American Patchwork & Quilting December 2014
The December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is on sale from October 7--December 2.Missed it? Order a digital issue here.
A Quilter's Journey
Designer Jean Wells shares the path her quilting life has taken over the past 45 years.
By the Chimney with Care
Designer: Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
Fabrics: Into the Woods collection by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda Fabrics
Using one triangle template and simple quilting motifs, designer Vanessa created stockings with pieced fronts. They are perfect for containing small gifts or enhancing your seasonal decor.
Craft and Carry
Little Bit of Charm
Designer: Jennifer Black of Merry's Stitchins
Fabrics: Toweling Fabric and the following mini charm packs (precut 2-1⁄2" squares), all from Moda Fabrics: Miss Kate collection by Bonnie and Camille and Be Jolly collection by Deb Strain
Who hasn't been tempted by little packets of precut 2-1/2" squares? Designer Jennifer used them with just a bit of rickrack to embellish sweet tea towels.
Romancing the Blues
Romancing the Blues Color Option
Earn Your Stripes
Make your stripes look twice as nice: Use them as a border and in the blocks. To give your eyes a happy resting place, pair the stripes with colorful solids.
Poppies in Bloom
Poppies in Bloom Color Option
Serene Garden Path
Use a cool-color palette sprinkled with metallic highlights to create a calming floral wall hanging that is subtle yet ornate.
Set for the Season
Set for the Season Color Option
Pop of Poinsettia
Set a more neutral holiday table with a runner sporting a background of cream and black. A poinsettia adds a pop of red, creating a festive focal point.
Double Take Color Option
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
Fabrics: Wondertones collection for Blank Quilting
Consistent color placement of the A pieces creates a design where the hexagonal blocks are more apparent. When assembling, sew together three identical side units around a large C triangle. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke also took the challenge out of choosing which fabric works best for each large triangle by using the same fabric for all of them. While bringing simplicity to the forefront, this color option also lets the hexagons shine as brightly as the triangles.
Designer: Tina Lewis
An antique greeting card prompted a simple-to-sew seasonal pillow.
So Many Squares
So Many Squares Color Option
Batik Rainbow Wall Hanging
Use a breathtaking assortment of batiks in a Square-in-a-Square design. This wall hanging begins with warm colors in the center, then moves to cool colors around the outside for a final product that resembles a vibrant rainbow-color firework.
Create a Classic
Create a Classic Color Option
A Scrappy Romance
Fall in love with this wall hanging featuring pretty pastels and romantic florals. Scrappy 36-Patch blocks and strategic sashing jump off a cream quilt center.