Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Moon and Stars

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Moon and StarsAre you ready for the Blue Moon tonight? In honor of this rare celestial event, this week’s Friday Freebie is Moon and Stars, a unique antique quilt pattern originally featured in an issue of McCall’s Quilting Vintage Quilts. Even if you’re not planning to make your own version right now, this is a free quilt pattern you’ll want to download for your personal library if only for historical interest!

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The Moon and Stars quilt pattern finishes 66 1/2″ x 88″

Moon and Stars was made by Harriet Ellen Cox of Basque County, Texas, in 1896. The information with the quilt credited “Grandpa Cox and Mrs. Bartec, a friend” with the hand quilting. Although the original quilt was meticulously hand-pieced from templates, our modern pattern has you appliqué the orange shapes to the navy background pieces, a real time-saver.

Download the FREE Moon and Stars vintage quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

And just for fun, here are a few more moon-themed quilt projects. Enjoy!

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Stripe Love: A Visit with Beth Shibley

Shibley Beth 200px Stripe Love: A Visit with Beth ShibleyWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Beth Shibley of Love Laugh Quilt! Beth’s quilt, Stripe Love, is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Beth writes:

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I used the hour glass block (also called mitered boxes) with striped fabric to make this fun quilt. The photo at right is in the magazine, but I also snapped a shot of my finished quilt top before it was layered, quilted, or bound.

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The top is done and ready to quilt and bind!

Some blocks I used the same striped fabric and some I used TWO different fabrics. I used the same teal green solid fabric in each of the scrappy hour glass blocks around the outside of this quilt. I think it makes a great frame!

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The Stripe Love quilt pattern finishes 60 1/2″ x 80 1/2″, a generous lap size.

I have a big stash of striped fabrics that includes some recycled shirts. It’s fun to find cotton stripes hanging in the thrift store! icon wink Stripe Love: A Visit with Beth Shibley After a good wash and some dissection…..they are ready to be added into my quilts.

Beth

Thanks so much, Beth! If you’d like to make the Stripe Love quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here.

We will have fat quarter packs of striped fabrics perfect for this design available in our online shop in just a few days. Check here for availability.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Precision Piecing

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorials: Precision PiecingPrecise piecing can be a tough sell in these days of fast, easy, really fast, simple, faster-than-fast quilt making. With our busy lives, we all love quick, basic quilt patterns that require no more precision than aiming for a 1/4″ seam allowance. But what about when you’re challenging yourself…when you’re ready to attempt a more complicated pieced quilt or block design?

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The Precision Pathways Block finishes 12″ square.

 

The January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting featured one such block, Precision Pathways, and it caused me to scour the quilting world for tips for precise piecing in order to get a handle on it. There are 160 patches in that 12″ block. The need for precision was obvious!

Some of the tips I found were what you’d expect, but some really taught me a something new and I tried to focus on those as I made my sample blocks.

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Marking sewing lines, rather than relying on your 1/4″ sewing machine foot, can improve accuracy.

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WHEN you trim dog ears can be just as important as how you do it!

Measure units as you go Tuesday Tutorials: Precision Piecing

Take measuring units for accuracy seriously and your precision will soar!

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Pressing first and then trimming can improve your results.

I taped a short (less than 8 minutes) video demonstrating some of these tips and this week’s Tuesday Tutorial is that video, Precise Piecing Tips!

If you’d like to make the Precision Pathways Block as shown in the video, the cutting instructions for the patches, etc. are given on the Block Builders Workshop page in the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting (available as an instant digital download).

And if you’d like to know more about precision piecing, I recommend any book, video, or workshop by Sally Collins. She is the guru of precision piecing, and I guarantee you’ll learn a LOT!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here.

Quilters who care about accuracy will love the scissors featured in the video. Havel’s scissors have micro-serrated blades to prevent slipping and ensure accurate cuts. Check them out in our online shop!

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Book Review: Get Started Quilting

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Book Review: Get Started QuiltingGet Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide by Jessica Alexandrakis (Interweave/F+W, $19.99) tackles a commendable breadth of quilt making knowledge in a friendly, easy-to-follow format. Any wannabe quilter would be lucky to get this book as an introduction to the quilt making process. It’s sure to become a much-used reference volume for anyone just setting out on their quiltmaking journey.

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The book is divided into 3 sections: Quilting Essentials, Quilting Techniques, and Quilting Projects. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of Jessica’s quilting knowledge (though I can’t agree with her suggestion on page 21  to backstitch at the beginning and end of every patchwork piece – that’s got to add a lot of unnecessary time to your piecing!). She covers all the basics, from setting up your sewing machine and safe rotary cutting to binding and caring for your quilts. Piecing 400px Book Review: Get Started Quilting

Jessica then continues with a huge range of quilt making techniques from simple seams and English paper piecing to Hawaiian appliqué and improvisational piecing, and pretty much everything in between. There are enough tips and helpful photographs here to keep a new quilter learning through many hours of stitching fun.

