Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey Wright

Wright Audrey 225px Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightWelcome back guest blogger and quilt and fabric designer Audrey Wright of Legacy Patterns. Audrey’s lap quilt Stars of Mine is featured in the  May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the free patterns and fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!

I am honored to be invited again to be a guest blogger for McCall’s Quilting. When I sat down to write this post I started to reflect on how I got here. I learned to sew at the age of 7 and took every Home Ec class ever offered in school. I love the feel of fabric and fibers in my hands. I made many of my clothes growing up and sewed for my kids when they were small.  My paternal Grandmother was a quilter but she lived in Kentucky and I grew up in Iowa. Time and distance did not allow us much time together. I enjoy a connection to the past and its people. I love to read stories and the diaries of the pioneers and how they settled this country. I have a great collection of vintage fabrics, tops, and quilts. At one time I even made my own lye soap! My sister says I was born 150 years too late. Growing up my maternal Grandmother worked on the family history and I loved hearing the stories and looking at pictures. My daughter has taken on the role of family historian and has worked on my husband’s family history. That history includes many veterans and was inspiration for the quilt Stars of Mine featured in the May/June 2016 McCall’s Quilting magazine.

StarsOfMine600px Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightI designed my Redwork Meets Bluework fabric line for RJR with embroidery in mind. I am so glad that it can also be used for the Quilts of Valor quilting projects. The pattern is designed using the QOV guidelines and would make a great project for a workshop or retreat. The model of this quilt will be donated to QOV so they can present it to a veteran.

StarsOfMineFLAT1500px 300x293 Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightIn this quilt I used two different shades of light fabrics for the background to represent an aged look. Mixing the medium blue and dark blue in the chain blocks adds dimension and movement. My favorite color is red and was the perfect color for the pinwheel stars.  I like to take 2 blocks and play with the different combinations and see what secondary designs I can come up with.

 

 

 Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightI want to encourage you to make a quilt for a veteran. QOV also will take donated blocks if you are pressed for time. This is my favorite photo of my father-in-law when he was in the Army during WWII. He was a talented artist and really appreciated the quilts I gave him.

 

 

 

 

CakeBitesFront 194x300 Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightI also designed a pattern with a more modern feel called Cake Bites using the same fabric line. It is made using precut 10″ squares and a solid red print. This would be a quick easy weekend project. I also think it would make a fun 4th of July picnic quilt on a warm summer day or to lay out under the firework display at night.

My love for my family, my interest in the people who came before us and my passion for creating are what motivate me daily. I  am a self-taught quilter and don’t always follow the rules, but I love every minute of my quilting journey.

Please visit my website, follow my blog, or visit me on Facebook!

Audrey

prizes325px Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightThanks so much, Audrey! To celebrate Audrey’s Stars of Mine quilt, we are giving away 2 packs of 10 fat quarters each of fabrics from her Redwork Meets Bluework collection for RJR FabricsLeave a comment below before midnight April 24, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Two names will be drawn on April 25 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Karen Ruzinsky of Wilmington, Ohio and Shirley Handlang of Ballwin, Missouri.

StarsofMineWebBonuses600px 300x300 Stars of Mine: A Visit with Audrey WrightAnd here’s a special treat for everyone! We have free web bonus patterns available for 2 extra Stars of Mine projects (right). The mini quilt and pincushion were designed by Audrey and they are adorable home dec accents or gift items. Get your free patterns right here.

If you’d like to make your own version of Audrey’s Stars of Mine lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the pattern separately from our online shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines had lots of fun stitching this weekend and we hope you did too. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Content director Carolyn Beam reports, “I finished sewing the binding on the quilt for the next McCall’s Quilting Quilt Along. This Quilt Along will start June 10th. The colors and design are perfect for summer sewing!”

 

 

Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!

Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and I made progress on the appliqué for my niece Lara’s wedding quilt this weekend. I finished appliquéing stem/vine wreaths to all 12 block backgrounds, and then I got to work on my violet production line! I need 48 flowers with centers, so first I made all 48 yellow ovals, from 12 different fabrics. I’m using Erin Russek’s appliqué technique where you turn under the edges in advance. Now I’ve moved on to the violet shapes, which are much harder. I have 4 done…44 more to go! I’m making 12 sets of 4 matching flowers each, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll put all matching flowers in a block, or mix them all up throughout the blocks. I’ll need to have a bunch made and audition both ideas before I decide for sure.

Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!

McDonald Deb Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Administrative editor Deb McDonald writes, “This weekend I cut and started to sew with a variety of solids. Today is a gray and dreary day in Golden, Colorado. Can’t wait to get home tonight and work with these bright fabrics. Be watching for the finished quilt in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.”

 

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Russek Erin Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!ErinB Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Editor Erin Russek had some appliqué fun herself this weekend! “This weekend I made more flowers for the border of my Be Happy quilt (2015 BOM on my blog). Appliqué borders are VERY time consuming. Good thing I like audiobooks!”

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Acquisitions editor Lori Baker says, “My design wall had two projects going on this weekend. On the back of the chair on the left is a completed quilt top. On the right side of the design wall is the pieced back for that quilt. On the left is my next project. And this is my sewing buddy, Sketch. (Okay, he’s actually a bother. He gets right up there by the machine and I don’t want him to get hurt so I have to stop and move him. Usually 4 or 5 times a day when I’m sewing all day.)”

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Eisinger Kelly Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Editorial assistant Kelly Eisinger had a busy sewing weekend, too. “Here are a couple of images of the baby quilt I made for a new niece in the family. I made 3D butterfly blocks using a gold bird silhouette print for the background and scrappy prints for the butterflies! The only part left is to finish the binding.”

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Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!Editor Diane Volk Harris didn’t put anything new on her design wall this weekend, but she does have a cool quilt photo to share. “I spent the weekend in Chicago at International Quilt Festival. Added to my stash and fell in love with this quilt: Raised on Bluebonnets by Suzan Engler from Panorama Village, Texas.” So awesome and inspiring!

Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!

Karr Petras Mary Kate Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!And from editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras: “I spent some time on Saturday figuring out how to make this block for an upcoming free web pattern by Pam Rocco, who writes the regular “Words to Quilt By” column for each issue of Quilters Newsletter. Because she said she made her block by figuring out how to make it based on pictures she’d seen, I didn’t have any previous sources to rely on for the math. And since I’d never made or written a pattern for this type of block before, I decided the best thing was to figure out how to make it just like Pam. I’m pretty happy with it and have a whole quilt in mind now. Keep an eye out for the pattern that will be available online in conjunction with QN’s August/September 2016 issue!”

MaryKate Quilt Design Wall Monday: Butterflies, Cat, Cow, and More!

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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Book Review: Blooming Patchwork

Today we’re doing something a little different with this review, inviting the author herself to introduce her book to you. Deanne Eisenman has been designing reader-favorite quilts for McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines for many years. Her scrappy quilt designs are popular with our traditional quilters and country quilters alike. Deanne’s book, Blooming Patchwork (C&T Publishing/Kansas City Star), is welcoming, warm, and full of folksy scrap quilt patterns you’ll love. Here’s Deanne to tell us more, and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

My Love of Scrap Quilting Meets Appliqué

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Three things in a quilt that usually inspire me: traditional or antique quilt blocks, lots of color, and interesting appliqué. From day one of my quilting life, I have been drawn to the traditional blocks usually found in antique quilts. I am a scrap quilter at heart so I love to breathe new life into a traditional style block or quilt by making it scrappy. Once I have finished a quilt top, adding my unique appliqué motifs makes it feel complete. By doing this so often over the years, this habit eventually evolved into “my style”.

