Quilting While You Glamp

The Season’s Not Over.
Grab your machine, fabric & pattern.
Go GLAMPING!

We’ve heard about a lot of quilters who don’t let a camping vacation stop them from quilting. They take it along! Deb McDonald, McCall’s Quilting Administrative Editor, is no exception. We asked her to share her expertise for making a camping experience a glamping experience with quilting projects in tow.

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Deb McDonald and Happy Day with her camper

My husband and I enjoy camping in our 5th wheel RV. The Colorado State Parks have beautiful campsites that are clean, spacious and well-maintained. An added bonus to these getaways is that I have uninterrupted sewing time. The distractions of home remain at home.

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Outdoor Quilting Set-up

If the weather is nice you will find me at the picnic table working on a quilt.

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Indoor Quilting Set-up

In cool or wet weather I’m at the small dining room table in our trailer. Just like at home, I don’t let something like the weather get in the way of my quilting.

 

 

Since I don’t have easy access to my sewing room, I have to make sure I have the right supplies and equipment to keep my current project moving forward. The lists below are supplies I always have with me for camp quilting:

  • Sewing machine, including foot pedal, power cord, extra bobbins and an extension cord
  • Quarter-inch presser foot
  • Extra machine needles
  • Spare spool of neutral thread
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My pressing mat in use

Space is at a premium so I do not take a 24” x 36” cutting mat along.  A 12” x 18” mat is good for trimming units. Don’t forget your rotary cutter! I leave a small travel iron in the RV. That, combined with a cushioned board, becomes my pressing station.

Scissors, seam ripper, pins and other small supplies go in a clear plastic storage bag so I can easily find what I need. All my supplies go in a large tote bag.

I pack my pattern and quilting supplies based on the project I plan to work on. Typically, I’ll take my 4” x 14” ruler and maybe a smaller square ruler. I pre-cut as many patches as I can while I’m still at home or use commercially pre-cut pieces. By preparing ahead I can jump right in to the sewing part.

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Pre-cut patches

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Commercial Pre-cuts

No matter the season, inspiration is close at hand. It’s rare that I come home from a camping trip without another quilt idea or two.

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Winter Camping

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Fall Camping

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Night-time Inspiration

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Thanks Deb!

It sounds like the key to camp quilting is to have the standard essentials always at-the-ready, leaving you to only pack up the items special to a project. You can start pulling together your ‘quilt camp kit’ right here. I added links to the essential items in Deb’s lists above. While browsing through the Quilt and Sew Shop, I even found a pattern (on sale) that includes the supplies you need to make it—one that fits right into traveling through America. How easy is that!

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America The Beautiful quilt, designed by Lynn Lister

 

America the Beautiful Pattern
America the Beautiful Quilt Along Notions Bundle

Happy Quilting!

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Workshop Wednesday: Wool Felt Applique

I don’t know what the temperature is where you live right now, but here in the Denver area school is back in session, which makes it official: Autumn Is Coming.

And with autumn comes the return of Quilting Weather. Shorter, cooler days inspire many of us to want to focus on making warm and cozy projects. It’s also a great time to get in the spirit of the season by adopting a “back to school” mentality and learning some new techniques.

MCA1710 FALLSTARS 02 500 200x300 Workshop Wednesday: Wool Felt AppliqueFor many of us, wool felt applique would certainly fall into the “new techniques” category but it’s an incredibly beginner-friendly and immensely satisfying technique that’s easy to get the hang of. The September/October 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting features a gorgeous bed quilt, Fall Stars by Jo Moury, that’s made with wool felt applique; the pattern includes a lesson on working with and making your own wool felt.

Here are some video tutorials that will allow you to see different ways of working with wool felt up close.

Paula Stoddard loves wool applique and designs adorable patterns using it that make you just want to reach out and pet her quilts. (Be sure to scroll down a bit to see Paula’s latest project using wool felt applique, Dreaming of Spring.)

In this tutorial she did for “Quiltmaker’s Block Network,” Paula demonstrates a step-by-step method for using wool felt to make the Flowers for Ewe block that she designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 2.

In another episode, Paula demonstrated how to make the Some-Bunny block she designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5 also using a fusible applique method.

