New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!

Patterson Kathy 70px New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Lifelong learning is so important. It keeps us young, exercises our brains, and gives us endless topics of conversation for family dinners, quilt guild, and overlong grocery store lines. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about 4 new web seminars that we’re hosting in January 2015!

What’s a web seminar, you ask? It’s a really fun way to learn new things online and at your own convenience and pace. A one-hour live event is held in which a presenter narrates slides and/or video (you see this on your computer screen) and you can interact by asking questions in real time, and the whole thing is also recorded so you can re-watch and enjoy as you like for an entire year. It’s easy to register, connect to the event, and access the archived presentation and any other materials that go along with it.

But I digress! This January’s web seminar offerings are pretty mind-blowing in terms of topics, presenters, and potential for changing your life. I hope you’ll click the photos below and read the details of each…these are really great learning opportunities at a VERY affordable price. Lifelong learners, rejoice! Here are your January 2015 web seminars:

DPWNR011415 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Quilt Collecting 101: 250 Years of American Quilts
Who: Bill Volckening, quilt magnet and author
When: January 14, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Bill has photos of over 250 amazing American quilts made in the last 250 years, plus great advice for aspiring quilt collectors. Admit it, you’re drooling just a little.

DPWNR0119151 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Quilting Ergonomics: A Healthful Approach to Comfy Quilting
Who: Mike Engman, certified personal trainer and wellness coach
When: January 19, 2015, 8-9pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Because sometimes poor posture, body mechanics, or sewing space design cause aches and pains or even injury when you quilt. Fix that, and sew longer and happier!

DPWNR012215 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Building an Art Business from the Ground Up
Who: Lynn Crawczyk and Cheryl Sleboda, fiber artists/authors
When: January 22, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: You’ve dreamed of turning your quilting or sewing hobby into a business, but aren’t sure if it’s possible or how to start. These ladies have the answers.

DPWNR012815 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Color Me Quilter: WHITE
Who: Mary Fons, quilter and member of the Fons quilt mafia
When: January 28, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Mary’s series of color-based seminars for quilters is well researched, informative, and fun. White, boring? NEVER and Mary tells you how and why. Plus there’s a bonus lesson on 10 essential quilting tools.

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No More Quilting Aches and Pains!

Erin Russek 175px 57073 No More Quilting Aches and Pains!Since I need to live to be at least 120 to finish all my quilting projects I decided to get in shape about a year and a half ago. Without a doubt hiring Mike Engman as a personal trainer has been the best investment I have ever made. Running, hiking, and push-ups are now a regular part of my life and no one is more shocked than me. The best part is that I am no longer bothered by the nagging aches and pain that used to be a regular part of my life.

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Cutting at a low height can wreak havoc with your back!

One thing that most quilters know is that long hours of sewing can definitely lead to injuries and discomfort. Mike’s interest in body mechanics and ergonomics has been a huge help. He has taught me about the proper body alignment for each step in the quilting process and has even taken pictures of some of my bad habits to raise my awareness. Eeeek!

Now this wealth of information is available in an online Quilting Ergonomics web seminar specifically designed for quilters! In this seminar you will learn the fundamentals of ergonomics for quilters, how to customize your sewing space for maximum comfort, and tips to avoid common injuries. There will even be a section on gentle stretches for hands, wrists, shoulders, and necks. You won’t want to miss this! Even if you can’t make the live seminar January 19 at 8PM ET, don’t worry. It will also be available in an on-demand format after the live event.DPWNR011915 150x150 No More Quilting Aches and Pains!

A small investment in yourself can make a huge change in your life…I know! I hope you’ll join Mike and me for this very important evening. Now sit up straight! Just kidding icon smile No More Quilting Aches and Pains!

Erin

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Philadelphia Pavement

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Philadelphia PavementI just added another quilt to my bucket list. In browsing our free vintage quilt pattern downloads, I came upon one called Philadelphia Pavement, and it is a stunner! Admittedly, as a Pennsylvania native, the name was already appealing. But the colors! The amazing colors! Just look at this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern.

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The Philadelphia Pavement quilt pattern finishes 86″ square.

I SO want to make this. At first I thought my design wall might not be big enough to keep track of all those little squares, but I looked over the pattern and the quilt center actually has 4 identical quadrants, so much less space will be needed. It’s definitely on my list.

Download the FREE Philadelphia Pavement quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

Vintage quilt lovers may enjoy these patterns as well:
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BLOCK Friday: Joseph’s Star Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Josephs Star BlockWhen I was asked to design a quilt block to demonstrate a basic quilt making skill for the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, my mind immediately went to strip piecing. This technique is used for so many block and quilt designs, and it’s deceptively easy-looking. Sew some straight lines, right? But once you sit down to do it, you realize things can go awry very quickly and very badly if you’re not paying attention. To demonstrate some tips for accurate strip piecing, I created the Joseph’s Star Block.

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The Joseph’s Star Block finishes at 12″ square.

I’ve always admired Joseph’s Coat quilts, in fact the design is on my bucket list. So this block gave me a little preview of using a similar color scheme while I played with strip sets.

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Joseph’s Coat photo courtesy nebraskahistory.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I taped a short FREE Block Builders Workshop video that includes tips for accurate strip piecing (from cutting to sewing to pressing). I hope you enjoy it!
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If you’d like to make your own Joseph’s Star quilt blocks, you’ll need the pattern included in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting. If you don’t already have a copy, it’s available in print version (while supplies last) and digital version in our online shop. Happy BLOCK Friday!

 

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Top 12 FREE Quilt Patterns and Tutorials of 2014…For You!

Patterson Kathy 70px Top 12 FREE Quilt Patterns and Tutorials of 2014...For You!There are free quilt patterns and videos all over our website. Truly, they’re popping off the pages and stacking up like planes over Kennedy. But sometimes it’s nice to have a group of them organized for easy reference. So here are links to the 12 most popular, most downloaded, most appreciated free McCall’s Quilting quilt patterns and videos of the last year. Enjoy!

  1. Lone Star quilted wall hanging pattern
  2. No-Waste Flying Geese video tutorial
  3. Graphic Red two-color bed quilt pattern
  4. Urban Windows easy pieced lap quilt pattern
  5. Mill Wheel updated classic throw quilt pattern
  6. Peas in a Pod bright pieced twin size quilt pattern
  7. Brick-a-Brack lap and baby size quilt patterns
  8. 1893 Nine-Patch vintage quilt pattern
  9. Scarlet Stars one-block traditional lap quilt pattern
  10. S’mittens cute appliquéd table runner pattern
  11. Tiny Tannenbaum quick quilted wall hanging pattern
  12. Sweater Weather quilted bed runner pattern

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Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCall’s Quilting!

Patterson Kathy 70px Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!Where’s the most exciting place YOU will quilt in 2015? If you dream of stitching hexies on a tour bus headed for Shanghai, appliquéing flowers while resting on a park bench in London, or perhaps just soaking up quilting inspiration while touring a castle in Germany…now your dreams can come true.

McCall’s Quilting has 3 different international quilters trips scheduled for 2015, and I invite you to dream big.

Street Art Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!

London street artists, 1985

I’ve only traveled to Europe once, way back in the 80s, but it was life-changing and left impressions that are still with me to this day. It was expensive (at the time, I was in my 20s and just a few years into being a single homeowner, so you can imagine my financial picture), risky (I needed to get 3 consecutive weeks off from a very demanding social service job), and a little scary (I’d never been in a plane before. Never.) but it was SO worth it.

Trevi Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!

At the Trevi Fountain in Rome. That’s me on the right, 1985.

What can you expect to get from a McCall’s Quilting tour? Here are just a few of the benefits our travelers tell us they appreciate:

  1. Personal and attentive tour hosts. Whether your trip is hosted by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Beth Hayes, or by Jim West of Sew Many Places and his staff, you will have one or more 24/7 leaders to answer all your trip-related questions and smooth your travel.
  2. Similarly, your local tour guides will be the best available anywhere. We have ongoing relationships with professional, trusted guides in all the regions we tour, and our travelers love their energy, spirit, and encyclopedic knowledge.
  3. You’ll see your destination point(s) from a quilter’s perspective. Beth plans these trips to include the maximum contact with local quilters, quilt shops, textile museums, and other sites related to the fiber arts. These are not generic tours like you’ll find in some other places. These trips are planned by quilters, for quilters.
  4. You’ll be pampered. All McCall’s Quilting trips and events have always featured the highest level of attention to detail and careful consideration of our travelers’ needs.
  5. When you travel with other quilters, you’re always among friends. Even if you’re traveling solo, you won’t be alone for long in a group of quilters and their companions!

Ready to learn more about our 2015 tours? Click the images below to visit the trip landing pages, which include links to complete itineraries. And dream big!

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Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics…

Patterson Kathy 70px Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics...but were afraid to ask! Seriously, when every quilter you know is making fantastic quilts using Jelly Roll strips and Layer Cake squares but you’re just wondering, “Do I measure from the pinked edges, or from the little valleys?”, working with precut quilt fabrics can be a little intimidating. And even if you’ve mastered the basics of working with precuts, you’re probably still on the prowl for really creative quilt designs that make the most of those tempting bundles.

il 570xN.433754290 m8wd 300x198 Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics...When I think of precut fabrics, the first thing that comes to mind is <sound of angels singing> MODA. The people at Moda Fabrics, and Lissa Alexander in particular, pioneered the precut fabric business and their bundles are simply perfection. So who better to turn to for precut fabric advice than a Moda staffer?

That’s why we’re hosting a comprehensive online course on Quilting with Precuts beginning February 2, 2015.Hosts cropped 300x201 Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics... Your instructors <drumroll, please>…Jean Nolte of Fons & Porter and Cheryl Cantoya, Moda representative. These ladies know their precuts, and the course will cover everything from the history of the precut fabric bundle, to how to work with Jelly Roll, Layer Cake, and charm pack pieces, to the use of special tools to make the most of your fabric. Registered students will also have access to fifty (yes, 50!) quilt patterns designed specifically to use precut fabrics (see some on this page under the “included patterns” tab). This precut-fabric quilt pattern library is worth way more than the course itself costs, plus you get all that great instruction and class interaction as well. What a deal!

Do yourself a favor and go read the details about this course. If you’ve been very good this year, maybe Santa will even register you as a special Christmas gift  icon smile Learn Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Precut Fabrics...   And if you’ve been a little naughty…well, you can always register yourself. Either way, you’ll be on top of your quilting-with-precut-fabrics game in no time!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Hearts Abloom

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Hearts AbloomSuddenly, I’m thinking about Valentine quilts, pink quilts, wall quilt patterns with hearts for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s the red and green overload of the Christmas season, or the knowledge that if I want a Valentine quilt I’d better get to work, but I’m dreaming of a pink Valentine’s Day. So this week, let’s make Hearts Abloom by Heidi Pridemore our Friday Free Quilt Pattern!

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The FREE Hearts Abloom wall quilt pattern finishes 46 1/2″ square.

This wall quilt pattern includes step-by-step photos to help with perfect fusible appliqué placement. It’s a sophisticated and visually interesting take on a pink color palette, with a fresh, clean feel.

Download the FREE Hearts Abloom wall hanging quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

Here are some more Valentine inspiration ideas!

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BLOCK Friday: Flock of Geese Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Flock of Geese BlockThe second quilt block in our December Block Friday series is the classic Flock of Geese Block, and a cool technique makes it so fast you could honestly call it a 10 minute quilt block pattern! This block was created by assistant editor Erin Russek for the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The Flock of Geese Block finishes 12″ square.

 

Erin demonstrates a fast, fun technique for making 8 half-square triangle units at a time in the free video we taped to go along with this quilt block pattern. It’s a tried and true, well-known technique, but we had never done a video on it before this, so we were excited to share it with our audience. I was in the studio as floor producer the day Erin taped, and she did it in 1 take! That girl knows her quilting.

 

 

Erin BLOCK Friday: Flock of Geese BlockYou’ll definitely want to give this FREE quilting video a look, even if you don’t plan to make the Flock of Geese Block. Quilters use so many half-square triangle units, and this technique will save you SO much time. The video even includes the formula for figuring out what size to cut your fabric squares…it’s really easy!

If you’d like to make your own 12″ Flock of Geese Blocks, you’ll need the pattern provided in the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. If you don’t have a copy at home, it’s available as an instant digital download, so you can get started on your blocks right away. Happy BLOCK Friday!

 

Looking for more quilt block inspiration? Check these out!


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Hot off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2014/2015!

Scrappy quilts hold a special place in many quilters’ hearts, and our annual newsstand-only scrap quilt magazine holds a special place with the McCall’s Quilting staff. We’re proud to introduce the Winter 2014/15 issue of America Loves Scrap Quilts, on sale December 23, 2014!

Cover 500px Hot off the Press: America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter 2014/2015!Many McCall’s Quilting staff members and regularly-appearing designers have quilts patterned in this issue…we just can’t seem to stop making scrap quilts! From Pretty Pastilles by assistant editor Erin Russek to Taupe Hope by graphic designer Joyce Robinson, you’ll see lots of familiar designer names on these spectacular scrap quilt patterns.

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There are patterns for 18 wonderful scrap quilts in these pages, including gorgeous classics and cool trendy designs. There are also patterns for every size quilt from wall hanging to large bed quilt. We work hard to balance the mix in our scrap quilt magazines, so there’s truly something for everyone, from beginning quilt patterns to advanced designs.

Preview the entire issue here, or order your print or digital issue online beginning mid-December. If you’ve got a fabric stash, you won’t want to miss the chance to add these scrap quilt patterns to your personal library!

Need even more scrap quilt patterns? Back issues are available here, and on sale now!
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