Quilting Together Begins at Home: McCall’s Team Makes 2 Pretty Quilts!

For a Friend Cascade 300px2 Quilting Together Begins at Home: McCalls Team Makes 2 Pretty Quilts!

McCall's Staff presents Lise Neer, center, with her Cascade quilt

There’s no better gift for a special occasion than a quilt made by a group of friends. The McCall’s Quilting team shows 2 such quilts in our new magazine America Quilts Together, given as gifts in support and well-wishing. Both are scrappy, with color schemes controlled by group guidelines agreed on before the cutting and sewing began. If you want to make a “team effort” quilt, why not start with the recipient’s favorite colors? Your circle of friends will be on their way to a successful gift quilt.



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Cascade Quilt from America Quilts Together

For the Cascade quilt, each staff member pieced a number of strippy, scrappy 10 1/2˝ squares, which were used to make the blocks and also cut into segments for the pieced border.






Acts of Kindness quilt is another strip-pieced beauty, made with cheerful fabrics, sure to please. Both patterns are in this issue now on newsstands.

For a Friend Acts of Kindness 300px Quilting Together Begins at Home: McCalls Team Makes 2 Pretty Quilts!

Acts of Kindness Quilt made by the team for editor Kathy Patterson










We will be giving away 10 free issues to people commenting on this post, randomly chosen. (Contest ended 9/12/12.) The give-away will close on Wednesday morning, 9/12/12. Winner names will be announced here! Please click here for official giveaway rules.

The contest is over, thanks for playing, and here are the lucky winners!~

Linda (9/12 – 9:47 am)

Rachel Reilly (9/12 – 6:24 pm)

Carol Henry (9/12 – 9:49 am)

Tammy (9/11 – 4:44 am)

Pamela (9/11 – 1:39 am)

Nancy Peabody (9/11 – 6:23 am)

Patricia Carnie (9/10 – 4:25 pm)

Marci (9/10 – 2:41 pm)

Dot Kirchmann (9/10 – 2:11 pm)

Paula (9/10 – 1:16 pm)



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Can’t wait? Click here to purchase America Quilts Together from our online Quilt and Sew Shop. Instant digital download also available.

Click here to join us on our Editors’ Blog as we highlight quilting groups featured in America Quilts Together.



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80 Responses to Quilting Together Begins at Home: McCall’s Team Makes 2 Pretty Quilts!

  1. Lindsey Christner says:

    I love the Cascade quilt! Really neat!

  2. Vicki Hoffman says:

    Great new quilt ideas.

  3. Peg H says:

    LOVE the Cascade quilt AND the Acts of Kindness quilt. Can’t wait to see the entire issue. I belong to a couple of swap groups and we’re all looking for new swaps to do – this issue looks like it’ll have TONS of inspiration. Thanks McCall’s Quilting!

  4. Cami Lindgren says:

    These quilts are wonderful. I have some beautiful batik’s which would look great in the Cascade quilt, can’t wait to make it.

  5. Kim Q says:

    I love the Cascade quilt, but I also love that applique number on the cover.

  6. Carrie says:

    Absolutely beautiful…I have just started a “quilt club” and this would be a great first project. Thank you for these wonderful gifts.

  7. Marie DiNicola says:

    I belong to a scrap group, and these both look like great projects for us. Wonder what this would look like in a red/white/blue color scheme.

  8. Paula says:

    I just love them all!

  9. Sharon Buford says:

    Would love to make the cover quilt – it is just beautiful!

  10. monique says:

    Love the Cascade quilt, reminds me of the little town I grew up, Cascades.

  11. Betty Eberhart says:

    I am anxious for the magazine to come out, I love the fall or spicy colors.

  12. Pat Hersl says:

    Love the idea for a group project. Good job!

  13. Kathy Kent says:

    I love this quilt. It would be perfect for scraps. Great for a group. Fits my quilting personality.

  14. Karon Lamb says:

    Both Cascades and Acts of Kindness are beautiful. I believe I could enjoy making either of them. Acts of Kindness would b e awesome in blues. Thank you Mc Call’s Quilting for sharing.

