A Quilter’s Tour of India with Pam Holland!

We’ve gone on many McCall’s Quilting travel adventures over the years, but none more exotic and exciting than the one we have planned with host Pam Holland for September 21-October 2, 2016. Pam is a very experienced traveler, and has much to share with us about our destination and the role of travel in a quilter’s life:

“In religion, India is the only millionaire – the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” – Mark Twain (American Author, 1835-1910)

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When I  think of India, I remember, color, smiles, friendliness, amazing scenery, and wonderful food. As my travel companions on this expedition in India with McCall’s Quilting and Craftours, we will combine art and photography with a variety of crafts and sensational sightseeing. We will have had more fun than is legal. How could one not get excited by this? Craftours has been taking crafters to India for many years, and their expertise will provide a wealth of experience to make each day an experience to remember.

ColorsOfIndia600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!The Taj Mahal will take your breath away with its beauty, the elephant ride to the entrance of the Amber Palace will be extraordinary, and the Red Fort will be a place of inspiration.

TajMahal600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!On a previous trip I wrote a description of my trip to the Taj Mahal:

“We will travel by horse”,  said our guide.

I envisioned 3 ladies on a white horse galloping into the Taj Mahal with crowds of people waving as we passed by.

In fact, we went in on a very rickety and bumpy horse and cart but it was immense fun.
Our audience and cheering fans were monkeys with babies on their backs.
It was already hot even though it was only 8:30am. Laden with cameras, our guide insisted I take a bottle of water. OK, it’s sensible, but I don’t have water around the cameras, so he decided to carry it for me.  The entrance, or the gates to the Taj Mahal are quite spectacular as one would imagine.

The main gateway is about 93 feet in height, and a masterpiece of fine inlay work in itself.
It has beautifully crafted doors on the two sides, one opening towards the court-yard side to receive visitors from all three entry gates, and the other side opening towards the grand white marble Taj mausoleum.

The gate has profuse inlay work of white marble and precious stones into the red sandstone surface. The top of the gate has eleven domes between two high columns, 22 in all, depicting the number of years it took for the construction of the Masterpiece.
Through the gates, with bated breath and there you are with 1000’s of other people.
It was breathtaking.

We photographed, filmed, talked to people and just stood and marveled at the imagery. The breeze flowing over the river that  borders the Taj was cool and refreshing and if we didn’t have a guide who kept us on schedule we could have just sat and watched the passing parade of bright clothes and beautiful people.

Marigolds600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!The crafts we will enjoy include a Rangoli design workshop with a master artisan.  The historic designs  range from simple geometric shapes to  very intricate patterns made with a base of powdered, colored rice.

We will also visit a family that has been making puppets for generations, enjoy a workshop with a master henna artist, and participate in a miniature painting workshop. We’ll enjoy hands on block printing, and see a demonstration of beautiful brass inlay by master artisans. Our goal on the expedition is to give you the best experience you can have without pushing you to your limit. There will be plenty of time for shopping in the local markets and relaxing in our deluxe hotels. We’ll take photos and explore the beauty of the art and textiles in this country.

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Stamps600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!India is special and is always a trip of a life time.
At times I’m almost overwhelmed with the color and the sheer beauty of the things I see.  Each visit is different, and each experience adds to my excitement of being in the country. There is no doubt in my mind, those of you who join us on this special tour will have an opportunity where your creative process is heightened and your soul will dance in ways it has never danced before.  I hope you can join us!

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Thank you so much, Pam! Your words and photos make it easy to imagine the wonders of a trip like this.
If you’d like to know more about our India tour, get all the details here. We hope to see you on the trip!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars of Mine Mini Quilt and Pincushion

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars of Mine Mini Quilt and PincushionPatriotic quilts and other projects are among our readers’ favorites. Whether you’re making a Quilt of Valor for someone in the Armed Forces or a veteran, or just adding an Americana touch to your décor, there’s something very spirit-lifting about a well-designed red, white, and blue quilted project.

