I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star Pattern, Part 4

“I Love This Quilt.”

 Part 4: Making a Large Quilt Requires BIG Project Management

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McCall’s Quilting Vintage Quilts, Spring 2004 Twinkling Star Quilt Pattern

We have a phrase that we use around the McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker office, “We’re getting ready to get ready to get ready.” We most often hear this when one of us is working on a quilt that has gazillion patches, units and/or sections to make–before we can start making the blocks for the quilt. This saying best describes making my version of the Twinkling Star pattern I chose for the January/February McCall’s Quilting I Love This Quilt feature. (See the end of this blog for links to the free pattern download and previous blog posts.)

Turning the original twin-size pattern into a king-size bed quilt changed it into a BIG quilt project, requiring BIG project management to get it finished. The project management became a critical part of the quilt-making process, as it is with many quilts of this size.  I thought a lot about how I would approach making the quilt and thought it might be worthwhile to put fingers to keyboard to share them with you.

Every quilter has a method for approaching the steps to complete a quilt; some are very methodical and organized, some not so much. If you take a close look at the organization of our patterns, you’ll notice a distinct approach. We don’t tend to make a block at a time, rather break them down to make each of the pieced shapes, segments, units and/or sections before we sew the block together. And, making these sub pieces generally uses a specific technique. When we design the art and write a pattern for a quilt submitted to us, we begin our process by breaking down the quilt blocks into manageable sew-easy portions, and identifying the best technique or method to make that portion. I took the same approach to making my version of the Twinkling Star.

As I mentioned in earlier blogs I chose several techniques, Triangulations and a Quick Points ruler to help me make Triangle-Squares for blocks and a border and the Prairie Point edging faster. My project management guideline was to break down parts of the quilt project to complete portions of it and make progress during the times I thought I could manage quilting time during any given week. I’m going to use the word “chunks” here to describe how I managed the progress for my BIG quilt project. I managed chunks of sewing activities and time while I maintained a relationship with family and the management of home and work. Here is a summary of how I “chunked” the work on my quilt. I looked for ways I could do a chunk of work on the quilt, preparing-to-sew activities while sitting on the sofa by my husband in the evening, or sitting at the sewing machine an hour before work, a couple hours after or 3-5 hours during the weekend.

Here’s how I chunked making my king-size quilt  with 25 – 15” blocks and 3 borders (B1-3”, B2-pieced  2”, B3-4”).

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Piecing Triangle-Squares made from Triangulations templates

Chunk 1: First, I focused on making the pieced segments for the blocks. Each block required 12 units of 3 – 1 1/4 ” triangle-squares and 3 half-square triangles. Using the Triangulations method (38 sheets providing 24 triangle-squares / page), I made 900 triangle-square segments. I paired each triangle-square segment with 3 half square triangles.

 

 

 

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Twelve pieced triangle-squares and half-square triangles, enough for one 15″
Twinkling Star block

Chunk 2: I sewed the pieced segments together 12 at a time so I could get a sense of progress toward a finished block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinned triangle segments ready for sewing

Chunk 3: I spent an evening in front of the TV pinning each of the pieced segments to a half-square triangle, trimming excess fabric from the corners as I pinned.

Chunk 4: At the next sewing session I sewed them together.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rows and rows of Twinkling Star patches

Chunk 5: Next, I spent an evening with hubby while I pinned the 12 segments with corner squares to make a row for each block.

Chunk 6: I sewed these together at the next sewing session.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes! Finished blocks.

Chunk 7: Another evening on the sofa, pinning the rows together in the evening for all the blocks.

Chunk 8: Next day I sewed them together.

 

 

 

 

You get the idea. It’s all about managing time and work, thinking ahead for how you can chunk it down to manageable portions that work around other parts of life. I can’t say that it didn’t feel like it took forever to make the quilt, but I do believe I approached it with the goal of spending the least amount of time “getting ready to get ready to get ready” as possible.

That’s it for my approach to my Twinkling Star quilt project. The quilt top is at the quilter’s. Watch for a peek of the final reproduction of the Twinkling Star quilt in a future blog post.

We’d love to hear how you approach the management of your BIG quilt projects!

Download the free vintage Twinkling Star quilt pattern.

