Book Review: Scrap Patchwork

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Book Review: Scrap PatchworkScrap Patchwork: Traditionally Modern Quilts
By Sandra Clemons

StashBooks®/C&T Publishing; $24.95, ebook $16.99

 

Book S Clemons Cover Book Review: Scrap Patchwork“Forget your troubles…Come on, get scrappy!” That’s the endearing tag line on the back cover of Sandra Clemons’ new book, and it couldn’t be more true. When we quilters dive into our scrap fabrics, problems seem to melt away and we find ourselves in a happy, creative zone. Sandra’s book is a great companion for this journey, including loads of helpful tips for organizing fabric stashes for maximum usefulness and fun, as well as patterns for 13 unique scrap quilts. Let’s take a look!

Puggles 600px Book Review: Scrap PatchworkPuggles FLAT 300px Book Review: Scrap PatchworkThe cool quilt above and at right is Puggles, which finishes 48″ x 64″. This is a super-fast scrap quilt pattern, with minimal piecing and maximum graphic punch. The controlled color palette and accent splashes of white give it a modern, light-filled vibe even with the large expanses of blue/gray background fabric. Fabric requirements throughout the book are given both as yardage and in fat quarters, perfect for stitching from your stash. I love that!

 

 

 

Delightful 600px Book Review: Scrap PatchworkHere is Delightful (above), which finishes at 64″ square. You’ll make just 9 big, beautiful, scrappy blocks plus units for the border with this design. Sandra even provides an alternate colorway idea for this one, with a navy background…ultra sophisticated.

Magic 600px Book Review: Scrap Patchworkwebinar Book Review: Scrap PatchworkAnd the beauty above is Magic, a 48″ square quilt design of 4 rows of 4 twelve-inch blocks each. This particular pattern requires set-in seams (also known as Y seams), but no worries…step by step photos beginning on page 107 of Sandra’s book take you through this technique and you’ll soon be a pro. If you need extra help, Sandra also has an on-demand webinar available on this topic. Click the image at right for details.

 

If you love scrap quilting, traditional patchwork, and modern fabrics, you will definitely want to add this book to your personal library. Sandra’s patterns are a wonderful way to add upscale warmth to your rooms while playing with your fabric stash. What could be better?

And now here’s a special Valentine’s Day gift thanks to the generous folks at C&T Publishing! Would you like a chance to win a free copy of “Scrap Patchwork“? Leave a comment below by midnight, February 19, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 1 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

Kathy

Here are a few more of Sandra’s unique quilt patterns, available as instant digital downloads in our online shop. Click the quilt photos for more details!

DPQMP1520 Book Review: Scrap Patchwork

Haute Ziggity

DPQMP1651 Book Review: Scrap Patchwork

Candy Cane Crush

DPQQP160308 Book Review: Scrap Patchwork

Sunset

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Super Strings Wall or Baby Quilt Pattern

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Super Strings Wall or Baby Quilt PatternIf you’ve been quilting for even a short time, you likely have fabric scraps. And chances are some of them are long and strippy. This week’s Friday Freebie is a perfect free quilt pattern to use up those long, strippy scraps and create a stunning wall or baby quilt. I know our readers love free baby quilt patterns so I’m sure you’re going to enjoy the smaller version of Super Strings, based on a queen size quilt designed by Molly Black:

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The Super Strings wall or baby quilt finishes 46″ square.

Stunning, yes? Although the shapes are quite basic, the scrappy fabrication lends depth and interest to the design (while using up your leftovers!). This blue/cream/green fabrication is beautiful, but you can see how easy this free quilt pattern would be to adapt to any 3-color scheme you like.

No worries…you don’t have to piece those strippy triangle shapes individually. The construction is actually very easy:

 

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Fabric strips are sewn together into strip sets, and then cut apart into pieced triangles using a template. Instructions and measurements for making the template are included in the quilt pattern.

If your fabric scraps aren’t all width-of-fabric, you can always piece them into longer strips before beginning.

Once the triangles are cut, they’re sewn into pairs to make pieced squares and then assembled to make the quilt top. Easy peasy!

