American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast

American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast

Welcome to the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast, a podcast aimed at making your quilting life more fun and creative, while connecting with quilters just like you. Join the staff of the magazines you love for a great episode filled with tips and tricks. Enjoy! Visit to see our complete podcast archives!


April 3, 2023 37 mins
Beth shares a brief history of Barn Quilt Trails. Elizabeth interviews Shelley Cavanna of Cora's Quilts and chats about her book, Barn Star Sampler, being re-released this spring. They also discuss her upcoming fabric line, Alpine Valley, and the inspiration behind it. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: Email us at A...
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Beth interviews Karla Gerome, Director of Education for The Grace Company. We chat all about what you want to consider when purchasing a longarm, some tips for choosing designs, and her advice for getting started. Then we have some tips for preparing your quilt for quilting (whether you’re sending it out to be quilted or quilting it yourself)!  For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: https://www.allpeoplequ...
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March 20, 2023 22 mins
We give our top tips for sewing baby quilts - from selecting the design to quilting ideas. Elizabeth shares a recent baby quilt she made and how she included the mother-to-be in the design process. The staff shares their spring sewing traditions. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: Email us at APQPodcast@...
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March 13, 2023 46 mins
This episode originally aired April 18, 2022. This time of year is a great time to wash and clean quilts in your home (especially since they've probably gotten a lot of use over the winter months) We share tips for spot-cleaning quilts, washing and drying quilts, and favorite products to prevent damage to your quilts during the cleaning process. We also chat with Heather Briggs from My Sew Quilty Life. For more resources from today...
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March 6, 2023 30 mins
Doris Brunnette and Beth Peterson attended QuiltCon in Atlanta at the end of February. They share some of the quilts they saw, the amazing fashions people were wearing, and chat about the challenge American Patchwork & Quilting sponsors. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: Email us at Learn...
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February 27, 2023 31 mins
We chat with Corinne Sovey of Corinne Sovey Design Studio. Corinne is a graphic designer by day and a pattern designer in her off hours. Her graphic design career inspires the bold, graphic shapes and bright colors she uses in her quilt patterns. Corinne likes to say she's not a fabric hoarder, but the curator of a small fabric museum. In her chat with Elizabeth, she shares her journey to becoming a quilter and pattern designer, gi...
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February 20, 2023 28 mins
Our staff shares tips that changed their quilting for the better! Plus, we share some great tips for storage from our readers and product picks from quilt designers. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: Email us at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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February 13, 2023 38 mins
On today's episode, our staff answers listener questions! We chat about product recommendations, binding preferences, how to clean quilts or deal with color migration, tips for squaring up a quilt, and more! For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: Email us at Learn more about your ad choices. ...
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February 6, 2023 53 mins
On this episode of the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our magazine! Staff members and past designers share their favorite moments of the magazine over the years.⁠ For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here: Email us at Learn more about your ad choice...
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We share ideas for how to make your sewing space a place that makes your heart sing, that lets you relax or feel energized as you walk into, and that helps you focus and get creative. We walk you through an exercise to gauge the energy in your space, then how to use your five senses to help create a space you love. We also share products we're obsessed with, ideas for feeling energized to tackle your UFOs, and tips for hand quiltin...
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January 23, 2023 40 mins
January is all about organization, finding storage solutions that work for you, and refreshing our spaces! On this episode, we share creative storage ideas that are both functional and cost-effective! We also talk about the benefits of binding by hand and by machine, share listener sewing tips, and give ideas for what to do when your blocks don't turn out the right size. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes he...
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January 16, 2023 53 mins
For something so small like scraps, storing them can actually be a big challenge if you don't have a method to organize them. And it's not a one-size-fits-all system. Scrap storage is very personal to the type of quilts you make, the space you have, and how you choose fabric. We share some basics of how to store scraps, so you can develop a system that works for you. We also chat with Marija Vujcic of Mara Quilt Designs about findi...
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January 9, 2023 25 mins
Often times the beginning of the year feels like a tug and pull in your sewing room. On one hand, you may have made a resolution to finish some of your older projects finally! On the other hand, there are so many fun quilt patterns being released and you can't wait to dive into a new project. We share tips for how to make progress on our UFOs while also finding time to start new projects. The editors also share things they're proud...
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January 2, 2023 56 mins
Happy New Year! January is a time when many people set goals for the year. Our staff shares their big quilty goals for 2023, including some bucket list items, finishing UFOs, and more. We also chat with Cathy Habermann of Hands On Design about her 20+ years in the needlework business. She also shares where she finds inspiration for her designs, how she finishes her cross-stitch designs into fun and functional items, and her favorit...
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December 26, 2022 24 mins
On this episode, we share ways to reflect on what you accomplished in your sewing space the past year. We also share details of our UFO Challenge, a story of a woman sewing blankets for others, and how handwork helps with stress. And we answer a listener question about fussy-cutting. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here:
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December 19, 2022 27 mins
Happy holidays to all our listeners! On this heartfelt episode, our staff shares their favorite handmade decor to display during the holidays, the handmade gifts they're giving (or hope to get) this year, a favorite holiday tradition, and how they make time to sew when things get busy. For more resources from today's show, visit the show notes here:
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December 12, 2022 40 mins
Holiday traditions are so fulfilling. They bring family and friends together, connect us with the past, and provide a sense of security when things in our life seen unstable. We share some ideas for starting a quilty tradition that those around you will cherish for years to come. We also chat with Jessica Plunkett of Maeberry Square, a talented quilter, quilt designer, and lecturer. She shares the meaningful way her relationships h...
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December 5, 2022 33 mins
We've all been there: we offer to make a gift for a friend or family member. And what could be a simple act of love becomes a mess of opinions and frustrations. We share some solutions on how to work with a picky quilt recipient to make sure you both love the final quilt. And also, how to approach gifting in the future to make it easier.We also share ideas for building your stash on a budget, 10 quilty gifts we love, and info on wa...
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November 28, 2022 33 mins
It's officially full-swing holiday shopping season. Whether you're shopping for other quilters in your life or still adding things to your own wish list, we have some suggestions for gifts quilters will love. We also give a variety of listener tips, give details of a staff quilt retreat we took at Prairie Pointe of Pella, and share stories of quilters making a difference in their communities. For more resources from today's show, v...
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November 21, 2022 30 mins
Happy Thanksgiving week to those who celebrate it! Counting our blessings actually has great health benefits. Feeling grateful increases our dopamine and serotonin levels, which are the feel-good hormones, and reduces cortisol which causes stress. And it can also help us be more patient, sleep better, boost our immune system, and strengthen our relationships. In this episode, we share four ways to infuse your sewing time with more ...
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