Part 1: Using Triangulations to Make Triangle-Squares

Part 2: Alternate Border Designs

Part 3: Replacing Folded-Edge Binding with Prairie Points

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Corralling the PIGS – Unfinished Quilt Patterns and Projects – Part 2

Maybe I make it too hard, but I always think that part of corralling my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks), also known as quilt UFOs, is figuring out the whys and whats.

  • Why do I have so many?
  • What happened that I quit working on a project and it became a PIG?
  • Then there is the question – do I really even WANT to finish all those PIGS?

Knowing that I’d be writing again about my PIGS and my progress with them has kept me thinking about them.

I do a fair amount of sewing for work and I almost always do that part of my job at home. It’s a fairly common occurrence for me to stop working on a personal project because there is a deadline looming on a work project. Those personal projects that I put to one side frequently become PIGS.

I’m not sure if I’m making excuses or not but I wanted to show you a fairly typical scenario.

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What a Pretty PIG

 

I picked this pretty project to work on for my next PIG to complete. It started as two large applique quilt blocks. One was the floral fabric cutout fused to the green stripe that is in the center. The other was the green stripe background fused to the floral fabric that the cutout came from – a reverse applique.

 

 

 

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Blanket Stitching Done

I blanket-stitched around all of the applique. Then I cut one of the blocks in fourths and added the lemon yellow texture from my Fabric Inventory. I layered and pin basted and echo quilted the inside of the reverse applique and free-motion quilted around the flowers in the floral print. So far so good.

 

 

But here’s where things started going awry. Caroline and I were talking about choosing designs to quilt when you are just looking to fill the space. She mentioned that following the design in a print is often a good way to quilt a background. I’ve done that several times and it does work really well.

So I started quilting using the swirls in the lemon yellow texture as the pattern.

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A Close-up of the Quilting

I love free-motion quilting. I find it very relaxing so I quilted quite a while. Then I looked to see how much real estate I’d covered and I realized this fabric is not a good one to follow the design. The design is very small and I’ll be quilting on this for a VERY long time.

I worked on that PIG for a weekend. Then fabric came in for a work project and I put the PIG to one side.

 

My project for work involved string piecing. I pieced eight triangles and eight squares and didn’t like the color combination. So those pieces when in a pile and I started over.

I decided to strip piece the fabric for the eight triangles. I cut all the strips the same width and sewed them together. Again, I didn’t like it. The strips all being the same width just didn’t look like what I make when I do string piecing. Those pieces went in a pile and I started over. Again …

On the third try, I was happy with what I got and I completed my project. It will be in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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Leftovers. Oh, Dear!

 

 

But look what I have now. A whole pile of blue string-pieced fabric.

 

 

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This may be the beginning of something good.

I started playing on the design wall and decided there is going to be something fun in this. I have four strips 10” x the width of the fabric. I have six quilt blocks that will finish at 8” and are all shades of blue. I have two blocks that finish at 8” that include some green and purple fabrics and I have 16 blocks that will finish at 6”.

So after all of the sorting and organizing I talked about in my first blog about corralling the PIGS, I had my list to down to 26 items.

Three weeks have gone by. I haven’t finished anything and I’ve added another PIG.

The good news is that I have a few days of vacation to use before the end of the year. Maybe I’ll be able to make some actual progress. Maybe …

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Holly Jolly Holiday

‘Tis the season for Christmas quilting, and we’ve got a festive Friday FREE quilt pattern for you this week: Holly Jolly Holiday designed by Jereé McDade. This patchwork pattern is fast to make and perfect for using charm packs. The finished size is 48 1/2″ x 57 1/2″.

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If you’d like, you could also adjust the number of squares and the border size to create a holiday tablecloth custom-fitted to your table. Or, you could use the holly and berry appliqué shapes to embellish a purchased cloth napkin or place mat. Some great tips for machine buttonhole stitching your appliqué designs are also included in the instructions!

Click here to download the Holly Jolly Holiday free quilt pattern.

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This Friday FREEbie is part of our Super Simple Patchwork Patterns free ebook – in addition to the Holly Jolly Holiday pattern, you’ll also get two more patchwork quilt patterns. NOTE: You will need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

For more holiday quilting ideas, check out our new online course, Quilting Holiday Projects. The online course includes patterns and video tutorials for six great projects plus two bonus patterns.

