“Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic” by Nan Baker

We begin a new mystery quilt, Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic, by Nan Baker. Invoking the grandeur of the old world in a bold and beautiful setting and using a modern color palette, Nan has created a design that is sure to stand the test of time. You won’t want to pass up the opportunity to make this stunning quilt.

Nan’s grey, yellow, and black colors make a striking quilt. However, any three-color combination will work. The key is your choice for the mixed-color prints. Refer to the color key below for the fabrics she used and choose fabrics that will contrast similarly well.

Nan Baker’s Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic will appear in five installments from April 2015 through August 2015.

“Interlocking Squares” by Barbara Douglas

What’s black & white, and red all over?

Yes, I am showing my age with that old riddle, which really should read, “What’s black & white and read all over?”. Though we aren’t talking about a newspaper here, but my rendition of Interlocking Squares.

My choice of black, white, and red for this quilt is two-fold; I was looking for the drama that black, white, and red can have, as well as a bright and airy quilt.

These colors are my personal choices, but this quilt will look wonderful with the background in large ‘modern’ prints, with the squares accented with bold contrasting colors for the interlocking squares, or even a mottled darker background with ‘light’ interlocking squares and accent colors. If you choose to use very dark colors like I did, make sure you pre-wash your fabrics and test them for colorfastness to avoid disappointing color bleeding later on! – Barbara Douglas

“Hoody Sue and Bill”, by Chris Hammacott

The idea behind Hoody Sue and Bill, by Chris Hammacott, was to create a small quilt for a child’s first “proper” bed. I also wanted to update Sunbonnet Sue and Dungaree Bill, so I replaced the traditional frock and dungarees with a hoody top and denim skirt and jeans. I also made the colours brighter and more modern. I hope you agree that this is a quilt that could be well loved by any young boy or girl. I was tempted to add some bright coloured buttons, however the use of these is rather dependent on the age of the child.

For the skirts, jeans, arms, pockets, animals, and flower and heart highlights, I used denim fabric from a pair of thrift jeans. Do this, or use one of the new denim-look quilting cottons.

“Sweet Memories” by Brenda Plaster

Sweet Memories by Brenda Plaster is a great memory or theme quilt design, evoking the look of a collage of framed prints. Variation in the scale used for each image and the orientation of the images in Block B add interest.

This quilt was made for a family friend using images of their son, but this design would work equally well for any set of themed photos. What a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, or perhaps that once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

If you do not have the equipment to print your own photos on fabric, look for on-line resources that will take your photos and do it for you. You can also substitute a group of novelty prints for the photos.

“Stepping Stones” by Darci and Lacey Schipnewski

This month, our small project provides a little piecing challenge and the opportunity to play with color. Stepping Stones by Darci and Lacey Schipnewski is a great stash project, too! A mere 1/6 yd of colored fabric combined with a dark color makes each block.

Although the blocks are small, easy strip piecing is used to create the Rail units and the X units are made slightly oversized and trimmed for ease of construction.

Choose a strong dark color and a variety of subtle, earth-tone light colors as Darci and Lacey did to mimic real stepping stones. Or try black for the dark and bright jewel tones for lights to create a stained glass look.

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“Jewels of the Orient” by Barbara Chojnacki

If you’ve never worked with Oriental-style prints before, you may find that the combinations of colors are outside your comfort zone. Be bold and move ahead! Start with a multicolored focus fabric that “speaks to you” to set your color scheme, then pull colors out of that for your pieced triangles. – Barbara

Barbara Chojnacki’s Jewels of the Orient will appear in four installments beginning last month with the Introduction, Materials, and Part 1 and running through June 2015.

“Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic” by Nan Baker

This month, we begin a new mystery quilt, Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic, by Nan Baker. Invoking the grandeur of the old world in a bold and beautiful setting and using a modern color palette, Nan has created a design that is sure to stand the test of time. You won’t want to pass up the opportunity to make this stunning quilt. Nan’s grey, yellow, and black colors make a striking quilt. However, any three-color combination will work. The key is your choice for the mixed-color prints. Refer to the color key below for the fabrics she used and choose fabrics that will contrast similarly well.

Nan Baker’s Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic will appear in five installments from April 2015 through August 2015.

Be sure to join the Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic Mystery group on Pattern Pastiche, The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s online quilters’ forum. There, you can get answers to any questions you might have, share your progress, and see what others are doing. Don’t forget you can post pictures of in-progress and finished Earl Grey Diamond Mosaic Mystery quilts as well!

“Twisted” by Mary Kay Davis

This month, we present another striking design called Twisted by Mary Kay Davis. This is a terrific pattern for colorful, bold fabrics. Choose a bright and bold outer border and complementary fabrics for the blocks from the same fabric line. A stripe adds visual interest.

Don’t be intimidated by the templates! They make it easy to create precise blocks that will make piecing quick and easy.

Be sure to see her free-motion quilting book review in this issue of the magazine.

“Flower Pot Covers” by Anna Branch

What better way to welcome spring than with these lovely Flower Pot Covers by Anna Branch? These are fast and fun to make and we’re sure you already have plenty of fabric in your stash for this project. Once you’ve mastered making the darts, there will be no stopping you. These are addictive, so watch out! You can’t make just one!

A pot with a 4-1/2″ saucer fits nicely in these covers. Enlarge the template for larger pots. Make sure your pot doesn’t have drainage holes, or use a short saucer in the bottom to catch water.

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