Nine-Patch Quilt Patterns – FREE!

The nine-patch is kind of like the pasta of the quilting world – fast and simple to make, everyone loves it, and it goes with so many other things that its versatility is unlimited! This basic patchwork unit is often the first design a new quilter will try, and there is something so classic about a 9 patch quilt that variations on the design are beloved by even advanced quilters.

That’s why we’ve updated our free nine-patch quilt patterns eBook and added a 4th pattern – we just can’t get enough nine-patches, and we know you feel the same way! Let’s take a look:

NewNinesCoverWOutline550px Nine Patch Quilt Patterns   FREE!Great eye candy, right? Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, whether you like big blocks or tiny pieces, there’s a nine-patch quilt pattern here that’s sure to please. Follow this link for details on the designers, dimensions, and construction techniques for these 4 comfy cozy quilts. Cloud Nine, Nine-Patch Fondant, Pesto Presto, and Nana’s Nine Patch are beautiful examples of nine-patch quilt patterns at their best. Now you can add them to your personal library FREE!

Download your free Nine-Patch Quilt Patterns eBook today…it’s a $9.99 value and signing up for the free download will automatically subscribe you to our free biweekly newsletter, McQ News. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you’ll stick around for all our magazine previews, contests and giveaways, free quilt patterns, and more.

If this is your first McCall’s Quilting free eBook download, welcome to our community. And if you’re already downloading our free patterns regularly, enjoy these 4 fun offerings!

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2016!

If “fun” is one of the main reasons you quilt, you won’t want to miss the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! The 12 fast, fabulous quilt patterns in this magazine are super fun designs that will make your time at the sewing machine breezy and blissful. Plus, they’re awesomely original – a real bonus in truly fast quilt patterns. Ready for a peek?

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2016!The beautiful blue and white quilt on the cover is Easy Breezy, designed by Will Bennett. Will used an ombre fabric by Timeless Treasures to give his piecing a graded, assorted-value look. Yes, there are only 2 fabrics in the entire quilt! And even better, quilt kits and backing fabric are available. The smaller quilt photo on the cover is of A Little Bird Told Me, designed by Tammy Silvers. The quilt pattern includes step-by-step photos showing an easy technique for lining up block patches perfectly every time.

And there are 10 more unique quilt patterns in these pages! Here’s the adorable Zoo City baby quilt designed by Abigail Dolinger using Wilmington Prints. Cute animals travel the world in this playful quilt, which starts with a fabric panel:

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Zoo City finishes 55″ x 55″; kits are available

Ready to see the rest of the original quilts in this magazine? You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy.

August/September McCall’s Quick Quilts is available on newsstands now, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: We’re All About The Blocks

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  Wow, the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines were busy quilting this week! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Erin Russek

 

Editor Erin Russek started a new (secret) project for the upcoming December issue of McCall’s Quilting: “Been working on a fun holiday project for McCall’s. Here is a sneak peak of what I have done so far…”

Can you guess what this beautiful non-quilt project might be?

 

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Kathy Patterson

Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and I just finished my first-ever Feathered Star Block. I had started it awhile back using a book by Marsha McCloskey, and now that Marsha is teaching an online course in Feathered Stars I was inspired to get back to it. I’m pleased with the results, and SO grateful to have an expert like Marsha to get me through this challenging block style. It takes time, but it’s definitely achievable with her techniques and tips! This 15″ block will be a throw pillow to go with my City Safari quilt.

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Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The Blocks

Carolyn Beam

 

Here’s the latest from content director Carolyn Beam: “I made Bitty Blocks – 3″ and 4″ blocks – last year using the free patterns on Quiltmaker’s blog. Each month during 2015, a free block was given on the blog. I’ve finally started sewing my blocks together into rows. You can also find a pattern for a Bitty Blocks quilt, Bitty Love, in Quiltmaker Row Quilts, on newsstands July 14 and available now online.”

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Tricia Patterson

Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “Several women here in the office have made the bike block from the Snapshots Quilt-Along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can download loads of patterns and make a contribution to a very worthy cause at the same time! I was so smitten I had to make a bike too. I made a sample project, with a 4th of July theme, for another blog so had a lot of extra fabric handy to make my version this weekend. Bicycles and the 4th of July brought to mind riding in the parade as a kid with my sister and our decorated bikes. This is my version, along with links to earlier posts from my buddies at work.”

