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. ritainalaska says:

    what a magazine! love that cover quilt with the big applique flowers! sew awesome!

  2. Margaret Lawrence says:

    I especially like the Acts of Kindness quilt, and I would love to try it in reds, blues, and whites.

  3. Rachel Worley says:

    The colors in the Cascade quilt makes me think of a waterfall. And I love the colors in the Acts of Kindness quilt.

  4. Pamela says:

    What an accomplished piece. I so enjoy seeing how scrappy blocks come together. So much stash can be used to make such beautiful quilts!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt. Job well done by all involved. Happy Quilting.

  5. Tammy says:

    I love the quilts! I am a begineer quilter, and can’t beleieve how beautiful these are, good job! I would also like to be able to donate, but need teaching to be better.

  6. Sherry Gray says:

    Love them. Great ideas for comfort quilts.

  7. Nancy Peabody says:

    Love the quilts, the ideas, and all I need is more time!

  8. Sharon says:

    I look forward to making this quilt. I think it lends itself to so many color variations. It will be great to help me use up my millions of scraps lol.

  9. Blondie says:

    Isn’t it amazing that one can never have enough quilts!!!!

  10. What gorgeous quilts – it looks like a terrific magazine. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice one..

  11. Ann B says:

    Love these quilts! Inspiring.

  12. Julie Brown says:

    These are BOTH such pretty quilts! I love that they are scrappy and happy!

  13. Cyndy Hearn says:

    WOW can hardly wait to see everything in this new magazine!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! Of course McCalls Quilting IS one of my favorites!!! Regards, Cyndy

  14. lindawwww says:

    I love these quilts! I can only imagine how many others are featured in the magazine. I would love to win.

  15. Carol Henry says:

    beautiful quilt,,i belong to a small quilters club and it would be amazeing to make one together and then donate to the cancer quilt give away…thanks carol

  16. Carol Henry says:

    i think the quilt is amazeing and would like to share with my girlfriends at my small quilting club on tuesday nights. thanks

  17. Donna Gross says:

    Would like to try the Cascade Quilt. THANKS.

  18. Nancy LaPointe says:

    I love the scrappy cascade quilt. What a beautiful way to sew up those leftover strips. I would love to try my hand at this pattern! Love, love, love it.

  19. helen says:

    what a lovely way to use up you scraps. bet this is her favorite quilt

  20. I collaborated a quilt with my best friend, for another friend who was dying of cancer. It’s one of the best memories I have. We chose the recipient’s favorite and decorating colors. I designed the quilt, and taught my friend some new things as we spent time together. The look on the family’s face and our dear friend’s face, as we presented her with the quilt, was priceless and hard to keep back tears. She died just a few weeks later, and her daughter said she cuddled under it almost all the time until then, and over her lap when she passed. Quilting is about art, creativity, and togetherness, serving, and love, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the quilts in this magazine promoting togetherness!

  21. Dotti Elgart says:

    What wonderful synergy from the group to create such wonderful creative quilts. Both are fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Connie Duddridge says:

    Love the stripy quilt! I will have to buy the mag If I don’t win….but I am due to win something!

  23. ktaylor says:

    Thank you for your touching story, Rachell. Your thoughts on what quilting is all about sums it up well.

  24. Stephanie Matz says:

    Oh, the Cascades quilt is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Such possibilities!!

  25. Nancy Newman says:

    Cascade quilt is soooooo beautiful.

  26. Sandee Weseley says:

    I love the Cascade quilt and presently I’m finishing my version of it. I’ve never seen binding like that and I’m considering doing it that way. Any comments?

  27. Nancy Ingram says:

    I love the quilt “Cascade” and want to make it but a larger size (98″ x 108″). Could you tell me how this would be done?! And, if possible the amount of fabric for each color in the pic! Will be using different colors but knowing amts. you used would help in shopping! Thanks, Nan

  28. Nancy Ingram says:

    ive entered info twice and keep getting “required fields marked”

  29. Kathy says:

    Nancy, that contest ended quite some time ago. Sorry for any confusion!

  30. Kathy says:

    Nancy, we’re sorry but we do not have the woman-power to redesign or resize quilt patterns for individual requests. The friendly folks at your local quilt shop may be able to help you. Happy stitching!

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