Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2014!

Cover 500px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2014!17 of the most fabulous, fresh quick quilt patterns of the year are on their way to subscribers and newsstands now in the August/September 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. If you’re looking for fun summer quilting projects, we’ve got you covered!

Kids of all ages will love the bright colors and cute critters of Owl Be Your Friend, a lap quilt perfect for cozy summer naps:

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Designed by Wendy Sheppard; exclusive kits available here.

The Urban Jungle bed size quilt is a wonderful design for showcasing large-scale prints, and its big blocks go together so quickly!

And if you’re ready to get a jump on fall decorating, the Jazzy Jack wall hanging quilt is a super-fun project. A unique sew-cut-sew technique adds movement to the design, and we’ve got step-by-step photos to walk you through it:

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Designed by Robin Puma; quilt kits are just $34.99!

Get ready to entertain your quilting friends with the Quilters’ Brunch quilted table ensemble, including quilted placemats, coordinating napkins, and adorable Jelly Roll napkin rings:

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Add Quilters’ Brunch to your library of quilted placemat patterns.

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Guests will love the cute Jelly Roll napkin rings!

And that’s just a tiny preview! Click here to check out every quilt pattern in the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Click here to see the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Facebook 150,000 Fans Milestone: ENTER TO WIN FABRIC

Join us for a Facebook milestone celebration: when we reach 150,000 fans on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page, we’ll give away this absolutely scrumptious 40-fat-quarter bundle of Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda! (That’s 10 yards of fabric!)

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This collection of fabrics features beautiful botanical prints in dark brown, taupe, dark and aqua green, rose and pink, and a warm tan.

Play along, and enter to win! Follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. “Like” McCall’s Quilting on Facebook.
  2. Click here to enter for a chance to win the contest.

That’s all it takes! Look for the photo of the fabric pack on our Facebook page and click “share” to help spread the word; the faster we reach 150,000 fans, the faster we’ll be able to choose a winner!

When we reach 150,000 fans, one random winner will be selected and notified within 24 hours via email. The winner’s name and city will also be posted to our Facebook page.

Note: Please click here for official rules. We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications that preclude us from being able to offer prizes except in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).

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Cooking Up a Quilt: Tips for Selecting Fabrics

Every great quilt, like every great meal, requires quality ingredients combined with skill. Let’s head for the market, a.k.a. your local quilt shop, and select everything we need to make a super-yummy quilt:

rotated cooking up a quilt Cooking Up a Quilt: Tips for Selecting FabricsEntrée – (n) the main dish of a meal. For quilters, the focal fabric of the project. A large print like the leaf print on the left in the photo collage above is a great place to start your fabric selections. Fabric combinations benefit from the inclusion of small, medium, and large print motifs, and a wide border is a great place to feature a large print.

Side dishes – (n) foods served as accompaniments to the main course. In quilting, the supporting fabrics can draw inspiration from the focal fabric. We selected 4 color families featured in the border print for our “side dishes”, the small squares of fabric shown above. Choose a number of fabrics in each color family if you want a scrappy look to your quilt. Varying color value (light to dark), scale (size of the print), and texture adds depth to your design. All florals may be nice, but a few stripes and checks, a couple of geometric prints, maybe even an animal or other novelty print in one or more of your color families can add a lot of interest and provide a feeling of structure. Select your proportion of dark and light prints based on how bright an effect you want to achieve in your quilt.

Condiments – (n) substances such as relish, vinegar, or spice, used to flavor or complement food. Like food, quilts benefit from just a dash of the unexpected! A plaid inner border, or one with an unusual print or an unexpected but complementary color, could be the perfect touch to bring your quilt extra life. Check out the fabric strips in the center of the photo above for some examples. Just remember, a little bit of spice is perfect. In this case, less is generally more.

Dessert (!) – (n) a sweet served at the end of a meal. Like great dinners, quilts are more memorable when they finish with a special treat like those shown on the right side of the photo collage. There are any number of fabulous finales you might choose for your project. Consider a great binding fabric or edge treatment, such as prairie points or cording. Unusual quilting, perhaps with metallic or variegated thread, always draws the eye. Even the quilt back can provide that little something extra…consider a wonderful backing fabric or a unique quilt label. A touch of something sweetly special will finish your quilt in style.