Bicycle Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The BlocksDiane Harris bicycle block

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Paula Stoddard

And from managing editor Paula Stoddard: “I’ve spent the last few weeks redoing my sewing space, and I think I’m just about there. I just have a few more odds and ends to do. I actually had to work on an upcoming project for Quiltmaker this weekend, so I had to put down the hammer and screwdriver and get some more sewing done!

I made the bulletin board from an old ladder: I cut off the top and bottom legs, painted it red, turned it sideways and put foam board/bulletin board sections in between the rungs. The small quilts are from various sources: Lori Holt’s Farmgirls Vintage, Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along, Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox, and Bitty Blocks from Quiltmaker. My awesome chair is from Pier 1 and my sewing table (which is actually a kitchen island) is from Ikea.

cozy corner Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The BlocksI’ve been so SO obsessed with pulling my sewing space together that the rest of my house is an absolute disaster! And I have to tell you, I. do. not. care. icon smile Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The Blocks   Quilt Happy!”

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Karr Petras Mary Kate Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The Blocks

Mary Kate Karr-Petras

 

Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras reports, “Over the weekend I finished piecing my Stack of Books block from Penny Layman’s “The Paper-Pieced Home.” I had been trying to stitch a book title on the spine of one book using size 8 perle cotton thread but it just wasn’t working, so I switched to 3-strand floss and was satisfied enough with the results. Now all I have to do is quilt it and add an envelope backing to make it a 16″ pillow sham for the living room.”

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Lori Baker

Acquisitions editor Lori Baker had some stitching issues: “My weekend sewing had mixed results. I was multi-tasking, embroidering on one machine and foundation piecing on another. The embroidery is not good – I didn’t get one of the designs placed correctly and I was stitching from the top to the bottom so the fact that the second design is 1/4″ off wasn’t obvious until I’d stitched out more than half of it. I wonder what I’m going to do about that?

Lori oops Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The BlocksThe foundation piecing was successful. I love the sharp points that are possible with foundation piecing!”

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The Blocks

Gigi Khalsa

 

Editor Gigi Khalsa cooled off with a new project: “It was too hot to continue quilting my Nuts and Blots remake, so I decided to cut out patches for a baby quilt instead. Here are the patches, right before I sewed them into blocks. I finished sewing the blocks but I still have to put them all together. This turned into a fun little project that I should be able to finish up soon!”

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garden Pavers Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garden Pavers Table RunnerFree table quilt patterns are great for those times when you want a fresh new project, but don’t want to commit weeks or months to its completion. With a minimal investment of time, you can update the look of a dining room, kitchen, dresser, or any flat surface in your home. This week’s Friday FREEbie is a classic table runner quilt pattern, Garden Pavers, adapted from a quilt designed by Abigail Dolinger:

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The Garden Pavers free table runner pattern finishes 14 3/8″ x 40″.

To give you an even better idea what this table runner pattern looks like in real fabrics, here’s the quilt from which it was adapted:

As you can see, the variety of fabrics you choose can really make this project sparkle. And don’t let the hexagon shapes scare you off…this pattern includes step-by-step photos showing how to piece them together entirely by machine. It truly is a fast, fun project!

Download the Garden Pavers table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

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Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger

Aby Dolinger 250px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Abigail Dolinger of AbyQuilts! Aby’s new baby quilt, Zoo City, is patterned in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Hello blog readers and fellow quilting enthusiasts! I’m writing today about my baby quilt design, Zoo City, which is published in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Would you like to know the steps from design inspiration to quilt completion?

ZooCity600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerLast August, my local quilt shop, Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC, hosted a Wilmington Prints trunk show. The idea was to show quilters not only new lines of fabrics, but also quilts made from the fabrics. We all oohed and aahed over the bright colors, imaginative prints, and clever quilts made from pre-cuts of the up-and-coming fabric lines. Toward the end of the trunk show, the company rep showed us story boards with sketches of several fabric lines still in the planning stages. The mock-up of “Big City Friends” caught my eye. The backdrops of major cities (London, New York, San Francisco and Paris) appealed to my travel-loving spirit, and the primary colors and friendly animals added to the charm.

