American Patchwork & Quilting

American Patchwork & Quilting December 2014

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 editor

Making Merry I have always equated the holiday season with making things. Since before I can remember, my family has made holiday crafts (often Santas consisting of foam, sequins, and beads) after Thanksgiving dinner. About 20 years ago, someone decided we needed even more holiday crafting time, so we added Craft Day—the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Armed with glue guns, needles, and fabric (plus a big pot of soup and plenty of appetizers), we make gifts for coworkers, neighbors, and other family members. Whether we’re making quilted pot holders, fabric origami ornaments, or pipe cleaner tree toppers, the day admittedly is as much about family time and the joy of creating as it is about the gifts we make. So you, too, can know the joy of creating, we’ve filled this issue with…

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social life

Get “sewcial”! Connect with our online community to learn, inspire, and share. HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAYS Deck your halls, walls, and beds with merry quilts. Whether you’re looking for a cheerful seasonal decoration (AllPeopleQuilt.com/008) or a quilt you can wrap up in all winter (AllPeopleQuilt.com/009), we have it for you! 46 The percentage of our Facebook fans who love flannel quilts year-round. Make one of the free quilt patterns that call for cozy flannel at AllPeopleQuilt.com/011, then ask someone to snuggle. FESTIVE TABLE Set a winsome holiday table with cute (and simple) table toppers and runners. Visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/010 for free patterns that use bright colors and warm fabrics. Quilter Bucket List The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on past projects and make goals for a creative year of quilting ahead. See what our…

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tips from readers

from trash to treasure two in one When I give a gift to a quilter or friend who does any kind of sewing, I always wrap the gift in fabric. Sometimes a scrap piece will work and sometimes a fat quarter will do the job. I fasten the fabric with large safety pins and make a bow out of ribbon, rickrack, or a strip of fabric. This way they have a gift and an addition to their fabric stash. Janet McFarland Wooster, Ohio ORIGINAL ORNAMENT I save and store the snippets of rayon thread from my machineembroidery projects. Before the holidays arrive, I purchase clear ornaments at crafts stores and put the thread pieces—and strands of metallic thread—into an ornament that serves as a memento of the projects I worked on throughout the year. If…

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quilting changes everything

KEEPING THEIR needles Handy Father Edward Flanaganfound his calling nearlya century ago providing refuge to the homeless boys he encountered in Omaha. He first rented a boarding house for them. Then, in 1921, he bought a farm on the outskirts of Omaha that he turned into Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys, which eventually became the village of Boys Town. “Father Flanagan always wanted to create a home, not an institution,” says Father Steven Boes, current executive director of Boys Town. Those words guide everyone connected with the village, and they are the impetus behind the Mothers Guild, a dedicated band of volunteers whose handmade quilts bring the sentiment to life. Visitors to Flanagan House find quilts on every bed. In a recreation of Father Flanagan’s room is a Triple Irish Chain quilt that honors…

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favorite finds

CHARMED, I’M SURE Do you have friends with a passion for quilting? Give them a handcrafted silver charm so they can share their love of fabric with the world. $18; jessicas-gifts.com CELEBRATE SNOW Utilize the intricate yet large-scale (7” square) motifs on Bali Snowflakes from Hoffman California Fabrics to create cozy quilts this winter. The stunning batik snowflake designs pop off the mottled fabric. hoffmanfabrics.com CITY SIGHTS Share the urban sensation of James Gulliver Hancock’s illustrated book All the Buildings in New York with exclusive fabric from The City Quilter in New York City. Rowhouses and buildings printed sideways along the selvages would make great borders. $11.75/yard; cityquilter.com ON-THE-GO BAG Carry all your sewing supplies in organized fashion when you make then take The Beatle Bag from Abbey Lane Quilts. Four clear inserts make finding the right tool—and…

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i am a quilter

See what our readers are making and learn more from fellow quilters. Lisa Furleigh, Tonica, Illinois Die-cutting delight: I used a die-cutter and a die to cut the block pieces. It was so much easier to make the quilt with those tools! Twice the fun: I added two borders to the quilt—an inner border with appliqué and yo-yos and a scalloped outer border featuring one-third of the Winding Ways block. Original project: Way Around by Laura Boehnke, American Patchwork & Quilting®, February 2013 Sarah Jordan, McKinleyville, California Breaking family tradition: Everyone in my family cross-stitches Christmas stockings, but I’d rather quilt. Personalize the pattern: I changed the colors from the original and created a pattern to paper-piece my son’s name across the top. Original project: Spiral Stocking by Mary Reddington and RaNae Merrill, American Patchwork & Quilting, December…