Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show-Through

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show ThroughWhen fusing light-value appliqué shapes to darker shapes beneath, sometimes the darker fabric will show through, detracting from the appearance of the appliqué.

Cover 200px 1026 Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show ThroughIn the Cake & Ice Cream quilted banner pattern published in the June/July 2012 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts (and featured on the cover…what a yummy cupcake!), I made samples for some extra photographs to show how to prevent this. Let’s see how it’s done:

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Trace template shape needed of the light-colored appliqué fabric onto paper side of paper-backed fusible web. Cut out, leaving small margin beyond drawn lines. Cut a piece of white solid lining fabric slightly larger than the traced fusible web piece. Cut 2nd piece of fusible web slightly larger than the white solid piece. Cut a piece of the light-value appliqué fabric slightly larger than the 2nd fusible web piece.

 

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Fuse the larger, untraced piece of fusible web to wrong side of light-value appliqué fabric. Remove paper backing.

 

 

 

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Fuse white solid fabric piece to wrong side of light-value fabric, protecting iron with parchment paper or Teflon® pressing sheet.

 

 

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Fuse smaller, traced piece of fusible web to wrong side of white solid fabric (again, protecting iron).

 

 

 

 

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Cut out shape on marked lines. Remove paper backing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your lined appliqué shape is ready to fuse to the quilt! In this case, no chocolate cupcake shadows through the light-value striped cupcake base.

 

 

 

Simple, but it’s a technique anyone working with fusible appliqué should have in their bag of tricks. Give it a try!

And if you’re interested in the cupcake wall hanging pattern by Diane Nagle, you can get an instant digital download of the June/July 2012 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts here. Happy Tuesday Tutorial!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Splendor in the Scraps

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Splendor in the ScrapsScrap quilts are the best quilts, in my humble opinion. Although quilts made with manufacturer fabric collections can be beautiful, nothing tells a story like a scrap quilt, and each one is totally unique. So I’m always on the look-out for great scrap quilt patterns.

Cover 165px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Splendor in the ScrapsThe Winter 2014/15 issue of America Loves Scrap Quilts is packed with 18 exclusive scrap quilt patterns, of all skill levels. From traditional to trendy, this issue has scrap quilt patterns no quilter should be without. And we’re thrilled to share 1 of them with you as a Friday Freebie! Here’s Splendor in the Scraps, by Marcie Patch:

 

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Splendor in the Scraps finishes 76 1/2″ x 84 1/2″, a nice size for a twin or full bed.

I love the way the value placement (darks vs. lights) of the scrap fabrics creates stars that seem to twinkle and lead the eye across the quilt. There are 2 simple block types in the quilt, neither of which are stars. Those pop out as a secondary pattern when the quilt top is assembled…super fun!

Download the FREE Splendor in the Scraps scrap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

And here’s more inspiration for scrap quilt lovers, all currently ON SALE!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Layering and Basting a Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorial: Layering and Basting a QuiltOne of the most popular of the McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) quilting video series is our Quilting 101 group. These are quilting videos demonstrating basic quilt making techniques for beginners who want to learn how to make a quilt, or for anyone wanting to refresh a skill.

title screen 400px 300x171 Tuesday Tutorial: Layering and Basting a QuiltIn our newest Quilting 101 quilting video, McCall’s Quilting editors Sherri Bain Driver and Valerie Uland demonstrate the simple but essential process of layering and basting a quilt top in preparation for machine quilting.

These tips make this step of the quilt making adventure easy and fun. This video is super-short but covers all the basics of preparing for machine quilting…watch and learn!Layering 400px Tuesday Tutorial: Layering and Basting a Quilt
Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm Breeze Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm Breeze Queen Size QuiltBeautiful warm colors and an easy, fast quilt pattern…that’s what my winter-weary heart is longing for this week. My part of the world is in the deep freeze, and queen size quilt patterns are on my mind. Wouldn’t it be lovely to treat ourselves to a bright, colorful bed quilt about now? That’s why this week’s Friday Freebie is the queen size quilt pattern for Warm Breeze:

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The queen size version of the Warm Breeze quilt pattern finishes 91″ x 102 1/2″.

