Homeland: A Visit with Candy Hargrove

homeland style 500 200x300 Homeland: A Visit with Candy HargroveWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Candy Hargrove. Candy’s throw quilt Homeland is an easy-to-piece patriotic design that is almost entirely made of scrappy triangle-squares and is compliant with Quilts of Valor specifications. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quilting July/August 2017 issue. We’re happy to have Candy here to talk about her quilt!

Oh boy, I was surprised and excited to see my quilt Homeland on the cover of McCall’s Quilting July/August issue.  One more thing to check off my quilting bucket list!

Having a long love of seeing and making patriotic quilts, one of my first hand-quilted projects was adapted from the book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!

image1 1024x576 Homeland: A Visit with Candy HargroveA few years ago, when I was presenting my trunk show to the Jubilee Quilters Guild in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a proud mother addressed the guild about her son who had been awarded a Quilt of Valor.  He was deployed again, but she wanted to send her son’s appreciation for the quilt he received that had been made by that guild.  It was a very moving experience for me and others at the guild meeting.  That was my inspiration to join the Quilts of Valor Foundation and to begin making and designing quilts for presentation to those servicemen and women who have been touched by war.

My goal in designing Homeland was not only to create a quilt to donate, but to also create a pattern that could easily be made by others.  Consisting primarily of 6″ finished triangle-squares, this quilt is a perfect project for an individual,  small group or guild that wants to make a quilt to donate to the Quilts of Valor Foundation or a veteran you know.

I can see a group of quilters gathering for a “work day,” bringing with them squares and strips of reds, whites and blues.  Some would work on making the triangle-squares.  Some would work on arranging them in rows and sewing the rows together.  Others would make the strip sets and make the pieced border, then finish the other borders.  This quilt would be done in no time and on its way to be quilted.

Here are a couple of techniques I use to make this quilt.  When cutting squares of fabric for the triangle squares, I increase the size by 1/8″ (for 6″ finished triangle squares, I cut the squares of fabric 7″ instead of 6-7/8″).  After drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light square and sewing a scant ¼” seam on either side of that line, cut apart and press.  Square it up to 6-1/2″ with your favorite ruler.  My favorite is the Bloc-Loc Ruler.

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image5 e1496947887694 Homeland: A Visit with Candy HargroveThe inside pieced border can be easily made by strip piecing.  I like it scrappy, so I used several fabrics and made my strip sets about 12″ long to make it extra scrappy!

image4 1024x576 Homeland: A Visit with Candy HargroveI hope you enjoy making this quilt.  It will make me proud to see it in photos being presented to veterans all around the country.

 zGiveaway Hargrove copy 300x277 Homeland: A Visit with Candy HargroveThanks so much, Candy! Leave a comment below before midnight June 22, 2017, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win one of Candy’s original salt cellar pincushions. The winner will be notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

Thank you for participating — a winner has been picked! Keep an eye out for future guest blogs and your chance to win a giveaway!


MCA1708 Cover 500 221x300 Homeland: A Visit with Candy HargroveIf you’d like to make your own version of Homeland and don’t yet have a copy of the McCall’s Quilting July/August 2017 issue, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The Homeland quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.  

Be sure to also check out the free pattern for a mini quilt version of Homeland available for download from our website.

About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at McCall's Quilting and McCall's Quick Quilts. If you ask her what type of quilter she considers herself, she'll answer, "Slow." Favorite techniques include hand quilting, both traditional and big stitch, but she also loves her walking foot and keeps meaning to get better acquainted with her open-toe embroidery foot.
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11 Responses to Homeland: A Visit with Candy Hargrove

  1. D Gross says:

    That pincushion looks so neat!

  2. Nancy Hash says:

    Love the homeland quilt. Thanks for the chance to win a pin cushion.

  3. Sharon Hughson says:

    That is a sweet pin cushion.

  4. KarenJo says:

    Homeland is a beauty!
    The salt cellar pin cushion is soooo cute!
    Thanks for a great pattern and chance to win the pin cushion.

  5. DebbieW says:

    I like the idea of cutting the squares at 7 inches and squaring up to a finished 6 1/2-inch size. So little is lost and you have better accuracy.

    Candy’s pincushion is lovely. : )

  6. Linda Tucker says:

    Great tips for cutting! God Bless America!

  7. Jeannine Albers says:

    Love the pin cushion! My Grandmother collected salts so it reminds me of her even though she didn’t sew at all!

  8. Kathy Hartwell says:

    The “Homeland” quilt is beautiful and I love the little extra so the block can be squared to size. Thank you for the opportunity to win the cute pincushion.

  9. Silvia M says:

    Thanks for a great pattern and a great story. I hope to be able to make a Quilt of Valor in the next year. The salt cellar pincushion would be a great addition to the space I am carving out for sewing!

  10. Audrey says:

    Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for quilt patterns that meet the Quilt of Valour guidelines. The salt cellar pincushion is so cute.

  11. carol says:

    Nice salt cellar pincushion.

    Love your Homeland Quilt of Valor quilt.

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