Happy 25th, American Patchwork & Quilting!

With the release of the April 2018 issue, the magazine American Patchwork & Quilting is celebrating 25 years! I’m proud to say I’ve worked with them for almost seven of those years and have loved every second of it! I have the pleasure of curating the products and book features in each issue, write the Masthead and TOC (that’s ok if you skip over these!), and write the free color option patterns that appear online. I also manage all the digital content, so as you enjoy our website and social media, know that it’s me behind the curtain!


The April issue hit newsstands, so make sure to keep an eye out for it! As a special anniversary issue, it’s loaded with behind-the-scenes content, designer interviews, and some of the top reader favorite quilt patterns we’ve ever featured! It’s so fun to look back at our patterns and see that they still resonate today! As a fun feature, each staff member made one of the quilt patterns in updated fabrics to share how timeless these patterns really are! I remade the quilt below.


Scattered Leaves by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts first appeared in the October 2009 issue. I love the Log Cabin variation that includes a Maple Leaf center — perfect for fall! I also love how scrappy it is. I’ve always loved scrap quilts and thinking about how color and prints play together. For my version (below), I skipped the Maple Leaf centers to make it work all year round in my home, and chose a bright black, white, and yellow color palette using the Lagom collection by AGF Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics. 


I used a solid yellow for the block centers, then added an assorted of white, gray, and black strips. I cut all the pieces beforehand and just grabbed the strips from a pile to get a scrappier look. I love using multiple prints in the same color palette to give a scrappy look and add interest without overwhelming the color palette. A skinny yellow inner border helps the center pop, and a graphic black-and-white print ties it together. Below are some behind-the-scenes of my sewing process!

I also had the opportunity of modeling for one of the photos in the magazine! Below is the photo! Doesn’t it look so comfy and relaxing?


Now here’s the real picture of what modeling looked like! Not as glamorous as it seems. It gave me a new appreciation for people who take photos like this on Instagram.

And that cup of tea was HEAVY! And since hands can look really awkward in photos, I spent about 30 minutes trying to balance this heavy cup of tea with one or two fingers while leaning my entire body back so my upper half was out of the camera’s way. The strain of this (combined with some heavy lifting later that day) caused a dislocated shoulder, but I think it was worth it!

I hope you pick up the April 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and celebrate with us all year long!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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