Tuesday Tutorials: Aligning Sashing Strips

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Aligning Sashing StripsAdding sashing between quilt blocks and block rows can dramatically change the look of a quilt top. When separation and definition between blocks is your goal, sashing is a traditional, useful technique to have in your bag of tricks.

There are a few tips for aligning sashing strips that will make this process easier and also lead to much nicer results when adding sashing. After all, off-kilter sashing distracts the viewer’s eye and can even cause a slight sense of vertigo, and no one wants that! Here’s a foolproof technique for making sashing strips line up perfectly:

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Follow your quilt pattern’s instructions for sewing blocks (represented by the blue squares) and short vertical sashing strips into rows. Stitch 1 long horizontal sashing strip to a block row, and trim ends of strip even with the row (if applicable). Press well.

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Fold the long sashing strip up onto block row. Pinning only through long sashing strip, insert pins at raw edge to mark seam lines of each short sashing strip.

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Open the long sashing strip.

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With right sides together, position next block row on long sashing strip, aligning seams with pins. Re-pin through both layers. Sew seam.

E Tuesday Tutorials: Aligning Sashing StripsOpen and press. Look how nicely those vertical sashing strips line up with each other! Just a little pin-marking makes such a big difference, and you’ll never again have the nasty surprise of sashing strips that don’t line up.

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Practice your sashing alignment skills with any of these fun quilt patterns:

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Starring Repros!

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Starring Repros!Readers of McCall’s Quilting magazine have been eagerly awaiting the release of this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern! In the new May/June 2015 issue, we promised the Starring Repros! full size bed quilt pattern as part of our I Love This Quilt! series. Chosen by content director Susan Guzman, the quilt was designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth. Isn’t it pretty?

SR styled 550px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Starring Repros!Read about Susan’s choice of this fat quarter quilt pattern as one of her all-time favorites and see the start of the version she is making for herself on our Editors’ Blog. You’ll find a link there to download the FREE Starring Repros! quilt pattern. Enjoy!

Download the FREE Starring Repros! full size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

The Starring Repros! quilt pattern requires lots of fat quarters. Browse loads of beautiful fat quarter packs here:

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Liberty Starshine: A Visit with Deanne Eisenman

Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Deanne Eisenman of Snuggles Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Deanne 175px Liberty Starshine: A Visit with Deanne EisenmanI am so excited that I was asked to be a guest blogger for McCall’s Quilting! I have been quilting and designing for over 25 years, although I only started selling my individual patterns about 10 years ago. The first time a pattern I submitted to a magazine was chosen for publication was so exciting ….. and another step in my career as a designer.  I’ve now had many quilt projects published in many different quilt magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, but to my great surprise, my quilt is on the cover this month! {{happy dance}}Cover 200px Liberty Starshine: A Visit with Deanne Eisenman

 

So here is my quilt, Liberty Starshine! I’ve always been intrigued with the many beautiful quilts designed and made by quilters for veterans, whether they know them or not. So I decided to produce a lap quilt that can be used for this purpose.  And if you love the patriotic theme in your décor, you can make one for yourself too!

 

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FLAT 400px Liberty Starshine: A Visit with Deanne EisenmanNotice the subtle stripe in the background?  That was a fun design element I came up with by using two different red prints for the background. It’s actually an easy quilt to make. I know, I know…you have heard that before, but it really is true! The unique design of the star blocks only gives the illusion of an on-point setting and the added pieced borders complete the look. A pattern for a coordinating table runner with the same design features is also available as a free web bonus for you to download.

Table Runner 500px Liberty Starshine: A Visit with Deanne EisenmanRecently, my design career has included writing quilt pattern books. My first two books, Country-Fresh Quilts and Scrap Quilts Go Country were published by Martingale & Company.  My third book, Blooming Patchwork, published by Kansas City Star Quilts, was released just last October. I have enjoyed this new chapter in my career and hope you will enjoy my latest book by entering the drawing below. There will be 3 lucky winners!

Visit my website to view my patterns and books. I also have a blog there where I share quilting trivia and tips and give sneak peeks of my newest patterns. Hope to see you there!

