Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nutmeg and Cinnamon Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nutmeg and Cinnamon Queen SizeWhen you look at a doormat, do you see a quilt pattern? Janice Averill did and the result was her design for Nutmeg & Cinnamon, patterned in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The original quilt is a nice lap size, but we liked the design so much we also wrote a free queen size quilt pattern. This week’s Friday Freebie is Nutmeg & Cinnamon, sized for your bed!

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The queen size version of the Nutmeg & Cinnamon quilt design finishes 84 1/2″ x 100 1/2″.

You can read all about Janice’s design process on her guest blog…pretty fascinating stuff. And don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest, running through midnight June 30. Check it all out now!

Nutmeg & Cinnamon is a perfect quilt pattern for using your precut fabric strips, such as Tonga Treats and Jelly Rolls. You’ll need 3 coordinating precut strip packs, plus some border and binding fabric, for the queen size version.

 

 

Download the FREE Nutmeg & Cinnamon 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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Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey Day

Day Stacey 285px Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey DayWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Stacey Day of Stacey In Stitches! Stacey’s wall quilt, Rose Medallion, is on the cover of the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Hello everyone! My name is Stacey Day (@StaceyinStitches), and I am delighted to be the guest blogger here today at McCall’s Quilting. I am an award winning quilter, and have been designing and sewing quilts since high school (let’s not ask when that was, shall we?). I am a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, and an active member of the Quilt Design a Day group on Facebook. Today, I get to talk a little about my very first quilt with McCall’s Quilting magazine, “Rose Medallion”.

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Rose Medallion hanging in the FreeSpirit booth at International Quilt Market

The design for Rose Medallion was inspired by the Lulu Roses fabric collection by Tanya Whelan of FreeSpirit Fabrics, and was made for her booth at International Quilt Market. The collection is soft and delicate, and I really wanted to tie in a floral motif without all the hard edges of block construction. I chose the long petal shape medallion because it worked well to feature the gorgeous prints, it was easy to fussy cut, and the rounded edges could be folded under for both hand and machine appliqué.

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The Rose Medallion wall quilt pattern finishes 41 1/2″ square

The border print in particular really caught my attention. I knew I wanted mitered borders, and  after playing with the orientation a bit, I found that cutting across the stripes showed them off better and created an interesting visual at the mitered seams.  The small 3D inset between the quilt and border is my favorite part of the entire quilt; it’s a fun surprise when people get up close and realize it’s 3D!

Quilting Rose Medallion, I wanted to keep it simple and classic. The crosshatch background worked beautifully. I marked everything before I started sewing to make sure I would have an even motif from corner to corner. It took some re-marking and a calculator but the end result was worth it. I echoed around the petals of the medallion and inside them to secure all the appliqué layers.  The border was given the piano key treatment, which both stabilized the perimeter of the quilt and complemented the pattern of the border.

bench 500px Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey DayThis quilt is a particular favorite of mine, in part because it was the first quilt I ever made to show at Quilt Market, the first project I ever made for FreeSpirit, and the first time I realized I love soft floral fabrics (which at the time were out of my comfort zone).  I still pull the fabrics out for various projects because they work well for so many things, and I’m a little sad that I am starting to get down to the last few inches of a couple prints.

Now, I am sure you noticed that there aren’t a whole lot of “construction pictures” in my post. It’s not that I don’t own a camera (or a phone for that matter,) I am just really bad at remembering to take progress photos! When I get really into a project, all of my focus is on that project, and I rarely stop to take pictures. I am getting much better; it’s fun to see the quilt come to life!

Even more fun than seeing the process, is seeing the finished quilt. Which is why I cannot wait to see all your beautiful finished “Rose Medallion” quilts! You can email me a picture at staceydayquilts@yahoo.com and I am happy to post it on my blog, or upload it to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr group. McCall’s even has kits available, so if you love “Rose Medallion” as much as I do, you  can have your very own just like it!

Happy Stitching!
Stacey

Thanks, Stacey! If you’d like to make your own Rose Medallion wall quilt, quilt kits are available for preorder in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

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Tuesday Tutorials: How To Make Yo-Yos

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: How To Make Yo YosFabric yo-yos are fast and fun to make, and they have many applications in quilt making. Whether you’re using them as appliqués, embellishments, or to make entire quilt tops, yo-yo making is a great skill to have in your repertoire. You can even do some of this fun handwork technique on the go, perfect for taking on vacations, to doctor appointments, or to children’s sporting events.

