Friday Freebies Are Back: Button Tree Wall Hanging Pattern

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

Welcome back to our series of Friday Freebies quilt patterns! Today’s freebie is the pattern for this wonderful little wall hanging designed by Terri Dobitz.

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Button Tree by Terri Dobitz finishes 21 1/2″ square.

 

Button Tree is beginner-friendly, as cheerful as can be, and a great way to feature all the holiday buttons and pins you’ve been collecting (or hope to collect soon!).

 

The pattern for Button Tree is just 1 in a collection of 3 easy quilt patterns in our new eBook, Quilts for Beginners.

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

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2014!

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Fall quilting season is just around the corner, and the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting is ready to inspire you! We’ve got 16 fabulous, fresh quilt patterns to carry you all the way from late summer to Thanksgiving and beyond. Whether you love pieced quilt patterns, appliquéd quilts, or both, there are designs here to appeal to every quilter.

Fans of modern/contemporary quilts will love the look of the Indigo Frames bed quilt designed by Susan Guzman. The piecing plan is a fun puzzle to put together; be sure to use an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance!

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Limited edition Indigo Frames quilt kits are available while supplies last in our online store.

Traditionalists will love Gentle Taupes, designed by Gerri Robinson. The pattern includes step by step photos with tips for adding triangles to a center square.

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Lovely Quilt Gate fabrics make the kit for the Gentle Taupes large throw quilt a must-have!

And if you’ve been tempted to get in on the Dresden Plate revival, check out the Pretty Plates lap quilt designed by John Kubiniec. Just 12 blocks…you may have so much fun that you want to make a second version!

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Visit our online shop for your Pretty Plates quilt kit…quantities are limited and going fast!

There are so many more great projects in this issue, including a breathtaking basket quilt by associate editor Sherri Bain Driver, an autumn table runner pattern by Cheryl Almgren Taylor, and a bright mini quilt by online editor Kathy Patterson. Check out every pattern in this issue right here, and don’t miss the Cities of Angels article about the quilters of the twin cities of Los Angeles, CA and Pueblas de los Angeles, Mexico.

Click here to see the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Editor’s Favorites Make Searching Easy for You!

EdFaves icon300px 150x150 Editors Favorites Make Searching Easy for You!When you’re frustrated with searching for the perfect quilt pattern, kit, or book, where do you turn? We’d like to suggest the McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Faves website pages! Our carefully curated “super pages” group quilt patterns, blocks, kits, and more by subject and season, making them your one-stop private search engine. Let us do the looking for you…that leaves you with more time for quilting!

Halloween is fast approaching, and our Halloween Editor’s Faves page has lots of free quilt patterns, adorable quilt kits for sale, and other treats (no tricks!).

And it’s not too soon to think about Christmas quilting projects. Our Christmas Editor’s Faves page is packed with ideas for everything from super-fast to super-fantastic quilting. It’s sure to be your go-to place for filling out your holiday quilting gift list.

Take the grind out of your quilting search engine…check out the McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Faves pages today!

 

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FREE Quilt Patterns Index – Your New Best Friend

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

Did you know that McCallsQuilting.com has loads of free quilt patterns available, many collected in the easy-to-use FREE quilt patterns index? The index page is one of the most popular of all time on our website, and we totally understand why. There are hundreds of amazing quilt patterns, categorized by general style, and it’s fun to spend time just browsing through them, whether you’re ready to start your next project, or adding to your collection of patterns for future use. Here are just a few of the stars of this galaxy of unique, creative, FREE quilt patterns:

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Get a free pattern for a lap size version of this scrappy design! Scrap Sensation is in the Free Golden Quilt Patterns section of our index.

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This cute Baby Bubbles quilt pattern is in the Kid’s Corner section of our FREE quilt pattern index.

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The historic 10 Cents a Chance quilt pattern is one of many in the FREE Vintage Quilt Patterns section of our index.

There are SO many more exceptional quilt patterns waiting for you among our free offerings. Drop by today and find some new favorites!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2014!

