Top 10 Reasons We LOVE Quilt Kits

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Top 10 Reasons We LOVE Quilt KitsRight off the top, let me say that McCall’s Quilting and our partner companies sell quilt kits. Bed quilt kits, baby quilt kits, precut quilt kits, beginner quilt kits, lap quilt kits, and more. We’re very proud of them, for their best-in-the-business quilt patterns, on-trend famous-manufacturer fabrics, and excellent customer service. And we’d love you to try them – that’s why there’s a special coupon code at the bottom of this post, just for our blog readers.

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A typical yummy quilt kit. Click the photo to see a LOT of yummy quilt kits.

But this blog post is about why quilters as a group enjoy kits so much, and why you should give them a try if you aren’t already a kit-loving quilter. Quilting with stash fabrics and quilting with fabrics selected and purchased one by one for a particular project both have their places. But there’s a lot about quilt kits that savvy quilters should know and appreciate.

So without further ado, let’s count down the top 10 reasons why quilters love quilt kits!

10. Kit quilts make perfect gift quilts. When you need a quilt for a gift and don’t want to invest a lot of time in thinking, designing, calculating yardage, and shopping for fabric, a quilt kit is the easy answer. Stop by your local quilt shop (LQS) or shop for quilt kits online, looking for a project you like in the size you need. Purchase quilt kit. Cut fabrics. Sew. It’s easy.

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I found all these backing fabrics on sale online, and they’d fill important holes in my stash.

9. Quilt kits can help build your stash. Sounds backward, right? If you’re buying a kit, it’s for sewing it up, not socking it away. But many quilters purchase kits simply to add a coordinated group of fabrics to their stashes, even when they have no intention of making the quilt patterned in the kit. The fabric arrays in quilt kits can be used in many ways, not just the ways in which they were designed. Quilt backing packs are good for this, too. Watch for backing pack sales of fabrics you love, and snap them up to add yardage to your stash at a discount.

8. Quilt kits make awesome gifts for quilting friends. Picture your quilting buddy unwrapping that yummy quilt kit for a project you know she’ll love. Need I say more?

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If you’re a “purple girl” and want to make this exact quilt, there’s a kit!

7. You can duplicate quilts you really admire. When you fall in love with THAT QUILT in a magazine, online, or at your LQS, the best way to make one exactly like it is a quilt kit. Why drive yourself crazy looking for 5 or 10 or 15 specific fabrics when a kit is available? You’re smitten…buy the kit.

6. Quilt kits make hard-to-find fabrics easier to get. Every experienced quilter knows the pain of trying in vain to find fabrics not typically stocked by their LQS. Road trips, Etsy searches, online fabric groups, we’ve tried it all. Once a fabric is printed, it’s very rare for the manufacturer to reprint – it’s a limited commodity. So if you MUST have that specific stripe-with-alligators for someone special’s quilt, snap up a quilt kit that includes it. Use the rest of the fabrics in the kit to fill in your project, or add them to your stash.

5. Quilt kits come with support. In most cases, kits include complete quilt patterns, and also some form of customer service. Buying yardage is not going to help you in this way. You have to have your own quilt pattern (one you design, or one you select from a magazine or book), and you have to interpret the fabric requirements as you select fabrics one by one. Is this red dark enough? Is that blue a little too far on the purple side? With a kit, these questions never come up. And if you do have trouble with the contents of the kit, most LQSs and online vendors are very happy to help, either with the kit contents or the quilt pattern. It’s a quilt-making insurance policy!

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This Block of the Month quilt kit makes beautiful use of fabrics from the Charlotte collection by Northcott.

4. Quilt kits make best use of specific fabric collections. There’s a large subgroup of quilt kits that consists of quilts made with fabrics from a single collection. These quilts are typically designed to showcase all the special features of the fabric in question, making best use of directional motifs, fussy-cutting opportunities, color combinations, and other traits peculiar to that line. So when you fall in love with a fabric collection, consider a quilt kit made from it rather than random yardage. Leave the design work to the pros!