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This fabric yo-yo is set off with a button center

Like any dimensional fabric technique, yo-yo making is best shown in video. Watch our FREE yo-yo tutorial video here, and get ready for some fabric fun!

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!

Check out these fun yo-yo project patterns!

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Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice Averill

Averill 225px Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Janice Averill! Janice’s “jelly roll” quilt, Nutmeg & Cinnamon, is patterned in the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

My inspiration for this design was a linked doormat that I saw somewhere in my travels. I made a quick sketch of the doormat and let the drawing develop in my mind into an idea for a block or a quilt. When I felt like I had something more to work with I sat down at my computer and played around with the idea using 1 Doormat quilt inspiration 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice Averillmy Electric Quilt design software. I find this program is extremely useful in helping me to successfully develop my ideas. My sketchbook is the most important tool of all. I carry a small one with me in my purse and bring out my quad ruled sketch book for doctor visits and other anticipated long waits.

 

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3 Door mat block in greyscale 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillI decided this design would make a great project for precut strips. I also started to think about the possibility of making this quilt using only one package of 40 precut 2 ½” strips. There are many precut quilt patterns that require many yards of a single fabric to tie the strip collection together. I find this frustrating as I already bought the precut strip package and most of my stash is ½ yard cuts. It would be nice to be able to complete a quilt design using only the precut package and maybe some fabric from my stash for a border and a binding. I thought this was a great challenge and decided to proceed.

4 Doormat quilt 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillI knew right away that it had to be a small quilt because of the limitations of the fabric quantity. I drafted the block in dimensions that would work with 2 ½” strips. I colored it with a grayscale of values. I decided upon a layout and added the blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Doormat quilt greyscale 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillI liked what I saw and rotated the blocks to see how it would look and I really liked the result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I colored the quilt in using solid colors. I picked colors to represent the units in the block. I picked orange and yellow for half of the long units and teal and green for the other half. That helped me to see the individual strips better in the blocks. I then chose a group of violet hues for the medium sized units and pink hues for the small units.

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Now that I had the quilt drafted and solid colors put in place, it was time to prepare the fabric collection for replacing the solid fabrics. First I made a screen shot of the fabric file that I wished to use. I chose the Timeless Treasures Tonga Spice Market collection. The precut fabric packs of Tonga batiks are called Tonga Treats!

1 value detection open in photo shop 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillThen I upload it into my photo editing program so that I could change the image to black and white values.

2 value detection photo shop BW 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillYou can also do this by opening the entire file as a photo contact sheet and then printing a copy using “black ink only” or “grayscale” in your printer settings. If I can see how they relate in grayscale it makes it easy to sort the fabrics in EQ by value.

After that step, I upload the fabric collection into my EQ program and then sort it out referencing my black and white copy of the fabric collection.

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For this design I had to sort the collection into three groups of values; light, medium, and dark. I counted how many fabrics I had of each value. The value that had the most fabrics was used for the unit that has the most or largest pieces. Conversely, the value that had the least fabrics was used for the unit that had the least or smallest pieces. Now that I had everything sorted out, it was time to swap the solid colors for fabric.

9 swapping fabrics 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillWhen I originally did the math, I thought I had achieved the goal of using only one 40 strip Tonga Treat precut package to make the center of this quilt design. Alas, I was shy 4 strips of completing all 12 blocks. But that’s not a lot of fabric to look for in my stash. Plus I’m pretty sure that I have at least that much of any fabric in my stash that might work as a coordinate to the fabric in the precut package. For the quilt that appears in the magazine I used just the fabrics in the Tonga Treat precut strips from Timeless Treasures in the required yardages.

10 final coloring 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillDepending on the selection of values found in your precut strip package, you may need extra lights, mediums, or darks. If you can’t find any fabric in your stash in the value you need, then it’s time to take stock of your buying style. The next time you buy fabric try and make sure it’s in the values that are missing from your stash. We’re all guilty of it. That’s why you need to assess your stash and expand your fabric palette.

