Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele Scott

Michele 200 Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele ScottWelcome back guest blogger, author, quilting teacher, and quilt and fabric designer Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter! Michele‘s lap quilt pattern, Deep Blue Sea, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabric and book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Editor’s Note: Michele has just a few remaining quilt kits available for her Deep Blue Sea lap quilt. Check them out here!

DeepBlueSeaFLAT200px Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele ScottWhen I get asked to write a blog for McCall’s, I always get so excited!  Don’t judge – I lead a very boring life.  The smallest things bring me joy.  The reason why I’m so jazzed to do this is because it makes me be insightful about things that I may not normally be because of the craziness of life.  They tell me I can write about my quilt, Deep Blue Sea, which is being featured in this month’s McCall’s Quick Quilts. But what is there to say?  It’s a very easy design…easy to make.  What makes it crazy beautiful are the fabrics from my collection from Northcott, Calypso. Designed under the mentorship of my amazing art director, Deborah Edwards, these fabrics will make any design look great!

DeepBlueSea600px Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele ScottSo no, I don’t want to write about the quilt.

So what to write about?  I get a few weeks to do this, so I take that time to pause and reflect.

Michele and Tom 350px Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele ScottI have many gigs this spring.  Doing lots of shows and guild workshops and lectures, so I’ve been knee deep into the whole biz the past couple of months.  Thinking back over this time, you know what’s front and center at all times?  My husband, Tom. (Affectionately know as Sweetie to many.)

Everyone calm down.  This won’t be your typical, “My husband is great…blah, blah, blah.”.  Okay, maybe it is, but I think it’s more of a story of someone who shares everything about the one he loves.

Let me give you some background.  Twenty five years ago, Tom and I taught across the hall from one another and dated.  It didn’t work out and we married our first spouses.  Fourteen years later, we both were divorced and tried the whole dating thing again.  Once again, it didn’t work out – I guess we just weren’t ready.  Four years from that (do you have the whole math down?), we met up with mutual friends and a month after that, I was moved into his house and we were engaged.  Timing was finally right for the both of us.

tom 350px Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele ScottWhen I first married Tom, he knew nothing about quilting.  This Grateful Dead and football and golf-loving hippie was one of “those” who would call a quilt, a “blanket”.  Can you imagine?  The horror!  I had to teach him….and fast!

Over the past six years, he has not only been by my side while I’ve run The Pieceful Quilter, he has taken an interest in every facet of the business.  He cuts kits, provides advice for fabric designing (this man has an amazing eye for color and symmetry), and Sherpas all of my stuff around.  He never complains as I send him out for lunch or tell him to set up tables so that the guild women don’t have to do it.  He quietly packs and unpacks the car….over and over and over.  He tells me his job is to make sure the “talent” gets to their final destination.  And on top of all of that….he’s pretty damned good looking.

It’s so funny to watch him in a workshop explaining the difference between a Topstitch 90/14 needle and a 100/16 to a student in one of my workshops.  Or discuss the various fusibles and how to use them while at a lecture.  This burly 6’3” guy has embraced the techniques and the people in the quilting industry.  Coming to my gigs brings him such joy!  And of course, the women adore him.  Who wouldn’t?  I fall deeper and deeper in love with him as I watch him interact with such kindness and respect.

I knew when we reconnected that last time, I was ready and I found the ultimate love of my life.  What I didn’t know is what a tremendously valuable employee I had acquired as well.  Who works rather cheap, I may add.

Michele

prizes 350px Deep Blue Sea: A Visit with Michele ScottThanks so much, Michele. Michele is giving away a copy of her book, Bobbin Quiltin’ and Fusin’ Fun (AQS, 2011), plus 4 packages of 13 fat quarters each from her Calypso collection for Northcott! Leave a comment below before midnight May 22, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Five names will be drawn on May 23 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

If you’d like to make your own version of Michele’s Deep Blue Sea lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Deep Blue Sea quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And Michele has a few remaining kits available for the quilt; get details here.

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Best New Quilting Tutorials – May 2016

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016Once a month, it’s my pleasure to sort through all the new video offerings at QNNtv.com and highlight the best of the best for you. There are two levels of membership, one free and one premium with extra content available. That means ANYONE can benefit from the QNNtv.com offerings. So, let’s see what’s new and interesting right now!

