Quilter of the Week: Meet Jackie Walton!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-

Judy and granddaughter Quilter of the Week: Meet Jackie Walton!

Jackie Walton of Willcox, Arizona, loves the traditional patterns published in McCall’s Quilting. She decided to make the Sugar Roses pattern designed by our content director Susan Guzman, and wrote to tell us about it. Here is Susan’s original quilt:

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Sugar Roses finishes 88 1/2″ square; kits are available and on sale now!

 

 

And here is Jackie’s quilt story:

Here is my Sugar Roses. It was the McCall’s Quilting 2012 series quilt pattern. I did the alternate red and tan quilt pattern that you had on the web. It was a challenge for me to use tans and a little bit of muted red. I was pleased with how it turned out. This quilt I made for me. I make a lot of my quilts for gifts, but I said I was keeping this one!       -Jackie-

Sugar Roses Quilter of the Week: Meet Jackie Walton!

Jackie’s Sugar Roses quilt

 

Lovely quilt, Jackie! The custom flying geese you added to the design are really nice.

If you’d like to try our free web bonus red and tan Sugar Roses pattern, download it at the link. And kits for the pink and green version are deeply discounted right now in our online quilt shop. A great time to make something for yourself,  just like Jackie!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Flanged Quilt Binding by Machine

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Flanged Quilt Binding by MachineWhat if I told you there’s a way to add extra detail to a quilt binding PLUS complete it much faster than with the traditional technique? That there would be zero hand sewing, and the quilt binding would look beautiful from both the front and the back of the quilt? Flanged quilt binding by machine does all that, and it’s VERY easy to learn. In fact, once you try it you may find it becomes your go-to method for binding quilts!

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Just look at the pretty detail of that narrow brown strip! In this method, two fabrics are used in the quilt binding, one for the tiny flange detail, and the other for the outer binding.

 

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This method is also different from the traditional binding technique in that the binding is sewn to the back of the quilt first, and then turned to the front.

 

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All stitching is done by machine, making this a very quick binding technique. And it’s so beautiful! McCall’s Quilting associate editor Sherri Bain Driver recorded a short video demonstrating this technique…watch the FREE video here.

I hope you enjoy this Tuesday Tutorial and give the flanged binding by machine technique a try. 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 selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

Clover offers super-helpful clips for holding binding in place for stitching. Click photos for details.

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The Paper-Pieced Home Blog Hop

Patterson Kathy 70px The Paper Pieced Home Blog HopPaper piecing quilt patterns are among the most asked-for patterns we publish. Foundation paper piecing isn’t in every quilter’s comfort zone, but for those who love it…well, they really, REALLY love it!

That’s why I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the blog hop to celebrate the release of The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time by Penny Layman (Interweave/F+W, $26.99).

BOOK COVER 450 The Paper Pieced Home Blog HopWith 40 unique, original paper-pieced block patterns, all with a domestic theme, PLUS 14 project patterns to showcase the blocks, this book is packed with fun ideas and inspiration. Foundation masters are on an enclosed CD for easy printing. A quilt using a bunch of these blocks would be amazing!

What really caught my eye when I flipped through the book was the Sewing Machine Block. I loved the sense of perspective and the streamlined look of it, and at 15″ square it was a great size for a pillow or other small project…just what I needed! True confession – I’d never made such a complicated paper-pieced block before. But Penny’s foundations and instructions helped me get it right on the very first try. Here’s a photo gallery of some of the steps along the way:

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I kept the block image handy while I pulled fabrics from my stash.

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At this point, patterns have been printed, taped together, and then cut apart into separate foundations plus a few individual patches.

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I found it helpful to precut generous-sized patches and group them by foundation before I started sewing.

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It DEFINITELY helped to print an additional set of patterns, tape them together, and keep that paper block by my sewing machine. Fabric placement was much easier.

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This block included a few patches that were not foundation pieced. I used water-soluble glue to temporarily adhere the templates to fabric (wrong sides together), and then trimmed 1/4″ outside template edges.

