Book Review: Patchwork Quilts and Gifts

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Book Review: Patchwork Quilts and GiftsPatchwork Quilts & Gifts: 20 Inspirational Patchwork and Appliqué Projects
By Jo Colwill
David & Charles/F+W; $24.99  ON SALE $21.59

 

 

Patchwork Quilts COVER 575px Book Review: Patchwork Quilts and GiftsIf you’re already a fan of British quilt designer Jo Colwill of Cowslip Workshops, you know what charming, sweet quilts she creates. If you haven’t seen her work yet, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this, her second book.

quilt 550px Book Review: Patchwork Quilts and GiftsPatchwork Quilts & Gifts includes 10 large and 10 smaller patchwork projects, with designs appropriate for beginning to intermediate quilters. There are also a basic instructions section and technique tips scattered throughout the volume. All directions are given in both inches and centimeters, so each quilter can use the measurements with which she’s comfortable. Pillow 400px Book Review: Patchwork Quilts and Gifts

What I love most about this book is the folksy, old-fashioned atmosphere it creates. From the whimsical, vintage-inspired quilts and smaller projects, to the hand-drawn diagrams, Jo’s book is like a visit with a knowledgeable quilting friend who is generous with her talent and time.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Beacon Lights Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Beacon Lights Table RunnerFree table runner patterns are always in demand. They can freshen up your décor with a minimal investment of time and energy, and nothing else is quite so welcoming in your home. Today’s Friday Freebie is a sparkling table runner pattern, Beacon Lights by George Simacourbe!

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The Beacon Lights free table runner pattern finishes 16 1/2″ x 64 1/2″.

Fans of foundation (paper) piecing will love making the pretty star blocks. And if you haven’t tried this technique yet, a table runner quilt pattern is a great place to start! This table runner pattern is easy to customize to your own color scheme, too. Guests and family are sure to admire your completed project!

Download the Beacon Lights free table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Demilune: A Visit with Sharon Holland

Holland Sharon 225px Demilune: A Visit with Sharon HollandMeet guest blogger and fabric and quilt designer Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs! Sharon’s fat-quarter-friendly Demilune quilt is featured in the October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

 

My name is Sharon Holland and it’s so nice to be here with you. I am the textile designer behind the Gossamer fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics and quilt designer of the Demilune quilt in McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2015 issue.

Demilune styled 550px Demilune: A Visit with Sharon HollandWhen McCall’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger and talk about something connected with my Demilune quilt project I knew just want I wanted to blog about! If you’re like me, I bet you save every scrap of fabric from every project right? Every usable piece of batting—yup, guilty. Well, it’s time to whip up a few pot holders with those leftovers. Not only will you find this project useful around the kitchen and table but one can make a great addition to a gift basket.

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List of Ingredients:

To make one hot pad

Note: Use the Demilune B template shape provided in the McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2015 issue or download the template here. Check that the template is printed full size by verifying that the reference square measures exactly 1”. Trace the shape onto the template material, then cut out the shape neatly and label.

Sew pieces right side together and use a ¼” seam allowance throughout. Remove selvage edges from fabric before cutting shapes.

 STEP 1

Cut 8 template shapes from the (8) 5-¼” assorted prints.

STEP 2

Arrange 4 quarter circles into 2 rows of 2 shapes each as shown. Stitch 2 shapes together; make 2 rows.

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STEP 3

Join the rows to make 1 circle. Make a total of 2 circles.

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STEP 4

On the wrong side of each circle, center a 9” diameter cotton batting circle. Baste as desired (I like to use spray baste). Machine quilt as desired.

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STEP 5

Layer in this order: 10-½” Insul-Bright® batting and the quilted circles right sides together, with seams matched. Generously pin around circle to hold the layers together.

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Starting and ending with a backstitch, sew around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance using the edge of the quilted circle as the guide. Leave a 3-4” opening for turning. Remove pins. Trim edge of Insul-Bright® to match the edges of the layered circles. Carefully clip curves and turn right side out.

STEP 7

Turn opening edge under ¼” to the wrong side. Pin opening closed and blind stitch closed.

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Machine topstitch ⅛” from edge to finish.