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

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Sweet April: A Visit with Marija Vujcic

Welcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and quilting teacher Marija Vujcic! Marija‘s new large throw quilt pattern, Sweet April, is in the January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the super prize giveaway at the bottom of the article!

Hi everyone,

My name is Marija and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger here on McCall’s Quilting blog, and share some more with you about my quilt, Sweet April, and about me.

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I have been sewing since I was ten years old, but I had never seen a quilt before I came to live in the US! I immigrated some twenty-four years ago with my husband and kids, from then war-torn Yugoslavia, for the brighter future and opportunities. Quilts are simply not a part of hand-made heritage there, but sewing clothes was a part of daily life. However, unlike garment sewists, I was always hoarding way more fabrics than I could possibly use, so there has to be some “quilting gene” in me, right?

I started quilting in 1994 when my best friend Martha showed me my first quilting book. Once I made my first quilt block, and then my first quilt (it was a Christmas quilt!), the rest was, (as we quilters know too well), history. Doodling was always my thing, but once quilts came into my life, doodling new designs, different block settings or quilting motifs became a daily routine. Pads of graph paper and colored pencils first, and now my EQ (Electric Quilt) program make ideas come to life and it was no different for Sweet April.

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It started as an experiment to see the possibilities of the secondary pattern that classic Hourglass Blocks can make when alternated with other blocks like Nine-Patches – this was my start!

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As I played with different colors, once this one popped-up, it somehow reminded me of rain falling on flowers… “April showers bring May flowers” came to mind!

 

 

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I turned blocks on point and then it even more looked as rain falling on fresh garden blooms, so my idea was crystalized!

 

 

 

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To make it even more so, I changed color of borders: top and right to blue, so it even more looks like sky and rain falling down onto flowers.

That was it! I really liked the idea of just two simple, basic quilt blocks depicting almost a nature scene (add some imagination!) and the pattern was born! It works with any blues and florals on a light background so you can make your own garden with fresh, spring rain.

For me however, this stunningly beautiful new fabric collection, Lavish, by extraordinarily talented Katarina Roccella, for Art Gallery Fabrics, is just so very perfect! The colors, the textures and yes, all gorgeous blooms… these fabrics just paint the picture! I played with so many different colorings…Light version, dark version, one floral, two florals…

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And then finally, with McCalls staff, picked the final one.

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Quilt kits and backing fabric are available!

I also had fun with playing with borders on this quilt. Breaking up wide borders with narrow strips of accent color is something I often find irresistible – it just adds a bit more pizzazz, don’t you think?

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Do you do that sometimes?

Of course, if you do that and want mitered borders, some precision in matching all those points is required, but you know what? – it really isn’t that hard and it is so worth it! In this situation, I always sew all my border strips together into a strip set like this:

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And then miter all of them in one step.

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Do you have a favorite method for doing this?

Once the top is done, I love to look at it for a while, to get the quilting ideas flowing. Sometimes it is quick and easy, sometimes fabric is the inspiration and sometimes, it is the whole theme, like in this case. I still went with the story of April showers bring May flowers and decided to quilt this one using free motion quilting, in a diagonal direction (like the rain falls often), making these simple water-drop motifs.

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Thanks to my youngest son’s girlfriend, lovely Leah, I even have a rare “action shot” of me quilting “Sweet April”!

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For this I moved out of my sewing room and occupied the dining room table, since it was much bigger to support the whole quilt. It was kind of fun to be in the middle of family action too, although I am not sure if they appreciated the “intrusion”? Oh well, good that they love me, he he.

I couldn’t resist throwing in one more color accent by doing the so called “faux-piping binding” – it is really becoming my favorite binding to do! What I also love about this one is that, even though you are doing it by machine, the top stitches of the binding (on the front) are completely hidden, since they “sink” into the seam between the faux piping and binding – just perfect!

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Did you try doing this type of binding already? Love it, or not so much?

Well friends, it was really such an honor to be a guest blogger here and to share some more about my quilt. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

Notice how I sprinkled some questions throughout for you? Well, answer any one of them in the comments and you will be in the drawing for the little prize!! Complete instructions for making a small, wall size version of Sweet April and all the fabrics for top, backing and binding can be yours!!