The lap size original, featured in the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, was designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth, and we liked it so well we also resized the pattern to fit a queen bed. Even if you’re not ready to start a new quilt just now, you’ll want to download this pattern for your personal library so it’s handy whenever you’re in the mood to stitch!

Download the FREE Warm Breeze queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

And here are more colorful quilt patterns to brighten your days and nights!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Modern Quilt As You Go Technique

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorial: Modern Quilt As You Go TechniqueTips, techniques, tutorials, tools, trends…Tuesday seems a good day to focus on the basics of how to quilt, if only for alliterative reasons! This week’s featured Tuesday Tutorial is Jera Brandvig‘s modern spin on the quilt-as-you-go technique. Jera’s throw pillow project Berries & Cream is featured in the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, now on newsstands, and it’s a super fast and fun way to play with fabric. Let’s take a look!

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The Berries & Cream pillow is 14″ square.

As you can see in the photo, not only are the strips quilted as you go on the seam lines (old-school style), there is also quilting on the strips themselves to add more texture and interest, and that extra quilting is also done as you go. Note that the piecing is rather free-form, using varying widths of strips cut to size as you put the pillow top together.

how to 400px Tuesday Tutorial: Modern Quilt As You Go TechniqueThe magazine pillow pattern includes all the step-by-step photos you’ll need for Jera’s technique. It’s also covered in her new book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern (C&T Publishing/Stash Books, 2014).

 

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So, let’s do a giveaway! Leave a comment below about Book 250px Tuesday Tutorial: Modern Quilt As You Go Techniqueyour experience with the quilt-as-you-go technique (even if it’s just “I never tried it!”), and you’ll be entered in a random drawing for 1 of 3 copies of Jera’s book. Contest ends at midnight January 11, 2015, and is open to all US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).

And grab your copy of the February/March issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts to try this technique and the pillow pattern. Not a subscriber? You can order an instant digital or print copy online now! Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweater Weather Bed Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweater Weather Bed RunnerWhen your toes are so cold you just can’t get to sleep, a quilted bed runner draped over your feet may be the remedy you need. Bed runners are also a wonderful way to switch out the décor in any bedroom without the time investment of making a new complete quilt. In honor of toasty toes, this week’s Friday FREEbie is Sweater Weather, a quilted bed runner pattern based on a quilt designed by Bea Lee!

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The Sweater Weather bed runner finishes 26 1/2″ x 62 1/2″.

Isn’t the design fun? Bea was inspired to create her design by a favorite ski sweater, and you can definitely see the Nordic influence in the bed runner as well. The pattern uses strip piecing to speed construction, and has a Beginner difficulty rating. Wouldn’t this look great at the foot of a twin or full size bed in your home?

Download the FREE Sweater Weather quilted bed runner pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

We’ve got more fun Bea Lee projects available, too!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts February/March 2015

What’s pink and green and pretty all over? The cover of the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, of course! This spring preview issue is packed with fast, easy quilt patterns that will have you thinking posies, shamrocks, babies, and hearts:

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One of the coolest, most on-trend quilts in this issue has to be Squares Plus, designed by Sandra Clemons. Sandra is a new designer with a fresh eye for fabric, color, and line. Limited edition kits are available for this quilt, which features fabrics by Cotton+Steel. The quilt pattern is written to use 30 assorted print fat eighths…fun for quilters who love precut fabrics!

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The Squares Plus quilt pattern finishes 67 1/2″ x 79 1/2″.

There are 2 enchanting Irish-themed quilts in this issue as well. Celtic Circle designed by Kate Colleran combines easy piecing with fast fusible appliqué for a memorable wall or table topper quilt,

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Celtic Circle finishes 40 1/2″ square; exclusive kits are available in our online shop.

and the Shamrock Chain lap quilt pattern takes the basic Irish Chain quilt design up a notch with appliquéd shamrock shapes. Either (or both!) will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day quilters’ style.

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Shamrock Chain designed by Maria Umhey finishes at a nice lap size of 56 1/2″ x 76 1/2″.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need a quilt pattern for baby or toddler, check out Snails & Blooms designed by Heidi Pridemore. Smiling snails, pretty posies, and a cute bird fabric make this a whimsical quilt sure to be enjoyed by your little one.

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Kits are available; order early to avoid disappointment!

