Color Options and Web-Exclusive projects from American Patchwork & Quilting® February 2009
Reproduction prints let you re-create the look and feel of an antique quilt. Foundation piecing ensures accuracy and helps speed construction time.
History Repeated Color Option
Sawtooth Stars & Squares
Blend retro prints from the Groovy Geos collection for Timeless Treasures with solid black. When you're making a quilt with busy prints such as these, the use of a solid sashing fabric helps give the eye a place to rest between blocks.
Loves Me, Loves Me Knot
What looks like intricate curved piecing on this sweet throw isn't actually piecing, but rather curved appliqués layered atop an easy-to-make foundation block.
Loves Me, Loves Me Knot Color Option
Curved Appliqué Table Runner
Use fusible appliqué for a quick and easy version of Loves Me, Loves Me Knot. Each block features a print and coordinating solid from Granny's Treasures collection by Nancy Mahoney for P&B Textiles.
The cool colors and organic motifs of batiks give a contemporary throw a calming vibe. Horizontal rows of stitches flow like rivers across the quilt, adding to its serene feeling.
Zen Color Option
Simple Squares & Bars
Editor Jill Abeloe Mead made her version of Zen using Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons for Westminster Fabrics. "I was drawn to the simplicity of Zen, and the artful arrangement of the blocks was fun to experiment with," says Jill.
Even if you never played this two-jump-rope game in grade school, you'll enjoy pairing up the pieces for a happy-go-lucky quilt. Stars within stars and triangles within triangles play off each other for piecing fun.
Double Dutch Color Option
Four Corners Wall Hanging
Tone down the contrast in a 44"–square rendition of Double Dutch. Frame the blocks with a black print for the inner and outer borders. All fabrics are from Kim Diehl's Country Haven collection for Henry Glass & Co.
This simple beauty's colors pay homage to a cherished but worn antique quilt. The unexpected dark background perfectly sets off the machine-appliquéd pieces
done in soothing, soft colors.
Faded Rose Color Option
Big Block Throw
Bold botanical prints take the place of appliquéd blocks in this version of Faded Rose. The throw features two collections from FreeSpirit Fabrics-Prairie Gothic by
Jane Sassaman and Park Slope by Erin McMorris.
Editor Elizabeth Tisinger made yet another version and says, "The gentle curves
of the rose appliqués lend themselves to needle-turn appliqué, a technique I love for its portability."
So Many Snowballs
Snuggle up with snowballs? It's possible when they're Snowball blocks made of reproduction 1890s shirting fabrics.
So Many Snowballs Color Options
A cozy group of flannels from Bonnie Sullivan's Winter Wonderland collection and the Woolies collection, both for Maywood Studios, inspired quilt tester Laura Boehnke to make this 38-1/2"-square version of So Many Snowballs.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Spicy red and warm brown reproduction fabrics cut in angular shapes offer a distinctive look. Strip piecing and rotary cutting make quick work of the double-bed-size quilt.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg Color Option
Over the Moon Throw
Do you want to make a quilt as a baby shower gift, but have only a few days to get it done? In this version of Cinnamon & Nutmeg, the large diamonds are single pieces of fabric, rather than the pieced strips of the original. Use whimsical prints from the Over the Moon collection by David Carter Brown for Wilmington Prints to create a 45-1/2x56-1/2" child's quilt.
A dark background with subtle color shifts quietly supports a vivid center square set on point. Careful placement of triangle-squares highlights their diagonal seams.
Checkerboard Square Color Option
Wild Triangle-Squares Wall Hanging
Take Checkerboard Square on safari by using the Kalahari collection of Artisan Batiks by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Batiks in the center square have less contrast than the original, blending for a watercolor effect. To better showcase the fabric motifs, use 4" squares and triangle-squares and a 5"-wide-finished border to frame the piece.