Download the Super Strings wall or baby quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

SuperStrings300px1 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Super Strings Wall or Baby Quilt PatternIf you’d like to make the queen size version of Super Strings and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2016 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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Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol Moellers

Moellers Carol 225px Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersWelcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Carol Moellers! Carol’s Quilts of Valor® patriotic lap quilt, Enchanted Evening Star, is featured in the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on, and don’t miss the fabulous fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Hello Quilters! I am thrilled that McCall’s Quilting invited me to be a guest blogger. Creating quilt patterns and using beautiful fabric to make the pattern have always been a fun way to express my creative spirit. I love to share and encourage other quilters how you can take simple shapes and create beautiful quilts. For me, designing quilts with the wonderful fabrics is fun, enjoyable and something I love to do.

Cover 300px Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersThe quilt I designed is the featured Quilt of Valor (QOV) in the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

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My quilt Enchanted Evening Star uses the patriotic red, white, and blue prints from RJR Fabric’s Basically Patrick collection designed by Patrick Lose.  The lap size quilt is perfect for any deserving veteran. I used the Star, tone-on-tone Lily’s Linen, and Dapple fabrics from the collection.

EnchantedEveningStar600px Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersBlock Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersBeing able to make this involved-looking quilt with only half-square triangles (HSTs) and simple flying geese units means that it is achievable for even a confident beginner. It is all in the fabric choices and placement which create a wonderful secondary pinwheel block. The quilt is made with a 12″ block which is repeated 20 times.

The pinwheels appear when the blocks are sewn together.

EnchantedEveningStarFLAT500px Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersDon’t let all these half square triangles in the blocks and in the border keep you from doing this project.  There are a number of ways to make HSTs. I would like to share with you one way to make them fun, fast, and accurate. This is the rapid fire way to make HSTs and it is so easy. Another tip I would like to share, is when you have a number of HSTs, accuracy is of the utmost importance.  To achieve very accurate HST units I like to use a 6 ½” x 6 ½” Bloc Loc Ruler® for squaring them up to a perfect 2 ½” inch unfinished square.

The first step is to decide what size square of fabric you will need to make 8 HSTs in a flash. Here is the formula.

  1. Multiply the finished size of your HST by 2.
  2. Add 2″.
  3. Cut two (contrasting) squares of fabric to match that dimension.

The HSTs in Enchanted Evening Star finish to 2” size, so if you use the instructions above….

Multiply 2″ x 2 = 4″

Add 2” + 4″ = 6”

Cut two squares of fabric 6” x 6” each.

Big X Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersNow, watch the magic happen.  Place the two 6” squares, right sides together and draw two diagonal lines on the fabric’s wrong side of one of the squares.  The diagonal line will go from one corner to the opposite corner as shown.  Draw a second diagonal line on the opposite corner, going from corner to corner.  You will have drawn an “X” on your fabric square.

If you have a dark fabric and a light fabric, I suggest you draw your diagonal line on the lightest square.  A #2 lead pencil will work nicely for drawing your lines.  If both of your fabrics are dark, I would suggest a white thin-line chalk marker.

Secure the two fabrics with a pin or two to keep fabrics from shifting.

Big X stitched Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersSew a line of stitches 1/4″ from each side of each drawn pencil line with a quarter inch presser foot.  You will end up with an “X” sewn with double lines diagonally across your block.

Press the sewn square to set the stitched lines.  This will make the fabric lie flat for cutting.

 

 

 

cutting diagonally Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersCut on your drawn diagonal lines of the sewn square.  Make sure your rotary ruler is aligned so you are cutting on the drawn pencil line.  You will have 4 triangle units.

 

 

 

Now cut through the middle of each of the triangle units.

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Magic, you now have eight HST units.

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8 HST pressed Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol Moellers

 

Iron the units unopened on a flat ironing surface with the darkest fabric facing up.  This will set the seams and make it easy to press them open.

Flip the top fabric of the HST unit open and use your iron to (carefully) press the unit open.

Now use your Bloc Loc Ruler® or other ruler of choice to square them up to a perfect 2 ½” unfinished square.  This video will demonstrate the use of the Bloc Loc Ruler.

I hope this rapid fire way of making HSTs is a method you will use in other quilting projects.

I have a challenge for you, McCall’s Quilting blog readers. In 2016 I challenge you to make a QOV quilt.   The next time you are shopping, buy red, white, and blue fabrics and give my project a try.  I would love to see a picture of your finished project. You can find me on Facebook or on my blog.

Happy quilting!

