Tuesday Tutorials: How to Sew a Quilt by Hand

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Sew a Quilt by HandHand made quilts are really a special breed, don’t you think? When every stitch is made by a hand pulling a needle and thread, so much love is in the finished quilt that it’s almost a magical object. And the art of hand sewn quilts isn’t a lost one…many quilters keep a hand sewing project going at all times to take with them anyplace where there’s likely to be a lot of waiting. Doctor appointments, kids’ sporting events, car trips, even on a plane…these are all wonderful opportunities to get some work done on your hand sewn quilt.

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Small, even stitches are the goal in hand piecing.

 

So, where to start? Hand piecing is a great technique to begin learning how to make a quilt by hand, and this week’s Tuesday Tutorial shows you how to do it, step by step. Some quilt blocks are actually easier to make by hand than on a sewing machine, so hand piecing is a nice skill to have in your quilting repertoire.

 

 

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Set-in or Y seams can actually be easier to sew by hand than on a machine!

Grab the supplies for making any favorite quilt block (one with template shapes is ideal), and give the hand piecing technique a try. You just may find a new favorite quilt making activity!

Download the free tutorial here, and remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

 

And step up your hand techniques even further with live instruction on hand quilt binding, with Laura Roberts!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Liberty Starshine Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Liberty Starshine Table RunnerFree table runner quilt patterns are always in demand. Making a fresh new table runner pattern is a fast and fun way to update your décor any time of year. With the summer months approaching here in the States, what could be better than a free table runner pattern in a patriotic theme, perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, and every day in between? This week’s Friday Freebie is the table runner version of Liberty Starshine, a quilt designed by Deanne Eisenman for the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting:

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The Liberty Starshine table runner finishes 18 1/2″ x 54 1/2″.

Deanne used Civil War repro fabrics from her stash to make the coordinating lap quilt. You can read about her design process in her guest blog from April 2. Don’t you love how the machine quilting by Annette Ashbach accentuates the piecing? And those subtle red-on-red stripes…delicious!

Download the FREE Liberty Starshine table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Download the digital pattern for the Liberty Starshine lap quilt here:

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Hometown USA: A Visit with Cheryl Almgren Taylor

Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Cheryl Almgren Taylor of A Time to Sew Quilt Designs. Cheryl’s quilt, Hometown USA, is on the cover of the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Cheryl Almgen Taylor 175px Hometown USA: A Visit with Cheryl Almgren TaylorHometown USA was created on a quilt retreat with friends and was inspired by the words “Land that I love” from the patriotic tune, God Bless America. I wanted to create a Fourth of July quilt that not only included the traditional red, white, & blue with stars and stripes, but something that touched upon the hearts of the American people. I thought of rows of little houses, each similar, but with unique features, like the small towns scattered across America. This seemed especially appropriate for me since my family is literally scattered from “sea to shining sea” across America, from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California to the flatlands of central Ohio, and on to the western hills of New Jersey on the East Coast.

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Hometown USA finishes at 32 1/2″ x 36 1/2″.

 

Creating the quilt was easy, using basic piecing and familiar blocks. Usually I am an appliqué gal, but this quilt allowed me to do everything with plain piecing. When planning your quilt, it is fun to include your own house colors or maybe recreate the street on which you live. Whatever you decide to do, take a moment to not only enjoy your quilt, but to be thankful we live in Hometown USA! Happy Fourth of July!!

Cheryl

Cover 200px1 Hometown USA: A Visit with Cheryl Almgren TaylorThanks, Cheryl! If you don’t already have a copy of our June/July issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Hometown USA quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Matching Stripes

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Matching StripesStriped fabrics add a lot of personality and punch to quilt designs. But sometimes, as in quilt borders for example, we need to join multiple striped pieces of fabric together. In these cases, a poorly-matched seam in the striped fabric can really draw the viewer’s eye and detract from the appearance of the quilt. No worries…we’ve got a short helpful video with tips for matching stripes as this week’s Tuesday Tutorial!

A1 Tuesday Tutorials: Matching StripesCheck out that top strip of fabric. Can you see the interruption in the stripe repeat? In this particular fabric, it’s not super distracting, but in some stripes such an interruption practically screams “I’m pieced! And not very well!”

 

B1 Tuesday Tutorials: Matching StripesTaking just a few seconds to find the repeat of the stripe and match it up in both strips gives a much nicer result. When done correctly, the seam between the two pieces of fabric is virtually invisible.

