese units with no fabric waste! Learn howat AllPeopleQuilt.com/408. Secrets for Sewing Long Strips Keep long strips straight when sewing with one simple trick. Find it at AllPeopleQuilt.com/409.…