Blooming Patchwork Front Cover 600px Book Review: Blooming PatchworkMy new book, Blooming Patchwork, celebrates the history of appliqué and the joy of making traditional patchwork quilts “bloom” by adding it their designs. So often when I am lecturing or teaching, quilters tell me they do not like hand appliqué or that it’s too hard. These comments sparked the idea for this book and put me on a mission to educate quilters about appliqué and to demonstrate that they really can do it! Along with the nine colorful projects in my book, you will find a brief history of appliqué, common techniques, and handy tips. Each project has detailed step-by-step instructions to guide you as you sew. Here are some of the projects included in the book:

The cover quilt, Star Gazing, is one of the exciting projects you can make! It measures 50″ x 50″ and combines scrappy piecing and appliqué. It is inspired by Native American quilts of the past that used a large star as a focal point representing their connection to their ancestors and future descendants:

Star Gazing Book Review: Blooming Patchwork

In the mid-19th century, block quilts began to replace medallion quilts as the favored motif.  My quilt, Pathways, is inspired by that shift in tastes. This is a 66″ x 66″ cozy lap quilt that is easy to make! It’s a one block quilt that uses several colors to make each block unique:

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Open Window is a project inspired by the friendship or autograph quilts of the mid-19th century with a dash of appliqué to add my “signature”. This wall hanging measures 35″ x 51″:

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To me, every quilt I make is my own little work of art that I hope someday may influence other quilters. My wish is for this book to inspire you to leave your comfort zone and create your own work of art. Dive into your fabric stash and have fun!

I have copies of Blooming Patchwork and my other books available on my website. You can also purchase Blooming Patchwork through the C&T Publishing website.

Deanne

Thanks so much, Deanne! And now, how about that giveaway? We have 4 copies of Blooming Patchwork for some lucky blog readers. Leave a comment below before midnight April 24, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning names will be drawn on April 25 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 Emily Adair of Carthage, New York; Jill Majers of Salt Lake City, Utah; Angie Faircloth of Martinez, Georgia and Dania Melancon of Ocala, Florida.

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A Quilter’s Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!

th2 A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!Meet Agnes Warren, a quilter, knitter, crocheter, and artist, with a yarn, paint, and fabric stash that has almost taken over her home in Ireland. She is also a travel escort with Craftours, the company that arranges McCall’s Quilting travel adventures for quilters. Agnes escorts tours around mainland Europe, Ireland, and England, and will be hosting our Quilting, Castles, and Gardens of Ireland tour July 3-13, 2016. 

CountyKerryShore A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!“Ireland. There are no strangers here- Only friends you haven’t yet met”.

For almost two years I have had the pleasure and privilege of traveling around Europe as a tour escort with Craftours. I have seen the most beautiful sights, from Budapest to Florence, Vienna to Munich, Rome to Prague, London to Salzburg. I have often woken up and had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I have had the opportunity to explore new and exciting places, to see the joy experienced by my groups as they explore new territory or revisit beloved memories. Every day is a gift.

LoughInaghCountyGalway400px A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!As I return home after each trip, flying into Dublin, looking down on the beautiful green fields, I am filled with excitement. Ireland never fails to do that to me.  This gives me some idea of what my tour groups might be feeling as they touch down in Ireland, many for the first time.

I try to remember this feeling weeks later, as I stand at Arrivals, waiting for my group to disembark. I am filled with anticipation, eager to meet my new family, for that is what we will be for the next week. I can’t wait to share my lovely country with them. I will do everything I can to make them feel at home.  Because this is what makes Ireland so special, people feel at home here.

AdareCottage A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!There is something about the place, something that can’t be put into words, something magical here. It might happen as you stare out at the wild Atlantic from The Cliffs of Moher. Or when you are sitting in a pub listening to a fiddler playing, eyes closed, lost in the music. KinvaraCountyGalwayCastleInLake A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!Or climbing the stone steps of a Medieval castle, you feel a chill and get goosebumps imagining the stories these walls could tell. Or maybe a feeling of connection to ancient Ireland comes over you as you walk the same steps the early Christian monks walked at St Kevin’s Monastic settlement.

