How to Bind a Quilt: Q & A

Photo C 300x195 How to Bind a Quilt: Q & ASo many quilters have questions about traditional quilt binding. What’s the best width of strips to cut? How do I piece the strips together? How do I get nice mitered corners? How do I stitch down the back of the binding?

The toughest part of binding a quilt, for me, has always been joining the ends. For many years, I kept a “cheat sheet” in my sewing table drawer and had to refer to it carefully every time I came to that part of the process. But not any more!

McCall’s Quilting associate editor Sherri Bain Driver has taught many, many quilters to create lovely bindings, and her tips were what finally allowed me to get rid of my “cheat sheet”. The way she joins the ends is so simple and natural, it’s easy to remember once you’ve tried it. We have FREE videos available on our website 24/7 showing Sherri demonstrating every step of her binding method. So even if you reach a critical step in the process at 3AM…we’ve got answers ready for you when you need them!

Watch Sherri demonstrate every step of the traditional quilt binding process right here:

Quilt Binding: Joining the Strips
Quilt Binding: Sewing Binding to the Quilt
Quilt Binding: Joining the Ends
Quilt Binding: Turning and Hand Stitching

We hope you’ll show us your finished projects! Post photos on our Facebook page:

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And check out even more quilt binding tips here:

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HAPPY QUILT BINDING!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrappity-Do-Dah!

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

This week’s Friday Freebie has been successfully made by many, many McCall’s Quilting readers. Scrappity-Do-Dah is a super-fun design for using up fabric scraps. It also makes a wonderful group block exchange quilt.

Scrappity Large2 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrappity Do Dah!Designed by Ann Weber of Gingham Girls, the bed size version was patterned in the Fall 2009 issue of America Makes Fast Quilts. Now you can make your own throw size
(63 1/2″ x 81 1/2″) version of the design with our free quilt pattern download. Enjoy your Friday Freebie!

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

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More FREE Scrap Quilt Patterns
Past Issues of America Loves Scrap Quilts Magazine

Scrap Bag Fat Quarter Packs

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DOUBLE Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Brick-a-Brack Lap AND Baby Size Quilt Patterns

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Kathy Patterson

 

 

This week we’ve got double the quilting fun with not one, but two free scrap quilt patterns for projects designed by Abigail Dolinger.

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Lap and baby size versions of Brick-a-Brack

Aby’s Brick-a-Brack quilt design is a favorite with our readers, and for good reasons. It’s a wonderful way to use up scraps and individualize your next quilt, it’s fun and easy to piece, and it’s simple to alter the quilt size by adding more rows to the center and/or wider or more borders to the outside edges.

Finished Sizes
Lap Quilt: 55½ x 55½˝      Download the FREE lap quilt pattern.
Baby Quilt: 43½˝ x 43½˝ Download the FREE baby quilt pattern.
(Problems downloading our pdfs? Click here for troubleshooting tips.)

See more quilts by Abigail Dolinger on her blog, abyquilts.wordpress.com, and enjoy these Friday Freebies!

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More FREE Scrap Quilt Patterns

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Checkered Star Scrappy Lap Quilt Pattern

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Kathy Patterson

 

Happy Friday, quilters!

It’s not often you find a triple-generation quilt. This Checkered Star antique quilt has quite a history.

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The Checkered Star quilt pattern finishes at 68″ x 83″.

First, Variable Star blocks were pieced about 1900 from indigo prints and muslin. Sometime during the Great Depression, the forgotten blocks were unearthed and combined with 25-Patch blocks pieced from a decades-old stash. The quilt top was probably finished in the 1940s, when it was bound with a WWII sailor print.

Now it’s your turn to make a quilt with history! Download this FREE Checkered Star lap quilt pattern today. It’s a Friday Freebie!

 

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FREE Vintage quilt patterns

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns Are Back: Button Tree Wall Hanging Pattern

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

Welcome back to our series of Friday Freebies quilt patterns! Today’s freebie is the pattern for this wonderful little wall hanging designed by Terri Dobitz.

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Button Tree by Terri Dobitz finishes 21 1/2″ square.

 

Button Tree is beginner-friendly, as cheerful as can be, and a great way to feature all the holiday buttons and pins you’ve been collecting (or hope to collect soon!).

 

The pattern for Button Tree is just 1 in a collection of 3 easy quilt patterns in our new eBook, Quilts for Beginners.

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2014!

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Fall quilting season is just around the corner, and the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting is ready to inspire you! We’ve got 16 fabulous, fresh quilt patterns to carry you all the way from late summer to Thanksgiving and beyond. Whether you love pieced quilt patterns, appliquéd quilts, or both, there are designs here to appeal to every quilter.

Fans of modern/contemporary quilts will love the look of the Indigo Frames bed quilt designed by Susan Guzman. The piecing plan is a fun puzzle to put together; be sure to use an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance!

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Limited edition Indigo Frames quilt kits are available while supplies last in our online store.