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A sampler quilt featuring these blocks is one of the projects patterned in the book

If you’re a new quilter or are taking a new quilter under your wing, do yourself a favor and get a copy of this colorful, inspiring book. It’s a quilting encyclopedia all in one handy volume!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Crossing Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Crossing Queen Size QuiltA fresh, feminine bed quilt pattern is always welcome, especially when it’s fun to piece. When McCall’s Quilting content director Susan Guzman saw the For Your Love fabric collection by Renee Nanneman for Andover, she knew it would make a marvelous queen size medallion quilt. Today’s Friday Freebie is Summer Crossing, by Susan Guzman!

Summer Crossing queen 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Crossing Queen Size QuiltThis is an image generated in Electric Quilt 7 software, so you can imagine how much prettier it will be in actual fabric! You can see swatches of the fabrics in the quilt on the Andover website. We will have quilt kits and backing fabric available for this design in just a few days in our online shop.

Whether you make Summer Crossing from the kit, or search your own stash or local quilt shop for suitable fabrics, you’ll enjoy the easy piecing and intriguing medallion effect.

Download the FREE Summer Crossing queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Thomas Jennifer Schifano 200px Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Jennifer Schifano Thomas of Curlicue Creations! Jennifer’s quilt, Violet Posies, is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

 

Hello there! My name is Jennifer Schifano Thomas and I’m so excited to be a guest blogger for McCall’s Quilting magazine today. Thank you so much for joining us. I’ll be talking about the making of my Violet Posies quilt.

VioletPosiesA Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasI really enjoy designing floral applique blocks with cutouts and pieces that create shapes through overlay. The Potted Posies block features both of these elements. The central flower is made using five heart shapes for the petals. The hearts are placed over a lighter purple fabric to create the star shaped center. The three purple sections on the vase are also created by cutting the blue fabric and stitching it over one piece of purple fabric. I made these blocks with fusible appliqué, and stitched around the edges with a small zigzag stitch.

I set my machine stitch width at 2.0 and my length at 1.5 to get a nice stitch. I also sew around the edge of each patch with my machine set on the super slow “turtle” speed. It helps me to get a lovely and accurate edge finish.

VioletPosiesB Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasI made six of these pieced blocks to alternate with the flower blocks. As I’m working, I like to place my pieces on a design wall in different arrangements. I often spark new ideas for  future quilts, just by playing with my fabric. I like the way these blocks play together with  just a thin strip of white between them. Hmmmmmm……

 

VioletPosiesC Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasThe border strips remind me of purple mountains. I love this border treatment. Look at  what you get when you play with this one:

VioletPosiesD Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasIf you turn the borders like this you create a cool zigzag pattern. What fun! I’ll save this  idea for a future quilt, too.

 

VioletPosiesE Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasWhen my quilt top was assembled, I loaded it onto my frame for quilting. I don’t have a  fancy longarm, just a domestic machine on a frame. You can still get nice quilting effects with a home machine. On the flower blocks, I just did a loopy meander in the background and outlined the vase cutouts. Then I stitched a curvy zigzag over the cutouts to give the vase a little bit more dimension.

 

VioletPosiesF Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasI quilted swirls in all the dark purple squares of the pieced blocks and also in some of the mountain peaks. I quilted a few curvy leaves, more loopy meander and practiced my pebbles in the mountain background. The quilting is the most challenging part of making a quilt to me. I do not plan the quilting when I design a quilt. My quilting strategy is to lie in bed at night and think about it during the piecing phase of a quilt instead of sleeping. Yes, quilting keeps me up at night.

 

VioletPosiesG Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasAnd voila! The wind was kind enough to allow me to take a nice clothesline pic at the  finish of this quilt. Amazing. Normally the wind kicks up as soon as I step out the door with my camera and quilt in hand. I love the way quilts photograph in natural outdoor lighting.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into the making of the Violet Posies quilt. Thank you again, McCall’s Quilting, for having me as your guest today. You’re the best! To see more of my work, and keep up on what I’m doing, please visit my blog. Get creative!

Jennifer

Thanks so much, Jennifer! If you’d like to make the Violet Posies quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here.

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I Love This Quilt!: Dream Catcher

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As mentioned in our I Love This Quilt! feature in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting, this Dream Catcher vertical row quilt designed by Marcie Patch caught my eye because it features colorful scraps, lots of piecing, and freedom and opportunity to play with fabrics.

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When I first saw Dream Catcher, I thought there were several block designs; but there is only one, each block appearing different depending on creative fabric and value placement. Notice that some blocks have side or corner edges that seem to blend into the background fabric, which greatly adds to the interest of this beautiful design.

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The free Dream Catcher scrap quilt pattern finishes 68 1/2″ x 86 1/2″.

