Suggested Quilt Sizes for All Bed Types

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Suggested Quilt Sizes for All Bed TypesThere are many variables to consider when selecting the size quilt pattern to use for a particular bed, or when designing your own quilt pattern. What size is the mattress? How deep is it? Do you want the quilt to cover just the mattress, or to hang even longer, over part or all of the box spring? Do you want a pillow tuck? How heavily do you plan to quilt the top? A quilter’s head can spin just trying to get a handle on size, and that’s without even considering fun stuff like block design, colors, or fabric selection!

So we decided to pull together a chart showing all standard mattress sizes and suggested quilt sizes for each of them. Keep in mind that these are just suggestions, based in most cases on a mattress depth of 15″. The download also includes a very simple way to figure out ideal width and length quilt to make for ANY mattress size, so you can customize to your heart’s content.

Download our free Quilt Sizes Guide now – it’s our gift to all McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts fans!

You may also enjoy:

Make Quilt Blocks in the Sizes You Want on-demand web seminar

Creative Quilting for Home Decor online course

Getting Started: Quilting Basics for Beginning Quilters on-demand online course

 

 

 

 

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Quilt Design Wall Tuesday: Something Old, Something New…

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday Tuesday! With an extra day this past weekend, some of the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines had extra time for quilting. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Erin Russek

Editor Erin Russek writes, “I wanted to try designing an applique block with these beautiful prints from the Baltimore Blues collection by Barbara Brackman for Moda Fabrics. The background fabric is also by Moda. It’s one of the prints from their Miniature Gatherings collection.”

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Kathy Patterson

I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and one of my oldest quilts unexpectedly came home to roost (temporarily) this weekend. I made my friend Kris a lap size Ocean Waves quilt about 25 years ago as a wedding gift. Kris is from PA Amish country so I went with an Amish color scheme. Her family of 4 has used this quilt hard, and it’s in serious need of repair, with the fabric in shreds in some places. I’m no expert on how to repair a quilt, but so far my plan is to remove and replace the binding and outer border, and to do patch repairs on the few smaller holes in the center of the quilt. It was so fun to see one of my earlier quilts up close and check out how my techniques have evolved over time! I still love the hand quilting.

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Carolyn Beam

Content director Carolyn Beam reports, “When my husband and I spent the weekend in Grand Lake, CO a couple weeks ago, I stopped at the quilt shop in town (go figure!). I saw this pattern called Whisper by designs by jb and liked the simplicity of it and the overall effect when the blocks were sewn together. I played with it a little bit this weekend working with a neutral palette with pops of darker colors.

 

CarolynA Quilt Design Wall Tuesday: Something Old, Something New...I always have a “Leaders and Enders” project going as well using Bonnie Hunter’s method. I sewed some more Two Patches together and started sewing partial blocks while working on the Whisper pattern.”

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Tricia Patterson

And from editor Tricia Patterson: “I had a wonderful relaxed holiday weekend. My husband and I spent some time with our youngest son, adding a winch to our jeep to be ready for next weekend’s camping trip. While they were focused on the car, I spent some time exploring my son’s garage workshop. I was surprised (and pleased) to see a quilt I made him a long time ago hanging on his shop wall. It features his love of jeeps; one appliqued with a fussy-cut Guinness beer can. Doesn’t everyone have a shop quilt?

TriciaComp1 Quilt Design Wall Tuesday: Something Old, Something New...I also spent some time organizing some quilting projects, making patterns, figuring yardages and cutting all the pieces for holiday gift quilts and a couple of work projects. I feel like I have the projects all under control now. I just have to get busy with making them!”

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday Tuesday. 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

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Friday Free Quilt Pattern: News Flash Lap Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: News Flash Lap Size QuiltThere are scrap quilt patterns, and then there are controlled-scrappy quilt patterns. This week’s Friday FREEbie falls into the latter category. The original News Flash quilt, a queen size beauty designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, combined groups of light neutral background fabrics (cream, tan, light gray), a group of gray fabrics, assorted blacks, and assorted reds for a very scrappy look in essentially three colors. Kind of “black and white and red all over”!

