Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCall’s Quilting!

Patterson Kathy 70px Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!Where’s the most exciting place YOU will quilt in 2015? If you dream of stitching hexies on a tour bus headed for Shanghai, appliquéing flowers while resting on a park bench in London, or perhaps just soaking up quilting inspiration while touring a castle in Germany…now your dreams can come true.

McCall’s Quilting has 3 different international quilters trips scheduled for 2015, and I invite you to dream big.

Street Art Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!

London street artists, 1985

I’ve only traveled to Europe once, way back in the 80s, but it was life-changing and left impressions that are still with me to this day. It was expensive (at the time, I was in my 20s and just a few years into being a single homeowner, so you can imagine my financial picture), risky (I needed to get 3 consecutive weeks off from a very demanding social service job), and a little scary (I’d never been in a plane before. Never.) but it was SO worth it.

Trevi Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!

At the Trevi Fountain in Rome. That’s me on the right, 1985.

What can you expect to get from a McCall’s Quilting tour? Here are just a few of the benefits our travelers tell us they appreciate:

  1. Personal and attentive tour hosts. Whether your trip is hosted by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Beth Hayes, or by Jim West of Sew Many Places and his staff, you will have one or more 24/7 leaders to answer all your trip-related questions and smooth your travel.
  2. Similarly, your local tour guides will be the best available anywhere. We have ongoing relationships with professional, trusted guides in all the regions we tour, and our travelers love their energy, spirit, and encyclopedic knowledge.
  3. You’ll see your destination point(s) from a quilter’s perspective. Beth plans these trips to include the maximum contact with local quilters, quilt shops, textile museums, and other sites related to the fiber arts. These are not generic tours like you’ll find in some other places. These trips are planned by quilters, for quilters.
  4. You’ll be pampered. All McCall’s Quilting trips and events have always featured the highest level of attention to detail and careful consideration of our travelers’ needs.
  5. When you travel with other quilters, you’re always among friends. Even if you’re traveling solo, you won’t be alone for long in a group of quilters and their companions!

Ready to learn more about our 2015 tours? Click the images below to visit the trip landing pages, which include links to complete itineraries. And dream big!

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Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics…

Patterson Kathy 70px Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics...but were afraid to ask! Seriously, when every quilter you know is making fantastic quilts using Jelly Roll strips and Layer Cake squares but you’re just wondering, “Do I measure from the pinked edges, or from the little valleys?”, working with precut quilt fabrics can be a little intimidating. And even if you’ve mastered the basics of working with precuts, you’re probably still on the prowl for really creative quilt designs that make the most of those tempting bundles.

il 570xN.433754290 m8wd 300x198 Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics...When I think of precut fabrics, the first thing that comes to mind is <sound of angels singing> MODA. The people at Moda Fabrics, and Lissa Alexander in particular, pioneered the precut fabric business and their bundles are simply perfection. So who better to turn to for precut fabric advice than a Moda staffer?

That’s why we’re hosting a comprehensive online course on Quilting with Precuts beginning February 2, 2015.Hosts cropped 300x201 Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics... Your instructors <drumroll, please>…Jean Nolte of Fons & Porter and Cheryl Cantoya, Moda representative. These ladies know their precuts, and the course will cover everything from the history of the precut fabric bundle, to how to work with Jelly Roll, Layer Cake, and charm pack pieces, to the use of special tools to make the most of your fabric. Registered students will also have access to fifty (yes, 50!) quilt patterns designed specifically to use precut fabrics (see some on this page under the “included patterns” tab). This precut-fabric quilt pattern library is worth way more than the course itself costs, plus you get all that great instruction and class interaction as well. What a deal!

Do yourself a favor and go read the details about this course. If you’ve been very good this year, maybe Santa will even register you as a special Christmas gift  icon smile Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics...   And if you’ve been a little naughty…well, you can always register yourself. Either way, you’ll be on top of your quilting-with-precut-fabrics game in no time!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Hearts Abloom

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Hearts AbloomSuddenly, I’m thinking about Valentine quilts, pink quilts, wall quilt patterns with hearts for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s the red and green overload of the Christmas season, or the knowledge that if I want a Valentine quilt I’d better get to work, but I’m dreaming of a pink Valentine’s Day. So this week, let’s make Hearts Abloom by Heidi Pridemore our Friday Free Quilt Pattern!

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The FREE Hearts Abloom wall quilt pattern finishes 46 1/2″ square.

This wall quilt pattern includes step-by-step photos to help with perfect fusible appliqué placement. It’s a sophisticated and visually interesting take on a pink color palette, with a fresh, clean feel.

Download the FREE Hearts Abloom wall hanging quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

Here are some more Valentine inspiration ideas!

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BLOCK Friday: Flock of Geese Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Flock of Geese BlockThe second quilt block in our December Block Friday series is the classic Flock of Geese Block, and a cool technique makes it so fast you could honestly call it a 10 minute quilt block pattern! This block was created by assistant editor Erin Russek for the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The Flock of Geese Block finishes 12″ square.