In this episode of Quilters Newsletter TV, Amy Mundinger described what to look for in a wool sweater in order to felt it, how to felt the wool and how to prepare it for projects. The full episode (available for viewing on QNNtv.com) also includes some of the fun projects Amy has made with her felted wool.

In a second episode, Amy talked more specifically about how to create wool applique shapes, how to arrange and stitch them to a pre-quilted background, how to turn them into medallions for centerpieces or brooches, and more. The full episode is available for viewing on QNNtv.com.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBTwSLwqWeo

In this “Quilty” episode, Marianne Fons joined daughter Mary to show how to make a darling wool felt heart that you can hang up as a decoration or give as a tiny gift. Learn how to work with wool, how to do a hand blanket stitch, and discover a good use for all those extra buttons in your junk drawer!

In the 900 series of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, Liz and Marianne demonstrated an array of decorative embroidery stitches perfect for wool applique as well as a trunk show of gorgeous wool projects that anyone can make. Visit QNNtv.com to view the full episode.

Also on QNNtv.com is a full episode of “Quilting Celebrations” with Patrick Lose featuring Miranda McGahee and Patti Conner in which Patti showed some projects she made using Miranda’s hand-dyed wool. Patti shows how she cuts out and places her appliques shapes, as well as how she pre-stitches some of her motifs before adding them to the project and some of her signature stitches. Visit QNNtv.com to view the free preview of this “Quilting Celebrations” episode.

So now that you know the basics, what are you going to make using your newfound skills? I have a few ideas for you.

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There are a couple of adorable patterns that Jen Daly designed for editions of Quilters Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts special issues that are made with wool felt applique.
You can find her Let It Snow table runner and pillow in Best Christmas Quilts 2012 .

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Both of these special issues are available as digital downloads and are currently on sale for only $2.00 each! I’m talking the entire issue, not just one pattern for $2.00. Such a deal!

So with all of those ideas, I say: Bring on the Quilting Weather!

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Design Wall Tuesday: All Kinds of Quilt Samplers

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Welcome to Tuesday! Everyone is busy around the office, ready to ramp up for fall: the end of summer vacations, finishing up outdoor projects and getting kids ready for school. Our editors worked on a couple of quilting projects last weekend to share with you. They are all about samplers.


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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I’m working on a sampler type of quilt with assorted applique blocks from my stack of orphan blocks. Most of them are finished blocks but some of the applique has raw edges and is only fused in place. I spent my sewing time this weekend blanket stitching around some of those fused blocks.

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A block from Lori’s Sampler

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Another block in Lori’s Sampler Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

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Applique on a photo background

One block is applique on top of a photo printed on fabric. The photo was the yellow flower on a background of grass. Another layer of yellow fabric was added and stitched in place to give added dimension. This block was a step-out given to me by a friend. I didn’t have the same color of yellow thread but I finished it anyway. There is no seam allowance left at the top of the block, I’ll have to get creative there.

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Wedding Memory

The fourth block must have been from a lesson. It is a wedding remembrance with the name of the bride and groom and their wedding date handwritten in the center. I made the coordinating four-patch and appliqued it in place to cover up the writing.

 


From Managing Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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I finally had a chance to work a little more on the sampler of window seat pillows I shared with you way back in May through a Design Wall Tuesday post, Quilt Block Pillows. (Wow! This summer has gone fast.)  I’m making the pillows with Osnaburg and my own hand-dyed fabrics. I used a block I designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 15 as my starter inspiration.

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My inspiration block, Refractions from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol 15, is the one on the left.

I’m largely taking an improvisational approach to making the pillow covers. I add strips of  different colors, choosing placement at various angles as I go. I don’t have a preconceived plan in mind, or on paper; just a general concept. It’s been really fun to see how the design of the pillows come together, as I seem to just let the fabric create the design. I think they have a level of cohesiveness created by using the same fabric and shapes, but each of them is very unique.

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Improvisational quilting: I just sliced off the edges of another inspiration block to come up with the version on the left.

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I’m going to use this body pillow for the center back of the window seat. Still a work in progress.


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a few samplers we have in the works. And, I hope they inspire you to create a unique sampler project. The great thing about samplers is that they can come together from all angles; no rules to hold you back. You can just have fun pulling together all your favorite fabrics, techniques and designs into one quilting project.

