Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cheddar Is Better

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cheddar Is BetterIf you want an excuse to spend some quality time with your stash, grab one of our free scrap quilt patterns and start pulling fabric for your next project! I highly recommend the Cheddar Is Better quilt designed by Dana Followwell and featured in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The cheddar solid fabric has an autumnal feel (though it’s appropriate any time of year), and your scrap fabric selections can be totally random – any stash fabrics will do, and the more the better! Let’s take a look:

Cheddar Is Better 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cheddar Is BetterIsn’t it a beauty? The Cheddar Star Blocks are easy to make, combining segments cut from scrappy strip sets with basic half-square triangle units. The blocks are set together with straightforward sashing and the quilt center is finished with a plain border. This pattern is rated Confident Beginner, so it’s achievable by any quilter with a mind to try it!

Cheddar Is Better FLAT 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cheddar Is BetterDownload the free Cheddar Is Better lap quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie!

 

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Two Step: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Colleran Kate 225px Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs! Kate’s new lap quilt pattern, Two Step, is in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the Windham Fabrics giveaway at the bottom of the article!

Hi quilty friends! I am so happy to be guest  blogging on the McCall’s Quilting blog today. Thank you McCall’s for having me! Here’s my Two Step quilt in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting:

Two Step 600px Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranWhen I started designing this quilt, the only thing I knew was that I wanted to use  the fabric line Dixie, by Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics. I love her fabrics! The line has both the bright, wonderful reds, blues, greens and yellows that you see in my quilt as well as some truly lovely aqua and coral shades. I decided to stick with the red and blue as the primary colors of the quilt and not use the aqua. Which was hard because I LOVE aqua!

But sometimes it is fun to try to branch out and do a color scheme out of your normal comfort range. I knew I wanted a star block as I just love stars. I primarily use EQ (Electric Quilt 7 software) to design my quilts, though many still start on paper. Once I have a design I like, then I have to figure out how to piece it.

block 550px Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranDo you ever look at a quilt and wonder, how did they piece that? Sometimes for a complicated block there is really only one good answer. Paper piecing (or  foundation piecing).

And that was where I ended up. I looked at those corner sections on the star block and said, yes, they MUST be paper pieced. I could have used templates, or cut the shapes measuring with a ruler… but paper piecing seemed like the best choice.

Have you done paper piecing before? I know  sometimes people stay away from paper piecing thinking it is hard. It is not. Or they don’t like the idea of having to rip out the paper after sewing. I usually think that too and then I remember it is not hard; it just takes a little time. The beauty of paper piecing is that it allows you to easily piece sections that might normally be very challenging. And in the end, that saves time!

paperpeicing Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranA couple of quick tips on paper piecing.
1. Use small stitches to sew. This perforates the paper and makes it very easy to remove.

2. Cut your pieces a little oversized. There is nothing worse than sewing your fabric pieces together with tiny little stitches and then realizing the fabric does not cover the area needed.

3. Smile! You will be so happy with how accurate your piecing is when you paper piece these sections!

McCall’s Quilting also has a great free tutorial on foundation (paper) piecing.

Thank you for allowing me to share my quilt with you. To see more of my designs, please visit my website!

happy quilting,
Kate

prize Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranThanks, Kate! Thanks to the generous folks at Windham Fabtrics, we are giving away a complete fat quarter pack of the Dixie fabric collection! Leave a comment below before midnight August 14, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on August 15 and notified by email.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

Two Step FLAT 200px Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranIf you’d like to make a Two Step lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Two Step quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

CU HomeDecor 300x250 Two Step: A Visit with Kate ColleranCheck out Kate’s on-demand online class, Creative Quilting for Home Decor! In addition to patterns for pillows, table quilts, and more, Kate shares tips for many quilt making techniques, including foundation (paper) piecing.

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Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge – It’s ON!

Patterson Kathy 150x150 Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge   Its ON!Whether it’s quilting shows, contests, exhibits, or challenges, entering a quilt for judging and public display is a rite of passage for many quilters. It takes a bit of confidence and usually more than a bit of determination. But for most people who follow through and get their entries in, the experience can’t be beat! You learn a lot about your quilt designing and making abilities, and sometimes even get new insights into why you make quilts in the first place.

Blues 1200px 1024x429 Quilt The Blues Quilt Challenge   Its ON!In that spirit, I’m happy to invite you to enter the Quilt the Blues Quilt Challenge, presented by McCall’s QuiltingQuiltmakerFons & Porter’s Love of QuiltingQuilting Arts, and Modern Patchwork magazines. Here’s your chance to demonstrate your creativity by designing an original quilt using fabulous pre-selected fabrics, and then enter your quilt for a chance to win fantastic prizes! The winning quilt and finalist quilts will be exhibited at Original Sewing & Quilt Expos all across the US in 2017.