 

C1 Tuesday Tutorials: Matching StripesTa Da! Now watch this short free video and take your stripe matching to the next level. No more interrupted stripe repeats!

 

 

 

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

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

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pretty in Paisley Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pretty in Paisley Queen Size QuiltMaking a queen size quilt can be a very time-consuming effort. And it’s an effort most quilters enjoy, especially for those heritage quilts we hope to pass on from generation to generation.

But what about when you simply want to update a bedroom, show off sumptuous new fabrics, or get a gift quilt ready to go? If you’re looking for a truly quick queen size quilt pattern, this week’s Friday Freebie is for you! Here’s Pretty in Paisley, an upsize of a quilt designed by Metropolitan Quilt for the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts:

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The queen size version of the Pretty in Paisley quilt design finishes 90 1/2″ x 102 1/2″.

The version of this quilt in the magazine finishes 54 1/2″ x 72 1/2″, a nice snuggly lap size quilt pattern (a limited number of kits are available). Both patterns are super simple Pretty in Paisley 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Pretty in Paisley Queen Size Quiltto piece…half-square triangle units make up the entire quilt top. Careful fabric arrangement creates the zigzag look, and cool trendy fabrics set a modern theme. The pattern would also look wonderful made with more traditional fabrics. Just be careful to vary color/value/scale of the prints to set the zigzags off from each other.

Download the FREE Pretty in Paisley queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2015!

April showers may be tapping against your windows, but the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is on its way to subscriber mailboxes and local quilt shops right now! Get ready for super summer quilts with this fun magazine loaded with fast, easy quilt patterns perfect for late spring/early summer stitching.

Cover 500px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts June/July 2015!This issue is so dynamic, I thought I’d make a little video to show off some of the coolest projects inside. Click the image below to take a peek!

Video Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts June/July 2015!And those are just some of the 13 exciting quilt patterns in this issue; preview all the quilts here! 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 May 5, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format now at our Quilt and Sew Shop. Grab your copy and your sticky notes and find your next quilting project (or 2 or 3) right here!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Tying a Quilt by Machine

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Tying a Quilt by MachineHave you ever quilted a project by hand-tying the top, batting, and backing layers together with yarn, floss, or ribbon, spaced evenly across the quilt? If so, you know that quilting even a small project by hand-tying or tacking can be hard on the body. Sore hands and fingers are a common problem, and the legs and knees also take a beating if you’re using the floor as your work surface.

Yarn Tuesday Tutorials: Tying a Quilt by Machine

Yarn tacking can be done by machine, quickly and easily.

McCall’s Quilting associate editor Sherri Bain Driver to the rescue! Sherri taped a video demonstrating two different ways to tack or tie a quilt all by machine. Not only do you get durable, beautiful results, you can also add creative touches to your tacking and save wear and tear on your hands and knees. Genius!

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Tacking with one of your machine’s decorative motifs adds detail to your quilting.

Watch Sherri’s short and eye-opening FREE video now, and be ready to tie-quilt your next project. Just another great technique to have in your quilt making toolbox!

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

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

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Be Creative! Quilt Challenge Begins

Patterson Kathy 70px Be Creative! Quilt Challenge BeginsDo you like a challenge? Especially a quilting challenge? If so, you’re going to love the news I have for you today. Now through November 1, 2015, McCall’s Quilting and our sister magazines Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker are sponsoring what we’re calling the Be Creative! Quilt Challenge, and you can enter for a chance to win wonderful prizes.

GTCC Be Creative! Quilt Challenge BeginsHere’s how it works: Get your Be Creative! bundle of Windham Fabrics by noted designer Lotta Jansdotter from our online shop. Add up to 3 fabrics of your own choosing, and design and make a quilt showcasing your creative talents. Enter the contest online or by mail, and you may win a gift certificate, books, magazine subscriptions, all kinds of great prizes.

We know we’re going to see some amazing quilts come out of this challenge, so we’re also planning to exhibit the winning and finalist quilts at Original Sewing and Quilt Expos in 2016…your quilt may tour the country in the company of many more amazing works of quilting art. Imagine your quilt in a national show!

From personal experience I can tell you that a formal challenge like this can bring out the best in your designing abilities. When I have fixed parameters in which to work, it challenges me to be creative, while channeling my ideas and providing lots of inspiration. This is going to be fun!

