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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting October 2011

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.

All for Fall

Showcase everything autumn—from plaids and wool to pumpkins and acorns—on a quilt-as-you-sew wall hanging.

All for Fall Color Option

Spooky Pumpkins Wall Quilt

All for Fall gets a spooky twist when made in Halloween prints from the Eerie Alley collection by SEI for Robert Kaufman. To fashion a festive wall hanging, quilt tester Laura Boehnke re-created only the top portion of the design using fusible appliqué and surrounded it with a 5”-wide (finished) border.

Go to the free wall hanging quilt pattern.

Now and Later

Adapt the scrappy, brick-style design of this rainbow-hue quilt to suit the size of your recipient.

Now and Later Color Option

Rectangles and Squares Quilt

Rectangle units using prints from the Habitat collection by Michele D’Amore for Benartex and solid gray create a sophisticated quilt with color placement that “flows” from row to row.

Go to the free quilt pattern.

Star Formation

Enhance an orderly design of eight-pointed stars in diagonal rows by surrounding the stars with blue sashing.

Star Formation Color Option

Eight-Pointed Stars Wall Hanging

Bold and bright prints in the setting triangles and border draw attention to the perimeter of this playful, five-block wall hanging. Fabrics are from the Phoebe collection by Wendy Slotboom for In the Beginning Fabrics.

Go to the free wall hanging quilt pattern.

Thick and Thin

Color placement is key to achieving a graphic bar-and-brick design from rectangles in two sizes.


Thick and Thin Color Option

Stacked Strips Crib Quilt


Showcase fabric in a lap-size quilt by using large-scale prints for the wide rectangles and small- and medium-scale prints for the narrow rectangles. Contrasting prints are from the Silent Cinema collection by Jenean Morrison and solids are from the New Voile Solids collection, both from FreeSpirit.

Go to the free crib quilt pattern.

Follow the Curves

Two traditional blocks unite in a medallion-style design featuring foundation and curved piecing.

Follow the Curves Color Option

Bright Pickle Dish Wall Quilt

If reproduction prints aren't your style, brighten up the look with prints from the Lift Your Spirits collection by Wendy Bentley for Timeless Treasures. For her high-energy interpretation, quilt tester Laura Boehnke chose prints for the 12 Pickle Dish blocks and the four Lover’s Knot blocks that have contrast in both color and scale.

Go to the free quilt pattern.

Sew Small

At just 1-1/4" square, tiny triangle-squares are sure to turn heads. Intersperse Cheddar yellow among dark brown prints for a look that sparkles.

Sew Small Color Option

Little Blue Triangle-Squares

Make a table topper that’s perfect for pairing with fine china. Sixty-four tiny triangle-squares make up the quilt center. These fabrics are from Wedgewood collection by Windham Fabrics.

Go to the free table topper quilt pattern.

Bubble Runner

A combination of hand quilting and embroidery enhances playful circle appliqués on a quick-to-make table runner.

Bubble Runner Color Option

Fused Circles Table Runner

Fuse a Zen-like garden table runner using Asian prints from the Hanako’s Treasures collection by Hoffman California Fabrics.

Go to the free table runner quilt pattern.

Side Dish

Serve up a delightful asymmetrical quilt by wrapping a helping of Broken Dishes blocks with appliquéd and pieced borders on just two sides.

Side Dish Color Option

Broken Dishes Quilt

By swapping crisp solid white for the light floral, quilt tester Laura Boehnke made the Broken Dishes blocks pop in her smaller version of Side Dish. Instead of appliquéing the middle border, Laura selected a novelty print from the Alphabet Soup Girl collection from Riley Blake Designs that stands on its own. By mixing a novelty print with tone-on-tones and a small-scale floral in the outer border, Laura draws the viewer’s eye across the quilt top.

Go to the free wall hanging quilt pattern.


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