Deanne

Book 300px Liberty Starshine: A Visit with Deanne EisenmanThanks so much, Deanne. We are giving away 3 copies of Deanne’s newest book, Blooming Patchwork! Leave a comment below before midnight April 30, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on May 1 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

And if you don’t already have a copy of our May/June issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Liberty Starshine quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Making Accurate Strip Sets

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Making Accurate Strip SetsMany quilt designs and quilt block patterns require us to make strip sets, sewing multiple long fabric strips together. Whether they are then used as is in the design, or cut into segments, this bit of strip quilting seems easy, right? Sew a bunch of strips together…ta dah! But without a little attention to detail, your strip sets can end up wonky or even unusable, and nobody wants that.

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Make sure fabric hangs straight before cutting strips for piecing.

 

That’s why we taped a short video with tips for making accurate strip sets. From cutting the strips, to best practices for sewing them together, to essential tips for pressing, it’s all included in a FREE 5 minute video!

 

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A little attention to pressing pays off in much straighter strip sets.

 

And when you’ve mastered your strip-set making skills, your patchwork will be much the better for it. Blocks like the Joseph’s Star patterned in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting will go together easy as pie!

 

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The Joseph’s Star Block, from May/June 2013 McCall’s Quilting (see below)

 

Watch the FREE video here, and get ready for your next strip quilting adventure!

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

 

 

Check out these projects to use your new strip piecing skills!

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I Love This Quilt: Starring Repros!

Suz 125 I Love This Quilt: Starring Repros!McCall’s Quilting has so many quilt patterns that I adore in our archives, but one, in particular, has stood out in my mind since my days as associate editor, back in 2009. In addition to the quilt design showing off loads of pretty color with crisp, clean white, part of why I love this quilt so much is because of the styled shot. It’s perfect! It’s simple and beautiful, just like the quilt.

 

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The first morning of Fall International Quilt Market last year, before the doors opened to the attendees, I was passing by a booth on the main thoroughfare that made me stop. It was chock-full of the most unusual quilts. What was it about these quilts that I was attracted to? The fabrics. The fabrics were marvelous! They looked to be from the 1940’s. I had to tell the girl in the booth how much I adored her quilts! She politely smiled and thanked me as she was putting final touches on her display and I continued on.

My schedule was full of appointments so I didn’t have an opportunity to stop back by. On the morning of the last day, I had an appointment with Moda, and there it was: that amazing display of quilt heaven! It turns out that the booth I passed by a few days earlier was Jen Kingwell’s booth, and it was her daughter with whom I spoke. Jen is a new fabric designer for Moda and I was thrilled to know how I, too, could play with such pretty fabrics!

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I’ve decided to re-make Starring Repros! using a fat quarter pack of Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. In addition to using Gardenvale, I decided I’d dip into my stash and add a few of my 1940’s reproduction prints to the mix.

 

FatQuarterCuts 600 I Love This Quilt: Starring Repros!Because I enjoy designing quilts so much, I’m realizing that I’ve never made a quilt using a pattern and so I wondered how this journey would go. I decided to dive into cutting the fabric and start making the blocks without a plan. I wanted to enjoy the process without feeling the need to make my finished quilt exactly like the pattern.

I first made the block centers (Steps 3 & 4 in the pattern). Next came the Flying Geese units (Step 2). Finally, I made the half-square-triangle units (Step 1).

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HSTscraps 500 I Love This Quilt: Starring Repros!As I made my blocks, I kept looking at the pile of trimmed corners from the Flying Geese units that the pattern doesn’t use and decided to sew them together to make half-square triangle units.

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When I was finished ironing the units open, I realized how I could trim them to 2 1/2″ half-square triangle units and either use them somewhere in my quilt, or use them somewhere else, such as in a new quilt or even incorporate them into the backing.

I started sketching an idea out. I thought: How about taking 4 matching HST units and make a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pinwheel block? So that’s what I did.

Three pinwheel blocks could be used as sashing between two 12” x 12” finished blocks, but I felt I’d be making pinwheels forever if I used them as sashing surrounding each block, and the quilt would visually become too much for me.

To be continued . . .

Download the Starring Repros! bed quilt pattern here.

You may also enjoy our Friday Free Quilt Patterns and Tuesday Tutorials.