For complete contest rules and more information, visit the Be Creative! page on our website. And get your fabric bundle while supplies last…limited quantities are available. Even if you’re not into contests, with 4 1/2 yards of fabulous fabrics these bundles are a super value for another project or just building your stash.

Good luck to all who enter, and may the best designers win!

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Take a Spin Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Take a Spin Baby QuiltBaby quilt patterns are always in demand, and this week’s Friday Freebie is a really special one. Did you know that research suggests that bright colors are more stimulating to baby’s development than the usual pastel nursery colors? Give that special baby a boost in the right direction with this bright, fun, free baby quilt pattern, Take a Spin by Kathy Flowers!

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The free Take a Spin baby quilt pattern finishes 45 1/2″ square.

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This lap size version of Take a Spin is patterned in the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Instant digital pattern is also available.

Isn’t it cute? It reminds me of those brightly-colored pinwheels we used to play with as kids. Kathy’s original design is for a lap quilt size (kits are available), and we liked it so much we downsized it for baby as well. Easy baby quilt patterns are great to keep handy in your personal library. You never know when a family member, friend, or neighbor will surprise you with a big announcement!

Download the FREE Take a Spin baby quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Moonlit Reflections: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Colleran Kate 200 Moonlit Reflections: A Visit with Kate ColleranMeet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the article.

Hi! I was so happy when McCalls’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger; of course I said YES! I’ve been quilting since I was a teenager. It started with a baby quilt I made for a cousin’s baby and I have not stopped since. Though I do admit to slowing down at times, especially when the kids were little and I was working full time as nurse.

Three years ago when I moved to Colorado from my hometown in Connecticut, I had no idea what the future might hold. I knew I was going to take a break from nursing and see what I could do with this quilt business that I had started a few years back with my friend Elizabeth. Now we have a  book coming out with C&T Publishing in May, I teach an online class at Craftsy called 3 Blocks, 30 Quilts and I am designing quilts for fabric companies and magazines, including McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts.

For the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I designed a quilt using fabric from a line by Timeless Treasures called Imperial Garden. The fabric has just a wonderful feel in addition to being beautiful. The design started with the panel; I had not used a panel before in my quilts. But I like a challenge!

Do you ever wonder about the inspiration behind a design? As I was looking at the fabrics, I was thinking about pagodas and shoji screens. The clean lines, the architecture of these iconic Asian symbols seemed to be the perfect inspiration for my design. I had been to the Japanese Garden in Portland a couple of years ago and the fabric reminded me of the flowers and beautiful buildings and bridges there. I wanted the design to be symmetrical so the panel was put front and center and I built the other elements around it. The vertical rows on either side of the panel were built as overlapping squares with small contrast squares to provide depth and interest. The top and bottom rows finish the framework around the panel and the navy background allows the fabrics to really stand out.

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Moonlit Reflections by Kate Colleran; quilt kits are available!

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Be careful when marking your mitered border!

The quilt goes together fairly easily, though be careful when adding the mitered borders. Have you done miters before? They really aren’t hard, one just needs to pay attention. McCall’s Quilting has included great directions in the magazine; I will admit that I drew my lines wrong on the first border. Do you know what happens when you draw a 60 degree line instead of the 45 degree line that follows the angled edge of the quilt? I will tell you- you get a border with a lump in it!

Styled 500 Moonlit Reflections: A Visit with Kate ColleranI hope you have a great time making your Moonlit Reflections quilt. I would love for you to come visit me at my blog; we are having a book blog tour starting April 21st with giveaways and other fun stuff! The book is called Smash Your Precut Stash (C&T Publishing). I bet you have a precut or two in your stash that maybe you were waiting for just the right project. We’ve got you covered! You can also see the patterns from my pattern company, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs.

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Timeless 350 Moonlit Reflections: A Visit with Kate ColleranThanks, Kate! And thanks to the folks at Timeless Treasures Fabrics, we are giving away 4 fun fat quarter packs from assorted fabric collections. Leave a comment below before midnight May 14, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Four names will be drawn on May 15 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. We have our winners! Congratulations to Lynda Hermann of Vancouver, Washington; Chris Anton of Woodbury, Minnesota, Linda Pawlak of Harleysville, Pennsylvania; and Rosaline Gutierrez of Glendale, Arizona.

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 Moonlit Reflections quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And there are still a few Moonlit Reflections quilt kits and backing fabric packs available, too!

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