Tuesday Tutorials: Partial Seam Technique

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Partial Seam TechniqueMany quilt blocks are assembled by stitching their units together row by row. But some quilt block designs are more unusual in their construction. In cases where units are added surrounding another patch or unit, the partial seam technique is an easy, accurate way to get your quilt block together.

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The Spin Dance Block is pattered in McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014.

 

The Spin Dance Block shown here has a central patch surrounded by pieced rectangle units each consisting of 2 white and 3 assorted print patches. To assemble this block, and others with similar construction, the units are added to the central patch one at a time. The trick…the first seam is a partial seam, which is completed as the final seam after all other units are added.

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Partial seaming is definitely one of those things where a picture (or better yet a video) is worth a thousand words. So we made a short video to demonstrate this technique in action. Click the photo at right to watch…you’re less than 5 minutes away from mastering the partial seam technique!

Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2015!

The April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is bursting with 13 fast, fresh projects, from wall quilt patterns to queen size quilts. Fun techniques, original designs, cool new fabrics…this issue has it all!

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Seaside Breeze by Tammy Vonderschmitt, with fabulous machine quilting by Angela McCorkle, is our “cover girl” quilt and features fabulous Moda Fabrics by Kate Nelligan. You won’t believe how simple the piecing is in this design! The graphic punch of this quilt is remarkable, and the open white spaces will showcase your quilting beautifully. A limited number of kits are available.

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The Seaside Breeze quilt pattern finishes 76 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Mod Girl by Heidi Pridemore is a fresh-as-spring lap quilt pattern perfect for that sweet “tween” girl in your life. Easy piecing, fast fusible appliqué, and on-trend fabrics by Michael Miller guarantee this design is as much fun to make as it is to snuggle under!

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Mod Girl finishes 50 1/2″ x 65 1/2″; kits are available!

Quilters love to make projects featuring pet motifs, and Fluffy Pups by Betsy Brown is already getting rave reviews from our readers. We liked this cuddly flannel quilt so much, we decided to offer Fluffy Kittens appliqué shapes as a free web bonus, so you can customize the design with pups, kittens, or both!

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Fluffy Pups finishes 36 1/2″ square.

And that’s just 3 of the 13 wonderful patterns in this issue; preview all the quilts here! And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library.

This issue is available on newsstands no later than March 3, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop beginning March 3. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Prism Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Prism Table RunnerFree table runner quilt patterns are among our readers’ most-requested favorites. There’s something about starting and finishing a fast project to freshen up the look of your home that makes quilted table runners perennially popular. This week’s Friday FREEbie is the table runner version of Prism, a wall quilt pattern by Abigail Dolinger that first appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

I’ve actually been working on a version of this quilted table runner for my own kitchen. I can vouch for how fast, fun, and easy this table runner pattern is, and I’m looking forward to getting mine quilted, bound, and on display!

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The Prism free table runner quilt pattern finishes 12 1/2″ x 48 1/2″

Download the FREE Prism table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

And here are some more fun table runner quilt patterns…enjoy!

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Fast Panel Print Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Fast Panel Print Baby QuiltThis past weekend I decided on the spur of the moment to make a quilt for my great-niece who is having her first birthday in a few days. The time available for this project was quite limited…the entire quilt needed to be designed, made, quilted, and bound somewhere between a Friday evening and a Sunday morning. With a need for speed, my thoughts turned first to fabric panel prints.

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This Ric Rac Rabbits panel by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover measured 25″ x 44″, minus the missing chunk!

Panels are a nice place to start when you’re in a hurry to make a quilt. I have a few panels in my stash, mostly taken from sample header cards…hence the missing chunk in the panel I selected for this quilt! That’s where the fabric was riveted to the cardboard card identifying the maker, SKU, etc.

I’ve been making quilts since the 1980s so my automatic frame of reference when designing a quilt is generally pretty traditional. I looked at the panel, measured it, tried to figure out what size blocks I could surround it with. If I used 5″ blocks, I’d have to cut the panel down quite a bit to make the math work, so then I’d also need extra borders to get the size I wanted. I sketched 3 or 4 traditional pieced designs with blocks of different sizes and arrangements and didn’t like anything I came up with.

Then it occurred to me…why not do something slightly more modern? After all, the print itself had a modern feel and with so little time, making 30 or even 12 blocks seemed like a recipe for disaster.

In the end I decided to treat the panel like the center of a one-sided Log Cabin Block. I added pieced strips to the left side, the top, and the left side again and ended up with a 36″ x 45″ quilt, perfect for a one-year-old princess:

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Total time spent figuring out a design and piecing the quilt top…2 1/2 hours. That’s where I called it a day on Friday.