  15. Jackie says:

    I love the Cascade quilt! I have been saving all of my scraps with the idea of doing a string pieced quilt but have been kind of daunted by putting together the scraps into a cohesive color scheme. This really shows how to make it work!

  16. Jean McMurry says:

    I love the cascade quilt, and the magazine looks great too.

  17. The quilts here are so beautiful! I’d love to see the magazine and all the ideas there.

  18. Dot Kirchmann says:

    Both are lovely quilts! The Cascade quilt reminds me of the mountains in fall colors.

  19. mary penton says:

    Love them all!!! Great ideas for charity quilts!

  20. peggy a bass says:

    i love the cascade quilt
    peg in la

  21. Kathy C says:

    I loved the idea of doing a group project. I think I would like to do a Quilt of Valor group quilt with my small quilt group using the Cascade pattern.

  22. Marci says:

    The kindness quilt is gorgeous!

  23. Darleena L says:

    Love the colors and patterns! Swaps are what “forced” me to learn the quilting techniques so my blocks would be worthy of swapping with those more experienced than myself! Love new ideas!

  24. Diann Jones says:

    Love the colors and color placement. Looks like a fun pattern.

  25. janice t says:

    Gorgeous quilts! I’d love to win this pattern to do in rainbow colours for my daugher=)

  26. Diana Carter says:

    Love the colors you chose and the concept of a group quilting magazine.

  27. cindy says:

    I love the background color of the cascade quilt! I would definitely make this one!

  28. Ginny R says:

    I love the scrappiness of the Cascade quilt and the Acts of Kindness quilt. When a group makes a scrappy quilt, the diverse taste of each person makes the quilt lovely. They seem to give it more vitality than if just one person is choosing the scraps and how to put them together.

  29. Linda says:

    I love the design and colors. Reminds me of the mountains here in Montana!

  30. Penny Brown says:

    I love the Acts of Kindness quilt! The colors are so beautiful. It would be fun to make this one for my niece’s graduation in 2013!

  31. Kay Jones says:

    I love the color selection. It looks real spicy.

  32. Colette Wilson says:

    I love both quilts!

  33. Lori says:

    love it!!

  34. Linda Collins says:

    Love the quilt! Looks like a jelly roll is in order. Can’t get enough of these simple but elegant quilts.

  35. Patricia Carnie says:

    I love both these quilts. They look like they would be fun to make..

  36. Nancy C says:

    Beautiful colors in the Cascade quilt!

  37. Evelyn B says:

    Great group ideas. Hope I win!

  38. Jane F says:

    I want to make this quilt. It is BEAUTIFUL.

  39. I love this beautiful use of scraps. I only really like them when they are organized like this. The border really helps.

  40. KarenInTucson says:

    I love the idea of group quilts. My bee has made blocks for quilts and then given to other members for special occasions. I especially like your Acts of Kindness – gives me a great idea for my pink/orange/red scraps!

  41. Freddie says:

    Beautiful color combo… Love those bright, eye-catching colors

  42. Pat Loomis says:

    I love the colors and the pattern you used for the Cascade quilt! What a lucky person to own it!

  43. Deborah Raptis says:

    Beautiful Quilt! It reminds me of fall here in the mountains of North Georgia.

  44. Vivian Shatley says:

    The quilts shown are really beautiful! I’m trying to downsize my stash and these quilts (and probably the others inside) seem like a wonderful solution.

  45. Melissa Slofkosky says:

    I really like the Cascade quilt.

  46. Judy says:

    Beautiful quilts! Such a great idea to do a group quilt! Lovely inspiration!

  47. Darlene Krystal says:

    the cascade quilt looks like a log cabin variation quilt block…I really enjoy it when a quilt pattern includes some history with it as to the original name…I find I add the original name to the quilt if I find it…

  48. sharon laughlin says:

    I would love to win this pattern, I would love to do one in shades of blues .

  49. Deb T. says:

    I love this quilt. I would love to win the magazine. :)

  50. Sandhya says:

    Your quilt patterns are always great. I had come across group quilts or Bees reading it in one of the McCalls magazines. Love your patterns.

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