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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting® October 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.

Autumn Bliss

Enjoy the wonders of autumn year-round—without any raking. Appliqué wool oak leaves and acorns, and hand-quilt to create a stunning wall hanging.


Autumn Bliss Color Option

Autumn Appliqué Table Topper

The use of prints sets quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s version of Autumn Bliss apart from the original. “Don’t be afraid to choose a strong print or plaid as the appliqué foundation,” Laura says. Her appliqués, in the rich colors of the Farmhouse 2 collection by Buggy Barn for Henry Glass & Co., hold their own against a prominent gold-and-red homespun background. Laura machine-blanket-stitched around each fused appliqué with black thread for a folk art look.

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Combine color-saturated batiks into an easy-to-piece quilt you can complete in no time.

Fiesta Color Option

Frosty Flannel Throw

The warm and cozy flannels of the Frosty Friends collection from Laurie Godin combined with Ro Gregg’s Rock N’ Roll solids, all from Northcott, provide the perfect wintry mix for quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s smaller 49-block version of Fiesta.

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Scrap Happy

Do you have a stash of fabric scraps you’ve been wanting to use? Combine those seemingly disparate pieces into a stunning bed-size quilt that is a super stash-buster.

Scrap Happy Color Option

1930s Scrappy Wall Hanging

Collectors of 1930s prints may enjoy this smaller, more nostalgic version of Scrap Happy. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke selected reproduction prints from the Everything but the Kitchen Sink collection by RJR Fabrics.

For a fresh, fun twist, Laura used solid white sashing strips, then added black-and-white prints in the sashing squares, setting triangles, and border.

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Feels Like Fall

Mark autumn’s arrival with a scrappy wall hanging of Flying Geese and pieced pumpkins. It’s a great way to use up some of your stash.

Feels Like Fall Color Option

Harvest Table Topper

The warm colors in quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s 42-1/2"-square version of Feels Like Fall celebrate autumn’s bounty. Using Mary Koval’s Harvest fabrics for Blank Quilting, Laura replaced the pumpkin blocks with 10-1/2" squares cut from a cornucopia print. A border print fabric of fall fruits makes an ideal outer border.

“For a beautiful Thanksgiving table, think about placing this table topper on point then setting the table with earth-tone or deep purple dishes,” Laura says.

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Cottage Garden

Posies in full bloom, lush leaves, and tiny flower buds are appliquéd on a background of Irish Chain blocks. Pieced binding frames the table runner with a twist.

Cottage Garden Color Option

Pink Flower Table Topper

Are you new to appliqué and want to start out small before committing to a whole project? Take quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s lead and make this one-block table topper. Fabrics are from Robert Callaham’s Canterbury collection for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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Flying Solo

A triangle is the only shape needed to re-create the center of this vintage quilt. Points of the equilateral triangles will match up perfectly, making stitching a breeze.

Flying Solo Color Option

Easy Triangles Table Runner

Instead of varying the triangles in each row by lights and darks, quilt tester Laura Boehnke varied them by fabric type. Using the Colorweaves collection from Marcus Fabrics, Laura alternated between soft stripes and heathered solids.

“Although my interpretation of Flying Solo has a slightly modern look, the colors are so soft and liveable, I think many people could still imagine it in their homes,” Laura says.

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Reach for the Stars

Take on an intriguing challenge with this stunning Lone Star design. You will have triple the fun making various sizes of different stars to create a spectacular king-size-bed quilt.

Reach for the Stars Color Option

Americana Lone Star

The Antique Americana collection from RJR Fabrics steals the show in quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s version of Reach for the Stars. The two-color collage of vintage advertisements provides an unexpected background in the LeMoyne Star blocks and setting units. Abrupt changes from light prints to dark prints make this small Lone Star radiate. “To visually contain the star, I added a trio of borders,” Laura says.

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Tricks and Treats

Learn a few new techniques—easy, fusible appliqué and chain piecing—to make this bright and funky Halloween quilt come together quickly.

Tricks and Treats Color Option

Kids’ Strippy Quilt

Instead of using appliqué, quilt tester Laura Boehnke substituted prints from The Very Hungry Caterpillar collection by Eric Carle for Andover Fabrics.

“If you need to make a quick-and-easy quilt, use large-scale prints to fill big areas,” Laura says. “You can fussy-cut the prints to highlight graphic images.”

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Create the illusion of circles using only straight seams. In an updated version of the classic Pineapple block, rounds of strips are added in a variety of widths. Contrast in the color and scale of fabrics used creates a distinctive pattern.

Roundabout Color Option

One-Block Roundabout

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke worked from the inside out and framed a dynamic print from the Laguna collection for Timeless Treasures with coordinating prints and stripes. By making just one block and adding borders the same width as the original pattern, Laura created a 33-1/2"-square-finished version of Roundabout to use as a table topper or small wall hanging. For added interest, she pieced small stripe triangles before making them into border corners.

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