I’m having a ball piecing my own version of America the Beautiful — our McCall’s 2011 series quilt designed by Lynn Lister. Hope lots of you are stitching with me! In our March/April issue trees and mountains are patterned — lots of trees! My version leans toward traditional colors.
For the trees I looked for green prints that have shading, light to dark, and others with interesting prints, nothing too overt, but still with a little pizzazz. The rounded fruit trees are so darn cute, so I searched my stash for a print that takes on the characteristics of apples amidst the leaves.
The Mountains Block was a challenge, but fun! Portraying purple mountain majesties was important to me — living in Colorado — so I searched diligently for this fabric. Then, I found the perfect star fabric — a great print designed by my dear friend, Mark Lipinski! I’m going to use this fabric for all the smaller stars in my quilt, too.
Let me hear from you if you’re making your own version of America the Beautiful!
Editor’s note: The popular “America the Beautiful” series quilt pattern has been published in its entirety in the McCall’s Quilting special interest publication, America Quilts Together. Print (while supplies last) or instant digital issue download available from our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.