Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Crossing Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Crossing Queen Size QuiltA fresh, feminine bed quilt pattern is always welcome, especially when it’s fun to piece. When McCall’s Quilting content director Susan Guzman saw the For Your Love fabric collection by Renee Nanneman for Andover, she knew it would make a marvelous queen size medallion quilt. Today’s Friday Freebie is Summer Crossing, by Susan Guzman!

Summer Crossing queen 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Summer Crossing Queen Size QuiltThis is an image generated in Electric Quilt 7 software, so you can imagine how much prettier it will be in actual fabric! You can see swatches of the fabrics in the quilt on the Andover website. We will have quilt kits and backing fabric available for this design in just a few days in our online shop.

Whether you make Summer Crossing from the kit, or search your own stash or local quilt shop for suitable fabrics, you’ll enjoy the easy piecing and intriguing medallion effect.

Download the FREE Summer Crossing queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Thomas Jennifer Schifano 200px Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Jennifer Schifano Thomas of Curlicue Creations! Jennifer’s quilt, Violet Posies, is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.

 

Hello there! My name is Jennifer Schifano Thomas and I’m so excited to be a guest blogger for McCall’s Quilting magazine today. Thank you so much for joining us. I’ll be talking about the making of my Violet Posies quilt.

VioletPosiesA Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasI really enjoy designing floral applique blocks with cutouts and pieces that create shapes through overlay. The Potted Posies block features both of these elements. The central flower is made using five heart shapes for the petals. The hearts are placed over a lighter purple fabric to create the star shaped center. The three purple sections on the vase are also created by cutting the blue fabric and stitching it over one piece of purple fabric. I made these blocks with fusible appliqué, and stitched around the edges with a small zigzag stitch.

I set my machine stitch width at 2.0 and my length at 1.5 to get a nice stitch. I also sew around the edge of each patch with my machine set on the super slow “turtle” speed. It helps me to get a lovely and accurate edge finish.

VioletPosiesB Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasI made six of these pieced blocks to alternate with the flower blocks. As I’m working, I like to place my pieces on a design wall in different arrangements. I often spark new ideas for  future quilts, just by playing with my fabric. I like the way these blocks play together with  just a thin strip of white between them. Hmmmmmm……

 

VioletPosiesC Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasThe border strips remind me of purple mountains. I love this border treatment. Look at  what you get when you play with this one:

VioletPosiesD Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasIf you turn the borders like this you create a cool zigzag pattern. What fun! I’ll save this  idea for a future quilt, too.

 

VioletPosiesE Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasWhen my quilt top was assembled, I loaded it onto my frame for quilting. I don’t have a  fancy longarm, just a domestic machine on a frame. You can still get nice quilting effects with a home machine. On the flower blocks, I just did a loopy meander in the background and outlined the vase cutouts. Then I stitched a curvy zigzag over the cutouts to give the vase a little bit more dimension.

 

VioletPosiesF Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasI quilted swirls in all the dark purple squares of the pieced blocks and also in some of the mountain peaks. I quilted a few curvy leaves, more loopy meander and practiced my pebbles in the mountain background. The quilting is the most challenging part of making a quilt to me. I do not plan the quilting when I design a quilt. My quilting strategy is to lie in bed at night and think about it during the piecing phase of a quilt instead of sleeping. Yes, quilting keeps me up at night.

 

VioletPosiesG Violet Posies: A Visit with Jennifer Schifano ThomasAnd voila! The wind was kind enough to allow me to take a nice clothesline pic at the  finish of this quilt. Amazing. Normally the wind kicks up as soon as I step out the door with my camera and quilt in hand. I love the way quilts photograph in natural outdoor lighting.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into the making of the Violet Posies quilt. Thank you again, McCall’s Quilting, for having me as your guest today. You’re the best! To see more of my work, and keep up on what I’m doing, please visit my blog. Get creative!

Jennifer

Thanks so much, Jennifer! If you’d like to make the Violet Posies quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here.

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I Love This Quilt!: Dream Catcher

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As mentioned in our I Love This Quilt! feature in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting, this Dream Catcher vertical row quilt designed by Marcie Patch caught my eye because it features colorful scraps, lots of piecing, and freedom and opportunity to play with fabrics.

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When I first saw Dream Catcher, I thought there were several block designs; but there is only one, each block appearing different depending on creative fabric and value placement. Notice that some blocks have side or corner edges that seem to blend into the background fabric, which greatly adds to the interest of this beautiful design.

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The free Dream Catcher scrap quilt pattern finishes 68 1/2″ x 86 1/2″.

To make my interpretation, I’m starting with one of my recent local quilt shop splurges: a layer cake (bundle of precut 10” squares) of Florence designed by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit. This is one of those times it paid off to buy fabric I loved with no particular project in mind! Isn’t it a thrill to untie the ribbon from a fabric bundle and spread out the assortment?

Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 300x214 I Love This Quilt!: Dream CatcherEach block calls for 5 different fabrics; as I want to stretch the look of the collection prints throughout the quilt, I chose a few fabrics from the collection, then set about pulling a few scraps from my stash to coordinate.

Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 2 300x204 I Love This Quilt!: Dream CatcherI cut out the patches for one block, stitched the half-square triangles, and laid them all out on my design wall. It’s fun to see how the look of the block changes just by rotating the half-square triangles.

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Continuing each block in the same manner, here are all I have completed so far. Can you spot the block I stitched together incorrectly? I may or may not correct it–what do you suggest?Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 6 206x300 I Love This Quilt!: Dream Catcher

Just for fun, I played with this design in Electric Quilt/EQ7, trying out a classic red and white version, then trying some reproduction red, white & blue fabrics for a very traditional, patriotic one-block lap quilt version that could even be used for a Quilts of Valor project.Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 7 300x275 I Love This Quilt!: Dream Catcher

Here’s another version that I plugged in some aqua/blue/green/gray swatches to get a feel for how that might look. Though I would plan to make mine much more scrappy and vary the values as in Marcie’s original quilt, this still gives me a visual idea.

Free Dream Catcher quilt pattern 8 238x300 I Love This Quilt!: Dream CatcherI hope you’ve enjoyed exploring some additional fabric options with me, and that you’ll have fun customizing this to your own or a gift recipient’s decor, and/or using up lots of memorable scraps from your stash!

Download your free Dream Catcher scrappy lap quilt pattern, and click here if you’ve missed any of our previous I Love This Quilt! free digital download PDF quilt patterns. You may also enjoy our Friday Free Quilt Patterns and Tuesday Tutorials.

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

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Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set-In Seams

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set In SeamsWe quilters LOVE star quilts and star quilt blocks. From the super-easy Friendship Star and Sawtooth Star to the challenging Feathered Star, we can’t get enough of those twinkling, sparkling star quilt blocks and quilts.

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The LeMoyne Star quilt block falls somewhere in between the super-easy and super-challenging. With 8 diamond-shaped star points, the traditional way to piece these beauties is to set-in triangle and square patches at the sides and corners after the star points are sewn together. Now, a lot of us are not big fans of set-in seams. It’s not that they’re actually hard, but they do take some time and usually some pinning, and your first few attempts may not be 100%….stellar!

Two units sewn 400px Tuesday Tutorials: LeMoyne Star Block Without Set In SeamsErin Russek to the rescue! Erin taped a short video for us demonstrating the coolest way of making LeMoyne Star quilt blocks I’ve ever seen. Unlike some methods where you end up with extra seams in the star diamonds, this one puts the extra seams in the background fabric for a sweet scrappy look and sharp true-diamond star points that will have your quilting friends wondering “how did she do that??”.

Watch Erin’s video now…it’s a Tuesday Tutorial! You’ll be amazed by this fast, fun, extremely cool technique. The cutting instructions for the patches, etc. are given on the Block Builders Workshop page in the new September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

If you aren’t a McCall’s Quilting subscriber and haven’t picked up the new September/October issue at your local quilt shop, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine in our online shop!

The optional Add-A-Quarter ruler Erin used in her video is available here.

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2015!

It won’t be long before the kids are back in school, the seasons change, and quilters settle into their autumn routines, and we’ve got just the right quilt patterns to inspire your very best fall quilting! The September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting is arriving now in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands, and it’s filled with 15 original quilt patterns to show off all your fabrics from homey feedsacks to elegant batiks!

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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 lovely kits available for projects in this issue right here!

This issue is available on newsstands no later than July 28, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey by August 28 to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue and you may win an exclusive McCall’s Quilting travel tote with quilters’ goodies! This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: That Cat

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: That CatCat quilt patterns are among the most popular designs we publish. Whenever we receive a unique, eye-catching quilt submission with a feline theme, we jump on it with all four paws!

That Cat 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: That CatNeedless to say, we were thrilled to present Pam Lincoln’s That Cat wall quilt pattern in the August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. You can read all about Pam’s design inspiration and process in her guest blog here.

And we got to thinking…black cat…wall quilt…wouldn’t this make a fantastic Halloween project? So we made a second quilt using adorable Riley Blake Halloween fabrics and got kits and backing fabric ready for anyone who wants an inexpensive, adorable Halloween quilt project. Best of all, we’re making the pattern for this Halloween wall quilt FREE. Today’s Friday Freebie is the Halloween version of That Cat!

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Download the FREE That Cat Halloween wall quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Want more cat quilt inspiration? Our online shop has loads of quilt patterns for feline fanciers!

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That Cat: A Visit with Pam Lincoln

Pam Lincoln 225px That Cat: A Visit with Pam LincolnWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Pam Lincoln of Mama Spark’s World! Pam’s quilt, That Cat, is featured in the August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

I have been sewing since I was a girl, but quilting for about 10 years now.  I love to design my own quilts and have really started doing this more in the last few years.  I work in science at the University of Michigan so quilting allows my creative side to have a voice.

I belong to the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild and this quilt began in response to a guild challenge.  A box of crayons was dumped into a paper bag and we each drew out a crayon.  We were challenged to use that color in all its shades, and only add black, gray or white to make a quilt.

