Friday Freebie: Mill Wheel Lap Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Mill Wheel Lap Quilt Pattern

 

As the holiday season is upon us, perhaps you’ve got some favorite Christmas-theme fabrics in your scrap basket that you would enjoy playing with, or maybe you have been inspired by one of the beautiful new collections at your local quilt shop.

Mill Wheel styled 600px Friday Freebie: Mill Wheel Lap Quilt PatternFor my version of this Mill Wheel quilt, I began with a festive 5″ charm pack of up-to-date Christmas colors, cutting 2 of the small corner patches from each charm. Some of my charm fabrics had a white background, but I didn’t want to leave them out, so I substituted them for a few of the alternate white solid small corner patches. From there, I used an assortment of coordinating prints with strong background colors for the central block patches.

The lap quilt pattern finishes at 64½″ x 72½″. Click here for the link to download the FREE Mill Wheel lap quilt pattern.

What kind of scraps might you choose for this project? What color might you use in place of the white?

I hope you’ll have some fun with this design…I know I did!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014

Blog image Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014

 

Just one look at Lissa Alexander’s Lone Star Sampler quilt on the cover is inspiration enough to open the issue…wait ’till you see all this issue has to offer! (And speaking of the gorgeous Lone Star Sampler, don’t miss the FREE Lone Star Wall Hanging Web Bonus pattern.)

Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014

Traditional: Begin the new year by quilting along with our new Peace Cottage series. Try the  magnificent Italia bed size medallion quilt pattern inspired by fine mosaic floors, or the bright strippy pieced and appliquéd Fuchsia Furrows. Make a sophisticated, understated feminine floral lap quilt with the Misty Stars pattern. Civil War repro fabrics star in the pieced and appliquéd Clara’s Pride lap quilt pattern.

Peace Cottage 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014Contemporary: Our streamlined pattern for Spiral Squared will help you make it through the maze in record time. Neutral batik tones and cool geometry combine in the Dash in the Box lap quilt pattern. For maximum color impact, you’ll love the Modern Stash bed quilt pattern.

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Cute: Owl lovers are sure to be charmed by the fast, adorable It’s a Hoot wall quilt pattern, and Tweet Hearts is a fun, cozy flannel quilt that is a guaranteed kid-pleaser.

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The Tweet Hearts pattern features two popular colorways for both girls and boys.

Artistic: Creative use of a panel print turns Patti Carey’s Magical Meadow lap or wall quilt into a work of art.

We loved the Magical Meadow quilt so much, we’ve added the Meadow Star Block to our FREE library of quilt block patterns!

Are you a Liberty of London fabric fan? Gina Halladay takes you on a tour through the famed London shop in our special interest article.

Click here to sneak a peek at Joyce Robinson’s His Royal Union Jack foundation pieced lap quilt pattern. If you love mini’s and foundation paper piecing, click here for a FREE mini foundation master download. Need a refresher on paper piecing? Just click here for our  FREE Foundation Piecing Primer, including a FREE download for reference.

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Use the FREE Union Jack Mini Block foundation master to make a challenging 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ block!

Be sure to stop by our website and enter to win a beautiful fat quarter pack of fabrics from the Vin du Jour collection by 3 Sisters for Moda. These are the same fabrics showcased in the Lone Star Sampler quilt patterned in this issue.

The gorgeous boxed collection of Sulky Cotton Petites pictured below has been a coveted decoration in my office ever since the photo was taken for our Fresh Picks page, and now we’re giving it away to one lucky blog reader! Sulky’s new collection of 12 wt. Cotton Petites threads includes 66 solid and 14 variegated threads. Just leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! Click here for official rules*; contest ends midnight MST December 2, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected from comments below and notified by email on December 3, 2013. Contest is over…congratulations to winner Donna Gavin!Sulky Petites 12 wt cotton Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014You can find the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop or newsstand, or click here to purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop.

Wait…there’s even more! Click here for this issue’s FREE Web Bonuses!

 

*We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications that preclude us from being able to offer prizes except in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

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Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick Quilts

Blog image Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick Quilts

 

So many of us will be making quilts and other handmade goodies for friends and loved ones at this time of year. Will you be looking for a special holiday pattern? If so, you’ve come to the right place!Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsGet ready for holiday decorating and entertaining with Sarah Price’s Gather ‘Round table ensemble; make cute fusible-appliqué mittens with Erin Russek’s fun winter wall hanging quilt, S’mittens; grab a cute panel print and surround it with Deb Luttrell’s charming foundation-pieced trees in Let It Snow.

