Patriotic Quilts PLUS

McCall’s Quick Quilts has published many patriotic quilt patterns, and here is our newest red, white, and blue beauty:

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All American Rose, designed by Maria Umhey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All American Rose is patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and features fabrics from the American Beauty collection by Beth Logan for Henry Glass & Co.. We love the sense of movement that the prints give to the simple, fast piecing.

A few kits for this quilt are still available in our online store. Even better, from May 9-16, 10% of all sales in our shop will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, an organization benefiting US service men and women. If you’ve been thinking about making a patriotic quilt, here’s your chance to also make a difference for these brave men and women. QOV Patriotic Quilts PLUSThere are hundreds of quilt kits, not to mention videos, books, DVDs, notions, and everything else a quilter could need, available for sale in our shop. Come on by, find yourself a treat or two, and help the QOV Foundation. America thanks you, and so do we!

You might also like: Covering America quilt pattern – 50 State Blocks United in One Quilt!

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Welcome to the Studio Sampler Quilt Along!

Now that you’ve seen the preview, we hope you’re inspired to make your own version of the Studio Sampler quilt along with your instructors, Valerie Uland and Ashley Slupe of the McCall’s Quilting staff. You can watch Lesson 1 and download the initial instructions anytime, but you’ll want to keep up with the weekly release of the other lessons. This week (May 9-15), Lesson 2 video and instructions are free. Beginning May 16, Lesson 3 will be free for a week, and so on. No worries if you miss a free lesson or want to skip ahead, though. The entire series is available at any time through QNNtv.com subscription offers, or QuiltandSewShop.com purchase options.

Bookmark this page for the complete release schedule if you’re planning to sew along with us. We hope to see you there!

 

You might also like:
Studio Sampler quilt kit

Studio Sampler quilt backing

 

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2014

Color your world bright and happy with the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! We’ve got 15 colorific quilt patterns inside, perfect for fast and easy projects.

Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2014Beginning with our cheery “cover girls”, Oopsie Daisy, Hexie Hop, and Mango Ice, you’ll find yourself immersed in a quilter’s paradise with this new issue. Ready to start sewing a patriotic quilt for summer display? Here’s All American Rose, a super-fast lap quilt design:

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All American Rose, featuring fabrics from the American Beauty collection by Beth Logan for Henry Glass & Co. – click here for limited edition quilt kit.

 

Four gorgeous fabrics plus big blocks make Poppy Love a quilt you can snuggle under in no time:

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Fabrics from the Serafina collection by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures light up Poppy Love. Limited quantities of quilt kits available here.

 

Fans of contemporary fabrics will love our Bohemia quilt. Sophisticated colors, artistic print motifs…just what you’d expect from Blend Fabrics/Anna Griffin®:

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Fabrics from the Caravan Dreams collection by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics/Anna Griffin give this throw size quilt depth and sophistication. Quilt kits available here.

 

Jardin may be the fastest bed quilt you ever make! Just 4 big blocks are all you need to give any bedroom fresh new life:

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Limited quantity of kits available here. Fabrics are from the Showers of Flowers collection by RJR.

 

And let’s not forget…black is a color, too! Ocean Shadows takes an intriguing look at nighttime sea life, with easy, fast piecing and a unique color scheme:

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Sea-themed fabrics from the Coral Sea collection by Paintbrush Studio/Fabri-Quilt, Inc. give this quilt its mysterious appeal. Kits are available here for a limited time.

 

Don’t miss our free Block Builders Workshop video, where McCall’s Quick Quilts assistant editor Erin Russek demonstrates machine quilting ideas for this block:

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The Scrappy Flag Block is patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, on sale now.

 

And that’s just the beginning! Click here to preview every quilt pattern in the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web extras here.

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

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Sewing Is Healing – You Can Help

SacredSewingRoomBadge2 Sewing Is Healing   You Can HelpWhat quilter hasn’t thanked her (or his) lucky stars that they learned how to sew? Whether we’re sad, stressed, lonely, excited, depressed, or even happy, sewing is truly a healing, positive emotional outlet. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization Enchanted Makeovers knows the power of sewing, and is adding sewing rooms to facilities sheltering women and children in need all over the US.

Before After image 50 percent 300x289 Sewing Is Healing   You Can HelpBaby Lock is partnering with the Sacred Sewing Room Tour by providing sewing machines for the 5 shelters receiving makeovers this year, but the project can also use help from individual quilters. Monetary donations are tax deductible and go directly to funding this national tour. The project also accepts donations of Capes for Kids. For more information, visit sacredsewingroom.org.

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Friday Freebie: Top 10 Tips for Brand New Quilters

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Are you plugged in to all of the fun, free social media avenues at McCall’s Quilting? We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their top tips for new quilters, and hundreds of your fellow quilters in cyber space responded!

Maybe you’re one of the people who responded…check to see if YOUR tip made it to the top 10!

