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Passion 48

It’s a busy time of year in the office! Just back from the holidays, we’re  finalizing our newest bookazine Bags, Pillows, and Pincushions Volumne 2, we’re planning tons of special content for our special 20th anniversary issue of American Patchwork & Quilting that comes out February 4, and we’re creating the best projects for the next edition of Make It Yourself magazine out in April. On top of that, we have great new stories in Quilts and More and  many free patterns going on our website To say the least, we’re working hard!

When it’s so busy, it’s easy to push our own projects back until we have more time. In an effort to stay inspired and creative in this new year, we’re all embarking on something called Passion 48. For one hour each work week, we all work on a project of our choosing. We get four weeks off in case of vacation, sickness, or just being too busy. So, for a total of 48 weeks this year, we will all be creating a beautiful quilt.

There are a few rules we have to follow:

–The quilt must be from one of our publications.

–We spend exactly one hour (no more, no less) a week working on our project. Check out our cute timer later in this post!

–The quilt must be for us, not for a gift.

–We must blog about our progress once a month.


Last week, we had a launch party for Passion 48. We each brought our pattern and fabrics and spent 2 hours cutting to give us a little jumpstart to our year of quilting. We all squished into our sewing lab, played music, and talked about our projects. Here are some pictures from that day.


Come back every week for two new blogs from our staff. You can see what patterns they’re working on, see their thought process behind fabric choice, and see their projects progress through the year. Take the Passion 48 challenge with us! You can make the same quilts as us or start a different project. We’d love to hear what you’re working on and see your creativity!

28 Responses to “Passion 48”

  1. I would love to work on a quilt right along with you. I enjoy working with Scrap Quilts, flannels especially! Thank you very much! Have a great evening, too!

  2. I would love to quilt along with you. The last year that I got a lot done was when I took a times sewing challenge……… Thanks for the impetus.

  3. Great idea. I might even finish something for once.

  4. Sounds like a great plan!!! Looking forward to it! Thanks for the push!

  5. Sounds like so much fun! I’m in…now to go through my AP & Q magazines and pick a project!

  6. I like this I don’t have a quilt for myself so I think I will take up this challenge.
    What size quilt are we to do?

  7. I want to sew with you! Have fun and can’t wait to see the progress.

  8. Susanne, you can do any size project! As long as you make a commitment to quilt one hour a week, you can join us in the challenge! –Lindsay, American Patchwork & Quilting

  9. could you post a link to where we could buy that timer? so cute!

  10. Susan, here’s the link to the owl timer on the World Market page. Unfortunately, it’s only available in stores.

  11. Can I do it with you . How do I join?

  12. No joining necessary! Just make a commitment to quilt an hour a week and follow along with our blogs! –Lindsay, American Patchwork & Quilting

  13. I think I am going to try this, I often am working on projects for everyone, except myself. Which I really enjoy sharing my work. My husband is recovering from a stem cell for bone marrow transplant, so as his caregiver I quilt to stay busy between appointments. The hospital even let me bring in my machine to sew quilts while he was hospitalized almost 4 months.I am very thankful his Father taught me to quilt.