COVER QUILT ALERT: Close Quarters in American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017) & Giveaway


Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  I just heard from the news that it will be a cold one for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.  Do bundle up and stay warm… and stay in Close Quarters.  *wink*

You see, that house quilt on the cover of the latest Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is named Close Quarters – and it is MINE! :)  I am so happy to make cover on American Patchwork & Quilting – my first by the way.  So, it is extra special.  Here are a few pictures I took when the quilt was still work-in-progress.




This quilt is a very different from my usual quilts in that it is constructed entirely with solids.  I used RJR Fabrics‘ Cotton Supreme solids to achieve an updated Amish look.  It is basically a one block wonder quilt.  All the houses are the same, made interesting by the different fabrics used.  Full instructions are published in American Patchwork & Quilting Jan/Feb 2017 issue.


Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I envisioned this quilt to be a home decor quilt.  I am so thrilled to see how Close Quarters was styled for photography by the amazing team at American Patchwork & Quilting.


Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Incidentally, I have also used RJR’s solid fabrics to make a mini house quilt.  Click here to read more about the mini, and where to find the instructions.


So you can see that RJR’s Cotton Supreme solids are my go-to solids! :)

GIVEAWAY: Between now and next Monday, leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I wish you a lovely day and week!!  Hugs to you all.


My 2016 Line-up

Note:  You may click here for the exhaustive list of my published work.

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 Calendar: In Your Corner

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 79): Little House on the Hill

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 80): My Heart At Home

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 82): Kissing Balls

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (March/April 2016): Constellation of Stars

Fons and Porter Love of Quilting (September/October 2016): Highland Stars

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2016): Estelle

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2016): Rainbow

Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts (Summer 2016): Pinwheel Parade

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2015/January 2016): Rows of Roses

McCall’s Quick Quilts (February/March 2016): Early Birds

McCall’s Quick Quilts (December 2016/January 2017): Domino

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2016): Sherbet Stars

McCall’s Quilting (November/December 2016): Winter Wind

Quiltmaker (May/June 2016): Lavender Love

Quiltmaker (July/August 2016): Dawnstar

Quilters Newsletter (April/May 2016): Tartan Links

Quilts and More (Summer 2016): Tutu Cute


Free-to-use Designs:

January: Heads Up Crib Quilt & Playmat (Quilting Treasures)

January: Big Love using Go Big or Go Home (Windham Fabrics)

January: Star Dust using Brittany (Benartex)

January: Wish You Were Here (Hoffman Fabrics)

January: Farfalle using Whisper (Windham Fabrics)

January: Tulips Quilt using Flower Pedals (Windham Fabrics)


82 thoughts on “COVER QUILT ALERT: Close Quarters in American Patchwork & Quilting (Jan/Feb 2017) & Giveaway

  1. since taking two of your annies courses i’ve been a great fan of yours, your work is always inspiring to see. thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I was so happy to see that you are a “cover girl”!! Love school house quilts. Enjoy the season with your family.

    • I really like posts just like this one. The battle is so big that no one business can be expected to tackle it without help. I try to visit your blog at least once a day or more so I am able to stay up to date with the latest news and trends. Pinterest professionals would agree.

  3. Oh my, congratulations on your “covergirl” house quilt. You continue to entice me with your “house” quilts. Making one is definitely on my bucket list. Now which one? I received my copy of American Patchwork & Quilting in the mail last week. Please do not include me in your giveaway. You continue to inspire :) Bundle up and stay warm :)

  4. I have always loved the house block! Your Verdi on is wonderfully fun. Although I’ve made the block several times I’ve haven’t used it yet for a full quilt.

  5. Good Morning Wendy and Congratulations on the brilliant cover quilt! I have recently been going through and organizing all of my fabrics. Quite a chore, just two more totes to go and I even managed to fill up 3 totes of donating fabrics. While I was folding and organizing, I discovered that my solids are down to almost null and void. How it happened without noticing is beyond me, but it is time to remedy the situation. Your spectacular house quilt is a great inspiration to order some fabrics on line and start this quilt! Thank you so much for sharing and the awesome give away! Have a fantastic creative day!