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Now we’re getting somewhere! Each foundation has been sewn, pressed, and trimmed, and they’re all laid out, including the non-pieced patches. Ready to assemble!

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The large center unit is shaping up. Penny’s instructions tell you exactly in what order you should add foundations and patches to each other.

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A carefully-pressed back, again following Penny’s step-by-step instructions. I’ve already removed some of the foundation papers at this point.

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And here it is…my Sewing Machine Block! Isn’t she a beauty?

Here’s the entire blog hop schedule; most of the participants have made blocks from the book, so bookmark this page and click the links to stop by as many as you can!
3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block (you’re already there!)
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasures (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06      Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

And now for a giveaway! We have 3 copies of this value-packed book to give away to our readers. Leave a comment below before midnight April 12, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on April 13 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

Can’t wait to see if you win? You can order print and digital copies of the book right here. Enjoy your paper-pieced homes, everyone!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Newborn Snuggler Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Newborn Snuggler Baby Quilt Simple and sweet baby quilt patterns are always in demand. So are fat quarter quilt patterns. So it made sense to me awhile back when I needed a fast newborn baby quilt for a shower to design one that made good use of fabric fat quarters. This week’s Friday FREEbie quilt pattern is for that quilt, my Newborn Snuggler!

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Newborn Snuggler finishes 32 1/2″ x 40 1/2″, perfect for those first precious weeks.

Can you say fat-quarter-friendly? Here are the fabric requirements:

baby fab req Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Newborn Snuggler Baby QuiltThis pattern is easy to change to any color scheme you need, and easiest of all if you have an entire pack of coordinating fat quarters. Pick one for the inner border, one for the binding, and then select a nice mix from the rest of the pack for the quilt center and pieced outer border.

Download the FREE Newborn Snuggler 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 a fat quarter pack to get started? Here are some collections that would work beautifully with this baby quilt pattern:

Sweet Dreams Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Newborn Snuggler Baby Quilt Summer Breeze Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Newborn Snuggler Baby Quilt Downton Abbey Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Newborn Snuggler Baby Quilt

 

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Free Quilting Webinar! Wait, What??

Patterson Kathy 70px Free Quilting Webinar! Wait, What??Webinar: (noun) contraction of web seminar; a presentation that takes place on the Internet, allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the presenter, ask questions, etc.

Now take that basic definition and apply it to quilting education, and you’ll see why we’re so excited to bring you a full schedule of webinars on a wide range of topics related to how to quilt. To get to the point, here’s why you want to try a quilting webinar:

  1. You can attend from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. And when you later download the recorded event, you can enjoy it over and over even without signing on to the Internet.
  2. Quality quilting classes are getting harder and harder to find in local communities. As brick-and-mortar quilt shops close and older, experienced quilters cut back on their community involvement, a need is developing for accessible professional quiltmaking instruction.
  3. Webinars are affordable! For less than what you’d pay for one cut of fabric, you can learn new skills that will last a lifetime.
  4. You get real-time connection to other quilters. Imagine an opportunity to ask questions of Alex Anderson, Bill Volckening, or a host of other well-known instructors. Plus, you get answers to your fellow classmates’ questions.
  5. Webinars are convenient. The live broadcast is scheduled for a specific day and time, but even if you’re not available then, the recorded event is yours to enjoy for an entire year, as many times as you like, whenever you like. You get a link to the recording in your email shortly after the live event, and you can download it to your computer.
  6. Getting connected is easy. Step-by-step instructions are sent upon registration, and thousands of quilters with minimal computer skills have successfully logged on and enjoyed webinars.

And here’s one more great reason to try a quilting webinar – we have a completely FREE one coming up! Honestly, you can’t screw this one up, people. You have literally nothing to lose. Your learning curve for attending a webinar is on us!

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Registering for our FREE webinar is this easy. This is my actual registration form, ready to be submitted. Name and email address, that’s it.

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And here is my registration confirmation. I’m all set!

Beginning Quilting with Jenny Kae Parks is targeted at newbie quilters, but also anyone interested in a refresher course on quiltmaking basics. And even if you’re confident in your elemental quilting skills, registering for this webinar is a great introduction to the whole online education process. Be part of a large, worldwide quilting community and sign up for this fun webinar today! The live event will be broadcast March 16 at 1:00PM Eastern Time.