Storyboard600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger Even though I was inspired to design and sew a “Big City Friends” quilt last summer, the fabric wasn’t available from Wilmington Prints until December. In the meantime, I contacted the marketing director of Wilmington Prints and McCall’s editors to inquire about the possibility of procuring fabric earlier than the first shipping date with a view toward publication of the quilt. With cooperation all around, we made it happen!

As I waited for the fabric to arrive, I drew up the plans for a quilt using the city pictures as center squares for Sawtooth Star blocks. From my memory of sizes of the pictures I had seen on the Wilmington Prints story board, I figured I would make two sizes of stars. However, when the fabric arrived, I saw that the pictures were larger than I expected. Time to reconsider! I decided to use the small pictures as star centers and to simply frame the large pictures with primary color tone-on-tones.

My original idea was to add sashing between the blocks. Wilmington Prints had sent me a really cute coordinating hot air balloon print for the purpose, but the scale of the print was too large for the width of sashing I planned.

balloon sashing 600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger Then began a big debate:  White sashing? Gray sashing? Light blue sashing? I even emailed pictures of the various options to my McCall’s editor, asking her opinion! By bedtime, I still had no resounding answer to my dilemma, so I left the blocks, unsashed, on my design wall.

white sashing 600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerWhen I awoke the next morning, my first thought was, “Why not sew the blocks together without sashing?” The quilt would be large enough without sashing, and my editor agreed that the blocks looked just fine set side by side. Thankful for an attractive solution, I sewed the blocks together.

quilt center 600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger Stepping back from my design wall, I noticed an imbalance. Do you see it, too? The yellow frame is lighter in weight or value than the other frames of red, blue, and green. I performed a block-ectomy, removing the block from the quilt top, drove to my local quilt shop, and purchased some orange tone-on-tone to substitute. Now the colors in the quilt seem balanced!

ZooCityFLAT600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger From initial inspiration through design revisions to quilt completion—it’s all in a quilter’s day’s work. I hope you have enjoyed this behind the scenes tour of the making of Zoo City. And, further, I hope you are inspired to order a kit of this fantastically fun fabric and make the quilt for your favorite little person!

Aby

panel Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerThanks, Aby! And a big thank you to the folks at Wilmington Prints, who have supplied us with THREE of the Big City Friends fabric panels (right) to give away to lucky blog readers! Leave a comment below before midnight July 4, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning names will be drawn on July 5 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Pamela Reim of Springfield, Oregon, Rochelle Summers of Carson City, Nevada, and Sandy Allen of Ferguson, Missouri!


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If you’d like to make your own version of Zoo City, quilt kits and backing fabric packs are available. If you prefer to use your own fabrics and don’t yet have a copy of the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Zoo City pattern separately from our online shop.

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Hot Off The Press: The Best Of McCall’s Quilting – Summer 2016!

What if you could gather up the best of the best quilt patterns for all seasons…for your home…for stitching from your stash…and just for kids and have them all in one big, beautiful magazine for your quilting library? We’ve done exactly that in The Best of McCall’s Quilting – Summer 2016! Each of the 22 quilt patterns inside is a reader favorite and this collector’s edition is one you won’t want to miss. Let’s take a look:

COVER 500px Hot Off The Press: The Best Of McCalls Quilting   Summer 2016!That stunning cover quilt is Midnight Sky by Melinda Honn, a scrappy, starry lap size design perfect for using stash fabrics as small as 1 1/2″ square. It’s just 1 of 6 outstanding scrap quilt patterns in this issue. And we’re just getting started!

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Bows & Boughs by Heidi Kory for The Electric Quilt Company

The For All Seasons section includes 6 projects from tiny (Christmas Trimmings selvage ornaments) to twin size (Harvest Traditions pumpkin quilt pattern), with a fun assortment of techniques like yarn couching, foundation (paper) piecing, 3-D applique shapes, and hand-stitched wool. With a Valentine wall quilt, autumn quilt, Hanukah banner, and 3 Christmas projects, this magazine has a year’s stitching covered!