NewsFlash600px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: News Flash Lap Size QuiltThe sashing and sashing post fabrics help bring order to the controlled chaos of this lively quilt. The News Flash quilt pattern is easily adaptable to other color schemes, too. Just pick a background-color family and two contrasting favorite feature colors and you’re on your way!

Here’s the FREE lap size News Flash quilt – 5×6 blocks plus sashing make a nice 63 1/2″ x 75 1/2″ quilt:

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Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen Shaffer

Shaffer Jen 200px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferWelcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and first-time contributor to McCall’s Quick Quilts Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen! Jen’s queen size quilt, Criss Crossing, is patterned in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on and don’t miss the pillow pattern giveaway at the bottom of the page!

I am thrilled to be the guest blogger today for McCall’s Quilting and to share with you my first magazine submission. I admit, when I opened the email that said they wanted my work to be in their magazine, I cried, then laughed and then cried and laughed at the same time. It’s exciting and rewarding to have someone acknowledge your work!

My designs all start on graph paper. I have a spiral graph-book that I carry with me because you never know when an idea will pop up and need to be drawn out quickly before it disappears into the deep recesses of your mind. I usually start with a block and build from there, though I sometimes have an idea for a whole quilt that I have to break down into pieces. Criss Crossing came from a desire to have a simple “snowflake” block quilt without cutting diamonds or strips at a 45° angle. I love the look, I don’t even mind the work, but some days it’s nice not to have to think too much.

I wanted simple. I came up with the design, dove into creating and testing the quilt and found everything is not as simple as it seems. Which is usually the case, isn’t it? I designed two sizes for the blocks, 12” and the 24” in Criss Crossing.

Block600px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferThe 12” block is so pretty, but it was time intensive (like one thousand 1 1/2” squares intensive), and the testers and I decided to scratch it for Criss Crossing. I still plan to use it in other quilt patterns I am designing, I love the 12” block and can’t just let it go, but this gave me time to focus on the larger quilt. My testers rock, and deserve a huge thank you for their input on that 12” finished block insanity.

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I had two options I could use, with sashing or without. It gets a bit busy without, but I did not want the sashing to take away from the blocks. I chose to work with a thin sashing, and while it doesn’t take up much space, I think it really sets off each block. Adding the sashing also means there is no need to match seams, always a nice little bonus.

CrissCrossingFLAT600px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferMarking your stitch line on the diagonal and then stitching just a scant ¼” seam are important steps to getting great looking blocks. When I am putting together blocks that require accuracy, or have a lot of seams, I like to turn the speed on my machine down one level. It gives me a little more control over my stitching and my blocks still come together quickly.

CrissCrossing300px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferCriss Crossing is a very quick sew, but it does need accurate stitching. A point that is off just a tish is ok though, it really will quilt out. Quilting should be enjoyable and relaxing, not stressful and frustrating. We have all had those moments when we want to throw our machines out the window, but it shouldn’t be over little things like angles that just won’t line up. Give yourself a little room for imperfections, your quilts are beautiful.

Criss Crossing looks great in a single, two, or multiple colorway. Play with some of your favorite colors and find the combination that inspires you.

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Jen

Thanks, Jen. Download your free Criss Crossing pillow pattern here, everybody! We’ll keep the free pattern available through July 31, 2016.

Free pattern offer has expired.

Cover 200px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferIf you’d like to make your own version of the Criss Crossing quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Criss Crossing digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

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Nine-Patch Quilt Patterns – FREE!

The nine-patch is kind of like the pasta of the quilting world – fast and simple to make, everyone loves it, and it goes with so many other things that its versatility is unlimited! This basic patchwork unit is often the first design a new quilter will try, and there is something so classic about a 9 patch quilt that variations on the design are beloved by even advanced quilters.

That’s why we’ve updated our free nine-patch quilt patterns eBook and added a 4th pattern – we just can’t get enough nine-patches, and we know you feel the same way! Let’s take a look:

NewNinesCoverWOutline550px Nine Patch Quilt Patterns   FREE!Great eye candy, right? Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, whether you like big blocks or tiny pieces, there’s a nine-patch quilt pattern here that’s sure to please. Follow this link for details on the designers, dimensions, and construction techniques for these 4 comfy cozy quilts. Cloud Nine, Nine-Patch Fondant, Pesto Presto, and Nana’s Nine Patch are beautiful examples of nine-patch quilt patterns at their best. Now you can add them to your personal library FREE!

