Like most quilters, I love to make quilts for other people. It gives me such a sense of joy creating something that will be loved and used by others. I have shared my love of quilting with my daughter-in-law Emily who recently mentioned that she wants to make a quilt for her son Damion’s high school graduation. Given that she has a full-time job and two children, it wasn’t too early to start. Of course, I invited her to go through my stash to choose fabrics. Since Damion was also visiting, I suggested he join us.
This was such an awakening for me! Damion wanted his quilt to be blue, no surprise there. But as we went through my piles of blue fabrics, I was surprised at some of the fabrics he chose. They were definitely not what I would have picked for him, but I was also pleased to see how diverse his selection was. It was a good lesson for me. I can’t just make assumptions on what I think someone is going to like.
We’ve got several patterns in this issue suitable for a special occasion. We’re focusing on baby quilts with three adorable designs—Bullseye, Baby!, Twitter and Hickory Dickory Dock. Forget Me Knot would make a lovely wedding quilt and Spinners would delight any graduate.
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Table of Contents
Hush Little Baby
- Bullseye, Baby! easy: Simple piecing and kid-friendly fabrics make Gigi Khalsa’s sweet baby quilt a cinch to make
- Twitter easy: A flock of whimsical birds breeze through an easy design
- Hickory Dickory Dock easy: Welcome a little one into a world of pure childlike fun
- Ice Crystals intermediate: Tiny pieces are no problem in this foundation-pieced charmer
- Forget Me Knot intermediate: Intriguing blocks create an interesting medallion design in Patty Clayton’s pretty quilt
- Spinners intermediate: Clever color placement does all the work in this fun bed-size quilt
- Pink Grapefruit intermediate: A combination of sophisticated prints and appliqued curves set the stage for this modern design
- Modern Skylights easy: Novel blocks in saturated batiks are featured in Tammy Silver’s luminous quilt
- Trail Crawl’n easy: This quilt is sure to produce mountains of fun!
- Garden Gate easy: Soft colors come together for a pretty garden-themed throw
- Welcome Spring easy: Margie Ullery’s light-hearted applique is perfect for spring!
- The Irish Reel intermediate: Wendy Sheppard’s scrappy quilt combines piecing and seasonal applique
- “I think you need stitches.”: Helpful tips for easy and enjoyable embroidery
- Foundation Piecing Step by Step: Follow these steps for successful foundation piecing
- I Love Applique!: Simple preparations make applique relaxing and fun
- Longarm Quilting Demystified: Explore the world of longarm quilting
- From the Editor
- Sew to Speak
- Find Your Inspiration
- Schoolhouse Steps: Triangle Squares—2 at a Time
- Creative Spark
- Schoolhouse Steps: Cutting Patches Efficiently
- Basic Lessons
- Addicted to Scraps: Rolling Stone