As you wander around Victorian gardens in full bloom at Kylemore, marveling at the beautiful, serene Abbey, you feel a sense of sadness at it’s history.

Kylemore A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!Or driving through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, you are aware that you are in a unique landscape.

GlendaloughCountyWicklowLake A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!As you sit in a 200 year old cottage, enjoying freshly made tea and scones, you might close your eyes and feel the thread of history that continues under the thatched roof. Or watching the sheep farmer bring in his flock with the help of his dog, instinct playing more of a part than any training ever could. Maybe this is what will touch your soul. Or perhaps it will be while you are watching craftspeople carry on age old traditions, weaving, or cutting glass, or carving marble. As crafters we can appreciate the skill and care that goes into producing such beauty. And Ireland is a treasure trove of hand crafts, there is so much that will inspire you here.

MuckrossHouseKillarney A Quilters Tour of Ireland with Agnes Warren!One thing I know, Ireland will find its way into your heart, and it will stay there. Because above all, Ireland is about people. You will meet some of the friendliest people in the world here.  As you sit in a pub, restaurant, or hotel lobby, you will find yourself in conversation with people of all ages and backgrounds. So, if you decide to come across the sea to Ireland, I wish you Cead Mile Failte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes). Just beware, you may not want to leave!

Thank you so much, Agnes! It’s easy to see why the groups you have hosted have so many wonderful things to say about their experiences.

If you’d like to know more about our Ireland tour plus optional Scotland add-on, get all the details here. We hope to see you on the trip!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Tulip Twist

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Tulip TwistIf your garden is still depressingly bare, floral-themed FREE appliqué quilt patterns may be just what you need to lift your spirits. I started working on some floral appliqué quilt blocks this week, and my mood has improved exponentially! So to share the happy vibe, this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is going to be Tulip Twist, designed by Laurie Tigner:

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Tulip Twist finishes 49″ x 72 1/2″.

Laurie used fabrics from the Basically Patrick collection by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics to make this quilt. All the fabrics are solids/textures, so this design is easy to make even if you’re using stash fabrics.

templates 350px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Tulip TwistI love the sense of rhythm created by the alternating directions of the tulips…kind of like a garden in a spring breeze. The pattern uses a fast fusible web technique for the appliqué, so these sweet tulips take shape before you know it! As you can see, the templates are simple but very effective. In no time, you’ll have an indoor garden to brighten everyone’s days as you wait for the outdoor flowers to bloom.

Download the Tulip Twist lap quilt pattern here…it’s this week’s Friday Freebie!

 

 

 

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

 

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Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney Parcel

Parcel Sharon Denney 225px Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelWelcome guest blogger and quilt designer Sharon Denney Parcel of Yellow Cat Quilt Designs! Sharon‘s new quilt, Gypsy, is patterned in the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on, and don’t miss Sharon’s fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

This is my first post as a guest blogger for McCall’s Quilting, and I am honored to be here today. Anyone who knows me thinks of me as a “reproduction” quilter, using the fabrics that remind us of days gone by. So my eclectic bohemian lap quilt pattern, Gypsy, is very different from the usual quilts that I have made in the past.

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I fell in love with Beth Studley’s Henna fabric collection from Andover and immediately bought a fat quarter bundle of it. The colors and the designs remind me of the art I love to create. When I am not quilting, I am doodling and art journaling, or digging in the dirt in my flower gardens.

 

Gypsy600px Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelSo, the design process began! I knew I wanted a quilt that was asymmetric. The black and white stripe fabric was a piece that I had in my stash, and it wanted to be a part of this quilt.

GypsyFLAT600px Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelWhen I first saw the Rising Sun block in EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7 software), I thought about paper piecing it or using English Paper Piecing. EPP and appliqué won out this time…but it most certainly could be paper pieced.

