Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flying Colors Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Flying Colors Baby QuiltModern babies and their modern Moms will all love this cool free baby quilt pattern! Bright fabrics against a white background will capture baby’s attention, and the rainbow of colors ensures this cheery quilt will coordinate with nearly any nursery scheme. This week’s Friday Freebie is the baby quilt size of Flying Colors, designed by Laurie Vandergriff!

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The Flying Colors baby quilt finishes 35 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.

Laurie’s original quilt design was for a lap size quilt, patterned in the new August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. But we liked it so much we decided to downsize the blocks and offer a free baby quilt pattern as well. The piecing is simple, making this a truly fast project.

Download the FREE Flying Colors baby quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie!

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

Need more baby quilt patterns? Check these out!

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Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda Murphy

Murphy Amanda 200px Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyWelcome guest blogger, quilting teacher, author, and quilt and fabric designer Amanda Murphy! Amanda’s innovative lap quilt, Hexie Flowers, is patterned in the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on, and don’t miss the pattern giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Hi there! It is Amanda Murphy and I’d like to thank McCall’s Quilting for the invitation to guest-blog over here today! I’m excited to introduce my new Hexie Flowers pattern in this issue. I hope you like it! Hexie Flowers is a variation of my best-selling Blossoms pattern and it is fun to do. Even though it looks complex, the big blocks make it fly by. And because the appliqué ends in the seams, there is no need to knot threads for the petals. You can chain-appliqué just like you chain piece!

Hexie Flowers FLAT 500px Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyFor those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I’m a fabric designer with Benartex and a pattern designer as well.  I’m a Quilting and Longarm spokesperson for BERNINA and also an author with C&T Publishing with a new book – The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book – coming out this summer.  Oh – and I also teach online classes at Craftsy.com. You can find me over at my blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

McCall’s is giving away some of my most recent quilt patterns – First Crush, Romance, Blossoms, Forever, Love Birds, Chantilly, Flower Power, and Bouquet – so please leave a comment below for a chance to enter. My new block-of-the-month pattern, Heart’s Delight, wasn’t back from the printer in time, so you can hop over to my blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of that! Just for fun, here are some details of the quilts made from my patterns:

Bouquet 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda Murphy FirstCrush 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda Murphy Romance 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyHeartsDelight 500 Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyI hope you enjoy this issue of McCall’s Quilting – there are some really great projects in it and I was thrilled to be included!

Thanks and happy quilting!
Amanda

Thanks, Amanda! If you’d like to make your own Hexie Flowers lap quilt, quilt kits are available in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

patterns Hexie Flowers: A Visit with Amanda MurphyLeave a comment below before midnight July 12 to be entered into our random drawing for 4 prizes of 2 of Amanda’s full-color quilt patterns each (our choice). The winning names will be drawn on July 13 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Lee Butler of Troy, Michigan; Gale Clement of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Sylvia Anderson of Yorkville, Illinois; and Linda Jimmerson of McAlester, Oklahoma.

 

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Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special Ruler

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special RulerThere are special quilting rulers available for nearly every type of cutting or construction task a quilter might face. In fact, you may have several (or many!) of these specialty rulers in your sewing space right now. They can make quilting tasks much quicker and more accurate…IF you know how to use them properly.

ruler 200 Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special RulerThat’s where this week’s Tuesday Tutorial comes in. Erin Russek taped a wonderful little video demonstrating the use of the Quilt in a Day™ Small Flying Geese Ruler, and it is definitely a tool you’ll want to consider adding to your quilt making arsenal.

When used properly, this ruler helps you make sets of 4 flying geese units (in 2 different sizes) in about the same amount of time it would take to make just 2 units when sewing patch-by-patch. That’s twice as fast! And if you’re making a quilt with a lot of flying geese, that really adds up.

action shot Tuesday Tutorials: Fast Flying Geese with a Special RulerWatch our FREE flying geese tutorial video here, and make faster, more accurate units than ever before!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

Check out these other Quilt in a Day specialty rulers!

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Welcome to the Misty Pines Quilt Along!

Traditional quilts versus art quilts. It seems like such an either/or. But somewhere in between lies the world of artistic traditional quilts, and in that world you’ll find Misty Pines, our newest Quilt Along project. Straightforward piecing and fabulous Northcott Fabrics combine to create an atmospheric lap size quilt you’ll love to make and to display. Ready to see it?

