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American Patchwork & Quilting April 2018

See the featured quilts and web-exclusive color options and projects from the American Patchwork & Quilting April 2018 issue -- our special 25th anniversary issue!

  • April 2018

    The April 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from February 6--April 3.

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  • Storm at Sea

    Designer: Marti Michell of From Marti Michell

    Originally appeared: April 1993


    Straight seams that look curved and high-contrast fabrics create a dynamic wavelike movement across an eye-appealing wall hanging.

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  • Storm at Sea Color Option

    Quilt tester: Joanna Burgarino

    Fabrics: Everything But the Kitchen Sink XIII collection by RJR Fabrics


    "The secondary diamond pattern that forms when you join the Storm at Sea units really caught my eye, so I wanted to focus on that element when I adapted the pattern into a table runner," editor Joanna Burgarino says.

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  • Garden Medallion

    Designer: Kim Diehl

    Originally appeared: October 2013


    Churn Dash blocks and a stunning border surround an appliquéd center that uses a simple machine technique to mimic the look of hand appliqué.

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  • Garden Medallion Color Option

    Celebrate Spring Wall Hanging

    Pair fusible appliqué with classic Churn Dash blocks in a wall quilt that beckons spring.

    Get the free quilt pattern here.

  • Paint by Number

    Designer: Mabeth Oxenreider 

    Originally appeared: August 2007


    Simple steps, straight-line stitching, and strip sets allow you to create a free-form watercolor effect.

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  • Paint by Number Color Option

    Beachy Waves

    For a quilt that mimics ocean waves, select dozens of batiks in sea glass colors and combine them in a bargello design.

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  • Railroad Crossing

    Designer: Cindy Blackberg

    Originally appeared: April 1999


    Quilts from the turn of the 20th century fueled the color choices for this project. A more recent technique—foundation piecing—ensures accurate seams and sharp points in the arcs.

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  • Railroad Crossing Color Option

    A Modern Touch Throw

    Solid fabrics in an uncommon color palette turn a foundation-pieced throw into a fresh addition to your decor.

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  • Yo-Yo Rows

    Designer: Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs 

    Originally appeared: June 2011


    For an on-the-go project, stitch a bevy of yo-yos and secure them to strips. Join the strips to make a head-turning quilt filled with playful pops of color.

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  • Yo-Yo Rows Color Option

    Quilt tester: Elizabeth Stumbo

    Fabrics: All Stars Tent Stripe collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit


    “The original quilt was extremely scrappy so it was a fun challenge to use a more controlled color placement to create a rainbow effect," art director Elizabeth Stumbo says. "Because I loved how the striped fabrics looked in the yo-yo’s, I decided to use the same striped fabrics to piece the binding.”

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  • Tone it Down

    Designer: Lissa Alexander

    Originally appeared: February 2014


    Scrappy quilts don’t have to be made from fabrics that compete for attention. Learn the tricks to low-volume quilts from one designer’s experiment.

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  • Tone it Down Color Option

    Quilt tester: Monique Dillard

    Fabrics: Crystals collection by P&B Textiles


    "When viewed from a distance, tone-on-tone fabrics appear to be solid. As you get closer, you can see the prints,” quilt tester Monique Dillard says. “Using solid black really makes the colors pop."

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  • Scattered Leaves

    Designer: Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts 

    Originally appeared: October 2009


    Add Log Cabin-like borders to two edges of Maple Leaf units for scrappy pieced blocks that can be twisted and turned into a cozy, mazelike throw.

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  • Scattered Leaves Color Option

    Quilt tester: Lindsay Mayland

    Fabrics: Lagom collection by AGF Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics


    "To take this pattern from a fall quilt to an everyday quilt, I skipped the pieced Maple Leaf units and instead used a bright burst of solid yellow for the block centers," audience insights manager Lindsay Mayland says. "An assorted group of black, gray, and white prints still gives a scrappy look but in a limited color palette."

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  • Just Ducky

    Designer: Bonnie Sullivan of All Through the Night

    Originally appeared: December 2009


    Here’s a sweet flannel quilt suitable for your favorite little one. The simple appliqué is an updated take on old-fashioned pull toys.

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  • Just Ducky Color Option

    Quilt tester: Martha Gamm

    Fabrics: Julia’s Garden collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott


    "Instead of the duck appliqués, I fussy-cut a bouquet of flowers from a large-scale floral print," quilt tester Martha Gamm says. "The red and green ginghams and small florals add to the romantic feel of this version of Just Ducky."

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  • Zen

    Designer: Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios

    Originally appeared: February 2009


    The cool colors and organic motifs of batiks give a contemporary throw a calming vibe. Horizontal rows of stitches flow like rivers across the quilt, adding to its serene feeling.

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  • Zen Color Option

    Quilt tester: Jody Sanders

    Fabrics: Farmhouse Living collection by Jeanne Horton for Windham Fabrics


    "The juxtaposition of modern design and traditional fabrics has always intrigued me," group editor Jody Sanders says. "I used the same print for the small squares in each pieced block to give a sense of cohesiveness."

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  • Star Attraction

    Originally appeared: October 2006


    Gain experience setting in seams when re-creating an antique throw. It’s a great project for using the many fabric scraps you’ve saved.

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  • Star Attraction Color Option

    Star of the Table

    Orange stars shine between gray hexagons in an asymmetrical table topper.

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