Janice

Nutmeg and Cinnamon 300px Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillThanks, Janice! If you’d like to make your own Nutmeg & Cinnamon lap quilt, quilt kits are available for preorder in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

We also have a FREE pattern for a queen size version of Nutmeg & Cinnamon. Download your free pattern here!

Treat Madrid 200 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillJanice is blogging about auditioning fabrics for this quilt design on her own blog. Read more here! And leave a comment below before midnight June 30 to be entered into our random drawing for a Tonga Treat precut strip pack. The winning name will be drawn on July 1 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Ruby Sparkler King Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Ruby Sparkler King SizeNot everyone would look at a 24″ square mini quilt with cute 6″ blocks and think, “Hey, that would make a great king size quilt!” But one of the McCall’s Quilting editors did just that when we first saw Gerri Robinson‘s Ruby Sparkler mini quilt, and I’m so glad she was thinking big!

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The mega-block design of the king size version is simple to piece, and it creates an amazingly graphic impact. This week’s Friday Freebie is the king size pattern for Ruby Sparkler!

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The Ruby Sparkler free king size quilt pattern finishes 96″ square.

Make just sixteen 24″ blocks, and you have a king size quilt…that is FAST! And look at those nice open spaces to show off some pretty quilting. Or maybe even add a little appliqué…hmm, the wheels are turning now… What about a blue and white version…no wait, aqua and white for my bedroom…

No matter how you decide to personalize it, this free king size quilt pattern is fun to piece and fast to finish. Download the FREE Ruby Sparkler king size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Gerri Robinson’s quilt designs are always among our readers’ favorites. See more of them here:

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Stars and Chevrons: A Visit with Laura DeMarco VanSlyke

VanSlyke Laura 225 Stars and Chevrons: A Visit with Laura DeMarco VanSlykeWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Laura DeMarco VanSlyke! Laura has been designing quilts for McCall’s Quilting for many years, and this is her first time appearing on our Editors’ Blog. Her fat quarter quilt, Stars & Chevrons, is patterned in the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

I’ve been quilting for about 25 years. I love scrappy quilts and traditional patterns.

I was out running one morning and thought about this quilt. I love sawtooth stars and thought it would be fun to combine them with a chevron pattern. My mother is active in the Quilts of Valor program and she was also an inspiration for designing the quilt.

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I took most of the fabrics out of my “stash”, but did have to go to my local quilt shop to pick up a few more fabrics. My mother and I owned a quilt shop that was opened for thirty years. She wanted to retire, so after closing the doors five years ago, I have found that I love designing quilts again, now in my home studio:

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Laura’s home studio has wonderful natural light

I think this quilt could be made in many different color combinations.  I hope you enjoy making this quilt.

flat 500 Stars and Chevrons: A Visit with Laura DeMarco VanSlykeThanks, Laura! If you’d like to make Stars & Chevrons and don’t have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy in our online shop. The pattern is also available as an individual digital download. And if your stash is short on red, white, and blue fat quarters, check out our Patriotic Prints fat quarter pack!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Soft Fast-Fused Applique

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Soft Fast Fused AppliqueFusible-web techniques make appliqué quilt patterns achievable for nearly any quilter. But they can also add unwanted stiffness to the finished quilt if the appliquéd areas are large or many-layered. The amount of fusible web in a quilt is directly proportional to that stiff, cardboard-y feeling.

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“Window” fusible web shapes to help keep quilts soft

To make fusible web projects as soft and drapable as possible, try “windowing” your traced fusible web shapes. We have a free video available with step by step instructions for this technique. Watch this quick, free video here!

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Stacking similar shapes can save a LOT of fusible web!

 

There are also bonus tips to save fusible web and to make fused appliqué lie flat in pieced areas of a quilt.

 

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A big thanks to Timeless Treasures Fabrics, who sponsored this free Tuesday Tutorial video.

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!

Ready to try some fusible web quilt patterns? Check these out!

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Book Review: 50 Fat Quarter Makes

Patterson Kathy 70px Book Review: 50 Fat Quarter MakesLet me begin with my heartfelt Ode to the Fat Quarter:

Oh lovely cut of fabric, you’re the size that I adore
I can’t resist your siren song at any fabric store
Just eighteen inches by half a WOF, petite as fabric goes
And yet the fun I have with you thrills me from head to toes.