Misty Pines FLAT 500px Welcome to the Misty Pines Quilt Along!The textural fabric prints and careful value (light/dark) placement create a wonderful forest scene our readers have loved since the Misty Pines pattern, designed by Patti Carey, was first published in the January/February 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting. That original set of kits sold out so quickly, we knew we wanted to offer this quilt again someday if we could ever find similar fabrics. And now they are here! Northcott Fabrics designers Deborah Edwards and Linda Ludovico have come up with beautiful wood grain, pebble, and rock fabrics in a gorgeous natural color palette that really brings this mountain scene to life. Of course, you can also follow this Quilt Along using your own fabric choices. Either way, our free videos break this project down so it is simple enough even for beginning quilters.

All 12 of the video lessons in this series will be available to watch free for a limited time at QNNtv.com. We’ll be highlighting them one per week on our Facebook page (#mistypinesquiltalong), and you can watch at your own convenience. The complete pattern will soon be available for purchase in our online shop, and you can also purchase a bundle including the pattern and all 12 videos so you can add them to your personal library. Of course, if you purchase a quilt kit, the complete pattern is included. For your convenience, backing fabric is also available.

Ready to sew? Get your pattern ready and mark your calendar to watch Lesson 1 beginning Friday, June 26.

We’d like to thank our generous Misty Pines Quilt Along sponsors:

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Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!

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Did somebody say “SALE!?” Time for a little online shopping during a quick morning break at the office!

Sister quilting title Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting is having a Customer Appreciation Sale of 25% off through Tuesday, June 23rd with coupon code CUSTLOVE25, and I’m going to take a few minutes to see if there’s something I need (okay, using the word “need” loosely here!)

Oooh…pretty Rings of Freedom Quilt Kit…isn’t it that time of year for red white & blue? LQK15132 Rings of Freedom Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!I could have some fun coloring in this Tula Pink Coloring Book, a new and different way to play with fabric!S0476 Tula Pink coloring Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!

And my coworker raves about this portable quilt design wall; it has a helpful grid printed on it, includes grommets for hanging on a wall, and can be rolled up with the quilt patches in place.

FP7860 Design Wall 300x300 Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!These high quality Gingher 4 1/2” blunt end scissors would be great for taking along on summer outings and travel. I don’t know what it is about scissors, but I can never seem to get enough of them!

LQNG4PS travel scissors 209x300 Customer Appreciation Sale for Quilters!Okay—time to get back to editing the next gorgeous issue of McCall’s Quilting, but I hope you have a chance to stop by the store and find some of your favorites to use your coupon on!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nutmeg and Cinnamon Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nutmeg and Cinnamon Queen SizeWhen you look at a doormat, do you see a quilt pattern? Janice Averill did and the result was her design for Nutmeg & Cinnamon, patterned in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The original quilt is a nice lap size, but we liked the design so much we also wrote a free queen size quilt pattern. This week’s Friday Freebie is Nutmeg & Cinnamon, sized for your bed!

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The queen size version of the Nutmeg & Cinnamon quilt design finishes 84 1/2″ x 100 1/2″.

You can read all about Janice’s design process on her guest blog…pretty fascinating stuff. And don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest, running through midnight June 30. Check it all out now!

Nutmeg & Cinnamon is a perfect quilt pattern for using your precut fabric strips, such as Tonga Treats and Jelly Rolls. You’ll need 3 coordinating precut strip packs, plus some border and binding fabric, for the queen size version.

 

 

Download the FREE Nutmeg & Cinnamon 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.

Love Nutmeg & Cinnamon? Check out these products in our online shop!

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Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey Day

Day Stacey 285px Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey DayWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Stacey Day of Stacey In Stitches! Stacey’s wall quilt, Rose Medallion, is on the cover of the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Hello everyone! My name is Stacey Day (@StaceyinStitches), and I am delighted to be the guest blogger here today at McCall’s Quilting. I am an award winning quilter, and have been designing and sewing quilts since high school (let’s not ask when that was, shall we?). I am a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, and an active member of the Quilt Design a Day group on Facebook. Today, I get to talk a little about my very first quilt with McCall’s Quilting magazine, “Rose Medallion”.