3. Quilt kits save money in most cases. You’re not purchasing extra yardage “just in case”. And with so many free shipping offers for kits purchased online, you can save money on transport. No gassing up the car!

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All 1260 patches in this Pine Burr lap quilt kit are precut. Open kit, sew. It’s that easy.

2. Quilt kits save time. LOTS of time. In some cases, many many hours of your precious quilting time. Quilt kits containing yardage save you shopping time, which can be significant if you’re looking for specific fabrics or if fabric coordination is challenging for you. And quilt kits containing precut patches save both shopping AND cutting time. You open the kit and start sewing…you get right to the fun!

And at the top of the reasons-to-love-quilt-kits list, we have:

1. The thrill of getting that quilt kit package in the mail (when you order online or through a catalog). Many quilters say that when a quilt kit arrives in the mail, it’s a little like Christmas morning! And who doesn’t need more of THAT feeling in their lives? When you buy a kit at your LQS, you also get a bit of the same thrill…after all, you’re allowing yourself something special. But a package that turns up at your door, the fun of ripping it open, the oohs and aaahs over fabrics you may be seeing in person for the first time…there’s nothing like it!

Now it’s time to treat yourself to some quilt kit shopping! I encourage you to do this even if you’re not ready to buy. Head for your LQS, or start looking online. There’s a wide world of quilt kits available just waiting to make your quilting life better in 10 – or more!- ways.

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

MCQ eNL LoveQK 600x100 Top 10 Reasons We LOVE Quilt KitsHere’s a little something from us to get you started – how about 10% off all quilt kits at QuiltAndSewShop.com, now through July 1? Enter code LOVEQK10 at checkout and save on kit quilts we know you’ll love!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Glare

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer GlareMany quilters love to create with batik fabrics. Their saturated colors, nature-inspired textures, and crisp hand give these coveted fabrics a special place in lots of stashes! Although nearly any quilt pattern can be made in batiks, for best results specific batik quilt patterns are the way to go. That’s why I’m excited to show you this week’s Friday Freebie, Summer Glare designed by Abigail Dolinger:

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The Summer Glare lap quilt pattern finishes 52″ x 72″.

Aby’s design perfectly showcases her selection of peach/gold and aqua/teal fabrics from Wilmington Batiks. Bits of ivory batik bring sparkle to the quilt. With careful value (light vs. dark) placement, this quilt has a wonderful sense of depth. And peach stars pop out when the blocks and sashing are set together!

Download the Summer Glare lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

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Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel Hayes

Hayes Rachel 225px Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel Hayes Welcome back guest blogger and quilt designer Rachel Hayes! Rachel’s quilt Dandelions is featured in the July/August 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

 

Hello! I’m Rachel M. Hayes and am happy to be back with you as a guest blogger and share a little about my quilt, Dandelions, that is featured in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2016 issue.

Dandelions 600px Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel HayesLast fall, I wanted to design something simple using only two or three fabrics. I’ve known many quilters who seem to struggle picking out fabrics, myself included. I like to use EQ (Electric Quilt 7 software) to design blocks so I started with the Easy Draw grid to design my blocks.

First, I created a star block made from all half-square triangles, then added a simple cross block. Alternating the blocks, a simple quilt design appeared. To make it easy to pick fabrics for this quilt I chose only two colors and some white for a little punch.

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RachelB239px Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel HayesOnce I alternated the blocks in the quilt layout, and did my “squinty-eye” look, the word Dandelions popped in my mind. A perfect name for the design.

The quilt came together pretty quickly. I used Dots Right by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics in a bright blue/green/white and a coordinating bright blue dot fabric that read solid.

 

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A little tool I like to use to speed things up is a small wooden iron.  I use it to press the seams on small patches, thus avoiding having to take the patches to the ironing board until each row is together and sometimes until the whole block is together.

 

 

 

 

 

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I also like to lay out all the patches for the block and start folding them from right to left, then sew several together chain piecing.