Audrey Wright created not one, but 3 sparkling red, white, and blue projects for the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The pattern for her Stars of Mine quilt, perfectly sized for a Quilt of Valor, is in the magazine. But the coordinating miniature quilt pattern and pincushion pattern are right here! They are this week’s Friday Freebies:

StarsofMineWebBonuses600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars of Mine Mini Quilt and PincushionDon’t you just love those little Flag Blocks? Simple, clean, and yet full of personality. The pincushion is a generous 5 1/2″ x 7″, and the mini quilt is just 16 1/2″ x 21″. Think of all the places you could display it!

Download the Stars of Mine miniature quilt and pincushion patterns here…they are this week’s Friday Freebies!

StarsOfMineFLAT200px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars of Mine Mini Quilt and PincushionAnd if you’d like to make the Stars of Mine quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, print and instant digital copies are available in our online shop. A separate digital download of the pattern is also available.

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

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Crafters’ Blog Hop: Free Quilt Pattern PLUS Prizes!

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Crafters Blog Hop: Free Quilt Pattern PLUS Prizes!On this last day of March, we’re celebrating the final day of #NationalCraftMonth as well as the last stop on the F+W Crafters’ Blog Hop. We’ve even got a fun prize giveaway at the bottom of this page. Saving the best for last, that’s what I say!

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No matter how you self-identify…quilter, multi-crafter, crafter, sewist…I think you’re going to like the project pattern I picked out for all our blog hoppers. It’s a sea-inspired tote bag pattern designed by McCall’s Quilting editor-in-chief-emeritus Beth Hayes. And best of all, the complete pattern download is FREE! Let’s take a look:

 

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Cute, yes? Even if quilting isn’t your main craft, if you can sew you can make this tote thanks to our complete instructions and its Confident Beginner difficulty rating.

There are a couple of cool techniques used in this free tote bag pattern, and step by step photos are included for both of them. The no-waste flying geese technique is used to make the 3-triangle units that make up most of the bag front and back. And a slick trick for boxing the bag corners is also shown. Check it out:

BoxSteps600px Crafters Blog Hop: Free Quilt Pattern PLUS Prizes!This boxing technique gives the bag strength and depth, so it’s sturdy and roomy enough for all your beach gear, shopping haul, library books, or whatever else you choose to carry in it.

Download the A Sampling of Geese free tote bag pattern here, and enjoy!

BlogHopPrize400px Crafters Blog Hop: Free Quilt Pattern PLUS Prizes!Now, how about that giveaway? We have 3 super quilty crafty goodie collections featuring products like Insul-Bright, Pin Pals, Coats thread, famous-manufacturer quilting fabric, and more. Leave a comment below before midnight April 10, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three winning names will be drawn on April 11 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 Karen Sopjes of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Joyce Mitchell of Selma, North Carolina and Kaye Mattson of Chapman, Nebraska.

If you missed any of the other blog hop stops, with their free patterns and contests, you can find them all here. Good luck to all you crafters!

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Oh Look: A Visit with Kristin Lawson

Lawson Kristin 225px Oh Look: A Visit with Kristin LawsonWelcome back guest blogger and quilt designer Kristin Lawson of A Little Crispy PatternsKristin’s new quilt, Oh Look!, is patterned in the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on, and don’t miss the link to the free quilt pattern at the bottom of the page!

Hi! I am delighted to be back blogging here today! You can check out my patterns and what else I’m up to on my website, or on Instagram or Ello @CrispyKristin.

OhLookFLAT500px 234x300 Oh Look: A Visit with Kristin LawsonIn this issue my pattern is for an I-spy quilt. An I-spy quilt is a quilt, typically for children, where there are lots of things to look at in the fabric prints. You can play games with the quilt: play I spy, make up stories from the pictures, or match prints or colors if you make two blocks with each fabric. It also gives them lots of fun things to look at!

