Color Options and Web-Exclusive Projects from American Patchwork & Quilting June 2009
Curvy quilting softens the edges of the pieced flowers and leaves, fooling the eye into seeing them as curved rather than straight. Button-centered appliquéd flowers and an inner border of hourglass blocks give this quilt charm.
Summertime Blues Color Option
Transform the forget-me-nots of Summertime Blues into tropical blooms with bold fabrics. A black tone-on-tone background provides subtle movement, yet doesn't compete with the piecing or appliqué.
It's not always easy to find a quilt pattern that suits your guy's simple style. Here's a not-too-fussy way to show him you care.
My Guy Color Option
Pastel Strip Quilt
Swing into summer with a light and airy version of My Guy. The light setting rectangles and border are perfect areas to showcase quilting designs.
Remake a three-color 1940s quilt in your own patriotic prints or solids. Likely made for a member of the armed forces, the vintage quilt features hand quilting in a nautical anchor pattern.
Broken Log Cabins
To radically change the look of Anchors Away, quilt tester Laura Boehnke used romantic florals, stripes, and prints. "Stripes always make a nice frame and the roses in the outer border add a feminine flair," Laura says.
Embellish spinning pastel Pinwheel blocks with sweet details-rickrack, buttons, and just a touch of fusible appliqué.
Add depth to a two-color quilt by using a variety of prints. Multiple blue and white prints in medium and light hues provide a subtle scrappiness.
Pick & Choose
Fabric bits and pieces are everywhere in this quilt, including the sashing, borders, and binding. You'll love digging into your stash to come up with just the right mixture. The sashing may look complicated, but actually is simple-just combine fabric strips, then trim to fit.
Pick & Choose Color Option
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke's light and bright version of Pick & Choose showcases the Midwest Modern 2 collection by Amy Butler for Westminster. If you have darker colors in your stash, gather your friends for a fabric swap. By trading bits and pieces, you'll expand your stash without adding large pieces in colors you don't often use.
If you have an overflowing scrap basket, here's the perfect quilt to put those bits to use. Strip piecing makes it easy to assemble these blocks of tiny squares.
Checkerboard Charm Color Option
Checkerboard Heart Wall Hanging
By using deliberate color placement, quilt tester Laura Boehnke brought out the romance in her one-block version of Checkerboard Charm. She first drew the heart on graph paper, then surrounded it with radiating squares for a Trip Around the World effect.
Miter the corners of a scalloped border print, create a handful of Sawtooth Stars, and you'll enjoy a quilted version of a cheerful vintage tablecloth.
Americana Rose Color Option
Star Crib Quilt
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke worked from the outside in on her bright kid's quilt version of Americana Rose, using a vivid stripe as the starting point for choosing colors and fabrics. The result is an evening sky of bright stars.
At first glance this quilt looks more time-consuming than it actually is. What saves you time? The appliqué foundations aren't really pieced. Instead the designers used a "cheater" checkerboard print, needle-turning the floral motifs on top.
Faux Finish Color Option
Fused Garden Blooms
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke beautifully framed just one block in her table-topper version of Faux Finish. To mimic the look of hand appliqué in less time, she fused pieces in place, then machine-stitched around each piece with matching thread and a tiny zigzag.
Mix It Up
Mix and match 1930s prints in classic Jacob's Ladder blocks, then turn them about to create secondary 16-Patch designs.
Mix It Up Color Option
Stars at Dusk Table Runner
For her version of Mix It Up, quilt tester Laura Boehnke began with a monochromatic palette of browns from the Serenity collection by Daiwabo for Maywood Studio. Adding cool blue gave the table runner a serene feeling.
A Little Starstruck
Scraps of antique fabrics sparkle in a miniature star quilt. Re-create the petite table topper with reproduction prints.
A Little Starstruck Color Option
Little Sawtooth Stars
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke made a dramatic three-color version of A Little Starstruck. "I played with scale a bit by including both small and medium prints," Laura says.