 

 

 

 

RachelE338px Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel HayesThe blue was filled with very dense quilting that made the dandelions (stars) pop.  In the stars I quilted a free hand flower design.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my Dandelions quilt with you.  I hope you like it and I’d love to hear your comments. You can enter for a fabric giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog post. I’ve put together an eight-piece fat quarter bundle of Amy Butler’s Dreamweaver fabric.  It is beautiful and is the fabric I used in my most recent design.

You can visit me at my website. I’d love you to stop by!

Rachel

prize325px Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel HayesThanks so much, Rachel. If you’d like a chance to win Rachel’s fabric prize, leave a comment below before midnight June 26, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on June 27 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Erica Lloyd of Wildwood, Missouri.

COVER 200px Dandelions: A Visit with Rachel HayesIf you’d like to make your own version of Dandelions and don’t yet have a copy of the July/August 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The Dandelions quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: From Very Small To Too Big For The Wall!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines have been stitching up a storm in their home sewing spaces this week. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Managing editor Paula Stoddard reports, “I finished a few more quilts for my small quilts collection. I’m redoing my sewing room and can’t wait to have a wall of small quilts! These little projects make my heart happy.”

 

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I’m online editor Kathy Patterson and I’m still working on my niece Lara’s wedding quilt, working title From This Day Forward. All the blocks are made, pressed, and trimmed and I’m assembling the quilt center. Problem is, the quilt is now much too big for my design wall. So let’s call my contribution this week Design Sofa Monday!

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Content director Carolyn Beam has been having some piecing fun. “I can finally show something other than the bits and pieces of the king-size red and white quilt I’ve been working on for a future issue of Quiltmaker. Paula had made one of these bicycle blocks, and I loved how hers turned out. It’s part of a 2015 quilt-along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The patterns are free to download. Fat Quarter Shop asks for a suggested donation of $5 to their St. Jude campaign for each time you download the patterns. I made my block from fabrics leftover from my 100 Blocks Sampler for Quiltmaker. If you’re not familiar with the 100 Blocks Sampler, you can find more information at quiltandsewshop.com. We’re hosting a sew along on the Quiltmaker blog, quiltypleasures.”

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Erin Russek

 

Editor Erin Russek reached a creative milestone this week: “I finished my Be Happy quilt and now it is all ready for quilting. I’m going to have my friend Karen Dovala quilt it. I had to wash it after I finished the last border… that was scary!”

 

 

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Lori Baker

 

Acquisitions editor Lori Baker shares, “I spent all of one day this weekend sewing. Here’s a small part of what I did. The string-pieced 8″ blocks have decorative stitches down the middle. It’s going to be a pillow top to go with a quilt I’m making.”

 

 

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Welcome to the Peace Cottage Quilt Along!

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Peace Cottage by Lynn Lister

Quilters love Lynn Lister’s quilt designs. Their charm and delightful stories plus fun piecing make them favorites with quilters of all ages and skill levels. So when we first saw Lynn’s Peace Cottage quilt, we knew our quilting community would be thrilled to make it.

Since that time, we’ve seen many, many photos of reader versions of the Peace Cottage quilt pattern. Guilds have done it as a raffle quilt, entire quilting bees have each made their own quilts, and the letters we get with the photos often mention the meanings the images in the quilt have for the quilters making the design.

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Marie Moore and her Peace Cottage quilts

Some quilters, like Marie Moore of British Columbia, Canada, have even made more than one Peace Cottage quilt. Marie wrote us, “Thank you for featuring this beautiful quilt design! When I first saw Peace Cottage, I knew I had to make it. I live in northern Canada where we have distinct seasons so these two quilts depict summer and winter for me. And I am seriously thinking autumn and spring versions would be equally as beautiful!”

And now we’re ready to take Peace Cottage to the next level – a Quilt Along! Here’s the most recent version of Peace Cottage, this one make by our content director Carolyn Beam:

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Peace Cottage finishes at 66 1/2″ x 81″.

