American Patchwork & Quilting February 2015
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Creating a Happy Place
After years of adapting to make-do studios, quilt designer, author, and instructor Kimberly Einmo revels in her ultimate quilting space.
All Nestled In
Designer: Rose Ann Cook of Quilter's Emporium
Fabrics: Prairie Rose collection by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics
Piece a cozy throw one unit at a time. A touch of wool appliqué creates a peaceful wintertime scene.
All Nestled In Color Option
Fly by the Line
An airplane print and a diagonal stripe in an unexpected color palette results in a vibrant baby quilt. Straight line quilting and repeating the stripe in the binding provide fun finishing touches.
Piece & Play
Designer: Jean Wells
Fabrics: Kona Cotton Solids collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Jean Wells teaches you how to expand your piecing horizons with a new technique -- freehand curved piecing -- and shows you how to play with color.
Designer: Tina Lewis
Fabrics: Kona Cotton solids collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
After studying hundreds of Norwegian knitted sweaters, a designer creates a quilt that captures their essence. Triangle-squares, rectangles, and strips compose the "stitches" in this two-color beauty.
Sweater Weather Color Option
Designer: Laura Boehnke
Fabrics: Lily's Garden and Basically Patrick collections by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics
Take Sweater Weather into another season with spring colors. The arrow units become tulips in a field of grass in this wall hanging version. Laura fussy-cut a dot for some of the pieces in the block row and used a stripe to direct the eye toward the blocks, which take on the look of stars instead of snowflakes.
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Designer: Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane Designs
Rectangular blocks that look like paper lanterns are easily made with foundation piecing.
Lighten Up Color Option
Floating Water Lanterns
Watercolor prints sparkle against cool blue tones to create the impression of lanterns floating on a lake at night.
Ladies in Red
Designer: Annette Plog
Civil War Era fabrics look lovely in these blocks, which are a variation of a Lady of the Lake block. Set off the on-point blocks with setting triangles in a deep red print.
Ladies in Red Color Option
Squeeze of Lime
Solid black setting and corner triangles bring drama to a quilt center of light and medium prints. The teal inner border and a standout lime print add a fresh feeling to this wall hanging.
Designer: Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side
Fabrics: Modern Neutrals collection by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics
Neutrals and curved piecing pack a subtle punch, creating the appearance of a diagonal grid superimposed on one that is straight-set.
Layered Look Color Option
Color-rich jewel tones bring the circular shapes in this wall hanging to the forefront. The four identical button blocks prevent the multiple colors from being overwhelming.
Designer: Lisa DeBee Schiller
Use needle-turn appliqué and hand embroidery to craft a scrumptious wall hanging or table runner.
Place Setting Color Option
Designer: Laura Boehnke
Fabrics: Cooking Italiano collection by Sue Schlabach for Windham Fabrics
Frame the appliquéd center with a kitchen-theme novelty print as quilt tester Laura Boehnke did in her wall hanging version of Place Setting. She used fusible appliqué and finished each piece with a narrow satin stitch. In addition to using the original quilt's 5-1⁄2"-wide finished top and bottom borders, Laura added 1-1⁄2"-wide finished side borders.
Designer: Kimberly Einmo
Fabrics: Nuance Gradation Batiks collection by SewBatik
Ombré fabrics-cut and precisely placed-result in a throw that dazzles the senses.
Transitions Color Option
Brown squares separate color groupings of neutrals and light turquoise in a wall hanging that is a mirror image both horizontally and vertically.
Make It Mini
Quiltmakers: Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. and Cheryl Hadley
Fabrics: Aloha Girl collection by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics
Reduce the size of a block and see how the look changes. Here, the block from Ladies in Red is scaled down to make a spring table topper.