Do you have questions about the webinar process? Leave them in a comment below and I’ll get you an answer right away. I hope to see you at Jenny’s webinar, and at many more to come!

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Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy DeLaet!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-

Judy head shot 225px Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy DeLaet! Judy DeLaet of Wausaukee, Wisconsin, had been admiring our America the Beautiful sampler quilt designed by Lynn Lister for quite some time before she decided to take the plunge and make her own version. The quilt was patterned as a series in all the 2011 issues of McCall’s Quilting, and became a huge reader favorite. Here’s the magazine quilt that inspired it all:

America the Beautiful Large Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy DeLaet!

 

 

 

Now let’s learn more about Judy’s quilt!

Hi, everyone, this is my America the Beautiful. The pattern was in Jan/Feb – Nov/Dec 2011 McCall’s Quilting. I mainly used batiks for my quilt. I had a lot of fun picking my fabrics and sewing it all together.

Quilt 500px Quilter of the Week: Meet Judy DeLaet!I will be entering it into a quilt show in Madison, Wisconsin in the fall of 2015. Thanks to McCall’s for the wonderful magazine! This was a great pattern. By the way, I kept this quilt for myself!   -Judy-

Judy, it is GORGEOUS! And here’s a news flash for everyone…America the Beautiful is going to be the next project in our Quilt Along video series! Beginning March 27, 2015, step by step videos for making the quilt will be FREE for a limited time. There will also be quilt kits available in our online shop. This is a perennially-popular project, so if you haven’t made one yet, get ready to Quilt Along with McCall’s Quilting!

FREE Canadian Flag Block pattern to adapt the project for our friends up north

 

 

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Tuesday Tutorial: No-Waste Flying Geese Units

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorial: No Waste Flying Geese UnitsThis week we’re adding to our Tuesday quilting tutorials with a favorite piecing technique of many of our readers. With the no-waste flying geese technique you can make 3-triangle units in multiples of 4 without sewing any bias edges or cutting any triangles at all…kind of magical! This technique is used in the pattern for Tammy Vonderschmitt’s  Seaside Breeze quilt featured in the April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, on sale now.

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The Seaside Breeze quilt pattern finishes at 76 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Isn’t it a pretty quilt? This is a true flying geese quilt, since all of the piecing (the colored units) is done in flying geese units. The clever arrangement evokes seagulls or ocean waves. If you’re longing for the beach, this is the quilt pattern for you!

Now, the tutorial. We have a free video available that demonstrates how to make no-waste flying geese. Enjoy it at this link: No-Waste Flying Geese Video

Seaside Breeze 300px Tuesday Tutorial: No Waste Flying Geese UnitsOnce you’ve watched the video, you’re ready to tackle the quilt pattern, beginning on page 8 of the April/May issue. Not a subscriber? You can order an instant digital or print copy online now! There is also a separate digital pattern available for this quilt, and we still have a few exclusive quilt kits left for this design, featuring the Moda fabrics from Kate Nelligan’s Beach House collection that Tammy used in her 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. And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

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Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele Scott

Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter! Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Michele 200 Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele ScottWhen McCall’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger, of course I said yes.  It was actually a “Heck, yeah!”  I would do anything for these broads.  I’ve been working with this publication for about 15 years now, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences.  They are the most caring, considerate and personable ladies in the industry!  I’d do their laundry if they asked.  (Well, maybe not that….)

So I say yes, and then comes the question, “WHAT do I write about?”  I really don’t have anything important to say…no words of wisdom to impart to my fellow quilt addicts. They suggested possibly writing about the experience of designing the fabric, Dino Pals, for Northcott.  Or perhaps about the making of the quilt Dinosaur Parade for the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts with my amazingly handsome husband.  (Yes, ladies and gents, he cut and ironed as I sewed.  I chose husband #2 carefully, and it’s really paying off, I have to say!)