Of course, I tossed and turned part of the night, figuring out how to machine quilt it  icon smile Fast Panel Print Baby Quilt   I knew I wanted to stitch in the ditch along the pieced strips, to stabilize the whole thing. I also wanted to outline quilt the bunny and his little star on a string and the pink rectangle. After that, I decided to use star, heart, and flower motifs as the basis for some free-motion quilting. When I do this, I like to cut shapes from freezer paper, press and pin them to the quilt top, and use them as a guide, adding looping lines to connect the motifs as I go. I don’t like to mark quilting lines directly on a quilt…too many bad past experiences! And completely random free-motion quilting is hard for me to keep consistent and even.

E freezer paper shapes Fast Panel Print Baby QuiltSo I quilted stars and flowers around the bunny, and a row of flowers on the pink pieced strip, hearts on the red pieced strip, and stars on the black/gray pieced strip. Done! I decided to do an all-machine-stitched flanged binding to complete the quilt quickly:

F finished quilt Fast Panel Print Baby QuiltElapsed time to layer, baste, quilt, trim, and bind…6 hours. That’s a grand total of 8 1/2 hours from idea to quilt. It would have taken MUCH longer if I’d had to design something to fill that panel area and appliqué a bunny or lots of bunnies!

So, yay for panels, and for thinking in a slightly modern way about quilt design. I’m hoping to approach more projects this way in the future. And I hope to keep on personalizing baby quilts right through at least another generation.

Get more tips for customizing baby quilts here!

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Shimmer: A Visit with Gerri Robinson

Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer, and author Gerri Robinson! Read on and don’t miss the book and fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

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My quilt Shimmer, featured in McCall’s Quilting’s March/April 2015 issue, is a fun, playful and “unexpected” design. The clean clear colors of the Summer Cottage prints add to the fun and playfulness of the design while the simplicity of the block’s construction creates the unexpected emergence of the Friendship Star and Pinwheel.

 

I played around with a new way to create the traditional Friendship Star and Pinwheel without using the traditional elements. The block is very simple; flying geese and quick angled rectangles are the 2 elements used to create the block.

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These fun blocks finish 10″ square; a free pattern is available on our website!

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The Shimmer quilt pattern finishes 64 1/2″ square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready because you’ll have your very own Shimmer quilt in no time!

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Thanks so much, Gerri! We are giving away 3 prize packages each containing a copy of Gerri’s new book, Quilted Living (It’s Sew Emma, 2014), PLUS a fat quarter pack of Gerri’s Summer Cottage fabric collection for Red Rooster FabricsShimmer Prize 250px Shimmer: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonLeave a comment below before March 1, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 2 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congrats to Melissa Miller of Ballwin, Missouri; Janice Merrill of Richford, New York, and Allison Church Bird of Auburn, Alabama. And thank you to all who participated!

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We Love You! Here’s Our String of Hearts Quilt Pattern

Patterson Kathy 70px We Love You! Heres Our String of Hearts Quilt PatternThe McCall’s Quilting community is blessed with AMAZING members. From beginning to advanced quilters, subscribers to casual readers to Facebook fans, it is always a pleasure to share your enthusiasm for quilting and to strive to bring you the best, most comprehensive and clear quilt patterns we possibly can. It’s what we love to do!

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we wanted to find a way to show you how much we love you, and we know that more than anything else, you appreciate FREE quilt patterns. So please Be Our Valentines and download the pattern for Gerri Robinson’s String of Hearts quilt (a $7.99 value as are all our individual digital quilt patterns) with our compliments. This exclusive download will only be available February 13 through 16, 2015.

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Our online shop is also offering a Valentine’s Day treat of 14% off your purchases. Use promo code SWEET14 to save!

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at McCall’s Quilting! ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Tuesday Tutorials: Eight at a Time Half-Square Triangle Units

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Eight at a Time Half Square Triangle UnitsHalf-square triangle units (also known as pieced squares) show up in SO many quilt patterns. One of our most popular free quilting tutorials shows how to make 8 half-square triangle units at the same time, which is really handy when your quilt design calls for a lot of these units.

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The Flock of Geese Block is patterned in the November/December 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting

 

The Flock of Geese Block is a good example of a design requiring many half-square triangle units. There are 2 large white/green units and 8 small white/red units in each block. If you were making a quilt with several or many of these blocks, you’d need a TON of half-square triangle units, and by the time you got them made individually or in pairs, as is often done, you’d be ready to tear your hair out!

 

The answer…make 8 units at a time! Watch this short video of Erin Russek demonstrating the technique, and you may never make half-square triangle units any other way again. The formula for resizing to any desired finished dimension is included.

