Where We are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Yahoo!!  I’m so excited to tell you about our latest quilt!  This is a long post and I have good news.  I teamed up with American Patchwork and Quilting AND Marcia and Suzie from Pine Needles Quilt and Sew to offer a kit for the project!!  YAHOO!!  Keep reading and I’ll tell you more.

This is Moment of Zen…

You might remember in August/September of last year I was scrambling trying to get this quilt together.

It was made with… Moda’s line Cider by Basic Gray.  It’s such a pretty line.  The picture below doesn’t really show that there is blue in the line but there is.  The quilt was made with only fabrics from the line.

I have a little story to tell you.  Kelli and I published our book in 2015.  Shortly after it all went to press we started to consider if we should write another book.  I was putting some designs together but we had no real plans.  One thing about presenting designs to a publisher is that you have to have 14 designs (or so) that all somehow have a theme…all from precuts, all vintage-inspired…something.

I started designing quilts with the hope that after we had a dozen or so designs, we could come up with a theme and I could design more quilts along that theme.

Well…this was one of our quilts.

I designed it with the fabric line called Persimmon in mind.  We both loved the line.

PERSIMMON - CHARM PACK by BasicGrey for Moda | Basic grey, Moda fabric quilts, Precut fabric squares
Kelli and I both decided that we weren’t going to write another book, and those designs all got set aside.

Fast forward six years and Moda comes out with the Cider fabric line.  I saw it and immediately told Kelli that I was going to pull that old design and submit it with the new fabric line.  Little did I know they were both designed by Basic Grey.

I think the design of the quilt looks great for either line.  So last fall I sat down with EQ and worked the design up there.  Previously I only used the program WORD.  I love that now I am using EQ and can actually use the fabric swatches to design the quilt.  It’s so much quicker.

So, if you’re looking for the pattern, you can find it in the April issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  If you have a mail subscription you might already have your copy, or it’s coming soon.  If you are looking for it on the newsstand, it hit the stands yesterday so pick yours up soon.

The quilt is home so I thought I’d take some pictures of my own…

I’m so in love with this quilt.

Deadline quilts are hard to savor for me.  I’m in a hurry to get them sewn and out the door that I don’t get much petting time or time to really appreciate them.

It was windy when I took the pictures.

Here is the machine quilting I did on it.

It is my Hook and Point Motif.  I did a video on how I do that motif.  Here it is.  Just click play to watch it.

I just love how these colors all blend.  What a great quilt to show the look of a fabric line…I know I’m biased, but don’t you agree??

Kelli and I do give away a few of the quilts we do for magazines but most we keep.
This one I’m adding the keeper list.  I’d rather pull a different one I’ve had in the stacks and keep this one.

I used a fabric from the line for binding.

The sun was starting to set when I took this picture…

When I made a fabric line quilt, I always pick my favorite print from the line for the backing…This was my favorite.

I have more news for you.  My friends Marcia and Suzie of Pine Needles Quilt and Sew in Rochester, MN have been working with me over the last few months to get quilt kits together so you can make your own version of this quilt.

Here’s what I know about the kits…

Marcia writes:
The Cider collection is modern, eclectic, and vintage all at once.  As far as fabrics go just does not get much better.  We at Pine Needles Quilt & Sew just love what Jo and Kelly have done with these yummy prints and grunge in a most amazing quilt!  Their quilt blocks using fabrics from Cider the likes of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Courtland to name a few, is reminiscent of the first frost.   The first frost meant the most delicious apples ever, among other things.  This collection and Jo & Kelli’s design brings back the best memories of family and friends spending time together.

You will surely enjoy this project and will love the completed quit for the best ever snugglesYou can get a complete kit including  HERE is the LINK to learn more about the kit and to get your own.

I’m so excited to be teaming up with Marcia and Suzie.

I’ve known Marcia for many years…Someday I’ll have to tell you that whole story.

Anyway…if you’re looking for the kit, snap one up soon.  Marcia and her daughter Suzie bought up as much fabric as they could so that they could cut kits.  I’d hate for any miss out on getting one.  It’s such a fun quilt!!  It was a real joy to make.

As much as do like to make truly scrappy quilts, I love working with a fabric line to and Basic Grey is by far one of my favorite designers!!  I loved Basic Grey back when I designed the first original quilt with the line Persimmon in mind and I still love it now.