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Thank you so much for spending some time with me here! Come visit me on my blog too, or follow my adventures on Instagram (@mvquilts) or Facebook (Mara Quilt Designs).

I can’t wait to read your comments, have a wonderful holiday season!

Love,

Marija

Thanks, Marija! And thanks for providing this super prize! Leave a comment below before midnight December 11, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on December 12 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 a Sweet April quilt of your own, kits and backing fabric are available in our online shop while supplies last!

If you’d prefer to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the January/February 2017 of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Sweet April quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Peppermint Dash

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Create a happy holiday atmosphere with this week’s Friday FREE pattern: Peppermint Dash designed by Darlene Zimmerman! This red-and-white pieced Christmas quilt is quick and easy to make, and the perfect cuddle quilt for the cold winter evenings ahead.

The Churn Dash design is shown in soft flannel fabrics, but homespun checks and plaids would also make good fabric choices. The finished size of the quilt is 47″ x 55 1/2″.

Click here to download the Peppermint Dash free quilt pattern.

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This Friday FREEbie is part of our Christmas Quilt Patterns free ebook – in addition to the Peppermint Dash pattern, you’ll also get two more Christmas quilt patterns. NOTE: You will need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

For more great holiday quilting ideas, check out our new online course, Quilting Holiday Projects. The online course includes patterns and video tutorials for six great projects plus two bonus patterns.

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

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Winter Sunset: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Colleran Kate 225px Winter Sunset: A Visit with Kate ColleranWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs! Kate’s new large throw quilt pattern, Winter Sunset, is on the cover of the January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the article!

Hi everyone! I am Kate Colleran from Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs and it is great to be back with you guest blogging for McCall’s Quilting. Today I am talking about my quilt, Winter Sunset, in the January February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

When you start a new quilt project, where do you start? The pattern? The fabric? For me, every time is different. Sometimes I start with fabric that I love and work with that. Sometimes I start with the design. For my quilt, Winter Sunset, I started with the design and a general idea of color.

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But what about the quilting? To be honest, one thing that I rarely think about before I start a quilt is the quilting. I don’t know why but I usually have no idea how I am going to quilt a quilt until the top is pieced and I am standing with my friend Crystal, an amazing long arm quilter, and she asks me, “So, how do want to quilt this?”

Ummm…..

Sometimes I have a general idea if I want swirls or florals or something geometric, but sometimes I have no clue. None. So then we start looking at the quilt and we may pull an idea from the design of the quilt, or maybe look at an element in one of the fabrics and find a design that is similar.

Sometimes, we just look at designs until one says “pick me”!

Once we have the design, then we have to pick thread. Oh, the choices of thread we have to pick from- colors galore!

Do we pick a neutral thread that blends in? Do we pick a bright color that pops out and makes a statement of its own? Do we pick a solid color or a variegated thread?

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With so many options it can be overwhelming. For Winter Sunset, we could have picked a blue or dark grey to blend in with the darker blues in the quilt. Or we could have picked a soft blue, green or lavender.

To help us decide, we usually lay thread options out on the quilt top and see what works. And all these would work. They look pretty good. Just depends what you like.

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In the end, for this quilt, we went with hot pink. Bright and bold, it really pulled all the elements of the quilt together. And we thought it was fun. Sometimes a quilter just wants to have a little fun and that is reason enough to pick a bright color!

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So, how do you pick your quilting design and thread? Do you know ahead of time what you want or wait until the the top is pieced to decide? Tell us about how you pick your quilting design and thread and be entered to win a fun 4 FQ pack of True Colors fabrics.

Kate

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

 

If you’d like to make a Winter Sunset quilt of your own, kits and backing fabric are available in our online shop, and they are going on sale on Cyber Monday at 30% off!

If you’d prefer to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the January/February 2017 of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Winter Sunset quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star Quilt Pattern, Part 3

“I Love This Quilt.”

Part 3: Replacing Folded-Edge Binding with Prairie Points

Twinkling Star Quilt 600 300x256 I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star Quilt Pattern, Part 3Welcome to Part 3 of McCall’s Quilting, January/February I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star! I’m getting closer to finishing my reproduction of this vintage quilt pattern, originally presented in the Spring 2004 McCall’s Quilting Vintage Quilts. I’m ready to prepare a Prairie Point edging.

