“The Well Wishers” by Lisa Bowles

This month we are so fortunate to be able to bring you one of Lisa Bowles’ fabulous designs. The Well Wishers is a combination of sophistication with a touch of whimsy delivered in an updated primitive style. Imagine this lovely piece hanging over an entryway or fireplace, draped across the back of a couch, or gracing a lovely table. Wherever you might use it, it’s sure to draw many compliments.

Like most of her designs, anything goes with respect to materials, so spread your wings and try mixing flat cottons and batiks with flannels or wools to achieve the look you want. Lisa used a white Osnaburg for the background and mixed in wools and batiks to give her sample wonderful texture. She used fusible appliqué, but turned-edge appliqué would also work well. Notice that when Lisa uses wools, she often secures the pieces with a straight-stitch just inside the outer edges reserving the more time-consuming decorative or hem-stitching for fabrics that require a more secure edge. Substitute tiny yo-yos or buttons for the berries and raven eyes if you like.

“Penny Rug Ornaments” by Cindy Mccoy

Get ready for holiday decorating with Cindy’s Penny Rug Ornaments. We’re offering an assortment of six this year, from very easy to slightly more challenging, making this a great project to do with the kids! You can find the original four ornaments in our November 2013 issue.

Traditional penny rugs are made from felted wool and assembled with a simple buttonhole stitch in black. Make your ornaments that way or experiment with other fabrics and appliqué techniques! Don’t shy away from embellishing your ornaments with beads, buttons, lace, or other trims.

“The Cross Quilt” by Isobel Meekins

The Cross Quilt by Isobel Meekins is the perfect holiday gift for your favorite cleric or devotee.

Easy corner triangle and half-square triangle techniques make this stunning quilt a snap to make. Color choice is easy. Stick with near-solid or densely-patterned prints to maintain the bold design elements. Although the individual units are easy to make, Isobel strongly encourages you to label all your pieces and units as you make them to facilitate frustration-free assembly.

“Gift Wrapped II” by Pamela Avara

As promised last month, here is a smaller table runner version of the hugely popular Gift Wrapped. If you are looking for the perfect addition to your Christmas decór or a quick last-minute hostess gift? Pamela Avara’s Gift Wrapped II table runner is just for you.

Try some pastels for a baby shower or gold and silver on gray for a lovely bridal shower version.

Pamela’s directions are easy to follow. Use the quick quarter- and half-square triangle techniques she describes and follow her pressing directions, and this project will go together in a snap.

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“Cardinal Points” by Pamela Avara

We begin a new mystery quilt, Cardinal Points, by Pamela Avara. Using just three colors, Pamela has created a stunning quilt that you will treasure for years to come.

This mystery is a little more challenging than our last one.

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“Pinwheeling” by Joan Bassett

Joan Bassett is the master of fast, fun projects that really get your creative juices going! She’s done it again with Pinwheeling, a very versatile pattern adaptable to any season.

Joan’s sample is done in sophisticated sage greens suitable for the fall or Christmas season. Try it in black and gold to ring in the New Year or icy blue and silver as a nod to the winter still to come in the Northern Hemisphere.

“Gift Wrapped” by Pamela Avara

Next month, we’ll present a lovely table runner by Pamela Avara called Gift Wrapped II. This month, for Gift Wrapped, we’ll take Pamela’s fantastic gift block and pair it with an additional block to create a stunning lap- and twin-sized quilt.

Use bright or jewel-tone colors to make a wonderful “moving into a big bed” quilt for a toddler. Try some pastels for a baby shower or gold and silver on gray for a lovely bridal shower version.

Pamela’s directions are easy to follow. Use the quick- quarter and half-square triangle techniques she describes, follow her pressing directions, and this project will go together in a snap.

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