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Medium 9781607051985

Boardwalk Table Runner

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Table Runner

{Bright, pieced blocks are surrounded by appliqué and a pieced jewel-toned border to give this runner a rich, lush look.}

Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

Finished block size: 15″ × 15″

Finished table runner: 25½″ × 55½″

yard each of 13 assorted brights for pieced blocks

¾ yard black for pieced blocks

¼ yard red for pieced blocks

yard tan for appliqué

¾ yard total assorted darks for pieced border

½ yard paper-backed fusible web

1¾ yards for backing and binding

yard for binding if different from backing

60″ × 30″ batting

Cut from assorted brights: 13 strips 1½″ × width of fabric for pieced blocks

Cut from black: 12 squares 7″ × 7″ for pieced blocks

Cut from assorted darks: 28 squares 5½″ × 5½″ for pieced border

Cut from red:

• 6 strips 1½″ × 13½″ for pieced blocks

• 6 strips 1½″ × 15½″ for pieced blocks

1. Arrange and sew together 13 strips of assorted brights. Carefully press. The sewn strips should measure 13½″ × the width of the fabric.

Sew strips together.

2. Cut the sewn strips into 3 squares 13½″ × 13½″.

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Medium 9781607058649

The Color Wheel

Becky Goldsmith C&T Publishing ePub

the color wheel

Color wheels are pretty, and that’s why we like looking at them. Beyond being pretty, however, a color wheel is a powerful tool that shows the relationships between colors. This is important because knowing how colors work together will help you use color better in your quilts.

Some people have spent their lives studying color theory. I am not one of them. I do have a degree in interior design, and what I learned in school has been valuable—but you do not need a college degree to be able to use a color wheel. I promise.

The color wheel


Remember that this book is a practical guide to color. If you are interested, you can study more (much, much more) about color theory than I will tell you in this book. Where to start? Search the Internet for “color theory” and start clicking. Read books; a lot of them have been written on color. Refer also to Online Color Resources for some of my favorite websites about color.

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Medium 9781607059974

Cozy Pet Bed

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

easy peasy

Cozy Pet Bed

Finished Size: approximately 26˝ × 26˝

What Do I Need?

1⅝ yards of heavy decorator-weight fabric

26˝ × 26˝ pillow form

1 ball of yarn for pom-poms

Pinking shears (optional—refer to the tip)

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making pom-poms

• Sewing around a corner

Prepare the Pieces

1.Cut 1 piece of fabric to measure 26¾˝ × 26¾˝ for the front.

2.Cut 2 pieces of fabric to measure 19˝ × 26¾˝ for the back.


Cut the pieces as shown. This is especially important if your fabric is narrower than 54˝.

Let’s Make It

If you are using a ¼˝ presser foot, don’t forget to use washi tape as a guide to make the correct seam allowance width for this project.

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Medium 9781607059974

Neat Men’s Necktie

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

a teeny bit more challenging

Neat Men’s Necktie

What Do I Need?

Old necktie (Thrift shops usually have a huge supply for a dollar or so.)

1¼ yards of fabric OR a piece of fabric measuring 20˝ × 39˝; you should cut your fabric so that the tie pattern is running parallel to the selvage (Since you can make 2 ties from the 1¼ yards, you could share the fabric with a friend.)

10˝ × 10˝ piece of a contrasting fabric

Coordinating sewing thread

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

Refer to The Rules of Sewing

Using an iron

Prepare the Pieces

1.Using your seam ripper, carefully unpick the entire tie, starting at the back seam.

Thinking of a neat gift for Dad? I don’t think you can beat a super-smart-looking necktie made by you! Pick a cute yet manly fabric and craft the perfect gift for your pop.

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Medium 9781571209580

Blazing Star: Prism

Helen Frost C&T Publishing ePub

Quilt size: 48” × 48” • Cut strip widths: 1½”, 1¼” • Finished diamond widths: 1”, ¾”

Nine fabrics are placed in the radiating arrangement to make a quilt that truly radiates color. All fabric choices were based on the wonderful border print.

Machine pieced and quilted by Helen Frost, 2009.


Fabric 1 is for the center of the star points. Fabric 5 is for the widest part of the star points. Fabric 9 is for the outer tips of the star points.

Read pages 7–24 before starting. Refer back to those pages as needed when constructing the quilt.


Fabric 1

Cut 1 strip 4½” × width of fabric; subcut into 8 strips 1½” × 4½” for center star.

From the remainder of the strip:

Cut 1 strip 3½” × width of fabric; subcut into 16 strips 1¼” × 3½” for corner stars.

Fabric 2

Cut 1 strip 6½” × width of fabric; subcut into 8 strips 1½” × 6½” for center star.

From the remainder of the strip:

Cut 1 strip 5½” × width of fabric; subcut into 16 strips 1¼” × 5½” for corner stars.

Fabric 3

Cut 1 strip 8½” × width of fabric; subcut into 8 strips 1½” × 8½” for center star.

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