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American Patchwork & Quilting August 2015

See the featured quilts and web-exclusive color options and projects from the American Patchwork & Quilting August 2015 issue.

  • August 2015

    The August 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from June 2--August 4.

    Missed it? Order a digital issue here.

  • Family Ties

    For the mother-daughter design team of Bonnie and Camille, quilting is a family af fair that spans generations.

    See more pictures from their homes and sewing studios here.


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  • Picking Violets

    Designer: Nancy Rink

    Fabrics: Mill Works collection by Nancy Rink for Marcus Fabrics


    Pick out your favorite purple and burgundy prints and utilize a trio of techniques—stitch and flip, strip piecing, and hand appliqué—to construct a star and flower quilt.

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  • Picking Violets Color Option

    Nautical Stars

    Get on board the nautical trend with fabrics featuring sailboats, lighthouses, and seagulls in patriotic-looking star blocks that are perfect for summer.


    Get the free quilt pattern here.

  • By the Sea

    Designer: Mary Elizabeth Kinch

    Fabrics: Shot Cottons collection by Kaffe Fassett for Rowan Fabrics and the New Colourshott collection by Oakshott


    Memories of seagrass baskets and gentle beach days in South Carolina’s Low Country beget this wall hanging’s woven look. Rather than setting in seams, the designer used partial seams to create the illusion.

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  • By the Sea Color Option

    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

    Fabrics: Imperial Collection 11 by Robert Kaufman Fabrics


    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke transported her same-size version of By the Sea from the seashore to a nighttime garden. Amping up the contrast between the strip sets and the background changed the look from that of a woven basket to a wood-frame trellis. Light glinting off the metallic highlights in the Asian-inspired fabrics enhances the three-dimensional effect of the piecing.

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  • Color Cubes

    Designer: Rebecca Silbaugh of Ruby Blue Quilting Studio

    Fabrics: Bella Solids collection by Moda Fabrics


    Carefully chosen solids create the illusion of overlapping pieces.

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  • Color Cubes Color Option

    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

    Fabrics: Modern Muse collection by Stephanie Brandenburg and the Plaster of Paris collection, both for Frond Design Studios


    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used a rainbow of mottled fabrics in her color wheel-inspired version of Color Cubes. A black background contains the design within each block. While the painterly fabrics result in a less crisp look than if solids were used, Laura’s project is a gorgeous example of what else you can do with this design and still maintain the transparency.

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  • History Renewed

    Quilt collector and designer: Ann Hermes


    The strong X design in the Endless Squares block is graphic whether big—as in the featured antique throw—or small—as in the newly designed table topper. 

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  • History Renewed Color Option

    Flower Crossing

    For a fresh take on the classic Endless Squares block, use whimsical floral fabrics in pink and mint, and frame the quilt center with a large-scale floral.


    Get the free quilt pattern here.


  • Piece & Play

    Designer: Jean Wells

    Fabrics: Kona Cotton Solids collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics


    Designer Jean Wells teaches you how to expand your piecing horizons with a technique she calls slice-and-dice piecing, plus offers tips for playing with color!

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  • Modern Vintage

    Designers: Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms and Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way

    Fabrics: Daysail and Hello Darling collections by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics


    An antique block in feed sack-inspired fabrics looks fresh and fun on a crisp white background.

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  • Modern Vintage Color Option

    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

    Fabrics: Modern Country collection by Mary Elizabeth Kinch for Windham Fabrics


    Sweet prints with country flair make up quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s version of Modern Vintage. The wall hanging is a study in contrast, with some blocks having distinctive differences between the light and dark areas and others having only subtle differences. Laura added 1"- and 4"-wide finished borders to frame her vintage-looking blocks.

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  • Dream Tree

    Designer: Terri Westberg


    The sky is the limit on a hand-appliquéd version of a Tree of Life quilt. Its flora and fauna have shapes, sizes, and colors limited only by the imagination.

    See detail pictures of the applique and embroidery here.


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  • Dream Tree Color Option

    Safari Fun Panel Quilt

    Go wild! A jungle-inspired printed panel is the starting point for this adorable kids quilt.


    Get the free quilt pattern here.

  • Cartwheels

    Designer: Gudrun Erla of GE Designs

    Fabrics: Gudrun Erla used the Victory collection she designed for Red Rooster Fabrics and coordinating fabrics from her stash

    Exuberant pinwheels catapult across a throw that appears to be scattered with confetti.

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  • Cartwheels Color Option

    Warm Breeze

    Warm up to a quilt made with cozy flannels and featuring bright pinwheels blowing across the center. The black in the border tones down the bright squares.


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  • Make It Mini

    Quiltmakers: Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. and Cheryl Hadley

    Fabrics: Hollyhocks collection by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics


    For an easily changeable display, mount a short curtain rod on your wall and use clips to hang mini quilts.

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