See you next Tuesday!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Handsome Stars Backing Quilt

Handsome Stars 300px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Handsome Stars Backing QuiltHave you ever made a quilted backing for your quilt? What a fun way to feature any of your favorite block! If you’re a fan of log cabin blocks, read on…

In the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting
we ran the Handsome Stars lap quilt (shown above, right) which included a free creative backing pattern – that backing pattern is today’s FREE Friday quilt pattern! Whether you use this free pattern to make a creative backing for the Handsome Stars quilt or to be the top for a separate quilt all its own, the easy piecing will get you to the finish line in no time. Explore a different color pallete or a different block all together during your next project!

 Handsome Stars backing 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Handsome Stars Backing QuiltDownload the FREE Handsome Stars creative backing pattern…it’s a Friday FREEbie.(Problems downloading our PDF? Check out our troubleshooting tips.)

Click here if you’ve missed any of our other Friday Freebies.

 

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Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle-Squares

Knowing different approaches to making triangle-squares (also called half-square triangle units) is one way to take you from being a beginning quilter to an intermediate one. Having a variety of techniques in your quilter’s toolbox allows you to look at a pattern and evaluate how to make what you need based on what works best for you and your fabric choices.

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Candy’s full-size throw quilt is wonderfully scrappy and would be a great way to bust some stash making all of those 6” triangle-squares. Making triangle-squares one or two at a time is the technique you probably want to use if you want yours as scrappy as Candy’s.

 

unnamed 300x289 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle SquaresWhen I decided to make a 16” pillow sham based on Homeland, I had a couple of things to consider. First of all, I knew the triangle-squares would finish at 1.5”, which is fairly small. I also wanted to use a bright red-white-and-blue palette that was still scrappy but more contained; at that size, I felt that too much variety in the prints I used would obscure the design.

Because of those two considerations, I decided to use the 8-at-a-time triangle-squares technique. Same outcome, just a different approach.

So with that in mind, here are some video tutorials that demonstrate different ways of making the ubiquitous triangle-square unit.

This “My First Quilt” tutorial featuring Sara Gallegos is a great place to start, especially if you want to make really scrappy triangle-squares by cutting and piecing triangles instead of using a fast piecing method. This gives Sara the opportunity to talk about how important the grainline of your fabric is and why it matters (more on that further down). She demonstrates the 2-at-at-time technique (which we include in the Quilt Basics or Basic Lessons sections of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker) and what to look for when you’re joining your triangle-square units together.

Sara also gives you the quilt math you’ll need to figure out what size to start with if you want a particular finished size. Click here to learn more about the entire free video series “My First Quilt” on QNNtv.com.

This “Sew Easy” tutorial focuses on the Quick Triangle-Squares method that yields two identical units at a time; the only difference is that it employs the nifty Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker.

In this “Quilty” video, Mary Fons demonstrates a method of cutting patches to make triangle-squares from strips using a triangular ruler and rotary cutter.

This “Sew Easy” tutorial demonstrates the technique I used to make my pillow sham and that I’ve learned to love, which is how to make triangle-squares 8 at a time. It’s really helpful when making multiple sets of triangle-squares, and requires the same amount of fabric as the standard method.

In this “Sew Easy” tutorial, Colleen Tauke demonstrates the Triangle-Square and Hourglass Unit templates, which include the directions printed right on the tools to make things extra easy. You can find the pattern for the Quick & Easy Baby Quilts she talks about here.

Many quilters make oversized triangle-squares and then trim them down to the size needed in order to get perfect corners. In this video Colleen demonstrates how the Fons & Porter Square-Up Ruler helps create perfect triangle-squares every time.

You may have seen tutorials online for making triangle-squares from strips or squares that were cut across the width of the fabric and that have been pieced together. That particular technique makes me furrow my editor’s brow in consternation because if you’re stitching on the straight-of-grain, you’re going to get bias edges all around the outside edges of the units. Just so you know, we quilt editors do everything in our power to avoid writing patterns that result in bias edges on the outside of units. I’ve never used the technique demonstrated here of cutting triangle-squares from bias strip sets but it makes perfect sense; you’re still stitching on the bias and cutting units the straight-of-grain. It’s just one more tool in a quilter’s toolbox!

