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American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014

See the featured quilts and web-exclusive color options and projects from the American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014 issue.

Red, White & Oooh

Designers: Kelli Krammer and Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction

 

Like a spectacular fireworks display, stars pieced from an assorted of prints burst from the center of a patchwork throw.

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Stash Rx: Refill One

Designer Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio shares her remedy for common "problem" fabrics, offering advice for what may ail a quilter's stash!

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Did you miss the first Stash Rx story? Read it here.

June 2014 Favorite Finds

Quilter's Applique Caddy by Piece O' Cake Designs

$14.95; ctpub.com

Spool Block Template Stamps and Ink

$32 (stamp set), $8.25 (ink pag); cindyblackberg.com

Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo

$32 (book), $35 (kit); suespargo.com

June 2014 Favorite Finds Continued

Knockout Neutral by Pat Wys

$24.99; shopmartingale.com

Yoko Saito's Japanese Taupe Color Theory

$37.95; stitchpublications.com

Bernina Embroidery Software 7

visit bernina.com for retailers

Out of the Blue

Designer: Diane Nagle of Peddlecar Quilts

Fabrics: Maison Bleue collection by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics

 

With the addition of a clever sashing, a field of stars emerges from a serene Irish Chain background.

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Out of the Blue Color Option #1

Designer: Monique Dillard

Fabrics: Hannah collection by Fabri-Quilt

 

Swap the lights and darks for a pop-art version of Out of the Blue. Two primary motifs emerge depending on your viewpoint. Do you see dark four-petal flowers with a Four-Patch at the center? Or do the light four pointed stars comes to the forefort for you?

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Out of the Blue Color Option #2

Designer: Laura Boehnke

Fabrics: Valencia collection by Chong-a Hwang for Timeless Treasures Fabrics

 

Florals are perhaps the ultimate multicolor prints. A simple rule of thumb for combining other colors with a realistic floral print is this: mix in some leafy green. The hint of gold in the block centers frames the Four-Patch in each block.

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From the Ground Up

Designers: Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs

 

Learn the secrets to applique success layer by layer from the designers who built this quilt.

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From the Ground Up Color Option #1

Designer: Laura Boehnke

Fabrics: Left Bank collection by Michele D'Amore for Benartex

 

A switch to fusible machine applique turned this version of From the Ground Up into easy street. This quilt plays with fabric textures such as stripes, dots, florals, and damask prints.

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From the Ground Up Color Option #2

Cute and Cuddly Throw

Use plush fabrics to piece an easy throw that takes advantage of the 58" width of the fabrics—it’s the perfect easy-to-make gift!

 

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Regular Joe

Designers: Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio

 

It may look like an extraordinary labyrinth of patchwork rectangles, but the eclectic mix of prints on a solid earth-tone field is really three ordinary sets of rectangles repeated row after row.

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Regular Joe Color Option #1

Designer: Laura Boehnke

Fabrics: Artisan Batiks: Grove collection by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 

An all-batik Regular Joe echoes a vertical half of the original quilt. Though the rows are shorter, this quilt stays true to the shifting rows emerging from the pattern center, which makes the rows appear to be water rippling away from a shoreline.

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Regular Joe Color Option #2

Designer: Laura Boehnke

 

How do you keep one-color quilts from being ho-hum? When pulling fabrics for a monochromatic quilt, don't forget to pull all the shades of that hue. Not only do the vertical rows look like stairsteps, but each fabric appears to stairste across the width of the quilt as well.

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Regular Joe Color Option #3

Designer: Laura Boehnke

 

Conventional wisdom might lead you to think that brights must be paired with other brights. But adding a dull putty color to this mix provides two things: a resting point for the eye and a balance to the busyness of the bright.

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Regular Joe Color Option #4

Designer: Laura Boehnke

 

Retro prints bring pops of color against the neutral background. This quilt uses only the center portion of Regular Joe

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Perfect Harmony

Designer: Becky Cogan for Need'l Love

Fabrics: Villageware Toile and Itsy Bits collections by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics

 

Flying geese units set the stage for small, straight-set blocks that appear to be set on point in a classic black-and-white quilt.