Trending in the “most popular” category, check out:

Katy400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016Katy Jones, AKA the Quilt Monkey, demonstrates her favorite English paper piecing technique and tips. If you’ve longed to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt but lacked the skill, watch this video!

 

Houndstooth400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016Learn to make houndstooth-inspired patchwork with Mary Fons and her sister Rebecca in this short Quilty video. Cool, modern, and super simple to piece!

 

 

Quilting400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016Jodie Davis and guest Suzanne Hyland discuss how to audition and select quilting designs in this episode of Quilt It! Watch the video here.

 

 

 

And here are some of the best new FREE videos on QNNtv.com:

DiamondRectangle400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016The Fons & Porter staff demonstrate how to make diamond rectangles using the Diamond Rects acrylic tool designed by Deb Tucker. These cutting tricks are SO slick! Watch this short video here.

 

PaperPiecing400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016A new episode of Sara Gallegos’ popular My First Quilt show takes you step by step through the foundation paper piecing technique. This is a tricky skill for many quilters, and Sara’s demo is super clear and helpful. Watch here!

 

Mosaics400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   May 2016Jenny Kae Parks shows how to make the Mosaics and Pinwheel Star Blocks for the Fernwood Block of the Month quilt in this fun video. Even if you’re not making the quilt, the skills Jenny reviews are crucial for pretty patchwork. Watch here.

 

I hope you enjoy these helpful quilting tutorials as much as I enjoyed searching them out for you. Check back in June for more Best New Quilting Tutorials!

 

 

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Take The Sewing In America Survey And WIN!

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Take The Sewing In America Survey And WIN!The 2016 Sewing in America survey is under way now through May 20, and I’m personally inviting you to participate. Because if you’re quilting, you’re sewing! And because I know how much our community members like free patterns and contests with super prizes…

 

SewSurvey 600x150 Take The Sewing In America Survey And WIN!This periodic survey, sponsored by our sister publication Sew News, is very influential in the sewing and quilting world, informing many companies you rely on for supplies, instruction, and more about what avid hobbyists do and do not want to see in the market place, as well as providing insights into stitchers’ habits and sewing preferences.

Capture Take The Sewing In America Survey And WIN!Take this survey now, and get a free pattern download for the Write On journal (above) PLUS a chance to win a $500 online shopping spree.

The survey takes about 12 minutes and helps sewing businesses, websites, and organizations serve you better and advocate for the sewing community. Thank you so much for participating!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New Beginnings

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! The editors and artists who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines had lots of fun stitching in our home sewing spaces this weekend. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

Karr Petras Mary Kate Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsEditor Mary Kate Karr-Petras writes, “A couple of weeks ago I shared a test block I made while writing a pattern for a Pam Rocco quilt. It took me 3 tries to get the math right, and since I was having fun with the block, I made a fourth for extra measure. This weekend I finished turning them into place mats. The first one I made (at the top of the photo) is quite a bit smaller than the rest, but on a dining table it won’t matter. The tropical floral fabrics are from Robert Kaufman, and the solids are Indah Hand-Dyes from Hoffman.”

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Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsEditor Diane Volk Harris has a new project underway: “I’m developing a new guild program these days and have been working on the quilts I will need. I spent most of the weekend making these 24″ blocks—and learning about value in the process. I wanted the windmills to be evident, but I found that pink is a light no matter how you slice it! I had to add lots of pinkish red to get them to show up against the background fabrics. The same was true with the aqua, though to a lesser degree. Having this much fun should probably be illegal!”

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Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsOnline editor Kathy Patterson here, and I’ve been happily working on my niece’s wedding quilt blocks. One of these wreaths is completely finished; the other 3 are just basted (with Roxanne’s Glue Baste It). But I can definitely see now how the quilt center will look, and I’m pretty pleased with it. The finished center will be 5 x 5 blocks, so I still have lots of work to do. I love how portable the applique blocks are when made with Erin Russek’s technique. All the edges are already turned under, and I can just stitch!

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Stoddard Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsManaging editor Paula Stoddard writes, “I finished up a project for the upcoming Quilts From 100 Blocks issue for Quiltmaker. I am OVER the snow and the cold that we had this weekend, so working on this happy, bright, sunshiny quilt was exactly what I needed! And of course Sami was a very diligent helper. He’s over the snow too.”