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Oopsie Daisy Wall Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Oopsie Daisy Wall QuiltEven the name of this week’s Friday FREEbie quilt pattern makes me smile! Oopsie Daisy by Erin Russek was originally patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and it’s been a reader favorite wall quilt pattern ever since. So grab your machine or hand appliqué supplies…here is this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern!

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Oopsie Daisy finishes 45 1/2″ square.

Erin used her easy-to-learn hand appliqué technique to make the Snowball Daisy Blocks in the sample quilt, but the free quilt pattern includes instructions for fast fusible appliqué. Either way, this is such a wonderful summery quilt pattern. You may need to make more than one once friends and family see your first  icon smile Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Oopsie Daisy Wall Quilt

Download the FREE Oopsie Daisy wall quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

Ready to step up your appliqué game? Here are some products that can help:
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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting May/June 2015!

Patriotic, elegant, nostalgic, striking, exciting, classic, modern, summery, sweet, and just downright pretty…that’s a perfect description of the quilts featured in the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting! These 15 original quilt patterns are sure to inspire many hours of quilting fun and pleasure.

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Fans of Asian fabric design will love the Moonlit Reflections queen size quilt by Kate Colleran. The pattern includes step by step photography with tips for adding perfect mitered borders. This design features a panel print center, and all fabrics are by Timeless Treasures.

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Moonlit Reflections finishes 82 1/2″ x 86 1/2″; a limited number of quilt kits are available.

 

Quilters with a taste for something sweet…we’ve got your next project! Candy Box by Diane Nagle fits a full size bed and features pretty prints from the Bon Bon Bebe collection by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics.

Candy Box 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2015!

Exclusive kits for Candy box are available in our online shop while supplies last.

 

And if you love fat quarter quilt patterns, Mixed Metals by Gerri Robinson is an exciting design easy enough even for beginning quilters. Gerri used fabrics from her PSD2 Steel Collection for Red Rooster Fabrics to make this quilt, and we have quilt kits available that include 17 fabric fat quarters for variety and ease of cutting.

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Mixed Metals finishes 64 1/2″ square, a nice lap size quilt.

And that’s just 3 of the 15 original patterns in this issue; preview all the quilts here! And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library.

This issue is available on newsstands no later than March 31, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop beginning March 31. Grab your copy and your sticky notes and find your next quilting project (or 2 or 3) right here!

 

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Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy Eades!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we’ve been 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 Eades of Enumclaw, Washington, enjoyed the series sampler quilt, Peace Cottage, in the 2014 issues of McCall’s Quilting. The original quilt, designed by Lynn Lister, is a reader favorite pattern, and we’ve seen many versions from all over the country. But Judy’s is among the most creative of them all. Here’s Lynn’s original quilt:

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Peace Cottage finishes 66 1/2″ x 81″; it was patterned in the January/February, March/April, and May/June 2014 issues of McCall’s Quilting.

And here’s what Judy had to say about her version:

I really enjoyed making the three part sampler quilt from 2014. Enumclaw, WA is a dairy town so I replaced the small pine tree row with brown cows and named my version of the quilt “Peaceful Cow Cottage”. I was able to get it finished in time for our Enumclaw Crystal Quilters Guild annual show, Sharing Our Stitches, where I was the featured quilter in October.

The show was not juried other than having the show attendees vote for their favorites. I had about thirty quilts there, one of which did win a Peoples Choice award. There were over three hundred quilts in the show and guild members had decorated clothespins with Yo-Yo flowers and ribbons; we used the clothespins to attach quilter information to each quilt rather than pinning through quilts.

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Check out those custom cows just below the fence row!

Although I generally design my own quilts from pictures and ideas in my head, this quilt just spoke to me as it is so reflective of the area all around me. I live in a small farmhouse on an old dairy farm in Enumclaw, WA, a town about twenty-five miles southeast of Seattle, in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Adding pieced cows to the colors and setting of the Peace Cottage quilt made it perfect for me.       -Judy-

Thanks so much for sending your story and photo, Judy!
If you love this quilt design and don’t have a copy of the pattern, click on the magazine covers below to order all 3 parts. And if you decide to make the quilt, we hope you’ll send your story and photographs for us to share. Email mccallsquilting@fwcommunity.com, and happy Peaceful Cottage quilting!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Quilt Backing Ideas

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Quilt Backing IdeasSeldom do we have enough room in our magazines to show photos of the backs of the quilts we pattern. But many quilts that come through our offices have creative quilt backings, from simple to elaborate. Piecing quilt backing fabric can go from a utilitarian process to something truly artistic when imagination runs free.