When doing EPP I like to use the following tools:

  • Glue stick (fabric glue or water soluble Elmer’s glue)
  • Card stock (65#) or freezer paper
  • Spray starch
  • Needles – I prefer sharps
  • Thread  – I prefer to use Invisafil 100 wt in a taupe and an off-white. They blend very well! Just be sure to use a thread that blends well so that your stitches do not show. Grey or beige work well, too. You can use whatever you like…experiment!

First you will copy the templates to the card stock or freezer paper. In this case I am using freezer paper. Carefully cut apart on the lines. Iron the templates to the wrong side of the fabric, numbered size up. Cut a healthy ¼” all around. Do not remove the freezer paper templates.

IMG 1897 Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelYou can baste or glue baste, whichever method suits you. I like to glue baste. Fold one edge of fabric over template and continue around. Only glue down the edges that will be sewn.

IMG 1891 300x225 Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelI put my units together a bit differently than in the magazine pattern. I whip stitched the patches together in the order in which they are lettered/numbered in the photo below. It helps to lay all your pieces out in order.

 

 

IMG 1900 Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelAfter all your pieces are sewn together, press. I like to spray starch and press. This keeps the edges nice and crisp.

As you can see, I pieced this in sections, then appliqued together. I found that easier, as I do not like to sew curves! Someday I will master that one!

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IMG 1899 Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelNow I removed the templates and appliquéd to the background fabric. Your block is done and ready to place in your quilt!

IMG 1910 Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelIf you decide to make this quilt, I would love to see how yours turns out! It is always fun to see how others interpret a design and what fabrics you choose. You can find me on Instagram @punkydoodle53 and my website is www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com.

Sharon

prizesTwoCharmPacks Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelThank you so much for the great tips, Sharon!

Sharon also has a fabric giveaway for you…we have 2 charm packs of fabrics from the Varsity collection by Sweetwater for Moda for some lucky readers. Leave a comment below before midnight April 17, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning names will be drawn on April 18 and notified by email with a subject line beginning YOU WON.

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

GypsyFLAT600px 258x300 Gypsy: A Visit with Sharon Denney ParcelIf you’d like to make Sharon’s Gypsy lap quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop.


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Best New Quilting Tutorials – April 2016

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Best New Quilting Tutorials   April 2016QNNtv.com is one of the quilting industry’s best online channels for state of the art quilt videos, and it’s my pleasure to comb through their offerings and highlight the best of the best for you. There are two levels of membership, one free and one premium with extra content available. That means ANYONE can benefit from the QNNtv.com offerings. Ready to see what’s new in April? Let’s go!

Trending right now in the “most popular” category, we’ve got:

ByTheSea400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   April 2016By the Sea Wall Hanging, part of the Quilting Celebrations series by Patrick Lose. Patrick and his guest Kay Capps Cross share tips for satin stitching, fussy cutting, and more in this all-sea-themed lesson.

 

Thomas400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   April 2016Expectation and Interruption Part 1. Thomas Knauer introduces these concepts and how they can be applied in creating exciting quilt designs. His Design Studio series is perfect for quilters who want to take their own designing to the next level.
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Ralli Pop. Marianne and Mary Fons take us step by step through this colorful quilt pattern, which was inspired by a Pakistani quilt.

 

 

Mosaic400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   April 2016Scrappy Mosaic Tile Block is part of the Quilt Monkey series hosted by Katy Jones. In this episode, Nick Ball demonstrates construction of this cool block, great for using up scrap fabrics.

 

 

Now, how about the best of the newest FREE videos on QNNtv.com? Check these out:

Geese400px Best New Quilting Tutorials   April 2016Easy Flying Geese is part of Sara Gallegos’ My First Quilt series. Sara demonstrates the simple stitch-and-flip technique for making flying geese units, and shares tips for everything from selecting a sewing machine foot to trimming finished units.