 

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsEditor Gigi Khalsa shares, “In the newest issue of Quiltmaker, I’d made a color option for the cover quilt, Blueberry Pie. This weekend I couldn’t resist adding a couple of borders to this cute little quilt top to make it a bit bigger and frame the center blocks.”

 

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Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsContent director Carolyn Beam says, “It was a wet, rainy/snowy weekend—perfect for staying inside to sew. I’m making progress on my Feathered Star blocks – rows are all ready to sew together.”

Editor’s Note: For those of you in awe of Carolyn’s Feathered Stars, Marsha McCloskey’s online class starting June 20 can turn you into a Feathered Star pro, too!

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Stafford Genevieve Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines and New BeginningsAnd from graphic designer Genevieve Stafford: “I’m working on putting together blocks for an upcoming quilt that will be in a Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks collection. Working with the Quilter’s Linens from Robert Kaufman has been really nice. I’m still a beginner quilter, so this block has been a good challenge for me so far and the straight lines have been fun to practice with.”

 

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sea Glass Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sea Glass Queen Size QuiltAre you looking forward to an ocean-side holiday this summer? This week’s Friday Freebie is the perfect quilt to give your bedroom at home a beachy feel all through the year. Not only is it full of the colors of sea and sand, it’s also one of our free queen size quilt patterns, possibly the most versatile and in-demand quilt size of all! I think you’re really going to want this one for your personal pattern library…here is the queen size version of Sea Glass by Kate Colleran:

SeaGlassWBQueen600px 300x298 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sea Glass Queen Size QuiltSea Glass is a simple patchwork design where identical blocks are rotated throughout the quilt top for movement and variety. Bits of solid white sparkle against the sea glass colors like sunlight on waves. This free queen size quilt pattern finishes 96″ x 96″.

A striped sashing fabric adds flair, and the triple borders create a perfect frame for all that patchwork.

 

Kate actually designed Sea Glass as a lap size quilt, which is patterned in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts:

SeaGlass600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sea Glass Queen Size QuiltQuilt kits and backing fabric are available in the lap size version only.

Download the Sea Glass queen size quilt pattern here…it’s this week’s Friday Freebie! And if you’d like to make Kate’s Sea Glass lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 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.

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

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Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger

Aby Dolinger 250px 247x300 Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail DolingerWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Abigail Dolinger of AbyQuilts! Aby’s baby quilt pattern, Summer Safari, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. 

Hello, blog readers! I’m Abigail Dolinger, avid quilter and designer, and I’m happy to be the guest blogger for McCall’s Quick Quilts today. Actually, I had some help in designing “Summer Safari.” Last summer I taught a beginning quilt design class to children aged 8 to 13. Besides designing place mats from 3” scrap squares, I suggested they work together to design several baby quilts for charity. For this purpose, I brought 5” scrap squares which they arranged and safety-pinned to a flat sheet. Because of time constraints, I sewed, pressed, quilted, and bound the quilt. Success bred enthusiasm for the next group quilt, “Chinese Coins,” made from 2 ½” x 4 ½” scrap rectangles. Medium green sashing and borders tied all the bright colors together. For the third charity quilt, I strip-pieced colored fabrics with white fabric and cross-cut into 4 ½” squares. Having the “Simple Pinwheel” block in mind, I took these pieced squares to class. I asked the children to creatively and artistically arrange the squares into a quilt top. You can see from the picture below that some of the kids liked the idea of “Pinwheels” while others experimented to make different shapes.

Kids Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail DolingerMy usual block arrangement is to mix the colors in the quilt, as shown in this photo:

Usual Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail DolingerHowever, the children placed four blocks of the same color in each row. I thought, “Well, why not? This surely is a kid-pleasing design because kids developed the idea!”

Rows Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail DolingerConstruction Tips:  This quilt is fairly fat-quarter-friendly. I cut binding strips from the prints left over from piecing the “Simple Pinwheels.” The colorful, scrappy binding adds to the charm of the quilt. The giraffe border print (no longer available) is directional necessitating care when cutting. Evaluate your own border print. If it’s directional, follow the cutting instructions in the magazine closely.

