Fabrics: Romatic Olde Charleston collection by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics
Put a classic twist on this modern pattern by using reproduction fabrics. Pinning carefully and stitching slowly, Laura completely machine-pieced Heart's Desire. She fussy-cut a stripe vine so it would continue uninterrupted to perfectly frame the lettering in the LOVE block.
For her wall-hanging version, quilt tester Laura Boehnke chose deep, rich batiks in inviting earth tones. She used the subtle shifts in the brown batik setting pieces to provide an interesting framework, concentrating medium-brown setting squares in the center of the quilt, creating a frame of darker brown setting squares, and ending with setting and corner triangles in a third brown batik.
Take Tone It Down from scrappy to just five fabrics for a cool blue wall hanging. Skinny chains of light, medium, and dark blue squares run through a cream marble background, mimicking the blue veins in the cream marble print.
Don't be afraid to put your own spin on this geometric pattern. Draw inspiration from the Southwest and transform the modern design into a comfortable throw. Our palette includes the myriad colors you would see in a Grand Canyon sunset.
Instead of appliqued blocks, feature a bold print in the corners of a jewel-tone throw. Orange and red prints in the Lone Star draw attention while the blue tone-on-tone background recedes, resulting in a quilt center that looks like a kaleidoscope.
Consider these beyond-the-basics stitches when you're ready to embellish a project. Get the first five 2014 issues to learn 10 embroidery stitches. A project in the December 2014 issue will incorporate the year's stitches.