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Quiltmaker: Kate Hardy
Quilt Name: color option for Pink Spring Fling, Quilt Lover’s Favorites, Vol. 6
A smattering of Square-in-a-Square blocks adds visual interest to a simple scrappy quilt that would make a great first big bed quilt. It measures 88x96". The plain fabric squares are 8", making the quilt fast to put together. The pieced blocks teach you the concept of piecing a block together to put it on point. This would be a good project to begin collecting fat quarters.

Quilt Designers: Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of FunQuilts
Quilt Name: Spice Market, American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2007
This stunningly simple throw was created using colors based on a blend of spices in Indian cooking. Simple rectangles are bordered with lattice, making it easier to cut and sew for the beginner quilter. The challenge comes in selecting the right blend of coordinating and contrasting fabric to give it zing! The color selection isn’t intimidating, though, as the designers have told you exactly how many fabrics to get in each color. If you spend time laying out each piece, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning quilt.

Quilt Designer: Pat Sloan
Quilt Name: Fly the Flag, Quilting Ideas, Spring 2004
A quickly pieced background with borders becomes the foundation for this fused-and-machine-appliqué flag. You can learn how to use your sewing machine to blanket-stitch or how to do this stitch by hand for a take-along project. Hang it on your door or from a small flag holder at your Fourth of July picnic!

Quilt Designer: Annie Lippincott
Quilt Name: Basket of Charm, Quilting Ideas, Spring 2004
A little bit of piecing and a little bit of appliqué add up to a wall hanging with plenty of old-fashioned appeal. Simple borders and no binding makes this the kind of project to practice your quilting skills. You’ll learn a new way of finishing a small quilt, how to tie a quilt, and how to use wool as your appliqué fabric. Of course, this project would be adorable appliquéd with cotton fabric. The choice is up to you. It’s perfect for late summer or fall!

Quilt Designer: Main Street Cotton Shop
Quilt Name: Christmas by Candlelight, Quilt Sampler, 1995
The best of both worlds, the Log Cabin block and Christmas are rolled into one charming seasonal wall hanging. Traditional piecing of the Log Cabin blocks and simple appliqué of the candle flame, holly, and berries combine to make this project a treasured gift and a splendid decoration. Begin construction early so you’ll have time to enjoy making it and not feel rushed.

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