If you are joining me for the first time, you can get the free quilt pattern download of Twinkling Star from our Quilt and Sew Shop.  Also check-out my previous blogs about the changes I’m making to the design. Click here to see Part 1, Using Triangulation method to make half-square triangles and click here to see Part 2, Changing Pattern Borders.

I’m getting close to finishing my quilt top so today I’m going to talk about the alternative I’m making to a regular folded-edge binding, adding prairie points. I’m sure just the mention of prairie points brings a big “Ugh!” to some of you. No worries. I’ve learned there are about as many methods for making prairie points, as there are types­­–some are much faster than others.

2 QuickPointRuler 300x225 I Love This Quilt: Twinkling Star Quilt Pattern, Part 3One of my work buddies handed me a Quick Points ruler when she learned I was planning prairie points for the edging of the Twinkling Stars pattern. I’m learning that this tool eliminates some of the pre-measuring and cutting, reduces the time of making prairie points considerably and helps to uniformly space the points around the edge of the quilt top, three of the biggest hassles of the dreaded prairie points.

I’m using the tool to make 2” layered prairie points on my version of the Twinkling Star pattern. Here’s a brief description of the steps I used to create the edging for my quilt. I’ll add links to a few sources for more detail at the end of this blog. You can also search for making prairie points on the web for more information about using a ruler to help you make the points.

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Step 1-Prepare fabric.

1. I used two different fabrics to continue the interaction of cream, blue and triangles to the edge of the quilt top. I cut two lengths of each of blue and cream print fabric the width of the ruler plus ½”, and sewed them together.  You can easily add length to the prairie point strip by joining strips end to end, pressing the seams open so the points will lay flat.

 

 

2. Next, on my cutting board, I placed the ruler onto the wrong side of the fabric, lining up the center line with the horizontal seam line of the fabric strip. Holding the ruler in place, I cut into the fabric along the cut-out edges of the ruler.

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Step 2-Place ruler on fabric strip.

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Step 2-Cut out Prairie Point squares.

 

3. I folded over the flaps of the blue and cream prints, one at a time, and then once more to make the prairie points, as shown in the photos below. I pressed the folded edges in place. I applied a small drop of fabric glue between the folded fabrics to hold the edges in place. (As you can see in the third photo, this method could also be used to make a really cool zigzag applique!)

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Step 3- 1st fold, upper strip of cut squares.

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Step 3- 2nd fold, lower strip of cut squares.

 

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Step 3-3rd fold, fold over triangle folds again, toward center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Once a series of points were made, I folded the points in half to finish the edging strip. The prairie point strip is ready to add to the border.

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Step 4-Fold top points toward bottom points to complete edging strip.

5. Notice in the photo below that I pinned two prairie point strips to the right side of border, matching corner points, and the edges of the border and prairie point strip. Then, I sewed the strip to the border using a ¼” seam allowance.

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Step 6-Pin and stitch Prairie Point edging to border edge.

I turned the prairie points to the front side of the quilt top to check out how they will look on the finished quilt. Here are before-edging and after-Prairie Point-edging photos. Nice. I so Love This Quilt!

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I’ll be back next month to share my finished quilt. In the meantime, here are more sources about prairie points, and how to make them.

Click here for a tutorial about making prairie point edges using a traditional method: Making Prairie Points Edging.

Click here to see the Fons & Porter Prairie Points Quilting Video.

Download the free Twinkling Star pattern and join me making your own version of this vintage modern quilt. I’d love to see how you’ll make the quilt made by Alice Melum Moss in the 1930’s your very own.

Happy quilting!

 

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting January/February 2017!

Are you ready to start planning your post-holiday quilting season? The January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine is here and ready to help!

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That cover is sure to lift your spirits. Our “cover girl” quilt is Winter Sunset by Kate Colleran, and a limited number of quilt kits are available in our online shop. This pattern finishes at 74″ x 86″, and is comprised of just two block types set in straight rows. All that movement and visual excitement is generated by Kate’s clever use of value and fabric placement, not difficult piecing. This would be a perfect quilt to make just for you!

