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2020-01

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Editorial

Editorial

We all have our favorite months. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, special events, etc, make them special. But then other months of the year seem to take up space, and we wish them to pass quickly. January is one of those months for me.

It is my least favorite month for many reasons. Following a letdown after the holidays, the New Year, as reality, rears its ugly head with heading back to work or school. The magic time of fall creeps into winter. January is COLD, gray, and loooooooooooong. It's usually the peak of winter and often has snow. Add that New Year's resolutions made usually disappear after two or three weeks. Let's face it; I just don't like January. I am sure there are some of you who would agree with me.

I don't like cold. I don't like snow. (The only "snow" I want to see are the snow white, "sugar white" sands in my big backyard.) However, the cold and snow are January's saving graces. When it's cold and dreary, it's a great time to stay inside and sew.

This month's issue has some great projects which help you do just that. We go from "apples to oranges" with fun quilts which will help brighten dull days. If you want to use those scraps you have been hoarding all year, make our scrappy project with a simple block that reminds you of matchsticks. Speaking of matches, there's a small hand project "purrfect" for you to make while sitting next to a warm fire and sipping a cup of tea.

Let's not forget our furry friends during these cold winter months. Those scraps can be used for Kennel Quilts to donate to your local animal shelter.

Wow! After writing about all these great projects, I am actually beginning to look forward to January (well, almost). Now instead of referring to it as snowy January, I will call it sewing January.

Hope you have a great one! Happy New Year!

Nan

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PatternNan Baker has designed another project using half square triangles. She loves working with them because they are so unpredictable and come together beautifully to create so many fun variations. A Slice of Orange has just one block, but its twists and turns will fool you. The fabrics are from the Modern Retro collection by Andover Fabrics. The colors tend to be a little on the subtle side of blues and greens, but what really makes this design "pop" is A Slice of Orange. We hope you enjoy making this fun quilt.
PatternI'll bet you can't look at this charming little wall quilt, Apple Harvest, without wanting to bite into a crisp, sweet apple! Midge Kincaid combines easy piecing with a bit of simple appliqué. She used one fabric for all the apples, but you might want to use a whole orchard of apple-colored scraps.
PatternWoven Matchsticks is a very simple, single block quilt that can be as scrappy as you like. The name comes from the red square on the end of the four inch "matchstick".

What baby wouldn't love to spend time looking at all the different colors in RaeLyn Boothe's Woven Matchsticks?!

Pattern Join Nancy Noah in the Harlequin group on Pattern Pastiche, The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s private online quilters’ forum. There, you can get answers to any questions you might have, share your progress, and see what others are doing. Add a border composed of Flying Geese undulating around the quilt center. This project started with the October 2019 issue and concludes in the March 2020 issue.

PatternLook forward to spring and summer with Connie Kauffman's Mini Button Flower. This mini quilt adds whimsy to any dreary winter day as well as a smile to your face.

Mini Button Flower uses small pieces you might find in your scrap stash. The floral themed buttons add dimension and charm.

PatternJoin Cindy Mccoy in the Kaleidoscoe Flake group on Pattern Pastiche, The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s private online quilters’ forum. There, you can get answers to any questions you might have, share your progress, and see what others are doing. Let's add some points to our octagon. This project started with the October 2019 issue and concludes in the April 2020 issue.
PatternJoin Bonny Peters in the Flora Spin group on Pattern Pastiche, The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s private online quilters’ forum. There, you can get answers to any questions you might have, share your progress, and see what others are doing. Finally make some pretty flowers for the mystery. This project started with the October 2019 issue and concludes in the February 2020 issue.

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Mini Button Flower
Made by Kandy C
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Mini Button Flower
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Woven Matchsticks
Made by Bonni F
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Mini Button Flower
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Apple Harvest
Made by Kathryn E
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Woven Matchsticks
Made by Jeanenne N
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Apple Harvest
Made by Cheryl D

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