Carol

prizes 400px Enchanted Evening Star: A Visit with Carol MoellersThanks so much, Carol. And now for the GIVEAWAY! We have 2 prize packages from RJR Fabrics!  The two lucky winners will receive a 14 assorted fat quarter bundle from the “Basically Patrick” collection of basics and blenders in the range of colors shown, Lily’s Linen, Hexies, Suds, Stars, and Dapple prints. We can’t wait to see who the winners are and what you will create with your fat quarter bundles of RJR Fabric.

Leave a comment below before midnight February 28, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Winner names will be drawn on February 29 and notified by email.

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

If you’d like to make the Enchanted Evening Star lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2016 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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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pixie Sticks Lap Quilt Pattern

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pixie Sticks Lap Quilt PatternAs soon I saw the Pixie Sticks baby quilt by Debby Kratovil in the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I fell in love. The 1930s repro prints against the clean white background…the fun reverse placement of color vs. white in the grouped blocks…the fat-quarter-friendly fabric requirements…the adorable pieced binding…and most of all the playful arrangement of blocks so the color groups seem to overlap…all these things made this design super appealing to me.

PixieSticksFLAT500px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pixie Sticks Lap Quilt PatternThe rest of the McCall’s Quilting editorial team must have felt the same way, because they made plans to offer a free web bonus pattern for a queen size version of Pixie Sticks. We even promised it in the magazine! Then the time came to create the pattern, and the expert editor assigned to the task realized…it was a BAD idea. To get the design to a queen size meant disrupting the look of it, and it just wasn’t going to be attractive at all.

BUT a lap size version…that we could do. So here it is, this week’s Friday Freebie, the lap size version of Pixie Sticks:

PixieSticks600pxsquare Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pixie Sticks Lap Quilt PatternI know our readers love free lap quilt patterns, so I hope you’ll enjoy this one. Grab some fat quarters and your free pattern, and get started today!

Download the Pixie Sticks lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa Bluford

Bluford Lisa 225px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and Etsy shop owner Lisa Bluford of Pieces of Cotton! Lisa’s “fraternal twin” Sparkle & Spin quilts are featured in the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

 

Hello! This is Lisa from Pieces of Cotton and I’m here today to talk about my Sparkle & Spin quilts. I felt a little like Goldilocks trying to make these quilts!

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I was in search of an easier way to make the beautiful hummingbird pattern that I’d seen on other blogs. Any pattern or tutorial I could find relied on paper piecing to make the irregular shaped pieces, but I was determined to simplify it somehow.

I did try the paper piecing first, but knew I wouldn’t persevere for a whole quilt with this method. 3 paper pieced 575px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordI started trying other construction methods. This block was too small:

too small 400px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordThis block was too large, and not positioned the way I wanted:

too large 400px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordThis block finally had the method down, but I didn’t like the way the gray was positioned:

gray not right 400px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordMy college art instructor encouraged us to use our art supplies freely. He said it would either result in a finished product, or a lesson, but either way it wasn’t wasted. The only wasted paint was the paint still in the tube. We should think of our fabric the same way. I’m as guilty as anyone else of hoarding my favorites, but it’s the fabric still on the shelf that is actually the waste.

In the end, this is what I came up with…Sparkle & Spin!

SparkleAndSpin600px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordOnce the method clicked with me, I wanted to try to incorporate both types of blocks in one quilt, so I made a small quilt using the beautiful Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters for Moda and Kona charcoal as the background. I started with 7” squares rather than 10” and the end result was a perfect couch sized quilt. I did have a few pieces of the spin triangles left over, but they’re currently hugging some hexagon papers, so there’s no waste there!

black quilt siloed 575px Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordIf you do make a Sparkle & Spin quilt set for yourself, I’d love to see them! You can find me on Instagram as @piecesofcottonquilting, or at my blog: piecesofcotton.blogspot.com.

Lisa

SparkleAndSpin300pxsquare Sparkle and Spin: A Visit with Lisa BlufordThanks so much, Lisa! To help everyone plan their own versions of Lisa’s quilts, we’ve provided a free web bonus download of a coloring sheet for this design. Click the image to get your copy.

If you’d like to make the Sparkle & Spin twin size quilts and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2016 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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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting March/April 2016!

If innovation is one of your favorite quilting words, we have just the magazine for you! The 17 fresh quilt patterns in the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting are full of fun techniques, unusual twists, and clever tricks to take your next project to a whole new level. Let’s take a peek:

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2016!That sassy striped “cover girl” quilt is Super Strings by Molly Black. It’s a great strippy stash buster and easy enough even for beginning quilters. We also have a web bonus of a FREE baby quilt pattern adapted from this design.

