Jack in the Blocks: A Visit with Colleen Hall-Patton

Hall Patton Colleen 300x300 Jack in the Blocks: A Visit with Colleen Hall PattonWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Colleen Hall-Patton! Colleen‘s quilt Jack in the Blocks is featured in the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. You can see more of Colleen’s work on her Facebook page. Read on, and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

 

About 1970, I discovered Ruby McKim’s 101 Patchwork Patterns in the library. The Dover reprint in the 1960s of the 1931 original inspired many women to begin quilting, including me.  This was a time between the quilt revivals of the 1930s and 1970s that is often considered a low point in quilt interest.  Thinking I knew how to quilt because I knew how to sew, and starting with leftover clothing scraps,  I used the Sunbeam pattern to make a turquoise, hot pink, and white quilt.  Remember, it was the 1970s!

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The Jack in the Blocks square from the book would wait for another time.  McKim’s book is still worthwhile, and a free version is available at www.101patchworkpatterns.com.

Most layout patterns for squares in McKim’s book, including the Jack in the Box square, suggest alternating quilt squares with plain squares.  I looked at that pattern for 40 years before I began to figure out what to do with it.  I like really scrappy quilts, so I gathered the red and white prints for this quilt over several years, eventually deciding to limit my choices to red on white and white on red.  Many of the eliminated fabrics with cream, pink, or black accents ended up on the back of the quilt. The background is a variety of white on white prints, which invites further examination, a particular delight for this scrap lover.  Once I started piecing, it was clear the red on white squares didn’t show off the Jack in the Blocks pattern as well, so the quilt is mostly white on red fabrics.  The Jack in the Blocks corners and the pinwheels were my traveling hand piecing for several years because I’m a turtle rather than a hare quilter.  The rest of the quilt was machine pieced from there, a common construction style for many late 19th and early 20th century quilts. I felt like I could have been a ‘30s quilter.

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Jack in the Blocks finishes 88″ square, a nice queen size.

I can’t draw, nor do I use EQ7, but I do sketch out variations for quilts on paper.  I keep a notebook of these sketches which includes stapled-in scrap paper and design ideas from magazines and ads.  You can see some of my play sketches here:

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I like patterns that create secondary patterns and invite different levels of observation from the overall design to the individual fabrics.  The layout I decided on ties the squares together while the pinwheels replicate the “hidden” pinwheels in the center of the Jack in the Blocks block.

I had my quilt professionally quilted by Kim McAllister, who owns Stitching it Up quilt shop in Cedar City, UT.  I wanted a curvilinear, nature based pattern for the quilting as a contrast to the stark geometry of the quilt top.  Kim suggested looking at Anne Bright quilt patterns and we agreed on the Gala border-to-border design.

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jbox label Jack in the Blocks: A Visit with Colleen Hall PattonWe rejected red thread as detracting from the top’s pattern.  Without Kim, I would have chosen white thread, but by experimenting with puddles of thread on the top, a more creamy white thread was clearly a much better choice.  I appreciate how the collaboration made the quilt so much better. For the label on the back, I included a couple of patches from Jack in the Box, where I worked in high school and college.

I am not only a quilter but also a quilt researcher and a quilt collector. My interest in quilting began with family quilts like my baby quilt made by my grandmother of leftover 1930s blocks.  Though no one in my family quilted by the time I was interested in quilting, my interest eventually led to doing academic research on quilters.  My PhD dissertation is called “Quilting Between the Revivals:  The Cultural Context of Quilting 1945-1970.”  That Ruby McKim book reprint had a very long term effect!  In my dissertation, I looked at quilts in the Nevada Heritage Quilt Project, interviewed quilters who began quilting during that time, and analyzed 200 magazine articles about quilting published from 1940 to the early 1970s.

uncoverings 20160002 202x300 Jack in the Blocks: A Visit with Colleen Hall PattonOut of that research came an article published in Uncoverings 2016, the journal of the American Quilt Study Group. It’s called “Protofeminist thought in mid-twentieth century magazine articles,” and is one of six articles on quilting in that journal.  In my article, I looked at ideas about changes in women’s lives after World War II, even though those ideas weren’t explicitly identified as feminist and tied to quilting until the 1970s.  This is the book I’m offering for a giveaway contest, and I hope you’ll be interested in reading more about the ways quilt scholars have used quilts to understand women, art, and society.