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Perfect Harmony Color Option #1

Neutral Territory

Medium-tone reproduction prints sparkle in a table topper that’s perfect for any season.

 

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Perfect Harmony Color Option #2

Designer: Jen Flemmig

 

Batiks, wovens, and ikat, oh my! Mixing textures. batiks, wovens, and prints in a single project instantly ups the interest level of this quilt.

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Dream Machine

Designer: Gina Martin of Gina Martin Design

Fabrics: Sewing Box collection by Gina Martin Design for Moda Fabrics

 

With raw-edge fusible applique you can quickly assemble the perfect pillow for your sewing space.

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Dream Machine Color Option #1

Designer: Laura Boehnke

Fabrics: Home Is Where Your Story Begins collection by Jamie Fingal, Bliss Borders, and Confetti Celebration, all for Hoffman California Fabrics

 

Celebrate this hobby with a confetti-print background and a fussy-cut printed sentiment at the base.

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Dream Machine Color Option #2

Designer: Elizabeth Beese

Fabrics: Bordeaux and Sienna collection and the Paula Barnes Companions collection, both by Paula Barnes for Marcus Fabrics

 

Elizabeth made the sewing machine from black fabric and narrowed and slopes the machine's head to look like an old Featherweight.

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Count Your Lucky Stars

Quilt Collector: Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts

 

I wish I may, I wish I might, make this super scrap-lover's delight. In this antique quilt, patchwork stars flicker across a shirting field.

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Count Your Lucky Stars Color Option #1

Designer: Laura Boehnke

Fabrics: Artisan Shimmer collection by Northcott

 

Add some sparkle to Count Your Lucky Stars with a selection of bright pastel tone-on-tone prints that contain a hint of metallic.

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Count Your Lucky Stars Color Option #2

Peekaboo Patterns

Seemingly mismatched prints come together beautifully in this table topper. In the Pinwheel units, bright fabrics peek through a solid background.

 

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Pattern Play

Designer: Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics

Fabrics: Pure Elements collection by Art Gallery Fabrics

 

Pairing color after color with a two-tone background of gray and off-white is a solid idea! Use a braidlike method to make uneven chevrons.

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Pattern Play Color Option #1

Designer: Jen Flemmig

Fabrics: Lola collection by Dear Stella 

 

Gray has won its way into the hearts of interior deisngers. Are you unsure how to work gray into your home? How about with a fresh mix of blues and yellows?

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Pattern Play Color Option #2

Purple Play

Use a narrow color palette of two brights (purple and pink) and two neutrals (black and white) to produce a bold wall hanging.

 

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Spoolin' Around

Designer: Cindy Blackberg

 

Happiness is handmade. Stitch an homage to that sentiment with hand-pieced Spool blocks surrounding a hand-embroidered center.

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Spoolin' Around Color Option #1

Spools of Fun

For a standout addition to your sewing space, choose a novelty print for the wall hanging center and surround it with Spool blocks in bright prints.

 

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Spoolin' Around Color Option #2

Designer: Monique Dillard

 

The small scale of the pieces cut from a large-scael print is just right for this version of Spoolin' Around

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Red, White & Oooh

Designers: Kelli Krammer and Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction

 

Like a spectacular fireworks display, stars pieced from an assorted of prints burst from the center of a patchwork throw.

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Red, White & Oooh Color Option #1

Star Bright Wall Quilt

Punch up the color palette with a variety of fiery batiks. A shimmering star in the middle radiates red, yellow, and orange.

 

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Red, White & Oooh Color Option #2

Designer: Jill Mead

Fabrics: Kimberly's Garden collection from Fresh Water Designs for E.E. Schenck

 

A delightful white plus 1930s prints version might well be hiding something. If you focus your attention on the four white centers of what appear to be Square-in-a-Square blocks with 1930s print corners, it's easy to lose sight of the star formed in the four corners. 

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Stitches to Savor

Designer: Sue Spargo

 

Consider these beyond-the-basics stitches when you're ready to embellish a project. Get the first five 2014 issues to learn 10 embroidery stitches. A project in the December 2014 issue will incorporate the year's stitches.

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