 

Erin demonstrates a fast, fun technique for making 8 half-square triangle units at a time in the free video we taped to go along with this quilt block pattern. It’s a tried and true, well-known technique, but we had never done a video on it before this, so we were excited to share it with our audience. I was in the studio as floor producer the day Erin taped, and she did it in 1 take! That girl knows her quilting.

 

 

Erin BLOCK Friday: Flock of Geese BlockYou’ll definitely want to give this FREE quilting video a look, even if you don’t plan to make the Flock of Geese Block. Quilters use so many half-square triangle units, and this technique will save you SO much time. The video even includes the formula for figuring out what size to cut your fabric squares…it’s really easy!

If you’d like to make your own 12″ Flock of Geese Blocks, you’ll need the pattern provided in the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. If you don’t have a copy at home, it’s available as an instant digital download, so you can get started on your blocks right away. Happy BLOCK Friday!

 

Looking for more quilt block inspiration? Check these out!


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Hot off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2014/2015!

Scrappy quilts hold a special place in many quilters’ hearts, and our annual newsstand-only scrap quilt magazine holds a special place with the McCall’s Quilting staff. We’re proud to introduce the Winter 2014/15 issue of America Loves Scrap Quilts, on sale December 23, 2014!

Cover 500px Hot off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2014/2015!Many McCall’s Quilting staff members and regularly-appearing designers have quilts patterned in this issue…we just can’t seem to stop making scrap quilts! From Pretty Pastilles by assistant editor Erin Russek to Taupe Hope by graphic designer Joyce Robinson, you’ll see lots of familiar designer names on these spectacular scrap quilt patterns.

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There are patterns for 18 wonderful scrap quilts in these pages, including gorgeous classics and cool trendy designs. There are also patterns for every size quilt from wall hanging to large bed quilt. We work hard to balance the mix in our scrap quilt magazines, so there’s truly something for everyone, from beginning quilt patterns to advanced designs.

Preview the entire issue here, or order your print or digital issue online beginning mid-December. If you’ve got a fabric stash, you won’t want to miss the chance to add these scrap quilt patterns to your personal library!

Need even more scrap quilt patterns? Back issues are available here, and on sale now!
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BLOCK Friday: Candy Ring Quilt Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Candy Ring Quilt BlockBlack Friday 2014 is now just a memory (and maybe a bruise or two for a few of us), but for today and all the rest of the Fridays in December, how about we celebrate BLOCK Friday? Much more quilter-ly, right?

Let’s start with a block that’s near and dear to my heart, the Candy Ring Block I designed for the May/June 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The Candy Ring Block finishes 12″ square.

I developed this pattern because I had a stash of odd-shaped trimmings left over from making other quilts using Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and I just couldn’t bear to throw them away. Even all mixed up in a lumpy pile, they were beautiful. I found some great string-piecing quilt pattern resources, but nothing seemed quite right. At the same time, I was also somewhat obsessed with circles, having seen a number of spectacular quilts come through our offices with circle-based designs. String piecing + circles = Candy Ring Block (after a few trials and errors).

Video BLOCK Friday: Candy Ring Quilt Block

I taped a quick Block Builders Workshop video on how to put this block together. Hope you enjoy it! The design is a lot of fun, and goes together fast. I’ve been making these blocks with my scraps as they pile up, and have quite a few finished now.

If you’d like to make your own Candy Ring Block, you’ll need the pattern and foundation provided in the May/June 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. If you don’t have a copy at home, it’s available as an instant digital download, so you can be turning scraps into blocks in no time. Happy BLOCK Friday!

Here are a few more string piecing resources you might also enjoy:
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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrapalicious Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrapalicious Queen SizeAs a quilter, I am SO ready to start working with some spring-inspired fabrics! There’s nothing like fresh color and pretty prints to lift my weather-weary spirits. This week’s Friday FREE Quilt Pattern fits the bill perfectly. Here’s Scrapalicious, designed by Lisa Bee-Wilson:

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The FREE queen size pattern for Scrapalicious finishes at a generous 92 1/2″ x 108 1/2″.

Don’t you just love the dappled sunshine in that photograph? I can almost feel the warm breeze…but I digress! Lisa’s original quilt was a lovely throw size patterned in the December/January 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and we liked it so much we also upsized the pattern to fit beds. Patterns for queen size quilts are always popular, and this one is super easy to piece. The clever sashing gives a lattice look to the completed design.