Take a minute to study the quilt. Notice the variety of stars? Two types of pieced star blocks plus just a few appliqued stars combine to give the sky area of the quilt loads of sparkle. There’s even a strip of flying geese soaring above the homestead…so cute!

And then there are the trees – tall ones, medium ones, tiny ones, giving the quilt a sense of depth and perspective. The fence row defines the areas of the quilt and gives the eye a place to rest. Log Cabin blocks at the bottom of the quilt center bring to mind cultivated fields and crops ready for harvest.

Cottage300px Welcome to the Peace Cottage Quilt Along!But the centerpiece of this creative design is the cottage itself, a fun quilt block (shown here with the adjoining silo) that goes together like a puzzle. A trio of plain borders and a final piano key border frame the center of the quilt and bring the colors and textures of the scrappy assortment of fabrics all the way to the edges. So happy and homey!

Fabrics300px Welcome to the Peace Cottage Quilt Along!Carolyn’s quilt features Moda Fabrics from the Summerfest and Little Miss Sunshine collections, for a bright fresh look. If you’d like to make a quilt just like the sample, quilt kits are available. The design is also great for showcasing any favorite group of fabrics, or for stitching from your stash.

This quilt pattern has been completely rewritten to guide you step by step through making your own version. Best of all, we’ve recorded 12 free videos with instructor Laura Stone Roberts to take you through the entire quilt making process. Laura has super tips for all the different techniques used in piecing and finishing this project. In the end, quilters will have a cozy lap quilt that’s perfectly at home in any room.

Backing200px Welcome to the Peace Cottage Quilt Along!All 12 of the video lessons in this series are available to watch free for a limited time at QNNtv.com. We’re highlighting them one per week on our Facebook page (#‎peacecottagequiltalong‬), and you can watch at your own convenience. The complete pattern is available for purchase in our online shop. Of course, if you purchase a quilt kit, the complete pattern is included. Backing fabric (left) is also available.

Ready to stitch your own tranquil country scene? Get your Peace Cottage quilt pattern or quilt kit and watch the free videos airing now!

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We’d like to thank our generous Peace Cottage Quilt Along sponsor:

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Gelato

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: GelatoWith temperatures rising in the northern hemisphere, many of us are looking for patterns for summery queen size quilts. This week’s Friday FREEbie not only fits that bill, it’s also perfect if you’re looking for jelly roll quilt patterns! Let’s take a peek at Gelato, designed by Laura Stone Roberts:

Gelato600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: GelatoIt takes just 54 precut 2 1/2″ x width of fabric strips (or less than 2 typical jelly rolls) plus a background fabric and binding fabric to make this fast, fun queen size quilt. Strip piecing speeds construction, and an all-machine-sewn flanged binding technique results in an even faster finish. You can have this quilt ready for summer of 2016, no sweat!

GelatoFLAT400px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: GelatoGelato is a variation of the classic Chinese Coin design and it’s easy enough for even beginning quilters. Laura’s selection of frosty colors for her quilt make it the perfect summer bed covering, but this design is adaptable to any fabric style or color palette. We’ve seen reader versions of this quilt in Civil War repro fabrics, feminine florals, and patriotic red, white, and blue…you can’t go wrong with this one!

Even better, when you download this free jelly roll quilt pattern, you’ll also get two bonus quilt patterns for jelly rolls, Little Princess by Tricia Camp and Pick-Up Sticks by Sarah Price.

Download the Gelato quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

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Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma Forrest

Forrest Thelma225px Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma ForrestWelcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Thelma Forrest! Thelma’s quilted table runner pattern, Land of Liberty, is featured in the July/August 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss the trivia contest at the bottom of the page, with a super prize!

 

When McCall’s Quilting told me they were going to use my Land of Liberty table runner pattern, I was so excited I bleached my hair blonde! So when my daughter said, “Why, Mom?” I was able to tell her that her mother was going to have a table runner published! She eventually got over my new look and I do plan on letting it go back to whatever color it truly is, but hopefully this is just the first of many patterns McCall’s will publish that I design.

