Design Wall Tuesday: Flannel Quilting Fabric

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

I know I’ve been away from my sewing machine lately—it felt good to finally find some time to sew. How about you? Have you been working on any quilty projects? Read more to see what the editors of Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been up to.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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sampler blocks for QM Nov/Dec

Between a vacation that my husband and I took to attending Quilt Market, it seems my quilting time has been a little limited lately. But I did find a some time to work on the sampler quilt I’m sewing for the Nov/Dec ’17 issue of Quiltmaker.

I have mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Bonnie Hunter’s and use her Leaders and Enders method whenever I’m piecing so that I’m always working on two quilts at once. My stack of blocks is piling up—I’m almost ready to start sewing them together.

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my Leaders and Enders blocks


From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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We had a late Spring snowstorm in Colorado. This is the view from one of our office windows.

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late snow in Golden, CO

Later that day I was cozy in my sewing room making snowballs, not throwing snowballs. Watch for this adorable flannel quilting fabric in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

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cozy flannels

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sneak peek of Snowball block


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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What fun this quilt was! We found out over the weekend that The Grace Company was sending Marie to show us how to use their computer software with the Q’nique 14+ (so we could quilt computerized motifs). We needed a quilt loaded in the frame and ready to quilt. It needed to be something that was, as Mary Kate says, “not precious”, so I just sewed together some big pieces of fabric. We loaded the frame and all of us in the office got a chance to play doing allover designs and block designs, as well as border and corner designs. It was so fun. Marie was a delight and ever so knowledgeable … And I got a quilt out of the deal! Here is my quilt Mish Mash.


From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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What little time I spent sewing over the weekend was spent on, yes, practicing and troubleshooting my free motion quilting. I’m going to cover the details in a separate blog post soon, but the long and short of it is—and I don’t want to jinx anything here—that I may have solved the problems I was having with thread breakage. I filled a small test quilt sandwich with some different attempts at motifs, and my next step will be to practice the Candle Flame motif (from 501 Quilting Motifs from the editors of Quiltmaker Magazine) that I’m planning to use on the real quilt. Wish me luck!

Well, we’re back to more spring-like weather. I want to pack away my boots and winter jacket for good! Check back next Tuesday to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to.

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Ding Batt

Do you remember “All in the Family,” the television show from the 1970s? One of the main characters, Archie Bunker, often called his wife a dingbat. The expression remains in my vocabulary and, in fact, became the name of my most recent finish. I spelled it a bit differently but here’s the story of my quilt.

This (below, left) is Ding Batt. I made it from silk dupioni for an upcoming issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Silk dupioni is such a luxurious fabric. I really enjoy working with it.

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Ding Batt

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The Center Medallion

The machine-embroidered designs are in my Baby Lock Destiny.  Above, right, is a close look at the center of the quilt. The embroidery stitched out like a dream. It’s beautiful.

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I Still Love This Quilt: It’s Finished!

You guys, I finished it! I finally finished my version of Kinabalu! If you’ve followed along with me making this quilt, you may remember that I started it way back when. If not, read about the process here. I changed one small thing about the block as shown in the old post; it’s a subtle change, but I think it makes a big difference in the overall design. Here was the block originally:

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My original block

And here it is currently: Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Homeland Mini

homeland flat 1500 254x300 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Homeland MiniHomeland, designed by Candy Hargrove, is a scrappy, stylized American flag  designed to commemorate a lifetime of service. The project was featured in the  McCall’s Quilting July/August 2017 issue.

A mini version of this design is available for you to download and print instantly as this week’s Friday Free Quilt pattern! Click here to find the download.

Finished Size 26½˝ x 31½˝

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Quaker Lane: A Visit with Audrey Wright

20170525 mcqblog QQ21 style 1000 150x150 Quaker Lane: A Visit with Audrey WrightWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Audrey Wright. Audrey’s new quilt, Quaker Lane, is a traditional throw quilt. This design features two chain variation blocks that can be quickly and easily made with strip-piecing techniques. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2017 issue. We’re happy to have Audrey here to talk about her quilt!

