As the seasons change and the leaves start turning, it’s time for the kids to head back to school. Even though we as quilters don’t often indulge in a summer break, there’s no reason we can’t take a page from our kids’ notebooks and use this seasonal opportunity to continue our education and learn more about our favorite hobby. Learning new sewing and design skills makes us more confident to deviate from written patterns, to trust our creative instincts and simply makes quilting more fun by offering more possibilities.

We work hard to find quilt patterns that are quick to make and fun to sew, but that doesn’t mean they have to be basic! We’ve included a number of patterns in this issue that are quite unique, and have useful skill-building lessons baked in that you can take and apply to all of your quiltmaking projects. Climbing Vine shows how interesting, unusual block layouts can result in a strikingly original quilt. Star Flight is easily adapted to any size, and includes specific instructions for altering patch sizes that you can apply to almost any pattern. Glimmer Glow includes a versatile and useful stitch-and-flip technique with strips. Archipelago is an example of how best to use striped fabric in a pattern to make it even more compelling.

There is a wide variety of great projects included in this issue, from attractive decorative pieces to big, queen-size bed quilts, all chosen with speed and style in mind. You can choose to make a pattern to learn something new, or you can choose something just for fun.

We want to make sure you have the best quilting experience possible! Is there anything we haven’t covered that we should? What kinds of projects would you like to see? Email us at with any questions, thoughts, photos or suggestions.

Gigi Khalsa, Associate Editor

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