Although using wide quilt backing fabric (108″ wide) can be a simple answer for even quite large quilts, a few easy quilt backing instructions plus a little inspiration can help you add much more personality to the backs of your quilts, to the point where they are nearly as beautiful as the fronts!

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You’re My Star by George Simacourbe is patterned in the April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. At a finished size of 72 1/2″ x 96 1/2″, George needed a backing at least 80″ x 104″.

 

 

 

 

 

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He chose to piece it from 2 different fabrics, and instead of just sewing the 2 fabrics together, he inserted a strip of the 2nd between 2 pieces of the 1st, creating a bar effect. Simple, yet very pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seaside Breeze by Tammy Vonderschmitt, patterned in the April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, uses a no-waste flying geese construction method that creates 4 matching flying geese in each set. However, the piecing on the quilt front only requires 3 matching flying geese for each unit. Tammy’s dilemma…what to do with the remaining flying geese.

 

 

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Use them in the backing, of course! Tammy pieced a vertical strip using the leftover flying geese and white fabric squares, then added large panels of white fabric to each side to get the 84″ x 96″ backing she needed for the quilt. The result was this striking, modern quilt backing.

 

 

 

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Ebb & Flow by Jessica Levitt is patterned in the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Jessica made extra pieced units so she could play with fabric placement when piecing her quilt top. And you can guess what happened to the units she didn’t use on the front of the quilt…

 

 

 

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That’s right…the extra units went into a very creative quilt back. This quilt is now essentially reversible, thanks to a few extra seams and a little planning.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few more fun quilt backing ideas from upcoming issues of McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. It’s your flip side sneak peek!

Contemporary Flowers 350px Tuesday Tutorials: Quilt Backing Ideas

A smaller version of a block from the quilt front anchors this creative quilt backing by Laurie Vandergriff.

Doormat 350px Tuesday Tutorials: Quilt Backing Ideas

This backing makes great use of a section of large print, but gives no hint at the design of the quilt top by Janice Averill!

Its So Handsome 350px Tuesday Tutorials: Quilt Backing Ideas

Need a fun quilt backing? Make a giant block! Lynn Lister also added a custom quilt label to this striking quilt backing.

Mod Kitty 350px Tuesday Tutorials: Quilt Backing Ideas

Vertical bars of fabric give this quilt backing by Pam Lincoln the look of an updated Amish classic.

I hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Tutorial and give some of these quilt backing ideas a try. 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 selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

Digital patterns for the quilts shown above are available as instant downloads:

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Welcome to the America the Beautiful Quilt Along!

Patterson Kathy 70px Welcome to the America the Beautiful Quilt Along!Sampler quilt patterns + quilting tutorials = quilting nirvana!

And quilting nirvana is just where you’ll be when you join our new America the Beautiful Quilt Along debuting this Friday, March 27. America the Beautiful is one of our most-beloved sampler quilt patterns of all time. Designed by Lynn Lister, this pattern has quilt blocks galore plus a heartwarming theme based on Katharine Lee Bates’ stirring lyrics to a song second only to the national anthem in American patriotism. Our step by step video tutorials and pattern will help you create your own version of this gorgeous quilt:

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See why we love it? From the purple mountains majesty to the fruited plains, this sampler quilt pattern will hold your interest and help you create a most memorable quilt.

All 12 of the video lessons in this series are available to watch free for a limited time at QNNtv.com. We’ll be highlighting them one per week on our Facebook page, and you can watch at your own convenience. The complete pattern is available for purchase in our online shop, but many of you already have it in your personal libraries from its earlier appearances in McCall’s Quilting magazine and a 2012 newsstand-only special issue, America Quilts Together.

Ready to sew? Get your pattern ready and mark your calendar to watch Lesson 1 beginning Friday, March 27. And visit our America the Beautiful website page and our Pinterest board for all the details, plus bonus photos and a Canadian flag block pattern for our friends up north!

We’d like to thank our generous America the Beautiful Quilt Along sponsors:

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