Quiltmaker May/June 2018


Quiltmaker May/June 2018When I decided to learn to quilt I scoured books and magazines to find out which quilt blocks and techniques would be best for a beginner. I was quickly overwhelmed because I couldn’t decide which one would be best for me. It didn’t take long to figure out that making a sampler quilt might be the best choice. Samplers are the smorgasbord of the quilting world. You can practice making different blocks that give you lots of opportunities to try new techniques. From medallions to row quilts, samplers are the perfect playground for quilters.

We have a generous selection of sampler quilts in this issue —True North gives you a variety of techniques to try. Take a look at Blue Tango, Block Party, Home to Roost, Carnival and Friendly Farm for a range of sampler ideas, from traditional to modern settings. With a little planning, you can even take a block design from each of these projects to create your own sampler quilt design.

We also have a set of projects that feature handwork, with techniques near and dear to my heart. As we head into the warmer months it’s good to have a take-along project or two to keep us stitching as we visit friends and family. Hexed is perfect if you have always wanted to try English paper piecing. Bitty Baskets and Flora’s Garden Getaway are fun embroidery projects. Bloomin’ Botanicals is a pretty dose of applique.

Table of Contents



  • One Block At a Time: Two Centuries of Sampler Quilts Learn more about the rich and varied history of sampler quilts
  • Scarlet Sampler: A Labor of Love Diane Harris gives you a behind the scenes look at what it took to make this stunning quilt
  • Teaching “Miss Baby” to Stitch Wendy Sheppard’s thoughts on teaching the next generation the joy of needle and thread


  • From the Editor
  • Sew to Speak
  • Find Your Inspiration
  • Schoolhouse Steps: Bias Strips for Applique
  • Creative Spark
  • Schoolhouse Steps: Squaring Up Applique Blocks
  • Basic Lessons
  • Addicted to Scraps: Diamond Tile
  • Spotlight

Comments (10)

  • Donna S

    When and how can I order the digital copy of the May/June 2018 Quiltmaker. I live too far from everywhere to buy it in a store and I con’t want to subscribe.

    April 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    • Tiffany Warble

      The issue will be landing in our store shortly (both the digital and print versions)! It’s not quite available yet but should be very soon.


      April 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm
  • Beverly I

    just bought the digital copy but my computer wont let me download it. help

    April 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm
  • Judy K

    When will I be receiving the May/June issue?

    April 25, 2018 at 11:58 pm
  • penny c

    where is the web bonus of blooming botanicals i have purchased the magazine

    May 9, 2018 at 5:28 pm
  • Vicki C

    I have just subscribed and want to download the pattern for Diamond Tile by Bonnie Hunter. Help!

    June 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

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