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  1. Donna Harrison Deal — Seam rippers are your best friends!
  2. Beth Wade — Go easy on yourself. It won’t be perfect the first time. Love your first pieces for what they are and the hard work you put into them! HAVE FUN, if it’s not fun, something is wrong!
  3. Debbie Green Snider — Buy the BEST supplies that you can afford. I initially purchased cheap supplies and boy did it make a difference when I bought better things. This includes fabric. You don’t want to spend all that time creating an heirloom to have it fall apart after a few years.
  4. Nancy Broach Bogard — BE BOLD…..TRY IT ALL.
  5. Jane Begermi — Measure twice, cut once.
  6. Sara Jane Bylund — Classes, classes, classes. They’re fun, you learn so much, priceless.
  7. Judith Taylor Inge — Finished is better than perfect!
  8. Barbara Faye Henard Burnham — Learn to execute an accurate quarter inch seam. Measure and mark accurately. It IS Important. A little bit off with each seam will make a huge problem when assembly time comes. Don’t hurry too much… It’s not a race. Take time to enjoy yourself.
  9. Crystal Nichols — Make a sample block when in doubt… Then you can seam rip, try again or throw it across the room then try again!
  10. Beverly Cavanaugh — Only YOU will know where the imperfections are…don’t tell anyone. And start with a small project.

Download and share the top 10 responses—click here!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting May/June 2014

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Do you think it could even be possible that the staff of McCall’s Quilting actually loves quilting as much as you do? When you discover all of the patterns and inspiration packed within the pages of this issue, and explore our overflow of ideas and projects online, you just might begin to believe it!Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2014You may have noticed that inspirations from retro and vintage quilts are all the rage. If you’re finding yourself on this bandwagon, you’ll naturally be drawn to Strut Your Stuff, a colorful fruit and veggie quilt with a striking retro rooster. And be sure to sneak a peek at Urban Tones, or click here to download the FREE vintage Baby Bubbles quilt pattern that inspired it.

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Strut Your Stuff, featuring charming retro-inspired fabrics from the Gladys collection by Anna Griffin®—click here for limited edition kit, while supply lasts.

For many of us, traditional quilts will ever-warm our hearts and homes. Take a look at Atlantic Waves, featuring a sophisticated color palette and intriguing nautical prints. Or find your opportunity to showcase spectacular quilting in Star Crossed (just one of eight star quilt patterns in this issue). Our 2014 series quilt wraps up with Part 3; it’s time to finish Peace Cottage! Love Civil War repros? Click here for a preview of the sparkling Amethyst bed quilt pattern.

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Atlantic Waves, featuring the classic Ocean Waves block—click here for limited edition kit, while supplies last.

Clever, clever! How do you use an easy technique to make this striking bed quilt…

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Special fabric becomes a pretty appliqué with an easy technique in the Cerulean Blues bed quilt pattern—click here for limited edition kit, while supplies last.

from this beautiful fabric print? Cerulean Blues Quilt Kit Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2014We show you how with step-by-step photos in the Cerulean Dreams bed size quilt pattern. Purchase the limited edition quilt kit from our Quilt and Sew Shop here. And be sure to click here and enter our contest—we’re giving away two fat quarter bundles of the entire Meridian fabric collection! Contest dates are April 1 through May 31; winners will be chosen in a random drawing on June 2, 2014.

Try something new…we show you a technique to make Easy Framed Quilt Art using your own quilted pieces. Want to make yours just like the ones shown below? Act fast and click here…we have a limited supply of kits available for purchase in our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Be sure to download all your web extras here, and don’t miss this month’s FREE Block Builders Workshop video lesson demonstrating how to make the adorable Candy Ring block!BBW Candy Ring Block 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2014

Whatever this spring holds for you, whether it’s a bit of travel, or enjoying the simple pleasures of sitting on your patio and enjoying some sunshine, tuck this issue into your tote and take it along…you’ll want to pore over every page.

Click here to preview every quilt pattern in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment!

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

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Win a Complete Quilt Kit (plus backing!)

 

QA logo 300x116 Win a Complete Quilt Kit (plus backing!)Are you quilting along with us? The McCall’s Quilting quilt along program is officially one year old, and we’re really enjoying making the videos and pattern downloads that allow the McCall’s Quilting staff to quilt along with you in your own home. These series are FREE for a limited time when first released, so you definitely want to stay on top of our schedule. After that, they are available to purchase at Daily Craft TV. So far, we’ve done Accent on Amish, Surf & Sand, Fancy Flowers (hurry…free through March 31), Make It Your Way! (our current free class), and Studio Sampler (starts May 2…preorder kits here), and we have several more planned for 2014.

To celebrate our quilt-along anniversary, we’re going to give away a complete quilt kit plus backing for the Accent on Amish design. Click here to enter for a chance to win; contest dates are March 21-31. A winner will be randomly chosen and notified on April 1 (no fooling). And thank you so much for quilting along with us!

Contest is over. Congratulations to our winner, Deb Hoerst of Milford, PA!

Click here for purchase information for the Accent on Amish kit information.

Please click here for official contest rules.

