Win Fabric For Life From Keepsake Quilting!

Patterson Kathy 150px Win Fabric For Life From Keepsake Quilting!What will you do with your share of over $15,000 in fabric and other amazing prizes? The 2016 Keepsake Quilting “Fabric for Life” contest is now under way, and you can enter every day through December 31 to improve your chances of taking home some of this wonderful quilter’s booty!

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If you don’t enter, you don’t win, so enter daily!

Official rules are available here.

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How To Finish A Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 How To Finish A QuiltQuilt making is often a marathon activity. Sure, you may run the occasional sprint like a jelly roll race quilt or a small wall hanging. But in many cases, the process of making a quilt is much more like a long, long run, requiring many hours of effort and an ability to get across the finish line despite exhaustion of one kind or another. It’s not easy. Most of us have UFO’s to prove it. Some of us have MANY UFOs to prove it.

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How we feel when we finish a quilt!

So what separates the finishers from the also-rans? In my experience and in talking with quilters of every skill level, age, and walk of life, your ability to finish a quilt boils down to 3 main factors:

 

Urgency – How badly do you need this quilt to be finished? This above all else determines the likelihood you will complete the project. Deadlines are amazing motivators, so don’t shy away from setting them for yourself if they don’t naturally occur. Think about it – when a baby is about to arrive, you are very likely going to finish that crib quilt, even if it means late nights or laundry piling up.

calendar july 2016 300x203 How To Finish A QuiltIn cases where there is no “real” deadline, try making a schedule for yourself and see your finish lines improve. One of the most prolific quilters I’ve ever known worked out a quilting schedule at the turn of every year, planning which projects she’d work on each month and setting up quilting times and achievable deadlines for herself. Try it and see if it ramps up your sense of urgency and motivation!

Skill set – Are you confident in the quilting techniques required to make this project? If not, do you have help and support lined up? For example, if you’ve never done the foundation (paper) piecing technique before and all of your quilt blocks require it, you’re going to need instruction and assistance to get the job done. In-person or online classes, books, and videos can all help.

What’s more, some skills have a more important role to play in finishing a quilt than others. Quilting projects tend to stall out after the quilt top is complete. It’s the biggest hurdle point for most quilters. Up until the top is done, it’s all fun and games. Playing with fabric, happily stitching, it’s the reason we quilt! But then…it needs to be quilted. And bound. And here’s where we falter.

ClassComp How To Finish A QuiltInvest in some classes or other instruction on quilting techniques and how to bind a quilt, practice your finishing skills until you establish your own favorite and comfortable methods, and the percentage of completed projects in your future skyrockets.

Stamina – Are you taking care of your physical and mental energy and health? Quilting may not seem like an activity requiring either…you’re just sitting around sewing, right? But you can’t quilt without a body and a mind, and a body and mind in good working order will serve you well in finishing your quilts.

NoMoreBackaches400px How To Finish A QuiltMachine quilting and binding are especially tough on the bod, requiring handling substantial weight and manipulating it using arms, shoulders, back, neck, etc. Ergonomics are important here. Same goes for your mental stamina. Having a quilting routine, encouraging yourself with anything that inspires and energizes you (guild meetings, music, a functional and pretty work space, quilt shows, quilting magazines, the occasional chocolate splurge), all these things will help keep you in a position where finishing your project is much more likely. Get strong and stay strong – quilting itself can help build stamina, just as a training schedule of short runs can help condition a runner in advance of that marathon!

I hope these ideas will help you get perspective on how to finish a quilt, and encourage you to make small changes to improve your finishing quotient. It’s not  a quilt until it’s quilted and bound, and paying attention to factors like urgency, skill set, and stamina will help get you there 100% of the time.

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

 

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Quilting for Family and Furry Friends

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors and artists who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines have sweet quilt photos to share this week. Here’s what a few of our team members completed recently:

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Photographer Mellisa Karlin Mahoney does a lot of her quilting at her cabin in the Rocky Mountains. She writes, “I made 15 dog beds and quilts for Sunshine Canyon Dog Rescue the last few weeks. My girls approve! I used up a lot of flannels from my stash, too.”

