Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014

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Welcome, spring!

Well, perhaps it’s not quite spring yet, but our newest issue of McCall’s Quilting will certainly help soothe any upcoming symptoms of spring fever!

Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith’s Gentle Dawn bed quilt pattern shown in the background of the cover is like a fresh spring breeze, and perfect for a wedding quilt or bedroom redecorating project.

Gentle Dawn 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014Create your own early blossoms as you stitch up Erin Russek’s lovely Rose of Erin floral appliqué throw quilt pattern.

Rose of Erin 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014Looking for a fun smaller project? Gather up some new charm squares from your local quilt shop or scraps from your stash and make a few of my Les Biscornus pincushions. Step-by-step photos will show you how to make them from start to finish. With the Hourglass version, you’ll have enough scraps left over to make 3 more for quilting friends—try different buttons to make each one unique!

Les Biscornus 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014The cheery April in Paris lap quilt pattern by Rebecca LoGiudice will chase the rain away with sweet “parapluies” (umbrellas)! Rebecca used some of the scraps left over to design yet another cutie, Piccadilly Square—click here to download it now as a FREE Web Bonus.

April in Paris 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014 In Sherri Bain Driver’s regular feature, Layer, Baste, Quilt, she shares how she used the Baby Lock Sashiko machine to finish her Home on the Range lap quilt.

Home on the Range 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014You’ll find dramatic new quilt patterns by designers Jinny Beyer (Lapis & Jade bed quilt pattern with jewel-toned batiks), John Kubiniec (Sound Check, a modern, Amish-inspired bed quilt pattern), and Aby Dolinger (Prism, a stunning, fast and easy home dec wall quilt pattern).

Lapis Jade 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014Lovers of traditional quilts will delight in Big Sky Blues by Maria Umhey—foundation paper piecing of the enduring Snail’s Trail Block ensures accurate results every time. (Click here for our free foundation piecing primer.) English Garden by Linda Hahn will transport you to a well-tended formal garden—click here for limited edition kit. Lynn Lister’s beautiful series scrap quilt pattern, Peace Cottage, continues with part 2 of 3.

English Garden 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014Is it a girl or a boy? You’ll have kisses and hugs at the ready either way with two colorway options in Tonya Alexander’s XO Baby! quilt pattern.

XO Baby 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting March/April 2014Click here to preview every quilt pattern in the March/April 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!

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Enter to Win Enchanted Pond Fat Quarter Bundle!

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Help us celebrate a milestone on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page! When we reach 80,000 fans, we’ll give away this fabulous bundle of over 30 fat quarters plus a panel print from the Enchanted Pond collection by Holly Taylor for Moda.

Moda Enchanted Pond Holly Taylor 450px Enter to Win Enchanted Pond Fat Quarter Bundle!This timeless collection of fabrics features nature motifs of flowers, leaves, vines and butterflies in warm hues of cream, honey, clover, grass, purple, magenta and brown.

Enchanted Pond by Holly Taylor Enter to Win Enchanted Pond Fat Quarter Bundle!Play along, and enter to win! Follow the easy steps below:

  1. “Like” McCall’s Quilting on Facebook!
  2. Click here to enter to win the contest.

Contest is over—thanks for playing, and congratulations to winner Karen McCormick of Hohenwald, Tennessee!

Look for the image of the fabric bundle on our Facebook page and click “share” to help spread the word; the faster we reach 80,000 fans, the faster we’ll be able to choose a winner!

When we reach 80,000 fans, one random winner will be selected and notified within 24 hours via email. The winner’s name and city will also be posted to our Facebook page.

Note: Please click here for official rules. We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications that preclude us from being able to offer prizes except in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

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Friday Freebie: Stars in My Garden Scrappy Lap Quilt Pattern

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After the excitement and expenditures of the holiday season, I find it refreshing to return to the simple pleasure and thriftiness of quilting from my scraps.  As I sort through my scraps, I reminisce about the quilts made and given over the past year, and creative ideas for new quilts begin to swirl around in my mind. What a wonderful way to begin a new year of quilt-making!Stars in my Garden by Toby Preston Friday Freebie: Stars in My Garden Scrappy Lap Quilt PatternThe classic, beautiful quilt pictured above is Stars in My Garden by Toby Preston. Like an old country garden, this scrap quilt unites your fabrics into a creation even more lovely than the sum of its parts. Quilt finishes at 72½˝ x 96½˝.