Homeland is one of many, many fantastic patterns that are based on triangle-square units. Here are just a handful of patterns of differing complexity, but once you know the basics of making triangle-squares, none of them are beyond your skill level.
DPQMP175710 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Out of the Blues by Nancy Mahoney

DPQMP171001 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Tree of Life by 4th and 6th Design

DPQMP175605 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Retro Romance by Jocelyn Ueng

DPQQP170904 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Half-Square Shuffle by Kathryn Wagar Wright

DPQQP170705 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Letters from Home by Terrie Peterson

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Design Wall Tuesday – Winter Quilts

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thanks for joining us! It seems like Winter was on the minds of a few editors this past weekend! I think the hot summer weather is making us think of cooler weather. Read on to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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I’m having so much fun playing with my charm square collection and coming up with new pattern ideas. I played with another one this weekend and made a bunch of units. Here’s a sneak peek.

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From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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With temperatures soaring I decided it was time to cool off with thoughts of winter. Last weekend I held my own personal Christmas in July sewing session. I love the Christmas Bows quilt Paula Stoddard designed for McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec 2016 and knew I wanted one for our home. You can still order your own kit for Christmas Bows. Several months ago I cut and paired up all the patches, sewed a few blocks together and then promptly set the project aside. When I opened the box this weekend it was such a treat seeing the ‘getting ready to sew’ tasks were already done. I turned on my machine and started chain piecing units together. Here is what I have so far.

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From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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Thinking of winter in August. I worked on a quilt I designed for the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Quiltmaker this week-end.​ My inspiration for the design was the imagery of glistening snow on the flat fields of Indiana and mountain top trees in Colorado. I selected Cardinal Christmas and blenders from Hoffman California Fabrics to get the snowy effect I wanted allover the quilt top. I finished the sections and blocks and I’m ready to sew all of them together. I can’t wait to see what the finished top looks like. Even though I have the design on paper, it’s alway exciting to see it come together in fabric!

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From Video Content Strategist, Caitlin Dickey:

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Some of my fabrics started loudly calling my name sometime last week, and even though I felt like I should finish my snowflakes quilt top before moving on to another project, I couldn’t resist. The pattern for this new quilt keeps changing itself and adding fabrics from my stash that I hadn’t originally pulled for this project. This is what it looks like on my design wall right now; we’ll see where it ends up!

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Halloween plus neutrals quilt in progress


I hope you’re enjoying your summer and are finding some time to get some sewing in. Stop back next week to see what we’ve been up to!

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Sincerest Condolences: Fond Memories of a Quilter’s Companion

Sincerest Condolences:
Fond Memories of a Quilter’s Companion

shared by: Tricia Patterson
Managing Editor, McCall’s Quilting, Quick Quilts and Quiltmaker

We received a response to one of  one of our feature McQ&A questions from Barbara Harris of Magnolia, Texas. It was such a delightful read, and carried sentiments many quilters share, so much we want to share it with you.

Thank you Barbara!

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Singer FashionMate.  1972-2017

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1972-2017
Rest in Peace
Singer FashionMate

It is with somber fondness I must report that a pillar of the Harris household, Singer FashionMate, passed quietly and suddenly from this realm on July 29, 2017 after a long and productive career.  A rather plain and simple being with a pale, frost green face, she was adopted in 1972, during the era of polyester double knit, from the local S&H Greenstamp store and came to reside with her current companion, keeping her in stitches for the next 45 years. Singer was a faithful and reliable assistant, only occasionally showing any rebellion by breaking threads or looping stitches and rarely complained about denims or batting. Even when her throat plate was covered in fuzz and lint, she performed well. She had a great knack for holding things together and pressing her best foot forward (and backwards). She just kept bobbin’ along and kept her dogs fed. She was never known to have needled anyone in her whole existence, although she did seam to hate invisible thread and went on a years long strike against its use.