The rules are simple: Make a quilt using your original design that measures 56”-60” x 68”-72” when finished, using the Quilters Quilt the Blues Challenge Fabric Bundle available only from QuiltAndSewShop.com. You may also add up to three other fabrics of your choice.

Enter online or by mail (Quilters Quilt the Blues 2016 Quilt Challenge, 741 Corporate Circle, Suite E, Golden, CO 80401) or by email to QuiltersNewsletterMagazine@gmail.com. Entry deadline is December 1, 2016.

You must include the following with your entry:

·         Photo of FINISHED quilt
·         Quilt name
·         Quilt’s finished dimensions (in inches)
·         Artist’s statement describing quilt
·         Receipt showing proof of purchase of the Quilters Quilt the Blues Quilt Challenge Fabric Bundle from QuiltAndSewShop.com
·         Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if you have one)

If your quilt is chosen as a finalist in the Quilt the Blues 2016 Quilt Challenge, it must have a hanging sleeve and quilt label which specifies the maker’s name and the quilt’s title in order to qualify for the prizes or be featured at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Events in 2017.

Official rules are available here.

And there are prizes! AWESOME prizes!

Grand Prize:

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Two tickets to an Original Sewing and Quilt Expo event

$100 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon

 

Second Prize:

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Sizzix Big Shot Pro die-cutting machine

Ready to create quick and perfect shapes for your quilts, appliqué and more? With the pro-strength Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine, you can! From the smallest dies to the big 12″ wide variety, the Big Shot Pro Machine features a 13″ wide opening to precisely cut with any Sizzix die for easily replicated shapes from an incredible range of materials. For added versatility, the machine is compatible with SureCut dies from the Ellison education brand, plus most other brands of steel-rule dies.

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Third Prize:

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Sulky Original Slimline Thread Storage Box – 12 Wt. Cotton Petites Thread Dream Asst. – 2nd 80 Colors

Contains the second 80 colors of 12 Wt. Cotton Petites that are available on 50 yd. snap-end spools for easy use and storage.  Gone are the days of having to separate strands of floss or untangle your thread before you start your latest project.  One strand of Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton thread is equal to 2 strands of embroidery floss. Sulky Cotton Petites thread has been a huge hit among quilters and hand embroiderers.

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Are you ready to get started? Order your fabric pack and fire up your quilt designing software or grab your graph paper and colored pencils – it’s ON! Enter your original quilt by December 1, and best of luck to all who accept the Quilt the Blues Quilt Challenge!

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: In A Pickle!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  Between vacations, business travel, and other obligations, the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines didn’t get a chance to do much weekend stitching, which leaves us in a bit of a pickle! However, one dedicated quilter did come through:

Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: In A Pickle!

Lori Baker

Acquisitions editor Lori Baker reports, “I’ve been playing around with more string-piecing. Here are some string-pieced sections for a modern pickle dish quilt. I’m really excited to see what this one looks like.”

08 01 16 Quilt Design Wall Monday: In A Pickle!Pickles to the rescue! Thanks, Lori!

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 Pattern: Waterfall

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: WaterfallThis week’s Friday FREEbie was selected by editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras for the I Love This Quilt page of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, in large part due to it being one of our most popular jelly roll quilt patterns. Waterfall was designed by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, authors of the classic book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Let’s take a look at this intriguing free lap quilt pattern:

Waterfall 600px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: WaterfallThe cascading chevrons start out as strip sets sewn from 2 1/2″ wide fabric strips, hence the jelly roll connection! You’ll need a total of 20 light and 20 dark 2 1/2″ fabric strips to make the chevrons for this quilt. Add fabrics for sashing, borders, and binding and you’re ready to finish your quilt.

Waterfall 600px flat1 252x300 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: WaterfallI was the lucky editor who got to make samples for the how-to photographs in this free quilt pattern and I can vouch for how fun it is to make. Fast, too!

Download the free Waterfall lap quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie!

 

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Carnival: A Visit with Sharon Denney Parcel

Parcel Sharon Denney 225px Carnival: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelWelcome back guest blogger and quilt designer Sharon Denney Parcel of Yellow Cat Quilt Designs! Sharon‘s new lap quilt, Carnival, is on the cover of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine and patterned inside. Read on, and don’t miss Sharon’s fabric and pattern giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Cover 500px1 221x300 Carnival: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelIt is a pleasure to be back on the McCall’s blog again! I have a confession to make today…I am not a perfectionist. Yes, I use a scant quarter inch seam and press as I go, but sometimes it still doesn’t come out perfect…and I really do not worry about it too much if it is 1/16” or 1/32”.  I want to enjoy the process and not nitpick it to death. That being said, I want to talk about borders.  Even with our best efforts at perfect piecing, sometimes our borders are not exactly what the pattern is suggesting. For me it pays off to check and see what my own Personal Measurement is for my borders.