-Colleen-


Thanks so much, Colleen. And thanks for providing this super prize! Leave a comment below before midnight March 5, 2017 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on March 6 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON.

WE HAVE A WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS ELIZABETH!

jackintheblocks style 300 Jack in the Blocks: A Visit with Colleen Hall PattonIf you’d like to make your own version of the Jack in the Blocks quilt, a limited number of quilt kits are available in our online shop.

If you’d prefer to use your own fabrics and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The Jack in the Blocks quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.  

 

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017

What has 13 fresh, fast quilt patterns, 2 step-by-step photo tutorials of fun quilting skills, pictures of 5 fabulous reader quilts, and lots of color options, quilting details, and more? The April/May 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, of course! This new issue is now reaching subscriber mailboxes and quilt shop magazine racks, and we’re so proud to bring it to you. Let’s take a look at some of the projects inside:

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Dream At Dawn

Dream At Dawn, a 6-part sampler quilt pattern designed by Sarah J. Maxwell, begins in this issue with instructions for the 5 center blocks that will combine to create the medallion star. Piecing is simple but fun, with a sew-and-trim technique you’re sure to love.

Sarah’s Dandy Days fabric collection for Studio 37 by Marcus Fabrics is showcased in this sophisticated design. If you’d like to use the same fabrics as in the sample quilt to make your own Dream At Dawn, a limited number of quilt kits are available for this 72″ x 96″ project. Backing fabric is available separately.

 

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WIldflower Bouquet

Lori Baker’s queen size Wildflower Bouquet quilt was adapted from a design by Cindy LeBaron, and features fabrics from the Poppies collection by Maywood Studio. The LeMoyne Star Blocks are made with triangle-squares to eliminate Y-seams, making the block much easier than it looks. A beautiful floral border print is the perfect frame for the pieced quilt center, and our pattern includes step-by-step instructions for mitering the corners. Quilt kits and coordinating backing fabric are available in our online shop.

 

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I’ll Fly Away

When Kathryn Wagar Wright came across a damaged vintage quilt top at a quilt show, she didn’t let its flaws stop her from making it her own. Its homey feel and lovely fabrics called to her, and she decided to use similar fabric from her stash to repair the top.

Kath pieced a unique back for the quilt (shown in the magazine), and added machine quilting and a simple black print binding to complete the antique quilt top, at long last. I’ll Fly Away is now one of our newest Quick Quilts patterns!

There are 10 additional awesome quilt patterns and much more inside the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts; preview all the patterns for a more complete look. And don’t miss the new free bonus quilt pattern associated with this issue.

Watch for your copy of the April/May 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts in your mailbox – it’s on its way. Not a subscriber? Check out our current best subscription offer here, and never miss an issue! Or purchase a print or instant digital copy of April/May Quick Quilts in our online shop. No matter how you get your copy of this new magazine – enjoy!

Warm Greetings,
The McCall’s Quick Quilts Team

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: It’s Teal

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This week’s Friday free quilt pattern is a lovely baby quilt named It’s Teal. McCall’s acquisitions editor Lori Baker adapted the design from the Star Light, Star Bright quilt designed by Cindy LeBaron for the April/May 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

The baby quilt is just darling shown here in teal fabric from the One Room Schoolhouse collection by RJR Fabrics. What colors you will you use to make your version?

The finished size of the quilt is 47″ x 47″.

Click here for the free downloadable It’s Teal quilt pattern.

This free quilt pattern is a web extra for our new April/May 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Be sure to check out this new edition for more great patterns and inspiration.

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

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Full Bloom: A Visit with Allison Jensen

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Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer Allison Jensen of Woodberry Way. Alli‘s quilt Full Bloom is featured in the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. 