Now that you’re thinking about selecting fabrics for a quilt as you would planning a menu, let your own taste be your guide. You’re sure to end up with a delicious, satisfying creation you can display with pride.

You might also enjoy:
America Makes FAST QUILTS 2009
Surprise Yourself! DVD
Out of the Box: Unleash Your Creativity Through Quilts

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The ULTIMATE CHINA Quilter’s Adventure

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Travel with McCall’s Quilting to CHINA in 2015!

Where will you be from June 16 to June 24, 2015? Mark your calendar now…you could be touring China with McCall’s Quilting!

Have you always dreamed of visiting China, seeing the sights, experiencing the culture? This is your chance – join McCall’s Quilting editor-in-chief Beth Hayes and Jim West of Sew Many Places and experience your trip of a lifetime! Tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, stroll on the Great Wall, visit giant pandas in the Beijing Zoo, view the magnificent Terra Cotta Warriors, and so much more! You can even add on an optional 7-day trip on the Yangtze River and tour of Shanghai (June 24-30).

So many quilters have been inspired by McCall’s Quilting travel adventures, and these spaces go fast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Get more information here, or reserve your space by contacting Sew Many Places (toll-free 877-887-1188).

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting July/August 2014

Check out 17 trendy treats and classic updates you’ll want to make now in the July/August 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting!

Cover 200px1 Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2014Try a cool new technique for curved chevrons as you make the beautiful Chambray Blues quilt by McCall’s Quilting’s own Sherri Bain Driver:

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Linen blends, chambrays, and woven stripes from Robert Kaufman give this quilt extra texture and depth. Limited quantities of quilt kits are available here.

Learn more about British quilt designer Stuart Hillard and make your own version of his striking Aztec Sunrise design:

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Aztec Sunrise features fabrics from the Botanique collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit. Exclusive quilt kits are available here.

Learn to machine piece a hexi quilt, master easy partial seams, or create a fast, fun quilted tote. There’s even an exclusive article on helping kids learn how to quilt. And don’t miss our FREE Block Builders Workshop video, where assistant editor Erin Russek demonstrates machine quilting a pretty background fill on the featured London Roads Block:

BBW London Roads Block 225px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2014And that’s just a tiny preview! Click here to check out every quilt patterned in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web extras here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4

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As part of our Tuesday Tutorial series, I’m delighted to tell you about our free Quilt Binding video tutorial lessons, just one of the many wonderful Quilting 101 videos we have created especially for you! In our first binding lesson, we show you how to join all those strips you have set aside from your most recent McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts pattern. Sherri Bain Driver demonstrates how to join quilt binding strips using diagonal seams. No lumps, no bumps, just smooth, perfect quilt binding, ready to apply. After you watch the first free quilt binding lesson, print the page for a handy reference in your sewing studio.

Screen Shot 2014 06 03 at 8.27.08 AM Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4 Click here to watch the 1st of 4 FREE video lessons on how to bind a quilt: joining the binding strip ends.

Whenever I learn a quilting technique, I’m inspired to start a new project! If you’re looking for inspiration, pick up our newest issue of McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts—both are available from our Quilt and Sew Shop in print or instant digital download versions. Many of our most popular quilt patterns are also available as individual downloads—click here for a quick peek!  And don’t miss our most recent special interest publication, Vintage Quilts Inspirations.

Cover 200px Tuesday Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt Part 1 of 4 Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—click here to read them all, or click any link below to go directly to your topic of interest.

  1. Pressing Basics
  2. Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances
  3. Rotary Cutting Basics
  4. Basic Quiltmaking Supplies
  5. Fabric Preparation
  6. Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams
  7. Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric
  8. Simple Fusible Appliqué
  9. Introduction to Half-Square Triangles
  10. Making and Using Quilting Templates
  11. Quick Quarter-Square Triangles
  12. Quilt Binding 1 of 4: Joining the Strips

Enjoy!

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Save the Dates! Quilting LIVE Comes to Atlanta

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Come see us in Atlanta!

