Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweet Somethings

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweet SomethingsMaybe it’s because I’ve been working on a hand-pieced project this week, but I think it can be so relaxing to sit down with needle and thread and make something pretty in old-school style. If you’re looking for a project like that, check out this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern, Sweet Somethings:

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This sweet little embroidered quilt finishes 11 1/2″ square.

Designed by Maggie Bowles of Sweet Pea Garden Design, this adorable miniature quilt can be used as a table mat or wall hanging, or displayed on a table-top quilt rack. It requires only the simplest of embroidery stitches and a bit of basic piecing. An adorable mini embroidered quilt pattern!

Download the FREE Sweet Somethings quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Check out more miniature quilt inspiration here!

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27 Days to Christmas – Let’s Get Shopping!

Patterson Kathy 70px 27 Days to Christmas   Lets Get Shopping!Finding just the right quilt-related gifts can be a challenge, whether you’re looking for supplies to make something special or a manufacturer’s product. No worries…I’m here to help. I asked our Facebook fans what hard-to-find quilty things they need this holiday season, and I’ve been researching their must-haves. Without further ado, here’s my debut as a quilters’ personal shopper!

Terry Semke Holland asked for ideas for gifts for quilters who “have everything”. This is a common problem among dedicated quilters, who tend to keep their sewing spaces well-stocked and don’t hold back in treating themselves to the latest greatest stuff. But how about these options?
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Give the gift of organization with a Stash Management web seminar. If she’s got everything, chances are she could use some help organizing it all! Or how about a Keepsake Quilting gift certificate? Any quilter, no matter how well-stocked, would appreciate that. And something off the beaten traditional quilter path might be nice, like a book on Japanese quilting. Hope one of these suggestions works for you, Terry!

Kathy Durance is trying to find the “right” marking pencil. Unfortunately, that’s a bit like asking what’s the “right” pair of shoes. A quilter needs lots of different markers for different purposes and there’s no single answer! However, I can heartily recommend all of these:
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Roxanne Quilter’s Choice marking pencils are chalk-based in white and silver and great especially for marking darker fabrics. Wrights has a reliable water-soluble blue marker and it’s on sale now at JoAnn’s. I also often use a fine-line permanent marker; Dritz’s version is also on sale at JoAnn’s. Stock up, Kathy!

Teresa Anderson asked for a source for the best beginner’s learn-to-quilt book.
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In my humble opinion, you can’t get much better than the classic Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. I know super-accomplished quilters who swear by this one as the best beginner’s book, and the third edition (Breckling Press) is available online at Create for Less. I’m also partial to our own Make Your First Quilt, which is a project-based book. For a modern spin, check out Beginner’s Guide to Quilting, which includes basic instruction plus quilt patterns.

Susie Lockwood Sheriff is looking for quilting-related refrigerator magnets…so fun!
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I LOVE the vintage fabric-covered magnets from The Homemade Haven‘s Etsy shop. They even come in a gift tin! The bright ceramic magnets from the Obsessed with Vintage eBay shop are available as a “buy now” option with free shipping, and they make a great graphic statement. And Zazzle offers a larger magnet (2″ square) with a log cabin pattern, which can actually be customized with your own artwork of appropriate size. Images are printed on paper and covered with UV-resistant Mylar. You could design your own magnets, Susie!

Lena Jackson needs a good source for fat quarters. If you’re looking for fat quarter packs or collections, it’s tough to beat the deals at KeepsakeQuilting.com. They are many quilters’ favorite online and catalog fabric source.
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Individual fat quarters are easiest to find at your local quilt shop or fabric store. Online, best resources are Etsy and eBay. Happy hunting, Lena!

Kit Kucinkas asked about Benartex precut fabric strips in graded pastel shades. Found!
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Nancy Severa Zimmers wants a pattern designed to use Layer Cake fabric squares from the Zen Chic Figures collection by Moda.
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Zen Chic fabric designer Brigitte Heitland’s website has several quilt patterns that showcase this collection. The photos above are of the quilt patterns designed for Layer Cake squares. However, it looks like most are not yet available for purchase as pdf file downloads. One of these may be the quilt you’re remembering; if so watch for the pattern to become available or contact Brigitte through her website for further information.