SummerSafari300px Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail DolingerIt was a lot of fun and so rewarding to introduce children to the quilt design process. Intuitively, they worked to achieve balance, contrast, and color coordination in their projects. I found myself learning by observing their choices, and I’m so glad I refrained from suggesting a random placement of the “Pinwheel” blocks.

Have you learned something from a junior quilt designer? If so, tell us about it in a comment below.

Aby

SummerSafariFLAT200px Summer Safari: A Visit with Abigail DolingerThanks so much, Aby! If you’d like to make a version of Aby’s Summer Safari baby quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 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 June/July 2016!

Fresh summer quilt patterns fill the pages of the new June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. When you browse these inspiring designs, you can almost smell line-dried laundry and sweet summer flowers! With several beach-themed quilts, one crowd-pleasing patriotic quilt pattern, and lots of other unique, easy designs, we’re sure you’re going to love this issue. Let’s take a look:

COVER500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts June/July 2016!That beautiful, breezy cover quilt is Sea Glass by Kate Colleran. Kate used fabrics from the Soft Dreams collection by P&B Textiles for this quilt, and they give her simple design a soothing yet energizing ocean feel. A limited number of quilt kits are available, and we have a FREE web bonus queen size pattern for this design, just for you!

Here are a few more of the exciting new quilts patterned in this issue:

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Quick Nines by Carolyn Beam

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Silver Linings by Tammy Silvers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intertwined by Heidi Pridemore

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Furrows by Stephanie Sheridan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, the Quick Nines quilt pattern includes step by step photos demonstrating the use of our new Wonky Nine-Patch acrylic template set. You can also make this quilt with the included paper templates, but the acrylic templates make things so much faster, easier, and more fun! Watch the templates in action here.

And there are 6 MORE tempting quilt patterns in this magazine, every one a winner. From the sweet Summer Safari baby quilt to the modern-meets-traditional Red Hots lap quilt, there are quilt patterns here for every taste and sewing need.

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 convenient kits available for projects in this issue right here!

June/July McCall’s Quick Quilts is available on newsstands not later than May 3, 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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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and More

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! One of the best parts of any weekend is when the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines get to stitch in our home sewing spaces. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreEditor Diane Volk Harris says, “I completed the binding on this quilt for a great-niece. This design, called Dozens of Daisies, was featured during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party in 2011. I started it then because I needed samples for the tutorials I was writing. It’s finally off my UFO list! The pattern is available free on our website here.

 

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Russek Erin Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreEditor Erin Russek writes, “I am currently in love with these little Dresden Plates. I made these for a different project but I wasn’t liking how that looked so I designed this block for an upcoming issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.”

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Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreOnline editor Kathy Patterson here and I’m making good progress on my niece Lara’s wedding quilt. This week I finished tracing and cutting all the applique patches, and I did the prep work to turn under edges on more leaves and some hearts. I even glue basted a sample block (I like Roxanne’s Glue Baste It) and put it up on my design wall with some of my Mom’s Chicken Foot Blocks to see if I’m going to be happy with the effect. I’m loving it so far!

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McDonald Deb Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreAdministrative editor Deb McDonald reports, “This weekend I worked on a color option for an upcoming Quiltmaker feature. Be watching for a cute crib quilt made from these cheerful fabrics and a few more I’m saving as part of the reveal. There were a lot of stitch and flip blocks and I hate drawing a stitching line. I tried a new-to-me product, Clearly Perfect Angles. It works great and made those stitch and flip blocks so quick and easy!”

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Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreContent director Carolyn Beam shares, “Since my husband was out of town this past weekend, I had a lot of time to sew. I got all the feathers finished along with all the parts and pieces I need for the remaining Feathered Star blocks – now to sew them all together!”

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Stoddard Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreAnd from managing editor Paula Stoddard: “I’ve been working on a lot of big quilt projects lately, and last week I realized that I really miss just sitting and doing handwork. Something about sitting in my comfy chair, snuggled in with my dogs, and working on a small hand project feeds my soul. I found these adorable little Snow Happy Hearts on Ann Sutton’s website, Bunny Hill Designs, and dove right in. I did a lot of prepping this weekend, and am now ready to sit and stitch.  I.Love.Them.”

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreAcquisitions editor Lori Baker writes, “I nearly finished quilting my quilt this weekend. I have only the black parts of the 9-patch blocks to go. Would you believe I didn’t have any black thread?”

