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25 Years- American Patchwork & Quilting

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Man oh man!!

Seems like yesterday.

Cliche but true.

The 25th Anniversary issue includes what Jody Saunders references as the DREAM TEAM.
She isn’t talking about the designers even though they are pretty darn special if I do say so myself.

I am NOT going to spoil who the dream team is. You will just have to see for yourself!

I have had the privilege of reading this magazine since the beginning when I searched for anything that had the word quilt in it or on it!

Then wam- bam, 25 years later one of my quilts was chosen to be in this publication
alongside some of my quilting idols and friends.

Terry Atkinson

Marti Michell

Bonnie Sullivan

Kim Diehl

Cindy Blackberg

Mabeth Oxenredider

and Amy WalshThis is one of my all time favorite quilts for many reasons but

mainly for the community that has shared their version of this quilt with me.

While I was making the quilt, I was probably cursing since it seemed like I was sewing for months with no end in sight,

but the final result has brought me such joy.


A very striking color option by Monique Dillard.

My second favorite pages are page 8 and 9.
These two pages are chock full of stats from the past 25 years.
The right hand page has a picture of all the issues from the past 25 years in one nice neat stack.
I can’t even begin to imagine all the great designs, products, articles, designers and fabrics that are featured in these pages.
The hours of inspiration, education and therapy that quilters have experienced just thumbing through the pages.


Gives me goosebumps!

I want to give a shout out to Lori Eggers and Chris Neubauer.
I see your picture on page 9. It is nice to put a face to the names.

Great job, ladies!

Get this magazine on newsstands first week of Feb. and flip to page 4 to see the DREAM TEAM. I think you will agree!

Then see page 66 to make your own version of my Tone It Down quilt.

  I am blessed.


Kettle Corn


How super cool is Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings? She is the first person to be shown on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting. This does make her the official cover girl of quilting. Nick, her husband, thought she should do the photo shoot in a bikini, until everyone informed him it was not that type of cover girl. (just kidding, Nick!!)IMG_1660

I was tickled to see Lisa on the cover and then continued to flip through the pages to see some of my other friends. Vanessa Goetzen of Lella Boutique’s bright shiny face on page 5, Betsy Chutchian‘s reproduction quilt, Just Toasty on page 35,  Pat Sloan, Bonanza of Baskets on page 54, and then on page 79 I almost wet my pants. There was my quilt, Kettle Corn. You know I love scrappy quilts and mixing all kinds of Moda designers fabrics into one quilt. I also love fall and I can be found munching on kettle corn regardless of what time of the year it is. IMG_1662My family must think I am a bit of a mad scientist. I am always dipping, dying, bleaching and messing with fabrics. I had a variety of fabrics and wondered what they would look like bleached and overdyed.  I loved how some of the modern lines turned almost vintage with a dunk into bleach. Shown here is the quilt top before it was sent to the quilter. It really shows off the variety of prints.


Everything including fabrics from Sandy Gervias, Urban Chics, Zen Chic, Vanessa Christenson, Barbara Brackman, Fig Tree and Sweetwater. I guess I could have named it Kitchen Sink since many of the fabrics have spent some time there and I threw in such a variety.  Love it!IMG_1664



To be in such good company with all the people in this issue warms my heart.IMG_1667

Can’t wait for the season to change to fall and be surrounded by all things pumpkins.

IMG_1668Look for the October issue of American Patchwork and Quilting!!

Also a thank you shout out to Carrie Nelson and Elizabeth Besse. I was recouping from surgery so they jumped in and wrote the article for me.

I had the easy part of making the quilt.






Tone it down main quilt photo
Quilted by Natalia Bonner of Piece n Quilt
 “Image from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

 Everything in our world is so fast, fast, fast especially at
this time of year. I find it interesting there is this
Slow it Down movement
that people like Cheryl Arkison talks about in her
book, A Month of Sundays, or the Slow Stitching topic that
Mark Lipinski talks about. Now Mark is the most energetic person
in the industry so when he talks Slow it makes
 you stop and listen.

I strip piece. My mind thinks what is quickest most efficient
way to make a project.

But this slow it down got me to thinking
about my Tone it Down quilt.

Slow it Down…
Tone it Down…

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every second of making this quilt.
Looking at each and every little piece of fabric as I worked
from block to block. Thinking about the fabric, the designer
that created it and the story that goes along with it.