That’s it for now! If you have one or more hard-to-find quilting items on your holiday shopping list, leave a comment below. Other quilters may be able to help, and I’ll check back, too. Happy shopping!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting January/February 2015!

New Year, new quilt patterns! Start 2015 right with all the fresh, inviting quilts featured in the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting. These designs range from on-trend to classic, miniature to big bed size, and beginner to advanced skill level. There’s something here for every quilter!

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Our 2015 series quilt pattern, Cottage Romance, begins in this issue with the Pinwheel Galaxy Block. This 24″ block centers the medallion-style bed quilt and gets you started on the project in grand style. A limited number of kits are available for this gorgeous quilt, which features Marcus Fabrics from 2 different collections by Faye Burgos.

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Cottage Romance finishes 95 1/2″ square.

Mini Logo 125px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2015! This issue also marks the debut of two new regular columns, Mini Madness and I Love This Quilt! A new miniature quilt design will be featured in each issue, complete with pattern and gorgeous photography. And the back page of each issue will showcase a quilt selected as a favorite by a McCall’s Quilting staff member. First up in I Love This Quilt!…art director Ellie Brown discusses why she loves the vintage Sunny Days design. The pattern for the quilt is a FREE download!

If winter weather has you feeling blue, imagine the smile on your face as you work on the cheery Rows of Posies quilt! Neither sleet nor snow nor gloom of night will be able to dampen the spirits of anyone cuddled up in this adorable quilt designed by Christine Stainbrook.

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Rows of Posies finishes 63 1/2″ x 80 1/2″; limited quantity kits are available.

 

Emerald Dawn is one of those wonderful quilts that looks super complicated, but is actually really easy to piece. Fussy-cut special prints give the look of pieced panels, and our pattern walks you step by step through fabric placement to achieve the ombré effect of the sample quilt, designed by Patti Carey of Northcott.

I could go on and on about the beautiful projects in this issue, but better yet, why don’t you preview all the quilts for yourself? I think you’ll agree this is one magazine you definitely want to add to your collection! And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal library.

This issue is available now on newsstands, or may be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop. Enjoy!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Her Happy Hearts

My work colleagues have had some baby arrivals recently, so I’ve been browsing our free baby quilt patterns this week. I found one that many of you may not have seen, and I LOVE that it is made using the cute little shirts and onesies that tiny babies outgrow so quickly. This week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is Her Happy Hearts!

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Her Happy Hearts finishes 58″ square.

This quilt was designed by Megan Johnson, and it could easily be made into a version for little boys by substituting blue fabrics for the pinks. Ask the new Mom to give you 8-12 of her baby’s outgrown garments, and you’re on your way to a one-of-a-kind sentimental favorite! And did I mention the piecing is fast and easy, too?

Download the FREE Her Happy Hearts quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Check out more baby quilt inspiration here!

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Students Design Quilt Blocks – Show ‘Em Some Love!

Patterson Kathy 70px Students Design Quilt Blocks   Show Em Some Love!My friend and McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2012 finalist Barb Wilke is a member of one of the most important professions…she’s a teacher. More specifically, she’s an art teacher at Central York High School in York, PA. She is also an accomplished quilter and a member of the York Quilters Guild. When she needed a new project to inspire her students, she decided to challenge them to create quilt blocks, using nothing but paper and glue. The members of the guild agreed to vote for their favorites.

Enter McCall’s Quilting! When Barb showed me the finalist blocks, I HAD to take this opportunity to show them to you. There are 6 finalists, and whoever gets the most “viewer’s choice” votes from you will win the grand prize, which is to have Barb make a quilt based on their original block design. These young people have a wonderful fresh take on what a quilt block is. Remember, none of them are quilters and their samples are made of paper. There were no “points” for blocks that are easy to sew or even actually able to be made. That’s Barb’s problem icon smile Students Design Quilt Blocks   Show Em Some Love!   All we are asking you is which design do you like best.