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Download the FREE Scrapalicious queen size 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 more cheery queen size quilt inspiration:

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Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videos

Patterson Kathy 70px Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily VideosHoliday prep is fun, but it has me just a little tired! Shopping, baking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping gifts, last-minute quilting tasks…it all adds up to sore feet, stretched nerves, and an aching back. I’ve been longing for an excuse to sit down with a cup of tea and just…chill.

header logo 300x93 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily VideosAnd now I have my excuse! CraftDaily.com is offering a Risk-Free Trial Weekend December 4th-7th and I’m planning to take full advantage of it. That’s 4 full days of free access to any and all of their interesting crafting videos, including quilting (of course) plus crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, sewing, and more. Here are a few quilting videos I’m planning to watch:

1600 300x126 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videos I’ve been wanting to make a 1600 quilt, but looking for a way to make it just a little special. Jennifer Parks has a video with 4 different tweaks to the basic 1600 design…can’t wait to see them!

I’m always looking for Baby 300x142 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videosideas for baby quilts, and so are lots of you. Many of us are at that grandma/great-aunt age, after all! So I’m looking forward to the video Make a Fast, Modern and Scrappy Baby Quilt. I think there’s some improvisational piecing involved, so this should be fun!

Pojagi 300x172 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily VideosAnd I’m VERY intrigued by Katrina Walker’s videos on Modern American Pojagi. The preview video says pojagi is a single-layer patchwork style begun in Korea, and the piece shown behind Katrina looks like it would make an amazing curtain. As a new homeowner, curtains are on my mind and patchwork ones could be awesome.

Of course, there are a few non-quilting Crochet 300x171 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videosvideos I’m planning to watch as well. The stitches in Bonnie Barker’s Celtic design afghan video look scrumptious. Check out those textures! I can’t wait to see if they’re within my crochet skill level.

 

Just those 4 videos would be the equivalent of over $64 of professional instruction, and it’s all FREE. If I need another excuse for cuddling up with Craft Daily, those savings are the clincher! I hope you’ll join me. Residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), leave a comment below with the title of a Craft Daily video you’d like to watch, and you’ll be automatically entered in a random drawing for a wonderful fat quarter pack of famous manufacturer fabrics (my surprise choice!). I’ll post the winner’s name here on December 8. Now curl up and watch some primo craft videos…free! Use coupon code CDFTDEC.

Congratulations to Vicki H., the winner of our fat quarter fabric pack. Vicki, watch your email for a message from McCall’s. We’ll get your address and send your fabric out. Enjoy! -Kathy-

 

 

 

 

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Make Fast, Fun Fabric Gifts…It’s Not Too Late!

Patterson Kathy 70px Make Fast, Fun Fabric Gifts...Its Not Too Late!You’ve got fabric (yes, I’m looking at you, quilters). You need holiday gifts. But it’s getting a little late to start massive quilt making for everyone on your list. Kirsty Neale to the rescue!EP11605 Make Fast, Fun Fabric Gifts...Its Not Too Late!

Kirsty’s December 5 web seminar Quick and Clever Gift Ideas with Embroidery Hoops, Fabric, and More can help you turn random bits of fabric plus basic crafting supplies into adorable custom gifts your friends and family will love.

Web seminars are a fun way to learn online. If you attend the live event this Friday, you can even ask Kirsty questions in real time. But if you can’t attend the live presentation, you can register and receive the recording and all related materials to enjoy at your leisure as many times as you like for an entire year.

So, what kinds of projects are we talking about? How about a stylish perpetual calendar using a square embroidery hoop? Or an appliquéd pear, perfect for a kitchen wall? Want something more…quilty? Showcase hexi shapes in a cute wall hanging. And then there’s Santa…need I say more? He’s cute as can be!

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Time is running out for handmade holiday gifts. Make the most of every minute, take the pressure off, and create something they’ll love to display and use. You’ll have fun in the process, and come December 26, you can get back to quilting…for Christmas 2015!

Get more information or register for the seminar at QuiltandSewShop.com.

 

 

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See One. Do One. Teach One.

Patterson Kathy 70px See One. Do One. Teach One.That’s the best way to truly master anything, right? And if you’re reading this, you probably want to master quilt making. So if you’ve seen (taken classes, watched videos, etc.) and done (made a bunch of quilts), the next step to mastery is to teach. You learn things by teaching that you never would in purely solo quilting. But teaching is a big leap for many quilters. They lack confidence, or need help with teaching skills, even if their quilting skills totally rock. What’s an aspiring quilting teacher to do?

Unfortunately, there’s no Quilt Teacher University cranking out diplomas…you have to search out teacher training from different sources and create your own degree. If you’re ready to take this next step, then Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training is something you should definitely check out. Up until this year, students had to travel to do this course in person, but thanks to Sulky partnering with Craft U, now anyone can enroll for online teacher training. Here are some course highlights:

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  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • The unlimited opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name
  • Best of all, you can save $100 on this course until the end of 2014 by using code SULKY100 when registering!

This would be a wonderful gift to yourself to start 2015 right. Classes begin February 2, 2015. By the beginning of May, you could be a certified teacher. Read more or register here…you’ll be glad you did!

 

 

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