I Love This Quilt! Sunny Days

Brown Ellie I Love This Quilt! Sunny Days

Hi! Ellie Brown here, doing first blog followup on our new feature in the Jan/Feb issue of McCall’s Quilting called I Love This Quilt! As Art Director at McCall’s Quilting, I love working the photography and then the layouts of our Vintage Quilts special issues. They are just a joy. The quilts arrive in-house here for photography and patterning and at first planning meeting all of us are always just gaga after them. Most of them hand pieced, and hand quilted, each is a treasured legacy we get to admire and then share with our readers.

 

magazine 247x300 I Love This Quilt! Sunny DaysThe quilt I have chosen is from an earlier issue of Vintage Quilts, Spring 2002. I believe it is one of the first Vintage issues I worked on.  Photography was done in Birmingham, Alabama at the Gregory-Walker House, listed on the National Historic Register of Homes. What a fabulous place this was to give a proper environment for these fabulous old masterpieces. More current issues of Vintage have both a styled shot and a flat shot of the quilt. This issue is without flats.

 

 

quilt 241x300 I Love This Quilt! Sunny DaysI chose the pattern Sunny Days. You can download the complete pattern by clicking here.  This original had feedsacks and dressweight fabrics and was probably stitched in the early 1940s. This wasn’t particularly a show quilt, but to be used and cherished. The designer/quilter’s name was Emma Mary Breford Schumacher of Protection Kansas. Her granddaughter, Janet Lyles, keeps this treasure and shared it with us for the magazine. And this is one I choose to redesign and remake.

My current quilting design mode is machine appliqué. This pattern has fabulous potential for a brand new look and just looking at it in the magazine gets my creative juices flowing and my sewing fingers itchy. So, to the drawing board…

1st assembly diagram I Love This Quilt! Sunny DaysAn assembly diagram of this quilt. Simple enough block, half square triangles with circle appliqué center. The blocks have sashing and sashing posts. Very little border which still holds it together.

Interesting visual phenomena comes up that might be fun to play with. Let’s look…

 

 

 

We have many more favorite quilt patterns than we can feature in the magazine! Check these out for extra inspiration:

Love vintage quilts? Find lots more free patterns here.

You might also like our Friday Free Quilt patterns…click here.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Yuletide Joy Quilted Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Yuletide Joy Quilted Table RunnerHere’s a fast beautiful quilted table runner to welcome all your holiday guests or make as a special gift. The Yuletide Joy table runner was designed by our own Susan Guzman, and it coordinates with a quilt featured in the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. But back to the table runner!

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The Yuletide Joy table runner finishes 16″ x 51″; limited edition kits are available.

As you can see, this table runner pattern is a straightforward, fast project full of holiday cheer…you can make several quilted Christmas table runners in a long weekend!

Download the FREE Yuletide Joy quilted table runner pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

We have loads of options for holiday table décor! Here are some more inspiring patterns:

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More!

Patterson Kathy 70px Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More!Christmas is coming! For quilters, that brings up 2 important questions:

  1. What am I going to make for other people? and
  2. What should I put on my own wish list?

Our Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Hop is here to help with a Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters! November 1-8 we’re showcasing a different quilting or sewing blog every day (dates and blogs are listed at the end of this post), all of which have great ideas for gifts to make and gifts to get. We’re also hosting a super giveaway, open to all residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec (read contest rules here):   We have our winners! Congratulations to Shirley Jobson, Diane Vena, Pat K., Diana McCarty, and Tricia Roszkowski. Watch your email boxes for our notes.

Holiday Blog Hop prize 500 px Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More! Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win 1 of 5 prize packages like the one shown above (fabrics vary but are from the same Moda collection). That’s right…just post a comment, any comment, below and you’re entered. Winners will be chosen at random on November 9 and notified by email.

Christmas icon 300px 150x150 Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop: Christmas Quilt Patterns and Much More!Now, back to the Hop! The search for patterns to make gift quilts, tree skirts, table runners, ornaments, and so on can be long, difficult, and frustrating, so we’ve pulled together an Editor’s Faves page with loads of options, many FREE. Visit our Christmas Editor’s Faves page to browse Christmas quilt patterns, quilt kits, crafty project instructions, and more!

And what about question #2? You’ve been extra good this year…what might you want to ask Santa/hubby/Mom/kids for this Christmas to get maximum quilting fun from your holiday gifts? Here are a few things we KNOW you’d love (because we want them badly). They’d also make wonderful gifts for your quilting buddies. Put your cursor over the images to see descriptions; click photos for details or to order online:

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Below is was the schedule for the entire Ho-Ho-Holiday Blog Tour. Check out each blog for a chance to win prizes and for many more gift ideas for quilters and the people for whom we quilt.

Saturday, Nov. 1 – Sew News
Sunday, Nov. 2 – McCall’s Quilting/Quick Quilts
Monday, Nov. 3 – Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Quilting Daily
Wednesday, Nov. 5 – Quilters Newsletter
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Quilters Club of America
Friday, Nov. 7 – Quiltmaker
Saturday, Nov. 8 – Creative Machine Embroidery

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Lodge Getaway Christmas Lap Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Lodge Getaway Christmas Lap QuiltCozy…comfy…cuddly…Christmas-y! All words to describe this week’s Friday FREEbie, the Lodge Getaway Christmas lap quilt pattern. The larger original quilt designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth was made with Kansas Troubles fabrics by Moda and had an autumnal cabin kind of look, but we liked the design so well we adapted it to make a fast traditional Christmas throw quilt pattern as well:

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The Christmas version of Lodge Getaway finishes at 54″ x 67″, a nice lap size.

