Design Wall Tuesday: Flying Geese with Stripes and More

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! The editors who make McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines did some fun stitching this weekend, and we hope you did, too. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:


From Content Director Carolyn Beam:

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Blocks for future project.

Although I’m still “fixin’ to get ready” with my quilt for a future issue of Quiltmaker, I was finally able to start sewing some blocks together.


From Administrative Editor Deb McDonald:

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The cutting mat is empty. The sewing machine light is dark. No sewing for me this weekend. After finishing a throw- and a twin-size quilt top in a little more than a week (whew!), I needed a break. It was a beautiful weekend, so it was time to work outside. I planted seeds and my husband planted a a little peach tree. Grow, baby, grow!

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Seeds are planted.

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New peach tree.


From Associate Editor Gigi Khalsa:

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Quilting on the back.

This weekend I wasn’t able to get as much sewing time as I had hoped, but I did make progress on quilting my version of Nuts & Bolts. I’m pretty much done with the quilting in the center, and now I just have to complete the quilting in the borders! Here’s some of the quilting as seen on the back of the quilt.


From Acquisitions Editor Lori Baker:

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Future Quick Quilts pattern.

If you ask me what my favorite color is, I probably wouldn’t say blue. But many, many of my quilts are predominantly blue. Not surprisingly, I fell in love with these mostly blue fabrics from Island Batik so I volunteered to make a quilt designed by Jessica Caldwell for an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. I got everything cut and started piecing this weekend.


From Associate Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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I spent Friday evening and part of Saturday troubleshooting the free-motion quilting settings on a new-to-me sewing machine. It works great for piecing and walking-foot quilting, but I haven’t gotten the tension right for free-motion quilting yet. Since there was nothing more I could do about it come Saturday evening, I thought ahead to other quilts I want to make and decided to finally cut into some Jennifer Paganelli fat quarters I’ve been hoarding for six or so years.

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Stripes and blenders by Jennifer Paganelli for FreeSpirit

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Fast flying geese

The pattern I have in mind calls for over 200 flying geese so I started by making some test units to see if those stripes and prints would work, and I think they will. It’s funny how good it feels to put “precious” fabrics to use when the time is right, isn’t it?


That’s it for this week. We had some nice weather so I think a few of us were spending time outside and away from our studios! Be sure to stop by next week for more Design Wall Tuesday!

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PIGS: Finish Them with Longarm Quilting!

My goal every year for a number of years has been to complete one of my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) every month. I’m so thrilled with my most recent finish. It’s a PIG, but not a very old PIG.  I made the pretty quilt top a few months ago with fabric from Ann Kelle’s Urban Zoologie and Remix collections by Robert Kaufman. I really love the cute little kittens and foxes.

My colorful little quilt is adapted from By the Sea, a quilt designed by Janet Jo Smith in the McCall’s Quilting March/April 2017 issue. If you don’t find it at your local quilt shop, it’s available at quiltandsewshop.com in either hard copy or digital format.

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Sewing was done but it wasn’t quilted and bound yet.

I made the quilt so we could give our readers a baby quilt pattern (crib size) as one of our free baby quilt patterns to download. The quilt top had to stay at the office for a while but it went home about a month ago. And just like that … I had another PIG.

We have a Grace Q’nique 14+ longarm quilting machine and frame here at the office. We haven’t had it very long so we are all just learning. This baby quilt is only my second attempt at longarm quilting. I wrote about my first longarm quilting finish in an earlier blog.

Last week, I knew I had another turn at the Q’nique 14+ coming, so I needed to have a quilt ready to go. I generally piece my quilt backs and a pieced back can take me as long, if not longer, to make as the quilt top. Since I had several fairly large pieces of the fabric left from the quilt top, I decided I could make this quilt back quickly. In one evening, I had it done.

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Here’s the back after quilting.

I loaded the quilt on the frame by myself in about 20 minutes. I used a piece of Warm 80/20 batting by The Warm Company. It was leftover from another project and cut a little crooked so it was just barely enough on one end. I was very careful when I placed it and it worked out fine.

I selected a quilting design from Quiltmaker’s Quilting Motifs Volume 8.  I wasn’t going to admit that, but decided it will make everyone chuckle to see how different my quilting is from the original design.

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The Quiltmaker Design

I love Quiltmaker’s Quilting Motifs books. I have an entire set in my office and another set at home. I reference them all the time. QuiltandSewShop.com has most of the volumes available.