Download your free Nine-Patch Quilt Patterns eBook today…it’s a $9.99 value and signing up for the free download will automatically subscribe you to our free biweekly newsletter, McQ News. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you’ll stick around for all our magazine previews, contests and giveaways, free quilt patterns, and more.

If this is your first McCall’s Quilting free eBook download, welcome to our community. And if you’re already downloading our free patterns regularly, enjoy these 4 fun offerings!

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2016!

If “fun” is one of the main reasons you quilt, you won’t want to miss the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! The 12 fast, fabulous quilt patterns in this magazine are super fun designs that will make your time at the sewing machine breezy and blissful. Plus, they’re awesomely original – a real bonus in truly fast quilt patterns. Ready for a peek?

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2016!The beautiful blue and white quilt on the cover is Easy Breezy, designed by Will Bennett. Will used an ombre fabric by Timeless Treasures to give his piecing a graded, assorted-value look. Yes, there are only 2 fabrics in the entire quilt! And even better, quilt kits and backing fabric are available. The smaller quilt photo on the cover is of A Little Bird Told Me, designed by Tammy Silvers. The quilt pattern includes step-by-step photos showing an easy technique for lining up block patches perfectly every time.

And there are 10 more unique quilt patterns in these pages! Here’s the adorable Zoo City baby quilt designed by Abigail Dolinger using Wilmington Prints. Cute animals travel the world in this playful quilt, which starts with a fabric panel:

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Zoo City finishes 55″ x 55″; kits are available

Ready to see the rest of the original quilts in this magazine? You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy.

August/September McCall’s Quick Quilts is available on newsstands now, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: We’re All About The Blocks

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  Wow, the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines were busy quilting this week! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Erin Russek

 

Editor Erin Russek started a new (secret) project for the upcoming December issue of McCall’s Quilting: “Been working on a fun holiday project for McCall’s. Here is a sneak peak of what I have done so far…”

Can you guess what this beautiful non-quilt project might be?

 

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Kathy Patterson

Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and I just finished my first-ever Feathered Star Block. I had started it awhile back using a book by Marsha McCloskey, and now that Marsha is teaching an online course in Feathered Stars I was inspired to get back to it. I’m pleased with the results, and SO grateful to have an expert like Marsha to get me through this challenging block style. It takes time, but it’s definitely achievable with her techniques and tips! This 15″ block will be a throw pillow to go with my City Safari quilt.

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Carolyn Beam

 

Here’s the latest from content director Carolyn Beam: “I made Bitty Blocks – 3″ and 4″ blocks – last year using the free patterns on Quiltmaker’s blog. Each month during 2015, a free block was given on the blog. I’ve finally started sewing my blocks together into rows. You can also find a pattern for a Bitty Blocks quilt, Bitty Love, in Quiltmaker Row Quilts, on newsstands July 14 and available now online.”

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Tricia Patterson

Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “Several women here in the office have made the bike block from the Snapshots Quilt-Along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can download loads of patterns and make a contribution to a very worthy cause at the same time! I was so smitten I had to make a bike too. I made a sample project, with a 4th of July theme, for another blog so had a lot of extra fabric handy to make my version this weekend. Bicycles and the 4th of July brought to mind riding in the parade as a kid with my sister and our decorated bikes. This is my version, along with links to earlier posts from my buddies at work.”

Bicycle Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The BlocksDiane Harris bicycle block

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Paula Stoddard

And from managing editor Paula Stoddard: “I’ve spent the last few weeks redoing my sewing space, and I think I’m just about there. I just have a few more odds and ends to do. I actually had to work on an upcoming project for Quiltmaker this weekend, so I had to put down the hammer and screwdriver and get some more sewing done!

I made the bulletin board from an old ladder: I cut off the top and bottom legs, painted it red, turned it sideways and put foam board/bulletin board sections in between the rungs. The small quilts are from various sources: Lori Holt’s Farmgirls Vintage, Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along, Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox, and Bitty Blocks from Quiltmaker. My awesome chair is from Pier 1 and my sewing table (which is actually a kitchen island) is from Ikea.

cozy corner Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The BlocksI’ve been so SO obsessed with pulling my sewing space together that the rest of my house is an absolute disaster! And I have to tell you, I. do. not. care. icon smile Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The Blocks   Quilt Happy!”

