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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting December 2010

We know you love the quilt projects that appear in American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. We took inspiration from projects in the magazine and created Web-exclusive versions, complete with full instructions.
  • Half & Half

    A single star block split diagonally by color is rotated to create an intricate design.

    Get the free quilt pattern here.

  • Half & Half Color Option

    Two-Tone Star Table Runner

    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke amped up the contrast in her version of Half & Half by using black and white batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics for a graphic, gift-worthy table runner. With block placement similar to the original, she created the illusion of diagonal stripes. A narrower (2-3/4” cut) middle border better matches the proportions of her smaller quilt.

    Go to the free table runner quilt pattern.

  • Half & Half Staff Color Option

    Pieced Pot Holder

    If someone on your gift list loves to cook, whip up a pot holder, such as the one staff writer Maria Charbonneaux made using the Joy Basket and Morning Call collections by Hoodie for Blank Quilting.

  • Box of Chocolates

    No matter which way you turn it, this quilt is full of surprises. Two alternating blocks create the illusion of squares set on point.

    Buy this quilt pattern here.


  • Box of Chocolates Color Option

    Squares and Stars Tabletop Quilt

    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke shows what Box of Chocolates looks like with border. She cut a 2-1/4"-wide border from a black print that accentuates the inner frames of the B blocks. While bold complementary orange and blue prints make the on-point pattern emerge, multicolor prints from the Enchanted Rainforest collection from Maywood Studio help tie everything together.

    Go to the free tabletop quilt pattern.

  • Box of Chocolates Staff Color Option

    Batik Table Runner

    An extra-long table runner is a thoughtful gift for a friend who loves to entertain. Design director Nancy Wiles alternated three A blocks and two B blocks made in batiks from the Ceylon and Taffy collections from Hoffman California Fabrics in a row to make a 60"-long topper.

  • It Takes Two

    We challenged mother-daughter duo Bonnie Olaveson & Camille Roskelley to explore the possibilities of their latest jointly designed fabric collection.

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  • It Takes Two Color Options

    Whimsical Windmills Quilt

    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke gives this windmill-style quilt a colorful spin with playful fabrics from Kathy York’s Urban Landscapes collection for Clothworks (left). She replaced the ivory sashing with a bold turquoise print for more defined rows. By alternating blue and yellow for the block backgrounds, she visually connected the Louisiana and triangle-square blocks.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

    Dutchman’s Puzzle Block

    A big-block design is perfect for showcasing novelty prints, such as the Calico Kitty collection from Timeless Treasures (right). To keep the quick-to-piece baby quilt from looking too busy, quilt tester Laura Boehnke paired the larger prints with small-scale florals and dots. As a nod to the original’s ample use of solid white, Laura used a light print for the background.

    Go to the free baby quilt pattern.

  • It Takes Two Staff Color Options

    Louisiana Block Canvas Prints

    Create easy artwork to match a recipient’s decor by mounting three Louisiana quilt blocks to pre-stretched canvases (left). Senior editor Elizabeth Tisinger used fabrics from the Oasis collection by Paintbrush Studio for Fabri-Quilt.


    Flying Geese Pillowcase

    Get in the giving spirit by making pillowcases for your favorite charity as part of our 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Senior editor Elizabeth Tisinger used fabrics from The Antiquity Collection for Michael Miller Fabrics (right). Visit to learn more about pillowcase construction and the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

  • Oak Leaf Medallion

    Surround a lush, autumnal motif with five intricate borders featuring Square-in-a-Square units, Album blocks, and skillfully cut stripes.

  • Oak Leaf Medallion Color Option

    Tropical Medallion Wall Hanging

    With two fewer borders, Oak Leaf Medallion still turns heads. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke lightened up the look with fabrics from the Paradise collection by Audrey Jeanne Roberts for Studio E Fabrics. For a quirky twist, she fussy-cut tropical birds from the outer border to showcase in Square-in-a-Square blocks in the middle border.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Oak Leaf Medallion Staff Color Option

    Medallion Throw Pillow

    While interactive editor Lisa Schumacher used a similar color palette as Laura for her appliquéd medallion, she turned her take on Oak Leaf Medallion into a large throw pillow to give as a gift. Fabrics are from the Felicity collection by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs.