One thing that might seem a little daunting is collecting all the different fabrics needed for such a quilt. If you purchased even just fat quarters you would need 63 fat quarters to make this quilt, which is almost 16 yards of fabric! Not to mention what to do with all the leftovers. There are a few different ways to go about this that don’t involve quite so much fabric.

th2 Oh Look: A Visit with Kristin LawsonIf you have a robust fabric stash, you can cut some of the prints needed, filling in a few here and there with new purchases. If you don’t have a lot of fabrics already, you can purchase a pre-cut collection of I spy squares online. Try Etsy, eBay, or other online retailers. Start by googling “I spy fabric squares”, “I spy fabric bundle” or “I spy charm squares”. KeepsakeQuilting.com has a collection of 5″ precut novelty print squares that would be perfect for an I spy quilt. You can either use these sets to complete the requirements for the quilt, or you use these but add in a few extras that are specific to the child’s interests. For example, if the child is crazy about dinosaurs, adding in a handful of dinosaur-themed squares will make the quilt that much more special.

If your squares aren’t already pre-cut to the size you need, cutting them out in the most interesting way (called “fussy cutting”) can also be time-consuming. Below I describe the quick method I use when fussy cutting squares.

Choose a ruler that is the exact size or only slightly larger than the squares you need to cut out, and is as clear as possible. If you are not using a ruler that is the exact size of the squares, place strips of masking tape just outside the lines of the size you need. This makes it much easier to visualize centering the image in the square, while still allowing you to see the lines you need for cutting.

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Use this ruler or taped off area to audition squares on your fabric and see the cutest placement. Make sure any details you want to show in the quilt are at least 3/8” from the edge of the square so they don’t disappear into the seam allowance.

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Trim the top and right side first (if right handed, top and left if left handed).

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Then rotate the ruler around and trim the other two sides.

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And then you have your cute square!

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I hope I’ve shown you that making and playing with an I-spy quilt is a lot of fun! Hope you enjoy!

Kristin

OhLook300px1 Oh Look: A Visit with Kristin LawsonThank you so much for the great I Spy tips, Kristin! If you’d like to make Kristin’s Oh Look! lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.

We also have a FREE pattern for a twin size version of Kristin’s design. Download the Oh Look! free twin quilt pattern here, and enjoy!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and More

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! Even though it was a holiday weekend, the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines did plenty of stitching the last few days. Here’s what some of our team members are working on right now:

Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreContent director Carolyn Beam writes, “I’m a big fan of Bonnie Hunter’s and use her Leaders & Enders method of sewing patches together to start and end my chain of piecing. I’m working on a design from one of her books which uses Four Patches. I added a bunch to my ever-growing pile this weekend.”

 

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McDonald Deb Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreAnd here’s an invitation from you from administrative editor Deb McDonald. “In each 2016 McCall’s Quilting issue we feature a Quilts of Valor design. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. I am the daughter of a WWII Army Purple Heart veteran and wife of an Air Force veteran so the mission of this organization is close to my heart. When I learned of their 2016 National Block Drive I decided to make a block. Guidelines, instructions and illustrations can be found here.

The Valor Square block is fun and so very easy to make. I cut red, white, blue and gold fabrics and started sewing. In less than 20 minutes my first block was done! I stacked and cut more fabric and chain pieced the blocks. Before I knew it I had 12 blocks made.

Do you have red, white, blue and gold fabric in your stash? Join me and make a block that will be part of a quilt awarded to a man or woman who served our country.”

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreEditor Gigi Khalsa has been practicing her machine quilting: “It may not look like much, but recently I finished whole lot of free-motion machine quilting in order to make a deadline. It felt like a real accomplishment! I’ve been making an effort to include more free-motion quilting in my projects, as well as adding more motifs to my repertoire. I learned this motif from Christina Cameli’s wonderful book Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting (C&T Publishing, 2015); it’s a really useful book that has a bunch of nice quilting motifs with instructions for quilting them. The only way to get better at free-motion quilting is to do it!”

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Stoddard Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreManaging editor Paula Stoddard shares, “Here’s what I worked on during the weekend. It’s a design for the November/December 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. I love love love how it’s turning out.”