I’ve sewn all of my adult life. I started out making my own clothes, then my children’s clothes, swimsuits for their swim teams, three wedding gowns. Then I started college at the grand old age of 35. Law school came next at 39. No time for sewing then. I practiced law for ten years and finally felt that pull of the sewing machine. One of my clients owned a quilt shop, so the next thing I knew I was making beautiful sampler quilts. Well, maybe not so beautiful in the beginning, but I learned about a 1/4″ consistent seam allowance and how to use a rotary cutter!

I finally “retired” three years ago, and started sewing full time. I hardly left my sewing machine and my poor husband was feeling neglected. One day he talked me into going on an errand with him to find some manly things he was looking for. That particular day I had been working in the garden and was dirty, sweaty, and frazzled looking to say the least.

I wasn’t even planning on getting out of the car. He picked up whatever items he wanted and he spied a “QUILTS” sign. I had seen the sign before – but the name of the shop was Creative Quilt Kits. I really didn’t want a quilt kit, so I wasn’t too interested in going inside.

But Jim drove over, stopped outside, and said, “Why don’t you take a peek? I’ll wait in the car.”

quilt shop 400px Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma Forrest“Oh, I don’t think so, look at me,” I said. But I finally decided to go in, and fell in love with all the wonderful samples on the walls and the gorgeous fabrics on the racks. I noticed a help wanted sign. After a quick tour, (remember I’ve been working in the yard, I’m hot, sweaty, dirty!), I got back into the car and told my husband, “I think on Monday I will clean myself up and go apply for that job!”

Well, long story short, I applied that very day and they did hire me and I’ve loved every minute of it. Gaye June, the owner, has taught me so much about fabric, notions, and quilting. And I love being around all of the talented customers and other staff members. It really helps keep my creative juices going!

Land Of Liberty 600px Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma Forrestcgrdh2 235x300 Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma ForrestI love stars and especially when you can fit a star inside a star. The Land of Liberty pattern came about when I was asked to make some sample stars for the store. Gaye was kind enough to take me to Houston in the fall last year to International Quilt Market. I fell in love with the Creative Grids Strippy Stars Ruler. I talked Gaye into buying the rulers but she wanted me to make store samples of the star blocks that the ruler makes. The ruler makes 8 different sizes of the “Strippy Star”.

stars Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma ForrestOf course I was excited to make the stars! I made those 8 blocks in different sizes and I brought them into the store and had them laying out on the counter. I had made them with a black background, each size star a different color. I wanted to use all 8 of the stars in something and a table runner seemed just the right size. I made the table runner with those 8 beautiful bright stars and used my walking foot and shimmer thread to quilt it. (It’s the prize for the lucky winner of my little trivia contest below.)

I sent a picture of the finished little table runner to McCall’s acquisitions editor Lori Baker. What a sweetie! I had no idea what I was doing so I told her that I was still working on the pattern when she explained the process of submitting a design to McCall’s. Imagine my surprise when a couple weeks later she said they’d like to use my design and could I do it in red, white, and blue? Of course I could! I went right up to the store and bought some very plain fabric which Lori kindly said she wasn’t very enthusiastic about. Gaye June helped me find the Studio E fabric that the table runner is made from and graciously gave it to me to make the sample for McCall’s Quilting.

Land Of Liberty FLAT HORIZ 600px1 Land of Liberty: A Visit with Thelma ForrestNext Lori asked me if I could send them the design in EQ7 (Electric Quilt software). Whoa! EQ7? I knew what it was, we had a teacher in the store who held EQ7 classes the second Wednesday of each month. I’m a retired attorney, I raised 2 children, I can do this! I purchased EQ7, downloaded it, and in 3 days figured out how to design the table runner in it…but it was a struggle! So I signed up for a 3-day EQ7 seminar! What fun! Oh, and when I sent in the table runner, McCall’s asked for the name of my website – I didn’t have one. So now I do! It’s called MyNecessaryNotions.com. My grandson says people can’t spell necessary so it wasn’t a good idea, but you can tell, I’m a little impulsive. So I wrote a few blog posts just to practice for this one. The site has some pictures of a few other little things I’ve done. Take a peek if you’re interested.

