Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Blueberry Ice

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Blueberry IceA reader asked recently if McCall’s Quilting has any free quilt patterns for a blue and white bed size design. I’m happy to answer yes, yes we do! This week’s Friday FREEbie quilt pattern is the queen size version of Blueberry Ice, designed by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs:

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The queen size version of Blueberry Ice finishes 90″ square.

Isn’t it lovely? The queen size version requires 16 pieced blocks and a bit of clever sashing to create a nice churn dash secondary pattern between the large stars. It’s a very straightforward pattern, simple enough for even a confident beginner quilter. And if you’re not a blue kind of person, it would look great made in any favorite color family.

Download the FREE Blueberry Ice quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Do you love classic two-color quilts? Check these out!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2015!

Handmade with love. What a special and touching thing to be able to write on a gift card. It’s one of the primary reasons quilters quilt…to give gifts made with love. And the December/January 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is full of unique quilt patterns to make projects perfect for gift giving, and fast enough to complete in time for Christmas 2014.

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Frosted Windows is a sophisticated, elegant, and easy throw size quilt pattern designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth of Tailormade by Design. Its snuggle-up size and seasonless color palette make it a gift quilt they’ll use all year long. Kits are available!

If you’re looking for a gift quilt pattern for a much-loved youngster, check out (left to right) Whale Watch designed by Mary Kay Davis, Adventures in Space by Heidi Pridemore, and Tumble by Mellie Watts. Girls, boys, babies…there’s a quilt pattern here to make any little one’s eyes sparkle! Kits for Whale Watch are available in our online shop.

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Kids’ quilts are easy with our step-by-step quilt patterns!

And a holiday issue wouldn’t be a holiday issue without Christmas quilts and projects!

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SO many Christmas projects in this brand new issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts!

There are patterns for 2 table quilts (a runner and a square topper), a snuggly flannel lap quilt, a winter-themed wall hanging, and a handy Christmas card holder; preview them all here.  And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal library.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop beginning October 28—click here. We hope you enjoy working with these new patterns, and we wish you a very merry holiday season!

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Did Halloween Sneak Up On You? Here’s Help!

Patterson Kathy 70px Did Halloween Sneak Up On You? Heres Help!Overheard from a breathless quilter at a recent guild meeting: “It seems like it was just Labor Day and I turned around and suddenly it was fall and now Halloween is right around the corner and I haven’t even started the quilt projects I wanted to make!”

If that’s your story too, help is on the way. We’ve gathered up as many fast, fun Halloween projects as we can find and organized them on our Editors’ Faves Halloween page, so click the pumpkin below and find one that will work for you. And a very happy Halloween to all!

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Editor’s Faves Halloween page

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Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Scrappy Pinwheel

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Scrappy PinwheelScrappy quilts are the best quilts, don’t you think? Every patch tells a story, and no two scrap quilts are ever alike, even when made from the same pattern. If you’d like to turn your scraps into a classic vintage quilt design, try the Scrappy Pinwheel quilt pattern. It’s this week’s Friday FREEbie!

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Scrappy Pinwheel finishes at 69″ x 78″, a large throw size quilt

This vintage beauty is part of the collection of Beth Hayes. With your personal scrappy fabrication, you can create a quilt that will be an encyclopedia of fabrics of our own era. Future generations will thank you!

Download the FREE Scrappy Pinwheel quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Do you love quilt patterns inspired by vintage quilts? You may enjoy these:

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Will We See You in Houston?

Patterson Kathy 70px Will We See You in Houston?A pilgrimage to the International Quilt Festival held in Houston every fall is on many quilters’ bucket lists. Are you one of the lucky ones with plans to attend this year? Our new Content Director, Susan Guzman, will be there and she’d love to meet you! If you see Susan somewhere in the Festival aisles, be sure to say hello.

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McCall’s Quilting Content Director Susan Guzman

And enjoy the quilt exhibits, vendors, classes, and more throughout the Oct. 30-Nov. 2 show. It’s the 40th anniversary Festival…great excuse to celebrate everything to do with quilting!

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It’s the International Quilt Festival Ruby Jubilee!

Post your International Quilt Festival to our Facebook page here...we’d love to see your pics!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: American Dreamer

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: American DreamerHere at McCall’s Quilting, we just can’t get enough red, white, and blue quilts. Every American home should have at least one, don’t you think? This week’s free quilt pattern was designed by Marcie Patch and it’s striking with its classic lines and sparkling stars. This week’s Friday FREEbie is American Dreamer!

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The free pattern for the American Dreamer quilt
finishes 92″ square, a nice bed size

Patriotic quilt patterns are favorites with quilters of all skill levels. American Dreamer is easy enough for even a confident beginner and you can alter the size easily by adding or subtracting rows or columns of blocks.

Download the FREE American Dreamer quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Looking for more patriotic quilt patterns? Here you go!

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Five Days, Five HUNDRED+ Free Crafting Videos!