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This flat pot holder is large enough to protect your tabletop from most size pans and also doubles as an oven mitt!

 

 

 

 

 

Now’s the perfect time to get a handle on that scrap pile of yours and maybe stock away a few extra gifts for the holidays!

xoxoxo

Sharon

Thanks so much, Sharon! If you’d like to make the Demilune full size quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the October/November issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop. Quilt kits and backing fabric are also available.

prize 350px Demilune: A Visit with Sharon HollandSharon is also giving away a prize package of 10 beautiful fat quarters of Gossamer fabrics! Leave a comment below before midnight September 7, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winner’s name will be drawn on September 8 and notified by email.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

 

 

 

 

 

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16 of the Best Bobbin Storage Options EVER!

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 16 of the Best Bobbin Storage Options EVER!The ideal bobbin storage system allows you to instantly identify what kind of thread is on the bobbin, while also keeping that thread from unwinding and ending up in a tangled mess. I recently asked our Facebook page followers how they store their bobbins, and they came up with so many great ideas! Watch this video for the best of the best, to inspire your personal bobbin bliss.

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So there you have it…16 quilter-favorite, tried-and-true ways to get those bobbins organized. Find the one that works best for you, and you’re on your way to true bobbin happiness.

Organize Prize 300px 16 of the Best Bobbin Storage Options EVER!What are your favorite sewing room organization tips? Leave a comment below by September 15 and you’ll be entered in a random drawing for this fun tote filled with products to help spiff up your sewing space. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

 

 

 

For your convenience, here are links to sources to order these bobbin storage systems featured in the video:

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DPODW100714 16 of the Best Bobbin Storage Options EVER!And if most of your sewing space mess is fabric (I’m looking at you, stash hoarders), contributing editor Laura Stone Roberts has many tips specifically for fabric organization in her on-demand web seminar. Get details by clicking on the image.

 

 

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Tuesday Tutorial: Finish Quilt Edges with Facing for a Clean Crisp Look

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorial: Finish Quilt Edges with Facing for a Clean Crisp LookTraditional quilt binding is by no means the only way to finish the edges of your projects! Prairie points, ruffles, ruched binding, flanged binding, piped binding, extra-wide binding that looks like a border…all these techniques are possible and so many more.

One of my favorite ways to finish the edges of more contemporary-looking quilts, or any quilt where I don’t want a binding to show at all, is facing strips. I most recently used this technique to finish the edges of my Modern Links queen size quilt (below). Because the chain pattern extends up to (and past) the quilt edges, a traditional binding would have stopped the eye and ruined the effect. Facing strips were the answer.

Modern Links 550px Tuesday Tutorial: Finish Quilt Edges with Facing for a Clean Crisp LookContributing editor Laura Stone Roberts recently taped a video that included instruction for finishing quilt edges with facing strips. This week’s Tuesday Tutorial is a quick recap of the technique with photos pulled from the video. Enjoy!

A press 1 4 to wrong side of 1 long edge of each facing strip Tuesday Tutorial: Finish Quilt Edges with Facing for a Clean Crisp Look

Cut facing strips 1 1/2″ wide and about 4″ longer than the quilted, trimmed quilt edges. For example, if your trimmed quilt measures 60″ x 80″, cut 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 64″ and 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 84″. Press 1/4″ to the wrong side of 1 long edge of each facing strip.

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Pin prepared strips to edges of trimmed quilt, right sides together, with raw edges aligned and strips centered on edges.

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Facing strips will overlap at quilt corners. Note that pressed edges of facing strips are towards the center of the quilt.

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Facing strips are pinned and ready for stitching.

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Sew 1/4″ seam through all layers all around the quilt. Pivot and turn at quilt corners, or run stitching right off the corner, give quilt 1/4 turn, and begin next line of stitching. Continue until all 4 facing strips are stitched in place. Trim ends of strips even with the quilt top.

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Turn facing to back of quilt, finger-pressing so pressed edges of strips cover the line of stitches.

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Be sure to work the corner seam allowances out completely. Laura is poking with the tip of a scissors here, but I recommend using a chop stick or the end of a thin paintbrush.

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Pin the turned facing to back of quilt all around, again, covering the line of stitching.