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Rose Medallion hanging in the FreeSpirit booth at International Quilt Market

The design for Rose Medallion was inspired by the Lulu Roses fabric collection by Tanya Whelan of FreeSpirit Fabrics, and was made for her booth at International Quilt Market. The collection is soft and delicate, and I really wanted to tie in a floral motif without all the hard edges of block construction. I chose the long petal shape medallion because it worked well to feature the gorgeous prints, it was easy to fussy cut, and the rounded edges could be folded under for both hand and machine appliqué.

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The Rose Medallion wall quilt pattern finishes 41 1/2″ square

The border print in particular really caught my attention. I knew I wanted mitered borders, and  after playing with the orientation a bit, I found that cutting across the stripes showed them off better and created an interesting visual at the mitered seams.  The small 3D inset between the quilt and border is my favorite part of the entire quilt; it’s a fun surprise when people get up close and realize it’s 3D!

Quilting Rose Medallion, I wanted to keep it simple and classic. The crosshatch background worked beautifully. I marked everything before I started sewing to make sure I would have an even motif from corner to corner. It took some re-marking and a calculator but the end result was worth it. I echoed around the petals of the medallion and inside them to secure all the appliqué layers.  The border was given the piano key treatment, which both stabilized the perimeter of the quilt and complemented the pattern of the border.

bench 500px Rose Medallion: A Visit with Stacey DayThis quilt is a particular favorite of mine, in part because it was the first quilt I ever made to show at Quilt Market, the first project I ever made for FreeSpirit, and the first time I realized I love soft floral fabrics (which at the time were out of my comfort zone).  I still pull the fabrics out for various projects because they work well for so many things, and I’m a little sad that I am starting to get down to the last few inches of a couple prints.

Now, I am sure you noticed that there aren’t a whole lot of “construction pictures” in my post. It’s not that I don’t own a camera (or a phone for that matter,) I am just really bad at remembering to take progress photos! When I get really into a project, all of my focus is on that project, and I rarely stop to take pictures. I am getting much better; it’s fun to see the quilt come to life!

Even more fun than seeing the process, is seeing the finished quilt. Which is why I cannot wait to see all your beautiful finished “Rose Medallion” quilts! You can email me a picture at staceydayquilts@yahoo.com and I am happy to post it on my blog, or upload it to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr group. McCall’s even has kits available, so if you love “Rose Medallion” as much as I do, you  can have your very own just like it!

Happy Stitching!
Stacey

Thanks, Stacey! If you’d like to make your own Rose Medallion wall quilt, quilt kits are available for preorder in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

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Tuesday Tutorials: How To Make Yo-Yos

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: How To Make Yo YosFabric yo-yos are fast and fun to make, and they have many applications in quilt making. Whether you’re using them as appliqués, embellishments, or to make entire quilt tops, yo-yo making is a great skill to have in your repertoire. You can even do some of this fun handwork technique on the go, perfect for taking on vacations, to doctor appointments, or to children’s sporting events.

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This fabric yo-yo is set off with a button center

Like any dimensional fabric technique, yo-yo making is best shown in video. Watch our FREE yo-yo tutorial video here, and get ready for some fabric fun!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

Check out these fun yo-yo project patterns!

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Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice Averill

Averill 225px Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Janice Averill! Janice’s “jelly roll” quilt, Nutmeg & Cinnamon, is patterned in the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

My inspiration for this design was a linked doormat that I saw somewhere in my travels. I made a quick sketch of the doormat and let the drawing develop in my mind into an idea for a block or a quilt. When I felt like I had something more to work with I sat down at my computer and played around with the idea using 1 Doormat quilt inspiration 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice Averillmy Electric Quilt design software. I find this program is extremely useful in helping me to successfully develop my ideas. My sketchbook is the most important tool of all. I carry a small one with me in my purse and bring out my quad ruled sketch book for doctor visits and other anticipated long waits.

 

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3 Door mat block in greyscale 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillI decided this design would make a great project for precut strips. I also started to think about the possibility of making this quilt using only one package of 40 precut 2 ½” strips. There are many precut quilt patterns that require many yards of a single fabric to tie the strip collection together. I find this frustrating as I already bought the precut strip package and most of my stash is ½ yard cuts. It would be nice to be able to complete a quilt design using only the precut package and maybe some fabric from my stash for a border and a binding. I thought this was a great challenge and decided to proceed.