 

There are 14 super quilt projects in this issue; preview all the quilts and 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: New New York Beauty

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: New New York BeautyThis week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is an absolute classic, and a favorite of quilters everywhere. It uses foundation paper piecing and also some template piecing of curved patches, so it’s definitely not a beginner’s quilt pattern. But when you’re ready to make a New York Beauty quilt, you’ll want this free quilt pattern in your personal library:

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The New New York Beauty quilt pattern finishes 84 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Why did we call it New New York Beauty? Because it originally appeared in our newsstand-only special issue Heritage Quilts Made Modern 2014, and was made “new” by Mary Beth Krapil, Handi Quilter® national educator, who added amazing modern quilting to what was an unfinished quilt top by an anonymous maker. Can you imagine doing all that piecing and not adding your name to the quilt somehow? Maybe the maker was unexpectedly interrupted before she could quilt it and never got to sign it as she had planned.

Download the FREE New New York Beauty quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

More classic quilt patterns are waiting for you in our online shop!

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BLOCK Friday: Dutchman’s Puzzle Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Dutchmans Puzzle BlockThis week BLOCK Friday is all about the Dutchman’s Puzzle Block, a classic design that requires 2 sets of 4 flying geese units for each block. This block is easy to put together, but does require some attention to piecing to get those nice sharp points.

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Fabrics from the Moonlit Blooms collection by Connecting Threads were used to make this 12″ block.

We used this block pattern to demonstrate the no-waste flying geese construction technique, and the FREE Block Builders Workshop video I taped showing the step by step process turned out to be one of our most popular to date. Quilters love this technique because it’s fast, fun (almost magical!), and completely frugal. I hope you enjoy the short No-Waste flying geese video tutorial!

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If you’d like to make your own Dutchman’s Puzzle Blocks, you’ll need the pattern provided in the MQ10713 BLOCK Friday: Dutchmans Puzzle BlockJuly/August  2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, in addition to the free video. If you don’t already have a copy of the magazine, you can purchase a print copy (while supplies last) or an instant  digital copy from our online shop.

Enjoy the technique video, and happy BLOCK Friday!

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New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!

Patterson Kathy 70px New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Lifelong learning is so important. It keeps us young, exercises our brains, and gives us endless topics of conversation for family dinners, quilt guild, and overlong grocery store lines. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about 4 new web seminars that we’re hosting in January 2015!

What’s a web seminar, you ask? It’s a really fun way to learn new things online and at your own convenience and pace. A one-hour live event is held in which a presenter narrates slides and/or video (you see this on your computer screen) and you can interact by asking questions in real time, and the whole thing is also recorded so you can re-watch and enjoy as you like for an entire year. It’s easy to register, connect to the event, and access the archived presentation and any other materials that go along with it.

But I digress! This January’s web seminar offerings are pretty mind-blowing in terms of topics, presenters, and potential for changing your life. I hope you’ll click the photos below and read the details of each…these are really great learning opportunities at a VERY affordable price. Lifelong learners, rejoice! Here are your January 2015 web seminars:

DPWNR011415 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Quilt Collecting 101: 250 Years of American Quilts
Who: Bill Volckening, quilt magnet and author
When: January 14, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Bill has photos of over 250 amazing American quilts made in the last 250 years, plus great advice for aspiring quilt collectors. Admit it, you’re drooling just a little.

DPWNR0119151 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Quilting Ergonomics: A Healthful Approach to Comfy Quilting
Who: Mike Engman, certified personal trainer and wellness coach
When: January 19, 2015, 8-9pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Because sometimes poor posture, body mechanics, or sewing space design cause aches and pains or even injury when you quilt. Fix that, and sew longer and happier!

DPWNR012215 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Building an Art Business from the Ground Up
Who: Lynn Crawczyk and Cheryl Sleboda, fiber artists/authors
When: January 22, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: You’ve dreamed of turning your quilting or sewing hobby into a business, but aren’t sure if it’s possible or how to start. These ladies have the answers.

DPWNR012815 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Color Me Quilter: WHITE
Who: Mary Fons, quilter and member of the Fons quilt mafia
When: January 28, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Mary’s series of color-based seminars for quilters is well researched, informative, and fun. White, boring? NEVER and Mary tells you how and why. Plus there’s a bonus lesson on 10 essential quilting tools.

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