Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Handsome Stars Backing Quilt

Handsome Stars 300px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Handsome Stars Backing QuiltHave you ever made a quilted backing for your quilt? What a fun way to feature any of your favorite block! If you’re a fan of log cabin blocks, read on…

In the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting
we ran the Handsome Stars lap quilt (shown above, right) which included a free creative backing pattern – that backing pattern is today’s FREE Friday quilt pattern! Whether you use this free pattern to make a creative backing for the Handsome Stars quilt or to be the top for a separate quilt all its own, the easy piecing will get you to the finish line in no time. Explore a different color pallete or a different block all together during your next project!

 Handsome Stars backing 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Handsome Stars Backing QuiltDownload the FREE Handsome Stars creative backing pattern…it’s a Friday FREEbie.(Problems downloading our PDF? Check out our troubleshooting tips.)

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Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle-Squares

Knowing different approaches to making triangle-squares (also called half-square triangle units) is one way to take you from being a beginning quilter to an intermediate one. Having a variety of techniques in your quilter’s toolbox allows you to look at a pattern and evaluate how to make what you need based on what works best for you and your fabric choices.

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Candy’s full-size throw quilt is wonderfully scrappy and would be a great way to bust some stash making all of those 6” triangle-squares. Making triangle-squares one or two at a time is the technique you probably want to use if you want yours as scrappy as Candy’s.


unnamed 300x289 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle SquaresWhen I decided to make a 16” pillow sham based on Homeland, I had a couple of things to consider. First of all, I knew the triangle-squares would finish at 1.5”, which is fairly small. I also wanted to use a bright red-white-and-blue palette that was still scrappy but more contained; at that size, I felt that too much variety in the prints I used would obscure the design.

Because of those two considerations, I decided to use the 8-at-a-time triangle-squares technique. Same outcome, just a different approach.

So with that in mind, here are some video tutorials that demonstrate different ways of making the ubiquitous triangle-square unit.

This “My First Quilt” tutorial featuring Sara Gallegos is a great place to start, especially if you want to make really scrappy triangle-squares by cutting and piecing triangles instead of using a fast piecing method. This gives Sara the opportunity to talk about how important the grainline of your fabric is and why it matters (more on that further down). She demonstrates the 2-at-at-time technique (which we include in the Quilt Basics or Basic Lessons sections of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker) and what to look for when you’re joining your triangle-square units together.

Sara also gives you the quilt math you’ll need to figure out what size to start with if you want a particular finished size. Click here to learn more about the entire free video series “My First Quilt” on

This “Sew Easy” tutorial focuses on the Quick Triangle-Squares method that yields two identical units at a time; the only difference is that it employs the nifty Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker.

In this “Quilty” video, Mary Fons demonstrates a method of cutting patches to make triangle-squares from strips using a triangular ruler and rotary cutter.

This “Sew Easy” tutorial demonstrates the technique I used to make my pillow sham and that I’ve learned to love, which is how to make triangle-squares 8 at a time. It’s really helpful when making multiple sets of triangle-squares, and requires the same amount of fabric as the standard method.

In this “Sew Easy” tutorial, Colleen Tauke demonstrates the Triangle-Square and Hourglass Unit templates, which include the directions printed right on the tools to make things extra easy. You can find the pattern for the Quick & Easy Baby Quilts she talks about here.

Many quilters make oversized triangle-squares and then trim them down to the size needed in order to get perfect corners. In this video Colleen demonstrates how the Fons & Porter Square-Up Ruler helps create perfect triangle-squares every time.

You may have seen tutorials online for making triangle-squares from strips or squares that were cut across the width of the fabric and that have been pieced together. That particular technique makes me furrow my editor’s brow in consternation because if you’re stitching on the straight-of-grain, you’re going to get bias edges all around the outside edges of the units. Just so you know, we quilt editors do everything in our power to avoid writing patterns that result in bias edges on the outside of units. I’ve never used the technique demonstrated here of cutting triangle-squares from bias strip sets but it makes perfect sense; you’re still stitching on the bias and cutting units the straight-of-grain. It’s just one more tool in a quilter’s toolbox!