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Scarlet Garden by Gerri Robinson

Looking for a special quilt For The Home? This issue has 6 gorgeous home dec quilts from traditional to contemporary. Jinny Beyer’s Lone Star Salute packs super patriotic punch, and there’s an appliqued beauty, Miss Kyra, by our own Erin Russsek. Not to mention an intricate Pine Burr Made Modern, the heirloom-look Indigo Trail, and News Flash, an updated classic design. Scarlet Garden by Gerri Robinson was remade for this issue, and a limited number of kits are available.

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Hugs to Enjoy by Melissa Corry

Let’s not forget the kids! With the 4 original quilt designs in these pages (5 if you count two variations of Hugs to Enjoy), you’ll be ready to make quilted treasures for every little boy and girl in your life.

You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. There are also 6 web bonus free patterns and videos with this issue; links to them are on the feature pages on the website.

The Best of McCall’s Quilting – Summer 2016 is available on newsstands now, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop. Take your copy home today!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  Despite the urge to be outdoors, the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines have also been creating with needle and thread this week. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Kathy Patterson

I’m online editor Kathy Patterson and I FINISHED the queen size quilt top I’ve been making for my niece Lara’s wedding gift! I also got the scrappy binding made. Now I need to buy backing fabric, give the quilt top a good pressing, and get it off to the pro quilter. Watch for the quilt pattern in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting. It’s been accepted for publication! Working title is From This Day Forward.

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Deb McDonald

Administrative editor Deb McDonald shares, “I had a very productive sewing weekend. I finished a color option for a feature coming up in McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2017 (yes, we’re well into 2017 already!). Here’s a sneak peek (below). The feature design is made with Christmas fabrics, but changing colors turned the stars in a holiday table runner into a bright and sunny year-round quilt.

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On Friday I started a queen size quilt using gorgeous Moda Fabrics. By Sunday evening it was more than two-thirds complete! The design is all straight piecing, no curves or triangles so I could sew pedal to the metal. The quilt will be featured in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, so no hints beyond this shot of the fabric. Strip sets have been sewn, sliced, and diced into a contemporary design that I’m really loving.

DebC600px Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!The fabric collection is called Chestnut Street by Fig Tree Quilts. Fabrics will be available in quilt shops this fall. If you want to make the same quilt that I’m making, a kit will be available at QuiltandSewShop.com.”

Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!

Carolyn Beam

 

Content director Carolyn Beam writes, “I finally finished the king-size quilt top that I’ve been working on for months. The unveiling will be in the Nov/Dec issue of Quiltmaker. I sewed the backing and binding this weekend and it’s all going to the quilter this afternoon. Yeah!”

 

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Paula Stoddard

Managing editor Paula Stoddard has been updating her home sewing space: “I spent the weekend…not sewing. Just last like last week and probably this week. I’ve been working on my new sewing room and finally finished painting my room light aqua and I love love love it!  Yesterday my sweet hubby spent his Father’s Day putting together my new sewing table, and as you can see,  my pup Sami was very helpful gathering and organizing my scrap baskets.

 

sami Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!

Sami tuckered out from sorting fabric

room Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!Now that all the hard painting/building/sweaty work is done I can start working on the fun, fluffy stuff.  This week I will arrange my small quilts wall, and that makes me ridiculously happy!

And a shout out to our blog reader, Anne Marsaw – to answer your question from last week – the small sheep quilt pattern (below) is from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. So glad you liked them!”

Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!

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Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras reports, “This weekend I managed to almost finish a foundation-pieced Stack of Books block from Penny Layman’s The Paper-Pieced Home. You’d think I could have gotten further with it but I want to add some hand stitching to the
final segment and I’m still working on achieving the look I want. Aside from that self-imposed hiccup, the block has gone together easily and I’m really liking it; it’s given me an excuse to cut into that funky, vintage
recipe print seen at the bottom, which I found in a thrift store a couple of years ago. Meanwhile, the book covers are a perfect showcase for Andover Fabrics’ chambrays – they really have the look and feel of clothbound books.”