Favorite Scrap Quilt Patterns Friday Freebie: Stars in My Garden Scrappy Lap Quilt PatternStars in My Garden is just 1 in a collection of 3 scrap-friendly quilt patterns featured in our free eBook, Favorite Scrap Quilt Patterns.

Click here to download the FREE Favorite Scrap Quilt Patterns eBook, including the Stars in My Garden quilt pattern. To receive the free eBook, you’ll need to enter your email address, which will subscribe you to our FREE eNewsletter, McQ News. (Already a subscriber? Just enter your email address again, and you’ll be able to download this new eBook.) Each bi-weekly newsletter will arrive in your email chock-full of the latest McCall’s Quilting news, contests, videos and other content.

Enjoy!

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Hot Off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014

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It’s back and better than ever! Select a pattern from our newest scrap-friendly collection of go-to quilt patterns, and prepare to spend some time immersed in your stash. Our annual collector’s edition of America Loves Scrap Quilts, Winter 2013/2014 is available now!Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014Our  special scrap-quilt issue is full of patterns perfect for stitching from your stash, including Hearts All-A-Flutter, a beautiful round-robin style bed quilt designed by Gerri Robinson:

Hearts All A Flutter 300px Hot Off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014Pride and Joy, an adorable baby girl’s quilt designed by our own editor-in-chief, Beth Hayes:

Pride and Joy 300px Hot Off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014Twenty-One Star Salute, a starry patriotic quilt designed by associate editor Sherri Bain Driver:

Twenty One Star Salute 300px Hot Off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014And Tuscan Table Treat, a table runner by designers Sue Keck and Sue Shipman that will make wine lovers swoon:

Tuscan Table Treat 300px Hot Off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2013/2014With 17 projects to smash your stash, you’re sure to find many projects you love! Click here for a preview of every pattern in the issue. (Hint: you might even find a free Web Bonus pattern download to get you started right away!) This annual special issue is available on newsstands now, or purchase at our convenient online Quilt and Sew shop in print or instant digital download format—click here.

Psst…whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a newbie with a New-Year’s resolution to learn to quilt, don’t miss our free McCall’s Quilting University Quilting 101 video library!

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Friday Freebie: Graphic Red Bed Quilt Pattern

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Depending on how fast of a quilter you are, it may be a little late to begin a bed quilt for Christmas. However, it may be the perfect time to surround yourself with festive red and white fabrics as you set out to make this classic, two-color quilt!

Graphic Red 300px Friday Freebie: Graphic Red Bed Quilt PatternThe stunning quilt pictured above is Graphic Red, a wall or table quilt designed by Mellie Watts. We adapted her fun one-block design into an 80½˝ x 80½˝ bed quilt just for you!

Click here for the link to download the FREE Graphic Red Bed Size quilt pattern. Be sure to watch our free video lesson tips on accurate 1/4″ seams so your blocks fit together well—click here.

Enjoy!

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

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Friday Freebie: Lone Star Sampler Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Lone Star Sampler Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern

Have you made your first Lone Star quilt yet? When senior editor Kathryn Patterson made a block for the how-to photos for Lissa Alexander’s gorgeous large lap quilt patterned in McCall’s Quilting‘s January/February 2014 issue, she turned her block into this elegant wall hanging. Now you can download the wall hanging pattern for FREE! (Note: Please refer to the issue referenced above for the beautiful series of how-to photos and tips.)Lone Star Wall 300px Friday Freebie: Lone Star Sampler Wall Hanging Quilt PatternThis is the perfect opportunity to give a Lone Star quilt a try. Fabric requirements are provided for either yardage or precut 2½″ strips, and the wall hanging finishes at 36½″ x 36½″.  Click here for the link to download the FREE Lone Star Sampler wall quilt pattern.