20170525 mcqblog Audrey Wright 600 150x150 Quaker Lane: A Visit with Audrey WrightI am happy to be writing another post for the McCall’s Quick Quilts blog. I have been lucky enough to work with McCall’s on several of their publications.

This is my first quilt in Quick Quilts. Quaker Lane was made using my fabric line called Forget Me Not from RJR Fabrics. When I start working on a concept for a new fabric line I like to tell a story. When doing my research I came across this true story from the Civil War. Continue reading

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Workshop Wednesday: Kids’ Quilts

I don’t know about you, but I love to make quilts for kids. One reason is that they’re just fun; I get to use cute or silly prints and wild color combinations that adults might find odd. While I’m serious about quilting, sometimes I want to make a quilt that’s not so serious, one that just brings a smile to my face (and hopefully others’ faces too!). Kids won’t care that the points don’t match, or that there are prints with robots and dinosaurs on the same quilt, but they’d probably like the fact that somebody made a soft, cuddly quilt just for them.

Another reason I like quilts meant for kids is they’re usually fast to make, since they’re smaller and tend to contain simpler blocks, meaning I can get more accomplished in a short amount of time. If this rings true to you, too, you may be interested in some of the many resources available from McCalls Quilting, Quick Quilts and Quiltmaker for making little quilts that will be loved a whole lot by children of all ages.

One popular trend in sewing for kids these days is using that super soft pile fabric, called Minky, or Cuddle fabric (there may be some other terms for it that I don’t know). Have you ever worked with this stuff? I put it on the back of a recent baby quilt, and I loved the end result, but for me there were some small challenges working with it along the way, possibly because it was my first time using it and I just jumped right in without much research. Here’s what I learned so you can avoid my mistakes: Continue reading

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Design Wall Tuesday: Quilt Block Pillows

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

From silk to hand-dyed fabrics and more, our editors have been busy. It’s always fun to try something new or different. Continue reading

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PIGS: A PIG for All Seasons

With one PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) finish for May under my belt and a weekend looming, I decided to see if I could get another project well under way.

I went through my PIGS on Wednesday and decided to see if I could make a quick and easy quilt from some batiks that I’d tested thread on a couple of years ago. I had used lots of different colors, weights, types and brands of thread. I’d stitched a row of straight stitches, a row of decorative stitches and then did a band of free-motion meandering. I had 30 pieces; some had batting and some were just a single layer of fabric. Some of the pieces were squarish; some were rectangles.

I found two embroidered squares and two crazy quilt blocks that seemed to fit in the mix of batiks.

Because this is supposed to be a quick project, on Thursday, I cut all the samples to 8½” squares. I could have played around with the different sizes but that would have taken a lot more time.

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Quilt back

I had another thing in my PIGS, a 100”-wide piece of white cotton with quilting lines printed on it. I decided I could use it for the back of my quilt.

I’ll have to be very, very careful that I don’t get any tucks when I’m quilting because I’ll be quilting from the back with the quilt top on the bottom of my quilt sandwich. Continue reading

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I Love This Quilt: Waterfall, Part 2

I know it’s been a while, but I realized that I never shared the finished product of my “I Love This Quilt!” choice for the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Considering that I’m now working on another “I Love This Quilt!” remake for an upcoming issue, I figured there was no time like the present!

I chose Waterfall by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, originally published in our July/August 2012 issue, for this remake.

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Waterfall, designed by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes for McCall’s Quilting, made by Mary Kate Karr-Petras with Latitude batiks by Kate Spain for Moda, 2016

As I wrote in my earlier blog post, this pattern appealed to me on a few different levels, one of which was that I thought it would go quickly and I’d have a very high probability of finishing it and not letting it turn into a UFO.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Geese in My Kitchen

Geese 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Geese in My KitchenDon’t you just love Geese in My Kitchen, featured in “I Love This Quilt” column in  McCall’s Quilting July/August 2017?

It’s available for you to download and print instantly as this week’s Friday Free Quilt pattern! Click here to find the download.

Finished Size 68¾” x 91½”

Mary Kate Karr-Petras, Associate Editor, tells us how an office block challenge inspired her to create her own version:

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