Patterson Kathy 70px Five Days, Five HUNDRED+ Free Crafting Videos!Quilters, I have such a special treat to tell you about today. From October 9 through 13, CraftDaily.com is having a risk-free trial period and you can watch any of their 500+ quilting and crafting videos entirely free. You read me right…FREE. If you ever needed an excuse to kick back, put your feet up, and watch some great online quilting and crafting instruction, you’ve got it now. This is the weekend to binge-watch!

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Curved piecing? Here’s step by step video help

Maybe you’re a dyed-in-the-wool quilter. If so, enjoy the over 100 videos of classes taught by internationally-recognized quilting instructors.

 

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Keep warm with a knitted infinity scarf

Maybe you’re a multi-crafter, not only quilting but also crocheting, knitting, making jewelry, scrapbooking, sewing, spinning, and/or weaving. If that’s you, there are even more classes to browse and watch. And if you’re a quilter who has wondered about other crafts, now is the perfect opportunity to see what those fun activities are all about!

header logo 300x93 Five Days, Five HUNDRED+ Free Crafting Videos!Visit CraftDaily.com for risk-free access to all kinds of quilting and crafting videos now through October 13. Enter the code CDFT500 after selecting the risk-free trial for your cart at checkout. Note: This is a Risk Free Trial. Sign up now, and then immediately log in and uncheck the “auto-bill option”. You won’t be charged for anything and you’ll enjoy your full period of free access.

On the other hand, if you fall in love with the CraftDaily.com video offerings, we won’t object if you decide to subscribe, either. No matter what, enjoy your FREE 5 days of 500+ videos!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Tropical Breeze

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Tropical BreezeThis scrappy star quilt pattern is so pretty we’ve actually published it twice, in two different fabrications. It was designed by Toby Preston and first made in a vivid, bright colorway, and remade by Tricia Camp 8 years later in a pastel color scheme. In both fabrications, it’s simply gorgeous. This week’s Friday FREEbie quilt pattern is Tropical Breeze!

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Tricia Camp’s pastel version of Tropical Breeze

If you’d like to see Toby Preston’s original bright version of this design, which was on the cover of the June 2005 issue of McCall’s Quilting, a photo is included in the free patchwork quilt pattern download. The pattern includes instructions for swapping out patches, making reverse colorations of each block for extra interest…fun!

Download the FREE Tropical Breeze quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Just can’t get enough star quilt patterns? Here are few more you might enjoy:

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Your Fabric Stash: Show It Some Love!

Patterson Kathy 70px Your Fabric Stash: Show It Some Love!I bet you love your fabric collection as much as I do mine, and that’s a whole lotta love. A recent cross-country move gave me more than ample proof that my stash is one of my most prized possessions, from the care with which I packed it to the last-minute addition of “just one more bag of fabric” to the very top of the belongings in my moving pod.

And as with all valuable possessions, our stashes require periodic maintenance in order to get the very most out of our investments in them (think gutter cleaning for your house, tune-ups for your car, even polishing Granny’s silverware before a holiday dinner). In my case, my move gave me an opportunity to update how I store and manage my stash. As a lucky McCall’s Quilting editor, I had on hand some of Laura Stone Roberts’ fabric management tips from a long-ago article, and I decided to follow them as much as possible as I set up my new sewing space. In a nutshell, this is what happened:

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After!

I’m simplifying for dramatic effect, of course…not all my stash arrived in my new home as a jumbled mess. But lots of it did, and it’s messy no more! I can’t begin to tell you how much more pleasure, function, and inspiration I’m getting from my fabric collection now, after showing it just a little love by following Laura’s tips.

If your stash could use some sprucing up, I hope you’ll join me at Laura’s upcoming web seminar, Stash Management 101: How to Tame, Love, and Use Your Fabric Collection. We’ll get lots of fabric organizing tips and you can even ask Laura specific questions live. If you can’t make the live broadcast, don’t worry…your registration comes with access to the recorded presentation and related materials for an entire year.

If your stash could talk, it would say “Show me some love, and I’ll love you right back.” Don’t miss this chance to take your fabric management to the next level – you’ll be glad you did!

Live and On-Demand Web Seminars

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scout Banners

For many families, back to school also means back to Scouting. Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scout BannersWhether your favorite Scout is a cute little Daisy or a manly Eagle Scout, one of these banners is just the thing they need for displaying all those badges and pins that don’t fit or aren’t appropriate to wear on regulation sashes and uniforms. This week’s Friday FREEbie is our Scout Banner quilt pattern!

 

13490 pattern img Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scout BannersSince both mottoes (On My Honor and Be Prepared) are used by both Boy and Girl Scouts, you can choose whichever one suits your Scout best. Scouting-themed prints by Robert Kaufman were used for the sample banners, and those can still be found a few places online, but you could easily substitute textures and prints in the same color ranges to get a similar effect. After all, the patches aren’t the stars here…your Scout’s badges and pins will be!

Download the FREE Scout Banner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Here’s some fabric-hunting help for your Scout Banner. Click photos for purchase options:

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