September 11, 12, and 13 will find many of your favorite quilting magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, participating in a brand-new event, Quilting LIVE! With loads of classes taught by nationally-known teachers, gorgeous special quilt exhibits, make-it-take-it technique sessions, informative quilt walks, lectures and other presentations, unique and helpful vendors, plus opportunities to interact with some of the best-known quilters in the country, this is a show you won’t want to miss. The Ambassador Program even allows you to earn free admission by volunteering to help at the event, and your quilting group can earn a free booth!

Mark your calendar, and then register for email updates. Full class details, schedules, and other information are coming soon. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

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Patriotic Quilts PLUS

McCall’s Quick Quilts has published many patriotic quilt patterns, and here is our newest red, white, and blue beauty:

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All American Rose, designed by Maria Umhey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All American Rose is patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and features fabrics from the American Beauty collection by Beth Logan for Henry Glass & Co.. We love the sense of movement that the prints give to the simple, fast piecing.

A few kits for this quilt are still available in our online store. Even better, from May 9-16, 10% of all sales in our shop will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, an organization benefiting US service men and women. If you’ve been thinking about making a patriotic quilt, here’s your chance to also make a difference for these brave men and women. QOV Patriotic Quilts PLUSThere are hundreds of quilt kits, not to mention videos, books, DVDs, notions, and everything else a quilter could need, available for sale in our shop. Come on by, find yourself a treat or two, and help the QOV Foundation. America thanks you, and so do we!

You might also like: Covering America quilt pattern – 50 State Blocks United in One Quilt!

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Welcome to the Studio Sampler Quilt Along!

Now that you’ve seen the preview, we hope you’re inspired to make your own version of the Studio Sampler quilt along with your instructors, Valerie Uland and Ashley Slupe of the McCall’s Quilting staff. You can watch Lesson 1 and download the initial instructions anytime, but you’ll want to keep up with the weekly release of the other lessons. This week (May 9-15), Lesson 2 video and instructions are free. Beginning May 16, Lesson 3 will be free for a week, and so on. No worries if you miss a free lesson or want to skip ahead, though. The entire series is available at any time through QNNtv.com subscription offers, or QuiltandSewShop.com purchase options.

Bookmark this page for the complete release schedule if you’re planning to sew along with us. We hope to see you there!

 

You might also like:
Studio Sampler quilt kit

Studio Sampler quilt backing

 

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2014

Color your world bright and happy with the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! We’ve got 15 colorific quilt patterns inside, perfect for fast and easy projects.

Cover 200px Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2014Beginning with our cheery “cover girls”, Oopsie Daisy, Hexie Hop, and Mango Ice, you’ll find yourself immersed in a quilter’s paradise with this new issue. Ready to start sewing a patriotic quilt for summer display? Here’s All American Rose, a super-fast lap quilt design:

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All American Rose, featuring fabrics from the American Beauty collection by Beth Logan for Henry Glass & Co. – click here for limited edition quilt kit.

 

Four gorgeous fabrics plus big blocks make Poppy Love a quilt you can snuggle under in no time:

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Fabrics from the Serafina collection by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures light up Poppy Love. Limited quantities of quilt kits available here.

 

Fans of contemporary fabrics will love our Bohemia quilt. Sophisticated colors, artistic print motifs…just what you’d expect from Blend Fabrics/Anna Griffin®:

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Fabrics from the Caravan Dreams collection by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics/Anna Griffin give this throw size quilt depth and sophistication. Quilt kits available here.

 

Jardin may be the fastest bed quilt you ever make! Just 4 big blocks are all you need to give any bedroom fresh new life:

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Limited quantity of kits available here. Fabrics are from the Showers of Flowers collection by RJR.

 

And let’s not forget…black is a color, too! Ocean Shadows takes an intriguing look at nighttime sea life, with easy, fast piecing and a unique color scheme:

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Sea-themed fabrics from the Coral Sea collection by Paintbrush Studio/Fabri-Quilt, Inc. give this quilt its mysterious appeal. Kits are available here for a limited time.

 

Don’t miss our free Block Builders Workshop video, where McCall’s Quick Quilts assistant editor Erin Russek demonstrates machine quilting ideas for this block:

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The Scrappy Flag Block is patterned in the June/July 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, on sale now.

 

And that’s just the beginning! Click here to preview every quilt pattern in the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Limited edition kits are available for a few patterns in this issue; click here, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web extras here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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