Get Happy in American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar 2015


Hello Friends!  How are you doing in this post-Christmas week?  I am back to a rigid work schedule post-Christmas. Let’s see, I have been piecing, designing and pattern-writing since we got back from our Christmas vacation — and enjoying our Christmas still.  I am baking cookies again with Miss Baby tomorrow.

I showed you a couple of weeks ago my Migration quilt that is featured in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 2015 calendar.  Click here for more information on Migration.  Click here to purchase the calendar.


I had mentioned that I have another quilt (a star quilt!) featured in the same calendar… and here it is!


image source: Meredith Corporation

This is a scrappy star quilt, made with happy scraps from my stash – mostly leftovers (99.5%) from my magazine feature projects.  Looking at this quilt is like looking at all my magazine quilts coming together to be commemorated in one single quilt.  So, for me it is a very special quilt.



See these little squares in the block center?  They finish at 1″.  I used a little trick to chase away the wonkiness (at least most of it) when piecing multiple tiny patches.  Click here to read my tutorial.




Quilting was kept minimal.  I quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.



One thing worth mentioning is that I was very glad to be able to use a little piece of fabric I had leftover from my VERY FIRST quilt — see that carrots on green patch in the picture above?  Yeap, that’s the backing I used for my first quilt.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you will not only have a happy year in 2015, but a joyful one as well! Hugs to you all!

Now curious mind wants to know if you still have leftover fabric(s) from your first quilt.  Do tell!!!



My 2014 lineup to date — click on project names for more information on individual projects.

Editorial features:

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting (Calendar 2015): Migration

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 68): Stars Aligned

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 70): Pocketful of Daisies Welcome Banner

Fons & Porter Table Toppers Book (September 2014): Silver Maple

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Winter 2014): Hoppity Hop

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quick Quilts (August/September 2014): Owl Be Your Friend

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Popular Patchwork, UK (September 2014): A Mother’s Love

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Christmas Wreath Runner

Popular Patchwork, UK (December 2014): Yuletide Snowflakes

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

Landauer Publishing’s Recreating Antique Quilts (October 2014)

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

The Quilter (August/September 2014): Song of Praise

Free to use designs / PDF download:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

June: Santa’s Sleigh using Starry Night by RJR Fabrics

June: Learning is Fun by Quilting Treasures

August: Lovey Buggy using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Hot Little Dish (Wallhanging/Table Topper & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

August: Sweet Hearts using Luv Bugs by Benartex

August: Pagoda Paradise using Little Harajuku by Benartex

October: At the Pond using Leap Frog by Benartex

October: Expressions of Faith (Sofa Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Tablerunner) by Quilting Treasures

October: Expressions of Faith (Infant Quilts) by Quilting Treasures

November: Sunshine using Sunny Days/Sunny Bonnet Susie by Benartex

November: Sew Lovely using Made With Love by Benartex

22 thoughts on “Get Happy in American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar 2015

  1. Yes I do. It was a sampler with one light, one medium, and one dark fabric, along with muslin. I have a little of each from the 1980’s. I hang the quilt from time to time in my sewing room. I made it when you used scissors to cut, cardboard templates, and sandpaper to trace on so the fabric would not shift. Oh those were the days. ; )

  2. I love this! I love the hint, too. I do some piecing without pressing first, finger pressing only, and have realized the pieces are a little better. I also ordered this calendar, because of your designs, and can’t wait to get it! Thanks again, and best wishes for a great New Year!

    • I also have one of the blocks, and some of the fabrics from my first quilt, from 1989 or so. I have other fabrics I’ve kept for many years.

  3. Those 16 patch star blocks make a wonderful scrap quilt. It must have been fun recalling all of your pieces while working on it. I’m not sure I have fabrics from my first quilt, but I do have some from quilts I made in the early 70s – very dated indeed!!!

  4. Happy and Joyful New Year, Wendy. Your quilts look gorgeous! I do not have any more scraps from my first quilt. I’ve used them all. I do have a quilt that I gave my grandmother-in-law that used some of the scraps from my first quilt. But it was only my 4th quilt. The last piece, from my first quilt, I used was on a niece’s quilt.

  5. I do still have some little pieces of fabric from my first quilt, from 1999. It’s a sampler quilt in Christmas reds and greens.

  6. What a fun scrappy quilt–so happy and cheerful! Thankfully, I don’t have anything left from my first quilt made from blue and red dime store bandanas and a sheet for the back–lesson learned!

  7. Happy New Year Wendy and family. How is it that this year has gone so fast? I have so enjoyed your posts and corresponding with you!!

    Yes, I still have some of those scraps from the table runner class that I took. And…….I still use that table runner from the class that got me started!!

  8. How neat to have a quilt made from scraps from your other quilts, especially the first!

    Our post-Christmas week has been more low-key than last week, definitely needed. Until today, when I had to get a tooth pulled. :-/ But I am vegging tonight.

  9. Happy Healthy New Year to you-you are an inspiration and I love to see how you use your gifts-please keep sharing

  10. You absolutely and utterly blow my mind, Wendy, with your talent! WOW! I am even more proud of you than ever. Look at your accomplishments. You need to stand up and take a bow!

    And I love your quilts in that calendar. I am a nut for color, as you know, and these are stunning.

    Wishing you, Miss Baby, and your sweet husband all the best in 2015!

    I love you,

    Sheila :-)

    Oh, and I hope you will drop by and enter my giveaway for a tablescaping book. It is my favorite! xoxox

  11. I don’t have any scraps from my 1st quilt, because at that time I didn’t know we were “supposed” to save them and I threw them all away! Gasp! Can you imagine? I assure you, I haven’t done that since, and I now have a respectable stash of 2″ squares, 2 1/2″ squares, 5″ squares, etc that are begging to be used!

  12. Oh my golly, I love your delightful and cheerfully, colorful scrappy star quilt. I don’t think that I have scraps from my first quilting project. Just as well though, because they would be bits of kettle cloth ……..oh dear…… I do have scraps from my first “real” quilt, however. Thanks for your continued inspiration. Looking forward to even more in 2015.

  13. I love your quilt. Though truth be told I wouldn’t have even tried making it with the inside squares being so small but after reading your tutorial I think I’d give it a try. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • Well this is strange… this page was already running when I turned on my phone. Oh my gosh! A awesome article. But I’ve not been able to ignore a completely different kind of distraction over the last couple of days. When I browsed this article I can feel myself getting smarter. I have been following you for some time now and I really enjoy the improvements you have made to this website. Google experts would agree.

  14. The elderly lady I clean house for lost the patterns that came with her 2015 Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar. Where can I get or download a copy of the Kathy Holland’s July Red, White and Hue Patchwork Quilt?

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