Perhaps you plan on spending this day after Thanksgiving shopping, but you’ll likely find me relaxing and sorting through my stash of Jelly Roll™ strips in my sewing room between happily snacking on leftover turkey & fixin’s.

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

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Friday Freebie: Mill Wheel Lap Quilt Pattern

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As the holiday season is upon us, perhaps you’ve got some favorite Christmas-theme fabrics in your scrap basket that you would enjoy playing with, or maybe you have been inspired by one of the beautiful new collections at your local quilt shop.

Mill Wheel styled 600px Friday Freebie: Mill Wheel Lap Quilt PatternFor my version of this Mill Wheel quilt, I began with a festive 5″ charm pack of up-to-date Christmas colors, cutting 2 of the small corner patches from each charm. Some of my charm fabrics had a white background, but I didn’t want to leave them out, so I substituted them for a few of the alternate white solid small corner patches. From there, I used an assortment of coordinating prints with strong background colors for the central block patches.

The lap quilt pattern finishes at 64½″ x 72½″. Click here for the link to download the FREE Mill Wheel lap quilt pattern.

What kind of scraps might you choose for this project? What color might you use in place of the white?

I hope you’ll have some fun with this design…I know I did!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting January/February 2014

Blog image Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014

 

Just one look at Lissa Alexander’s Lone Star Sampler quilt on the cover is inspiration enough to open the issue…wait ’till you see all this issue has to offer! (And speaking of the gorgeous Lone Star Sampler, don’t miss the FREE Lone Star Wall Hanging Web Bonus pattern.)

Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014

Traditional: Begin the new year by quilting along with our new Peace Cottage series. Try the  magnificent Italia bed size medallion quilt pattern inspired by fine mosaic floors, or the bright strippy pieced and appliquéd Fuchsia Furrows. Make a sophisticated, understated feminine floral lap quilt with the Misty Stars pattern. Civil War repro fabrics star in the pieced and appliquéd Clara’s Pride lap quilt pattern.

Peace Cottage 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014Contemporary: Our streamlined pattern for Spiral Squared will help you make it through the maze in record time. Neutral batik tones and cool geometry combine in the Dash in the Box lap quilt pattern. For maximum color impact, you’ll love the Modern Stash bed quilt pattern.

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Cute: Owl lovers are sure to be charmed by the fast, adorable It’s a Hoot wall quilt pattern, and Tweet Hearts is a fun, cozy flannel quilt that is a guaranteed kid-pleaser.

Tweet Hearts 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014

The Tweet Hearts pattern features two popular colorways for both girls and boys.

Artistic: Creative use of a panel print turns Patti Carey’s Magical Meadow lap or wall quilt into a work of art.

We loved the Magical Meadow quilt so much, we’ve added the Meadow Star Block to our FREE library of quilt block patterns!

Are you a Liberty of London fabric fan? Gina Halladay takes you on a tour through the famed London shop in our special interest article.

Click here to sneak a peek at Joyce Robinson’s His Royal Union Jack foundation pieced lap quilt pattern. If you love mini’s and foundation paper piecing, click here for a FREE mini foundation master download. Need a refresher on paper piecing? Just click here for our  FREE Foundation Piecing Primer, including a FREE download for reference.

Union Jack FP 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014

Use the FREE Union Jack Mini Block foundation master to make a challenging 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ block!

Be sure to stop by our website and enter to win a beautiful fat quarter pack of fabrics from the Vin du Jour collection by 3 Sisters for Moda. These are the same fabrics showcased in the Lone Star Sampler quilt patterned in this issue.

The gorgeous boxed collection of Sulky Cotton Petites pictured below has been a coveted decoration in my office ever since the photo was taken for our Fresh Picks page, and now we’re giving it away to one lucky blog reader! Sulky’s new collection of 12 wt. Cotton Petites threads includes 66 solid and 14 variegated threads. Just leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! Click here for official rules*; contest ends midnight MST December 2, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected from comments below and notified by email on December 3, 2013. Contest is over…congratulations to winner Donna Gavin!Sulky Petites 12 wt cotton Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2014You can find the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop or newsstand, or click here to purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop.