 

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Administrative editor Deb McDonald reports, “We recently took a road trip to California to visit family, so I haven’t been at my sewing machine for awhile. Before we left I made a pillowcase for granddaughter Lucy to celebrate her continuation from 5th grade to middle school. Grandpa Mike (aka Old McDonald) picked out farm fabric with barn quilts. The brown flange is a fencing print and the fabric with the red background has sheep printed on it.

DebA Quilt Design Wall Monday: Quilting for Family and Furry FriendsOn our trip we visited the Alameda County Fair. I can’t visit a fair without looking at the quilt exhibits. The Mariner’s Compass quilt below won first place. Unfortunately the card with the quilters name did not photograph well so I’m not able to give credit. If anyone can help me I would appreciate knowing who made this beautiful quilt. Also catching my eye was second place winner The Elephant Parade by Donna Fay Bower, quilted by Jeanne Brophy. “

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I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and now that it’s been gifted, I can finally share a photo of my niece Lara’s engagement quilt. The pattern for She Said Yes was published in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting (currently on sale for $2.99, in case you like the pattern!). Lara was staying with me at the time I made the quilt for the magazine, and I half-jokingly told her that the next niece to get engaged would also get the quilt. Three years later, here we are and she’s engaged to be married in September! All her bridal shower guests signed the quilt label, where I incorporated a scan of the shower invitation printed on fabric. Now all I need to do is remove the freezer paper I pressed to the underside of the label and stitch the bottom closed. Perfect shower gift!”

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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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Book Review: Mountain Mist Historical Quilts

Patterson Kathy 200px 150x150 Book Review: Mountain Mist Historical QuiltsMountain Mist Historical Quilts
by Linda Pumphrey

Fons & Porter, 2016; $24.99

 

COVER600px Book Review: Mountain Mist Historical QuiltsYou don’t HAVE to enjoy quilt history to enjoy Mountain Mist Historical Quilts, but if you do, you’re in for a very special treat. With loads of information on the Stearns & Foster Company and its Mountain Mist batting free quilt pattern promotions, as well as the history of the quilt collection that resulted, this book is a must-read for any quilter with a historical bent.

But that’s just one tiny aspect of this wonderful book, which I’ve been awaiting with my breath held for about a year now, ever since I learned it was in the works. I well remember the Mountain Mist batting wrappers and the quilt patterns inside, as do many quilters. It was fun, exciting, and a genuine tradition! My fingers were crossed that this book would prove worthy of its subject, and it does not disappoint.

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I love both versions of this Fan Quadrille quilt, the 1942 original on the left, and Linda’s update on the right which requires no curved piecing!

Linda Pumphrey selected 14 classic quilt patterns from the Mountain Mist collection and recreated them with modern fabrics (and in some cases updated techniques) to include in this book. Many of the patterns even include information on Accuquilt® Go! dies useful for cutting patches for that particular quilt, taking these instructions right into the 21st century.

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Zig Zag was made in 1930 by an unknown quilter.

And the quilts…oh, the quilts! Not only are Linda’s recreations gorgeous, but we’re also treated to photos of the original sample quilts, now in the care of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

The Tools and Techniques section at the back of the book is a well-written and comprehensive review of quilt making basics. It won’t be all the instruction needed by an absolute beginner quilter, but it’s a helpful review for anyone with a little experience to fall back on.

If historical quilts are your thing…or if you’re looking for fabulous pieced and appliqued quilt patterns to make your very own…give this book a look today!

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

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Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Baubles And Beads

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Baubles And BeadsDelight your favorite girl (of any age!) with one of our free modern quilt patterns and a collection of bright, colorful prints. This week’s Friday FREEbie is Baubles and Beads, designed by Susan Guzman. It’s traditional patchwork given a modern spin with a fresh color palette. At 66 1/2″ x 74 1/2″, it’s a great size for couch cuddling or use on a twin bed. Let’s take a look:

BaublesAndBeads600px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Baubles And BeadsThe blocks are easy to piece, and clever placement of pieced sashing strips (plus top/bottom pieced borders) creates the string of beads effect that continues right to the edges of the quilt. Simple, fun, and absolutely adorable.

BaublesFLAT375px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Baubles And BeadsDownload the free Baubles and Beads twin size quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie! It also comes with two more marvelous free quilt patterns, Rainbow Rhythm by Tricia Camp and Lemon Squeezy by Sherri Bain Driver.