Here are the blocks and the students who made them, in randomly-assigned order:

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Yasmine

 

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Gordon

 

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Carly

 

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Abby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gloria

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Aren’t they great? Please leave a comment below with the name of the student whose block you love, and any feedback for any or all of the students. They are anxiously awaiting input from the real quilting world…that’s you!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sunny Days

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sunny DaysWhen the weather turns nasty, it’s time for some bright, cheerful quilting! The new feature “I Love This Quilt!” in McCall’s Quilting magazine is showcasing staff favorite quilt patterns from our enormous archives, and the January/February 2015 issue has a beauty chosen by art director Ellie Brown. Here’s Sunny Days:

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The colorful Sunny Days quilt measures 86 1/2″ x 98 1/2″.

Read about Ellie’s reasons for choosing Sunny Days, and her plans for a remake, in her Editors’ Blog post. And download the FREE Sunny Days quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie!

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

Here are some more inspirations for colorful, cheerful quilting to fight the winter blues:

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I Love This Quilt -Designing My Sunny Days

As do most graphic designers in publishing I work in Adobe Illustrator. It’s a handy tool for quilt designing. Actually it’s a powerful tool that can do just about anything, especially when paired with Photoshop and Indesign. To me, designing quilts is pure graphic design and I am lucky to be able to come up with a plan and rehearse and evolve it in Illustrator.

I call this the “what if” phase.

What if. I take the original assembly diagram and find some of the hidden secondary designs this block offers?

new AD1 I Love This Quilt  Designing My Sunny DaysThis is interesting. There’s an almost hidden diamond that looks intriguing when pulled out to a single color. This almost has a dimensionality to it, with the sashing and circles becoming almost a grille that sits in front of the diamonds.

Hmm…maybe..but let’s look some more.

 

I’m not real keen on sashing and sashing posts…I don’t really know why but let’s look at the same above, sans sashing and see what we get…

new AD2 I Love This Quilt  Designing My Sunny DaysOh dear. Not caring for this at all. Lost something in this translation, and I would get quite bored with all that same yellow.

 

There is a little bit of a glow factor though, and I like that…

Hmm…so many possibilities.

Let’s take a look at a project I recently completed…for Vintage Quilts Inspirations 2014. Lovely issue by the way…

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Here’s where I started.

Bought this fabulous vintage quilt in Paducah, it was one of those “fall in love with it I have to have it.” Got it out occasionally to just love looking at it. Knew at some point I would do something in a redesign to sort of pay tribute to it. Vintage Inspirations was the perfect deadline to get me going. And after all my what ifs…(and there were a number)…

Here’s the finished project. Purrdy. Went back to my beloved batiks and did some shape turkeynew 300x288 I Love This Quilt  Designing My Sunny Daysshifting on the flower template on the old quilt to something new, with more pronounced positive and negative space. In this case getting rid of the white sashing on the old quilt really pops the floral. Then re-arranging the blocks really mixed it up. The warm colors on the cool backgrounds gave it that glow factor I was after. Satisfied with the design shifts to get to here. Soo…

 

The entire design process may take awhile; I hope you enjoyed these peeks at some of the things I’m trying!

 

We have many more favorite quilt patterns than we can feature in the magazine! Check these out for extra inspiration:

Love vintage quilts? Find lots more free patterns here.

You might also like our Friday Free Quilt patterns…click here.

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I Love This Quilt! Sunny Days

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Hi! Ellie Brown here, doing first blog followup on our new feature in the Jan/Feb issue of McCall’s Quilting called I Love This Quilt! As Art Director at McCall’s Quilting, I love working the photography and then the layouts of our Vintage Quilts special issues. They are just a joy. The quilts arrive in-house here for photography and patterning and at first planning meeting all of us are always just gaga after them. Most of them hand pieced, and hand quilted, each is a treasured legacy we get to admire and then share with our readers.

 

magazine 247x300 I Love This Quilt! Sunny DaysThe quilt I have chosen is from an earlier issue of Vintage Quilts, Spring 2002. I believe it is one of the first Vintage issues I worked on.  Photography was done in Birmingham, Alabama at the Gregory-Walker House, listed on the National Historic Register of Homes. What a fabulous place this was to give a proper environment for these fabulous old masterpieces. More current issues of Vintage have both a styled shot and a flat shot of the quilt. This issue is without flats.