 

Hello! I’m Alli Jensen, the quilt maker behind Woodberry Way, and today I’m happy to be sharing about Full Bloom.

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I love quilts that feature pieced flowers, and this one was really fun to design. I wanted to make a single flower block with an outline that created an interesting secondary pattern.

Originally I had planned this quilt in a spunky, summery fabric line, but when I saw Lella Boutique’s “Olive’s Flower Market” for Moda and tried it out in EQ7, I liked it much more. That’s one of the many reasons I love EQ7- it helps me decide on a final look before cutting into precious fabric!

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Photo by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

The colors are sophisticated and pretty, and I love the pop of black with the soft springy colors. I love all of Vanessa’s lines! I think Full Bloom would be gorgeous in her newest line “Sugar Pie” as well.

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Here’s the magazine photo of the final Full Bloom lap quilt. The quilt pattern is fat-quarter-friendly, and there’s even a free quilt pattern available for an alternate twin size with upsized blocks!

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Thank you for visiting, I hope you have fun with this pattern. If you make a Full Bloom quilt, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@woodberry_way) so I can see! My blog is www.woodberryway.com and my pattern shop is www.woodberryway.bigcartel.com.

-Alli-

cover 200 1505 Full Bloom: A Visit with Allison JensenThanks so much, Alli. If you’d like to make your own version of the Full Bloom lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The Full Bloom lap quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.  

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Full Bloom

Springtime is just around the corner, and this week’s Friday FREE quilt pattern is a lovely spring-inspired design! Adapted from the Full Bloom lap quilt designed by Allison Jensen in our March/April 2017 issue, this version is the perfect size for a twin-size bed.

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The delightful pattern is the quilt your oh-so-pretty fat quarters have been waiting for. You can use a different print for each of the 20 flowers for a happy, scrappy look.

The finished size of the twin-sized quilt is 72″ x 90″.

Click here for the free downloadable Full Bloom quilt pattern.

This free quilt pattern is a web extra for our March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Be sure to check out this new edition for more great patterns and inspiration.

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

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White Nights: A Visit with Rachel Hayes

Hayes Rachel 225px White Nights: A Visit with Rachel HayesWelcome back guest blogger and quilt designer Rachel HayesRachel’s quilt White Nights is featured in the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss Rachel’s giveaway at the bottom of the page!

 

Hello! I am Rachel M. Hayes and am happy to be back with McCall’s as a guest blogger. I wanted to share with you some details of my White Nights quilt, published in the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

First up – the name.  Don’t you just love trying to think of good names for your quilts?  I do.  I chose White Nights because a few years back I had the opportunity to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, during the annual summer celebration called “White Nights.”  It is the period of days, normally from June 11th to July 2nd, where the sun does not go below the horizon enough for the sky to become dark. It is fascinating to experience.  Night time looks like day time.  I thought that would be a perfect name for a quilt.  It is bright and bold like a summertime day with the prints and white, but the black reminds me the quilt is to be used at night time on a comfy bed for sleeping.

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White Nights finishes 94″ x 105″.

Now, a little background on why White Nights is a king size quilt.  My husband has been wanting a king size bed for ages.  I was not really interested in a king size, because, well, I was afraid I couldn’t make a quilt big enough for it. I finally convinced myself I could make it big enough and quilt it myself, so I started playing around with my EQ7 software and developed a block.  It took several revisions to be able to actually sew the block together.

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I settled on a 9” block, and in order for the black to outline the white squares, it required a lot of small pieces. On the positive side, all those little pieces allowed for a lot of variety in the printed fabrics.  At first, I thought this pattern would be too difficult, but I thought of other quilts I had made with even smaller pieces and realized most times, the smaller the pieces, the better the quilt.  Not always, I know, but sometimes don’t you want to challenge yourself and do something a little more complex?

I found the perfect prints in Amy Butler’s Dreamweaver collection for FreeSpirit.  The key to this quilt is to have all the prints about the same value – lighter than the black, and darker than the white.  This is what gives the pattern its visual interest.