 

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Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening

Harmening Marcia 225px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningWelcome quilt designer, author, and first-time contributor to McCall’s Quilting Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts! Marcia’s lap quilt, Blown Away, is patterned in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

A great big thank you to McCall’s Quilting for featuring my Blown Away quilt in their September/October 2016 issue!

Blown Away 600px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningIf you have a collection of pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips of fabric in your sewing room staring at you and begging to be used, let those strips know their lucky day has arrived! Simply scoop them up and be blown away by a quick and easy method of machine appliqué.

I used a log (containing 26 strips 2 1/2″ in width) from the Chirpy Lola Collection by Ella Blue Fabric. This was enough fabric for the little whirligigs in the quilt, but I had to find my own binding. If you use a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop containing 40 strips you will have enough for the appliqué pieces and binding.

BookCover Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningSo here we go. Welcome to the wonderful world of Flip & Fuse appliqué! Although the Blown Away quilt pattern in the magazine includes step by step instructions for turned-edge applique, my Flip & Fuse technique is what I used to make the sample quilt. This technique is featured in my book Flip & Fuse Quilts by C&T Publishing.

How to Flip & Fuse:

CAM01671 300x177 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening1. Simply trace a Melon Shape (Applique Template in the magazine) onto the smooth, non-glue side of a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing. I like to use Pellon 911FF — it is strong enough to resist ripping, yet light enough to keep your appliqué pieces from feeling rigid.

2. Place the traced piece of fusible interfacing on a piece of fabric so the glue side of the interfacing is directly against the right side of the fabric. Sew along the drawn line.

CAM01672 300x139 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening3. Trim the unit 1/8” beyond the sewn line and make a slit in the interfacing. Be careful not to cut the fabric!

 

CAM01674 300x189 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening4. Turn the unit right side out by pulling the fabric through the slit in the interfacing. Use a small Phillip’s head screwdriver or another blunt instrument to gently push out the points of each melon.

 

CAM01673 300x132 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening5. Finger press the edges of the melons when you are pleased with the shape. Now the right side of the fabric is on top and the glue side of the interfacing is on the bottom. Notice that all raw edges are turned under! Pretty nifty!

 

CAM01675 300x296 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening6.  Use a hot iron to fuse the melon piece to the background as directed in the pattern. You can use a straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, or a blind hem stitch (my personal favorite) to sew the appliqué piece to the background fabric.

Note: I like to use clear .004 polyester thread to sew all of my pieces in place. However, you may also use cotton threads that match your fabrics. The pretty quilting on the sample was done by Laurie Vandergriff.

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Happy Quilting!

Marcia

Thanks, Marcia. Marcia is giving away a copy of her Flip & Fuse book to a lucky blog reader! Leave a comment below before midnight July 24, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on July 25 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winner! Congratulations to Teri Clark of Enumclaw, Washington. Marcia will get your book out to you pronto!

Cover 200px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningIf you’d like to make your own version of the Blown Away quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Blown Away digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Yummy Chocolate, Wool and More!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines had another busy week in their home sewing spaces. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Editor Erin Russek is making great progress on an applique quilt: “We had a super hot weekend so I decided to stay inside and sew. I’m calling this quilt Chocolate Bon Bons because when I saw that one of the Moda Bella Solids was called Hershey I just knew I needed to use it. I probably would not have graduated from college if it weren’t for Hershey’s Kisses! I just finished designing the corner blocks. The other blocks are from my Florabunda quilt from several years ago. These blocks are just glue basted and I look forward to many happy hours of stitching them while listening to audiobooks.”

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Paula Stoddard

 

Managing editor Paula Stoddard reports, “This time of year will always find us parked in front of the TV watching the Tour de France. It’s good timing for me because I’ve been stitching like crazy on Quiltmaker’s 2017 wool appliqué series quilt.

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This weekend I almost finished sewing the top together, along with my trusty side-kick Sami. A stitching weekend is a good weekend!”

