The ULTIMATE CHINA Quilter’s Adventure

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Travel with McCall’s Quilting to CHINA in 2015!

Where will you be from June 16 to June 24, 2015? Mark your calendar now…you could be touring China with McCall’s Quilting!

Have you always dreamed of visiting China, seeing the sights, experiencing the culture? This is your chance – join McCall’s Quilting editor-in-chief Beth Hayes and Jim West of Sew Many Places and experience your trip of a lifetime! Tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, stroll on the Great Wall, visit giant pandas in the Beijing Zoo, view the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, and so much more! You can even add on an optional 7-day trip on the Yangtze River and tour of Shanghai (June 24-30).

So many quilters have been inspired by McCall’s Quilting travel adventures, and these spaces go fast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Get more information here, or reserve your space by contacting Sew Many Places (toll-free 877-887-1188).

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting July/August 2014

Check out 17 trendy treats and classic updates you’ll want to make now in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting!

Cover 200px1 Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2014Try a cool new technique for curved chevrons as you make the beautiful Chambray Blues quilt by McCall’s Quilting’s own Sherri Bain Driver:

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Linen blends, chambrays, and woven stripes from Robert Kaufman give this quilt extra texture and depth. Limited quantities of quilt kits are available here.

Learn more about British quilt designer Stuart Hillard and make your own version of his striking Aztec Sunrise design:

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Aztec Sunrise features fabrics from the Botanique collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit. Exclusive quilt kits are available here.

Learn to machine piece a hexi quilt, master easy partial seams, or create a fast, fun quilted tote. There’s even an exclusive article on helping kids learn how to quilt. And don’t miss our FREE Block Builders Workshop video, where assistant editor Erin Russek demonstrates machine quilting a pretty background fill on the featured London Roads Block:

BBW London Roads Block 225px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2014And that’s just a tiny preview! Click here to check out every quilt patterned in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web extras here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4

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As part of our Tuesday Tutorial series, I’m delighted to tell you about our free Quilt Binding video tutorial lessons, just one of the many wonderful Quilting 101 videos we have created especially for you! In our first binding lesson, we show you how to join all those strips you have set aside from your most recent McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts pattern. Sherri Bain Driver demonstrates how to join quilt binding strips using diagonal seams. No lumps, no bumps, just smooth, perfect quilt binding, ready to apply. After you watch the first free quilt binding lesson, print the page for a handy reference in your sewing studio.

Screen Shot 2014 06 03 at 8.27.08 AM Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4 Click here to watch the 1st of 4 FREE video lessons on how to bind a quilt: joining the binding strip ends.

Whenever I learn a quilting technique, I’m inspired to start a new project! If you’re looking for inspiration, pick up our newest issue of McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts—both are available from our Quilt and Sew Shop in print or instant digital download versions. Many of our most popular quilt patterns are also available as individual downloads—click here for a quick peek!  And don’t miss our most recent special interest publication, Vintage Quilts Inspirations.

Cover 200px Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4 Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—click here to read them all, or click any link below to go directly to your topic of interest.

  1. Pressing Basics
  2. Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances
  3. Rotary Cutting Basics
  4. Basic Quiltmaking Supplies
  5. Fabric Preparation
  6. Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams
  7. Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric
  8. Simple Fusible Appliqué
  9. Introduction to Half-Square Triangles
  10. Making and Using Quilting Templates
  11. Quick Quarter-Square Triangles
  12. Quilt Binding 1 of 4: Joining the Strips

Enjoy!

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Save the Dates! Quilting LIVE Comes to Atlanta

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Come see us in Atlanta!

September 11, 12, and 13 will find many of your favorite quilting magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, participating in a brand-new event, Quilting LIVE! With loads of classes taught by nationally-known teachers, gorgeous special quilt exhibits, make-it-take-it technique sessions, informative quilt walks, lectures and other presentations, unique and helpful vendors, plus opportunities to interact with some of the best-known quilters in the country, this is a show you won’t want to miss. The Ambassador Program even allows you to earn free admission by volunteering to help at the event, and your quilting group can earn a free booth!

Mark your calendar, and then register for email updates. Full class details, schedules, and other information are coming soon. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

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Patriotic Quilts PLUS

McCall’s Quick Quilts has published many patriotic quilt patterns, and here is our newest red, white, and blue beauty:

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All American Rose, designed by Maria Umhey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All American Rose is patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and features fabrics from the American Beauty collection by Beth Logan for Henry Glass & Co.. We love the sense of movement that the prints give to the simple, fast piecing.