 

Jenny Best New Quilting Tutorials   April 2016Chain Piecing and Auditioning Borders. As part of the Quiltmaker Lessons in Creativity series, Jenny Kae Parks shares tips for keeping quilt block units organized during assembly. She also discusses options for border fabrics.

I hope you enjoy these helpful quilting tutorials as much as I enjoyed searching them out for you. Check back in May for more Best New Quilting Tutorials!

 

 

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! This weekend was a busy one for the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

McDonald Deb Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!Administrative editor Deb McDonald says, “I tested a block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 14 coming this fall.”

For those of you not familiar with them, the Quiltmaker special block publications come out several times a year, each time filled with 100 new, original quilt blocks by top designers. With complete patterns and inspiring quilt layout ideas, they are a great addition to any quilter’s library.

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Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and I started a new quilt this weekend! My niece Lara is getting married in September, and I want to make her a wedding quilt combining Chicken Foot Blocks that my Mom left behind when she passed in February with appliqué blocks I’m designing myself. Mom left 13 completed 16″ blocks and I need a queen size quilt, so if I make 12 wreath blocks, set all the blocks in 5 rows of 5 blocks each, and add about a 5″ pieced border, that should work.

KathyA Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!As in much appliqué, vines/stems come first! I got my design planned, vine/stem bias strips made for all 12 blocks, and 3 circles stitched so far. I’m so glad I had Mom’s bias bars to help press the tubes, otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten nearly so far!

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!

Editor Gigi Khalsa writes, “Over the weekend I started back up with my quilting that I was working on a few weeks ago. This quilt is going to be a gift, so I’m only showing the back to avoid spoiling the surprise. The quilting is coming along pretty well, but I’m running behind since I originally thought the recipient’s birthday was in May – turns out it’s in April!

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I also noticed a fun little print matching while I was quilting; I love to look for little details like this as I work!”

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Russek Erin Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!Editor Erin Russek is immersed in the creative process on her One Piece at a Time blog: “Just the other day I was going through blocks and had a little brainstorm. These blocks are from my first ever Block Of The Month design, Floribunda. I decided to add a few more and make a complete quilt out of them. I will be giving away the new block patterns for a limited time. The basket block is the first newbie. I will post finishing instructions for the new quilt when I get there as well.” See another of Erin’s floral fantasy quilts here.

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!Acquisitions editor Lori Baker shares, “I’m beginning to piece together scraps for the back of my project. There aren’t a lot of pieces but it will be fun to see what happens.”

LOVE that retro vibe, Lori!

 

 

Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: New Projects Galore!

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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Book Review: Lines by Design Quilts

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Book Review: Lines by Design QuiltsLines by Design Quilts
by Debbie Grifka

Fons & Porter, 2016; $24.99

LinesByDesignCOVER600px Book Review: Lines by Design QuiltsIf the clean lines and graphic punch of modern quilts speak to you, Debbie Grifka’s new book should be on your must-have list. Inspired by the humble line, Debbie has come up with quilt patterns featuring zigzags, hexagons, circles, and more, all with a modern flair. Everything looks clean, fresh, and completely original. Debbie has a strong creative voice, and every pattern in her book has a carefully distilled message.

I’m a huge fan of house quilts. I’ve studied many many house quilt patterns, and even written and made a few. But my jaw literally dropped open when I saw this quilt in Debbie’s book:

Houses600px Book Review: Lines by Design QuiltsHow cool is that? If you or a loved one live in a mid-century modern home, or just love that style, this Clerestory quilt pattern alone is worth the price of the book.

Most of the quilts here are not as representational as the house quilt, featuring instead circle motifs, line segments, hexagons, arcs, etc. Debbie uses a lot of bias tape in her quilts, and shares a very slick trick for making it in her techniques section. I can’t wait to try it. In fact, we don’t have to wait at all! Debbie is also sharing two bonus projects with our blog readers, and you can download the pattern for either or both, free!

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Dimensional strips are set into seams to create pattern and rhythm in the Lines Pillow pattern. Finished size is 16″ square.