 

 

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Kathy Patterson

Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and this week I worked on another UFO. My friend Lisa tried her hand at applique when I was making my version of Erin Russek’s Fancy Flowers. We worked together in all our free moments for about a month, and had so much fun! My version went out to a professional quilter along with everyone else’s from the McCall’s Quilting staff, but Lisa’s really cried out for hand quilting. She wasn’t too interested in quilting it herself, so now I’m working on it for her. I have all the quilting in the background done – I LOVE the texture! Oh, and that’s my buddy Zuzu standing guard. She’s the quality control inspector.

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Lori Baker

Acquisitions editor Lori Baker writes, “I’ve started making a quilt for an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting. I won’t show you the whole design but the quilt has 80 of these little 9-patch units. They finish at only 3″. What was I thinking when I designed this? That means that each little square in the 9-patch finishes at 1″. I spent most of my free time on Sunday constructing the parts for the blocks.”

 

9 patches Quilt Design Wall Monday: Yummy Chocolate, Wool and More!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 Pattern: Blue Moon

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Blue MoonQuilters love free queen size quilt patterns, and there’s so much to love about this week’s Friday FREEbie, Blue Moon! It’s a scrap quilt, perfect for using up a lot of stash fabrics. The pattern is full of beautiful stars, and is classically elegant. Wonderful secondary patterns emerge when the quilt top is assembled. And it’s just stunning! Here’s Blue Moon, designed by Charlotte Angotti:

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Blue Moon finishes 91 1/2″ square.

See what I mean? This quilt just sparkles. This pattern involves some template piecing for those sharp star points, so it is a bit challenging. But it’s SO worth the effort!

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Windfarm: A Visit with Bev Getschel

Bev 200px Windfarm: A Visit with Bev GetschelBev Getschel is a self-described “quilter, not writer.” Over the past 10 years, she has had well over 160 featured patterns in major quilt magazines. She also did a book with Annie’s called Classic Quilts With an Upscale Twist in October of 2014.  Many of her quilt designs are featured on her website, with links to the publishers.

 

Bev Getschel’s Windfarm quilt in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is a study in dynamic simplicity. This scrappy twin size quilt pattern is in no way complicated to make. But the creative geometry of the design makes it interesting to look at and fun to sew. Bev started working on her design with a simple patchwork block:

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That perky pinwheel is called a Turnstile Block in Electric Quilt (EQ7) software, which Bev uses in designing her quilts. Once she settled on this block, she got busy trying it out with different settings and partner blocks. Here’s what she came up with:

 

 

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The diagonal setting adds excitement and the frame Bev created of Rail Fence Blocks and red setting triangles and border pulls the design together into a medallion effect. Here’s the finished quilt:

WindfarmFLAT600px Windfarm: A Visit with Bev GetschelOnce you get that nice range of scrap fabrics added in, this quilt design really comes to life. And the quilting by Lynette Gelling adds so much dimension and movement!

The Windfarm quilt pattern includes detailed photos showing a trick for pressing pinwheels perfectly flat. Many seams intersect at the center of a pinwheel, so this trick is a really good one to have in your bag of skills!

 

Cover 200px Windfarm: A Visit with Bev GetschelIf you’d like to make your own version of the Windfarm quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and instant digital copies of the magazine here, or download the Windfarm digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

 

 

 

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Suggested Quilt Sizes for All Bed Types

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Suggested Quilt Sizes for All Bed TypesThere are many variables to consider when selecting the size quilt pattern to use for a particular bed, or when designing your own quilt pattern. What size is the mattress? How deep is it? Do you want the quilt to cover just the mattress, or to hang even longer, over part or all of the box spring? Do you want a pillow tuck? How heavily do you plan to quilt the top? A quilter’s head can spin just trying to get a handle on size, and that’s without even considering fun stuff like block design, colors, or fabric selection!

So we decided to pull together a chart showing all standard mattress sizes and suggested quilt sizes for each of them. Keep in mind that these are just suggestions, based in most cases on a mattress depth of 15″. The download also includes a very simple way to figure out ideal width and length quilt to make for ANY mattress size, so you can customize to your heart’s content.

Download our free Quilt Sizes Guide now – it’s our gift to all McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts fans!

You may also enjoy:

Make Quilt Blocks in the Sizes You Want on-demand web seminar

Creative Quilting for Home Decor online course

Getting Started: Quilting Basics for Beginning Quilters on-demand online course

 

 

 

 

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