See the featured quilts and web-exclusive color options and projects from the American Patchwork & Quilting December 2013 issue.
Use fabrics that have a watercolor look to give the geometric quilt pattern a softer appearance. In this wall hanging version of the snowflake became a stylized flower. A multicolor mottled print provides an interesting backdrop to the flower while still being calm enough to prevent visual overload from multiple busy prints.
Designer: Stephanie Prescott of A Quilter's Dream 
Fabrics: Java Batiks Macchiato collection by Stephanie Prescott of A Quilter's Dream for Galaxy Fabrics 
It's a lucky day when you can make two projects for the price of one! This pair of projects--a batik throw and coordinating table runner--features a variation on The Wishing Ring block. See the next slide for the table runner.
Rings of Color
Instead of two-color blocks, use three fabrics in each block in this version of Good Fortune to create interesting rings of color. Add a border to frame the mix of colors and patterns.
Pretty in Pastels
Tone-on-tone pastel prints result in a version of Star Patch that has less contrast than the original. Because this quilt used fewer fabrics than the original scrappy quilt, you can take advantage of strip-piecing to save a bit of time.
Lost Ship blocks rotated 180° form bright orange and orange-and-pink vessels swimming in a cream sea. A green print inner border provides an unexpected pop of cool color. The neutral background offers a great space for beautiful quilting.
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
Fabrics: Modern Noir and Ice collections, both by Red Rooster Studio for Red Rooster Fabrics 
For the leaves in a neutral-color, fusible-applique version of A Delightful Pairing, play up the differences in five fabrics. Some leaves are cut from fabric with texture, such as moire, crackle, and ikat. Fussy-cut a floral to create leaves that look like buds and cut around leaf motifs, positioning the veins down the center of the leaf appliques.
Designer: Kimberly Einmo 
Fabrics: Artisan Batiks collections by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics 
A bit of pre-planning and organization takes the guesswork out of strip-piecing the V units flying across this quilt. The bonus? No set-in seams!
An Icy Path
Imagine ice crystals on a winter night for this silver-and-blue version of Flight Plan. Fabrics enhanced with glitter make the wall hanging sparkly even more.
Gem of the Earth
Poinsettias transform into a multifaceted gem of Mother Nature when made in textures of rock, ground, and leaf. Frame one block with sashing and three borders to create a stellar focal point in a wall hanging.
Design: Angela Walters
Fabrics: Textures collection, including the Right Angles panel, by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics 
Rethink panel prints! Make the most of a panel's open space to showcase (or practice) machine quilting. Have no fear--we'll show you the stitches step-by-step.
Designer: Jill Reid
Cheddar is even better when paired with rich tomat reds and deep browns. Use the colorway to piece sweet, small baskets embellished with a bit of applique.
Designer: Laura Boehnke
Fabrics: Legacy collection by Helen Weinman for RJR Fabrics 
In this version of Cheddar Baskets, go for dark and dramatic with a fabric collection that pairs florals and a graphic black-and-cream print. Showcase fussy-cut bouquets in the setting triangles and replace the center block with a fussy-cut bouquet.