“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 this month with the Introduction, Materials, and Part 1 and running through June 2015.

National Quilting Day!

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“Hashtag Improv” by Nancy Noah

Hashtag Improv was designed with improvisational simplicity in mind for the piecing as well as providing a lot of “negative space” for machine quilting. The sample uses white for the background or negative space, but this table runner would also look great with a gray, dark blue, or another color that fits in with your décor.

The runner finishes at 15″ x 45″ before it is quilted. Heavy quilting will make it slightly smaller.

Nancy used a combination of books, magazines, and online sources for ideas and quilted the sections of Hashtag Improv with different quilting designs. What a great way to build your free-motion quilting skills!

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

“Tulip Trio” by Angele Comeau

Sometimes you just need a pretty, classic quilt for that special room. Tulip Trio, by Angele Comeau of Edmonton, Canada, is just that. Tall, graceful vases of happy tulips on white blocks are set on point and framed perfectly with lovely lavender sashing. This quilt’s generous size and 13″ drop, nicely fits a double or queen bed.

The large motifs make this the perfect project for those wishing to venture into appliqué. Angele’s version is hand appliquéd using a blanket stitch with the tulip highlights hand embroidered. If this is your first appliquéd quilt, try the fusible appliqué option included in the directions below.

Angele hand-quilted her version. However, the triangles within the setting triangles not only add interest, but also provide the perfect framing for straight-line quilting by machine, reducing the need to fill in large open areas with fancy quilting.

What a lovely way to welcome spring!

“Amish Homes” by Monique Dillard

If you think about it, Amish quilts may have been the first “modern” quilts. Their stunning use of color, simple, straight-forward design elements, and ample negative space certainly create the same crisp, clean look we are seeing in today’s modern quilt movement. As in the fashion industry, everything old is new again, with a few minor adjustments!

Monique Dillard certainly understands the cyclical nature of quilt styles and this month brings us Amish Homes, a project that uses traditional Amish colors to create a thoroughly modern-looking quilt!

Use the traditional black background, or go ahead and try this one with a white, neutral, or gray background to give it a more modern twist. Either way we think you’ll be thrilled with the results!

“Chololate Stars” BOM

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Chocolate Stars
70-1/2″ x 85″
designed by Sindy Rodenmayer
of FatCat Patterns

Sindy Rodenmayer’s Chocolate Stars is a beautiful quilt featuring 12 different pieced stars. The simple, four-color palette (plus the background neutral) makes it easy to customize this quilt to your liking. Consider hitting your stash and pulling together scraps in the colors you choose. Basic rotary cutting and piecing skills are required.

Chocolate Stars will be presented in thirteen installments exclusively in The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s email newsletter.

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March Editorial

This is one of those months. I never know what to wear. Will it be warm or snowing in the northern hemisphere? Waking up to snow-covered cars is not unusual, but neither is having a backyard picnic. Since March can’t make up its mind, I say we make up ours to have a special March project. It will brighten up the month.

We have four very colorful quilts in this issue. Let’s pick one and make it our own. I’m actually leaning towards Nancy Noah’s Hashtag Improv. What fun! There’s all that free space to use what I’ve learned in the book review of Free-Motion Quilting.

Then “Tulip Trio” designed by Angele Comeau catches my eye and I see all the hand appliqué I could do. I love hand appliqué. While I’m yearning for spring, perhaps a late season snowstorm would be lovely weather for appliqué.

Two more quilts with great use of color are Amish Houses by Monique Dillard and Pinwheels and Posies by Barbara Douglas. Well, it seems I can’t make up my mind! Maybe I can rock, paper, scissors a decision …

Whatever project you decide to work on this month, I hope it brings some wanted sunshine into your life.

Karen

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March Issue

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“Scrappy Bed Runner” by Joan Bassett

You’ll definitely use up some scraps this month making Joan Bassett’s Scrappy Bed Runner. How fun it will be to get your scrap bins and dig for the perfect set of colors!

Use the same fabric for each star or pull out several similar colors. Use a single fabric for the squares or pull out a bunch of beige tone-on-tone scraps. Mix and match leftover strips for the binding. You can even use up a variety of white-on-white print scraps for the background. The star centers and squares are also perfect for a fussy-cut novelty print!

Don’t put the scrap bins away until you’ve pieced together the backing too!

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