Gather Round 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsTry your hand working with trendy fleece as you make a quick and extraordinarily soft and cozy quilt with Heidi Pridemore’s Cuddle Up. (Check out this month’s FREE Block Builders Workshop Fleece Appliqué video  for great tips and a helpful demonstration.)

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You might even surprise a friend with something special for their pet by stitching up Kathy Patterson’s adorable Zuzu’s Car Quilt. (Psst…don’t miss the FREE coordinating tote bag pattern—click here!)Zuzus Car Quilt 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsFor Christmas, winter and beyond, try Susan Guzman’s whimsical Little Red Bird bed quilt; the bright reds and greens will enhance your Christmas decor, but the cheerful bird and flower prints are welcome in any season.

Little Red Bird 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsAs we head into the time of year when many of us enjoy the warmth and comfort of staying indoors while the weather does its worst, it often translates into more time to quilt! Don’t miss Gerri Robinson’s elegant floral Soft & Rosey, or Lynn Lister’s classic Log Cabin quilt, Home Is Where the Heart Is, featuring an unusual setting. Gather up your assorted scraps and piece a fresh, simple lap quilt with Tracee Doran’s Love You to Pieces.

Soft Rosey 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsWe are excited to bring you our 2014 skill-building series quilt, Studio Sampler, a variation on the familiar block of the month format designed so you can sew with us all year long. Each of the first five parts of the pattern groups blocks by the technique used, gradually increasing the difficulty level. Even if you’re not a newbie, you’ll enjoy this design just for fun!Studio Sampler flat 400px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsThere are so many more exciting, quick & easy quilt patterns in this issue; I hope you’ll take a moment to preview them all by clicking here. Exclusive time-saving limited edition kits are also available for a few of the quilts patterned in this issue; click image below to shop early and avoid disappointment.

kit group flat Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsThis December/January 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is on its way to subscribers, quilt shops and newsstands—click here to preview all the patterns. Purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop, available now.Zuzu says Happy Holidays Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsWait…there’s even more! Click here for this issue’s FREE Web Bonuses!

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Friday Freebie: Urban Neighborhood Bed Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Urban Neighborhood Bed Quilt Pattern

 

Here’s a fast and fun Urban Neighborhood bed quilt pattern, designed by Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts as shown below in cool colors.

Urban Neighborhood FREE Bed Quilt Pattern Friday Freebie: Urban Neighborhood Bed Quilt PatternOur free pattern download is for the same quilt, but substitutes warm autumn colors of burgundy, tan and gold surrounding assorted pink, lime, green, teal, yellow and blue solid block centers. This modern looking quilt can easily be adapted to your own fabric choices. You might choose to use a charm pack from a single fabric collection for the block centers, adding coordinating solids for the subsequent block patches, strips, sashing and borders.

What fabric choices would YOU make for this quilt?

You’ll want to be sure you’re sewing with an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance so the patches and blocks fit together well – watch our free video lesson for a refresher before you begin.

Please refer to McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2011 for the pattern for Konda’s original coloration shown above. Back issues are sold out, but an instant digital download version is available at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

The free bed quilt pattern finishes at 78½˝ x 93½˝.  Click here for the link to download the FREE pattern for the warm-color version of this Urban Neighborhood quilt.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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McCall’s – Celebrating Your Stash – Kathy Patterson’s Buttons & Bow Ties

I took a little time today to read some of our Facebook posts and there were quite a few of you that wanted to see our gallery exhibit. Well,  I thought to myself, why not blog about it and share it with you.

I’ve been MIA for a while on the McCall’s blog – but I’m going to try and get back to it. I’m the crazy girl who is trying to make 36 quilts in 12 months and between, work, family, dogs and well, everything else in life – I’m noticing how little time there is left.

I have been blessed beyond measure. Working here at McCall’s Quilting is nothing short of a dream for a quilter. Not only is my job awesome, but my co-workers have become like family to me. And they ALL quilt! Which is why our gallery show is so exciting. Each member of the McCall’s staff has contributed one or more quilts to this amazing show and I’m going to share pictures of them with you throughout the next couple of weeks.