  • Urban Amish

    Give a contemporary spin to a classic Double Nine-Patch block using solids and mottled fabrics in a limited color palette.

    Get this free quilt pattern here.


  • Urban Amish Color Option

    Holiday Double Nine-Patch Quilt

    Instead of solids and mottled fabrics, quilt tester Laura Boehnke used an array of small-scale prints from the Holidays At Home collection by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics to create Double Nine-Patch blocks for a scrappy-looking Urban Amish throw quilt. By adding a novelty bird print in some of the blocks, she subtly re-created the asymmetrical look of the original. Laura cut a stripe on the diagonal to create an inner border with plenty of movement.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Urban Amish Staff Color Option

    Double Nine-Patch Journal Cover

    A reusable fabric cover for a standard composition notebook is a gift that keeps on giving. For the journal cover, design director Nancy Wiles used Jennifer Paganelli’s Poodle collection for FreeSpirit to piece two Double Nine-Patch blocks, two setting triangles, and four corner triangles into a rectangle.

  • Country Garden

    Clusters of small squares and raw-edge appliqués form the centerpiece of a flower-patch-inspired quilt.

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    Lollipop Flowers Wall Hanging

    For a whimsical wall hanging, quilt tester Laura Boehnke pieced one middle border row of the original, sewed a pink print 13x33-1/2" rectangle to the top, then added four corner blocks. She made longer bias stems and embellished the lollipop-style blooms with rickrack and buttons. Fabrics are from the Berkshire collection by Jeannine Bach for Blue Hill Fabrics.

    Go to the free wall hanging quilt pattern.

  • Country Garden Staff Color Option

    Appliquéd Tea Towel

    For a quick gift, embellish a purchased tea towel with appliquéd flowers and hand embroidery in coordinating colors. Editor Jill Mead used Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons collection for the flower appliqués and cut a bottom border from his Ombre collection. Both Fassett collections are from Westminster Fabrics.

  • Happy Holidays

    Whimsical holly appliqués and prairie points in an array of prints give this festive table topper seasonal cheer.

    Get this free quilt pattern here.


  • Happy Holidays Color Options

    Assistant editor Jody Sanders and quilt tester Laura Boehnke demonstrate how Happy Holidays can take on two different looks.

    Autumn Prairie Points Table Topper

    Laura used the Harvest Reflections collection from Benartex for a decidedly autumn-inspired wall hanging (left) fit for a nature lover. The prairie points mimic the fern fronds in the predominant print.

    Go to the free Autumn Prairie Points Table Topper pattern.

    Reproduction-Print Table Topper

    Jody gathered fabrics from her stash of reproduction prints and skipped the prairie points and holly appliqués to create a scrappy quilt (right) with a multicolor palette that allows for year-round display.

    Go to the free Reproduction-Print Table Topper pattern.

  • Happy Holidays Staff Color Option

    Handmade Gift Bag


    Make the presentation as fun as what’s inside! Senior graphic designer Elizabeth Stumbo used the holly leaf patterns and a trio of buttons to add adorable appliqué to a lunch sack gift bag. Before sewing the bag lining to the outer body, she added prairie points between the layers to create festive fringe.

    Get this free pattern here.

  • Small Steps

    Take your time and utilize your stash to create an heirloom Courthouse Steps quilt from 1"-wide strips.

    Buy this quilt pattern here.


  • Small Steps Color Option

    Batik Courthouse Steps

    Small Steps is stunning made in purple batiks from the Artisan Batiks: Blossom 2, Elementals: Botanical, and Elementals: Lots of Dots collections by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman. For more striking contrast between blocks, quilt tester Laura Boehnke used dark strips for all sides of the B blocks. “I like how the resulting pattern resembles ikat,” she says.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Small Steps Staff Color Option

    Pincushion Cube

    Executive editor Jennifer Keltner created a supersize pincushion using fabrics from the Golden Afternoon collection from Connecting Threads. She joined the edges of four Courthouse Steps blocks, stopping and starting seams 1/4" from the corners, to make a tube. She added blocks to the open edges of the pieced tube, leaving an opening along a bottom edge, to make a cube. After turning the cube right side out, she added fiberfill and a pouch filled with crushed walnut shells for weight, then slip-stitched the opening closed.