It’s hard to imagine that I was trying to make this particular design when you see my quilting next to the printed design, but it’s okay. This is a utility quilt and a baby quilt at that. I imagine it will see its share of dog hair, grape jelly and other assorted things that a “fancy” quilt would not ever be exposed to. So if the quilting is less than perfect, I don’t see that as a problem.

Let’s look more closely at the quilting, though. Here is what it looked like at first (Photo A). I didn’t start with the base of the design on the long side of my setting triangle. As soon as I realized my mistake, I just started that area over. I’ll have to take out the extra stitches. (Click on the photo to examine more closely.)

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And here is what my quilting looked like when I was nearing the end (Photo B). I can really see the improvement.

I took it off the frame and was thrilled. There is not a single wrinkle or pucker on the back. That’s sometimes a problem when I quilt on my domestic machine.

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Just needs a name and a label.

So here it is: bound and all done except the label.

That’s PIG #3 for the year. I have to tell you, though – I have taken two new PIGS home since last week. I think maybe I need to up my game and finish two a month instead of just one. Once upon a time, I’d run multiple machines at the same time. I’d have an embroidery project going on one or two machines and I’d be sewing on another. I think I need to see if I can make that work again. Part of the problem is a space issue. I had more space when I was doing that. I’ll work on that and see what I come up with.

In the meantime, my pretty little quilt needs a name so I can make a label. Then, it will be truly finished. I often struggle with names of my quilts. Do you have any ideas?

And now, until next time, happy quilting!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Tropical Fruits

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Gather up your batiks for this week’s Friday FREE pattern: Tropical Fruits designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith. This quick quilt pattern features 72 nine-patch quilt blocks and 30 framed square quilt blocks. The striking design uses a wide variety of colors and scales and is an absolute pleasure to display! The finished size is 63 3/8″ x 76 7/8″.

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This Friday FREEbie is part of our free Easy Batik Quilt Patterns ebook – in addition to Tropical Fruits, you’ll also get two more patterns. NOTE: You’ll need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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

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County Fair: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

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Welcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Wendy Sheppard. Wendy’s new quilt, County Fair, is a one-block design full of life and movement, an effect of the multiple colorways used. Try mixing batiks and prints, as Wendy did, to create depth and interest in the blocks. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue. We’re happy to have Wendy here to talk about her quilt!

Hello Quilting Friends, it’s good to be back to visit with you again.  Today, I am happy to share about my quilt County Fair that is featured in the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue.

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Some of you might not be aware that in my “former” pre-kid life, I had graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering. In engineering, I always marvel at concepts/equations/projects/etc. built from the ground up, starting with the basics.  I have sort of carried that concept over to my quilt designing process. I love to design with simple elements, and tweak them so that the final design is sometimes deceivingly difficult (which, in actuality, is not the case at all).

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Pinwheels are definitely one of my go-to design elements that I have used in County Fair.  If you look at the quilt block, I had started with the pinwheel unit in the center before framing it. I added flying geese units around the frame. To give the block the movement of the pinwheel, I split the flying geese units using two different fabrics and repeated that in the remaining flying geese units in the block. Having the blocks colored with different colors scattered all over the quilt gives the illusion of a field filled with spinning pinwheels.

In my quilts, I use a really great method to make my pinwheels. With this method, my pinwheels come out with accurately pieced centers. And this method, when executed carefully, will work down to the smallest pinwheel units! I recently made a few pinwheel units that finish at 2″ x 2″.

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County Fair uses Moda’s Sweet Blends fabrics, and it is a mix of regular cotton and batik. I like using a bit of the batik in this quilt that pull in all the colors of the fabrics in one fabric swatch. I know many quilters make quilts strictly with 100% batiks or 100% cotton. Try mixing it up – you might like the effect.

Now, County Fair isn’t the only quilt I have featured in the  May/June  issue. The cover quilt, Village Square, is mine too, and I will be sharing about that quilt with you in a few weeks! Stay tuned.

It’s been great visiting with you.  I wish you the very best in your quilting journey!

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This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. 

If you’d like to make your own version of the County Fair quilt, and don’t yet have a copy of the McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017 issue, you can order print and digital versions in our online shop. The County Fair quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.  

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Design Wall Tuesday: Fixin’ to Get Ready

Welcome back to Design Wall Tuesday!

The editors who make McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines did some fun stitching this weekend, and we hope you did, too. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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I’m at the “fixin’ to get ready” stage with the quilt I’m working on for a future issue of Quiltmaker.

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I’m working with a lovely collection of Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics and got a couple more quilt blocks cut out. I hope to start sewing them together soon!


