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.
You can’t go wrong with this cute little quilt for the newest addition to the family. Caterpillar Pals by Rochelle Martin is quick and easy to make using strip-piecing and fast Flying Geese techniques, as well as fusible appliqué.
Rochelle used a permanent marker to add the caterpillar’s features. Follow her lead or appliqué the eyes and embroider the antennae, nose, and mouth. Whichever you choose, these little critters are sure to please!
I have been seeing chevrons all over the place. The ones that have really caught my eye are the ones with a small band of contrasting color between the larger sections of chevron. I also like bright rainbow colors. When I decided to draw up this table runner, I knew I wanted to combine the two and “Accented Chevrons” was born!
While there are many different ways to make chevrons, I envisioned them as flying geese units stacked on top of each other. After experimenting with different possibilities to make an accented chevron, I determined using the paper foundation piecing method would work the best. Once the pattern was made and the fat quarters selected, the runner went together quickly.
This runner was made using the bright rainbow solid fabrics I have come to love. But I can also see it as a monochromatic runner using a very dark color as the accent strip. Batiks would work well, as would some 1930’s reproduction prints for a softer palette. I can also imagine reds and greens for a holiday season runner. The combinations are up to you, just make sure your accent strip stands out from the larger chevron bands.
This month, 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 will be presented this month with a block 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 month’s issue. Subsequent issues will include the templates and specific directions for the block for that month.
I had a lovely visit this weekend with my best friend. As we visited about this subject and that, we eventually got around to quilting and to our horror stories. How could we have been so gullible?
There was the time that one of us (nobody is saying who) sank her life savings into some lovely silk batting. The local quilt shop owner told us to ‘be sure and wash it before using it’. Oh, my! It may have been true in the old days of quilting that batting needed to be washed, but it’s not always true now. Always check with the manufacturer of your batting!
Another time, one of us took her finished, hand-quilted queen-size quilt into the LQS to find binding fabric. Imagine the distress when the clerk said it wasn’t a real quilt because it wasn’t machine quilted! What?!
Compare that to this: the other of us took a machine-quilted quilt into a shop and was told it wasn’t a real quilt because it wasn’t hand-quilted. It’s enough to make you want to curl up in the dust bunny corner!
And while we’re on the subject (sort of), why can’t we simply accept a compliment? Why do we feel compelled to point out our mistakes whenever we receive a compliment on our work? Just smile and say “Thank you so much.” Those mistakes are only visible to you and quilt show judges.
Enjoy your quilting and start laughing at your mistakes. Five years is too long to hold on to anguish over some silk batting.
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.