4 Doormat quilt 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillI knew right away that it had to be a small quilt because of the limitations of the fabric quantity. I drafted the block in dimensions that would work with 2 ½” strips. I colored it with a grayscale of values. I decided upon a layout and added the blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Doormat quilt greyscale 300 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillI liked what I saw and rotated the blocks to see how it would look and I really liked the result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I colored the quilt in using solid colors. I picked colors to represent the units in the block. I picked orange and yellow for half of the long units and teal and green for the other half. That helped me to see the individual strips better in the blocks. I then chose a group of violet hues for the medium sized units and pink hues for the small units.

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Now that I had the quilt drafted and solid colors put in place, it was time to prepare the fabric collection for replacing the solid fabrics. First I made a screen shot of the fabric file that I wished to use. I chose the Timeless Treasures Tonga Spice Market collection. The precut fabric packs of Tonga batiks are called Tonga Treats!

1 value detection open in photo shop 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillThen I upload it into my photo editing program so that I could change the image to black and white values.

2 value detection photo shop BW 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillYou can also do this by opening the entire file as a photo contact sheet and then printing a copy using “black ink only” or “grayscale” in your printer settings. If I can see how they relate in grayscale it makes it easy to sort the fabrics in EQ by value.

After that step, I upload the fabric collection into my EQ program and then sort it out referencing my black and white copy of the fabric collection.

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For this design I had to sort the collection into three groups of values; light, medium, and dark. I counted how many fabrics I had of each value. The value that had the most fabrics was used for the unit that has the most or largest pieces. Conversely, the value that had the least fabrics was used for the unit that had the least or smallest pieces. Now that I had everything sorted out, it was time to swap the solid colors for fabric.

9 swapping fabrics 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillWhen I originally did the math, I thought I had achieved the goal of using only one 40 strip Tonga Treat precut package to make the center of this quilt design. Alas, I was shy 4 strips of completing all 12 blocks. But that’s not a lot of fabric to look for in my stash. Plus I’m pretty sure that I have at least that much of any fabric in my stash that might work as a coordinate to the fabric in the precut package. For the quilt that appears in the magazine I used just the fabrics in the Tonga Treat precut strips from Timeless Treasures in the required yardages.

10 final coloring 500 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillDepending on the selection of values found in your precut strip package, you may need extra lights, mediums, or darks. If you can’t find any fabric in your stash in the value you need, then it’s time to take stock of your buying style. The next time you buy fabric try and make sure it’s in the values that are missing from your stash. We’re all guilty of it. That’s why you need to assess your stash and expand your fabric palette.

Janice

Nutmeg and Cinnamon 300px Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillThanks, Janice! If you’d like to make your own Nutmeg & Cinnamon lap quilt, quilt kits are available for preorder in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.

We also have a FREE pattern for a queen size version of Nutmeg & Cinnamon. Download your free pattern here!

Treat Madrid 200 Nutmeg and Cinnamon: A Visit with Janice AverillJanice is blogging about auditioning fabrics for this quilt design on her own blog. Read more here! And leave a comment below before midnight June 30 to be entered into our random drawing for a Tonga Treat precut strip pack. The winning name will be drawn on July 1 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Ruby Sparkler King Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Ruby Sparkler King SizeNot everyone would look at a 24″ square mini quilt with cute 6″ blocks and think, “Hey, that would make a great king size quilt!” But one of the McCall’s Quilting editors did just that when we first saw Gerri Robinson‘s Ruby Sparkler mini quilt, and I’m so glad she was thinking big!

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The mega-block design of the king size version is simple to piece, and it creates an amazingly graphic impact. This week’s Friday Freebie is the king size pattern for Ruby Sparkler!

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The Ruby Sparkler free king size quilt pattern finishes 96″ square.

Make just sixteen 24″ blocks, and you have a king size quilt…that is FAST! And look at those nice open spaces to show off some pretty quilting. Or maybe even add a little appliqué…hmm, the wheels are turning now… What about a blue and white version…no wait, aqua and white for my bedroom…

No matter how you decide to personalize it, this free king size quilt pattern is fun to piece and fast to finish. Download the FREE Ruby Sparkler king size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Gerri Robinson’s quilt designs are always among our readers’ favorites. See more of them here:

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