The cover of the July/August 2019 Quiltmaker magazineHot Off the Press!

Is there anything that says “Summer” quite like the Fourth of July? It seems everywhere you look, all you see is red, white, and blue, festive buntings adorning front porches, and of course, fireworks! We are feeling the heat at The Quilting Company. As we enjoy the long days of summer, why not grab a cool glass of lemonade while you sit back and soak up this ¡Caliente! issue with me.

No July issue would be complete without patriotic patterns to help you celebrate the 4th.

Our cover beauty, Rockets Red Glare by designer Karen Ackva, is a dynamic display of stars. Bright Stars is ablaze with 2399 glorious pieces by Air Force veteran, linguistic specialist, and author Carl Hentsch–learn more about him in his designer profile. If you are looking for a quick project, don’t miss Soaring Heights by Mary Hertel featuring dimensional stripes and a bald eagle.

Don’t miss our hot, modern minis: Tiny Towns by Amy Friend features a cool stylized Flying Geese block that is sure to get your creative wheels spinning. Radiant by Deb Gehringer will have you itching to hit your fabric stash to find ombre hues to create your own version.

Do you collect selvages like me?

If so, be sure to check out Jupiter’s Moons by Ellen Ault in which she displays her awesome collection of selvages–sorted by color, naturally. Read all about how Ellen has turned her art degree into a successful quilting career. And speaking of successful quilting careers, meet Airship Propeller designer and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Geraldine Wilkins in this issue as well.

Whether your style is traditional or modern, there is sure to be something that will inspire you in this issue. Happy 4th!

Happy Quilting!

In the July/August 2019 issue of Quiltmaker:

Patriotic Flare

  • Rockets Red Glare (intermediate) Stars twinkle in patriotic red, white, and blue
  • Soaring Heights (intermediate) An eagle soars over waving stripes in this design by Mary Hertel
  • Bright Stars (challenging) A symphony of red stars float on a white background in this design by Carl Hentsch

Heat Things Up

  • Tiny Town (easy) Stylized Flying Geese lined up to make houses in perfect rows
  • Glow Tiles (intermediate) Choose an array of solids to create the ombre effect of this dynamic quilt
  • Airship Propeller (easy) Two simple blocks —one pieced, one paper pieced—combined to create this striking quilt
  • Radiant (easy) Simple triangle squares and sharp fabric choices combine to make a stunning mini
  • Zoot Suit (easy) Flying Geese and patches create jumbo blocks for a striking quilt patterns
  • Park Avenue (intermediate) Nancy Mahoney is back again, this time with a pieced batik beauty
  • Jupiter’s Moons (intermediate) Grab your stash of selvages or strip piece your base in this scrap-busting quilt
  • Remembrance (intermediate) Revisiting a pattern from the past, this scrappy foundation pieced quilt is sure to please

Meet the Designers

  • Carl Hentsch
  • Geraldine Wilkins
  • Ellen Ault


  • Drive Your Domestic: From Doodle to Done Lori Kennedy shares tips for choosing the perfect batting
  • Rule Your Quilt Create fireworks with Angela Huffman as she walks you through rulerwork
  • Warm Colors, Cool Confidence Heat up or cool down your quilting design by using warm colors and cool colors with confidence

Pattern Pull-Out Section


  • From the Editor
  • Sew to Speak
  • Find Your Inspiration
  • Creative Spark
  • Basic Lessons
  • Addicted to Scraps

Pick up your copy of Quiltmaker today!

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