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Strip piecing helped with some of the black and white sections, but I still had to cut lots of black and white pieces. I would get several sets ready for a few blocks at a time. Since I used fat quarters, I cut each fat quarter in all the different sized pieces needed and then selected from the various fabric options for each block.

 

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Another positive, once you learn to make one block, all you do is repeat.  Then just turn them to form the pattern.  I really like a one block quilt.  My little wooden iron came in handy for pressing the seams on the little pieces, and eliminated many trips to the ironing board.

Picture5 White Nights: A Visit with Rachel HayesI found a good method for making the scrappy borders.  I measured my quilt to be sure of the right measurements for the borders (sometimes we don’t always get that perfect ¼” seam, so it can be slightly different from the pattern), taped one end of my sewn border piece to the wall, and measured out with my metal retractable measuring tape. Borders for a quilt this large can be difficult to measure in a small work area. A retractable tape is a great quilter’s tool.

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This pattern is my favorite of all my designs. I love the black and white nine patches in the middle of all those bright colors. I used the pantograph Marmalade for the quilting.

Ok, so now a little more about the bed.  I couldn’t find a king size bed in the price range I wanted to spend.  When I found the farmhouse bed pattern online from Ana White, I figured if I studied and planned enough, then collected all the needed tools, I could build it.  To make a long story short, while the hubby was away on a two week fishing trip, I built the bed.  It was my first woodworking project, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

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We have gotten lots of nice compliments on the bed and the bold quilt.

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…and you can see I also made a wall hanging to match that hangs over our tub, not to mention the table runner (not shown) in the same pattern.  I meant it when I said this is my current favorite pattern.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into the process for getting the White Nights quilt from my head to our bed.

Picture10 White Nights: A Visit with Rachel HayesIf you’d like to be entered to win a copy of the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting and this scrap bag of mixed prints to get you started on your own version of White Nights, go to my website and click on the blog tab.  You can see some more pictures of the quilt, then leave me a comment via the Connect tab.  I’ll draw a name by February 18th, so don’t delay!               -Rachel-

cover 200 1505 White Nights: A Visit with Rachel HayesThanks so much, Rachel. If you’d like to make your own version of White Nights and don’t yet have a copy of the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The White Nights quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

unnamed 300x81 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed! When the Quilt the Blues challenge was announced in the summer of 2016 (see our blog post here), we had no idea what kinds of quilts people would come up with using the packs of preselected blue fabrics. Entrants were allowed to add up to 3 additional fabrics, so some variations in the final appearances were guaranteed, but would they all, as a group, be monotonous? Would there be anything exciting or inspiring about the finalist quilts as a whole?

The answer to that question is now revealed, and it’s a resounding YES! The winning and finalist quilts of the challenge have just been announced and they are spectacular, both individually and as a group. Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:

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Out of the Blue by Terry Weiss

Terry Weiss started the Out of the Blue quilt with a rough sketch, drawing inspiration from one of the challenge fabrics which consisted of 72-degree diamonds, which formed a star when 5 were joined together. Intricate drafting followed by paper piecing created the medallions in the quilt design. Terry writes, “This was named Out of the Blue, as a work in progress, because as each medallion was sewn together, the result was pleasingly unexpected. Also, Out of the Blue means that I quite literally ran out of blue fabric!”

Well, that’s one way to know when to stop sewing! Terry’s masterpiece finished up at 58″ x 70″. The First Place prizes included a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire™ 965Q sewing machine, 2 tickets to an Original Sewing and Quilt Expo (OSQE) event, and a $100 coupon from QuiltAndSewShop.com. Congratulations, Terry!

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Fragments by Jean Kritenbrink

McCall’s Quilting readers may recognize the name Jean Kritenbrink, as she has designed quilts for our magazines in the past (get her popular Peas in a Pod quilt pattern free here ). Jean’s quilt, Fragments, is 56″ x 68″, and was quilted by Corinne Mittag. When asked about her design, Jean wrote, “The past year has been an emotional one for me. My father suffers from dementia and at times there is an overwhelming feeling of sadness as I watch him struggle with day to day life. His thoughts seem chaotic at times but as he interacts with us, I still see the special person we have loved all of our lives. My large, gregarious family has always been close, but as everyone tries to do what they can to make life easier for him and my mom, I’m reminded that love might not conquer all, but it goes a long way towards helping. This quilt represents my mixed feelings about dementia, family, and love.”