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Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreEditor Diane Volk Harris says, “I bound this scrappy quilt over the weekend. It’s a variation of the popular Swoon block by Camille Roskelley—mine has fewer seams. I used a lot of Denyse Schmidt fabrics and just had a good time playing around with the values. My longarm quilter was funny when she said, “It’s…interesting. Your fabric choices are very…bold.” That’s okay, I like living on the edge! “

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Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreAnd I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and my quilting weekend was all about the Chicken Foot Block. This was my mother’s favorite block pattern, and she loved to do it old-school, with cardboard templates and all the stitching done by hand. So this weekend I decided to honor her memory by teaching myself the block and doing it her way. I drafted a 12″ version in Electric Quilt 7 software and went from there. It’s amazing how relaxing and fun hand work is! And I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to my 1930s repro fabrics stash. I would NOT have wanted to cut out all those intricate patches without my Havel micro-serrated scissors. They grip the fabric and cut super sharp.

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreAcquisitions editor Lori Baker shares, “This isn’t exactly my design wall but it is one of the projects I worked on this weekend. I usually machine embroider my quilt labels but not one of my three embroidery machines wanted to cooperate. I hand lettered the label and sewed it on to my quilt. The quilt is one that will be part of the OSQE Quilts from Within exhibit which will be quilts made by those of us who work at F+W producing those fun quilt magazines.”

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Karr Petras Mary Kate Quilt Design Wall Monday: Pretty Patchwork, Pillow, and MoreEditor Mary Kate Karr-Petras writes, “I made this big stitch hand-quilted pillow sham as a birthday gift for my best friend from high school who is completely obsessed with the Broadway musical Hamilton. I hope she likes it!”

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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: Oh Look! Twin Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Oh Look! Twin Size Quilt“I Spy” quilts have been around in one form or another for a very long time. Designed to keep children entertained while they learn, these patchwork quilts feature novelty print patches, often fussy-cut to show off specific motifs in the prints. Kids can search out special images, and point out favorites as they practice saying new words.

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The lap size Oh Look! quilt finishes 46″ x 58″.

 

When Kristin Lawson‘s Oh Look! I Spy lap quilt arrived for the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, we fell in love. Kristin created a cohesive, modern setting for all those novelty print center squares, and we knew our readers would appreciate having this pattern in more than one size. Hence, today’s Friday Freebie…a twin size version of Oh Look!

 

 

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The twin size Oh Look! pattern finishes 68″ x 92″.

As you can see, there are fewer blocks in the larger twin size bonus pattern than there are in the smaller lap size quilt. That’s because we upsized the blocks for the twin size, taking them from 6″ to 12″. Besides cutting down on piecing time, this allows you to showcase larger motifs or larger areas of the novelty prints in the block centers. Bigger pictures, bigger fun!

Download the Oh Look! twin size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie. And if you’d like to make the lap quilt with smaller blocks and don’t yet have a copy of the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, print and instant digital copies are available in our online shop. A separate digital download of the pattern is also available.

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

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Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott Murkin

Murkin Scott Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Scott Murkin! Scott’s full size quilt, Sedona Stripes, is on the cover of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, and patterned inside.

COVER200px Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinSome quilters might shy away from adding striped fabrics to their collection out of a lack
of experience in knowing how to make them work in their design or fear that they will use them “incorrectly”. Stripes are one of the powerhouses of fabric styles, and getting used to thinking of them as an option in your own work will open up new possibilities for interpreting both classic and newer designs. Stripes of all varieties can do a lot of the
design work for you, and by leading the eye in specific directions can make even a fairly
simple design truly sing.

Sedona Stripes uses only striped fabrics, so the visual weight is evenly distributed, and
this is a good place to ‘get your feet wet’ with stripes if they still feel a bit intimidating.
While this design could be made in fabrics other than stripes, the directionality of the
fabric showcases the design to its best advantage.