So here’s to you, fat quarter cut, and all our ever-afters
Let others fill their stash with yards, I’ll stack you to the rafters
Variety, convenience, eye-candy on my mat,
All make me proud to tell the world, hey fat is where it’s at!

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If you feel at all as I do about fat quarter cuts of fabric, you need to get a copy of 50 Fat Quarter Makes, edited by Ame Verso (David & Charles, 2015), right away. The subtitle of the book tells it all: Fifty Sewing Projects Made Using Fat Quarters. Each pattern in the book requires anywhere from one to ten fat quarters, and the eleven contributing designers came up with wonderful and versatile designs to make the most of any fat quarter stash.

 

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There are quilts, and they are adorable and cute, but there are also a lot of easy patterns for small items for home dec, fashion, and gift giving.

 

 

 

 

 

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You don’t have to have garment or home dec sewing experience to make these projects, just basic quilt making skills. I was amazed at the variety and number of projects I’d be happy to make for friends and family.

 

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There are even hedgehogs. Need I say more?

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With holiday gift giving always in mind, I highly recommend this book to quilters of all skill levels and interests. It will help you turn your favorite fat quarters into gifts and items for your home for many years to come.

Get a paperback copy of 50 Fat Quarter Makes here, or download the eBook instantly and start turning fat quarters into fun fresh projects today. Enjoy!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garnet Trace

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garnet TraceIf you already have your copy of the new July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you know we promised the Garnet Trace free queen/king size quilt pattern as part of our I Love This Quilt! series. Chosen by art director Tracee Doran, the quilt was designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth. Traditional, lovely, scrappy, and fun to make…here’s this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern, Garnet Trace!

Garnet Trace 500px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garnet TraceAlthough Tracee recently left the McCall’s Quilting staff, we do have notes about this quilt pattern in an Editors’ Blog post for you. Download the FREE Garnet Trace queen/king size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

Order your copy of the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting here:

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Spring International Quilt Market Wrap-Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinson

Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer, and author Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs! Read on and don’t miss the fabric and Quilt Dots giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Gerri cropped 200px Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonHi There!

We just returned from Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis where we launched our new division for Planted Seed Designs – PSD2.

What is PSD2?
PSD2 is Pure and Simple Designs for the NOW generation.

Why PSD2?
When I started designing fabric for Red Rooster Fabrics, my 3 adult sons asked me to design fabric for them!  Fabric with NO flowers or leaves and quilts with NO stars and pinwheels.

You may have already seen two of the quilts made with PSD2 fabrics. . . .
Mixed 400 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinson“Mixed Metals” (above) appeared in the May/June 2015 McCall’s Quilting magazine.

Gold 400 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonAnd “Gold Dust” is in the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine.

The Steel Collection is a 21 piece collection of black, charcoal, gray, tan, goldenrod, and cream geometric prints with streaks of silver metallic threads creating the print’s design.

CallMeTextMe Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonThe Steel Collection has a fun Call Me/Text Me print too of area codes and common text abbreviations.  All three of our boys live out of state.  Every time they travel back home, I always ask them to text me when they arrive so I know they made it home safe.  I used to say call me before text messaging took its place.

We had quilts at Market and so much more.  To show the versatility and beauty of the Steel Collection,

we had bears . . . . .Bears Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinsonand jackets . . . .Jackets Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinsonand bags, totes, and home dec, oh my!Bags Totes Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonIn celebration of a new division, a new fabric line, and a successful quilt market, we’re giving away fabric stacks and Quilt Dots to inspire you to create!

Good luck, have fun and cheers to creativity!

Gerri

P.S. Curious about the red quilts in the pictures?  Coming soon to both McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts later this fall, stay tuned!

 

Gerri prize 300 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonThanks so much, Gerri! We are giving away 2 prize packages each containing a fat quarter pack of Gerri’s Steel fabric collection for Red Rooster Fabrics PLUS 6 Quilt Dots and a necklace to wear them in! Leave a comment below before midnight June 21, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Two names will be drawn on June 22 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Cathryn Hepburn of Chico, California and Janey Cook of Blackfoot, Idaho.

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