First, I measure the top of the quilt, the center and the bottom. Of course they should all be the same size but sometimes they are not. If you come up with a different measurement of each area, then you need to use the average number.

AD 450 Carnival: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelNext, cut the borders to the suggested width on the pattern, then cut the borders to the proper length.  For example, the pattern for Carnival says cut the length of the side dark teal outer border strips at 51”, but my average personal measurement is 51 ¼”….so I use that measurement.  I find the center of the quilt edge and the center of the border…this is where I start pinning right sides together, about every 4” to 6”.  I do this at the ironing board if possible, so that I can press after pinning…this helps set it for me.  Sew using a ¼” seam allowance. I press along the seam on the wrong side of the fabric to set my seams. Then I open it up and press toward the border.

Carnival FLAT 900px 297x300 Carnival: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelAfter I sew the sides on the quilt, I measure the width of the quilt at top, center, and bottom….just like before. Use your personal measurement again and pin, press and sew.  I hope this helps you to get a more “square” quilt, and no wavy borders.  They say there are no rules in quilting, but just cutting a long strip to add as a border without measuring for length, has never worked for me…so I guess this is one of my rules for myself.

My biggest piece of advice is to enjoy the process! Please come visit me on Instagram @punkydoodle53 and on my blog at www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com.

Sharon

Thanks, Sharon!

Prizes 450 Carnival: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelSharon has a giveaway for you…a pack of 4 fabric fat quarters and a copy of her newest quilt pattern, Clementine for 1 lucky reader. Leave a comment below before midnight August 7, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on August 8 and notified by email with a subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

We have our winner! Congratulations to Celia Ambrose of Midland, Texas! Sharon is sending out your prize.

If you’d like to make your own version of Sharon’s Carnival quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order print and digital copies of the magazine here, or get the Carnival digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and New

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines enjoyed our weekend stitching, and we hope you did too! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:

Russek Erin Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and New

Erin Russek

 

 

Editor Erin Russek writes, “I needed some quiet this weekend so I just sat and stitched this block. I think this is why I like starch and press applique so much. The stitching part is just so relaxing.”

 

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Kathy Patterson

I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and I’ve been continuing with the hand quilting on my friend Lisa’s wall hanging. It’s been tough going on the blue corner triangles because they are BATIK – hand quilting through the tight weave of this fabric has been putting the hurt on my fingers, for sure. But I think the motif I worked out is looking good. I photocopied some of the applique shapes from the center of the quilt and used them to trace a 3-flower design plus some leaves on each corner. I only have one more corner to finish. Then I’ll follow along printed lines on the red fabric to quilt the outer border and the basket shape. After that, it’s binding and DONE!

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Carolyn Beam

 

Content director Carolyn Beam reports, “I’ve been working on a quilt using the Whisper pattern from designs by jb. It’s relaxing to work on an easy pattern. It’s a nice break after having finished my feathered star quilt that will be featured in a future issue of Quiltmaker.

 

CarolynA600 Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and NewI always have a second project that I work on as my Leaders and Enders project, and I’m starting to sew the blocks together for this Bonnie Hunter pattern.”

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Stoddard Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and New

Paula Stoddard

 

Managing editor Paula Stoddard says, “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m crazy about my boston terriers Gus and Sami. I found this pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, Kittens, but to me they looked just like my bostons, so of course I had to make a small quilt.

 

pups Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and NewLast year Quiltmaker presented a block of the month, Quilty Baskets, and I was lucky enough to make the red and brown version. I finally got the quilt top finished this weekend and I love, love, love it!.”

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and New

Lori Baker

 

And from acquisitions editor Lori Baker: “Feeling the pressure of looming deadlines, I sewed like crazy this weekend. I finished 3 quilt tops. Here they are layered on my office wall. The baby quilt in front is for a web bonus in an upcoming issue.”

 

Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Projects Old and NewThat’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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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2016!