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Stitch-and-flip is an extremely versatile piecing technique that is readily accessible to
even a beginning quilter and really should be in every quiltmaker’s toolbox. By stitching
on the bias before the fabric is cut, it’s easy to avoid the risk of stretching the bias
seams. This technique works great anywhere that a half-square triangle would be used.
A common example is the Snowball Block (below), a traditional quilt block that can be used by itself, but more typically is used as a setting block with other quilt blocks built on the nine-patch base. Short seams can be stitched from corner to corner by eye or with a
sewing guide, but anything longer is usually marked on the reverse side of the fabric.
After the seam is sewn, the excess fabric is trimmed a quarter inch away from the
stitching line toward the corner, and the triangle is then opened and pressed.  (Contrasting thread is used for illustrative purposes only–it is recommended to use a piecing thread that matches or blends with your fabrics.)

StitchAndFlip Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinWith larger stitch-and-flip triangles, the cutoff triangles in the corner are big enough that
you will probably be reluctant to discard them, as they can easily be used in a new spinoff
project. The best time to sew these seams is while you already have the fabrics lined
up. After sewing corner to corner, sew another seam a half inch away, toward the
outside corner:

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…and after pressing, you have an extra square made of two half-square triangles.

StitchNFlip3 Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinThese can be the seeds for a new, related project. Here’s the quilt that came out of the
cutoffs from Sedona Stripes–additional squares were made from the binding fabric and
entirely new fabrics added just for this project.

MultiQuilt Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinThe long, rectangular blocks that make up Sedona Stripes are very versatile, and you may
want to experiment with additional design possibilities. Different effects can be achieved
by using the same versus different fabrics for the stitch-and-flip corners and by whether
the corners go the same direction or opposite.

Strips Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinHere is another quilt using the same base unit in different fabrics and configurations,
creating a completely different look, in this case a deconstructed chevron:

Quilt Sedona Stripes: A Visit with Scott MurkinHopefully you will have enough fun making Sedona Stripes that you will want to play
around with additional variations!

Scott

Thank you so much for the inspiration, Scott! If you’d like to make Scott’s Sedona Stripes full size quilt, a limited number of quilt kits with Caterpillar Stripes fabrics by Kaffe Fassett are available in our online shop. If you prefer to select different fabrics for your version, and don’t yet have a copy of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting May/June 2016!

It’s all about COLORFUL quilts in the new May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine! Whether you love brights against a light or dark background…a traditional vintage-look color palette…patriotic red, white, and blue…deep, rich tones with sophisticated flair…or even unusual color combinations…there are quilts in this issue to inspire your very best next project. Let’s take a peek:

COVER500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2016!That striking cover quilt is Sedona Stripes by Scott Murkin. This super-easy design (rated Beginner) showcases Caterpillar Stripes fabrics by Kaffe Fassett for Westminster. A limited number of quilt kits are available for preorder.

Here are a few more of the colorful, original quilts patterned in this issue:

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Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Clemons

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Gypsy by Sharon Denney Parcel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stars of Mine by Audrey Wright

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Regency Rows by Sarah J. Maxwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there are 9 MORE gorgeous quilt patterns in this magazine, all sure to inspire. From the modern, unique Outside In to the lovely traditional Prairie Nights, there are quilt patterns here for every taste and every skill level.

You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library. And browse all the convenient kits available for projects in this issue right here!

May/June McCall’s Quilting is available on newsstands not later than March 29, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue. We value your opinions!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Beautiful Blocks and More!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines were super busy stitching this weekend. Here’s what some of our team members are working on right now:

Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Beautiful Blocks and More!I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and I put in many hours at my sewing machine this weekend, finishing my Little House on the Prairie quilt top for an upcoming book by Laura Stone Roberts. I won’t show you the finished arrangement, but it includes the bonnet blocks I shared in previous Design Wall Mondays, plus these adorable bow blocks in all these colors. I’ll be glad to get this top in the mail, and I can’t wait to see what the longarm quilter does with it!

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Content director Carolyn Beam has this to share: “I made lots of these triangle foundations for a future magazine project. I love working with red and white!”

 

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Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Beautiful Blocks and More!And from editor Diane Volk Harris: “I didn’t have much time to sew this weekend but I did join these Wishing Well blocks into a top. I love this pattern so much! It’s from the March/April ’15 issue of Quilty. I will probably make this several more times because the blocks are big (22.5″) and it comes together quickly!”