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Hand stitch the pressed edge of the facing to the quilt back, as you would with traditional binding.

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The finished edge of the quilt is bound with facing strips – crisp and clean!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here.

Need more help with quilt binding? We have a super online class coming up, with tips you won’t find anywhere else! Get details by clicking the image below.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Maisy Daisy Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Maisy Daisy Queen SizeA great scrap quilt pattern is a wonderful thing. Anyone who has tried to design their own knows the truth…it’s not that easy to take a pile of unrelated fabric scraps and turn it into a cohesive, appealing scrappy quilt. That’s why we’re always thrilled to present outstanding scrap quilt patterns whenever they come across our desks as submissions.

Maisy Daisy by Maho Schwartz is one such design. Maho’s original lap quilt is patterned in the new October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and we liked it so much we decided to also offer a pattern for a queen size quilt of the same design as a free web bonus pattern. This week’s Friday Freebie is Maisy Daisy, in queen size!

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The queen size version of the Maisy Daisy quilt design finishes 89″ x 102 1/4″.

Don’t let all those angles scare you. This free quilt pattern is actually fast, fun, and easy to piece, thanks to cleverly-cut strip pieced units. It’s a sure-fire stash buster, and easy to adapt to any size quilt you might want.

Download the Maisy Daisy free queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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If you’d like to make the Maisy Daisy lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the October/November issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here beginning August 25, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.

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Maisy Daisy: A Visit with Maho Schwartz

DSC 4096 copy 199x300 Maisy Daisy: A Visit with Maho SchwartzMeet guest blogger, quilting teacher, and quilt designer Maho Schwartz! Maho’s Maisy Daisy lap quilt is featured in the October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on, and don’t miss the magazine giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Hello everyone!  My name is Maho Schwartz from mahoquilts.com.  I am very excited to be the guest blogger this week.  I am a fabric addict, quilter, teacher, and designer.  Today, I would like to tell you about one of my quilt designs that will be featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine.

I originally designed this quilt for our guild friend LaRee’s 50th birthday a couple of years ago.  Each member of our guild exchanged blocks and completed a quilt for her.  It was so fun to see our piles of scraps disappear into this beautiful quilt.

Alternate 400px Maisy Daisy: A Visit with Maho SchwartzLaRee likes brown and blue so the sashing, cornerstones and binding are those colors.  After this quilt was made and given to LaRee, I decided to officially write my pattern.  This time, I made the border the same color as the sashing so the outer cornerstones look like they are floating.

quilt with wood wall 550px Maisy Daisy: A Visit with Maho SchwartzI tried not to use the same scrap strip more than twice so it didn’t look so repetitive.  If you don’t have enough variation of scraps, perhaps exchanging scrap strips or even exchanging blocks with your quilting friends might be a better way to give your quilt more variety.  It just makes it more interesting by using an assortment of fabric.

I was going to use a white background for a more modern look but I wanted to use this quilt at my kid’s sporting events.  The white background would have been awful for dirt and grass stains.  That’s why I chose the black background fabric.  I was able to find enough of this black fabric in my scrap bin which  was a bonus.  The cornerstones are purple because that’s my favorite color.  I think it turned out great.

A friend of mine, Holly Gordon, machine quilted it for me.  I asked her not to quilt it heavily since I wanted the quilt to be soft and cuddly (some spring and fall soccer seasons are very chilly in Northern Utah).  I love how she quilted the daisy with a big flower pattern and some cute swirlys on the sashing.

Quilt detail 400px Maisy Daisy: A Visit with Maho SchwartzI am so excited that McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine is featuring this quilt in their October/November 2015 issue.  I am giving away one magazine on my blog, mahoquilts.com. Contest closes August 31, so stop by soon!

Maho

Cover 200px Maisy Daisy: A Visit with Maho SchwartzThanks so much, Maho! If you’d like to make the Maisy Daisy lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the October/November issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2015!

Open the October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts and you’ll find 14 fun, unique patterns for fall quilting. Even the most time-challenged quilters will discover original quilt patterns speedy enough for a fast finish! And beginning quilters will love the step-by-step photos illustrating new skills and techniques. This pretty cover gives you just a hint of all the quilty goodness inside!

