Quiltmaker September/October 2018

Quiltmaker September/October 2018Fall is in the air, birds are flying south for the winter and we are all getting ready for cooler weather. While autumn is usually full of change, fall has brought a big change in my life this year and I am settling into my new role as editor. As a quilter of 27 years, I am thrilled to be part of a magazine with such a rich history and am honored to join the Quiltmaker team.

Get ready for Halloween with our cover quilt, Bitty Boo. Art Director Denise Starck designed more Bitty Blocks for this adorable quilt. Eleven staff members collaborated to create fun projects using these fun blocks.

We have a cornucopia of autumn-inspired quilts in this issue including Fall Migration and Morning Mist, which are inspired by the Flying Geese block. If you want to use up some of your fabric stash, look no further than Piccadilly Circus or Bonnie Hunter’s latest pattern, Right Way Round.

In addition to the patterns that you know and love, we often share profiles about the quilters that design our quilts. In this issue, we feature Judy Martin. If a Lone Star quilt is on your bucket list, you won’t want to miss her new design, Blue Corn Moon.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please email me at [email protected]. I would love to hear from you!

Tracy Mooney, Editor

Table of Contents

Pattern Pull Out Section

Flying Geese in Formation

  • Morning Mist: Pretty pieced blocks create a twirling design of stars in this design from Pam Boswell
  • Fall Migration: Make several sizes of geese fl y in every direction in a stunning new quilt from Terrie Peterson
  • Skyway: Tiny Flying Geese blocks snap into formation with perfect foundationpieced blocks
  • Chunky Chevrons: Sleek prints and a bold, graphic block combine in Karen Ackva’s modern throw

Let’s Get Scrappy

  • Bitty Boo: The latest Bitty Block quilt is ready for Halloween
  • Twirly Birds: Combine different sized pinwheels in a spectacular display of swirling color in this traditional style quilt
  • Right Way Round: Two alternating blocks create an intricate new pattern from Bonnie Hunter
  • Piccadilly Circus: Gather some festive scraps to make these fun, unique star blocks


  • Blue Corn Moon: The classic Lone Star design gets a fresh update using color gradations in Judy Martin’s showstopper
  • Spooky: We are seeing spiderwebs in this fun twist on the Dresden Plate by Diane Merritt


  • Judy Martin: Tradition Meets Innovation From her early roots to today, we learn the personal journey of this prolifi c quilter and how she fi nds inspiration
  • Quiltmaker’s Top Tips for Group Quilts Round Robin or block swap, we share our best tips for making your next group quilt a smashing success


  • From the Editor
  • Sew to Speak
  • Find Your Inspiration
  • Creative Spark
  • Schoolhouse Steps: Piecing and Cutting Bands for Lone Star Blocks
  • Schoolhouse Steps: Cutting Setting Triangles
  • Schoolhouse Steps: Fast Flying Geese
  • Basic Lessons
  • Submission Guidelines
  • Addicted to Scraps: Album Square
  • Spotlight

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