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Baby Blooms by Emily Bailey (left) is a bit of a piecing challenge, perfect for prime quilting season between the holidays and spring. The sample quilt showcases Riley Blake fabrics from the Backyard Roses collection, so if you make this from one of our quilt kits, you can dream of the garden as you work! With a finished size of 60″ x 70″, this is a great lap or throw size quilt. Construction is fun – the blocks are like 2 diagonal snowball units, so the flowers and hanging diamonds pop out when the blocks are set together. It’s an exciting project!

sweetapril style 600 300x300 Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2017!And here is Sweet April by Marija Vujcic, months ahead of when we can reasonably expect spring weather in the northern hemisphere! This 75″ square design elevates simple nine-patch and hourglass blocks to something truly unique with a diagonal setting and an unusual border treatment. Two adjoining borders feature light fabrics, and two dark, for a large-scale Attic Windows effect. Quilt kits for Sweet April are due to ship mid-December, so you may want to put this one on your Santa wish list!

And those are just 3 of the 12 exclusive new quilt designs in this magazine! Has your copy arrived yet? If you’re not a subscriber (subscribe here!), you can order the print issue or an instant download of the digital issue of this magazine.

When you complete your quilts from this issue, take some photos and share them with us on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page. We love to see our readers’ work.

Happy quilting!

The McCall’s Quilting Staff

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Twinkling Star

This week’s Friday FREEbie, Twinkling Star, was selected by associate editor Tricia Patterson for our I Love This Quilt page in the Jan/Feb ’17 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The design from Jinny Beyer is a reproduction of one made by Alice Melum Moss, circa 1930.

Twinkling Star Quilt 600 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Twinkling Star

Using lots of different fabric prints on this vintage quilt design will give you an interesting 1930s-looking quilt. You can even mix prints and plaids, or brights and pastels.

The finished size of the quilt is 66″ x 100″.

Tricia is planning on changing the design of the border and binding, and using a couple techniques to speed up the piecing, different from those probably used in the original pattern. You can follow along on her ongoing blog series about it right here on the McCall’s Quilting blog. Part one is available here, and part two is available here.

Download the Twinkling Star quilt pattern here and quilt along. It’s a Friday FREEbie!

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

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We’ve Got a Bingo: A Visit with Jessie Kurtz

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Welcome back guest blogger and quilt designer, Jessie Kurtz of Harding Hill Designs. Jessie’s new queen size quilt pattern, We’ve Got a Bingo, uses easy strip piecing to make a complex-looking design in no time. It’s an exciting quilt and we’re proud to feature it in the McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2017 issue. Don’t miss Jessie’s giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Hello! I’m glad to be guest blogging here today and excited to talk about my quilt in the December/January issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts called We’ve Got a Bingo.

bingo style 300 Weve Got a Bingo: A Visit with Jessie KurtzIf you don’t know me, I’m Jessie Kurtz, pattern designer at Harding Hill Designs. At Harding Hill Designs I strive to design patterns for ALL types of quilters.

The design for We’ve Got a Bingo started with the main block used in the quilt. As I played with the design of the block, I was excited to see the second and third patterns that were created when I played with the layout. It’s a fun treat to see those other patterns “pop out” in the full quilt.

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The pattern uses strip sets, which makes the blocks and quilt come together quickly. Often times I’m thinking about my next project before I’m even done with my current project, so quick quilts are right up my alley!

I hope you enjoy We’ve Got a Bingo! I would love to see your finished quilts! Drop me a line at contact@hardinghilldesigns.com.

Keep going, keep sewing, keep creating and keep exploring all the amazing projects out there for quilters today.

BLOG 3980 2 Weve Got a Bingo: A Visit with Jessie KurtzNow for the giveaway! I’m giving away 3 prizes of 2 quilt patterns each. The mixture of patterns includes quilts designed for 2-1/2” strips, which make them great for precuts or to use up your scraps!

Leave a comment below before midnight November 27, 2016 and you’ll be entered into a random drawing for some of my patterns. The winning names will be drawn on November 28, 2016 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.
This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

Jessie

Thanks, Jessie! If you’d like to make We’ve Got a Bingo, quilt kits and backing fabric are available in our online shop! If you’d rather use your stash fabrics and don’t already have a copy of the McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2017 issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The We’ve Got a Bingo quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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