Traditionalists will love Gentle Taupes, designed by Gerri Robinson. The pattern includes step by step photos with tips for adding triangles to a center square.

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Lovely Quilt Gate fabrics make the kit for the Gentle Taupes large throw quilt a must-have!

And if you’ve been tempted to get in on the Dresden Plate revival, check out the Pretty Plates lap quilt designed by John Kubiniec. Just 12 blocks…you may have so much fun that you want to make a second version!

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Visit our online shop for your Pretty Plates quilt kit…quantities are limited and going fast!

There are so many more great projects in this issue, including a breathtaking basket quilt by associate editor Sherri Bain Driver, an autumn table runner pattern by Cheryl Almgren Taylor, and a bright mini quilt by online editor Kathy Patterson. Check out every pattern in this issue right here, and don’t miss the Cities of Angels article about the quilters of the twin cities of Los Angeles, CA and Pueblas de los Angeles, Mexico.

Click here to see the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Editor’s Favorites Make Searching Easy for You!

EdFaves icon300px 150x150 Editors Favorites Make Searching Easy for You!When you’re frustrated with searching for the perfect quilt pattern, kit, or book, where do you turn? We’d like to suggest the McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Faves website pages! Our carefully curated “super pages” group quilt patterns, blocks, kits, and more by subject and season, making them your one-stop private search engine. Let us do the looking for you…that leaves you with more time for quilting!

Halloween is fast approaching, and our Halloween Editor’s Faves page has lots of free quilt patterns, adorable quilt kits for sale, and other treats (no tricks!).

And it’s not too soon to think about Christmas quilting projects. Our Christmas Editor’s Faves page is packed with ideas for everything from super-fast to super-fantastic quilting. It’s sure to be your go-to place for filling out your holiday quilting gift list.

Take the grind out of your quilting search engine…check out the McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Faves pages today!

 

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FREE Quilt Patterns Index – Your New Best Friend

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

Did you know that McCallsQuilting.com has loads of free quilt patterns available, many collected in the easy-to-use FREE quilt patterns index? The index page is one of the most popular of all time on our website, and we totally understand why. There are hundreds of amazing quilt patterns, categorized by general style, and it’s fun to spend time just browsing through them, whether you’re ready to start your next project, or adding to your collection of patterns for future use. Here are just a few of the stars of this galaxy of unique, creative, FREE quilt patterns:

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Get a free pattern for a lap size version of this scrappy design! Scrap Sensation is in the Free Golden Quilt Patterns section of our index.

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This cute Baby Bubbles quilt pattern is in the Kid’s Corner section of our FREE quilt pattern index.

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The historic 10 Cents a Chance quilt pattern is one of many in the FREE Vintage Quilt Patterns section of our index.

There are SO many more exceptional quilt patterns waiting for you among our free offerings. Drop by today and find some new favorites!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2014!

Cover 500px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2014!17 of the most fabulous, fresh quick quilt patterns of the year are on their way to subscribers and newsstands now in the August/September 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. If you’re looking for fun summer quilting projects, we’ve got you covered!

Kids of all ages will love the bright colors and cute critters of Owl Be Your Friend, a lap quilt perfect for cozy summer naps:

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Designed by Wendy Sheppard; exclusive kits available here.

The Urban Jungle bed size quilt is a wonderful design for showcasing large-scale prints, and its big blocks go together so quickly!

And if you’re ready to get a jump on fall decorating, the Jazzy Jack wall hanging quilt is a super-fun project. A unique sew-cut-sew technique adds movement to the design, and we’ve got step-by-step photos to walk you through it:

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Designed by Robin Puma; quilt kits are just $34.99!

Get ready to entertain your quilting friends with the Quilters’ Brunch quilted table ensemble, including quilted placemats, coordinating napkins, and adorable Jelly Roll napkin rings:

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Add Quilters’ Brunch to your library of quilted placemat patterns.

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Guests will love the cute Jelly Roll napkin rings!

And that’s just a tiny preview! Click here to check out every quilt pattern in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Click here to see the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Facebook 150,000 Fans Milestone: ENTER TO WIN FABRIC

Join us for a Facebook milestone celebration: when we reach 150,000 fans on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page, we’ll give away this absolutely scrumptious 40-fat-quarter bundle of Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda! (That’s 10 yards of fabric!)

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This collection of fabrics features beautiful botanical prints in dark brown, taupe, dark and aqua green, rose and pink, and a warm tan.

Play along, and enter to win! Follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. “Like” McCall’s Quilting on Facebook.
  2. Click here to enter for a chance to win the contest.

That’s all it takes! Look for the photo of the fabric pack on our Facebook page and click “share” to help spread the word; the faster we reach 150,000 fans, the faster we’ll be able to choose a winner!

When we reach 150,000 fans, one random winner will be selected and notified within 24 hours via email. The winner’s name and city will also be posted to our Facebook page.

Note: Please click here for official rules. We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications that preclude us from being able to offer prizes except in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

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