We’re going to  start with Kathy Patterson’s quilt. Kathy is the Senior Editor here at McCall’s. Not only is she an amazing quilter, her piecing work is mind blowing! Kathy has a smile and a laugh that is contagious.

This year is the 20th Anniversary for McCall’s Quilting Magazine. Some of us on the McCall’s staff remade quilts from various covers throughout the years. When I asked Kathy about Buttons & Bow Ties, she said, “I was really excited to remake the 1st ever McCall’s Cover quilt. I used Kaffe Fassett prints and Kona pastel solids to girly it up.”

 McCall’s – Celebrating Your Stash – Kathy Pattersons Buttons & Bow Ties

The original design was by Lynn Dash and it appeared in the 1st ever McCall’s Quilting Magazine.

Here are some more detailed shots.

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Kathy’s version even made the cover, around here when that happens we refer to ourselves as a “cover girl” icon wink McCall’s – Celebrating Your Stash – Kathy Pattersons Buttons & Bow Ties .

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This is one quilt of many. The pattern is a free download. Buttons & Bow Ties

Stay tuned for more. Signing off, Tracee.

Oh and if you want to follow my journey of 36 quilts in 12 months visit me on my blog. The Daily Dog.

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Friday Freebie: Scarlet Stars Lap Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Scarlet Stars Lap Quilt Pattern

Here’s a classic pieced beauty, ready for you to get started on today! This intriguing Scarlet Stars lap quilt, adapted from a quilt designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, features a 9″ Star Block in two color arrangements; an interesting secondary pattern appears when they are sewn together.

You’ll want to be sure you’re sewing with an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance so the patches and blocks fit together well – watch our free video lesson for a refresher before you begin.

If you’d prefer to make Sarah and Dolores’ original bed size version of Scarlet Stars, please refer to the pattern in the November/December 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, available now in print or digital format at our Quilt and Sew Shop. (Note: Homestead Hearth is offering a kit for their bed size version.)

Scarlett Stars 300px Friday Freebie: Scarlet Stars Lap Quilt PatternThe free lap quilt pattern finishes at 67½˝ x 76½˝.  Click here for the link to download the FREE pattern for a lap size version of this Scarlet Stars quilt.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!

 Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!IQFOQ logo Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!

June 3-12, 2014

An Irish welcome awaits you! Join us as we revel in the breathtaking scenery, cultural treasures, and 3rd annual International Quilt Festival of Ireland! Your hostess, quilting enthusiast Beth Hayes, Editor-in-Chief of McCall’s Quilting, will accompany you on this deluxe grand adventure. Exciting optional tours and events are planned especially for the McCall’s Quilting tour—click here for more information.

For questions, or to secure your space, call Becky today at 1-877-887-1188 or email Becky@SewManyPlaces.com.

Tales of Ireland 300px Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!Whether or not you can come to Ireland with us this year, please click here and enjoy all the free Irish quilt block patterns to make your own version of Laura Roberts’ Tales of Ireland quilt, compliments of McCall’s Quilting.

Ireland farm1 Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!*Package price of $3,878.00 includes:

• Round-trip airfare from New York City or Chicago
• Deluxe hotel accommodations
• Personal tour guide
• Private motor coach and driver
• Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary
• Special events and gifts
• 2-Day Pass to the International Quilt Festival of Ireland
• The gala GRAND RECEPTION opening event of the Quilt Festival

Ireland cityscape Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!International Quilt Festival of Ireland:

• Exhibits galore
• Classes and workshops with international teachers
• Creative and cultural events
• Gala Grand Reception (included in your tour!) features a classic Irish riverdance review show, gourmet dinner, and Ricky Tims being honored with a lifetime achievement award

Ireland castle1 Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!Sightseeing highlights:

• Beautiful Dingle Peninsula
• Blarney Castle
• Woolen Mills
• Legendary Dublin tour
• Cliffs of Moher
• Glorious Galway
• Kylemore Abbey & Gardens

Ireland village Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!

ireland boy Join us in Ireland for the International Quilt Festival!We hope you’ll join us! Call Becky today at 1-877-887-1188 or email Becky@SewManyPlaces.com.

*Package price based on double occupancy. Itinerary and pricing subject to change. Some restrictions and fuel surcharges may apply. Gratuities additional and will be collected with final payment.