A few kits for this quilt are still available in our online store. Even better, from May 9-16, 10% of all sales in our shop will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, an organization benefiting US service men and women. If you’ve been thinking about making a patriotic quilt, here’s your chance to also make a difference for these brave men and women. QOV Patriotic Quilts PLUSThere are hundreds of quilt kits, not to mention videos, books, DVDs, notions, and everything else a quilter could need, available for sale in our shop. Come on by, find yourself a treat or two, and help the QOV Foundation. America thanks you, and so do we!

You might also like: Covering America quilt pattern – 50 State Blocks United in One Quilt!

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Welcome to the Studio Sampler Quilt Along!

Now that you’ve seen the preview, we hope you’re inspired to make your own version of the Studio Sampler quilt along with your instructors, Valerie Uland and Ashley Slupe of the McCall’s Quilting staff. You can watch Lesson 1 and download the initial instructions anytime, but you’ll want to keep up with the weekly release of the other lessons. This week (May 9-15), Lesson 2 video and instructions are free. Beginning May 16, Lesson 3 will be free for a week, and so on. No worries if you miss a free lesson or want to skip ahead, though. The entire series is available at any time through QNNtv.com subscription offers, or QuiltandSewShop.com purchase options.

Bookmark this page for the complete release schedule if you’re planning to sew along with us. We hope to see you there!

 

You might also like:
Studio Sampler quilt kit

Studio Sampler quilt backing

 

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2014

Color your world bright and happy with the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! We’ve got 15 colorific quilt patterns inside, perfect for fast and easy projects.

Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2014Beginning with our cheery “cover girls”, Oopsie Daisy, Hexie Hop, and Mango Ice, you’ll find yourself immersed in a quilter’s paradise with this new issue. Ready to start sewing a patriotic quilt for summer display? Here’s All American Rose, a super-fast lap quilt design:

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All American Rose, featuring fabrics from the American Beauty collection by Beth Logan for Henry Glass & Co. – click here for limited edition quilt kit.

 

Four gorgeous fabrics plus big blocks make Poppy Love a quilt you can snuggle under in no time:

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Fabrics from the Serafina collection by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures light up Poppy Love. Limited quantities of quilt kits available here.

 

Fans of contemporary fabrics will love our Bohemia quilt. Sophisticated colors, artistic print motifs…just what you’d expect from Blend Fabrics/Anna Griffin®:

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Fabrics from the Caravan Dreams collection by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics/Anna Griffin give this throw size quilt depth and sophistication. Quilt kits available here.

 

Jardin may be the fastest bed quilt you ever make! Just 4 big blocks are all you need to give any bedroom fresh new life:

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Limited quantity of kits available here. Fabrics are from the Showers of Flowers collection by RJR.

 

And let’s not forget…black is a color, too! Ocean Shadows takes an intriguing look at nighttime sea life, with easy, fast piecing and a unique color scheme:

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Sea-themed fabrics from the Coral Sea collection by Paintbrush Studio/Fabri-Quilt, Inc. give this quilt its mysterious appeal. Kits are available here for a limited time.

 

Don’t miss our free Block Builders Workshop video, where McCall’s Quick Quilts assistant editor Erin Russek demonstrates machine quilting ideas for this block:

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The Scrappy Flag Block is patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, on sale now.

 

And that’s just the beginning! Click here to preview every quilt pattern in the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web extras here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Sewing Is Healing – You Can Help

SacredSewingRoomBadge2 Sewing Is Healing   You Can HelpWhat quilter hasn’t thanked her (or his) lucky stars that they learned how to sew? Whether we’re sad, stressed, lonely, excited, depressed, or even happy, sewing is truly a healing, positive emotional outlet. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization Enchanted Makeovers knows the power of sewing, and is adding sewing rooms to facilities sheltering women and children in need all over the US.

Before After image 50 percent 300x289 Sewing Is Healing   You Can HelpBaby Lock is partnering with the Sacred Sewing Room Tour by providing sewing machines for the 5 shelters receiving makeovers this year, but the project can also use help from individual quilters. Monetary donations are tax deductible and go directly to funding this national tour. The project also accepts donations of Capes for Kids. For more information, visit sacredsewingroom.org.