  6. Congratulations, Wendy, on being a “cover girl!” Though I’m not usually a fan of solids, I like this quilt a lot. I think the border is especially effective.

  7. Oh Wendy, your house quilts look great. The Amish with black background makes the colorful houses really pop, and I love your use of two solid tones for each house. It looks like a happy neighborhood! The sweet wallhanging in shades of blue shows off your beautiful quilting. I, too, love your wreath on the door … and the curtain detail. Thanks for sharing. Christmas blessings.

  8. Wonderful quilt and very deserving of a magazine cover. I have been starting a collection
    of solids — now I have your house quilt on my “must make it” list.

    • Really looking forward to seeing more of your articles. Who were your parents? I think they deserve a medal for a job well done. Your websites are suprising. How might someone more effectively communicate this idea to someone with an opposing point of view? I’ve been really distracted, to say the least.

  9. Congratulations on your first cover! I’m not a big fan of solids but I really like the look of this design in solids! I have to admit I’m partial to the blue house in the separate photo though! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us! (((hugs)))

  10. Congratulations on making the cover, Wendy! That’s a really neat quilt, so different than most of your others. I don’t think I’ve ever read this magazine, so it would be fun to win an issue and check it out.

  11. I live in northern Indiana near several Amish communities. Solid quilts are my favorite. Can’t wait to see the magazine and the directions. Love this look.

  12. I fall in love with every quilt you make! I’d love to win the magazine and maybe make the quilt. I think the mini is more my speed for right now, though. Thanks for the opportunity. Aren’t those Cotton Supreme fabrics so soft to the touch?

  13. I can’t believe this is your first cover – just love your quilts and quilting and they should be covers all the time. A ‘house’ quilt certainly needs to go on my list for next year.

  14. Your houses are so much fun! Love the border, too. I have an Amish-like sampler that I am struggling with the border. May have to see what something like yours would look like on it.

  15. So happy you made the cover–couldn’t happen to anyone more deserving. I’m amazed it hasn’t happened before! Since we will be moving to our first new house in a few months, seems like a house quilt would be appropriate…never thought we’d leave Colorado, but Florida here we come (we’ll live one house away from our grandkids!). Thanks again for all the inspiration and for the giveaway! We are over the moon excited because our son is in the Air Force and we’ve never lived close…our other son will only be six hours away, too!

  16. Cover Congratulations!!!! I love looking at solid color quilts but find myself reaching for prints that read as solid much eaiser.

  17. Congratulations on being on the cover!!! I absolutely love your quilt. I never thought of using just solids, it must have been fun doing this!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  18. Congratulations on your first cover quilt. It’s lovely! Your output of work amazes me. Wish I could produce just a tenth of what you do!

  19. Congrats on being the cover for American Patchwork and Quilting! Firsts are always worth celebrating! It is a very fun looking quilt. Stay warm, it’s even supposed to get to freezing in Houston! But then next week I think the temps go back up. Hugs!

  20. When I saw this cover quilt I was excited for TWO reasons: one is that it’s one of yours (congrats on making the cover — well deserved!) and second is that I have been planning to make some house quilts and have a stash of solids so I can add this one to my “To Do” list!

  21. I really like the border. The black and white adds the fence around the houses. Your color selection for the quilt is beautiful. Congratulations for your quilt being selected for the cover.

  22. I already have my magazine Wendy, so if I should happen to win,please select another number. I just wanted to congratulate you on having the cover quilt! It is a beautiful rendition of this traditional block. Your color selection is wonderful! Awesome! Merry Christmas!

  23. I’m late posting… I have the magazine, and your quilt is wonderful! I would never have picked it out of a lineup as yours because of the solids. We all need a detour out of our comfort zone… sometimes. Congratulations on the cover!!!

  24. WOW, what a prolific designer! I am glad I was able to see your site and signed up to learn from you. The schoolhouse/house image has always been a favorite of mine. I do like your colorway. I would love a copy of the or any magazine you are in. Thanks

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