 

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International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCall’s Quilting

 International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls QuiltingIQFOQ logo International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls Quilting

June 3-12, 2014

An Irish welcome awaits you! Join us as we revel in the breathtaking scenery, cultural treasures, and 3rd annual International Quilt Festival of Ireland! Your hostess, quilting enthusiast Beth Hayes, Editor-in-Chief of McCall’s Quilting, will accompany you on this deluxe grand adventure. Exciting optional tours and events are planned especially for the McCall’s Quilting tour—click here for more information.

To secure your space, call Becky today at 1-877-887-1188 or email Becky@SewManyPlaces.com.

Ireland farm1 International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls Quilting*Package price of $3,878.00 includes:

• Round-trip airfare from New York City or Chicago
• Deluxe hotel accommodations
• Personal tour guide
• Private motor coach and driver
• Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary
• Special events and gifts
• 2-Day Pass to the International Quilt Festival of Ireland
• The gala GRAND RECEPTION opening event of the Quilt Festival

Ireland cityscape International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls QuiltingInternational Quilt Festival of Ireland:

• Exhibits galore
• Classes and workshops with international teachers
• Creative and cultural events
• Gala Grand Reception (included in your tour!) features a classic Irish riverdance review show, gourmet dinner, and Ricky Tims being honored with a lifetime achievement awardIreland castle1 International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls Quilting

Sightseeing highlights:

• Beautiful Dingle Peninsula
• Blarney Castle
• Woolen Mills
• Legendary Dublin tour
• Cliffs of Moher
• Glorious Galway
• Kylemore Abbey & Gardens

Ireland village International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls Quilting

ireland boy International Quilt Festival of Ireland with McCalls QuiltingWe hope you’ll join us! Call Becky today at 1-877-887-1188 or email Becky@SewManyPlaces.com.

*Package price based on double occupancy. Itinerary and pricing subject to change. Some restrictions and fuel surcharges may apply. Gratuities additional and will be collected with final payment.

 

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Husqvarna Viking Announces Sapphire™ 960Q for Quilters

Sapphire 960Q Husqvarna Viking Announces Sapphire™ 960Q for QuiltersOur friends at  Husqvarna Viking are debuting a new Sapphire™ line, with the 960Q specially designed to appeal to quilters. The Sapphire™ 960Q sewing machine will offer an interactive color touch screen, straight stitch plate with sensor technology, exclusive Sewing Advisor™ features, user-friendly settings for greater functionality and convenience, and more.

Click here to read more about all the new products launching this fall by Husqvarna Viking.

Enter the Crown Jewels contest* for your chance to win. Over $25,000 in prizes will be given away to 6 lucky winners. And remember, September 17, 2013 is the last day to pre-order the new Designer Diamond Royale™ and receive bonus gifts offer valued at over $3000—visit your local Husqvarna Viking dealer for details.

HV Crown Jewel Sweepstakes Husqvarna Viking Announces Sapphire™ 960Q for Quilters

Visit the Husqvarna Viking blog for more information—click here.

*Contest is open to US residents 18 and older. Facebook account required; fans of Husqvarna Viking have access to entry form.

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New Designer Diamond Royale™ Interchangeable Dual Feed

Our friends at Husqvarna Viking have announced a new top-of-the line sewing and embroidery machine – the Designer Diamond Royale™. Each week they are releasing new information, including industry-first features. Click here to watch a sneak preview. Pre-order by September 17 to receive a bonus gift package valued at over $3000! Ask your dealer about 0% financing for up to 48 months.

Dual feed New Designer Diamond Royale™ Interchangeable Dual FeedThe new Designer Diamond Royale™ comes with an Interchangeable Dual Feed that is designed to feed layers of fabric and/or batting evenly. The Interchangeable Dual Feed is helpful for quilting and sewing on fabrics that need precise pattern matching.

bonus gift 3000 value3 New Designer Diamond Royale™ Interchangeable Dual FeedHusqvarna Viking is launching five new quilting, embroidery and sewing machines and all new 6D embroidery software in September. Watch for new information to be released each week. Enter the Crown Jewels contest* for your chance to win. Over $25,000 in prizes will be given away to 6 lucky winners.

HV Crown Jewel Sweepstakes New Designer Diamond Royale™ Interchangeable Dual Feed

Visit the Husqvarna Viking blog for more information—click here.

*Contest is open to US residents 18 and older. Facebook account required; fans of Husqvarna Viking have access to entry form.

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