Tuesday Tutorials: Machine Quilting A Breeze

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Machine Quilting A BreezeWith temperatures rising and flags flying high for the 4th of July, breeze is having a moment. Have you ever machine quilted a breeze? Erin Russek taped a short video awhile back demonstrating how to do just that, and I’d like to share it with you as this week’s Tuesday Tutorial.

Breeze Tuesday Tutorials: Machine Quilting A Breeze

Wavy lines and swirls combine to give this quilting design the feeling of a windy day.

This is an easy (even breezy!) quilting design to execute on a home sewing machine, and it’s perfect for any quilt with flag blocks, balloons, butterflies, birds, or anything that would naturally be in a breezy sky. Watch the video, and then give it a try!

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!

Love the Flag Block in the video? The pattern for it is in this magazine, available in our online shop:

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Book Review: The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Book Review: The Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler QuiltHere’s a cure for the common quilt…a sampler quilt book with 99 unusual quilt block patterns and so much more. Forgive me for gushing, but this book is truly blowing me away! The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird (Fons & Porter/F+W, 2015; $28.99) is flying off bookstore shelves and I totally understand why. The combination of great quilt blocks, clear quilt setting instructions, and unbelievably moving letters written by farm women during the Great Depression makes this a must-have book for any quilter’s library.

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A word of warning: this is not a fast, easy collection of quilt blocks, nor would a quilt made with these blocks be a fast, easy project. Most of the blocks are pieced from template-cut patches, old-school style.Aimee 300px Book Review: The Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt And that’s part of the beauty of this book. Not only do we get a glimpse of the daily lives of quilters in the 1930s, we have an opportunity to join them in the kind of patchwork they may well have worked on, using feed sack fabrics or any other cloth that came to hand. This book gives a fully immersive experience, and I can’t wait to dig into my 1930s repro stash and lose myself in the process.Mrs. Anderson 300px Book Review: The Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt

Best news of all…the book and its accompanying pattern disc are on sale in our online shop, for even less than you’d pay on Amazon! Visit QuiltAndSewShop.com to check out this super thrifty deal. You can bet those farm ladies would approve!

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt gets two big thumbs up from me. Now I’m off to sort through my 30s repros!

 

 

 

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2015!

Are you ready to make a fresh, fun, fast, and fabulous quilt? The August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts has 13 easy, original quilt patterns to inspire your next project. And it’s arriving in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands now, so let’s take a look!

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2015!The quilt sizes in this colorful magazine range from baby to king bed with every size in between, so there’s something here for everyone. And since we know our readers love to shop for fabric online, we’ve got kits available for several of these stunning projects.

Polka Tot 300px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2015!Baby quilt patterns are always favorites, and Polka Tot by Abigail Dolinger is sure to inspire  lots of cherished cuddlies. We’re working on a free twin size quilt pattern for this design, too, so you can make a coordinated nursery ensemble with a crib quilt and quilt for a daybed or twin bed to match.

Ive Got A Notion 300px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2015!I’ve Got A Notion by Kate Colleran is all about the adorable sewing-themed prints from the Home Seweet Home collection designed by Dan Morris for RJR Fabrics. If you fall in love with this quilt, you’ll want the exact fabrics, so kits and backing fabric are available!

Lots of Boxes 300px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2015!Sandra Clemons’ new design, Lots of Boxes, is fun to piece and a wonderful way to showcase lots of bright, modern fabrics. We have kits and backing fabric available for this one, too!

You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a short issue-highlights 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 June 30, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue and you may win an exclusive McCall’s Quilting travel tote!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flying Colors Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flying Colors Baby QuiltModern babies and their modern Moms will all love this cool free baby quilt pattern! Bright fabrics against a white background will capture baby’s attention, and the rainbow of colors ensures this cheery quilt will coordinate with nearly any nursery scheme. This week’s Friday Freebie is the baby quilt size of Flying Colors, designed by Laurie Vandergriff!

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The Flying Colors baby quilt finishes 35 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.

Laurie’s original quilt design was for a lap size quilt, patterned in the new August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. But we liked it so much we decided to downsize the blocks and offer a free baby quilt pattern as well. The piecing is simple, making this a truly fast project.

Download the FREE Flying Colors baby quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie!

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all.

Need more baby quilt patterns? Check these out!