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Psychedelic 70s- Repurposed for my grandchildrens’ costumes 

Singer’s first accomplishments included garments such as psychedelic colored bell bottoms and evening attire for athletic banquets, along with mending chores. An occasional set of curtains and other small projects were accomplished as well. In the mid 70s to early 80s she seamed up a few baby garments. In the late 1980s, she zigzagged off in a new direction and stitched her first log cabin quilt, which still exists to this day.  With that feeling of accomplishment, she eventually fabricated over 25 other quilts, mostly her favorite, simple log cabins, but also some nine patches, a double wedding ring (which only took 12 years to finish as she despised the taste of the invisible thread and refused to work on it), several memory quilts with pictures (one was for the 100th birthday of her companion’s grandmother) and appliqué, a flannel biscuit quilt (which caused considerable congestion) and a variety of baby/toddler quilts. In more recent years, never too old to try new things as long as they weren’t too complex, she tried her arm and foot with craft items such as tote bags, placemats, microwave bowl hotpads, toy sacks, cosmetic bags, pillows, aprons, children’s hooded capes and whatever various semi-useful things her companion could claim were gifts. Finally, this week while working on a lovely blue and yellow log cabin quilt block, her internal anatomy suffered a catastrophic failure. Her gear was stripped, broken.  She stopped dead in her throat as it seamed her foot and arm were no longer spooling with her bobbin. CPR was attempted with a limp response and a trip to the urgent care center confirmed that she had seamed her last. Hospice was called in and her life support was disconnected forever. May she always RIP.

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My Stash and Singer

She had no fancy stitches to offer and her operator has no special expertise, but together they seamed to get along, making many stitches in time, saving 9…or more. A memorial service was held August 1, and was attended by many of her colorful offspring that still reside nearby. Then, surrounded by her beloved fat quarters and tattered user manual, she was gently sealed in her case and interred in the garage. Her feet, needles, bobbins and attachments have been preserved for future possible transplantation. She will be missed but always remembered.

 -Barbara Harris, Magnolia, Texas

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm Fuzzies

Warm Fuzzies WEB BONUS flat Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm FuzziesPlanning ahead for Christmas gift quilts? Don’t forget that adding plush fabrics to simple piecing can make for a textured-treat quilt for your favorite kid. This snuggle-friendly lap size quilt may be just what you’re looking for!

Originally featured as a pink version from our McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2011 issue, Warm Fuzzies is this week’s Friday Freebie!

Download the FREE Warm Fuzzies lap size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our other Friday Freebies.

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Workshop Wednesday: Panel Parade!

A lot of my work recently, both at the office and in my own quilting projects, has revolved around using fabric panels. I can’t get them off my brain; there’s just something (OK, several things) about them! They’re attractive just as they are, they’re easy and fun to use in a quilt, and they make quick work of most projects. The panel projects I’ve been working on for McCall’s will have to wait to be shared until they’re published, but I can share my personal panel project at the end of this post (I’ve been sharing it a lot recently; forgive me if you’ve seen it but I think it’s pretty neat!)

There’s lots of different types of panel prints and I would consider any fabric whose design runs from selvage to selvage to be in the panel print category as well, like ombre print fabrics where it’s very light at one selvage and very dark at the opposite. Lots of panel prints are a collection of images, with one larger central print and several smaller blocks. I like them all; do you have a favorite type?

So the first thing you’ll want to do when using a panel print is to cut it out accurately. This may be old news for some, but I like to think that someone, somewhere wants to start quilting today and I’d like to be a good resource for him or her, so I’d recommend this short video about fussy cutting from Sara Gallegos. I’m a big fan of fussy cutting, panel print or otherwise, so I found it interesting.

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Another really cool and kind of adventurous technique is to splice the panel and insert fabric strips to get a unique, graphic look. Sarah can walk you through that process too!

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Once you’ve got the panel cut (and spliced, if you care to), then it’s just a matter of figuring out how you want to frame it! The sky is the limit for this step, really, and one is only limited by their imagination. There are plenty of patterns to refer to, which I’ll get to in a bit, or you can try designing your own using basic piecing techniques. Here’s Sarah again, showing us how to make a piano key border, which would be an excellent choice for framing a panel.

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You could also use your favorite blocks, a combination of blocks, a series of border strips, and probably other ideas I haven’t even considered yet. Luckily, I’m not the only one thinking hard about working with panels. Many of the designers we work with like to use them as well and there are quite a few patterns available at Quilt&Sew Shop. But since a number of panel patterns can be pretty specific to the featured panel, sometimes kits can be a better choice. There are some great kits available too!