And there are 16 more inspiring quilt patterns inside this magazine, from easy-but-unusual one-block designs to this show-stopping feathered star quilt, Starfire by Christine Stainbrook:

Starfire600px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2016!Just spectacular!

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!

March/April McCall’s Quilting is available on newsstands now, 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. We value your opinions!

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House (Quilts) Beautiful

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 House (Quilts) BeautifulSee that house quilt in the background of my photo? It’s what I consider to be the overall best quilt I’ve made so far, The House That Kaffe Built. It first appeared in the May/June 2011 issue of McCall’s Quilting, and it was basically a remake of an antique quilt patterned in one of our Vintage Quilts magazines. The look of it, however, is anything but antique, since I made it with Kaffe Fassett prints set on a pure white background. Here’s another view of it:

The House that Kaffe Built Large House (Quilts) BeautifulEven before I became a quilter, I was always drawn to house quilts and house quilt blocks. I’ve been an avid do-it-yourselfer all my life, and have owned homes since I was 24, so the concept of a house as shelter and life center is embedded deep in my heart. I love the idea of “building” my own house or town with fabric, personalizing it any way I like, making it grander than anything I could afford in brick and mortar, or simpler than any real dwelling can functionally be. When you’re making houses from fabric, your only limit is your imagination!

To demonstrate my point, here are a few house quilts and house quilt blocks we’ve featured in McCall’s Quilting magazines over the years:

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It Takes A Village by Elizabeth Angus combines Tall House Blocks and oversized vines for a whimsical, wonderful little town. This wall quilt pattern finishes at 47″ x 55″. The pattern is in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, available here.

 

 

 

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The Tall House Block pattern is one of hundreds of free quilt block patterns on our website. I love the elongated shapes that really set this design apart from other house quilt blocks. You can download this free 5″ x 10″ quilt block pattern here.

 

 

 

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Cozy Town by Wendy Sheppard is a modern interpretation of the classic house quilt design. The subdued color palette and fun setting make this quilt a knockout in any interior. This lap quilt finishes at 67 1/2″ square. The pattern is in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Quilt kits and backing fabric are still available.

 

 

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The traditional House Block from Cozy Town is also a free quilt block pattern on our website. You can download the free 9″ square House Block pattern here.

 

 

 

 

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Anytown 4th of July is a queen/king bed scarf quilt I made with super simple house shapes. The pizzazz comes from a pieced border and crystal embellishments representing fireworks. It was patterned in the Spring 2009 issue of America Loves Scrap Quilts, available here.

 

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Charmville by Abigail Dolinger features nine-patch houses with flying geese roofs in a simple setting, great for using fabric scraps. This wall quilt finishes at 27 3/4″ x 29″. The pattern is in the February/March 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, available here.

 

 

 

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Quiet Village by Rebecca LoGiudice is one of the most popular, and most intricate, house quilt patterns we’ve ever published. The three-part series wall quilt pattern appeared in 2009 in McCall’s Quilting. It included many unusual techniques and we were thrilled to see many, many reader versions in photos sent to our office after the series concluded. Unfortunately, the pattern is not available at this time.

However, another of Rebecca’s intricate house quilt patterns, House on Willow Hill, is still available in our online shop. Check it out here.

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And you CAN get a pattern for Rebecca’s newest house quilt project, Lady’s Slipper Cottages. It is featured in the new March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, and it finishes at 64″ x 69″. In typical Rebecca style, the design features lots of fun details such as buttons, embroidery, and rickrack. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download here.

 

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And here’s the miniature version of my The House That Kaffe Built quilt. It finishes at 17 1/4″ x 20 1/4″, and the tiny houses are foundation (paper) pieced. The pattern is available as a FREE web bonus download here.

We also have step by step videos available that teach this pattern and 3 other mini quilt patterns. You can check them out here.

So have I convinced you of the charms of house quilts? I hope you’ll give one a try soon if you haven’t already and leave a comment with your own house quilt story. Grab some fabric and a house quilt block pattern and let your imagination lead you to your own fabric village, city, or town. I promise you’ll enjoy the process!

