Where We’re Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Have you seen the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting??  The is what the cover looks like.  This is the June 2020 issue.

Kelli and I are super excited about this issue because we have not only one but TWO quilts in the magazine….

This is Fun and Games…
You might remember around Christmas time I was playing with a box of leftovers and scraps a blog reader sent me.  I ended up creating this quilt with it.  Someone asked me how I picked yellow…I didn’t.  The leftover half square triangles were from the blog reader.  She picked yellow.

I had a great time making this quilt…It was really easy and lot of fun…and who doesn’t have enough scraps lying around to make this??

The next quilt is Happy Surprises.  This quilt some of you might remember.  Here it is….


Does it look familiar?  Well if you were reading the blog back in 2016, you might remember the quilt as the cover quilt for the American Patchwork and Quilting 2016 Calendar.

APQ 2016 Calendar Small (2)So yes..they are reprinting it for the magazine.  That was fun as we, like you, are able to revisit the quilt…and I’m betting some of you are seeing it for the first time.

In 2014 Kramer and I had gone to Oronoco, near Rochester Minnesota, for their big antique show called Gold Rush.  It’s always in August and if you like antiques, it’s the place to go…a little expensive, but great place.  Anyway, while I was there I took pictures of many of the quilts I saw.  I’m always looking for ideas.


I tried but can’t find the picture that inspired this quilt.  The original had a blue background.  The quilt was very ratty and was tied.

I looked and studied the picture once I got home and had trouble seeing the block as it isn’t a traditional square block.  It’s more of a rectangle block and it took Kelli to help me see that.

Here’s a picture of Ruby sitting on the quilt.  I dug around in my photos hoping I might find one of her on the quilt.

HappySurprise-2

See what I mean about the block being rectangular??  This was beyond my match calculations and Kelli had to figure out the match for it.  Once she showed me the block, I drew it all out..but the math, that was all Kelli.


At that point, Kelli and I submitted the quilt to American Patchwork and Quilting but we never heard anything back from them.  So when it came time to write our book, we decided we’d put the quilt in our book…..

But mid way through making all of the quilts for the book, American Patchwork and Quilting contacted us and asked if they could have the quilt for the cover of the calendar.  Of course we said yes…so then we were left scrambling to find another quilt for the book.  It was hectic there for a big but we figured it all out.

If all of that doesn’t convince you that you might need a copy of this magazine, check this out….Oh my I love it.

They did it in this colorway too.  YES, please.  Oh my, so pretty.


The other quilt that caught my eye is this one.


Trust me..there are other great projects in the book.

So for Kelli and I…another first.  It’s the first time we had two quilts published in the same magazine.  What an honor….as I always say, we love working with American Patchwork and Quilting.

21 thoughts on “Where We’re Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

  1. Dorothy

    I have pulled both from the newest issue to put i my to do list :-)
    Every time I see one of your quilts in a magazine, I pull it out and save

  2. Carla B.

    Super gigantic congratulations. And both quilts are so bright and beautiful. Just perfect for lifting spirits. Of course, my favorite is the one with Rosie gracing the quilt.

  3. Karen C

    Congratulations to you both for both quilts! They are both very happy quilts. They are on my list to make. It is nice to see some good news. Take care

  4. Judy in MO

    Both are great quilts, Jo. And what an honor to have two featured. I will look for this issue.

  5. Debbie B

    Congrats X2 to you both. I saw both of your quilts in the magazine and thought WOW, 2 quilts in one issue. Super excited for you both. Great quilts, too. Great job!

  6. Donna T

    Congratulations Jo and Kelli!!! Love both the quilts; so bright and happy during this time of uncertainty!

  7. Cindy F

    Congratulations to you and Kelli! Love both of these quilts and now will be on the lookout for the magazine the next time I make a grocery run!

  8. Libby in TN

    This is exciting! I started Happy Surprises based on he picture when it first came out, but I never figured out how it went together. I happened to get the box off the shelf this week to raid some of the fabrics. What a coincidence! Now I can work on it again!

  9. Colleen

    I was very happy to see your quilts. What an honor! I too have a section dedicated to your patterns in a notebook. Along with Bonnie Hunter of course.

  10. Sue

    I subscribe to APQ. It’s my favorite magazine. I remember when you and Kelly were arranging the blocks on the baby quilt. I loved it then. Will need to make it for sure.
    On a side note about magazines, Fons and Porter now owns Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, and McCall’s Quick Quilts, but they have let us subscribers know they will no longer publish McCall’s Quick Quilts. I really liked that one, too. Sad to see it go.

  11. Kim LeMere

    Congratulations on the publication of two quilts! I will go buy the magazine and check out that sweet baby quilt.

  12. JustGail

    I looked for the June issue when I made a supply run last Thursday, SO disappointed it wasn’t out in Tipton WM or grocery store. I probably won’t go again until next week, I hope there’s some left on the shelf if they receive it that is. This did give me a reason to go ahead and subscribe though! I like both quilts you and Kelli have in this issue…

  13. Lisa B

    My copy of AP&Q arrived in my mailbox on Saturday. I was so excited to have something to look forward to on Easter as I spent the day alone! Of course, with the quarantine going on I spend everyday alone. It was a thrill to see your two quilt’s in the magazine and I wondered why you had not mentioned it yet. I’m so happy for you and Kelly.

  14. susie Q

    No have not seen that issue. Have not been in a bookstore for over a month. BUT I have been in a grocery so will be looking there next week when I go…… fun to get your quilts and great that they will use my GO dies!!!!

  15. Angie in SoCal

    Is the issue out already? I love that circular one since I have a circular dining table. I’ll have to see if I can get it via B&N. Love your quilts too, especially the one with the sweetie demonstrating it. Congratulations!

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  17. Ann Marie Burton

    I was just looking at this last night! and delighted to see two quilts of yours in it. I’ve been going thru all my old quilt magazines, and every time I like a quilt, it’s one of yours!!

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