With the holiday season just around the corner (no, really, it is, especially in terms of sewing projects), I wouldn’t mind easing into it with this colorful, cozy quilt, Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch, designed by Elaine Theriault. I love the look of bright colors glowing against a dark background and this project does it perfectly.

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Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch by Elaine Theriault

The holiday season doesn’t slow down for anyone, so once this one is done it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Christmas lovers are lucky since there are so many choices for them. Here are a few of my favorites–Frosted Holiday and The Magic of Christmas. I think the images are really cute and I especially like the border treatments on both.

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Frosted Holiday by Katie Doucette

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The Magic of Christmas by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar

Panels are especially great for kids’ quilts too. However, I came across the Ready for Takeoff kit and I am just about ready to buy it for myself! I think Renae used all the different elements so well, and the illustrations on the panel are great. I hope you agree!

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Ready for takeoff by Renae Lindgren

Speaking of kids and Christmas, have you seen this little Disney movie called Frozen? Did you like it? Do you want to build a snowman…quilt? We are lucky to have an exclusive kit design for Love of Quilting featuring that Olaf from Frozen and it’s pretty cute.

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Frozen Olaf Quilt

And since you’ve made it this far, I assume you like panels, and maybe even Frozen! So I should tell you about another panel that’s available, featuring sisters Elsa and Anna from the movie. It’s not a quilt kit, just a panel, but it’s currently on sale for about $5. I know many quilters don’t care about fabric bargains (LOL) but I’m letting you know since you may be the exception (LOLOL).

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Disney Frozen sisters panel

At the top of this blog I said I’d share my recent project using panel prints. I didn’t use them in a traditional way, though, I cut them all up! Read about my version of Santa Fe Sunrise here.

Happy quilting, panel print or otherwise!

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Design Wall Tuesday – Quilting with a Walking Foot

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to in our sewing rooms. We’ve been busy!


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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As I was organizing my sewing room, it became very obvious that I’m building quite a collection of quilt tops. I decided to tackle my pile and machine quilt one of them. I chose the I Spy quilt I worked on last week. Up to date, the machine quilting I’ve done on my domestic machine has been freeform. I really wanted to try some quilting using my walking foot, and this was the perfect top for it. I used the guide on my foot and quilted lines down the center of the sashing and 1″ inside each novelty charm square. It was easier than I thought.

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From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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I’m making a lot of progress on my version of Santa Fe Sunrise! I wrote about my design, color choices and building of this quilt earlier, read about it here. I finished cutting the outer squares and I’ve started thinking about borders. I may do a dark inner border, then I have some beautiful gradient fabrics I could use for the side outer borders, which will fit the theme and look perfectly. I’ll have to think about an outer border for the top and bottom though. I’m going to leave this up on the wall for a while and think about it before I make a final decision.

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Santa Fe Sunrise


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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I started making a pieced back. It’s primarily pink and brown but there are a few green and blue fabrics too. When I get things sewn together a bit more, I’ll put the pieces on my design wall and if any of those green and blue fabrics “jump out at me,” I’ll either remove them or cut them into smaller pieces so I can spread them around a bit. What’s it for???I’m not sure. I just wanted to do some mindless sewing and improv piecing is super easy for me.

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From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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Here’s a peek at the final units in production for my “I Love This Quilt!” remake of Geese in My Kitchen. I’ll be blogging about the completed quilt top soon (ICYMI, here’s my first blog post about this quilt).

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Flying Geese

From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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My big sewing project for the weekend was to make some bed pillow covers.
They’ve been on my To Do list for quite awhile. I made eight covers to complement
quilts. I currently have on the beds. I don’t typically tuck pillows under the
bedspread or quilt, instead leaving them outside, propped against the bed’s
backboard. A regular pillow cover, if fitted to the pillow size, exposes the pillow
inside. Not the best look. So, to get a nice almost-sham appearance I extend one side
of my pillow fabric 11” and use the extra length to create an envelope for the pillow
to fit into.

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Pillows

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Pillow flap


I hope you’re getting some sewing done this summer. Let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll see you next week.

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