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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting April 2008

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke creates a color option of at least four blocks for every quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. See her variations from this issue.

  • Shades of Spring

    Intricate, machine-quilted leaves and buds in muted greens and soft pinks give an easy-to-piece Lone Star throw a garden-fresh look.

     

  • Shades of Spring Color Option

    Asian Lonestar
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    The border blocks’ center squares and the large open spaces surrounding the center star beckoned quilt tester Laura Boehnke to showcase medium- to large-scale prints, like these Asian prints featuring cherry blossoms, koi, chrysanthemums, and dragonflies.

    To complement the larger prints, Laura selected tone-on-tones that have accents of metallic gold. Fabrics are a mix of the Peking Kids, Yoshiko, and Gilded Greenery collections, all from Blank Quilting.

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • Mountain Blossoms

    Designer: Cindy Blackberg
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Perfect for quilters who enjoy handwork, this table topper exudes an abundance of texture and warmth, celebrating a love for the beautiful seasons in the mountains.

  • Mountain Blossoms Color Option

    Blossom Wall Hanging
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Quilt tester, Laura Boehnke created this 18-1/2 wall hanging that features a blossom felted wool appliqué.

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • On a Roll

    Designer: Marti Michell
    Machine quilter: Harriett Fox
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Tempted by rolls of assorted 2-1⁄2"-wide fabric strips at your local quilt shop? Put a roll to good use stitching up this trendy table runner.

  • On a Roll Color Option

    Chevron Table Runner
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    This easy table runner design will take you through the whole year. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke made a version perfect for late summer or autumn using Sue Zipkin’s Mulberry collection and Lydia Quigley’s Remember Me line, both for Clothworks.

    “To keep the flow of color consistent in the zigzags on the table runner, I made sure to use more tone-on-tone fabrics for the diamonds and fewer multicolor or large prints,” Laura says. “Otherwise, the chevrons could be lost in the overall design.”

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • English Rose

    Designer: Susan McDermott 
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    A mix of chintz and prints in pinks and blues mingle on this subtle, intricate beauty. A splash of turquoise along one edge adds a note of unexpected mystery.

  • English Rose Color Option

    Stars and Geese
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Using the Killean fabric collection from RJR Fabrics, quilt tester Laura Boehnke created a wall hanging that would feel right at home in a study or library.

    By cutting some of the small setting squares from a plaid that’s actually printedon point, Laura avoided the challenge of cutting and sewing on the bias.

    Assemble this smaller version of “English Rose” in sections like the original quilt. You’ll sew three diagonal rows of inner star blocks and setting pieces together with two diagonal rows of outer star blocks and setting pieces.

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • Nantucket Stars

    Quilt Collector: Miriam Kujac
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    This 1860s quilt reveals its character in the block’s name—Old Maid’s Patience. Take your time with this set-in-seams treasure. It is worth the wait.

  • Nantucket Stars Color Option

    Four Star Wall Hanging
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Using the City Girl collection for Benartex, quilt tester Laura Boehnke put a modern, laid-back spin on “Nantucket Stars.”

    Instead of hand piecing, Laura machine-pieced her diamonds, carefully stitching from matching point to matching point.

    “I really like how some of the larger prints from this fabric collection look when they’re cut up into the small diamond pieces,” Laura says. A field of mottled pale green in the setting squares and triangles offers a wonderful place for elaborate quilting.

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • It's a Riot

    Designer: Mary Lou Weidman 
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    There are no rules for this unconventional piecing method, but the results are spectacular. Funky flowers grow from a potpourri of colorful prints.

  • It's a Riot Color Option

    Spring Flowers Wall Hanging 
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    For a toned-down version of “It’s a Riot!” quilt tester Laura Boehnke combined three LakeHouse Dry Goods fabric collections (Cherry Baby, Hydrangea Garden, and LakeHouse Library I).

    The pink-and-green stripe print left looks like tiny strips pieced together, resulting in an intricate-looking flowerpot.

    “When I started construction, Mary Lou’s piecing method was outside of my comfort zone,” Laura says, “but I had fun making these improvised flower blocks.”

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • Scrappy Squares

    Designer: Jill Reid
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    This throw appears to be vintage, but it’s not. Learn secrets for making antique-looking quilts from modern-day reproduction fabrics.

  • Scrappy Squares Color Option

    Rickrack Squares 
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Dots are still hot! And there are plenty in quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s crib-size rendition of “Scrappy Squares,” using fabrics from Pop Parade by Metro and Panzy Pazazz by Janet Broxon, both from 
    P&B Textiles.

    “I love to pair fun, contemporary fabrics with a traditional quilt pattern,” Laura says. “Strong contrast between the fabrics in each Square-in-a-Square block is the key to adding punch to the overall design.” 
    This 43"-square quilt is the perfect size for a toddler’s nap quilt or a great wall hanging.

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.

  • Two of a Kind

    Designer: Rachel Shelburne
    Quiltmaker: Darlene Zimmerman
    Machine quilter: Cindy Larson 
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    sing the same pattern reminiscent of a Card Trick block, a mother-and-daughter design team created two quilts that reflect their individual styles.

  • Two of a Kind Color Option

    African Inspired 
    Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
    From American Patchwork and Quilting, April 2008

    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke stacked the deck for an altogether different “Two of a Kind.”

    “The border print was my inspiration print to create this wall hanging,” Laura says. “Often, when I’m trying to decide on a color palette or mood for my quilts, I work from the outside in and begin by selecting a border fabric.

    “The occasional bright square in the quilt center adds just the right splash of color overall.”
    Fabrics are from Drums of Afrika by Sonie Ruffin, and Paint Box I and Paint Box II by Lonni Rossi, all from Andover Fabrics.

    Click here to download instructions and materials needed to make this quilt.