So now you know the whole story. You can make the Land of Liberty table runner by foundation (paper) piecing it as in the magazine pattern or by using the Creative Grids Strippy Stars ruler. Both ways you’re going to get that same eye popping table runner.

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To win the Bright Stars table runner, answer these 3 questions:

 

What was my pre-retirement profession?
What’s the name of the shop where I teach quilting?
What’s the name of my website?

Good luck to all!
Thelma

Thanks, Thelma! If you’d like a chance to win Thelma’s Bright Stars table runner, leave a comment below answering her 3 trivia questions before midnight June 19, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on June 20 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winner! Congratulations to Terri Todd of Addy, Washington. Your table runner is on its way!

If you’d like to make your own version of Land of Liberty and don’t yet have a copy of the July/August 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The Land of Liberty table runner pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Best New Quilting Tutorials – June 2016

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016It’s time again to sort through all the new video offerings at QNNtv.com and highlight the best of the best quilting tutorials for you! With two levels of membership, one free and one premium with extra content available, ANYONE can enjoy lots of QNNtv.com offerings. So, let’s see what’s new and interesting right now!

Trending in the “most popular” category, check out:

MaryAndEleanor400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016Eleanor Burns and Mary Fons demonstrate power sewing as they piece a cute Zig A Zag table runner in true Quilt in a Day fashion. You can’t go wrong with an Eleanor Burns quilting class. Watch now!

 

 

KatieAndNick400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016Quilt Monkey Katy Jones and friend Nick Ball share tips for Making Your Quilting Life Easier, from fabric organization to sewing machine upkeep and more. Join them for this informative, chatty episode.

 

 

PennyAndPatrick400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016Patrick Lose and guest Penny Sturges discuss techniques for making quilted totes, bags, purses, and wallets on a new episode of Quilting Celebrations. Penny is THE quilted bag pattern lady, so be sure to watch this fun and helpful video.

 

And here are some of the best new FREE videos on QNNtv.com:

Jenny400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016In a new episode of Quiltmaker’s Lessons in Creativity, Jenny Kae Parks demonstrates the stitch-and-flip method for making flying geese units, with a bonus technique that results in two extra half-square triangle units for each “goose” you make. Watch this slick technique here. 

 

Curves400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016In the Curves Ahead episode of Fons & Porter’s free Quilting Quickly series, learn to make curved patchwork designs without sewing any curved seams. In this slick trick, folded squares of fabric are inserted in seams and rolled back to create curves which are then stitched down. Watch the free demo now!

 

Binding400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   June 2016Learn a fun binding technique that adds a faux piping (or flange) to accent your quilt. Best of all – it’s all done by machine! Watch this quick tutorial now and you may never bind a quilt any other way again. It’s that fast and fun!

 

I hope you enjoy these helpful quilting tutorials as much as I enjoyed searching them out for you. Check back in July for more Best New Quilting Tutorials!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines, Baby Quilts, and Fancy Stitching

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors and artists who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines spent time on some fun quilting projects this past weekend. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Managing editor Paula Stoddard had a question from blog reader Josie J., who wanted a better look at a blue and yellow quilt shown in a previous Design Wall Monday post.

So, Josie J., this one’s for you! Basic Pinwheel quilt blocks in pretty blues and yellows.

 

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Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “A couple of weeks ago while rummaging around in storage I discovered a UFO that I started around the year 2000. I was so excited to see that I had finished hand piecing the center and 15 basket blocks, and have an additional 5 blocks half finished. The quilt top is almost done! Because we are working on the holiday issues of our magazines I’ve been itching to make a quilt for the upcoming holiday. I took the project out of retirement.

It appears I was drawn to embellished and wonky back then, as now. It’s evident in the pieces of this unfinished project that I was trying to create my own design from Marge Wooters’ Buds & Basket in Redwork– odd shaped angles and cut-off blocks in the center of the quilt, and the addition of the wonky-handled baskets.