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Mary Kate Karr-Petras

 

Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras reports, “Over the weekend I finished piecing my Stack of Books block from Penny Layman’s “The Paper-Pieced Home.” I had been trying to stitch a book title on the spine of one book using size 8 perle cotton thread but it just wasn’t working, so I switched to 3-strand floss and was satisfied enough with the results. Now all I have to do is quilt it and add an envelope backing to make it a 16″ pillow sham for the living room.”

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Lori Baker

Acquisitions editor Lori Baker had some stitching issues: “My weekend sewing had mixed results. I was multi-tasking, embroidering on one machine and foundation piecing on another. The embroidery is not good – I didn’t get one of the designs placed correctly and I was stitching from the top to the bottom so the fact that the second design is 1/4″ off wasn’t obvious until I’d stitched out more than half of it. I wonder what I’m going to do about that?

Lori oops Quilt Design Wall Monday: Were All About The BlocksThe foundation piecing was successful. I love the sharp points that are possible with foundation piecing!”

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Gigi Khalsa

 

Editor Gigi Khalsa cooled off with a new project: “It was too hot to continue quilting my Nuts and Blots remake, so I decided to cut out patches for a baby quilt instead. Here are the patches, right before I sewed them into blocks. I finished sewing the blocks but I still have to put them all together. This turned into a fun little project that I should be able to finish up soon!”

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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

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garden Pavers Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garden Pavers Table RunnerFree table quilt patterns are great for those times when you want a fresh new project, but don’t want to commit weeks or months to its completion. With a minimal investment of time, you can update the look of a dining room, kitchen, dresser, or any flat surface in your home. This week’s Friday FREEbie is a classic table runner quilt pattern, Garden Pavers, adapted from a quilt designed by Abigail Dolinger:

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The Garden Pavers free table runner pattern finishes 14 3/8″ x 40″.

To give you an even better idea what this table runner pattern looks like in real fabrics, here’s the quilt from which it was adapted:

As you can see, the variety of fabrics you choose can really make this project sparkle. And don’t let the hexagon shapes scare you off…this pattern includes step-by-step photos showing how to piece them together entirely by machine. It truly is a fast, fun project!

Download the Garden Pavers table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger

Aby Dolinger 250px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Abigail Dolinger of AbyQuilts! Aby’s new baby quilt, Zoo City, is patterned in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Hello blog readers and fellow quilting enthusiasts! I’m writing today about my baby quilt design, Zoo City, which is published in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Would you like to know the steps from design inspiration to quilt completion?

ZooCity600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerLast August, my local quilt shop, Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC, hosted a Wilmington Prints trunk show. The idea was to show quilters not only new lines of fabrics, but also quilts made from the fabrics. We all oohed and aahed over the bright colors, imaginative prints, and clever quilts made from pre-cuts of the up-and-coming fabric lines. Toward the end of the trunk show, the company rep showed us story boards with sketches of several fabric lines still in the planning stages. The mock-up of “Big City Friends” caught my eye. The backdrops of major cities (London, New York, San Francisco and Paris) appealed to my travel-loving spirit, and the primary colors and friendly animals added to the charm.

Storyboard600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger Even though I was inspired to design and sew a “Big City Friends” quilt last summer, the fabric wasn’t available from Wilmington Prints until December. In the meantime, I contacted the marketing director of Wilmington Prints and McCall’s editors to inquire about the possibility of procuring fabric earlier than the first shipping date with a view toward publication of the quilt. With cooperation all around, we made it happen!

As I waited for the fabric to arrive, I drew up the plans for a quilt using the city pictures as center squares for Sawtooth Star blocks. From my memory of sizes of the pictures I had seen on the Wilmington Prints story board, I figured I would make two sizes of stars. However, when the fabric arrived, I saw that the pictures were larger than I expected. Time to reconsider! I decided to use the small pictures as star centers and to simply frame the large pictures with primary color tone-on-tones.

