Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2013

Lara Blog Image Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2013The August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts just arrived, and it’s filled with so many fun patterns for appliqué, modern pieced quilts, and traditional quilt designs. Having recently returned from the Spring 2013 International Quilt Market in Portland, our editorial team put together an issue that shows you how to borrow from this year’s colorful market trends and create something beautiful for anywhere in your home.

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This issue is packed with bright prints and funky pattern designs, with a few features that call upon really neat retro colors that speak to summer. Bea Lee’s Retro Tulip lap quilt is a gorgeous pattern for fusible appliqué that lets you quickly create lush flowers to complement elegant pieced stars. We love Bea’s use of retro floral prints!

Note: Retro Tulip is a great pattern to use paper-backed fusible web.

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Another awesome modern pattern in this issue is One Way or Another, by Michelle Freedman. Bright bold fabrics including Maywood Pearl Gemstones combine with Michelle’s clever design to make this super-fun lap quilt. Michelle added one orange and one green strip to her binding for a bit of visual pop.

Find more modern quilt patterns, including Susan Guzman’s Hey Girl…, and John Kubiniec’s Whole Lotta Love below, in the Exclusive Fabric Kits section below.


Fun Kids Quilt Patterns in Red, Blue and Black!
Heidi Pridemore’s Highway Heroes is filled with easy-to-appliqué rescue trucks and cars that make a wonderful gift and add fun colors to any little hero’s bedroom. Heidi uses the Planes, Trains & Automobiles collection from Timeless Treasures. This is another great pattern for those of you who like using the fast and easy fusible appliqué technique!

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Wall Hangings and Mini-Quilts
We’ve included several patterns for smaller quilts that are great to hang on a wall in a studio, kitchen or bedroom. In Melinda Honn’s pattern, Cute as a Button, you’ll learn to machine-sew buttons for a fast finish. Melinda uses pinwheel blocks that are made up of assorted prints—a perfect use for scrap fabrics!

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In this issue you’ll also find Diane McGregor’s beautiful hanging, Heartstrings. A modern applique completed with a pieced binding, this is an adorable accent piece that can be made in a day or less. Diane uses Rowan prints for this sweet wall hanging, and we’ve created a fun kit with these prints so that you can make yours just as bright!

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Note: Heartstrings is a McCall’s Quick Quilts Kit! Click here to find it in our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Finally, for those of you who are already preparing for back to school, Cheryl Almgren Taylor’s Apple of My Eye is a great appliqué table runner that sets a sweet table to welcome guests. Click here to find a free pattern for  cheerful apple appliqué pot holders, and create a kitchen set.

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More Traditional Quilt Patterns
Designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, Old Sage Road is a gorgeous pattern that’s also fast! Prints from the Townhouse Gardens collection by Paula Barnes for Marcus Fabrics give this simple one-block quilt a timeless look.

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Another great traditional quilt is Gerri Robinson’s Moonlight Stars— a quick one-block lap quilt pattern. This classic design features one simple-to-piece block that creates an intriguing secondary pattern that will make your quilt sparkle. Click here for a free Moonlight Star quilt block pattern, and click here to download a free bed size version of this pattern.

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Exclusive Fabric Kits
We offer limited edition fabric kits for a handful of quilts patterned in each issue. Click here to find them in our Quilt and Sew Shop and have a complete fabric kit delivered right to your home! In the August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, we include several patterns that offer a kit for purchase, including Heidi Pridemore’s Firehouse Friends, John Kubiniec’s Whole Lotta Love, and Susan Guzman’s Hey Girl….

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Pick up your copy of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine, August/September 2013 from your local quilt shop or newsstand, or click here to purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop. By subscribing to McCall’s Quick Quilts, you’ll find out when new QQ Kits are available!

As with every issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, we include a handful of free web bonuses like fun blocks and patterns. Click here to find the web bonuses from this issue.

Want to win a copy of this issue?
Click here to preview all of the quilt patterns included in this issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and then tell us which is your favorite pattern in the comments below. We’ll choose 4 random winners from the comments!*

  1. Click here to see all of the quilts featured in the August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.
  2. Tell us your favorite quilt pattern by submitting a comment below.

*We’ll choose 4 random winners from comments entered below on July 3, 2013. Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of selection.

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198 Responses to Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2013

  1. Linda Halcomb says:

    Soo very hard to choose! Cute as a button gets my vote. I have several half-square triangles left from previous projects and jars of brightly colored buttons so that gives me a head start!

  2. Amanda Best says:

    Star locks are my very favorites so I think I would have to choose the Moonlight Stars as my favorite. I really like the Hey Girl pattern, too.

  3. Mary Ann Harpe says:

    Mine would be Heidi Pridemore’s Highway Heroes. I would use it as a boy’s baby quilt. Mary Ann

  4. Judy Maggio says:

    My favorite quilt is ‘Old Sage Road’ The block is fast? It looks complicated.

  5. A.B. says:

    Gotta say I liked Old Sage Road the best-but can’t help myself-

    *clears throat*

    “Clang clang clang went the trolley,
    Ding ding ding went the bell,
    And the moment I saw it I fell”

    Have a nice day, all.

  6. Rachell R says:

    For me, I love Moonlight Stars. For my family, I love the two different fire truck quilts. The new line from Michael Miller called All Fired Up! Is my next obsession—since my husband and brother-in-law are firefighters. I’m currently working on a fire station bed quilt for my husband, and I could sure incorporate some of that new fabric!