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Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda Murphy

Murphy Amanda 200px Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyWelcome guest blogger, quilting teacher, author, and quilt and fabric designer Amanda Murphy! Amanda’s innovative lap quilt, Hexie Flowers, is patterned in the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on, and don’t miss the pattern giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Hi there! It is Amanda Murphy and I’d like to thank McCall’s Quilting for the invitation to guest-blog over here today! I’m excited to introduce my new Hexie Flowers pattern in this issue. I hope you like it! Hexie Flowers is a variation of my best-selling Blossoms pattern and it is fun to do. Even though it looks complex, the big blocks make it fly by. And because the appliqué ends in the seams, there is no need to knot threads for the petals. You can chain-appliqué just like you chain piece!

Hexie Flowers FLAT 500px Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyFor those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I’m a fabric designer with Benartex and a pattern designer as well.  I’m a Quilting and Longarm spokesperson for BERNINA and also an author with C&T Publishing with a new book – The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book – coming out this summer.  Oh – and I also teach online classes at Craftsy.com. You can find me over at my blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

McCall’s is giving away some of my most recent quilt patterns – First Crush, Romance, Blossoms, Forever, Love Birds, Chantilly, Flower Power, and Bouquet – so please leave a comment below for a chance to enter. My new block-of-the-month pattern, Heart’s Delight, wasn’t back from the printer in time, so you can hop over to my blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of that! Just for fun, here are some details of the quilts made from my patterns:

Bouquet 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda Murphy FirstCrush 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda Murphy Romance 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyHeartsDelight 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyI hope you enjoy this issue of McCall’s Quilting – there are some really great projects in it and I was thrilled to be included!

Thanks and happy quilting!
Amanda

Thanks, Amanda! If you’d like to make your own Hexie Flowers lap quilt, quilt kits are available in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special Ruler

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special RulerThere are special quilting rulers available for nearly every type of cutting or construction task a quilter might face. In fact, you may have several (or many!) of these specialty rulers in your sewing space right now. They can make quilting tasks much quicker and more accurate…IF you know how to use them properly.

ruler 200 Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special RulerThat’s where this week’s Tuesday Tutorial comes in. Erin Russek taped a wonderful little video demonstrating the use of the Quilt in a Day™ Small Flying Geese Ruler, and it is definitely a tool you’ll want to consider adding to your quilt making arsenal.

When used properly, this ruler helps you make sets of 4 flying geese units (in 2 different sizes) in about the same amount of time it would take to make just 2 units when sewing patch-by-patch. That’s twice as fast! And if you’re making a quilt with a lot of flying geese, that really adds up.

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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!

Check out these other Quilt in a Day specialty rulers!

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Welcome to the Misty Pines Quilt Along!

Traditional quilts versus art quilts. It seems like such an either/or. But somewhere in between lies the world of artistic traditional quilts, and in that world you’ll find Misty Pines, our newest Quilt Along project. Straightforward piecing and fabulous Northcott Fabrics combine to create an atmospheric lap size quilt you’ll love to make and to display. Ready to see it?

Misty Pines FLAT 500px Welcome to the Misty Pines Quilt Along!The textural fabric prints and careful value (light/dark) placement create a wonderful forest scene our readers have loved since the Misty Pines pattern, designed by Patti Carey, was first published in the January/February 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting. That original set of kits sold out so quickly, we knew we wanted to offer this quilt again someday if we could ever find similar fabrics. And now they are here! Northcott Fabrics designers Deborah Edwards and Linda Ludovico have come up with beautiful wood grain, pebble, and rock fabrics in a gorgeous natural color palette that really brings this mountain scene to life. Of course, you can also follow this Quilt Along using your own fabric choices. Either way, our free videos break this project down so it is simple enough even for beginning quilters.

All 12 of the video lessons in this series will be available to watch free for a limited time at QNNtv.com. We’ll be highlighting them one per week on our Facebook page (#mistypinesquiltalong), and you can watch at your own convenience. The complete pattern will soon be available for purchase in our online shop, and you can also purchase a bundle including the pattern and all 12 videos so you can add them to your personal library. Of course, if you purchase a quilt kit, the complete pattern is included. For your convenience, backing fabric is also available.

Ready to sew? Get your pattern ready and mark your calendar to watch Lesson 1 beginning Friday, June 26.

We’d like to thank our generous Misty Pines Quilt Along sponsors:

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Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!

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Did somebody say “SALE!?” Time for a little online shopping during a quick morning break at the office!

Sister quilting title Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting is having a Customer Appreciation Sale of 25% off through Tuesday, June 23rd with coupon code CUSTLOVE25, and I’m going to take a few minutes to see if there’s something I need (okay, using the word “need” loosely here!)

Oooh…pretty Rings of Freedom Quilt Kit…isn’t it that time of year for red white & blue? LQK15132 Rings of Freedom Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!I could have some fun coloring in this Tula Pink Coloring Book, a new and different way to play with fabric!S0476 Tula Pink coloring Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!

