American Patchwork & Quilting April 2018
See the featured quilts and web-exclusive color options and projects from the American Patchwork & Quilting April 2018 issue -- our special 25th anniversary issue!
The April 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from February 6--April 3.
Storm at Sea Color Option
Quilt tester: Joanna Burgarino
Fabrics: Everything But the Kitchen Sink XIII collection by RJR Fabrics
"The secondary diamond pattern that forms when you join the Storm at Sea units really caught my eye, so I wanted to focus on that element when I adapted the pattern into a table runner," editor Joanna Burgarino says.
Designer: Kim Diehl
Originally appeared: October 2013
Churn Dash blocks and a stunning border surround an appliquéd center that uses a simple machine technique to mimic the look of hand appliqué.
Garden Medallion Color Option
Celebrate Spring Wall Hanging
Pair fusible appliqué with classic Churn Dash blocks in a wall quilt that beckons spring.
Paint by Number
Designer: Mabeth Oxenreider
Originally appeared: August 2007
Simple steps, straight-line stitching, and strip sets allow you to create a free-form watercolor effect.
Paint by Number Color Option
For a quilt that mimics ocean waves, select dozens of batiks in sea glass colors and combine them in a bargello design.
Railroad Crossing Color Option
A Modern Touch Throw
Solid fabrics in an uncommon color palette turn a foundation-pieced throw into a fresh addition to your decor.
Yo-Yo Rows Color Option
Quilt tester: Elizabeth Stumbo
Fabrics: All Stars Tent Stripe collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit
“The original quilt was extremely scrappy so it was a fun challenge to use a more controlled color placement to create a rainbow effect," art director Elizabeth Stumbo says. "Because I loved how the striped fabrics looked in the yo-yo’s, I decided to use the same striped fabrics to piece the binding.”
Tone it Down Color Option
Quilt tester: Monique Dillard
Fabrics: Crystals collection by P&B Textiles
"When viewed from a distance, tone-on-tone fabrics appear to be solid. As you get closer, you can see the prints,” quilt tester Monique Dillard says. “Using solid black really makes the colors pop."
Scattered Leaves Color Option
Quilt tester: Lindsay Mayland
Fabrics: Lagom collection by AGF Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics
"To take this pattern from a fall quilt to an everyday quilt, I skipped the pieced Maple Leaf units and instead used a bright burst of solid yellow for the block centers," audience insights manager Lindsay Mayland says. "An assorted group of black, gray, and white prints still gives a scrappy look but in a limited color palette."
Just Ducky Color Option
Quilt tester: Martha Gamm
Fabrics: Julia’s Garden collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott
"Instead of the duck appliqués, I fussy-cut a bouquet of flowers from a large-scale floral print," quilt tester Martha Gamm says. "The red and green ginghams and small florals add to the romantic feel of this version of Just Ducky."
Designer: Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios
Originally appeared: February 2009
The cool colors and organic motifs of batiks give a contemporary throw a calming vibe. Horizontal rows of stitches flow like rivers across the quilt, adding to its serene feeling.
Zen Color Option
Quilt tester: Jody Sanders
Fabrics: Farmhouse Living collection by Jeanne Horton for Windham Fabrics
"The juxtaposition of modern design and traditional fabrics has always intrigued me," group editor Jody Sanders says. "I used the same print for the small squares in each pieced block to give a sense of cohesiveness."
Originally appeared: October 2006
Gain experience setting in seams when re-creating an antique throw. It’s a great project for using the many fabric scraps you’ve saved.
Star Attraction Color Option
Star of the Table
Orange stars shine between gray hexagons in an asymmetrical table topper.