 

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Beautiful Blocks and More!Acquisitions editor Lori Baker says, “I’m working on a quilt with 64 blocks. Each block needs 4 of these little four-patch units. The finished size of a four-patch unit is 2″ x 2″. I don’t like to do the same thing over and over. I like to play with scrappy color combinations. What was I thinking???”

Not sure about that, but we see some chocolate eggs in the picture. Guess we know what kept you going, Lori!

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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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Meet Associate Editor Tricia Patterson!

Patterson Tricia 240px Meet Associate Editor Tricia Patterson!We are pleased to announce the addition of a new editor to our quilting magazine team! Tricia Patterson started her work with McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines, among others, about a week ago, and we had a chance to sit down with her and ask her a few questions. Please join us in welcoming Tricia to the family!

Q: How long have you been quilting? What got you started?

A: [gulp] It’s hard for me to grasp; I’ve been quilting for forty years! I made my first quilt to celebrate the birth of my first son. I’ve been making hand-stitched quilts for special family occasions since.

Q: What quilters have influenced you the most?

A: My grandmother immediately comes to mind. When I think of her I have a picture of her sitting at her treadle machine producing an endless number of basket quilt blocks. My sister and I sat on the floor beside her as she taught us to embroider on a tea towel in between blocks, the first of many handcrafted projects under her guidance.

Marie Webster wrote the first book I purchased about quilting. I was fascinated by the history and tradition. Many legendary quilters have influenced me: Eleanor Burns, Jenny Doan, Fons and Porter, Alex Anderson, Carol Doak, Libby Lehman, and Ricky Tims. I’ve also learned a lot from a few crossover quilters, in particular two women who are generally considered textile artists however include quilting in much of their work, Judith Montano Baker and Heather Thomas. And more recently, I’ve been studying the work of Tula Pink. I love the personality she brings to quilting.

Q: How did you find out about the editor’s job, and what was it like to apply and be hired for it?

A: I’ve dreamed of working in the quilting industry for many, many years. Over the last eight years, while living in Colorado Springs, Colorado I applied for several jobs at F+W Media, hoping I could work remotely from home, and travel the 1 1/2 hours necessary to get to Golden to work on-site several days a week. That didn’t work out. My husband and I moved to Golden last December. After the first of the year, while searching on-line to learn about the job market in the area, I discovered the Associate Editor job. I debated sending my resume, thinking I wouldn’t have a chance, and finally decided to just go for it. It wasn’t long before I received a call to interview. I was elated when I finally received THE CALL offering a job. What an awesome opportunity! I’m really excited to bring together my career as an instructional designer and project manager, and a lifelong passion for quilting and fiber arts, to the Quilting Community at F+W Media!

Q: Do you belong to any quilting groups?

A: I do not belong to any quilting groups right now. Since moving to Golden I have started volunteering at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

Q: What’s your sewing space like?

A: At the moment my quilting and sewing supplies are stretched between one bedroom in our temporary apartment and five storage units. (Oh, I should add, these units also hold some household furnishings.) I am looking forward to finding a home that will include a space similar to the glorious space my husband and son created for me at the old house in a converted one-car garage. It was heavenly.

Q: Do you have any quilting helpers?

A: I frequently turn to my family for quilting help. My husband has a great eye for color, pattern and fabric. I reach out to him often to get advice or validate an approach I’m taking. Both of my sons have given me lots of ideas for quilts over the years. My youngest lives closer so he gets the opportunity to be more involved with design. I’ve reached out to my oldest son many times to help solve some tricky math calculations for my quilts. And, I reach out to my daughters-in-law for all sorts of things, such as naming a creation or getting a second opinion on a design I’d like to create. I’m trying really hard to groom a couple quilting helpers from 4 grandchildren who like to spend time in my studio.

Q: What other activities besides quilting do you love?

A: I love creating mixed media textile art with traditional quilting as a foundation. I also knit, crochet, and read (I’m really into cozy mystery and crime novels.) And, of course, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog Abby, and children and grandchildren every chance I get.

Thanks so much for answering our questions, Tricia. We look forward to working with you and seeing your quilts in progress!

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