TriciaCompB Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines, Baby Quilts, and Fancy StitchingI have all the fabric to complete the quilt. (Isn’t that a cool find? No more investment required.)  I started working on the redwork embroidery for the center baskets last weekend. I added borders to the centerpiece and finished up the baskets this weekend. My next step is to add a border of the 12” baskets and decide what I want to do next with this design-as-I-go quilt project to get it to lay on a king-size bed by Christmas.”

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Editor Erin Russek shares, “I finished glue basting the last border on my Be Happy quilt and now I really want to get this finished.”

See more of this and other projects on Erin’s blog.

 

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This from graphic designer Genevieve Stafford: “Finished the quilting on a full-size quilt that will be published in a later issue of Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Brought it downstairs to finish the binding. I’ve enjoyed making this quilt, but I think I’ll enjoy having it done even more.”

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Acquisitions editor Lori Baker has some beautiful batiks to show off.  “A couple of years ago, I tested a bunch of different brands and types of threads. I stitched two rows of straight stitches, two rows of decorative stitches and a band of free-motion stitching with each thread on of batik with tear-away stabilizer on the back. This weekend, in an effort to finish something, I got those pieces of batik out and removed the stabilizer from the back of 14 of them. I have one piece to go. I think I’ll do the rows of stitching on one more piece of batik so I can make a throw of 4 blocks x 4 blocks.”

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And editor Gigi Khalsa reports, “This weekend I continued quilting my version of Nuts & Bolts, which looks pretty much the same as it did last weekend, just with more quilting on it.

However, I did learn of an opportunity to make a baby quilt and I rarely pass those up. I took a break from quilting to go through my stash and pick a bunch of cute and fun green, white, and multicolor prints to inspire me to get started!”

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Finally, from editor Diane Harris: “Over the past few weeks I’ve worked on a couple of things. I’ve been playing with these small blocks featuring 1″ half-square triangles. I want to do something amazing with them, but haven’t figured out what just yet.

 

DianeA Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines, Baby Quilts, and Fancy StitchingI’m building more samples for a program I have on Dresden Plate. This is Dresden Neighborhood from Persimmon Dreams. It still needs a circle appliqued to the center. I think four of these will make a great little quilt.

DianeB Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines, Baby Quilts, and Fancy StitchingI made two receiving blankets for my brand new grandson! My daughter loves Charley Harper, so I got fabric from Birch and incorporated it. They are more crinkly than ideal but they’ll still be cuddly. I usually prewash everything for receiving blankets and this time I didn’t—lesson learned. You can learn how I make receiving blankets on Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.

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DianeD Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines, Baby Quilts, and Fancy StitchingDianeE Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finish Lines, Baby Quilts, and Fancy StitchingFor the next few weeks, I don’t plan to do much besides snuggling this little fellow.”

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Whiskey and Old Lace

Patterson Kathy 200px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Whiskey and Old LaceTraditional quilt patterns never seem to go out of style. Although modern quilters may give them facelifts with fresh fabrics, unusual layouts, or unique quilting, there’s something classically elegant about block-based patchwork that draws the eye and comforts the soul.

That’s why I think you’ll love this week’s Friday Freebie, Whiskey and Old Lace by Nancy Mahoney. For this free lap size quilt pattern, 25 Country Lanes quilt blocks are set with simple sashing and framed by a basic border. The results are pretty show-stopping…take a look!

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Strip piecing makes these blocks much easier and quicker than they appear at first glance. And using a variety of fabrics in each of 3 color families (red, brown, and tan here, but you could change that up) gives the quilt a controlled scrappy look that adds depth and interest.

This quilt was chosen by acquisitions editor Lori Baker for the I Love This Quilt! page of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, so if you’re a subscriber you’ve already had a first look at it. (Not a subscriber? Subscribe now for a special offer and never miss an issue!)

Read Lori’s blog about her version of the quilt (VERY different in appearance) and download the free Whiskey and Old Lace quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie!

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