Welcome to one of our favorite new weekly features on the Editors’ Blog, Design Wall Monday. We’re sharing photos and ideas about what we’ve been working on in our own personal sewing spaces – showing off a little but also exchanging ideas and hoping to raise everyone’s energy and inspiration levels! Here’s what some of our team members are working on right now:
Administrative editor Deb McDonald is working on several projects at the same time. This one is a one-block color option for Quiltmaker magazine, for the July/August 2016 issue. That’s some pretty fancy foundation paper piecing there, Deb!
Editor Diane Harris says, “I’m making progress on this quilt. My most recently finished task was piecing the name and deciding where to place it. As I’ve begun making the sections, everything is fitting together beautifully—I used Thangles for all of the half-square triangles and they worked really well. I should have it all sewn together sometime this week and then it’s off to the quilter, who will put something beautiful in that wide brown border!”
I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and I did more work this weekend on the Little House on the Prairie sample quilt I’m making for Laura Stone Roberts’ upcoming book. I finished piecing all the block-framing braid strips, pressed them all with Magic Sizing, and started trimming them to size. I couldn’t resist jumping ahead to framing one of the bonnet block centers just to see how it will look. I’m pretty happy with it, but the bias edges of the braids may require stay stitching to keep them from stretching out of shape. The partial seaming technique was fun to do.
Editor Gigi Khalsa writes. “This weekend I basted a quilt, and started a little on the quilting. I do all my basting on the wall! I wrote about the process I came up with awhile ago for Quilters Newsletter. It works really well for me and I’m very happy with it, so I figure some other people might like the technique too. Disclaimer: If you have expensive wall paper, paint or ostrich leather (or whatever!) on your walls, this might not be the basting technique for you. I have done it about 10 times now and haven’t noticed any marks from the masking tape or pins on my wall, but all the same, test on a small, inconspicuous area if you are even a tiny bit concerned about it. Here’s a photo of my first line of quilting, taken of the back of the quilt (since the front is a surprise). What nice, smooth, wrinkle-free basting!”
Acquisitions editor Lori Baker is working on piecing a backing: ‘This was my design wall on Saturday morning. It’s the beginning of the pieced back for a bed-size quilt. Many of the pieces are samples from different fabric companies. I like the clean look of 30s reproduction prints.”
Graphic designer Genevieve Stafford has a new project under way: ‘This is a rainbow quilt top I’m making for a friend who loves rainbows, iridescence, and all things color.”
That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here. And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday