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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting October 2012

We know you love the quilt projects that appear in American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. We took inspiration from projects in the magazine and created Web-exclusive versions, complete with full instructions as well as staff color options.

  • Maple Leaf Farm

    Designer: Bobbie Ashley


    Cultivate a trio of techniques--hand and machine appliqué and hand embroidery--on a throw that has a harvest theme.

    Get the free quilt pattern here.

  • Maple Leaf Farm Color Option

    Winter Wonderland

    Blue and green combine perfectly in quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s quilt. This color pairing--beyond traditional holiday colors--allows you to display your quilt longer so you can get more mileage out of your seasonal decor. Fabrics are from the Winter Menagerie collection by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Maple Leaf Farm Staff Color Option

    Sometimes busy prints can produce rich color rewards, as was the case in senior editor Elizabeth Beese’s version, which uses a collage print as its focal point. The variety of scale and colors in the main print belies the simplicity of the piecing in this elegant, easy throw. Fabrics are from the Explorer collection by Punch Studio for Hoffman California Fabrics.

  • Pixie Sticks

    Designer: Sandy Klop of American Jane Patterns

    Need a recipe for chevron success? Mix bright solids with a secret ingredient--a single print in several colorways. Sweet!

  • Pixie Sticks Color Option

    Retro Zigzags

    For her version quilt tester Laura Boehnke took a different slant, placing like fabric pieces in horizontal, rather than vertical, rows. She aimed for contrast in colors and patterns between rows, even when you had adjacent pink rows. Fabrics are from the Veranda collection by Verna Mosquera for FreeSpirit.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Pixie Sticks Staff Color Option

    Deliberate placement and minimal contrast were editor Jill Abeloe Mead’s color goals for her watercolor-inspired version. She used her design wall to plan the waves of color. The natural variations in batiks lend themselves well to blending colors effortlessly. Fabrics are from the Artisan Batiks: Dotty Dot roll-up (precut 21⁄2"-wide strips) by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

  • Back on Track

    Designer: Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.

    Head in the right direction by employing basic tools--an acrylic ruler in this case. Cutting corners simplifies the piecing of what appears to be a complex block.

  • Back on Track Color Option

    Designer Carrie Nelson so enjoyed making Back on Track that she created a second version with a few differences. In the original quilt, Carrie used a single background to unify the scrappy blocks. Because the second color palette was a bit more controlled, she opted to make the background and border scrappy instead. Carrie also added pink sashing squares and limited the sashing strips to browns and tans.

    After making blocks for the original quilt, Carrie decided she wanted the Xs to “float” inside the blocks so she gave each block a separate border of the background fabric.

  • Back on Track Color Option

    Crossing Paths

    Repeating a color in every phase of your quiltmaking provides continuity. For that reason, quilt tester Laura Boehnke used black print sashing in her version. Repeating the black print coordinates from the blocks unifies the quilt center overall, and the black in the paisley border print ties it all together. Fabrics are from the Vintage Vibe collection by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Crack the Code

    Designer: Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios

    It may be difficult to see at first glance, but a single block--alternating in light and dark colorways--forms the basis for a stunning quilt.

  • Crack the Code Color Option

    Tropical Twist

    Quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s version of Crack the Code emphasizes the sashing. Her choice of bright blue corrals the mix of vibrant batiks within each block of her color-infused quilt. Fabrics are from the Gumdrop Tonga Batiks collection from Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Crack the Code Staff Color Option

    Design director Nancy Wiles used her favorite print in multiple places on her single-block version. The repetition of a fabric in any quilt design helps unify the overall look. Fabrics are from the Bukhara collection from Dear Stella.

  • How Sweet It Is

    Designer: Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics

    A hint of appliqué, including scalloped “doilies” and three-dimensional buds, highlight a patchwork of pieced blocks.

  • How Sweet It Is Color Option

    Flower appliqués are most often rendered in realistic colors, but quilt tester Laura Boehnke didn’t let realism stop her from choosing a palette that better matches her decor. Laura’s decision to use a large-scale abstract print for the setting squares makes the resulting throw appear more intricate than it actually is.
    Fabrics are from the Earthtones collection by Norman Wyatt, Jr., for P&B Textiles.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • How Sweet It Is Staff Color Option

    In intern Ivy Christianson’s interpretation of How Sweet It Is, the stars recede and pinwheel centers pop around an hourglass square on point that forms where the four blocks come together. The faded look of the lighter prints minimizes the distinction between the pieces that form the background. Fabrics are from the Gentle Flowers Vintage Bloom collection from Quilt Gate.

  • Harvest Rows

    Designer: Betsy Chutchian


    Halloween hues and striped sashing set the tone for a scrappy quilt composed of vertical strips.

    Get the free quilt pattern here.

  • Harvest Rows Color Option

    Southwestern Plains

    Fussy-cutting and deliberate placement of a directional print, such as the stripe quilt tester Laura Boehnke used for the sashing of her version, directs your focus to the quilt center. Fabrics are from the Desert Dreams collection by Kensington Studio for Quilting Treasures.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Harvest Rows Staff Color Option

    Assistant editor Jody Sanders pulled from a stash of 1930s reproduction prints to make a straight-set interpretation of Harvest Rows. In addition to making four Big Dipper blocks (each one with four matching hourglass units rotated to form a pinwheel), Jody made five additional hourglass units--four for the border and one she trimmed to 2" square and used as a sashing square in the center of the quilt.

  • Under the Big Top

    Designer: Tamara Barfels of Daisy Ridge Quilting and Design


    Step right up and use a circus of colorful pieces to put on quite a show. It’s easier than it looks! Keep your curves smooth with a combination of fusible web and rickrack.

    Buy this quilt pattern here.

  • Under the Big Top Color Option

    Wheel of Fortune

    Tame the riot of color by narrowing the palette to just a couple of colors and adding a neutral, like in quilt tester Laura Boehnke’s quilt. With the addition of brown as a neutral to the green-and-blue palette, her single-block version does just that. Fabrics are from the Robin collection by Erin Ries and the Impressions Moire collection, both from Clothworks.

    Go to the free quilt pattern.

  • Under the Big Top Staff Color Option

    Executive editor Jennifer Keltner flipped the script for her monochromatic wool version, using a stripe for the background and tone-on-tones for the appliqués. She whipstitched each piece in place with matching-color threads so the stitching would show as little as possible.

  • Delightfully Frightful

    Designer: Lisa DeBee Schiller


    Add a whimsical touch to your decor with pillows more likely to charm your guests than spook them.

    Get the free pattern here.

  • Delightfully Frightful Color Option

    Ornate Floral Pillow

    For even quicker home decor, fussy-cut a beautiful large-print fabric to use in place of the center appliqué. If you can’t locate matching ribbon, use a strip of coordinating fabric (bias-cut so it won’t fray). Fabrics are from the Ruby collection from Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

    Go to the free pillow pattern.