Quiltmaker January/February 2019

When the holiday hubbub is over, I find myself reflecting upon the past year while also dreaming of what 2019 has in store. 2018 held so many huge changes for me, including joining The Quilting Company and coming on as Editor of Quiltmaker. I am finally settling in to my new home, my new job, and happy that I got to spend time with my family over the holidays. It is finally starting to feel like I can take some time for me, which includes doing some quilting.

Quiltmaker January/February 2019

This issue is all about self-indulgence after the holidays. How do you like to treat yourself when you are quilting? Do you splurge on a beautiful thread, specialty fabric, or a new technique? Maybe you choose a design, project or block of the month that is just for you. Look for ways that our staff recharges their creative batteries in Self-Indulgences After the Holidays.

With this theme in mind, we filled this issue with projects that would make you want to sit down and sew for a while. From intricately pieced traditional patterns like Setting Sun by Peggy Gelbrich and Mountain Star by Kathryn Wagar Wright, to the very modern Prodigy by Karen Ackva, there is something for every style of quilter. With projects that include traditional piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, curved piecing and hand embroidery, we try to give you techniques that will stretch your quilting skills while having fun doing what you love.

Speaking of love, of course, we had to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Puppy Luv by Mary Hertle, Love is in the Air by Krisanne Watkins, and Bee Mine by Jen Daly are designs that are sure to inspire you to grab your pink and red fabrics and make something fun for your loved ones.

Don’t miss our newest edition in 2019–designer pages where you get to learn more about the designers behind the quilts. They might discuss design inspiration, tell you about their lives, or even share a studio tour.

I hope that you love this issue as much as we loved dreaming up the content within these pages. My wish for you is that 2019 will hold wonderful surprises, fantastic adventures with some wonderful, surprising adventures in your quilting too!

Tracy Mooney, Editor


Table of Contents

Quilts to Love

  • Love is in the Air:  Romantic fabrics and variable-sized stars make this quilt by Krisanne Watkins swoon-worthy
  • Bee Mine: With easy appliqué and a touch of embroidery, you will want to stitch up this lovely pillow by Jen Daly this afternoon
  • Puppy Luv intermediate: Paper pieced pups are ready to snuggle in this latest design by Mary Hertel


  • Did you catch the reference to 2009’s Cabin Fever on page 6 of this issue? Download the PDF!
  • Desert Caravan: Our snowbirds are off to the desert in the latest camper series quilt by Terri Vanden Bosch
  • Setting Sun: Gold, gray, and black shimmer like the sun in this classic quilt design
  • Mountain Star: Indulgent foundation piecing, an on-point design, and delicious quilting—need we say more?
  • Prodigy: Karen Ackva is back with a modern twist on a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks design
  • Dancing Pinwheels: An unusual layout for pinwheels in romantic fabrics creates a warm quilt that is surprisingly quick and easy to make
  • Feather Thy Nest: Hand embroidered vines surround a mama bird and her offspring while prairie points frame the scene

Pattern Pull-Out Section


  • Quilts We Love: Quilting Company designers share their favorite quilt designs
  • Self-Indulgences After the Holidays: When the holidays are over, what do you do to recharge your creative batteries? QM staff share how they splurge on their quilting


  • From the Editor
  • Sew to Speak
  • Find Your Inspiration
  • Submission Guidelines
  • Basic Lessons
  • Addicted to Scraps
  • Spotlight

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