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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting February 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.

Square Roots Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Whip up a trendy, all-cotton version of “Square Roots” like quilt tester Laura Boehnke did using fusible appliqué and the Wasabi collection from Timeless Treasures. A grid sewn with a flower decorative stitch repeats floral motifs from the 1-1/2"-wide-finished border. Laura used additional decorative stitches (blanket stitch and extra-wide zigzag) to attach each appliqué.

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Past and Present Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Need a baby shower gift in a hurry? Use the “Past and Present” instructions to make a baby quilt like quilt tester Laura Boehnke did with three fabric collections from AvLyn Inc. (Sweet Baby, The Owl & The Pussycat, and Not So Basic Black & White III). Laura fussy-cut setting squares from novelty-print fabrics, then alternated those with the quickly pieced blocks, making a baby quilt that couldn’t be easier. It’s one you can actually complete in a weekend!

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Bohemian Charm

Designers: Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth

From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Bohemian Charm Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

When she saw the variety of colors and values in Ro Gregg’s Sweet Bed of Roses collection for Northcott, quilt tester Laura Boehnke decided to do a study in contrast. The result? A romantic wall hanging whose four sizes of Churn Dash blocks are further differentiated by how much or how little their fabrics contrast. Laura added a 1-3/4"-wide-finished border to frame the piece.

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Heart To Heart

Designer: Tonee White

From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Heart To Heart

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Using eye-popping prints, plaids, and florals, quilt tester Laura Boehnke took “Heart to Heart” for a walk on the wild side. Fabrics are from the Play from Moe 3 collection by Jackie Shapiro for Windham Fabrics.

Laura’s version, which sets six of her favorite small blocks atop one large heart block, would make a great door decoration or seasonal flag.

Bright yellow rickrack sets off seams between each block and inside the border.

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Square Roots

Designer: Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip

From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Square Roots Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Whip up a trendy, all-cotton version of “Square Roots” like quilt tester Laura Boehnke did using fusible appliqué and the Wasabi collection from Timeless Treasures. A grid sewn with a flower decorative stitch repeats floral motifs from the 1-1/2"-wide-finished border. Laura used additional decorative stitches (blanket stitch and extra-wide zigzag) to attach each appliqué.

Click here to download a chart of materials needed to make this color option.

Windy By The Lake

Windy By The Lake
Designers: Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of FunQuilts
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Windy By The Lake Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Striped fabrics add another layer of complexity in quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s version of “Windy by the Lake.” By placing a stripe deliberately in the kite-shaped B pieces when cutting, Laura formed mesmerizing block centers. (All four edges will be on the bias, so be gentle when sewing.)

The design pops with a mix of Kaffe Fassett’s stripes and shot cottons (in these fabrics, one color of threads is the warp and another color is the weft, producing a solid fabric that looks different depending on the viewing angle) for Rowan by Westminster Fibers.

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Indigo and Gold

Designer: Jill Reid

From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Indigo and Gold Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s graphic rendition of “Indigo & Gold” puts a favored print front and center. She drew extra attention to the center block by positioning stripe fabrics in each block center so they’re pointing at the central block.

“Red, white, and blue combined with stars, stripes, and anchors are a classic nautical combination,” Laura says. Fabrics are from The Hamptons collection by sisters Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson for Moda Fabrics.

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Rolling Stones

Designer: Ann Hermes
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Rolling Stones Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke selected 100% silks in onyx, sapphire, burgundy, and gold from the Sleek and Silky line by Cosmopolitans for RJR Fabrics to make her version of “Rolling Stones.

“The solid fabric gives the quilt an Amish feel,” Laura says. “But at the same time, it’s very contemporary and modern.” If you’re having trouble sewing with silks or silky fabrics, consider fusing a very lightweight interfacing to the silk wrong side before cutting.

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Star Treatment

Designer: Laura Boehnke

From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Star Treatment Color Option

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

Using warm and cozy prints, stripes, and plaids from the Aunt Mable’s Mittens collection by Buggy Barn for Henry Glass Fabrics, designer and quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s square version exudes country charm.

“The quilt is the same width as the original, but I made it square instead of rectangular,” Laura says. “Instead of making Flying Geese units for the middle border, I sewed the triangle-squares back-to-back to make a sawtooth border. Then I made a pieced outer border with the leftover dark red fabrics.”

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Gone to Pieces

Quilt Collector: Kaye England
From American Patchwork and Quilting, February 2008

In this stunner, medium floral and geometric prints coordinate with solid-color cottons that were popular in the 1930s. Quilt collector Kaye England believes this vintage quilt is the work of a child around that time. “The stitching is irregular, and many of the blocks don’t fit together. Despite that—or maybe because of it—I love this quilt.” Although this quilt may not seem like child’s play today, Nine-Patch blocks are perfect for improving precision-piecing skills. With so much practice, you’ll be stitching exact 1/4" seams in no time.

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