IMG 2666 Quilt Design Wall Monday: Sewing Space Renovation and More!That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here.  And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday

 

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Book Review: The Simple Simon Guide To Patchwork Quilting

Patterson Kathy 200px 150x150 Book Review: The Simple Simon Guide To Patchwork QuiltingThe Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting
by Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans

Fons & Porter, 2016; $24.99 $18.81

 

Cover600px Book Review: The Simple Simon Guide To Patchwork QuiltingSimple Simon and Company is a sewing/quilting/lifestyle company run by two sisters-in-law with basically the same name, Liz and Elizabeth Evans. Liz and Elizabeth’s quilt making style leans towards the modern, with a strong basis in traditional quilting. So their designs are right up the alley for many of our readers!

Their new book is geared towards beginning quilters, and includes sections on how to cut fabric, press blocks, nest seams, add borders and sashing, square up blocks, make a quilt back, layer, baste, quilt, and bind. The whole enchilada! If you’re a newbie quilter, or know a newbie quilter, definitely check out this book.

Also included are patterns for 7 quilts plus LOTS of other projects. Let’s start with a look at the Flying Geese Quilt:

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Flying Geese Quilt finishes at 49″ x 53 1/2″, a nice lap size.

Traditional patchwork meets modern quilting aesthetic, right? Think of all the beautiful quilting you could showcase in those open spaces!

Here’s another of my favorite quilts from the book, the Ohio Star Quilt:

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Ohio Star Quilt finishes 73″ square, a large family-friendly cuddle quilt.

I love the fabric choices in this one. That striped fabric in the star points is genius. And the pops of red add so much liveliness.

As I mentioned, there are loads of patterns for additional non-quilt projects in this cute book, from zippered pouches to bibs to skirts and on. This adorable apron features just a bit of patchwork – the people you’re cooking for will absolutely remember you’d rather be quilting:

ChurnDashApron600px Book Review: The Simple Simon Guide To Patchwork QuiltingBut my favorite part of this book was the anecdotes the authors included about the place of quilts in their lives and the lives of their families. Heartwarming, sweet, and honestly worth the price of the book even if you don’t use the patterns!

I hope you give this inspiring book a look. For your convenience, it’s available in both print and digital formats here.

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

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Top 10 Reasons We LOVE Quilt Kits

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Top 10 Reasons We LOVE Quilt KitsRight off the top, let me say that McCall’s Quilting and our partner companies sell quilt kits. Bed quilt kits, baby quilt kits, precut quilt kits, beginner quilt kits, lap quilt kits, and more. We’re very proud of them, for their best-in-the-business quilt patterns, on-trend famous-manufacturer fabrics, and excellent customer service.

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A typical yummy quilt kit. Click the photo to see a LOT of yummy quilt kits.

But this blog post is about why quilters as a group enjoy kits so much, and why you should give them a try if you aren’t already a kit-loving quilter. Quilting with stash fabrics and quilting with fabrics selected and purchased one by one for a particular project both have their places. But there’s a lot about quilt kits that savvy quilters should know and appreciate.

So without further ado, let’s count down the top 10 reasons why quilters love quilt kits!

10. Kit quilts make perfect gift quilts. When you need a quilt for a gift and don’t want to invest a lot of time in thinking, designing, calculating yardage, and shopping for fabric, a quilt kit is the easy answer. Stop by your local quilt shop (LQS) or shop for quilt kits online, looking for a project you like in the size you need. Purchase quilt kit. Cut fabrics. Sew. It’s easy.

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I found all these backing fabrics on sale online, and they’d fill important holes in my stash.

9. Quilt kits can help build your stash. Sounds backward, right? If you’re buying a kit, it’s for sewing it up, not socking it away. But many quilters purchase kits simply to add a coordinated group of fabrics to their stashes, even when they have no intention of making the quilt patterned in the kit. The fabric arrays in quilt kits can be used in many ways, not just the ways in which they were designed. Quilt backing packs are good for this, too. Watch for backing pack sales of fabrics you love, and snap them up to add yardage to your stash at a discount.

8. Quilt kits make awesome gifts for quilting friends. Picture your quilting buddy unwrapping that yummy quilt kit for a project you know she’ll love. Need I say more?