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Delicate Delft

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Delicate DelftTake a log cabin quilt block variation…piece it with an array of blue fabrics from dark to light value…and set identical blocks in simple but pleasing diagonal rows, to create a sense of movement in the design. That’s the way to make this week’s easy Friday Free Quilt Pattern, Delicate Delft by Toby Lischko:

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The Delicate Delft quilt pattern finishes at 61″ x 81″, a nice big lap size

Although this free lap quilt pattern is absolutely lovely made in soft blues, it’s also easy to adapt to any color scheme you like. As long as you keep in mind the fabric values (dark vs. light properties), this quilt could be make in ANY favorite color family.

Download the Delicate Delft lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin Lawson

Lawson Kristin 225px Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin Lawson Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer Kristin Lawson! Kristin’s new quilt, Moonshadows, is patterned in the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Hi! I’m Kristin from a little crispy patterns. I am delighted to be blogging over here today! You can check out my patterns and what else I’m up to on my website, or on Instagram @CrispyKristin.

Moonshadows STYLE 500px 248x300 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonSo I thought a fun thing to do would be to show a few different color and setting options for my Moonshadows quilt. I design most of my quilts in Electric Quilt software (EQ7), which lets me play with the colors and layout for a quilt design pretty easily. I always have quite a tough choice as there are so many possibilities! What I usually do is play with color options for a couple of hours and save each one I think is a contender in a folder. When I think I have enough choices, I go to the folder and slowly narrow it down until I have my favorite!

I chose to do the quilt in dark, subdued tones. The half dark/half light circles alternate between light facing in and light facing out of the colored sections in adjacent blocks.

Moonshadows 1 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonLook at what happens if we change it so that all the light half circles are facing in and brighten up the palette a bit.

Moonshadows 2 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonWe can also try making the whole quilt darker overall by changing the darker half circles to a black and white print and change the lighter half circles to be a darker color instead of a neutral. I shifted the layout so there are half blocks all around the edge to add a little interest.

Moonshadows 3 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonThen I changed the inner half circles to white and the outer half circles to match the corresponding color block.

Moonshadows 4 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonHere I changed the background to light and the inner circles to a springy light green.

Moonshadows 5 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonFor the next two, I changed the background and one side of the half circles to the same color. They look so different with the dark or light backgrounds!

Moonshadows 6 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonMoonshadows 7 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonAnd in this one, I rotated a few blocks for fun.

Moonshadows 8 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonIn this example, I rotated half of the blocks so each color forms more of a pinwheel.

Moonshadows 9 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonAnd this last one I think is the one I would make if/when I make this pattern again. For each block I chose three analogous colors (three colors close to each other on the color wheel) and made sure to vary the lightness of the three. It’s so bright! I love it!

Moonshadows 10 Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonI hope that helps you stretch your imagination a bit and help you see what’s possible with this cool little block! And now you can also see how easy it is to get lost playing with color. icon smile Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin Lawson

Kristin

MoonshadowsFLAT200px Moonshadows: A Visit with Kristin LawsonThank you so much, Kristin!

If you’d like to make the Moonshadows lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here beginning February 2, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.

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Quilting, Castles, and Gardens of Ireland – Let’s Go!

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Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Do you dream of Ireland? The infinite shades of green in the landscape, the warm welcome of the people, the rich cultural heritage, and best of all…the quilting inspiration! If so, we’d like to invite you to make 2016 the year you live your dream of a lifetime and visit the Emerald Isle.

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The Shamrock Chain quilt by Maria Umhey is patterned in the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Quilters have a long history with all things Irish. Think single, double and triple Irish chain quilts, Celtic Twist Blocks, or even McCall’s own popular Tales of Ireland free block of the month quilt pattern! And the McCall’s Quilting Ireland travel adventures are always sold-out trips. We carefully plan each tour especially for quilters, including interaction with local quilt groups and visits to quilt shows where available. On all our trips, quilting inspiration abounds. From breathtaking scenery to spellbinding churches and museums to unique local sites and shopping…our travelers love the way we pamper them and help make their dreams come true!

The 2016 Quilting, Castles, and Gardens of Ireland tour will be hosted by Agnes Warren, quilting blogger, multi-crafter, and devotee of all things Irish. We’ll also travel with savvy professional tour hosts and guides as we take in all that Ireland has to offer. Check out the complete itinerary here!agnes warren Quilting, Castles, and Gardens of Ireland   Lets Go!

A limited number of places remain for our 2016 tour of Ireland, with optional Scotland add-on. Won’t you join us July 3-13? We’re going to have a marvelous time! Get all the details here.

 

 

 

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