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Medium 9781607051985

Buttons in the Rough

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Wall Quilt

{I am a long-time button collector and love to design projects that show off some of my favorites. The buttons on this quilt wanted out of the jar. This simple quilt was made to show them off.}

Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

Finished wall quilt: 34¾″ × 34¾″

¾ yard total assorted brights for pieced center

¼ yard gray for inner border

yard black for pieced center and outer border

1¼ yards for backing and binding

yard for binding if different from backing

39″ × 39″ batting

36 buttons (optional)

Cut from assorted brights for pieced center:

• 25 squares 4½″ × 4½″

Cut from black:

• 2 squares 15″ × 15″; cut diagonally once to yield 4 triangles for pieced center.

Cut squares diagonally

• 2 strips 2½″ × 30¾″ for 2 side outer borders

• 2 strips 2½″ × 34¾″ for top and bottom outer borders

Cut from gray:

• 2 strips 1½″ × 28¾″ for 2 side inner borders

• 2 strips 1½″ × 30¾″ for top and bottom inner borders

Refer to Putting It All Together diagram (at right).

1. Arrange and sew together the squares in 5 rows of 5 squares each. Press.

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Medium 9781617451867

Jack In The Window

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

jack in the window

Add to your Halloween decor with this fun-to-make wall quilt.

Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

finished quilt: 38½˝ × 38½˝ | finished block: 10˝ × 10˝


Assorted white-and-black prints: 1 yard total for appliqué backgrounds

Black: ⅞ yard for lattice and appliquéd faces

Assorted oranges: ¾ yard total for pumpkins and lattice squares

White: Scrap for teeth

Paper-backed fusible web: 2½ yards

Batting: 43˝ × 43˝

Backing and binding: 2½ yards


Cut from assorted white-and-black prints:

9 squares 10½˝ × 10½˝

Cut from black:

24 rectangles 2½˝ × 10½˝

Cut from assorted oranges:

16 squares 2½˝ × 2½˝


Refer to Appliqué. Use the Jack in the Window patterns (pullout).

1. Cut 9 each of pattern pieces 1–3. Cut 18 of pattern piece 4. Cut 1 each of pattern pieces 5–13. Cut 1 and 1 reverse each of pattern pieces 14 and 15. Cut 6 strips of varying lengths between ¾˝ and 1¼˝, all at ¼˝, for 16.

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Medium 9781935362760

Bricks in the Barnyard

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Bricks in the Barnyard



APPROXIMATELY 62 1/2” X 75 1/2”


Simple shapes such as bricks, squares and triangles combine in a dynamic design perfect for using up the leftovers from other recycled projects! I find myself time and time again gravitating toward bold colors to mix with my recycled fabrics in the time honored tradition of mixing solids, prints, stripes and plaids together. Solid fabrics pack a lot of punch! In this case, the red just glows with warmth against the myriad of other cherished recycled pieces.

Pieced braids are a fun way to frame a quilt, and I love how the scraps seem to flow in motion around the outside edge like arrows. No mitering, no centering, the braids are built simply until they are “long enough” and cut where needed to fit. It’s a perfect relaxed solution with no stress required!

Fabric requirements

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Medium 9781935362760

Goose in the Puddle

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Goose In The Puddle




Inspirations for great quilts are around every corner! In this case, it came in the form of an antique-quilt-turned-cutter found in an Ohio antique mall. A cutter quilt is one that was so well loved during its life that it is nearly worn to shreds, and the only way to preserve what is left is to use the “good parts” to create other items. This booth owner seemed to specialize in household items made from cutter quilts. Everywhere I turned there were toilet seat covers, tank top covers, plunger covers (!!!) and ironing board covers made from old quilts.

In a fit of giggles (for this is not my own personal idea of how to decorate with found quilt parts) I snagged up an ironing board cover with this block design on it. The fabrics in the cutter quilt date from about 1890. I fell in love with the block immediately, and just seeing it worked up into this quilt in recycled fabrics brings to mind the laughter at the other items I’d seen – all in the effort to preserve an old quilt and put it to good use!

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