Friday Freebie: 1893 Nine Patch Vintage Bed Quilt Pattern

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I never, never tire of the sweet & simple, humble little nine-patch! So what could be better than a Double Nine-Patch quilt? This wonderful antique quilt from the York County [PA] Heritage Trust was made in 1893. Our pattern instructions show you how to piece the nine-patches using quick strip-piecing techniques, but the small nine-patches could also be made up with 1½″ scraps before sewing into the Double Nine-Patch blocks & sashing.

Vintage View 1893 Nine Patch Friday Freebie: 1893 Nine Patch Vintage Bed Quilt PatternThe free 1893 Nine Patch bed quilt finishes at 81″ x 81″. Click here for link to download the FREE 1893 Nine Patch bed quilt pattern.

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Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 8

Amish w QA logo Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 8We’re excited to announce that episode 8 of our Accent on Amish Quilt Along is now live! This is the eighth of our nine-lesson series, which takes you step-by-step through the entire quiltmaking process, from cutting the fabric to the last binding stitch. In lesson 8 of the series, Sherri Bain Driver and Erin Russek show you how to prepare your quilt for a successful and beautiful binding. The binding step in creating a quilt is just as important as all of the steps leading up to it. This lesson’s discussion includes:

  • Joining the binding strips together with diagonal seams using chain piecing,
  • Trimming and pressing the seams
  • Pressing the completed long binding strip
  • Trimming the quilt sandwich edges and corners to prepare it for applying the binding

Click here to purchase the related Lesson 8 download, which includes instructions on how to add the quilt’s border.

If you’re just now joining us for our Accent on Amish Quilt Along, we’ve designed this video series so that viewers can pick up and quilt with us at any time. All of our videos are completely free, and can be accessed 24-7, so if you’re just now joining us you can easily catch up for the rest of the series or even take it at your own pace. Find all past episodes of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series by clicking here. You can also subscribe to McCall’s Quilting‘s YouTube channel to be notified each time a new episode is posted, or follow along as we post new episodes on Pinterest.

As part of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series, we’ve created an optional kit that you can purchase in our Quilt and Sew Shop as you quilt along with us. Click here to purchase the optional kit including all fabrics needed for the quilt top and binding, plus the complete set of printed Lessons 1-9. Coordinating backing fabric is also available— click here.

Stay tuned for the final episode of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series where we demonstrate how to:

  • Apply the binding (Episide 9)

For more information regarding upcoming episodes and related pattern downloads, kit options and more, click here.

 

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2013

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This brand new issue of McCall’s Quilting will motivate you to cozy up and get your quilting season started. Autumn is just around the corner, and many of us are finding inspiring new fall fabrics on display at our favorite quilt shops. If you’ve already succumbed to some tempting fall fabrics, or have some in your stash to work with, click the Maple Leaf block below for the free pattern from our online library of quilt block patterns for instant gratification!

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Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2013Let’s take a peek inside this fresh new issue of McCall’s Quilting:

Classic quilt lovers will enjoy Marcie Patch’s scrappy Gosling-Go-Round, Sherri Bain Driver’s stash-busting pieced and appliquéd Bloomin’ Triangles, and Jo Beth Simons’ traditional Anvil Chorus. Personally, I’ve placed Gerri Robinson’s gorgeous, sophisticated Pinwheel Panache on my must-make list!

Pinwheel Panache 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2013Do you prefer quilts that trend more toward modern designs? Take a look at Lisa Bee-Wilson’s sparkling Mint Julep quilt, and Tracee Doran’s Pink Tulip version. And you won’t want to miss Susan Guzman’s fresh floral Modern Lattice and Stepanie Prescott’s high-energy Macchiato Medley lap quilts.

For a colorful treat, enjoy Holly Holderman’s Sew Sweet twin bed quilt design.

Sew Sweet 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2013We don’t anticipate you’ll be able to resist making your own version of one or all of Laura DeMarco and Rita Demarco’s charming home accent pieces in Autumn Ensemble, featuring a wall hanging, table runner and felted-wool pillow. For a touch of whimsy, lighten up your Thanksgiving décor with Kate Colleran and Elizabeth Balderamma’s wool appliquéd turkey in Hold the Gravy.

Autumn Ensemble 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2013If you enjoy take-along quilting projects, grab your favorite scraps and try hand-appliquéd hexagons on the go with designer Abigail Dolinger’s Garden Pavers quilt pattern, then join the hexies by machine for a fast finish. Our step-by-step photos and instructions show you how.

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Curious about “The Modern Quilting Movement”? Industry pro Luana Rubin attended The Modern Quilt Guild‘s first big show, QuiltCon, and shares what The Modern Quilting Movement is all about in this issue.

Are you sometimes so taken with a certain look of a quilt that you want to make the identical version made by the designer? We have a limited quantity of kits available in our Quilt and Sew Shop for a few quilts (Mint Julep, Pink Tulip and Modern Lattice) patterned in this issue, ready to ship to your door with a few clicks of your mouse! Each kit includes all the top-quality famous-manufacturer quilting fabric needed for the quilt top and binding, plus the McCall’s Quilting pattern.

