Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting August 2011
Admire flowers in full bloom created by simply alternating pieced blocks.
Garden View Color Option
Pieced Garden Blooms Wall Quilt
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke took an elegant approach to Garden View and chose Asian-inspired prints with metallic gold highlights. Instead of blooming flowers, she pictured an elaborate gilt frame as she created the outer border. Fabrics in the 38-1/2"-square wall hanging are from the Winterbury collection for RJR Fabrics.
If you love to sew, let everyone know! Spool blocks and a foundation-pieced sewing machine make the perfect wall hanging for your creative space.
Stitcher's Studio Color Option
Sewing Spools Wall Quilt
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used warm country colors in her four-block version of Stitcher's Studio. Fabrics are from the Winsome collection by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass & Co. If you plan to display your version of this wall hanging in your sewing space, take color cues from that decor.
Weaving the Rails
Draw from a stash of strips or scraps to make a throw of woven-looking Rail Fence blocks. The trick is all in the positioning of lights and darks.Buy this quilt pattern here.
Weaving the Rails Color Option
Rail Fence Baby Quilt
While Weaving the Rails is a great stash buster, it's also ideal for showcasing any collection that contains a variety of light, medium, and dark prints. For her version, quilt tester Laura Boehnke made a playful crib quilt using Little Bear Counts by Linda Hohag and Bear Essentials collections, both from P&B Textiles.
Fresh New Attitude
Brace yourself for an unconventional way to appliqué: with contrasting hand stitches that are meant be seen and add to the fun!
Fresh New Attitude Color Option
Fusible Flowers Wall Quilt
If you prefer fusible appliqué, take cues from quilt tester Laura Boehnke. She whipped up a quicker version of Fresh New Attitude using fusible web, a small zigzag stitch, and thread that matched her darker prints, all part of the Camelot collection by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.
Envision meadow grasses rippling in the wind when arranging the strips of this head-turning and skill-building bargello quilt.Buy this quilt pattern here.
Rolling Prairie Color Option
Bargello Wall Quilt
Envision meadow grasses rippling in the wind when arranging the strips of this head-turning and skill-building bargello quilt.
Charming and Cheerful
Give your wardrobe an instant pick-me-up by crafting a pretty tote of hexagons from a charm pack of happy-go-lucky fabrics.
Charming and Cheerful Color Option
Instead of a bag, quilt tester Laura Boehnke made a patriotic table runner using the American Valor collection from Red Rooster Fabrics. To adapt the shape for a long and narrow table topper, she modified the pattern, subtracting a vertical row and adding borders. Three rows contain eight A hexagons and the remaining two rows each contain seven A hexagons and two B half hexagons.Go to the free table runner quilt pattern.
Though wildflowers are known to sprout anywhere, these Carolina Lilies are precisely planned. Unite pieced flowers with machine-appliquéd stems and leaves on a dainty doll quilt.
Sweet Carolina Color Option
Carolina Lily Tabletop Quilt
For a more subdued look, quilt tester Laura Boehnke remade Sweet Carolina in pastel prints from the Oasis collection by Three Sisters for Moda Fabrics. To put the focus on the center flower, she used low-contrast pastels for the remaining two. Two blue prints that have similar intensities downplay the impact of the triangle-square borders.
Wild Wild Web
Give foundation-pieced units a bold spin by weaving the spiderweb blocks in a vivacious palette.
Wild Wild Web Color Option
Circular Web Wall Quilt
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used just five prints in each block for this version of Wild Wild Web. By controlling the color palette and position of each of the prints, a kaleidoscope pattern magically appears. Fabrics are from the Nature Walk collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics.