Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! The editors who make McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines enjoyed their weekend stitching, and we hope you did too! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:
I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and this weekend I helped my cousin Karen, who is a very good quilter in her own right, learn to stitch Y seams (AKA set-in seams) by machine. Not having experience with this technique was holding her back from making some more advanced blocks she wants to try, so now she can really take her piecing to the next level. By the time she left my house, she had 3 patches nicely set in to an eight-pointed star. She’ll fill in the blank spots and trim up the block at home. I can’t wait to see what she makes next!
Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “I finally finished the last stitches on a quilt I made for my daughter-in-law, and gave it to her this weekend. We agreed on a business deal awhile back. She would provide proofing and editing services for a book I wrote in exchange for me making a quilt for her. (I believe I really did have the good end of the deal–on both sides.) She chose the Carpenter’s Star pattern and then waited patiently for me to finish it. I hand pieced the top, adding the border of Flying Geese. I was so late in meeting my end of the bargain, instead of hand quilting the layers I finally gave in and took the top to Judy at a Better Quilt in Arvada, Colorado for the final finish. She suggested using a motif reminiscent of the 30’s. I think the quilt came out beautifully. And Jillian is so pleased with it!”
Administrative editor Deb McDonald reports, “I finally got to spend some time in my sewing room this weekend. It’s been way too long!
In the upcoming December/January 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts there will be a quilt featured using words. The letters not used in the quilt will be a web bonus. That means endless possibilities for words and phrases. What word would you choose?
Several staff members are using the letters to sew a word that is meaningful to them. Here is a sneak peek of mine. The letters go together so fast—it’s addicting! I have two more words in mind. Can’t wait to sew some more!”
And from editor Erin Russek: “I love basket blocks. I have a new strategy for designing. I have a box of fabrics all washed (yes, I pre-wash) and ready to sew. Whenever I get an idea I am going to try it out with these fabrics first. That way when I have enough new blocks I can make a sampler quilt. I’m also going to use this box of fabrics to practice piecing some of those really tricky blocks I have always wanted to try.”
Managing editor Paula Stoddard asks, “Have you ever worked on a project where you feel like you are getting ready to get ready to get ready to make some blocks? That’s how I felt this weekend while working on an upcoming McCall’s Quilting design. I made one test block just to double check my math, then I cut out all the patches to chain piece all the pieces and parts of the blocks. Now I’m ready to make the blocks and I can hardly wait to get home to sew. The design is beautiful and the fabrics are gorgeous! Well worth the work getting ready to get ready!”
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