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Be sure to stop by our website and enter to win a gorgeous fat quarter pack of  fabrics from the Wish You Were Here collection by Holly Taylor for Moda.

Contest 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting September/October 2013You can find this issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop or newsstand now, or click here to purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop.

Enter to win a copy of this issue! Click here to preview all the quilt patterns included in this issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, then tell us which quilt pattern is your very favorite in the comments below; we’ll choose 4 random winners from the comments!

  1. Click here to see all the quilt patterns featured in this issue.
  2. Tell us your favorite quilt pattern in the comments below.

We’ll choose 4 random winners from comments below on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of selection.

Contest is over – congratulations to Sharon Dock, Jan Breslin, Jenniffer Howling and Barbara (“Autumn Ensemble is my favorite”). Please check your emails!

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

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Enter to Win Fat-Quarter Pack of Autumn Fabrics!

99425 Autumn Enter to Win Fat Quarter Pack of Autumn Fabrics!What would YOU make with this gorgeous bundle of fat quarters from the Wish You Were Here collection by Holly Taylor for Moda?

Perhaps you would peruse our free Block Index for a fun quilt block pattern, and design your own quilt…

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Perhaps you would pick one of the free patterns from our free Pattern Index, creating a scrappy autumn version of your favorite design…

Fluttering Leaves Large Enter to Win Fat Quarter Pack of Autumn Fabrics!

Even if this fat quarter pack would just be set prettily upon a shelf, patiently waiting for inspiration to strike, be sure to enter to win!

Contest is open from August 1 through September 30, 2013. One random winner will be selected on October 1, 2013, and notified within 24 hours by email. Click here for the link to enter the contest.

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Friday Freebie: Black Cherry Dimensional Lap Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Black Cherry Dimensional Lap Quilt Pattern

Are you intrigued to try new quilting ideas and techniques? If so, you’ll enjoy a taste of summer with Holly Holderman’s Black Cherry lap quilt pattern, featuring sweet covered-button black cherries and dimensional appliqué leaves. Our step-by-step instructions and photos will show you how!Black Cherry flat Friday Freebie: Black Cherry Dimensional Lap Quilt Pattern

The free Black Cherry quilt pattern finishes at 55½” x 71½”. Click here to download the FREE Black Cherry quilt pattern.

If you would prefer to use traditional appliqué techniques, click here to download the free  templates referred to in the download above for the cherries, leaves and stems.

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

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Dates Announced: African Adventure 2014

We’re so incredibly excited to announce the dates for our 2014 trip to Africa. Join us for an unbeatable experience as we travel to Kenya from November 14th to 22nd, 2014 to discover the culture, textiles, and beautiful landscapes of Nairobi!

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Treat yourself to the adventure of a lifetime with this 9-day deluxe safari expedition, personally escorted by McCall’s Quilting editor-in-chief Beth Hayes and Sew Many Places’ Jim West.

We’ll see Kenya through a quilter’s eyes, marveling at the natural beauty, local art, extraordinary wildlife, and African textiles. On this trip, we’ll stay 3 nights at the world-renowned Nairobi Serena Hotel, 2 nights in the exotic and luxurious tents of the Sweetwaters Sanctuary, and 2 nights in the Samburu Game Reserve first class lodge where we’ll embark on a game drive and visit a Samburu village.

We’ll visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi Giraffe Center, tour the Karen Blixen Museum and Kazuri Bead factory, visit with the Kenya Quilt Guild and Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers, and tour the picturesque city of Nairobi (including its wonderful textile market!). This 9-day African adventure includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York City
  • First-class hotel accommodations at three different locations
  • Tours of the city, museums and a bead factory
  • Sightseeing of the panoramic city of Nairobi

The total price for this trip is $6,342.00. You can also opt-in to extending your expedition to the Masai Mara for an additional three days (November 22-24, 2014), with 2 nights at the first-class Keekorok Lodge where you’ll partake in game drives across the Masai plains and a hot-air balloon safari with a champagne breakfast. This optional, three-day extension is $1,623.00.

For more details, visit McCallsQuilting.com. You can reserve your space now by contacting Becky at becky@sewmanyplaces.com (or toll-free, at 877-887-1188).

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Friday Freebie: Peas in a Pod Twin Bed Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Peas in a Pod Twin Bed Quilt Pattern

 

How about a free bright and sparkling twin bed quilt pattern for this summer weekend? Search you stash for favorite fabric coordinates, download the Peas in a Pod twin bed quilt pattern, and get sewin’!

Peas in a Pod Jean Kritenbrink McCalls Quick Quilts Friday Freebie: Peas in a Pod Twin Bed Quilt Pattern

The free twin-size bed quilt pattern is adapted from Jean Kritenbrink’s Peas in a Pod lap quilt design (pictured above), patterned in McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2013 issue. See more of Jean Kritenbrink’s work online at her blog, quiltinjeanie.blogspot.com.