Cover 500px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2014!17 of the most fabulous, fresh quick quilt patterns of the year are on their way to subscribers and newsstands now in the August/September 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. If you’re looking for fun summer quilting projects, we’ve got you covered!

Kids of all ages will love the bright colors and cute critters of Owl Be Your Friend, a lap quilt perfect for cozy summer naps:

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Designed by Wendy Sheppard; exclusive kits available here.

The Urban Jungle bed size quilt is a wonderful design for showcasing large-scale prints, and its big blocks go together so quickly!

And if you’re ready to get a jump on fall decorating, the Jazzy Jack wall hanging quilt is a super-fun project. A unique sew-cut-sew technique adds movement to the design, and we’ve got step-by-step photos to walk you through it:

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Designed by Robin Puma; quilt kits are just $34.99!

Get ready to entertain your quilting friends with the Quilters’ Brunch quilted table ensemble, including quilted placemats, coordinating napkins, and adorable Jelly Roll napkin rings:

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Add Quilters’ Brunch to your library of quilted placemat patterns.

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Guests will love the cute Jelly Roll napkin rings!

And that’s just a tiny preview! Click here to check out every quilt pattern in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Click here to see the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Facebook 150,000 Fans Milestone: ENTER TO WIN FABRIC

Join us for a Facebook milestone celebration: when we reach 150,000 fans on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page, we’ll give away this absolutely scrumptious 40-fat-quarter bundle of Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda! (That’s 10 yards of fabric!)

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This collection of fabrics features beautiful botanical prints in dark brown, taupe, dark and aqua green, rose and pink, and a warm tan.

Play along, and enter to win! Follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. “Like” McCall’s Quilting on Facebook.
  2. Click here to enter for a chance to win the contest.

That’s all it takes! Look for the photo of the fabric pack on our Facebook page and click “share” to help spread the word; the faster we reach 150,000 fans, the faster we’ll be able to choose a winner!

When we reach 150,000 fans, one random winner will be selected and notified within 24 hours via email. The winner’s name and city will also be posted to our Facebook page.

Note: Please click here for official rules. We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications that preclude us from being able to offer prizes except in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

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Cooking Up a Quilt: Tips for Selecting Fabrics

Every great quilt, like every great meal, requires quality ingredients combined with skill. Let’s head for the market, a.k.a. your local quilt shop, and select everything we need to make a super-yummy quilt:

rotated cooking up a quilt Cooking Up a Quilt: Tips for Selecting FabricsEntrée – (n) the main dish of a meal. For quilters, the focal fabric of the project. A large print like the leaf print on the left in the photo collage above is a great place to start your fabric selections. Fabric combinations benefit from the inclusion of small, medium, and large print motifs, and a wide border is a great place to feature a large print.

Side dishes – (n) foods served as accompaniments to the main course. In quilting, the supporting fabrics can draw inspiration from the focal fabric. We selected 4 color families featured in the border print for our “side dishes”, the small squares of fabric shown above. Choose a number of fabrics in each color family if you want a scrappy look to your quilt. Varying color value (light to dark), scale (size of the print), and texture adds depth to your design. All florals may be nice, but a few stripes and checks, a couple of geometric prints, maybe even an animal or other novelty print in one or more of your color families can add a lot of interest and provide a feeling of structure. Select your proportion of dark and light prints based on how bright an effect you want to achieve in your quilt.

Condiments – (n) substances such as relish, vinegar, or spice, used to flavor or complement food. Like food, quilts benefit from just a dash of the unexpected! A plaid inner border, or one with an unusual print or an unexpected but complementary color, could be the perfect touch to bring your quilt extra life. Check out the fabric strips in the center of the photo above for some examples. Just remember, a little bit of spice is perfect. In this case, less is generally more.