When summer winds down and the kids go back to school and that first autumn nip is in the air, you know what you’re going to want to do? QUILT! That’s right, fall is quilting season and the new September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine is packed with 14 fabulous quilt patterns for fall stitching. Let’s take a look:

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2016!Sharon Denney Parcel is our “cover girl” with her colorful Carnival lap quilt. I become a more ardent fan of Sharon’s quilts with every design she submits. Her color palette tends to run deep and strong, and Carnival is no exception. Plus, she has a unique way with patchwork, turning relatively simple blocks and units into absolutely stunning quilts. Sharon’s machine quilting on this one is awesome, too!

House of Blue by Christine Stainbrook is as traditional as can be, with a sweet bit of color whimsy that totally sets this design apart. Would you want to live in a red house, or the blue? Either way, you’ll enjoy every minute working on this fun pattern.

HOBComp Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2016!

House of Blue finishes 73″ x 95″, an extra-long twin. Quilt kits are available.

If you have a stack of fat quarters and no ideas for using them, consider the Crossing Paths lap quilt designed by Sandra Clemons. This beginner-friendly quilt pattern changes 20 fat quarters into a tempting sofa quilt in no time!

Crossing Paths 600px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2016!

The Crossing Paths lap quilt showcases fabrics by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. A limited number of kits are available.

There are 11 more unique, exciting quilt patterns in this issue. You can preview all of them on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library. And browse the convenient kits available for projects in this and other issues right here!

September/October McCall’s Quilting is available on newsstands not later than July 26, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Star Bright

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Star BrightStar quilt patterns are favorites with many quilters. There’s just something about the way the blocks seem to twinkle, and about the strong geometry of the patch shapes, that gives a special feel to a starry quilt design. That’s why I think you’ll love this week’s Friday Freebie, a lap size quilt pattern with lots of star power. Here’s Star Bright, adapted from a quilt designed by Edna Freeman in the 1930s:

StarBrightWebBonus600px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Star BrightAnd here is Edna’s original quilt, also a lap size but with much smaller (4″) blocks. It is patterned in the new September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting:

Star Bright 600px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Star BrightThe scrappy fabrication accounts for a lot of this quilt’s appeal, so dig deep in your stash to make your own version of Star Bright. Download the free Star Bright 8″-block lap quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie!

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I Love This Quilt! Waterfall

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Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate’s pick for the I Love This Quilt! page, Waterfall by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, appears in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting.Cover 165px I Love This Quilt! Waterfall

Download the Waterfall free lap quilt pattern here, and read on about Mary Kate’s plans to make her version of this lovely quilt!

 

Waterfall 300px I Love This Quilt! WaterfallI’ll be honest: it was name
recognition that initially drew me to this quilt. Waterfall was originally designed by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes, the authors behind the authoritative book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! When I first expressed an interest in learning to quilt 20 years ago (how can it have been that long?), a family friend lent me her copy and then gave me one for my own. Because of that, I think fondly of Diana and Laura (we’re on a first-name basis, naturally) as my  first quilt teachers and am interested in anything they design.

Waterfall 600px flat 252x300 I Love This Quilt! WaterfallNow for my second admission: I chose this quilt because it looks fast. Those chevrons are made by strip piecing 2 1/2″ strips,  meaning it’s a precut-friendly pattern. I have a special person in my life for whom I’ve been meaning to make a quilt for a while, and this is something I’m confident I can finish in time for Christmas.

There’s one more reason I love this quilt and want to make it: I’ve never used this particular technique of piecing strips and cutting them into sections on the bias before joining them into rows. So I’m looking forward to trying something new and adding to my quilting bag of tricks.

As for my version, the intended recipient of this quilt loves color. Actually, loves  might be an understatement. She lives in and for color, particularly during the  gloomy winters in her part of the country. With Waterfall, I decided to work within one fabric collection rather than go scrappy to keep a handle on the profusion of  hues I wanted to include.

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When I saw the Latitude collection of batiks designed by Kate Spain for Moda, I  knew it was something the intended recipient would love. I’ll use the jelly roll of 2 1/2″ strips for the chevrons, the indigo batik and light blue handpaint for the  vertical strips, and the two orchid batiks for the borders and binding; the  turquoise and coral batiks are for the backing.

summer tropical drink 72361 1600x1200 300x225 I Love This Quilt! WaterfallThis season has been a busy one for my family <not too many lazy, hazy
days so far> so I haven’t gotten a start on sewing yet. I have to clear a
few things off my schedule before I can bust open that jelly roll and just
start stitching, but I can’t wait to do so. I know it’s going to be a fun
quilt to make, and those bright batiks will be wonderful to work with during the dog days of  summer. (Maybe I should mix myself a nice tropical drink to sip while I sew? I’m open to suggestions icon smile I Love This Quilt! Waterfall

Check back in with us in a few weeks so you can see my progress!

Mary Kate

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