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This technique is fast, fun, and nearly magical!

Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Grandma’s Afghan

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Grandmas AfghanThis week’s Friday FREEbie is a lap quilt pattern inspired by a cozy knitted afghan! Lynn Lister actually created two of her Ziggity Zag quilts for the June/July 2009 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and we decided to feature the bright pastel version in the magazine and offer the country-colors version as a free web bonus throw quilt pattern. Here’s Grandma’s Afghan!

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The Grandma’s Afghan quilt pattern finishes 61″ x 69 1/4″

A couple of the fabrics Lynn used in the quilt had directional prints/stripes, and the pattern even includes instructions for fussy-cutting those fabrics to keep the prints going in the same direction, in case you want to get really fancy  icon smile Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Grandmas Afghan

Download the FREE Grandma’s Afghan lap 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 a few more quilt patterns by Lynn Lister, one of our reader-favorite quilt designers:

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Traditional Quilt Binding, Modern Technique

Patterson Kathy 70px Traditional Quilt Binding, Modern TechniqueNo quilt should ever go unfinished because its maker didn’t know how to bind it or was put off by the quilt binding process. After all, if you’re ready to bind, you’re SO CLOSE to a complete project! Just one more step and you’ll have a wonderful new quilt to love or give away.

Traditional Binding Traditional Quilt Binding, Modern TechniqueWhat we think of as traditional quilt binding is an applied fabric edging, typically machine-sewn to the quilt front, turned to the back, and hand stitched in place. This gives a beautiful finish, and is often preferred by quilt show judges. We have a thorough, easy-to-follow series of FREE videos done by editor Sherri Bain Driver available for you to watch 24/7 that will walk you through this process from beginning to end. Many quilters have written us to say they never “got” traditional binding or some individual step needed for it until they watched Sherri in action, so please take a look if you want this kind of binding and are stalled out!

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We have a live web seminar coming up, Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy with Jenny Kae, that will show you every step of the machine quilt binding process. Even if you love hand-turned bindings, every quilter should have an effective, attractive machine binding technique in her or his bag of tricks. You never know when you’ll have to finish a project in a hurry, and this is definitely the technique for that situation!

I hope you’ll join us at the live event on February 17, but if you can’t, don’t worry! Your registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You will receive a copy of the recorded presentation in an email that goes out within 1 week after the live event.

Watch, learn, and never leave a quilted quilt unfinished again!

 

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Making Valentines: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Wendy Sheppard! Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Wendy 125px Making Valentines: A Visit with Wendy SheppardHello to all McCall’s Quilting blog readers!  I am Wendy Sheppard from Ivory Spring.  It was a real joy and honor to have one of my quilts, Making Valentines, featured in McCall’s Quilting’s March/April 2015 issue.

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Making Valentines is patterned in the March/April 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting; kits are available!

It’s about that time – the celebration of LOVE!  I have constant reminders from my 6-year old daughter about the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  I have enjoyed making different Valentines over the years.

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Wendy’s Heart Block design finishes 8″ square

I set out to design a pieced Heart Block that is easy to construct so that the REALLY fun part would be picking out the fabrics for the different sections of the block for different final looks.  The blocks are basically made up of flying geese units and rectangles.

I thought the fabrics in Lynette’s Anderson Hearts and Flowers collection for RJR Fabrics are perfect for mixing and matching in the Valentine’s Blocks.  I am in love with the rusty red and gray fabrics in the collection.  I thought the colors give the usually bright Valentines a Scandinavian twist.

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I quilted an allover swirl motif on the quilt to give the quilt a textured final look.  Quilting is done with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

You will notice that I kept my outer border simple because I want the blocks to shine!  The versatility of the blocks allows different layouts — 3 block runner, pillows, just about anything that suits your fancy.

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Wendy’s quilt design finishes 62 1/2″ x 73 1/2″

I hope you have enjoyed Making Valentines, and I hope you will have fun making the quilt. Thank you for stopping by, and thank you to McCall’s editorial staff for featuring Making Valentines.

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Thanks so much, Wendy! We have a limited number of quilt kits available for Making Valentines. We are also giving away copies of Wendy’s new book, Recreating Antique Quilts (Landauer Publishing LLC, 2014), book 225px Making Valentines: A Visit with Wendy Sheppardto 3 lucky readers. Leave a comment below before February 14 telling us whether you’re making any Valentine quilt projects this year, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on February 14 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Brenda Hulsey of Calhoun, Kentucky; Ruth Rocker of Beavercreek, Ohio; and Peggy Terry of Cascade, Idaho.  And THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment!

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