Dessert (!) – (n) a sweet served at the end of a meal. Like great dinners, quilts are more memorable when they finish with a special treat like those shown on the right side of the photo collage. There are any number of fabulous finales you might choose for your project. Consider a great binding fabric or edge treatment, such as prairie points or cording. Unusual quilting, perhaps with metallic or variegated thread, always draws the eye. Even the quilt back can provide that little something extra…consider a wonderful backing fabric or a unique quilt label. A touch of something sweetly special will finish your quilt in style.

Now that you’re thinking about selecting fabrics for a quilt as you would planning a menu, let your own taste be your guide. You’re sure to end up with a delicious, satisfying creation you can display with pride.

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The ULTIMATE CHINA Quilter’s Adventure

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Travel with McCall’s Quilting to CHINA in 2015!

Where will you be from June 16 to June 24, 2015? Mark your calendar now…you could be touring China with McCall’s Quilting!

Have you always dreamed of visiting China, seeing the sights, experiencing the culture? This is your chance – join McCall’s Quilting editor-in-chief Beth Hayes and Jim West of Sew Many Places and experience your trip of a lifetime! Tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, stroll on the Great Wall, visit giant pandas in the Beijing Zoo, view the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, and so much more! You can even add on an optional 7-day trip on the Yangtze River and tour of Shanghai (June 24-30).

So many quilters have been inspired by McCall’s Quilting travel adventures, and these spaces go fast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Get more information here, or reserve your space by contacting Sew Many Places (toll-free 877-887-1188).

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting July/August 2014

Check out 17 trendy treats and classic updates you’ll want to make now in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting!

Cover 200px1 Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2014Try a cool new technique for curved chevrons as you make the beautiful Chambray Blues quilt by McCall’s Quilting’s own Sherri Bain Driver:

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Linen blends, chambrays, and woven stripes from Robert Kaufman give this quilt extra texture and depth. Limited quantities of quilt kits are available here.

Learn more about British quilt designer Stuart Hillard and make your own version of his striking Aztec Sunrise design:

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Aztec Sunrise features fabrics from the Botanique collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit. Exclusive quilt kits are available here.

Learn to machine piece a hexi quilt, master easy partial seams, or create a fast, fun quilted tote. There’s even an exclusive article on helping kids learn how to quilt. And don’t miss our FREE Block Builders Workshop video, where assistant editor Erin Russek demonstrates machine quilting a pretty background fill on the featured London Roads Block:

BBW London Roads Block 225px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2014And that’s just a tiny preview! Click here to check out every quilt patterned in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web extras here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4

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As part of our Tuesday Tutorial series, I’m delighted to tell you about our free Quilt Binding video tutorial lessons, just one of the many wonderful Quilting 101 videos we have created especially for you! In our first binding lesson, we show you how to join all those strips you have set aside from your most recent McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts pattern. Sherri Bain Driver demonstrates how to join quilt binding strips using diagonal seams. No lumps, no bumps, just smooth, perfect quilt binding, ready to apply. After you watch the first free quilt binding lesson, print the page for a handy reference in your sewing studio.

Screen Shot 2014 06 03 at 8.27.08 AM Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4 Click here to watch the 1st of 4 FREE video lessons on how to bind a quilt: joining the binding strip ends.

Whenever I learn a quilting technique, I’m inspired to start a new project! If you’re looking for inspiration, pick up our newest issue of McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts—both are available from our Quilt and Sew Shop in print or instant digital download versions. Many of our most popular quilt patterns are also available as individual downloads—click here for a quick peek!  And don’t miss our most recent special interest publication, Vintage Quilts Inspirations.

Cover 200px Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4 Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—click here to read them all, or click any link below to go directly to your topic of interest.

  1. Pressing Basics
  2. Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances
  3. Rotary Cutting Basics
  4. Basic Quiltmaking Supplies
  5. Fabric Preparation
  6. Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams
  7. Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric
  8. Simple Fusible Appliqué
  9. Introduction to Half-Square Triangles
  10. Making and Using Quilting Templates
  11. Quick Quarter-Square Triangles
  12. Quilt Binding 1 of 4: Joining the Strips

Enjoy!

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