From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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With our rainy Colorado weather this past weekend, I stayed inside at my sewing machine. I spent a cool and rainy Saturday sewing together the patches from my post last week.

Once the center of the quilt was finished, I added a white border and a print border. The print border really ties all the colors together.

Immediately following that finish, I jumped right in on quilt #2 for Quiltmaker’s Reader Favorites. This quilt uses soft, pretty batiks from Jinny Beyer’s Water and Mist collections by RJR Fabrics. Strip piecing made assembly super quick and easy. I’m loving how this quilt is coming together.

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White and print borders

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Batiks from Jinny Beyer’s Water and Mist collections


From Associate Editor, Erin Russek:

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It’s border time for my Chocolate Bonbons quilt. I’m adding a pieced and an appliquéd border to this quilt. What can I say? I really like to make intricate quilts. I like having a little piecing and a little appliqué. That way when I get bored with one, I can switch to the other.

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Chocolate Bonbons

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Border preparation


From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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This weekend I made some progress on quilting my remake of Nuts and Bolts by Sandy Klop. Regular readers of the blog may remember when I wrote about making it in I Love This Quilt! Nuts and Bolts, Part 1 and Part 2!

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Spiderweb motif in the bullseye

I’ve been quilting spiderweb motifs in each of the bullseyes and a leaf motif in the remaining areas. I like how it’s coming out so far and I’m looking forward to sharing the finished quilt on the blog soon!

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I’m doing spiderwebs in the border too!

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Here’s the leaf motif as seen from the back of the quilt


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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I’m piecing a back for my version of Stephanie Sheridan’s Changing Lanes quilt in the Quick Quilts April/May 2017 issue.

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I had enough large pieces of fabric to make disappearing 4-patch blocks. But now I’ve used all the fabric left from the step-outs and have to add about another 20″ to make the quilt back large enough. I’ll have to spend some time going through my Fabric Inventory this week to find coordinating fabrics for that.


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From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

This weekend I finished a quilted shamrock pillow sham that I started sketching the design for just a few days before St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not much of a postage stamp quilt person, but because I make all my pillow shams these days to fit a 16″ pillow form, and because the framework of my design was 12 units by 12 units, I decided to make a 15″ shamrock quilt block and ended up cutting a bunch of squares at 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ (as well as a few at 1-1/8″ x 1-1/8″ for eensy quick corners).

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Shamrock pillow sham

Taking inspiration from how the Irish landscape seems to glow even more under overcast skies, I paired my scrappy greens with a gray background to make the colors pop. Because of all that cutting and piecing, and because we had a houseguest for a week (meaning I didn’t have access to my sewing space), I got the pillow finished just in time for the beginning of April. That’s OK — when your name is Mary Kate, you can claim the right to celebrate all things Irish year-round. Erin go Bragh!


Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what we’re working on. Be sure to stop by next week. In the meantime, Happy Sewing!

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This Week’s PIGS Progress (aka UFOs)

I spent part of my sewing time this week working on one of my PIGS. PIGS are Projects in Grocery Sacks. Some people call them UFOs but I find the name PIGS amusing so that’s what I call them.  I have more than a few a whole lot of them. It’s an ongoing process to try to keep them from taking over my sewing space.

The last time I counted my PIGS was several months ago and there were 27. But since then, I’ve sewn several projects for step-outs and several color options, which resulted in even more PIGS. And, I brought home one really special, unfinished project of Mom’s. (I’ll tell you more about it later.) I imagine I have 35 or more PIGS now.

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Changing Lanes – the original design

But let me tell you about the PIG I was working on this week. The original quilt pattern for Changing Lanes by Stephanie Sheridan is in the McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017 issue. This issue is available in digital format or hard copy at QuiltandSewShop.com and coming soon to newsstands and your local quilt shop. Or, you can purchase just the Changing Lanes quilt pattern.

 

 

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My Queen-size Quilt Top

 

As part of the pattern for this quick and easy quilt, I did a lesson on cutting and sewing the sashing strips to the correct length so the quilt top stays square. By the time I had all the step-outs for that lesson, I had a quilt top nearly made.  Stephanie’s quilt pattern was for a twin-size quilt so the first thing I did was add a few more strips to make it into a queen-size quilt.

 

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The Pieced Back

 

With the remaining fabric left from the project, I started piecing the back. I had big pieces left over so I made disappearing 4-patch blocks and then added a wide pieced border. I made my disappearing 4-patch blocks with strips already cut for the step-outs but you can use precut layer cakes or charm squares.