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Friday Freebie: Top 10 Tips for Brand New Quilters

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Are you plugged in to all of the fun, free social media avenues at McCall’s Quilting? We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their top tips for new quilters, and hundreds of your fellow quilters in cyber space responded!

Maybe you’re one of the people who responded…check to see if YOUR tip made it to the top 10!

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  1. Donna Harrison Deal — Seam rippers are your best friends!
  2. Beth Wade — Go easy on yourself. It won’t be perfect the first time. Love your first pieces for what they are and the hard work you put into them! HAVE FUN, if it’s not fun, something is wrong!
  3. Debbie Green Snider — Buy the BEST supplies that you can afford. I initially purchased cheap supplies and boy did it make a difference when I bought better things. This includes fabric. You don’t want to spend all that time creating an heirloom to have it fall apart after a few years.
  4. Nancy Broach Bogard — BE BOLD…..TRY IT ALL.
  5. Jane Begermi — Measure twice, cut once.
  6. Sara Jane Bylund — Classes, classes, classes. They’re fun, you learn so much, priceless.
  7. Judith Taylor Inge — Finished is better than perfect!
  8. Barbara Faye Henard Burnham — Learn to execute an accurate quarter inch seam. Measure and mark accurately. It IS Important. A little bit off with each seam will make a huge problem when assembly time comes. Don’t hurry too much… It’s not a race. Take time to enjoy yourself.
  9. Crystal Nichols — Make a sample block when in doubt… Then you can seam rip, try again or throw it across the room then try again!
  10. Beverly Cavanaugh — Only YOU will know where the imperfections are…don’t tell anyone. And start with a small project.

Download and share the top 10 responses—click here!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting May/June 2014

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Do you think it could even be possible that the staff of McCall’s Quilting actually loves quilting as much as you do? When you discover all of the patterns and inspiration packed within the pages of this issue, and explore our overflow of ideas and projects online, you just might begin to believe it!Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2014You may have noticed that inspirations from retro and vintage quilts are all the rage. If you’re finding yourself on this bandwagon, you’ll naturally be drawn to Strut Your Stuff, a colorful fruit and veggie quilt with a striking retro rooster. And be sure to sneak a peek at Urban Tones, or click here to download the FREE vintage Baby Bubbles quilt pattern that inspired it.

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Strut Your Stuff, featuring charming retro-inspired fabrics from the Gladys collection by Anna Griffin®—click here for limited edition kit, while supply lasts.

For many of us, traditional quilts will ever-warm our hearts and homes. Take a look at Atlantic Waves, featuring a sophisticated color palette and intriguing nautical prints. Or find your opportunity to showcase spectacular quilting in Star Crossed (just one of eight star quilt patterns in this issue). Our 2014 series quilt wraps up with Part 3; it’s time to finish Peace Cottage! Love Civil War repros? Click here for a preview of the sparkling Amethyst bed quilt pattern.

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Atlantic Waves, featuring the classic Ocean Waves block—click here for limited edition kit, while supplies last.

Clever, clever! How do you use an easy technique to make this striking bed quilt…

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Special fabric becomes a pretty appliqué with an easy technique in the Cerulean Blues bed quilt pattern—click here for limited edition kit, while supplies last.

from this beautiful fabric print? Cerulean Blues Quilt Kit Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2014We show you how with step-by-step photos in the Cerulean Dreams bed size quilt pattern. Purchase the limited edition quilt kit from our Quilt and Sew Shop here. And be sure to click here and enter our contest—we’re giving away two fat quarter bundles of the entire Meridian fabric collection! Contest dates are April 1 through May 31; winners will be chosen in a random drawing on June 2, 2014.

Try something new…we show you a technique to make Easy Framed Quilt Art using your own quilted pieces. Want to make yours just like the ones shown below? Act fast and click here…we have a limited supply of kits available for purchase in our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Be sure to download all your web extras here, and don’t miss this month’s FREE Block Builders Workshop video lesson demonstrating how to make the adorable Candy Ring block!BBW Candy Ring Block 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting May/June 2014

Whatever this spring holds for you, whether it’s a bit of travel, or enjoying the simple pleasures of sitting on your patio and enjoying some sunshine, tuck this issue into your tote and take it along…you’ll want to pore over every page.

Click here to preview every quilt pattern in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment!

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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