  7. Cheri Williams says:

    Firehouse Friends would make a great quilt for my grandson who has a fireman bed.
    All the quilts look fun and can’t wait to have my mag.

  8. Susan says:

    Apple of my Eye would be fun to make. Since I’ve been making table runners lately.

  9. LINDA says:


  10. Sharon H of Tenn says:

    heartstrings is my favorite

  11. Rhonda Best says:

    Moonlight Stars is definitely my favorite, but there are several others that are awesome too.

  12. ktaylor says:

    Very well sung! ;)

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  14. Donna in NW FL says:

    Apple of My Eye table runner!

  15. jean says:

    Highway heroes would be perfect for my soon to be born nephew!

  16. Lisa says:

    Pastel Parfait, but I’d have to do it in brights….

  17. Cindy Prince says:

    Highway Heroes!! Perfect for my action-loving grandson! Thank you!

  18. Lisa Powell says:

    I love Cute As A Button, and Moonlight Stars is a close second!

  19. Sandy Gray says:

    I think the cute cars and trucks are adore ale, all the boy quilts are my favorite with three grandsons!

  20. Lynda McCullough says:

    I’m liking “Whole Lotta Love”. It’s modern and fun.

  21. Judy W. says:

    The Retro Tulip quilt is my favorite, but Moonlight Star is a very close second.

  22. Elle says:

    “Hey Girl”! Gotta have it! <3

  23. Karen Carr says:

    I love Apple of My Eye. I’m not usually one to go for table-runners, but this one has changed my mind. It’s really great, and I love the bold borders.

  24. Suzan Sullivan says:

    Whole-lotta-love! Love the contemporary look!!

  25. Moonlight star and firehouse friends… Wish there was a kit for of light stars!

  26. Rhonda Campbell says:

    It’s tough, but I really like A Quilt of Many Colors, I think that might be my favorite.

  27. Cynthia T. says:

    I would like to make Moonlight Stars. I love the fresh look of the blue and white. I do like Cute as a Button also. It looks like this issue is packed with great quilts.

  28. Susan dumouchel says:

    Love Moonlight Stars!

  29. Gretchen F says:

    Traditional Twist: Quick Wall Quilt Pattern with Modern Spin is my favorite, although I’d be inclined to make it bed sized, because that is just the way I am.

  30. Sherry Buckingham says:

    I love the Heartstrings Quilt Kit and design. It appears versatile and a gift everyone could cherish. Gotta make this one!! Thanks,

  31. Sharon Lichter says:

    My favorite is Highway Heroes. I make children’s quilts for charity and this would be perfect.

  32. Quilt of Many Colors…great way put those scraps I’ve been accumulating to good use. Could be traditional or contemporary depending on your scraps.

  33. Vanessa B says:

    Love this Apple of My Eye: Fast & Fun Table Runner Quilt Pattern and though Im a newby at quilting, I think I could do this one :-) Thanks!!!

  34. Elizabeth Deprey says:

    Love love love how fun the “Cute as a Button: Quick Scrappy Pinwheel Wall Quilt Pattern” is!

  35. georgiann vanvelzor says:

    Love the highway hero quilt. There would be a fight over by my grandsons.

  36. BevM says:

    I would have two favourites – Highway Heroes & Cute As A Button!

  37. Cannot decide betweenApple of my eye and Retro tulip. really like them both.

  38. Connie German says:

    Pastel Parfait for all my scraps and a way to be artsy and creative.
    Thank you.

  39. SuzieW says:

    I love the Apple of My Eye table runner and the Old Sage Road is the kind of quilt pattern I look for when making a quilt. I love the block style patterns and I’ve been looking for an easy apple applique pattern to make a table runner in. And thanks so much for the free patterns for the pot holders and the quilt pattern Moonlight stars they are so pretty! I’d love to win a free issue of this magazine to preview!!!

  40. Highway Heroes would be a great quilt to make for the children’s not-for-profit for which I sew quilts.

  41. Linda Sandusky says:

    My grandson loves trucks, so Highway Heroes is perfect!!!

  42. Josephinelynn Rigle says:

    Old Sage quilt is my absolute favorite. I just love the color scheme along with the pattern.

  43. Meredith Miller says:

    Pick only one pattern? You realize you’re asking the impossible, right? ;-)
    The Moonlight Stars lap quilt caught my eye first.
    But Retro Tulip has a cute charm of its own.
    Then again, I have some Japanese fabrics that would be nicely showcased in Whole Lotta Love, maybe with some sashiko stitching added for an extra touch.
    As always, way too many tantalizing ideas, and not nearly enough time! LOL!

  44. Donna Williams says:

    I love the Retro Tulip. Though if I had been a quilter when my son was young (he’s now 21 and a US Marine), I would have loved to have made the Highway Heroes quilt for him. Our home was full of toy emergency vehicles.

  45. Lisa Hutchison says:

    The quick four patch Hey Girl is easy for enlarging as well as making it look so many different ways just with color. This is great for both boy & girls.

  46. Nona says:

    I think my favorite would have to be heartstrings.

  47. Sherry Whalen says:

    I really like Old Sage Road – nice pattern and the colors are not my usual palette and it would be fun to try something different!

  48. Fay Applegate says:

    I just love the Apple of my eye table runner. Colors are so alive! Thank’s. Fay.

  49. Beth B says:

    I like “Cute as a Button”.

  50. Karen Truitt says:

    I love star quilts sooo Moonlight Stars is my favorite!

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