Jean’s prizes for second place are a Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting machine and a $50 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon. Congratulations, Jean!

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Finger to the Blues by Marie Nelson

Finger to the Blues (60″ x 72″) by Marie Nelson is a tribute to the healing qualities of quilts and quilting. As Marie writes, “So many quilters like myself who struggle with depression, loneliness, low self-esteem, and negative self-talk find a respite from those feelings, sometimes called “the blues”, in quilting. I had long had an idea of making a quilt using a scaled-up fingerprint. I followed the pattern of one of my fingerprints only to realize that I had unconsciously chosen a middle finger. It seemed somehow appropriate, especially when the thought came to me which I stitched into the quilt: “When the BLUES leave us feeling ragged and gasping for breath, I say F**K/forget the blues…Let’s make a quilt.”

Marie’s third place prizes are a Sulky Original Slimline Thread Storage Box with 80 colors of 12 Wt. Cotton Petites thread and a $50 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon. Way to go, Marie!

The other finalist quilts are fantastic, too! Here they are, in random order:

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Vacation Blues by Pattie Walkowicz

 

Adirondack Inspiration by Toni Currier 863x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Adirondack Inspiration by Toni Currier

 

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Lachrymose by Christina Blais

 

Out of the Blue by Nancy Rowland 1024x854 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Out of the Blue by Nancy Rowland

 

Echoes from the Delta by Kristy Hanninen 1024x832 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Echoes from the Delta by Kristy Hanninen

 

Blu Sky Daze by Joyce Clarke 894x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Blu Sky Daze by Joyce Clarke

 

The Blues Brothers Quilt AKA Glenns Favorite by Marjorie Walker 886x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

The Blues Brothers Quilt AKA Glenn’s Favorite by Marjorie Walker

 

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Eclipse by Deborah Hampton

 

Sailing the Ocean Blue by Diana Minor 874x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Sailing the Ocean Blue by Diana Minor

If you’d like to see all these quilts in person, register now for an OSQE event near you. The Quilt the Blues exhibit traveling throughout 2017 as part of the OSQE events will show you exactly what just one color can do!

Warm greetings,
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: To Have and to Hold

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If you’re looking for a gorgeous wedding quilt pattern that’s faster to make than a traditional Double Wedding Ring, look no further than this week’s Friday FREE quilt pattern. To Have and To Hold was designed by Kathy Patterson, with help from her mother Jeanne, as a special wedding gift for Kathy’s niece. Jeanne, a hand-piecing enthusiast, wanted to make a traditional Double Wedding Ring, while Kathy, a time-challenged quilter, wanted to be able to rotary cut and piece on the machine. The solution was this Double Wedding Ring variation, made with prints chosen by the future bride.

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The finished size of the quilt is 102 1/2″ x 114 1/2″.

Click here for the free downloadable To Have and to Hold quilt pattern.

This free quilt pattern is a web extra for our new March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Be sure to check out this new edition for more great patterns and inspiration.

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

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Daisy Fields: A Visit with Kathy Sawyer

Sawyer Kathleen Daisy Fields: A Visit with Kathy SawyerWelcome guest blogger, teacher, and quilt designer Kathy Sawyer! Kathy’s beautiful queen size quilt, Daisy Fields, is patterned in the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

Hello McCall’s Blog Readers,

It’s such a joy for me to communicate with you all here! Designing my quilt, Daisy Fields, was quite a process for me. I used Electric Quilt (EQ) software to do all the design work and it turned out to be a journey of experimentation. I would insert blocks into the layout and work for an hour or so putting in different color arrangements within the blocks. After a while I would “hit a wall” and realize that I needed to start fresh. I’d go back to the block library and start again with new blocks, a different border, a new color palette, etc. While that may sound tedious, I truly enjoy this creative process. The software is a tool that allows you to change large or small parts of the design very quickly and that means you can create endless variations of a single quilt design. I LOVE that!