Cover 500px2 Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts October/November 2015!That stack of quilts on the cover consists of Maisy Daisy by Maho Schwartz, a great stash buster; Shades of Fall by Lynn Lister, which is sure to appeal to traditional quilters; and Pomegranates by Kate Colleran, designed to bring a warm welcome to all your autumn guests. The little inset photo is of Scribbles by Melinda Honn, a cute miniature quilt perfect as a gift for teachers or anyone artistic!

As for the 5+ Clever Tricks…have you ever had difficulty arranging appliqué pieces consistently from motif to motif, resulting in wonky flowers, odd-looking images, or even noticeably misplaced leaves? Our editors have included great tips for preassembling fusible appliqué shapes so you can add entire flowers or other motifs all at once. Step-by-step photos are included to guide you. And that’s just 1 of the 5 clever tricks in this issue!

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You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library. And browse all the lovely kits available for projects in this issue right here!

This issue is available on newsstands no later than August 25, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey by September 22 to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue and you may win an exclusive McCall’s Quilting travel tote with quilters’ goodies! This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Dream Catcher

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Dream CatcherScrap quilts are some of the best quilts, don’t you agree? There’s something about the wide variety of fabrics that makes a scrap quilt extra interesting and seems to fill it with a little extra love. This week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is a wonderful scrappy twin size quilt, Dream Catcher by Marcie Patch!

Dream Catcher 550px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Dream CatcherMcCall’s Quilting senior editor Valerie Uland chose this quilt for the I Love This Quilt! page of the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, partly because of how different the block can look when made with different colorations and value placements. Yes, that is just ONE block pattern!

Dream Catcher FLAT 550px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Dream CatcherIn fact, Valerie was so intrigued by the block that she made a bunch of them herself. See photos of her sample blocks and download the FREE Dream Catcher twin size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Strawberries and Cream: A Visit with Kathy Flowers

Flowers Kathy 225px Strawberries and Cream: A Visit with Kathy FlowersMeet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kathy Flowers of Pieces of Dreams Quilt Designs. Kathy’s Strawberries & Cream lap quilt is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

 

My love of fabric started while I was in high school. I made many of my own dresses, skirts, and jackets and when my daughter was born, I began making her clothes too. I was introduced to quilting and made my first quilt, a small doll quilt for my daughter, in 1974. I began designing my own quilts in 2010 and sold my designs through a local quilt shop. My first design was published in McCall’s Quick Quilts in 2012.

I design using both quilting cottons and wool appliqué. Sometimes I mix the two. When starting a new design , I sometimes start with a block in mind and sometimes a fabric calls my name. EQ (Electric Quilt software) is my best friend when designing a traditional quilt. My wool appliqué quilts are sketched by hand.

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When designing Strawberries & Cream, I started with a simple block and used it in three sizes.  I used two block sizes in the center and a third smaller block in the border.

 

 

 

I love two-color quilts and turned to my fabric stash to see what I could find.  With red being the dominant color in my stash at that time, I began by auditioning many fabrics at once.  Two colors were chosen, with the  darker mottled red from a Christmas line and the small red/cream print fabric from a reproduction line.

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Design wall detail 400px Strawberries and Cream: A Visit with Kathy FlowersI use my design wall to display the quilt blocks as I sew. Although I use EQ to design, it is not unusual for me to make changes to a pattern as I sew. I place all the blocks on the wall until I’m sure I’m satisfied with the layout.

 

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Once the quilt center is sewn in rows, I audition border designs. I tend to play with border designs, sometimes for several days until I find the one that frames the quilt nicely.

I love designing my own quilts!  It’s a great feeling knowing my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will never be cold!

 

 

 

 

Strawberries and Cream 600px Strawberries and Cream: A Visit with Kathy FlowersMy first book, Oh Glory, will be released by Martingale in May 2016.  The book was created to honor the memory of my father, a WWII veteran.

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Thanks so much, Kathy! If you’d like to make the Strawberries & Cream lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.

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To celebrate the release of Strawberries & Cream, Kathy is giving away a pack of fat quarters from the Simply Colorful II collection by V and Co. for Moda over on her Facebook page. Follow this link to enter for a chance to win!

 

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