fresh quilting

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Malka Dubrawsky

Materials • 36 cotton and linen fabric scraps, each at least 2" × 2" (5 cm × 5 cm); half should be warm-colored prints and solids, half cool-colored prints and solids. • Cotton and linen strips, each at least 1½" × 4" (3.8 cm × 10 cm), for a total of about 2 yards (1.8 meters) of fabric; half should be warm-colored prints and solids, half coolcolored prints and solids. • Cotton or linen fabric for backing, 1½ yards (112 cm) • Cotton or linen fabric for binding, ½ yard (45.5 cm) • Cotton batting, 45" × 45" (114.5 cm × 114.5 cm) • Coordinating thread for construction and quilting tools • Sewing machine and basic sewing tool kit • Rotary cutter • Self–healing cutting mat • Clear acrylic quilter’s ruler • Masking tape • Curved quilter’s safety pins • Quilter’s safety-pin fastening tool (optional) Finished Size 36" × 36" (91.5 cm × 91.5 cm)

nate’s quilt
I’ve made this design several times since creating it for a dear friend’s baby, and I never tire of it. Improvisational piecing makes each incarnation different and engaging, but the rules of construction and fabric selection remain the same. This is a perfect project for practicing freehand rotary cutting and a go-withthe-flow approach to piecing. Collect a variety of fabric scraps in warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows, warm pinks, and browns) and cool colors (greens, blues, purples) for this quilt.

nate’s quilt


mix-it-up patchwork scarf
As much as I love making quilts, pillows, and other household items, there’s something extra-special about wearing something that I’ve made myself. And what better way to warm your neck than with a fabulous patchwork scarf crafted out of a variety of fabrics and textures? Wear this scarf when you’re out and about, and chances are high that others will notice, compliment you, and give you the opportunity to proudly say, “I made it myself.” Go ahead—mix it up!

Materials • Diamond template • Cotton print for center diamonds, ½ yard (45.5 cm) • 26 assorted small pieces of corduroy, silk, linen, and cotton for surrounding halfdiamonds, each at least 5½" × 8 ½" (14 cm × 21.5 cm) • Cotton or linen fabric for backing, ½ yard (45.5 cm) • Coordinating thread for construction and topstitching tools • Sewing machine and basic sewing tool kit • Rotary cutter • Self-healing cutting mat • Clear acrylic quilter’s ruler Finished size 8" × 55" (20.5 cm × 139.5 cm)

mix-it-up patchwork scarf


modern baby quilt peppermint Neck warmer

menswear pillow

round & Round Coasters


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Getting Fresh: My Quilting Story Tools & Materials Essential Techniques for Patchwork, Quilting & Finishing fresh patchwork for home, family & friends Strings Attached Potholders Strings Attached Trivet Flower Garden Sham Scrap-Busting Coin Purses Round & Round Coasters Menswear Pillow Peppermint Neck Warmer Windows Sewing Machine Cover Indigo Needle Case Nine-Patch Kitchen Curtain Four Points Tote Mix-it-Up Patchwork Scarf Zigzag Sofa Pillow Buckled Up Book Bag ABC Baby Book/Crib Bumper fresh quilts for wall, bed & baby Modern Baby Quilt Annie’s Picnic Quilt Nate’s Quilt Whirligig Quilt Strips & Stripes Quilt Hexagon Quilt

make a big impact with exhilarating color and bold designs!
Brighten up any room with fun, contemporary, and functional projects exploding with sensational color! Fresh Quilting presents 21 brilliant designs featuring quilt artist Malka Dubrawsky’s intoxicating colors and unexpected palettes. Learn to create beautiful and lively pieces for you and your home— from modern quilts and fun pillows to flirty bags and scarves. In addition to clear directions and step-by-step illustrations for machine-sewn patchwork and quilted projects, Fresh Quilting includes a detailed section of techniques from basic piecing, cutting, and measuring methods to more advanced techniques such as inserting zippers into pillow backs and using bias binding to finish a quilt. Throughout Fresh Quilting, Malka will teach you how to adventurously and confidently mix colors and prints. You’ll be inspired to infuse your own brilliant palettes into each project and discover just how irresistible and beautiful contemporary quilting can be!

Malka Dubrawsky is a fiber artist whose work has been shown in juried exhibitions,

including Quilt National and Visions. In addition to a highly successful Etsy shop and popular A Stitch in Dye blog (, Malka contributes to Stitch, Sew Hip, and Quilting Arts magazines. She is the author of Color Your Cloth, and her work has also appeared in books, including Fiberarts: Design Book, Sweater Surgery, Quilts, Baby!, Pretty Little Pillows, and Pretty Little Mini Quilts. Malka is based in Austin, Texas.

Paperback, 8½ × 10¼ 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-59668-235-1 $26.95, Available December 2010

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