 

 

 

But now, I’m out of fabric (which is from the Dreamscape collection by Benartex) and my quilt back still needs another 20″ in both length and width. I’ll have to search my stash Fabric Inventory for fabrics that will coordinate with what I’ve already pieced.

It would be lovely to find a few yards of a great print that had all the right colors, but I’m betting I’ll have to do more piecing. I may add the new fabrics by slashing what I have done and adding chunks of the new fabrics to the center. I really don’t have a plan until I see what fabrics I have that will work and start sewing. So, stay tuned. I’ll tell you more as I figure out what I’m doing.

Until next time,

Happy quilting!

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Lori Baker
Acquisitions Editor: QuiltmakerMcCall’s QuiltingMcCall’s Quick Quilts
I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. I enjoy writing, gardening and reading.  I feel like I’ve been a seamstress nearly forever, but I didn’t start quilting until the mid-1990s. Quilting became my passion almost immediately. 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Lemon Squeezy

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Piece together this week’s Friday FREE pattern using an easy quilt-as-you-go technique! Lemon Squeezy designed by Sherri Driver is a beginner-friendly design that’s fast and fun to create. Our pattern has you cut all the strips the same width for quilt center construction; Sherri cut her strips in a range of widths from 1 1/2″ to 3 1/2″. She sewed together short strips as needed to make long strips, piecing some from the same or similar prints, and others from contrasting prints or colors. The finished size is 45″ x 60″.

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Click here for the free downloadable Lemon Squeezy quilt pattern.

This Friday FREEbie is part of our free Modern Quilt Patterns ebook – in addition to Lemon Squeezy, you’ll also get two more quilt patterns. NOTE: You will need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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Design Wall Tuesday: Holiday Quilts & Creative Sewing

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

The editors who make McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have had so much fun sharing our sewing with you over the years, that we decided to bring back our weekly Design Wall write-up. Each Tuesday, be sure to stop by to see what we’ve been working on.

Here’s what some of our team members are working on right now:

From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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I enjoy every bit of the quilt-making process, but I think I the beginning might be my favorite. I enjoy the excitement of planning, selecting and purchasing the fabric, laying out all the materials and making the first cuts for the patches. We’re still thinking of December holidays at Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting—the one at the end of this year. I spent time this weekend starting a couple of projects for the November/December 2017 issues.

I’m making a color option to accompany a feature quilt designed by Pam Boswell (Photo A). I selected Sound in the Woods by Katherine Lovell for Robert Kaufman. Using the Triangle-Squares technique, these patches will be ready to sew together for the quilt center.

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I also made progress on a queen-size quilt I’ve designed for A Cardinal Christmas collection from Hoffman California Fabrics (Photo B).

I ended the weekend, relaxed on the sofa with a good movie, to finish sewing on the binding of a quilt made with a Winter’s Grandeur panel from Robert Kaufman (Photo C). Watch for it in the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting.

 


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From Content Director for McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker, Carolyn Beam:

I’ve been working on a Halloween project for the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker. It seems strange to be sewing with Halloween fabric when I can look out my window and see the first signs of Spring. I’m using a fun collection from Maywood Studio called Halloweenie by Robin Kingsley.

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From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

This weekend I started on a project using RJR’s Mirage collection by Alex Anderson. The quilt has a lot of triangle-squares, some stitch-and-flip corners and a gaggle of fast Flying Geese. Watch your newsstands in late June for Quiltmaker’s Reader Favorites and see for yourself how all these pieces come together.

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From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

Over the weekend I put the binding on my first longarm quilted quilt! I won’t say much about the binding since the exciting part is about the longarm quilting. I was allowed to be a guinea pig for our sewing studio’s new Grace Company Q’nique 14+ longarm quilting machine last week. I chose to quilt a top I’d made a few years ago, one that has very basic piecing, but it is very colorful and busy to better camouflage my beginner-style quilting. My stitches are pretty bad at the top of the quilt when I was just getting used to the movement of the machine, even with just a simple outline around the print motifs. But I kept at it and I showed a lot of improvement towards the bottom of the quilt. Check out some pictures of the quilting (the binding done over the weekend is in some of the photos, too)!

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From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

I spent time in my sewing room, but not doing anything particularly fun. The main thing I did over the weekend was sewing related — sort of. I cleaned the sewing room, really well. That should make it easier to work on my projects. No photos there either — the before was just plain scary. But I’ve been working on a project for a future issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Very fun!

