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We introduce At the Cantina, a happy, bold appliqué BOM by Reeze Hanson from Morning Glory Designs. This project consists of seven blocks. Some of the blocks differ from each other only in color or size and some are triangular! The introduction and Block 1 was presented the June issue a a block will following each month through December 2015. The assembly and finishing directions will be presented in the January 2016 issue.
The sample quilt was made using Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman. You may wish to use the same fabrics or, you may wish to use prints, batiks, or fabrics from your stash in any combination that appeals to you.
The directions are for fusible appliqué with the templates arranged so you can print directly onto paper-backed fusible webbing sheets (or trace the applique motifs onto fusible yardage). Reeze finished the edges of the appliqué with a decorative edge-stitch applied by machine. If you prefer needle-turn appliqué, add 1/4″ to the templates and appliqué by hand or use an invisible or decorative machine stitch on the turned-under edges.
General directions, total yardage requirements, and the first block are included in this issue. Subsequent issues will include the templates and specific directions for the block for that month.
This month, we begin an adventurous BOM called Grandmother’s Legacy by Karen Saari. This BOM is a bit more challenging than those presented in the recent past and is intended for more advanced quilters. The blocks contain small pieces, some cut from templates and some with set-in seams. Very accurate cutting and piecing are required. So, if you like a little challenge, then this BOM is for you!
Karen Saari’s Grandmother’s Legacy BOM will appear in eight installments beginning this month with the Introduction, Fabric Requirements, and Step1. This BOM runs through February 2016.
Visit the link below to request a sneak peak and the first block!
Peppermints by Carol Dockery is an easy-peasy quilt to put together now for the holidays. The design features cool, crisp, pieced peppermint sticks alternating with a clean contrasting fabric, chosen to highlight the wrapped peppermint candy quilting motif.
The Half-Square Triangle units that make up the peppermint sticks are quick to make. Then, without the rush of the holidays hanging over your head, take some time to practice your free-hand machine quilting skills by quilting the peppermint candies in the wide sashing and border strips.
What a treat it would be to have this sweet quilt all ready to go when the holidays arrive.
Get a head start on your Christmas decorating with Isobel Meekins’ Wreath Tree Skirt. This tree skirt is the perfect size for a table-top tree or a medium-sized floor standing tree. Best of all, it’s a cinch to put together and the four happy wreaths surrounding the center add a little extra holiday cheer.
Leave yours intact so it can double as a table topper as Isobel did, or slit it between two wreaths and cut out the center to add binding and ties binding as illustrated at the end of this pattern.
Oh, my stars! There are plenty of stars in Star Gazing by Brenda Plaster. This quilt looks great in many different colorways. Here, Brenda uses cool blues and purples from the Batiks Paradise collection by Connecting Threads which work well for the winter season and can easily slip right into the spring. Try greens and golds for the fall or bright yellows and reds for the summer. Of course, it can also be made quite scrappy for any season!
With Picture This! by Mary Kay Davis, you can choose a brilliant focus fabric and use it to easily select colors for your coordinating fabrics. This pattern allows you to highlight the focus fabric, not only in the quilt’s center, but also as its second border, pulling the design together. The blocks surrounding the center provide a great opportunity to show off a second favorite print from the same fabric line or to fussy-cut specific motifs.
Don’t be afraid to go wild with color! This design can tame even the loudest prints.
I made one table runner in plain Amish colours and hand-quilted it with a random tulip motif. The second table runner I made in reproduction feed sack fabric and machine-quilted it. I love the fact that although they are the same pattern they look so very different.
I have included the instructions to make the individual stars. These can then be sashed and placed together as you fancy – 6 make a nice table runner or 4 with sashing would make a cushion.