Now I watch online as more and more people are 
making this quilt and posting their 
pictures and honestly 
it is quite humbling 
and makes my heart feel good. 
search #apqquiltalong to see some of the versions
This is what the quilting industry is all about. 
I am sure if you are reading my blog you are a quilter
 or one of my aunts.

If for some reason you have landed here and are not a quilter,
I encourage you to join this community. It is the most wonderful
world to be living in.

Sign up for a class, get a book, do anything, just start!

The tone it down quilt is not for the faint of heart.
It is not a quilt that you can create over the weekend.

However this is a great quilt to add to your
to-do list and slowly enjoy as each block develops.
I am thrilled that
 American Patchwork and Quilting
offers this pattern as a
digital download

Now that I am finished being all gushy, I wanted to
share some other news.

I am going to be doing another #APQquiltalong in 2015.
Stay tuned, I will “slowly” talk about this project.

 Your first tease.


APQ quiltalong progress

Tone it down main quilt photo 
I am always so honored to share my passion for quilting with others. So of course I am super pumped when one of my projects gets published in a national magazine. BUT what really has taken the whole experience way over the top  is the #APQquiltalong from the Feb 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. There were several people that had agreed to go on this quilt along ride and were featured in the magazine. I  knew each of them would do something really different. 
I wanted to share some of the #AQPquiltalong projects. I just love how they are all coming along. Each is so different and is also a great lesson in color and value placement. 


Jennifer Keltner’s quilt
is going to be so rich with a Japanese feel. Jennifer is the Senior
Editor of American Patchwork and Quilting and has got to be one of the
busiest women in the industry.  I am honored that she has carved out the
time to be a part of this.
APQquiltalong progress by Anne at @Anne Sutton
And then we have Anne from Bunny Hill. 
Anne has a uncanny knack for putting the chic in shabby chic with
everything she touches. She is adding alternate blocks of applique to
her quilt.
See what I mean by how different each of the quilts are coming along.

Kimberly Jolly's APQ's Tone it Down Quilt Along - Featuring Wishes by Sweetwater
Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop made her version using 
Wishes from Sweetwater. 
Of course her quilt is completely done. You can certainly see why she is so successful by jumping in 
and getting her projects complete. 
Another classic!
Now for some sashing #APQquiltalong 
How cool and different is Quilt Jane’s version? The pattern
 is the exact same as the other quilts but the value placement has given this quilt a completely different design. 
Just imagine all the variations of traditional 
quilt blocks we could do if we just looked at everything
 in black and white, then started coloring in the shapes. 
Jane, you are so inspiring.
A Quilting Life's version of the #APQquiltalong 
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life. 
I am sure you all read Sherri’s blog. She is a true classic in every step of the word. So Sherri choose fabric from a classic designer, Sandy Klop of American Jane. This quilt was a good reason for Sherri to pull out her American Jane collection of fabrics and dive in.
 I would like to point out that this is also a good reason why we like to hoard our favorite designers fabric collection. And yes it is okay to have more than one favorite designer, hoard their collections, and have a fabulous stash. Stash is not a bad word.
#apqquiltalong - AmysCreativeSide.comAmy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side
I knew Amy would give us all an interesting take on scale and design. 
 Amy’s combination of fabrics adds such movement throughout.
#APQquiltalong block from @Lisa Bongean 
I knew Lisa would give us all the complete opposite look of my quilt. 
She put darks where the lights were, lights where the darks were supposed to be.
She gives the quilt her magic primitive touch. A good lesson in just 
because the pattern says
 “dark fabrics” 
doesn’t mean you have to use dark.
APQ Tone it Down Quilt Along by Camille - Are you joining in? 
Camille Roskelley
Again another example of greatness in everything she touches. 
Camille played with her value by use of lights, mediums and darks. 
My quilt was truly lights or darks, no mediums. 
By adding the mediums, Camille’s version incorporates a softer, vintage feel.

And my apologies to Carrie Nelson. I left her greatness off of my original post. 

I can’t really say enough about Carrie. Her version is a timeless classic. Read all about her thought process as she created this quilt.
Thanks again to all these talented ladies for being a part of this quiltalong.

Let me know if you are quiltingalong. 
I have made a board on pinterest
and I would love to add your version to the board.