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If you’re a “purple girl” and want to make this exact quilt, there’s a kit!

7. You can duplicate quilts you really admire. When you fall in love with THAT QUILT in a magazine, online, or at your LQS, the best way to make one exactly like it is a quilt kit. Why drive yourself crazy looking for 5 or 10 or 15 specific fabrics when a kit is available? You’re smitten…buy the kit.

6. Quilt kits make hard-to-find fabrics easier to get. Every experienced quilter knows the pain of trying in vain to find fabrics not typically stocked by their LQS. Road trips, Etsy searches, online fabric groups, we’ve tried it all. Once a fabric is printed, it’s very rare for the manufacturer to reprint – it’s a limited commodity. So if you MUST have that specific stripe-with-alligators for someone special’s quilt, snap up a quilt kit that includes it. Use the rest of the fabrics in the kit to fill in your project, or add them to your stash.

5. Quilt kits come with support. In most cases, kits include complete quilt patterns, and also some form of customer service. Buying yardage is not going to help you in this way. You have to have your own quilt pattern (one you design, or one you select from a magazine or book), and you have to interpret the fabric requirements as you select fabrics one by one. Is this red dark enough? Is that blue a little too far on the purple side? With a kit, these questions never come up. And if you do have trouble with the contents of the kit, most LQSs and online vendors are very happy to help, either with the kit contents or the quilt pattern. It’s a quilt-making insurance policy!

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This Block of the Month quilt kit makes beautiful use of fabrics from the Charlotte collection by Northcott.

4. Quilt kits make best use of specific fabric collections. There’s a large subgroup of quilt kits that consists of quilts made with fabrics from a single collection. These quilts are typically designed to showcase all the special features of the fabric in question, making best use of directional motifs, fussy-cutting opportunities, color combinations, and other traits peculiar to that line. So when you fall in love with a fabric collection, consider a quilt kit made from it rather than random yardage. Leave the design work to the pros!

3. Quilt kits save money in most cases. You’re not purchasing extra yardage “just in case”. And with so many free shipping offers for kits purchased online, you can save money on transport. No gassing up the car!

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All 1260 patches in this Pine Burr lap quilt kit are precut. Open kit, sew. It’s that easy.

2. Quilt kits save time. LOTS of time. In some cases, many many hours of your precious quilting time. Quilt kits containing yardage save you shopping time, which can be significant if you’re looking for specific fabrics or if fabric coordination is challenging for you. And quilt kits containing precut patches save both shopping AND cutting time. You open the kit and start sewing…you get right to the fun!

And at the top of the reasons-to-love-quilt-kits list, we have:

1. The thrill of getting that quilt kit package in the mail (when you order online or through a catalog). Many quilters say that when a quilt kit arrives in the mail, it’s a little like Christmas morning! And who doesn’t need more of THAT feeling in their lives? When you buy a kit at your LQS, you also get a bit of the same thrill…after all, you’re allowing yourself something special. But a package that turns up at your door, the fun of ripping it open, the oohs and aaahs over fabrics you may be seeing in person for the first time…there’s nothing like it!

Now it’s time to treat yourself to some quilt kit shopping! I encourage you to do this even if you’re not ready to buy. Head for your LQS, or start looking online. There’s a wide world of quilt kits available just waiting to make your quilting life better in 10 – or more!- ways.

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Glare

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer GlareMany quilters love to create with batik fabrics. Their saturated colors, nature-inspired textures, and crisp hand give these coveted fabrics a special place in lots of stashes! Although nearly any quilt pattern can be made in batiks, for best results specific batik quilt patterns are the way to go. That’s why I’m excited to show you this week’s Friday Freebie, Summer Glare designed by Abigail Dolinger:

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The Summer Glare lap quilt pattern finishes 52″ x 72″.

Aby’s design perfectly showcases her selection of peach/gold and aqua/teal fabrics from Wilmington Batiks. Bits of ivory batik bring sparkle to the quilt. With careful value (light vs. dark) placement, this quilt has a wonderful sense of depth. And peach stars pop out when the blocks and sashing are set together!

Download the Summer Glare lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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