To make my interpretation, I’m starting with one of my recent local quilt shop splurges: a layer cake (bundle of precut 10” squares) of Florence designed by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit. This is one of those times it paid off to buy fabric I loved with no particular project in mind! Isn’t it a thrill to untie the ribbon from a fabric bundle and spread out the assortment?

Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 300x214 I Love This Quilt!: Dream CatcherEach block calls for 5 different fabrics; as I want to stretch the look of the collection prints throughout the quilt, I chose a few fabrics from the collection, then set about pulling a few scraps from my stash to coordinate.

Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 2 300x204 I Love This Quilt!: Dream CatcherI cut out the patches for one block, stitched the half-square triangles, and laid them all out on my design wall. It’s fun to see how the look of the block changes just by rotating the half-square triangles.

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Continuing each block in the same manner, here are all I have completed so far. Can you spot the block I stitched together incorrectly? I may or may not correct it–what do you suggest?Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 6 206x300 I Love This Quilt!: Dream Catcher

Just for fun, I played with this design in Electric Quilt/EQ7, trying out a classic red and white version, then trying some reproduction red, white & blue fabrics for a very traditional, patriotic one-block lap quilt version that could even be used for a Quilts of Valor project.Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 7 300x275 I Love This Quilt!: Dream Catcher

Here’s another version that I plugged in some aqua/blue/green/gray swatches to get a feel for how that might look. Though I would plan to make mine much more scrappy and vary the values as in Marcie’s original quilt, this still gives me a visual idea.

Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 8 238x300 I Love This Quilt!: Dream CatcherI hope you’ve enjoyed exploring some additional fabric options with me, and that you’ll have fun customizing this to your own or a gift recipient’s decor, and/or using up lots of memorable scraps from your stash!

Download your free Dream Catcher scrappy lap quilt pattern, and click here if you’ve missed any of our previous I Love This Quilt! free digital download PDF quilt patterns. You may also enjoy our Friday Free Quilt Patterns and Tuesday Tutorials.

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

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Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set-In Seams

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set In SeamsWe quilters LOVE star quilts and star quilt blocks. From the super-easy Friendship Star and Sawtooth Star to the challenging Feathered Star, we can’t get enough of those twinkling, sparkling star quilt blocks and quilts.

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The LeMoyne Star quilt block falls somewhere in between the super-easy and super-challenging. With 8 diamond-shaped star points, the traditional way to piece these beauties is to set-in triangle and square patches at the sides and corners after the star points are sewn together. Now, a lot of us are not big fans of set-in seams. It’s not that they’re actually hard, but they do take some time and usually some pinning, and your first few attempts may not be 100%….stellar!

Two units sewn 400px Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set In SeamsErin Russek to the rescue! Erin taped a short video for us demonstrating the coolest way of making LeMoyne Star quilt blocks I’ve ever seen. Unlike some methods where you end up with extra seams in the star diamonds, this one puts the extra seams in the background fabric for a sweet scrappy look and sharp true-diamond star points that will have your quilting friends wondering “how did she do that??”.

Watch Erin’s video now…it’s a Tuesday Tutorial! You’ll be amazed by this fast, fun, extremely cool technique. The cutting instructions for the patches, etc. are given on the Block Builders Workshop page in the new September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

If you aren’t a McCall’s Quilting subscriber and haven’t picked up the new September/October issue at your local quilt shop, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine in our online shop!

The optional Add-A-Quarter ruler Erin used in her video is available here.

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2015!

It won’t be long before the kids are back in school, the seasons change, and quilters settle into their autumn routines, and we’ve got just the right quilt patterns to inspire your very best fall quilting! The September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting is arriving now in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands, and it’s filled with 15 original quilt patterns to show off all your fabrics from homey feedsacks to elegant batiks!

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You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library. And browse all the lovely kits available for projects in this issue right here!

This issue is available on newsstands no later than July 28, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey by August 28 to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue and you may win an exclusive McCall’s Quilting travel tote with quilters’ goodies! This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: That Cat

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: That CatCat quilt patterns are among the most popular designs we publish. Whenever we receive a unique, eye-catching quilt submission with a feline theme, we jump on it with all four paws!

That Cat 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: That CatNeedless to say, we were thrilled to present Pam Lincoln’s That Cat wall quilt pattern in the August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. You can read all about Pam’s design inspiration and process in her guest blog here.

And we got to thinking…black cat…wall quilt…wouldn’t this make a fantastic Halloween project? So we made a second quilt using adorable Riley Blake Halloween fabrics and got kits and backing fabric ready for anyone who wants an inexpensive, adorable Halloween quilt project. Best of all, we’re making the pattern for this Halloween wall quilt FREE. Today’s Friday Freebie is the Halloween version of That Cat!

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Download the FREE That Cat Halloween wall quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Want more cat quilt inspiration? Our online shop has loads of quilt patterns for feline fanciers!

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