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Large pillows are great for lounging, but they can also add a punch of color to any room. Use durable home decor fabrics, plush fabrics, or soft quilting cottons to make a the set of pillows.
Whip up an oh-so-sweet wall hanging showcasing a pair of cherry appliqués and a bushel of borders made from precut floral strips.
Bundles of Borders
Quilt tester Jan Ragaller used a packaged collection of 2-1/2"-wide strips in Mint Chip Bali Pop from Hoffman California Fabrics as the starting point for this take on Cherry Delight. She then chose a light batik for most 1-1/2"-wide strips, and a dark batik for the center rectangle, strips for positions 31 and 32, and binding.
Set your summer table with a 12-block runner that shows your patriotic flair. Reproduction fabrics in red, navy, and cream give the topper a hint of Americana.
Log Cabin Table Runner
Give Olde Glory year-round appeal. By using a color scheme of purple, green, and cream, designer Debbie Beaves stitched a season-spanning table runner that shows off her Dolce collection for RJR Fabrics.
Stretch your wardrobe possibilities with a side-tie tote. Its pieced back looks just as fashion-forward as the appliquéd front so you can carry it either way.
Patchwork Strips Tote Bag
For a new look, omit the appliqué and make a great print the feature of Double Up. You can streamline the patchwork prep time by using precut 2-1/2"-wide fabric strips for the remainder of this bag. Cut strips into squares and 4-1/2"-long segments, and you’re ready to sew.
Honor daybreak with a cheerful quilt made from two favorite blocks in punchy orange and playful teal.
Playful Patches Quilt
Need a splashy wall hanging or a kid-size quilt for a gift? Make nine blocks from Greet the Morning, add a plain border with contrasting binding, and you’re finished. Retro prints are from the Fandango collection for Henry Glass & Co.
Cut circles from precut squares, then raw-edge appliqué both shapes to white squares for a fun-to-sew quilt.
Circles and Squares Throw
Quilt tester Jan Ragaller chose a natural color linen look-alike from the Rouenneries collection by French General for Moda Fabrics to highlight sweet pink prints from the Giselle collection by Jessica Gonacha Swift for Red Rooster Fabrics in her version of the fast-to-sew Circle Around quilt.
Camouflage the cover of a plain-Jane spiral notebook with fabric scraps to make a noteworthy custom journal.
Turn a spiral-bound notebook into a carry-along piece of art when you stitch up a new cover. Jessica Levitt shows off more of her Timber collection for Windham Fabrics by layering and stitching these dressed-up, go-everywhere journals.
Perfect for the passionate needle artist, this pincushion fits on your wrist to go where you sew.
“Sunflowers can come in any hue, realistic or imaginary, when you make them,” says designer Roseann Meehan Kermes. Use the felted wool you have on hand. Roseann adds a poly-stuffed wool-felt circle (similar to a yo-yo) in lieu of a purchased button to this array of cheery pincushions.
Think you’ll make waves with a nautical-theme crib quilt? Our instructions for easy-to-piece sailboats and appliqué accents ensure smooth sailing.
Nautical Baby Quilt
Stitched in pink prints and rose polka dots, this version of Ships Ahoy! looks strictly feminine. Nautical-theme prints from the Baby Love collection by Susan Branch for RJR Fabrics feature the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin: ”Little boats should keep near shore.”
Customize congrats to graduates and other remarkable achievers with a favorite snapshot, a printable fabric sheet, and a fabric-covered pillow.
Congrats Appliqué Pillow
Snap a photo at their nuptials and present the new couple with a memento of the day. Designer Karen Montgomery incorporated her daughter and son-in-law’s wedding color scheme into her fabric selections to make this version of Photo Op for the couple’s first anniversary celebration.
Watch new shapes emerge when you cleverly arrange light and dark fabrics to create an optical illusion.
Perfectly Placed Triangles
To feature the Jelly Beans collection by Thimbleberries for RJR Fabrics, quilt tester Jan Ragaller used six assorted prints for this quilt. Using allover prints speeds up the cutting and sewing. “Select contrasting prints so the overall patterns are clearly visible,” Jan says.