Free Quilting Webinar! Wait, What??

Patterson Kathy 70px Free Quilting Webinar! Wait, What??Webinar: (noun) contraction of web seminar; a presentation that takes place on the Internet, allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the presenter, ask questions, etc.

Now take that basic definition and apply it to quilting education, and you’ll see why we’re so excited to bring you a full schedule of webinars on a wide range of topics related to how to quilt. To get to the point, here’s why you want to try a quilting webinar:

  1. You can attend from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. And when you later download the recorded event, you can enjoy it over and over even without signing on to the Internet.
  2. Quality quilting classes are getting harder and harder to find in local communities. As brick-and-mortar quilt shops close and older, experienced quilters cut back on their community involvement, a need is developing for accessible professional quiltmaking instruction.
  3. Webinars are affordable! For less than what you’d pay for one cut of fabric, you can learn new skills that will last a lifetime.
  4. You get real-time connection to other quilters. Imagine an opportunity to ask questions of Alex Anderson, Bill Volckening, or a host of other well-known instructors. Plus, you get answers to your fellow classmates’ questions.
  5. Webinars are convenient. The live broadcast is scheduled for a specific day and time, but even if you’re not available then, the recorded event is yours to enjoy for an entire year, as many times as you like, whenever you like. You get a link to the recording in your email shortly after the live event, and you can download it to your computer.
  6. Getting connected is easy. Step-by-step instructions are sent upon registration, and thousands of quilters with minimal computer skills have successfully logged on and enjoyed webinars.

And here’s one more great reason to try a quilting webinar – we have a completely FREE one coming up! Honestly, you can’t screw this one up, people. You have literally nothing to lose. Your learning curve for attending a webinar is on us!

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Registering for our FREE webinar is this easy. This is my actual registration form, ready to be submitted. Name and email address, that’s it.

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And here is my registration confirmation. I’m all set!

Beginning Quilting with Jenny Kae Parks is targeted at newbie quilters, but also anyone interested in a refresher course on quiltmaking basics. And even if you’re confident in your elemental quilting skills, registering for this webinar is a great introduction to the whole online education process. Be part of a large, worldwide quilting community and sign up for this fun webinar today! The live event will be broadcast March 16 at 1:00PM Eastern Time.

Do you have questions about the webinar process? Leave them in a comment below and I’ll get you an answer right away. I hope to see you at Jenny’s webinar, and at many more to come!

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Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy DeLaet!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-

Judy head shot 225px Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy DeLaet! Judy DeLaet of Wausaukee, Wisconsin, had been admiring our America the Beautiful sampler quilt designed by Lynn Lister for quite some time before she decided to take the plunge and make her own version. The quilt was patterned as a series in all the 2011 issues of McCall’s Quilting, and became a huge reader favorite. Here’s the magazine quilt that inspired it all:

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Now let’s learn more about Judy’s quilt!

Hi, everyone, this is my America the Beautiful. The pattern was in Jan/Feb – Nov/Dec 2011 McCall’s Quilting. I mainly used batiks for my quilt. I had a lot of fun picking my fabrics and sewing it all together.

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Judy, it is GORGEOUS! And here’s a news flash for everyone…America the Beautiful is going to be the next project in our Quilt Along video series! Beginning March 27, 2015, step by step videos for making the quilt will be FREE for a limited time. There will also be quilt kits available in our online shop. This is a perennially-popular project, so if you haven’t made one yet, get ready to Quilt Along with McCall’s Quilting!

FREE Canadian Flag Block pattern to adapt the project for our friends up north

 

 

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Tuesday Tutorial: No-Waste Flying Geese Units

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorial: No Waste Flying Geese UnitsThis week we’re adding to our Tuesday quilting tutorials with a favorite piecing technique of many of our readers. With the no-waste flying geese technique you can make 3-triangle units in multiples of 4 without sewing any bias edges or cutting any triangles at all…kind of magical! This technique is used in the pattern for Tammy Vonderschmitt’s  Seaside Breeze quilt featured in the April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, on sale now.

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The Seaside Breeze quilt pattern finishes at 76 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Isn’t it a pretty quilt? This is a true flying geese quilt, since all of the piecing (the colored units) is done in flying geese units. The clever arrangement evokes seagulls or ocean waves. If you’re longing for the beach, this is the quilt pattern for you!

Now, the tutorial. We have a free video available that demonstrates how to make no-waste flying geese. Enjoy it at this link: No-Waste Flying Geese Video

Seaside Breeze 300px Tuesday Tutorial: No Waste Flying Geese UnitsOnce you’ve watched the video, you’re ready to tackle the quilt pattern, beginning on page 8 of the April/May issue. Not a subscriber? You can order an instant digital or print copy online now! There is also a separate digital pattern available for this quilt, and we still have a few exclusive quilt kits left for this design, featuring the Moda fabrics from Kate Nelligan’s Beach House collection that Tammy used in her quilt.

Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection. And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

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Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele Scott

Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter! Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Michele 200 Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele ScottWhen McCall’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger, of course I said yes.  It was actually a “Heck, yeah!”  I would do anything for these broads.  I’ve been working with this publication for about 15 years now, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences.  They are the most caring, considerate and personable ladies in the industry!  I’d do their laundry if they asked.  (Well, maybe not that….)

So I say yes, and then comes the question, “WHAT do I write about?”  I really don’t have anything important to say…no words of wisdom to impart to my fellow quilt addicts. They suggested possibly writing about the experience of designing the fabric, Dino Pals, for Northcott.  Or perhaps about the making of the quilt Dinosaur Parade for the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts with my amazingly handsome husband.  (Yes, ladies and gents, he cut and ironed as I sewed.  I chose husband #2 carefully, and it’s really paying off, I have to say!)

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Dinosaur Parade finishes 64 1/2″ x 74 1/2″; kits are available

As I was thinking about what I would write about the designing, I begin reminiscing about exactly what was going on in my life at the time.  I remember doing the majority of the work as we drove to Michigan for a speaking engagement.  I remember us laughing and listening to The Grateful Dead on our 10-hour journey.  I treasure every minute of my time with Tom, but this was a highlight.  Then I thought about the quilt and the making of it.  It was when my mother just suffered a brain bleed and then 2 subsequent strokes.  It was such a sad time.  We weren’t sure how she was going to pull through.  I remember teaching all day (I’m a 4th grade teacher in “real life”), then to the Rehab center for visiting hours and then home by 9 to work on the quilt.  Thankfully, she’s recovering beautifully, but when I look at that quilt, it takes me back to that painful time and how grateful I am that she has rallied like a boss.

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The more I thought about this, the more it made me realize that every quilt tells a story, doesn’t it?  It may not be what one would think either.  When I look at my next collection coming out with Northcott, Whoo Loves You, I don’t think about owls or how amazing my Art Director Deborah Edwards is by editing my work to the point of complete and total awesomeness.  I think of the Finger Lakes.  I was tight on my deadline (shocker…this another reason for Deborah’s greatness…her patience with the terminally late designer known as me!) and leaving for a weeklong trip with our dear friends.  I was working half the night and up at 6am, making the changes furiously before leaving on our adventure.  Hitting the send button at 10am was literally the start of my vacation.

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Michele

 

Fabric 225px Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele ScottThanks so much, Michele. We are giving away 3 prize packages of 9 flannel fat quarters each from Michele’s Dino Pals collection for Northcott! Leave a comment below before midnight March 22, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 23 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Sue Guday of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Mary Ann Wolf of New Ulm, Minnesota, and Lori Morton of Mansfield, Ohio.

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cozy Up Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cozy Up Queen Size QuiltCozy Up is such a great name for a quilt, don’t you think? Aby Dolinger‘s lap quilt pattern featured in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts was such a great modern update to a classic quilt block style that we decided to offer a free web bonus pattern for a queen size quilt as well. This week’s Friday Freebie is Cozy Up, sized for your bed!

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The queen size quilt pattern for Cozy Up finishes 98 1/2″ square.

This free quilt pattern is easy to customize to any color scheme…just pick two border fabrics, a background fabric, and 4 coordinating fabrics for the center piecing and you’re ready to roll! If you can sew four-patches and flying geese, you can make this pretty queen size quilt!

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Aby used several fabrics by Denyse Schmidt to give her lap quilt a fresh modern feel.

 

Download the FREE Cozy Up queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all!

Browse Keepsake Quilting fabric selections here.

Check out Clearance Fabrics by the yard!

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-

Tink Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!Tink Linhart of Fox Point, Wisconsin, wrote to tell us about two “Quilts of Thanks” she made for Marines who served in Iraq. Tink was inspired by Bev Getschel’s Reflecting Pools quilt patterned in the September/October 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Reflecting Pools 300px Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!She made her quilts smaller than Bev’s, using scrap fabrics left over from other projects.

 

 

Here’s what Tink had to say:

Both Quilts of Thanks were presented, one to a Navy medic attached to our son’s Marine unit during Operation Phantom Fury in Iraq in 2004-’05.  The other went to a former Marine who grew up with our son and deployed to the war zones at a different time.  We heard from him that he was extremely moved by the quilt.  Our warriors struggle with their war experience and we’ve found over the years that the quilts are very powerful; they let the recipients know that someone really does care about them and appreciates their service.

Tink Quilt 1 Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart! Tink Quilt 2 Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!As a small, locally based organization, Quilts of Thanks encourages volunteer quilters to identify Veterans in their own communities who have served during war time and present them with a tangible “thank you” for their service.  It is our honor to create these quilts. Thank you “sew” much for the inspiration! -Tink-

If you’d like to make quilts for service men and women but don’t have a local organization like Quilts of Thanks, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is another great resource. Visit them at their website. And thank you, Tink, for your lovely story and photos!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Preparing Shapes for Applique Patterns

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Preparing Shapes for Applique PatternsClassic turned-edge appliqué can be easy and fun. Oh yeah, I said it, and it’s true! For most of my quilting life I avoided appliqué quilt patterns like the plague. When I absolutely had to use an appliqué pattern to get the design I wanted, I resorted to a fusible web technique with machine blanket-stitched edges. Easy, fast, and acceptable, but those raw edges with machine stitching always bothered me a bit. What happens over time, with repeated washings? Would my quilts have even a prayer of holding up like those our ancestors appliquéd so carefully by hand? So I basically considered myself a piecer and settled for admiring the work of true appliqué artists.