And my coworker raves about this portable quilt design wall; it has a helpful grid printed on it, includes grommets for hanging on a wall, and can be rolled up with the quilt patches in place.

FP7860 Design Wall 300x300 Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!These high quality Gingher 4 1/2” blunt end scissors would be great for taking along on summer outings and travel. I don’t know what it is about scissors, but I can never seem to get enough of them!

LQNG4PS travel scissors 209x300 Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!Okay—time to get back to editing the next gorgeous issue of McCall’s Quilting, but I hope you have a chance to stop by the store and find some of your favorites to use your coupon on!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nutmeg and Cinnamon Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nutmeg and Cinnamon Queen SizeWhen you look at a doormat, do you see a quilt pattern? Janice Averill did and the result was her design for Nutmeg & Cinnamon, patterned in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The original quilt is a nice lap size, but we liked the design so much we also wrote a free queen size quilt pattern. This week’s Friday Freebie is Nutmeg & Cinnamon, sized for your bed!

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The queen size version of the Nutmeg & Cinnamon quilt design finishes 84 1/2″ x 100 1/2″.

You can read all about Janice’s design process on her guest blog…pretty fascinating stuff. And don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest, running through midnight June 30. Check it all out now!

Nutmeg & Cinnamon is a perfect quilt pattern for using your precut fabric strips, such as Tonga Treats and Jelly Rolls. You’ll need 3 coordinating precut strip packs, plus some border and binding fabric, for the queen size version.

 

 

Download the FREE Nutmeg & Cinnamon queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie!

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Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey Day

Day Stacey 285px Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey DayWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Stacey Day of Stacey In Stitches! Stacey’s wall quilt, Rose Medallion, is on the cover of the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Hello everyone! My name is Stacey Day (@StaceyinStitches), and I am delighted to be the guest blogger here today at McCall’s Quilting. I am an award winning quilter, and have been designing and sewing quilts since high school (let’s not ask when that was, shall we?). I am a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, and an active member of the Quilt Design a Day group on Facebook. Today, I get to talk a little about my very first quilt with McCall’s Quilting magazine, “Rose Medallion”.

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Rose Medallion hanging in the FreeSpirit booth at International Quilt Market

The design for Rose Medallion was inspired by the Lulu Roses fabric collection by Tanya Whelan of FreeSpirit Fabrics, and was made for her booth at International Quilt Market. The collection is soft and delicate, and I really wanted to tie in a floral motif without all the hard edges of block construction. I chose the long petal shape medallion because it worked well to feature the gorgeous prints, it was easy to fussy cut, and the rounded edges could be folded under for both hand and machine appliqué.

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The Rose Medallion wall quilt pattern finishes 41 1/2″ square

The border print in particular really caught my attention. I knew I wanted mitered borders, and  after playing with the orientation a bit, I found that cutting across the stripes showed them off better and created an interesting visual at the mitered seams.  The small 3D inset between the quilt and border is my favorite part of the entire quilt; it’s a fun surprise when people get up close and realize it’s 3D!

Quilting Rose Medallion, I wanted to keep it simple and classic. The crosshatch background worked beautifully. I marked everything before I started sewing to make sure I would have an even motif from corner to corner. It took some re-marking and a calculator but the end result was worth it. I echoed around the petals of the medallion and inside them to secure all the appliqué layers.  The border was given the piano key treatment, which both stabilized the perimeter of the quilt and complemented the pattern of the border.

bench 500px Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey DayThis quilt is a particular favorite of mine, in part because it was the first quilt I ever made to show at Quilt Market, the first project I ever made for FreeSpirit, and the first time I realized I love soft floral fabrics (which at the time were out of my comfort zone).  I still pull the fabrics out for various projects because they work well for so many things, and I’m a little sad that I am starting to get down to the last few inches of a couple prints.

Now, I am sure you noticed that there aren’t a whole lot of “construction pictures” in my post. It’s not that I don’t own a camera (or a phone for that matter,) I am just really bad at remembering to take progress photos! When I get really into a project, all of my focus is on that project, and I rarely stop to take pictures. I am getting much better; it’s fun to see the quilt come to life!

Even more fun than seeing the process, is seeing the finished quilt. Which is why I cannot wait to see all your beautiful finished “Rose Medallion” quilts! You can email me a picture at staceydayquilts@yahoo.com and I am happy to post it on my blog, or upload it to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr group. McCall’s even has kits available, so if you love “Rose Medallion” as much as I do, you  can have your very own just like it!

Happy Stitching!
Stacey

Thanks, Stacey! If you’d like to make your own Rose Medallion wall quilt, quilt kits are available for preorder in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

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