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreEditor Gigi Khalsa reports, “I finished piecing the back for my Nuts & Bolts remake. I used some leftover strip-pieced scraps from the back, a bit of the border fabric, and two amazing pastel fabrics that I found at the thrift store. I love the pastel plaid fabric, and that pastel 1980s-style print with the dolphins, convertibles, and stylish ladies, well, despite the coarse weave and lesser quality of the fabric itself, I couldn’t resist it.”

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby QuiltIs there anything sweeter than a fresh new baby quilt? Free baby quilt patterns are some of my favorites among all the web bonuses we offer at McCallsQuilting.com. Even when there’s not a baby expected anytime soon in my family, I like to keep a baby quilt project going all the time. You never know when you’ll need one for a charity, a friend’s grandchild, or any number of other happy occasions!

If you love baby quilt patterns like I do, you’ll REALLY love today’s Friday Freebie. It’s a smaller version of the Red Hots lap quilt design by Sandra Clemons, which is patterned in the new June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Let’s look at the lap quilt from the magazine first:

Red Hots Composite Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby QuiltSandra has a real knack for taking traditional patchwork designs and giving them modern flair with fresh fabrics, in this case prints from the Lil’ Red collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics. Simple Nine-Patch and Snowball Blocks set together create the sparkling stars.

Now on to the Red Hots free baby quilt pattern:

RedHotsBabyQuilt600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby QuiltIt’s simply adorable. And so fast you’ll never go to a baby shower without a quilt again!

Download the Red Hots baby quilt pattern here…it’s this week’s Friday Freebie! And if you’d like to make Sandra’s Red Hots lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 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.

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

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Nature’s Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth

Melanie.Joanie Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethWelcome guest bloggers, quilt designers, and authors Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton! Their lap quilt pattern, Nature’s Harmony, is featured in the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Thank you for the opportunity to share one of our new quilts with you today. This is our first time blogging and we’re excited to be here.  Working with Blend Fabrics has always been a favorite of ours, and Brenda Walton’s Flora  and Fauna collection is no different. The beautiful floral and damask prints caught our eye right away. We wanted this fabric to be the focal point of the quilt. McCall’s even has quilt kits and backing fabric available so you can make a quilt just like ours.

Inspired by the Grandmothers Flower Garden design, we enlarged the hexagon shape to highlight the  prints in the fabric.

NaturesHarmony600px Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethWhen working with large hexagons the following tools are necessary:
• Spray starch
Template material
Marking utensil (pen or pencil)

It is very important to starch fabrics before working with them. This will ensure less  stretching when sewing rows together. Trace the template pattern to the template material. Once you have cut the hexagons out using the template it is important to mark the 1/4” points on each corner of the hexagon. This will ensure accurate corners when sewing these together.
A Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethThe place where the lines cross is the 1/4” point.
Now sew the first row together, starting and stopping at the 1/4” points.

B Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethOnce the vertical rows are sewn, lay out rows next to each other. With right sides together pin the straight sides together to keep their placement.

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Start at the 1/4” point, sew down to the next 1/4” point – leaving the needle down, raise the presser foot and pivot the work to continue down the other side of the hexagon.  Continue in this manner all the way to the end of the vertical rows.

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E Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethWe recommend pressing seams open on this project to alleviate the extra bulk in the
corners. Your end result will be much smoother, and easier to quilt.

We hope you enjoy making this project as much as we enjoyed designing it together. We have a lot of fun working together to create unique ways to merge our two styles. Using modern fabrics and color palettes can be challenging at times but we love the chance to blend the modern with the traditional.

Have fun quilting and best of luck in the contest (below)! We hope you enjoy our new book, Easy Sew Quilts for Urban Living (Landauer, 2016).

Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth

 

MAIN EasySewQuilts Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethThanks so much, Joanie and Melanie! To celebrate the Nature’s Harmony quilt, we are giving away a copy of Easy Sew Quilts for Urban LivingLeave a comment below before midnight May 1, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on May 2 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Kathy Erickson of Dubuque, Iowa!

 

 

 

NaturesHarmonyFLAT200px Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethIf you’d like to use your own fabrics to make a version of Joanie and Melanie’s Nature’s Harmony lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the May/June 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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