Our staff is here to offer a few tips for kicking holiday sewing stress, so you can be productive while still enjoying the holidays! We also share some uplifting stories of quilters making a difference, a project our staff member is working on, resources for identifying antique quilt patterns, and exciting news about our 500th podcast episode.

December 14, 2020
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Episode 493

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Kick Holiday Sewing Stress

We're a little more than a week until Christmas, so it's crunch time for all those still making holiday gifts and decor. But our staff is here to offer a few tips for kicking holiday sewing stress, so you can be productive while still enjoying the holidays!

Quilting Changes Everything

Alison, the designer of Quilts & More magazine, shares stories of people making a difference in their community. She shares the story of Matthew Amatulli, a 16-year-old with autism from Wellington, Florida, who has become passionate about fixing American flags that have become damaged in the elements. Learn more at his Facebook page. She also shares about Diana Spurvey, along with a handful of other quilters, who have been making fidget quilts from fabric scraps. Fidget quilts, sometimes called activity blankets, provide a great sensory experience for people with restless hands, including those with Alzheimer's, autism, and more. Read more about the story here.

What's On Your Work Space?

For the last couple of months, Alison has been working on a throw-size quilt made with a beautifully curated bundle of Pure Solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. Alison is making the pattern Mae Quilt by Wren Collective, which features half-square triangles.

Collector's Corner

Jody, the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, shares resources for identifying the pattern or block designs found in antique quilts. This is especially helpful if you've bought an antique quilt just because you've loved it, and want to know more about its history and design. Check out the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman and The Quilt Index to learn more.

Behind the Scenes

Our podcast, after 11 years, is coming to our 500th episode! Isn't that amazing? Our 500th episode airs February 1, 2021, and we're planning to do something special. Our staff will be on hand to answer listener questions. We're calling the show Ask Us Anything, so we can give back to our listeners by talking about what they want to hear about most! So, if you have a question for us, shoot us an email at APQPodcast@meredith.com.