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Willow

by VALORI WELLS
Fabric courtesy of FreeSpirit

Pretty as a picture! Assorted strip segments were stitched together to create an interwoven windowpane effect.

Skill level: Advanced (Beginner option included)
Block size sewn into quilt: 11½" x 13"   
Number of blocks: 9
Finished quilt size: 52" x 57"

Willow

Autumn Blaze Autumn Blaze

by MICHELE CRAWFORD
Quilted by Kay Kimball. Fabric courtesy of Blank Quilting.

Create a little patch of color with this Maple Leaf and Cascading Tree quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 6" x 6"
Number of blocks: 13
         (4 Block A, 4 Block B, 4 Block C, 1 Block D)
Finished quilt size: 37" x 37"


Pinwheel Parade

by DONNA HAAS
Fabric courtesy of Henry Glass & Co.

Purple, beige, and cream print fabrics were used to create this scrappy Pinwheel and Double Four-Patch bed quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 8" x 8"
Number of blocks: 67
         (36 Pinwheel, 31 Double Four-Patch)
Finished quilt size: 77" x 92"

pinsheel parade

Circa Charmer

Circa Charmer

by DEBBIE LINDSAY

Reproduction prints, circa 1930, impart old-fashioned charm to traditional Card Trick and Sixteen-Patch blocks.

Skill level: Beginner
Block size sewn into quilt: 9" x 9"
Number of blocks: 20
         (10 Card Trick, 10 Sixteen-Patch)
Finished quilt size: 36" x 45"


Rally for Liberty

by BARBARA CAMPBELL
Quilted by Barb MacDonald. Fabric courtesy of Blue Hill Fabrics.

Proud to be free! This glorious banner uses patriotic fabrics to celebrate the American spirit.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt:
         8" x 8" (center)
         4" x 4" (inner border)
         8" x 8" (middle border)
Number of blocks: 21
         (1 center, 8 inner border, 12 middle border)
Finished quilt size: 36" x 36"

Rakley for Liberty

Tuscan Iris Tuscan Iris

by JAN DOUGLAS
Quilted by Tracey Diehl. Fabric courtesy of RJR Fabrics.

Classic, yet modern! Fussy-cut floral stripe fabric gives a contemporary flair to traditional Key West blocks.

Skill level: Advanced
Block size sewn into quilt: 12½" x 12½"
Number of blocks: 5 (4 Block A, 1 Block B)
Finished quilt size: 50" x 50"



Giving Thanks

by MICHELE CRAWFORD
Fabric courtesy of Red Rooster Fabrics

Brighten up a dining nook! Pineapple blocks in country colors were used in this matching runner and placemat set.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 10" x 10"
Number of blocks: 3 runner, 4 placemat set
Finished runner size: 16" x 38"
Finished placemat size: 12" x 18"

Giving Thanks

Autumn Elegance Autumn Elegance

by SUE HARVEY and SANDY BOOBAR
Fabric courtesy of Northcott

Create the look of stained glass with strip piecing and elegant fabrics!

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 12" x 12"
Number of blocks: 18
        (12 Block A, 6 Block B)
Finished quilt size: 69" x 86"


Floral Diamonds

by SUSAN SCHWARTING
Fabric courtesy of P&B Textiles

Contemporary florals give an updated look to this Rising Sun medallion quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
Block size sewn into quilt: 21¼" x 21¼" (center),
         6" x 6" (cornerstone) 4 cornerstone)
Finished quilt size: 48½" x 48½"

Floral Diamonds

Round and Round Round and Round

by SUE HARVEY and SANDY BOOBAR
Fabric courtesy of Wilmington Prints

Baby times two! Soft flannel quilts in dots and stripes make wonderful gifts for newborns.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 6" x 6"
Number of blocks: 30 (15 pieced, 15 appliqué)
Finished quilt size: 41" x 47"


Boo!

by MICHELE CRAWFORD
Machine quilted by Kay Kimball. Fabric courtesy of RJR Fabrics.