As always, I’d love to see your finished quilt if you make one!!

Magazine photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. ©2021 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.


37 thoughts on “Where We are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting”

  1. Isn’t this block called “rolling stone”? Or a variation of that block? Congrats !! Seems to be your go to magazine for publication :-)

    1. It is a rolling stone block. YES, American Patchwork and Quilting is out go-to magazine. They treat designers the very best. We will soon start working more with Quilter’s World too.

    2. Beautiful quilt. Im looking forward to receiving my subscription copy that usually arrives two to three weeks after IG posts about new editions appear. Maybe longer with the post office slow down.

  2. I love the photo of your whole house with the quilt blowing in the wind. It would make a wonderful painting. And yes, the quilt is beautiful!

  3. A beautiful quilt made with beautiful fabric. I bought myself a charm pack but no yardage. There are so many patterns I would like to make.

  4. Beautiful! I’m a long-time subscriber of American Patchwork atand Quilting and just got my February issue a week ago. I sure hope the mail gets better soon so I get this issue in the mail soon! Can’t wait to start working on it.

  5. Love your tweaking and newly improved variation on your pattern. The quilt just shines with your quilting and fabric combinations. You and Kelly have the skill and drive to create true works of art. Just yesterday I was looking at older copies of American Patchwork and thought that the current issue should arrive “right now”. Maybe today!

  6. Margaret in North Texas

    Love the quilt and yes American Patchwork & Quilting is the best. I like Quilters World also. Good Luck on all future projects!

  7. Judith Fairchild

    I love how your quilt makes you hook and point quilting design shine. I like the pattern. Not so much the fabric. It’s all in our likes and plans. It mKes a great looking quilt.

  8. Another beautiful quilt and I also like the fabric line you used. I renewed my magazine subscription to American Patchwork just because you show up as a designer. I look forward to that issue getting here. I put a book mark in all your patterns and set them aside to review again and again, some I actually make, lol. I also have a copy of your book and one day I shall have you and Kelli sign it for me.

  9. I would like to order the kit but would also want to order backing fabric. Any chance you could tell me the size of the quilt?

    1. I just ordered the quilt kit and have the magazine. It requires 7 3/4 yards for backing fabric. (I ordered 8 to be safe my long arm person requires extra.) The finished quilt size is 84.5″ x 96.5″.

  10. Barbara Firesheets

    What a beautiful quilt! I am also looking forward to seeing the quilt you made with the “A Blooming Bunch” fabric designed by Maureen McCormick. Any idea when that quilt will be published and in which magazine?

  11. I just received my American Patchwork Quilting magazine and I was so excited to see your and Kelly’s quilt in the issue. I love this quilt! There is not a line from Basic Grey that I don’t like, I love them all! I’m going to have to check and see if I can get the kit. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  12. Like you, I love Basic Grey. The names of the fabrics, after apples, pies, and such, are so much fun, too! I just finished two UFO’s with their PB&J line from maybe 2013 (?). They are going to the long arm lady tomorrow afternoon, actually. Those PB&J fabrics also had such cute associated names, like a grunge called “fluffer nutter. ” Quick question: I also bought the “mini simple folded corners” ruler suggested by Pine Needle Quilt and Sew for use with your Zen quilt project. Do you have a tutorial or post anywhere on it…Just wondered.

  13. I saw a picture of the lovely quilt in the magazine AMERICAN PATCHWORK & QUILTING Issue 150 – February 2018
    Do you sell the pattern or know where I can buy that back issue?
    Thank you!

  14. I am curios to know how this cider line compares to the persimmon line as I am trying to locate some border pieces for a quilt using the persimmon line. Can you help at all? Thank you!

  15. Jennifer Green

    I am curios to know how this cider line compares to the persimmon line as I am trying to locate some border pieces for a quilt using the persimmon line. Can you help at all? Thank you!

    1. I believe they could work together. I didn’t have the persimmon line in my hands but of what I remember, pretty good. You can go to Moda’s online and see the old lines and the new lines. You can google them and put the pictures side by side to see what you think.

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  17. Times like this I wish I didn’t live in Australia!
    What a beautiful quilt! I love the design and the fabric range. I’m a lover of Basic Greys too.

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