Learn how to make scrappy quilts that "wow"! Plus, hear an interview with Brenda Groelz of Handi Quilter.

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Tips for Making a Scrappy Quilt

Scrappy quilts are so fun to make and are great stash busters, but they require some thought to get the look you want for your quilt! Jody Sanders, the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, is our office Scrap Queen and is sharing all her best tips for making a successful scrappy quilt!

We go into details in the show, but here's some points we cover:

  • How to choose fabrics for a scrap quilt
  • Choosing a good pattern to show off your scraps
  • Growing your collection of scraps

Getting Sewcial

On today's show, Jody chats with Brenda Groelz, the VP of Marketing & Education at Handi Quilter. Brenda has been in the quilting industry for more than 25 years -- in the past as the owner of a quilt pattern and book publishing company, working at a quilt tour company, and teaching and lecturing at guilds. She's also a talented quilter herself and a collector of vintage quilts. She's a wealth of knowledge -- but on today' s interview, she focuses on collecting and finishing antique quilts, and the tips and tools to be successful in machine-quilting an antique quilt.

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Collector's Corner with Jody

Jody shares the history of charm quilts. Charm quilts are made using a different piece of fabric for each piece in the quilt. These quilts contain hundreds or even thousands pieces of different fabrics. Charm quilts take scrappy to a whole new level. Sometimes they were called Beggar’s quilts because of the difficulty of collecting so many different fabrics resulted in the quiltmaker asking friends and family for pieces to add to a quilt.

My Cherished Quilt with Alison

Alison Gamm, the designer of Quilts & More, shares the story of her most cherished quilt, which was her first quilt made with the help of her mother.

We will be featuring more My Most Cherished quilts as a regular column on the last page of each issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and would love for you to share your most cherished quilt on Instagram and tag it with #mycherishedquilt.

What We're Loving

Alison shares a product she's loving -- her Baby Lock Crescendo machine. After years of sewing on a Sears sewing machine that her mom used as a kid in the '70s, Alison upgraded to a machine that had a lot of fun bells and whistles, including an automatic needle threader and thread cutter, laser guide for sewing straight lines, and the ability to machine-quilt larger projects more easily.