 

 

 

 

 

The 16″ Daisy Pillow pattern uses bias strips to create the stylized flower petals. Machine quilting adds details and texture.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy Debbie’s free pillow patterns and give her book a look. For your convenience, it’s available in our online shop here.

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

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A Quilter’s Tour of India with Pam Holland!

We’ve gone on many McCall’s Quilting travel adventures over the years, but none more exotic and exciting than the one we have planned with host Pam Holland for September 21-October 2, 2016. Pam is a very experienced traveler, and has much to share with us about our destination and the role of travel in a quilter’s life:

“In religion, India is the only millionaire – the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” – Mark Twain (American Author, 1835-1910)

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When I  think of India, I remember, color, smiles, friendliness, amazing scenery, and wonderful food. As my travel companions on this expedition in India with McCall’s Quilting and Craftours, we will combine art and photography with a variety of crafts and sensational sightseeing. We will have had more fun than is legal. How could one not get excited by this? Craftours has been taking crafters to India for many years, and their expertise will provide a wealth of experience to make each day an experience to remember.

ColorsOfIndia600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!The Taj Mahal will take your breath away with its beauty, the elephant ride to the entrance of the Amber Palace will be extraordinary, and the Red Fort will be a place of inspiration.

TajMahal600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!On a previous trip I wrote a description of my trip to the Taj Mahal:

“We will travel by horse”,  said our guide.

I envisioned 3 ladies on a white horse galloping into the Taj Mahal with crowds of people waving as we passed by.

In fact, we went in on a very rickety and bumpy horse and cart but it was immense fun.
Our audience and cheering fans were monkeys with babies on their backs.
It was already hot even though it was only 8:30am. Laden with cameras, our guide insisted I take a bottle of water. OK, it’s sensible, but I don’t have water around the cameras, so he decided to carry it for me.  The entrance, or the gates to the Taj Mahal are quite spectacular as one would imagine.

The main gateway is about 93 feet in height, and a masterpiece of fine inlay work in itself.
It has beautifully crafted doors on the two sides, one opening towards the court-yard side to receive visitors from all three entry gates, and the other side opening towards the grand white marble Taj mausoleum.

The gate has profuse inlay work of white marble and precious stones into the red sandstone surface. The top of the gate has eleven domes between two high columns, 22 in all, depicting the number of years it took for the construction of the Masterpiece.
Through the gates, with bated breath and there you are with 1000’s of other people.
It was breathtaking.

We photographed, filmed, talked to people and just stood and marveled at the imagery. The breeze flowing over the river that  borders the Taj was cool and refreshing and if we didn’t have a guide who kept us on schedule we could have just sat and watched the passing parade of bright clothes and beautiful people.

Marigolds600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!The crafts we will enjoy include a Rangoli design workshop with a master artisan.  The historic designs  range from simple geometric shapes to  very intricate patterns made with a base of powdered, colored rice.

We will also visit a family that has been making puppets for generations, enjoy a workshop with a master henna artist, and participate in a miniature painting workshop. We’ll enjoy hands on block printing, and see a demonstration of beautiful brass inlay by master artisans. Our goal on the expedition is to give you the best experience you can have without pushing you to your limit. There will be plenty of time for shopping in the local markets and relaxing in our deluxe hotels. We’ll take photos and explore the beauty of the art and textiles in this country.

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Stamps600px A Quilters Tour of India with Pam Holland!India is special and is always a trip of a life time.
At times I’m almost overwhelmed with the color and the sheer beauty of the things I see.  Each visit is different, and each experience adds to my excitement of being in the country. There is no doubt in my mind, those of you who join us on this special tour will have an opportunity where your creative process is heightened and your soul will dance in ways it has never danced before.  I hope you can join us!

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Thank you so much, Pam! Your words and photos make it easy to imagine the wonders of a trip like this.
If you’d like to know more about our India tour, get all the details here. We hope to see you on the trip!

 

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