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Daisy Fields finishes at 96″ square, a nice queen/king size.

I got pretty jazzed when I got the outer border of blocks set in such a way that created the secondary zigzag design. Don’t you just love those “AH HA!” moments? The center blocks are quite simple but that’s when you let the fabric and colors do the work of taking it from basic to wonderful. I have recently recognized my own tendency to stay within the safe palette of 3 colors with a neutral. Although I am trying to break out of that formula, this quilt is an example of why I gravitate toward that palette in the first place. It hits my eye as both simple and stylish.

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Selecting the fabrics to use turned out to be a bit of a challenge at first, but once I found those daisy themed fabrics I was totally hooked. I’ve always been a sucker for daisies and the artwork in this Timeless Treasures Live, Love, Laugh fabric is so lovely.

When I finally got to the point where I was sewing up the blocks I would catch myself smiling at random moments. The design made me happy, the fabrics made me happy, the process of creation made me happy – I mean, who doesn’t love a cheerful quilt of daisies??? This quilt will be living on my bed and making me happy for years to come. I hope you find joy in all your quilting, my friends.

Kathy

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The Best Block Of The Month Quilts Of 2017

We love Block of the Month quilts (BOMs)! With the start of a new year, it’s time to think about starting a new BOM. These carefully planned and paced quilt-making adventures are a great way to fit in a longer-term project in between other quilts you may be making. With only one block to make per month, they are totally achievable, even if the one you select is a little outside your comfort zone. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to some of the best Block of the Month quilt kits of 2017:

RubysGarden The Best Block Of The Month Quilts Of 2017

Ruby’s Garden, designed by Jean Nolte, is a 10-month program to make a queen/king size quilt that incorporates lots of unusual techniques. String piecing, a scalloped border, 3-D flowers, yo-yos, and bias binding are just some of the cool tricks used in making this quilt. Fabrics are from the Ruby’s Treasures collection by Paintbrush Studios, created in honor of Ruby Short McKim, a quilter famous for her 1920s and 30s quilts. Included in this BOM is access to 8 step by step videos by Jenny Kae Parks, so you’ll have lots of help along the way. This program is sponsored by Fabri-Quilt.

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Over the Meadow and Through the Year by Jan Patek is a whimsical, folksy queen/king size quilt that can take your applique skills to the next level and beyond. Jan’s monthly videos (free access with the BOM) are an awesome bonus value – it’s like having private quilting lessons all year long. This 12-month program is sponsored by Moda, and kit fabrics are all Moda as well. If you’ve ever wanted to learn or improve your hand applique skills, this is a super project for 2017.
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Ribbon Floral by Jean Nolte is a queen/king-size medallion quilt featuring a compass block with a kaleidoscope center. Techniques used in the quilt are foundation paper piecing and stitch-and-flip corners. The quilt also features two unique ribbon borders. Each month for 8 months participants receive a pattern and fabric to make a section of the quilt. Kits include fabric from the Ribbon Floral collection by Benartex, the program sponsor. Again, access to instructional videos is included with this BOM. Jenny Kae Parks is the instructor, so you know you’ll get lots of tips and tricks to make this quilt a fun sew. With those beautiful ribbon borders, this is a show-stopping quilt.

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And finally, here is Essex, our upcoming BOM. Lovely Quilting Treasures fabrics include the paisley border and lots of coordinating prints. Jenny Kae Parks will be the instructor for the included videos on this one, too, and she finished her sample quilt just a few days ago, as you can see on her Facebook page. We’ll be ready to take sign-ups for this BOM very soon, so watch QuiltAndSewShop.com for details!

Have we convinced you to try a BOM in 2017? With so many beautiful quilts from which to choose, there’s something for everyone. Tell us in the comments about your BOM experiences – we’d love to read your stories!

Happy quilting!
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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