Author Archives: Kathy

Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show-Through

When fusing light-value appliqué shapes to darker shapes beneath, sometimes the darker fabric will show through, detracting from the appearance of the appliqué. In the Cake & Ice Cream quilted banner pattern published in the June/July 2012 issue of McCall’s … Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Splendor in the Scraps

Scrap quilts are the best quilts, in my humble opinion. Although quilts made with manufacturer fabric collections can be beautiful, nothing tells a story like a scrap quilt, and each one is totally unique. So I’m always on the look-out … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tutorial: Layering and Basting a Quilt

One of the most popular of the McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) quilting video series is our Quilting 101 group. These are quilting videos demonstrating basic quilt making techniques for beginners who want to learn how to make a quilt, or … Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm Breeze Queen Size Quilt

Beautiful warm colors and an easy, fast quilt pattern…that’s what my winter-weary heart is longing for this week. My part of the world is in the deep freeze, and queen size quilt patterns are on my mind. Wouldn’t it be … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tutorial: Modern Quilt As You Go Technique

Tips, techniques, tutorials, tools, trends…Tuesday seems a good day to focus on the basics of how to quilt, if only for alliterative reasons! This week’s featured Tuesday Tutorial is Jera Brandvig‘s modern spin on the quilt-as-you-go technique. Jera’s throw pillow … Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweater Weather Bed Runner

When your toes are so cold you just can’t get to sleep, a quilted bed runner draped over your feet may be the remedy you need. Bed runners are also a wonderful way to switch out the décor in any … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts February/March 2015

What’s pink and green and pretty all over? The cover of the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, of course! This spring preview issue is packed with fast, easy quilt patterns that will have you thinking posies, shamrocks, babies, … Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: New New York Beauty

This week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is an absolute classic, and a favorite of quilters everywhere. It uses foundation paper piecing and also some template piecing of curved patches, so it’s definitely not a beginner’s quilt pattern. But when you’re … Continue reading

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BLOCK Friday: Dutchman’s Puzzle Block

This week BLOCK Friday is all about the Dutchman’s Puzzle Block, a classic design that requires 2 sets of 4 flying geese units for each block. This block is easy to put together, but does require some attention to piecing … Continue reading

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New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!

Lifelong learning is so important. It keeps us young, exercises our brains, and gives us endless topics of conversation for family dinners, quilt guild, and overlong grocery store lines. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about 4 new web … Continue reading

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