The 12 Churn Dash Blocks are easy to make and the simple assembly plan means this quilt is basic enough even for a confident beginning quilter. The smaller size also makes it fast…not out of reach for Christmas sewing 2014. There are probably several people on your gift list who would love this as their Christmas present (maybe even you!).

Download the FREE Lodge Getaway Christmas lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Make your Christmas quilting super simple with any of these exclusive quilt kits:

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Blueberry Ice

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Blueberry IceA reader asked recently if McCall’s Quilting has any free quilt patterns for a blue and white bed size design. I’m happy to answer yes, yes we do! This week’s Friday FREEbie quilt pattern is the queen size version of Blueberry Ice, designed by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs:

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The queen size version of Blueberry Ice finishes 90″ square.

Isn’t it lovely? The queen size version requires 16 pieced blocks and a bit of clever sashing to create a nice churn dash secondary pattern between the large stars. It’s a very straightforward pattern, simple enough for even a confident beginner quilter. And if you’re not a blue kind of person, it would look great made in any favorite color family.

Download the FREE Blueberry Ice quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Do you love classic two-color quilts? Check these out!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2015!

Handmade with love. What a special and touching thing to be able to write on a gift card. It’s one of the primary reasons quilters quilt…to give gifts made with love. And the December/January 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is full of unique quilt patterns to make projects perfect for gift giving, and fast enough to complete in time for Christmas 2014.

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Frosted Windows is a sophisticated, elegant, and easy throw size quilt pattern designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth of Tailormade by Design. Its snuggle-up size and seasonless color palette make it a gift quilt they’ll use all year long. Kits are available!

If you’re looking for a gift quilt pattern for a much-loved youngster, check out (left to right) Whale Watch designed by Mary Kay Davis, Adventures in Space by Heidi Pridemore, and Tumble by Mellie Watts. Girls, boys, babies…there’s a quilt pattern here to make any little one’s eyes sparkle! Kits for Whale Watch are available in our online shop.

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Kids’ quilts are easy with our step-by-step quilt patterns!

And a holiday issue wouldn’t be a holiday issue without Christmas quilts and projects!

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SO many Christmas projects in this brand new issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts!

There are patterns for 2 table quilts (a runner and a square topper), a snuggly flannel lap quilt, a winter-themed wall hanging, and a handy Christmas card holder; preview them all here.  And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal library.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop beginning October 28—click here. We hope you enjoy working with these new patterns, and we wish you a very merry holiday season!

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Did Halloween Sneak Up On You? Here’s Help!

Patterson Kathy 70px Did Halloween Sneak Up On You? Heres Help!Overheard from a breathless quilter at a recent guild meeting: “It seems like it was just Labor Day and I turned around and suddenly it was fall and now Halloween is right around the corner and I haven’t even started the quilt projects I wanted to make!”

If that’s your story too, help is on the way. We’ve gathered up as many fast, fun Halloween projects as we can find and organized them on our Editors’ Faves Halloween page, so click the pumpkin below and find one that will work for you. And a very happy Halloween to all!

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Editor’s Faves Halloween page

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Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Scrappy Pinwheel

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Scrappy PinwheelScrappy quilts are the best quilts, don’t you think? Every patch tells a story, and no two scrap quilts are ever alike, even when made from the same pattern. If you’d like to turn your scraps into a classic vintage quilt design, try the Scrappy Pinwheel quilt pattern. It’s this week’s Friday FREEbie!

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Scrappy Pinwheel finishes at 69″ x 78″, a large throw size quilt

This vintage beauty is part of the collection of Beth Hayes. With your personal scrappy fabrication, you can create a quilt that will be an encyclopedia of fabrics of our own era. Future generations will thank you!

Download the FREE Scrappy Pinwheel quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Do you love quilt patterns inspired by vintage quilts? You may enjoy these:

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Will We See You in Houston?

Patterson Kathy 70px Will We See You in Houston?A pilgrimage to the International Quilt Festival held in Houston every fall is on many quilters’ bucket lists. Are you one of the lucky ones with plans to attend this year? Our new Content Director, Susan Guzman, will be there and she’d love to meet you! If you see Susan somewhere in the Festival aisles, be sure to say hello.

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McCall’s Quilting Content Director Susan Guzman

And enjoy the quilt exhibits, vendors, classes, and more throughout the Oct. 30-Nov. 2 show. It’s the 40th anniversary Festival…great excuse to celebrate everything to do with quilting!

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It’s the International Quilt Festival Ruby Jubilee!

Post your International Quilt Festival to our Facebook page here...we’d love to see your pics!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: American Dreamer

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: American DreamerHere at McCall’s Quilting, we just can’t get enough red, white, and blue quilts. Every American home should have at least one, don’t you think? This week’s free quilt pattern was designed by Marcie Patch and it’s striking with its classic lines and sparkling stars. This week’s Friday FREEbie is American Dreamer!

American Dreamer Large Friday Free Quilt Patterns: American Dreamer

The free pattern for the American Dreamer quilt
finishes 92″ square, a nice bed size

Patriotic quilt patterns are favorites with quilters of all skill levels. American Dreamer is easy enough for even a confident beginner and you can alter the size easily by adding or subtracting rows or columns of blocks.

Download the FREE American Dreamer quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie.

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

Looking for more patriotic quilt patterns? Here you go!

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