My original idea was to add sashing between the blocks. Wilmington Prints had sent me a really cute coordinating hot air balloon print for the purpose, but the scale of the print was too large for the width of sashing I planned.

balloon sashing 600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger Then began a big debate:  White sashing? Gray sashing? Light blue sashing? I even emailed pictures of the various options to my McCall’s editor, asking her opinion! By bedtime, I still had no resounding answer to my dilemma, so I left the blocks, unsashed, on my design wall.

white sashing 600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerWhen I awoke the next morning, my first thought was, “Why not sew the blocks together without sashing?” The quilt would be large enough without sashing, and my editor agreed that the blocks looked just fine set side by side. Thankful for an attractive solution, I sewed the blocks together.

quilt center 600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger Stepping back from my design wall, I noticed an imbalance. Do you see it, too? The yellow frame is lighter in weight or value than the other frames of red, blue, and green. I performed a block-ectomy, removing the block from the quilt top, drove to my local quilt shop, and purchased some orange tone-on-tone to substitute. Now the colors in the quilt seem balanced!

ZooCityFLAT600px Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail Dolinger From initial inspiration through design revisions to quilt completion—it’s all in a quilter’s day’s work. I hope you have enjoyed this behind the scenes tour of the making of Zoo City. And, further, I hope you are inspired to order a kit of this fantastically fun fabric and make the quilt for your favorite little person!

Aby

panel Zoo City: A Visit with Abigail DolingerThanks, Aby! And a big thank you to the folks at Wilmington Prints, who have supplied us with THREE of the Big City Friends fabric panels (right) to give away to lucky blog readers! Leave a comment below before midnight July 4, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning names will be drawn on July 5 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Pamela Reim of Springfield, Oregon, Rochelle Summers of Carson City, Nevada, and Sandy Allen of Ferguson, Missouri!


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If you’d like to make your own version of Zoo City, quilt kits and backing fabric packs are available. If you prefer to use your own fabrics and don’t yet have a copy of the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Zoo City pattern separately from our online shop.

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Hot Off The Press: The Best Of McCall’s Quilting – Summer 2016!

What if you could gather up the best of the best quilt patterns for all seasons…for your home…for stitching from your stash…and just for kids and have them all in one big, beautiful magazine for your quilting library? We’ve done exactly that in The Best of McCall’s Quilting – Summer 2016! Each of the 22 quilt patterns inside is a reader favorite and this collector’s edition is one you won’t want to miss. Let’s take a look:

COVER 500px Hot Off The Press: The Best Of McCalls Quilting   Summer 2016!That stunning cover quilt is Midnight Sky by Melinda Honn, a scrappy, starry lap size design perfect for using stash fabrics as small as 1 1/2″ square. It’s just 1 of 6 outstanding scrap quilt patterns in this issue. And we’re just getting started!

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Bows & Boughs by Heidi Kory for The Electric Quilt Company

The For All Seasons section includes 6 projects from tiny (Christmas Trimmings selvage ornaments) to twin size (Harvest Traditions pumpkin quilt pattern), with a fun assortment of techniques like yarn couching, foundation (paper) piecing, 3-D applique shapes, and hand-stitched wool. With a Valentine wall quilt, autumn quilt, Hanukah banner, and 3 Christmas projects, this magazine has a year’s stitching covered!

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Scarlet Garden by Gerri Robinson

Looking for a special quilt For The Home? This issue has 6 gorgeous home dec quilts from traditional to contemporary. Jinny Beyer’s Lone Star Salute packs super patriotic punch, and there’s an appliqued beauty, Miss Kyra, by our own Erin Russsek. Not to mention an intricate Pine Burr Made Modern, the heirloom-look Indigo Trail, and News Flash, an updated classic design. Scarlet Garden by Gerri Robinson was remade for this issue, and a limited number of kits are available.

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Hugs to Enjoy by Melissa Corry

Let’s not forget the kids! With the 4 original quilt designs in these pages (5 if you count two variations of Hugs to Enjoy), you’ll be ready to make quilted treasures for every little boy and girl in your life.

You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. There are also 6 web bonus free patterns and videos with this issue; links to them are on the feature pages on the website.

The Best of McCall’s Quilting – Summer 2016 is available on newsstands now, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop. Take your copy home today!

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