 

The free Peas in a Pod twin bed quilt pattern finishes at 60½” x 90½”. Click here for link to download the FREE Peas in a Pod twin bed quilt pattern.

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

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 7

Amish w QA logo Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 7Welcome back to our Accent on Amish Quilt Along Video Series! Today we aired the 7th episode of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along. This is the seventh of our nine-lesson series that takes you step-by-step through the entire quiltmaking process, from cutting the fabric to the last binding stitch. In lesson 7 of the series, Sherri Bain Driver and Tracee Doran show you how to layer, baste and quilt your quilt. This episode includes:

  • How to layer and baste your quilt sandwich
  • Demonstration of in-the-ditch and straight-line quilting on a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2 home sewing machine
  • Demonstration of free-motion quilting on a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen
  • Top tips for beginning and ending quilting stitches, dealing with imperfect piecing intersections, and more

Click here to purchase the related Lesson 7 download, which includes instructions on how to add the quilt’s border.

If you’re new to our Accent on Amish Quilt Along, we’ve designed the video series so that viewers can pick up and quilt with us at any time. All of our videos are completely free, and can be accessed 24-7, so if you’re just now joining us you can easily catch up for the rest of the series or even take it at your own pace. Find all past episodes of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series by clicking here. You can also subscribe to McCall’s Quilting‘s YouTube channel to be notified each time a new episode is posted, or follow along as we post new episodes on Pinterest.

As part of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series, we’ve created an optional kit that you can purchase in our Quilt and Sew Shop as you quilt along with us. Click here to purchase the optional kit including all fabrics needed for the quilt top and binding, plus the complete set of printed Lessons 1-9. Coordinating backing fabric is also available— click here.

Stay tuned for episodes 8 and 9 of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series where we demonstrate how to:

  • Prepare the quilt for binding (Episode 8 )
  • Apply the binding (Episide 9)

For more information regarding upcoming episodes and related pattern downloads, kit options and more, click here.

Special thanks to our Accent on Amish Quilt Along sponsors:

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Friday Freebie: Vintage Pieced Butterfly Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Vintage Pieced Butterfly Quilt PatternI think it’s safe to say that most quilters, regardless of preferred quilting style, have at least a little soft spot for vintage quilts. Today, I’d like to share our sweet vintage pattern for Butterfly, first published in the 1936 Kansas City Star. Many such butterfly quilts consist of appliquéd butterfly blocks, but this one is unique in that the blocks are pieced. A bit of dainty stitching with embroidery floss adds a delightful detail to each block.

butterfly Friday Freebie: Vintage Pieced Butterfly Quilt Pattern

As I’m looking at this quilt, I’m wondering how it might work up using my choice of background fabric not only in the alternate blocks, but in place of the white in each of the butterfly blocks, as well. In this way, perhaps my butterflies could flutter about the quilt top more freely! As you look at this quilt, how might you make it up differently to suit your style and tastes?

This Butterfly quilt is owned by Janet Lyles, and while we unfortunately don’t know who made it, the maker did embroider the date, May 7, 1943, on a corner. (Note to self: take the time to label my quilts!)

butterfly block Friday Freebie: Vintage Pieced Butterfly Quilt Pattern

Be sure to click here and enjoy our FREE Video Lesson: Making and Using Traditional Piecing Templates.

The free Butterfly vintage quilt pattern finishes at 72 1/2″ x 84 1/2″. Click here for link to download the free Butterfly quilt pattern.

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

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Friday Freebie: Lilac Splendor Table Runner Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Lilac Splendor Table Runner Quilt Pattern

I have to tell you, our staff is having so much fun planning and making Quilt Along videos for our readers! Erin Russek designed a bright and beautiful floral appliqué wall hanging especially for our third online Quilt Along (you now have the inside scoop!), and many of us are making our own versions to share with you when that series begins.

Note: Please click here for all Quilt Along information. The current Quilt Along is Accent on Amish, geared toward beginning or time-challenged quilters. Stay tuned to our blog and/or Facebook, where we announce each new episode, as well as upcoming Quilt Alongs.

I typically enjoy making pieced quilts, and while I’ve done some appliqué over the years,  making the samples for our third Quilt Along has renewed my enthusiasm for this technique. So today, I’ve searched our free pattern index to find something with both pieced and appliquéd blocks. Lilac Splendor Runner 300px Friday Freebie: Lilac Splendor Table Runner Quilt Pattern

The free table runner pattern shown above is adapted from Jennifer Bosworth’s Lilac Splendor twin bed quilt shown below, patterned in the July/August 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting (issue may be purchased here).

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For helpful tips, don’t miss our free video, Preparing Shapes for Appliqué.

The free table runner quilt pattern finishes at 14½″ x 43″. Click here for link to download the free Lilac Splendor table runner quilt pattern.

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

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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