Not too spooky! Trick-or-treaters will feel welcome if you display this colorful Boo banner.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 8" x 10"
Number of blocks: 9 (6 pumpkin, 3 letter)
Finished quilt size: 36" x 44"

Boo

Octoberfest

Octoberfest

by VIRGINIA ROBERTSON
Fabric courtesy of Bali Fabrics

Bright batiks were strip pieced to create a festival of color in this interlocking pattern!

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 10" x 10"
Number of blocks: 4
Finished quilt size: 15" x 56"


Pepper and Spice

by JANE QUINN

Scenes from a country kitchen! Decorate a spice rack with this vintage print banner that has bias border strips cut from strip sets.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into banner:
             6¼" x 6¼" Block A
             2½" x 6¼" Block B
Number of blocks: 7
             4 Block A
             3 Block B
Finished banner size: 12½" x 49"

Pepper and Spice

Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

by WENDY SHEPPARD
Fabric courtesy of Benartex

Enjoy a glass of autumn wine! Small stylized prints were used to create the fruit clusters on this little appliqué quilt.

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into quilt: 12" x 12"
Number of blocks: 9 (6 Block A, 3 Block B)
Finished quilt size: 52" x 62"


Scattered Leaves

by WENDY SHEPPARD
Fabric courtesy of RJR Fabrics

Maple leaf friendship blocks in foliage print fabrics were stitched into a seasonal accent quilt—perfect as a cozy wrap or autumn table topper!

Skill level: Intermediate
Block size sewn into banner: 9" x 9"
Number of blocks: 16
Finished banner size: 58½" x 58½"

Pepper and Spice
American Quilts Flight 93 Tribute Quilts
by J. MICHAEL KRIVYANSKI

Beside a country road in Friedens, Pennsylvania, stands a small non-denominational chapel that is like no other. The white frame building, surrounded by beautiful plants, is striking, but it is a large bell tower located directly in front of the chapel's bright red doors that draws the eye. Inside the chapel, sandwiched between two sets of high leaded windows, is another impressive sight—four quilted wall hangings, each one measuring 30" wide by 80" high.

Mary Campbell Ghormley: A Tender Quest
by SUZANNE SMITH ARNEY

Quilter Mary Campbell Ghormley of Lincoln, Nebraska, loves a good mystery. Sometimes she finds it between the covers of a book. Many times, however, the story begins with a clue in a quilt.
Vintage doll quilt

Jeffree Itrich and donated quilt Brightening the Lives of Alzheimer's Patients

Under a unique donation program organized by Jeffree Itrich of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study and the University of California San Diego, quilts are brightening the lives of Alzheimer's patients around the United States.

Pieces of the Past
Vintage Embroideries to Warm the Spirit (Part 2)

by PATRICIA L. CUMMINGS. Photography by James Cummings.

Part 1 was featured in our September 2010 issue. For a reprint, click here.

vintage bath set

Glenwood House Behind the Scenes

Some of our photo shoot locations are so pretty that we like to take pictures of the settings just as they are, before we put our quilts in the scenes!
Eileen Doughty's inTREEguing designs
by DAWN GOLDSMITH

Fabric artist Eileen Doughty of Vienna, Virginia, loves trees. So much so that they figure prominently in her body of work, from roots to leaves and beyond. Over the last several decades, her vocation gradually shifted from professional cartographer to gifted fabric artist.
Eileen Doughty


Neon Delight Neon Delight
by PAM CLARKE

Try this easy appliqué technique—no piecing or appliqué stitches required.
Only quilting stitches are needed!



Best of the West: The Home Machine Quilting Show

In 2003, Ann Collet of Centerville, Utah, decided to organize a regional event to showcase the talents of quilters in the Rocky Mountain West. Seven years later, the Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) is recognized as one of the few national shows that focus on the art of machine quilting.

Quilt Gallery


Janome Horizon Machine Spotlight: A New Horizon in Quilting
by ALLISON NEWMAN MARTIN

With so many brands and models of sewing machines available, it is often hard to determine which machine will best fit your needs. The new Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP is an absolute jewel.



Quilt Gallery: Home Machine Quilting Show

The seventh annual Home Machine Quilting Show was held in May 2010, with more than 5,000 attendees. 140 classes, $24,000 in cash awards and prizes, 200 vendors, and 275 quilts and quilted garments in the competition. Here are some of the highlights!

Quilt Gallery