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Facebook 100,000 Fans Milestone: Enter to WIN!

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Join us for a Facebook milestone celebration: when we reach 100,000 fans on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page, we’ll give away this absolutely scrumptious 40-fat-quarter bundle of Paris Flea Market by 3 Sisters for Moda! (That’s 10 yards of fabric!)Paris Flea Market 3 Sisters Moda Bundle Facebook 100,000 Fans Milestone: Enter to WIN!This collection of fabrics features delicate floral rose prints and coordinates in hues of aqua glass, veranda green, ballet pink, rouge, cream and lemon. Here’s just a tiny sampling of swatches from this lovely collection.

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Contest is over—congratulations to the random winner of the Paris Flea Market fat quarter bundle, Kathy Reiman of Leander, Texas!

Play along, and enter to win! Follow the easy steps below:

  1. “Like” McCall’s Quilting on Facebook!
  2. Click here to enter to win the contest.

Look for the image of the fabric bundle on our Facebook page and click “share” to help spread the word; the faster we reach 100,000 fans, the faster we’ll be able to choose a winner!

When we reach 100,000 fans, one random winner will be selected and notified within 24 hours via email. The winner’s name and city will also be posted to our Facebook page.

Note: Please click here for official rules. 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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McCall’s Quilting University: Cruise 2014 Highlights

logo for web 300px McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsWhat an adventure it was! McCall’s Quilting University hosted School at Sea in the Caribbean earlier this month, and I am thrilled to share some of the highlights as I recollect the fun we had.

We set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida for our glorious winter break, with Royal Caribbean’s mega-liner Freedom of the Seas serving as our luxurious campus.CCA 01 Royal Caribbean pic 450px McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsFestivities began the first evening with distribution of quilting goodies and a sneak-peek fabric pack for the Mystery Sampler Quilt At Sea, an introduction to the McCall’s staff, Sew Many Places’ Jim West and team, and Citrus Sew & Vac’s Scott Lapham and crew. The students were divided into the Dolphin, Starfish, Seahorse and Marlin teams, and were anxious to get started as they cheered from the audience with their pompoms and freshly-donned beads!

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Just one of the many adorable challenge blocks!

Before the cruise, classmates were sent colorful Timeless Treasures fish fabric for a fun block challenge. The McCall’s staff was delighted to see so many creative blocks as they strung them all up as inspiring classroom decorations. Students enjoyed the quilt block show throughout the cruise, ultimately voting for their favorite on the final day of the cruise.Timeless fish 450px McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsWhile cruising at sea from island to island (CocoCay, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten), classmates learned fun techniques as they made their Tropical Fish block for the Mystery Sampler quilt.

Tropical Fish Block class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsStudents challenged themselves as they learned a curved piecing technique with the Sail Away block.Sail Away Block class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsPeaceful hand appliqué and embroidery techniques were taught to eager learners in the McCall’s Posy Block, Under the Sea Block, and optional Bluework Label classes.

Hand class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsAnd most of the Marlins, Starfish, Dolphins and Seahorses walked out of the Mermaid Fashionista class having completed a glamorous wrist pincushion.

Mermaid Fasionista McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsThose with a penchant for traditional techniques took my optional Hand Quilting class; I hope they picked up a few tips for perfecting their stitches.

Hand Quilting class McCalls Quilting University: Cruise 2014 HighlightsBetween cruising day classes, island excursions, and continual on-board entertainment options (such as the Ice Show – my personal favorite!), classmates took advantage of evening demo opportunities. They watched and learned about machine quilting, English Paper Piecing, easy elongated triangle piecing with the TriRecs Ruler set, an improvisational Plus Block, and a jazzy flanged binding technique.

We would like to extend special thanks to the following for their assistance in making this cruise such a wonderful event:

Sew Many Places - Jim West and the team from SMP

Janome – Scott Lapham and the crew from Citrus Sew & Vac

Timeless Treasures - Block challenge fabric donation

AccuQuilt – Circle die donation

Keepsake Quilting – Cutting hundreds of yards of fabric for class kits

Stay tuned…we’ll be announcing plans for our 2015 McCall’s Quilting University School at Sea Cruise soon!

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Caribbean Quilting

The 2014 McQ University School at Sea cruise was full of happy quilters, exciting projects, amazing shore excursions, and much more.The McCall’s Quilting team is just back from the cruise, and they’ve got lots of wonderful stories to tell.  You can read more about it, and about the 2015 cruise, in the June and August issues of McCall’s Quilting, but here’s a sneak peek of some of the fun they had:

 Beth 225x300 Caribbean QuiltingEditor-in-chief Beth Hayes shows off a completed cruise project

Here fishy fishy 225x300 Caribbean QuiltingHere, fishy fishy! A happy cruiser and her block

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Staff 300x225 Caribbean QuiltingThe McCall’s cruise staff: Deb, Tracee, Beth, Valerie, Sherri, Erin, and Laura

Watch for details on our website…the 2015 cruise promises to be better than ever!

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