Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting August 2009
Tranquil Water Color Option
Zigzag Baby Quilt
Flannels from Folk Tale Friends collection from Red Rooster Fabrics inspired a kid-friendly snuggler. This easy-to-piece quilt is perfect for a baby shower or children's birthday gift.
Set off a bevy of stars with richly colored, subtly pieced block backgrounds. Strip piecing combined with stitch-and-flip corners makes the construction easier than you might think.
Royal Order Color Option
Rail Fence & Stars
Reverse the placement of lights and darks, by using chocolate brown stars in pieced cream backgrounds from Mary's Chocolates by Mary Koval for Blank Quilting. A blue ombré inner border and red print stars in the sashing pick up flecks of blue and red sprinkled throughout many of the brown prints.
Four-Patch units in a Nine-Patch arrangement are the focus of this antique quilt. The unknown quiltmaker wisely chose to fold under and hand-stitch the outer edges—an easier finish than working binding around myriad points.
Uncommon Beauty Color Option
Prism-Edge Table Topper
Make a one-block table topper that has an intricate ice cream border. Using the Traditions of Redwork, Blackwork, Indigo collection by Henry Glass & Co. resulted in a graphic two-color quilt with just a hint of red.
One Fine Way
Appliquéing is easy with a fusible method and single flower block repeated nine times.
One Fine Way Color Option
Fast Flowers Appliqué
Need a faux headboard for a little girl’s twin bed? Make three blocks, arrange them in a horizontal row, and add borders to make a cute-as-can-be wall hanging that would look adorable above a bed. Fabrics are from the Juliana collection by Sue Zipkin for Clothworks.
Rhythm & Blues
Think the blocks in this quilt are set diagonally? Take a closer look and you’ll discover two simple block designs straight-set in a cleverly planned color arrangement.
Rhythm & Blues Color Option
1930s Inspired Table Topper
Give a new quilt old-fashioned appeal by combining 1930s prints from the Momma’s Apron Strings collection by RJR Fabrics and Hints of Prints 4 by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The light areas are great for showcasing quilting designs.
Polka dot, star, and toile flannels combine for a snuggly crib quilt. You can vary the kaleidoscope design depending on where you place your lights and darks.
Baby Talk Color Option
Big Print Wall Hanging
A bright and bold wall hanging mixes graphic prints from the Del Hi collection by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit. Turning two of the identical blocks 90 degrees (the upper right and lower left) creates the effect of a kaleidoscope that seems to shape-shift before your eyes.
Inspiration can come in the most unlikely of places. While on a quilt retreat, the designer of this stunning batik throw was captivated by the twists and turns of a tiled auditorium floor.
Tile Style Color Option
Easy Floral Wall Hanging
Sophisticated florals peek through a trellis of cream and green tone-on-tones in this wall hanging. The uneven weave in the Laurel Cottage collection by Marianne Elizabeth for Benartex gives the fabrics the look of linen. Look for a curvy quilting pattern to both echo the scrolls in some of the prints and reiterate the pieced green “circular” shapes.
Dot to Dot
Don’t be intimidated by appliqué! The gently curved edges of large circles makes this a simple-to-sew quilt.
Dot to Dot Color Option
Dinosaur Baby Quilt
In just a day you can stitch up this whimsical quilt for a budding paleontologist. A dash of black and white unify bright prints from Marble Mania by Patrick Lose and I Dig Dinos! by Lloyds & Barton, both for Timeless Treasures.
Steeped in Tradition
Give the classic Rail Fence block an exotic twist with an innovative teacup block and a scrappy array of Asian-inspired prints.
Steeped in Tradition Color Option
Asian-Inspired Wall Hanging
Plates and flatware are turned into graphic patterns in the Lizzy Dish collection by Elizabeth House for Andover Fabrics. Pair the funky fabrics, along with Dimples tone-on-tones, also from Andover, in this 34-1/2x40-1/2” wall hanging.