Crayons That Cat: A Visit with Pam Lincoln

I had seen the work of Donna Mibus and just knew that her cat would translate into a spectacular quilt using the red-violet crayon I had drawn.  I wrote to her asking her permission to make her art into a quilt and not only did she say yes, but she was very enthusiastic about it.  I have 4 cats, so this is a subject near and dear to my heart!  So I gathered fabrics, drew the cat and planned the quilt:

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Auditioning patches in every value of red-violet

 

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Pre-assembled cat applique – already looking cool!

 

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Trying out placement of the cat

 

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Final positioning…..purr-fect!

 

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Edge-stitching the applique

 

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Machine quilting is under way

 

It was a fun quilt to make and I adore that oh-so-sixties cat!  That era had such fun designs.  I believe That Cat will be showing up in some of my future designs as well.  I hope everyone loves making this quilt as much as I did.

Pam

That Cat Halloween 185px That Cat: A Visit with Pam LincolnThanks a million, Pam! We love this quilt so much, we decided to also make it in cute Riley Blake fabrics in Halloween colors and offer quilt kits for it. Backing fabric is also available. The pattern for the Halloween version is a FREE web bonus, so download a copy for your personal library now! 

 

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Super Simple Patchwork Quilt Patterns – FREE!

Patterson Kathy 70px Super Simple Patchwork Quilt Patterns   FREE!Patchwork quilts are often simple quilt designs, sewn together patch by patch as opposed to more assembly-line techniques like strip piecing or 8-at-a-time half-square triangle units. The results of patch-by-patch sewing are quilts with unique fabric arrangements, sometimes quite scrappy, and rating high on the personality scale! Even beginner quilters have great success with patchwork quilt patterns.

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That’s why we’ve gathered 3 appealing patchwork quilt patterns for our new free eBook, Super Simple Patchwork Quilt Patterns. Quilters of all skill levels can make these free quilt patterns exactly as written, or use them as jumping-off points for creating their own versions of the designs. A Quilt with a View by Julie Higgins (with black border) is a great pattern for a beginning quilter. Playing with Patchwork by McCall’s Quilting associate editor Sherri Bain Driver is a wonderful introduction to improvisational piecing. And Holly Jolly Holiday by Jereé McDade is a super way to use fabric charm packs, and can be easily adapted to any fabric theme or season.

Download your free Super Simple Patchwork Quilt Patterns eBook today…it’s a $9.99 value and signing up for the free download will automatically subscribe you to our free biweekly newsletter, McQ News. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you’ll stick around for all our magazine previews, contests and giveaways, free quilt patterns, and more.

Now let’s make some patchwork quilts!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Making Fast Accurate Quarter-Square Triangle Units

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Making Fast Accurate Quarter Square Triangle UnitsMany patchwork quilt patterns include triangles as part of their designs. Two basic types of triangles are half-square triangles (essentially what you’d get if you cut a square of fabric in half diagonally to make 2 triangles) and quarter-square triangles (what you’d get if you cut a square of fabric in half diagonally twice). But actually creating your patchwork units by cutting and sewing fabric on the diagonal grain can be a tricky business. The diagonal, or bias, grain of fabric is stretchy, and making units this way generally requires pinning, slow careful sewing, and the occasional prayer (or swear word).

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No worries! There are several ways of making triangle units without cutting or sewing any loose bias edges. Today’s Tuesday Tutorial is a short free video I taped awhile back demonstrating my favorite way to make quarter-square triangle units like those at left.

This is a technique video, not a pattern, so there are no measurements given. But all you need to know is to start with 2 fabric squares cut to the finished size unit you want PLUS 1 1/4″. For example, if you want a 3″ finished quarter-square unit (also called an Hourglass Block), start with 2 fabric squares each cut to 3″ + 1 1/4″ or 4 1/4″

Pressing Tuesday Tutorials: Making Fast Accurate Quarter Square Triangle UnitsNow, on to the technique. Watch the free video now and get all my tips for making and pressing perfect hourglass units every time!

 

 

 

 

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

Want to know more about quilt making with triangles? Visit our online shop for Thangles and other triangle foundation papers, specialty rulers and templates, how-to web seminars, quilt patterns, and all kinds of other helpful triangle-related products!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Polka Tot Twin Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Polka Tot Twin Size QuiltQuilters love baby quilt patterns! So it’s no surprise that Abigail Dolinger’s Polka Tot baby quilt in the new August/September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is proving to be a quilter favorite already. With its simple blocks, adorable polka dot fabrics, and fun border treatment it’s a real winner. You can read Aby’s guest blog about making this quilt, and enter for a chance to win free fabric, right here.

Polka Tot 600px 300x300 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Polka Tot Twin Size QuiltBut  what could be even bigger and better than a baby quilt full of polka dots? How about a twin size version of the same design? This week’s Friday Freebie is the twin size Polka Tot quilt pattern!

 

 

 

 

 

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Download the FREE Polka Tot twin size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Want to make the Polka Tot baby quilt?
If you’d like to make the baby quilt size of the Polka Tot design and don’t already have a copy of our August/September issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Polka Tot baby quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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