Wait…there’s even more! Click here for this issue’s FREE Web Bonuses!

 

*We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications that preclude us from being able to offer prizes except in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

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Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick Quilts

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So many of us will be making quilts and other handmade goodies for friends and loved ones at this time of year. Will you be looking for a special holiday pattern? If so, you’ve come to the right place!Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsGet ready for holiday decorating and entertaining with Sarah Price’s Gather ‘Round table ensemble; make cute fusible-appliqué mittens with Erin Russek’s fun winter wall hanging quilt, S’mittens; grab a cute panel print and surround it with Deb Luttrell’s charming foundation-pieced trees in Let It Snow.

Gather Round 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsTry your hand working with trendy fleece as you make a quick and extraordinarily soft and cozy quilt with Heidi Pridemore’s Cuddle Up. (Check out this month’s FREE Block Builders Workshop Fleece Appliqué video  for great tips and a helpful demonstration.)

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You might even surprise a friend with something special for their pet by stitching up Kathy Patterson’s adorable Zuzu’s Car Quilt. (Psst…don’t miss the FREE coordinating tote bag pattern—click here!)Zuzus Car Quilt 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsFor Christmas, winter and beyond, try Susan Guzman’s whimsical Little Red Bird bed quilt; the bright reds and greens will enhance your Christmas decor, but the cheerful bird and flower prints are welcome in any season.

Little Red Bird 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsAs we head into the time of year when many of us enjoy the warmth and comfort of staying indoors while the weather does its worst, it often translates into more time to quilt! Don’t miss Gerri Robinson’s elegant floral Soft & Rosey, or Lynn Lister’s classic Log Cabin quilt, Home Is Where the Heart Is, featuring an unusual setting. Gather up your assorted scraps and piece a fresh, simple lap quilt with Tracee Doran’s Love You to Pieces.

Soft Rosey 300px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsWe are excited to bring you our 2014 skill-building series quilt, Studio Sampler, a variation on the familiar block of the month format designed so you can sew with us all year long. Each of the first five parts of the pattern groups blocks by the technique used, gradually increasing the difficulty level. Even if you’re not a newbie, you’ll enjoy this design just for fun!Studio Sampler flat 400px Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsThere are so many more exciting, quick & easy quilt patterns in this issue; I hope you’ll take a moment to preview them all by clicking here. Exclusive time-saving limited edition kits are also available for a few of the quilts patterned in this issue; click image below to shop early and avoid disappointment.

kit group flat Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsThis December/January 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is on its way to subscribers, quilt shops and newsstands—click here to preview all the patterns. Purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop, available now.Zuzu says Happy Holidays Hot Off the Press: December/January 2014 Quick QuiltsWait…there’s even more! Click here for this issue’s FREE Web Bonuses!

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Friday Freebie: Urban Neighborhood Bed Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Urban Neighborhood Bed Quilt Pattern

 

Here’s a fast and fun Urban Neighborhood bed quilt pattern, designed by Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts as shown below in cool colors.

Urban Neighborhood FREE Bed Quilt Pattern Friday Freebie: Urban Neighborhood Bed Quilt PatternOur free pattern download is for the same quilt, but substitutes warm autumn colors of burgundy, tan and gold surrounding assorted pink, lime, green, teal, yellow and blue solid block centers. This modern looking quilt can easily be adapted to your own fabric choices. You might choose to use a charm pack from a single fabric collection for the block centers, adding coordinating solids for the subsequent block patches, strips, sashing and borders.

What fabric choices would YOU make for this quilt?

You’ll want to be sure you’re sewing with an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance so the patches and blocks fit together well – watch our free video lesson for a refresher before you begin.

Please refer to McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2011 for the pattern for Konda’s original coloration shown above. Back issues are sold out, but an instant digital download version is available at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

The free bed quilt pattern finishes at 78½˝ x 93½˝.  Click here for the link to download the FREE pattern for the warm-color version of this Urban Neighborhood quilt.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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