 

 

quilt 241x300 I Love This Quilt! Sunny DaysI chose the pattern Sunny Days. You can download the complete pattern by clicking here.  This original had feedsacks and dressweight fabrics and was probably stitched in the early 1940s. This wasn’t particularly a show quilt, but to be used and cherished. The designer/quilter’s name was Emma Mary Breford Schumacher of Protection Kansas. Her granddaughter, Janet Lyles, keeps this treasure and shared it with us for the magazine. And this is one I choose to redesign and remake.

My current quilting design mode is machine appliqué. This pattern has fabulous potential for a brand new look and just looking at it in the magazine gets my creative juices flowing and my sewing fingers itchy. So, to the drawing board…

1st assembly diagram I Love This Quilt! Sunny DaysAn assembly diagram of this quilt. Simple enough block, half square triangles with circle appliqué center. The blocks have sashing and sashing posts. Very little border which still holds it together.

Interesting visual phenomena comes up that might be fun to play with. Let’s look…

 

 

 

We have many more favorite quilt patterns than we can feature in the magazine! Check these out for extra inspiration:

Love vintage quilts? Find lots more free patterns here.

You might also like our Friday Free Quilt patterns…click here.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Yuletide Joy Quilted Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Yuletide Joy Quilted Table RunnerHere’s a fast beautiful quilted table runner to welcome all your holiday guests or make as a special gift. The Yuletide Joy table runner was designed by our own Susan Guzman, and it coordinates with a quilt featured in the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. But back to the table runner!

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The Yuletide Joy table runner finishes 16″ x 51″; limited edition kits are available.

As you can see, this table runner pattern is a straightforward, fast project full of holiday cheer…you can make several quilted Christmas table runners in a long weekend!

Download the FREE Yuletide Joy quilted table runner pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

We have loads of options for holiday table décor! Here are some more inspiring patterns:

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More!

Patterson Kathy 70px Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More!Christmas is coming! For quilters, that brings up 2 important questions:

  1. What am I going to make for other people? and
  2. What should I put on my own wish list?

Our Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop is here to help with a Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters! November 1-8 we’re showcasing a different quilting or sewing blog every day (dates and blogs are listed at the end of this post), all of which have great ideas for gifts to make and gifts to get. We’re also hosting a super giveaway, open to all residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec (read contest rules here):   We have our winners! Congratulations to Shirley Jobson, Diane Vena, Pat K., Diana McCarty, and Tricia Roszkowski. Watch your email boxes for our notes.

Holiday Blog Hop prize 500 px Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More! Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win 1 of 5 prize packages like the one shown above (fabrics vary but are from the same Moda collection). That’s right…just post a comment, any comment, below and you’re entered. Winners will be chosen at random on November 9 and notified by email.

Christmas icon 300px 150x150 Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More!Now, back to the Hop! The search for patterns to make gift quilts, tree skirts, table runners, ornaments, and so on can be long, difficult, and frustrating, so we’ve pulled together an Editor’s Faves page with loads of options, many FREE. Visit our Christmas Editor’s Faves page to browse Christmas quilt patterns, quilt kits, crafty project instructions, and more!

And what about question #2? You’ve been extra good this year…what might you want to ask Santa/hubby/Mom/kids for this Christmas to get maximum quilting fun from your holiday gifts? Here are a few things we KNOW you’d love (because we want them badly). They’d also make wonderful gifts for your quilting buddies. Put your cursor over the images to see descriptions; click photos for details or to order online:

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Below is was the schedule for the entire Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Tour. Check out each blog for a chance to win prizes and for many more gift ideas for quilters and the people for whom we quilt.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – Sew News
Sunday, Nov. 2 – McCall’s Quilting/Quick Quilts
Monday, Nov. 3 – Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Quilting Daily
Wednesday, Nov. 5 – Quilters Newsletter
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Quilters Club of America
Friday, Nov. 7 – Quiltmaker
Saturday, Nov. 8 – Creative Machine Embroidery

 

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