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Dinosaur Parade finishes 64 1/2″ x 74 1/2″; kits are available

As I was thinking about what I would write about the designing, I begin reminiscing about exactly what was going on in my life at the time.  I remember doing the majority of the work as we drove to Michigan for a speaking engagement.  I remember us laughing and listening to The Grateful Dead on our 10-hour journey.  I treasure every minute of my time with Tom, but this was a highlight.  Then I thought about the quilt and the making of it.  It was when my mother just suffered a brain bleed and then 2 subsequent strokes.  It was such a sad time.  We weren’t sure how she was going to pull through.  I remember teaching all day (I’m a 4th grade teacher in “real life”), then to the Rehab center for visiting hours and then home by 9 to work on the quilt.  Thankfully, she’s recovering beautifully, but when I look at that quilt, it takes me back to that painful time and how grateful I am that she has rallied like a boss.

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The more I thought about this, the more it made me realize that every quilt tells a story, doesn’t it?  It may not be what one would think either.  When I look at my next collection coming out with Northcott, Whoo Loves You, I don’t think about owls or how amazing my Art Director Deborah Edwards is by editing my work to the point of complete and total awesomeness.  I think of the Finger Lakes.  I was tight on my deadline (shocker…this another reason for Deborah’s greatness…her patience with the terminally late designer known as me!) and leaving for a weeklong trip with our dear friends.  I was working half the night and up at 6am, making the changes furiously before leaving on our adventure.  Hitting the send button at 10am was literally the start of my vacation.

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Michele

 

Fabric 225px Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele ScottThanks so much, Michele. We are giving away 3 prize packages of 9 flannel fat quarters each from Michele’s Dino Pals collection for Northcott! Leave a comment below before midnight March 22, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 23 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Sue Guday of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Mary Ann Wolf of New Ulm, Minnesota, and Lori Morton of Mansfield, Ohio.

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cozy Up Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cozy Up Queen Size QuiltCozy Up is such a great name for a quilt, don’t you think? Aby Dolinger‘s lap quilt pattern featured in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts was such a great modern update to a classic quilt block style that we decided to offer a free web bonus pattern for a queen size quilt as well. This week’s Friday Freebie is Cozy Up, sized for your bed!

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The queen size quilt pattern for Cozy Up finishes 98 1/2″ square.

This free quilt pattern is easy to customize to any color scheme…just pick two border fabrics, a background fabric, and 4 coordinating fabrics for the center piecing and you’re ready to roll! If you can sew four-patches and flying geese, you can make this pretty queen size quilt!

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Aby used several fabrics by Denyse Schmidt to give her lap quilt a fresh modern feel.

 

Download the FREE Cozy Up 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!

Browse Keepsake Quilting fabric selections here.

Check out Clearance Fabrics by the yard!

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-

Tink Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!Tink Linhart of Fox Point, Wisconsin, wrote to tell us about two “Quilts of Thanks” she made for Marines who served in Iraq. Tink was inspired by Bev Getschel’s Reflecting Pools quilt patterned in the September/October 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Reflecting Pools 300px Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!She made her quilts smaller than Bev’s, using scrap fabrics left over from other projects.

 

 

Here’s what Tink had to say:

Both Quilts of Thanks were presented, one to a Navy medic attached to our son’s Marine unit during Operation Phantom Fury in Iraq in 2004-’05.  The other went to a former Marine who grew up with our son and deployed to the war zones at a different time.  We heard from him that he was extremely moved by the quilt.  Our warriors struggle with their war experience and we’ve found over the years that the quilts are very powerful; they let the recipients know that someone really does care about them and appreciates their service.

Tink Quilt 1 Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart! Tink Quilt 2 Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!As a small, locally based organization, Quilts of Thanks encourages volunteer quilters to identify Veterans in their own communities who have served during war time and present them with a tangible “thank you” for their service.  It is our honor to create these quilts. Thank you “sew” much for the inspiration! -Tink-

If you’d like to make quilts for service men and women but don’t have a local organization like Quilts of Thanks, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is another great resource. Visit them at their website. And thank you, Tink, for your lovely story and photos!

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