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Erin Russek’s Daisy Wreath Block is patterned in the September/October 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

 

That was until I met Erin Russek. When Erin came to work for McCall’s Quilting I was already in awe of her appliqué expertise and her absolutely gorgeous quilts. And then one day she gave a demo of her technique for the entire staff and I was thunderstruck! It was easy, achievable, FUN! We couldn’t wait to get Erin on camera to show everyone the basics of her method, and this week’s Tuesday Tutorial is that amazing video.

 

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Heat resistant template plastic is essential for this applique technique.

 

Watch Erin’s short free video and you will be running to your stash to try her technique! Vines, leaves, flowers, birds…all these and so much more can be part of your quilting life with just a tiny bit of practice and the help of this video.

 

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Pre-assembling flowers and similar units makes for even faster hand stitching.

 

It’s not needle-turn, so it has none of the challenges of that approach, but it IS classic turned-edge appliqué and that’s what I wanted to learn to do. I hope you’ll enjoy this Tuesday Tutorial and go on to make many wonderful appliquéd projects. Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Celtic Twist Lap Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Celtic Twist Lap QuiltThis week’s Friday FREEbie is a gem of a pattern from deep in the McCall’s Quick Quilts archives. The Celtic Twist quilt design by Susan Purney Mark was originally published as a wall quilt pattern in the April/May 2009 issue, and we loved the technique Susan used so much that we also offered a web bonus free lap quilt pattern adapted from the design. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s time for an Irish-inspired design! Here’s the original Celtic Twist quilt:

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The Celtic Twist wall quilt finishes just 24 1/2″ square.

Susan’s Give and Take Appliqué™ technique makes fast, fun work of creating positive and negative shapes for this Celtic design. That means no fabric or fusible web is wasted, either…gotta love frugal techniques!Block 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Celtic Twist Lap Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

The Friday Free Quilt Pattern is for the lap quilt version of Susan’s design, but since the pattern includes both sizes of the templates, you could easily make fewer blocks and recreate the wall quilt as well if you like. The magazine with the original pattern is no longer in print, but some of you may have it in YOUR archives! So, here is the Assembly Diagram for the free lap quilt pattern, to give you an idea of the results you can expect:

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The Celtic Twist lap quilt pattern finishes 60 1/2″ x 68 1/2″

Download the Celtic Twist free lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all!

Here are some more Irish-inspired quilts to help you celebrate!

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Lilli’s Pond: A Visit with Bev Getschel

Meet quilt designer and author Bev Getschel! And don’t miss the book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

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Bev Getschel can’t remember a time when she wasn’t sewing. And her discovery of quilt making in 2003 opened all kinds of exciting new doors. Bev has now published many, many quilt patterns in national magazines, including McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. Her newest design for us, Lilli’s Pond, is patterned in the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting, now on newsstands. It’s a scrappy, fresh lap quilt pattern, easy to piece and stunning to display. Here’s Lilli’s Pond!

 

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Lilli’s Pond finishes 54 1/2″ x 72 1/2″

Looks complex, but it’s quite simple to make. Split Nine-Patch Blocks are rotated in a straight-row setting to create the white and blue patchwork areas. Super fun pattern! Check it out in the magazine, or get an instant download of the digital pattern.

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Split Nine-Patch Blocks finish 9″ square

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Bev has just published her first book, Classic Quilts with an Upscale Twist (Annie’s®, 2014). And we have copies to give away to 3 lucky quilters! Bev book 300px Lillis Pond: A Visit with Bev GetschelLeave a comment below before midnight March 15, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 16 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Lisa England of Ashland, Kentucky, Joanne Bayles of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Becky McCoy of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Partial Seam Technique

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Partial Seam TechniqueMany quilt blocks are assembled by stitching their units together row by row. But some quilt block designs are more unusual in their construction. In cases where units are added surrounding another patch or unit, the partial seam technique is an easy, accurate way to get your quilt block together.

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The Spin Dance Block is pattered in McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014.

 

The Spin Dance Block shown here has a central patch surrounded by pieced rectangle units each consisting of 2 white and 3 assorted print patches. To assemble this block, and others with similar construction, the units are added to the central patch one at a time. The trick…the first seam is a partial seam, which is completed as the final seam after all other units are added.

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Partial seaming is definitely one of those things where a picture (or better yet a video) is worth a thousand words. So we made a short video to demonstrate this technique in action. Click the photo at right to watch…you’re less than 5 minutes away from mastering the partial seam technique!

Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

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