Anybody else have cabin fever?
While it’s still a tad cold and a bit snowy in our neck of the woods, I’m already dreaming about long, warm, sunny days and garden playtime. Like many quilters, my passion for quilting never takes a break—it just wants to take it a little more . . .easy. That’s why our Easy Quilts Summer 2019 issue is chock-full of easy, breezy quilts.
If outdoor dining is your thing, check out the “All Hands on Deck” table runner that Ramona Sorensen designed with a picnic table in mind. Her inspiration was the traditional Card Tricks block. With some red, white, and blue prints full of stars and fireworks, you can make it a festive part of your Independence Day celebration.
I was also thinking picnics when I spotted the fun Berry Sweet collection from Wilmington Prints for my “Berry Patch” quilt. I cut and pieced large squares for the quilt center and added placemat panel pieces into the wide border. It was such a fun weekend project—and I can’t wait to use it! (I may even have extra gingham left over to make a few napkins.) Do you spy “Berry Patch” on the cover below?
If you’re into gardening, why not give Mary Hertel’s “Easy Peasy Posies” a try? She designed her extra large flower blocks especially for quilters who might be new to paper foundation piecing. We included our Sew Easy Lesson in the magazine on the technique to help you every step of the way. Notice how the black print makes those bright flowers pop! And how about that jumbo rickrack she added?
Perhaps you’re more into water sports. Set sail with “Rock the Boat” by Karen Bialik—it’s perfect for showcasing some colorful fish prints. And, with a little trimming around the blocks, your boats will start rolling with the tides.