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From Video Content Strategist, Caitlin Dickey:

When I first saw Kimberly Einmo’s Fire and Ice in Quilters Newsletter presents Best Modern Quilts 2014, I knew I wanted to make a miniature version. The original is 80″ x 80″, and mine is going to be a quarter that size at 20″ x 20″. Sometime last week I realized that when I’d sewn the center four blocks together, I wasn’t looking at the pattern — you might notice by looking from the picture of the original to my in-progress picture, what I did wrong. Since I like the way mine looks, and don’t care to unsew it, I’m changing the orientation of some of the other quilt blocks as I complete them to make the accidental effect intentional.

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And one more…
From Associate Editor, Erin Russek:

I wanted to try adding a little appliqué to a color option I have been making for Quiltmaker. Wouldn’t this make a pretty little baby quilt?

Well, that’s it for this week. Be sure to tune in next Tuesday to see what we’ve been working on.

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Adventure #1 with the Q’nique Longarm Quilting Machine

We recently got a new Grace Q’nique 14+ longarm quilting machine and frame here at work.

As things happen, the day we were to get lessons from Nathan with Grace, the weather didn’t cooperate. It was a nasty, snowy day. Another editor Tricia, our photographer Mellisa and I were the only people able to attend. We set up a phone so Content Director Carolyn could watch on FaceTime.

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Our Hi-tech Camera Mount

Here’s Mellisa with the phone taped to a tripod with masking tape so Carolyn could see.

That was in January. Things were pretty harried here for the next few weeks, but we’ve finally been able to start quilting on that wonderful machine. We are all beginners so I think it will be fun to watch our progress as the weeks go by.

Below is the Q’nique longarm quilting machine, the frame and my quilt ready to load.

It’s not a special quilt at all. I just pieced together some PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) and strips to make something of a reasonable size. I also pieced the back using PIGS and whatever to make something large enough. I wanted something I could practice on and not feel bad if things didn’t go well.

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Ready? Set? Go!

I did loop-de-loops the first pass across the quilt, but decided that was too ordinary. And it took a long time to get across the width of the quilt. I wanted something that would go faster. And because the quilt was not anything special, it felt okay to change to something else.

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Loop-de-loops

We have lots of samples in our sewing studio so I found a product from QuiltingMadeEasy.com that was fun to use. They sell rolls of paper with a longarm quilting patterns on them and it was perfect for what I was doing. There are glue strips at the top and bottom of the roll. I stuck a strip of the #309 waves pattern to my quilt top and followed the line with my stitching.

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I’ve stitched this and it’s ready to have the paper removed.

It took practice to even get close to being able to follow the line. But it gave me the confidence to give something more complicated than loops a try.

I was nearly done with my quilt when I ran out of the waves paper. But, because I’d made a number of passes with the paper pattern, I was brave enough to just “drive” the machine without the help of a longarm quilting pattern.

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See the difference between the top half and the bottom half.

I was following the pattern in the top half of the photo and just doing my own thing,  free-motion, in the bottom half of the photo. There is a definite difference, but again, it’s just a quilt to practice on so the difference doesn’t bother me. I gift most of my quilts to my children and grandchildren and they don’t mind a little weirdness. I just tell them the quilt’s story and they are happy to go with it.

My quilt is done. The binding is on and it’s ready to be put away!

I’m actually very pleased with it and I can hardly wait for my next turn on the Q’nique.

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Ta-Da. Here it is.

I work hard at learning all I can to make myself a better quiltmaker. One of the hardest parts of creating a quilt for me is deciding how to quilt it.

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Here’s a book I refer to often when I am stuck.  It’s put out by Quiltmaker and is available at quiltandsewshop.com.

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Lori Baker

Lori Baker
Acquisitions Editor: Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts
I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. I enjoy writing, gardening and reading.  I feel like I’ve been a seamstress nearly forever, but I didn’t start quilting until the mid-1990s. Quilting became my passion almost immediately. 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Log Cabin Squared

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If you’ve got a fat quarter collection that’s in need of a quilt pattern, look no further than this week’s Friday FREE quilt pattern: Log Cabin Squared designed by Beth Hayes.

This stunning Log Cabin-style pattern uses 25 fat quarters to make a picnic-sized quilt. Each of the 25 fabrics appears in up to 3 blocks, which gives the quilt a scrappy look even from a coordinated pack of fat quarters. The finished quilt measures 60 1/2″ square.

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Click here for the free downloadable Log Cabin Squared quilt pattern.

This Friday FREEbie is part of our free Fat Quarter Quilts ebook – in addition to Log Cabin Squared, you’ll also get two more quilt patterns. NOTE: You will need to enter your email address at the link to get the ebook.

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

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