Homeland is one of many, many fantastic patterns that are based on triangle-square units. Here are just a handful of patterns of differing complexity, but once you know the basics of making triangle-squares, none of them are beyond your skill level.
DPQMP175710 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Out of the Blues by Nancy Mahoney

DPQMP171001 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Tree of Life by 4th and 6th Design

DPQMP175605 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Retro Romance by Jocelyn Ueng

DPQQP170904 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Half-Square Shuffle by Kathryn Wagar Wright

DPQQP170705 Workshop Wednesday: Fast Triangle Squares  Letters from Home by Terrie Peterson

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Design Wall Tuesday – Winter Quilts

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thanks for joining us! It seems like Winter was on the minds of a few editors this past weekend! I think the hot summer weather is making us think of cooler weather. Read on to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to.

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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I’m having so much fun playing with my charm square collection and coming up with new pattern ideas. I played with another one this weekend and made a bunch of units. Here’s a sneak peek.

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From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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With temperatures soaring I decided it was time to cool off with thoughts of winter. Last weekend I held my own personal Christmas in July sewing session. I love the Christmas Bows quilt Paula Stoddard designed for McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec 2016 and knew I wanted one for our home. You can still order your own kit for Christmas Bows. Several months ago I cut and paired up all the patches, sewed a few blocks together and then promptly set the project aside. When I opened the box this weekend it was such a treat seeing the ‘getting ready to sew’ tasks were already done. I turned on my machine and started chain piecing units together. Here is what I have so far.

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From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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Thinking of winter in August. I worked on a quilt I designed for the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Quiltmaker this week-end.​ My inspiration for the design was the imagery of glistening snow on the flat fields of Indiana and mountain top trees in Colorado. I selected Cardinal Christmas and blenders from Hoffman California Fabrics to get the snowy effect I wanted allover the quilt top. I finished the sections and blocks and I’m ready to sew all of them together. I can’t wait to see what the finished top looks like. Even though I have the design on paper, it’s alway exciting to see it come together in fabric!

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From Video Content Strategist, Caitlin Dickey:

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Some of my fabrics started loudly calling my name sometime last week, and even though I felt like I should finish my snowflakes quilt top before moving on to another project, I couldn’t resist. The pattern for this new quilt keeps changing itself and adding fabrics from my stash that I hadn’t originally pulled for this project. This is what it looks like on my design wall right now; we’ll see where it ends up!

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Halloween plus neutrals quilt in progress

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and are finding some time to get some sewing in. Stop back next week to see what we’ve been up to!



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Sincerest Condolences: Fond Memories of a Quilter’s Companion

Sincerest Condolences:
Fond Memories of a Quilter’s Companion

shared by: Tricia Patterson
Managing Editor, McCall’s Quilting, Quick Quilts and Quiltmaker

We received a response to one of  one of our feature McQ&A questions from Barbara Harris of Magnolia, Texas. It was such a delightful read, and carried sentiments many quilters share, so much we want to share it with you.

Thank you Barbara!


Singer FashionMate.  1972-2017

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Rest in Peace
Singer FashionMate

It is with somber fondness I must report that a pillar of the Harris household, Singer FashionMate, passed quietly and suddenly from this realm on July 29, 2017 after a long and productive career.  A rather plain and simple being with a pale, frost green face, she was adopted in 1972, during the era of polyester double knit, from the local S&H Greenstamp store and came to reside with her current companion, keeping her in stitches for the next 45 years. Singer was a faithful and reliable assistant, only occasionally showing any rebellion by breaking threads or looping stitches and rarely complained about denims or batting. Even when her throat plate was covered in fuzz and lint, she performed well. She had a great knack for holding things together and pressing her best foot forward (and backwards). She just kept bobbin’ along and kept her dogs fed. She was never known to have needled anyone in her whole existence, although she did seam to hate invisible thread and went on a years long strike against its use.

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Psychedelic 70s- Repurposed for my grandchildrens’ costumes 

Singer’s first accomplishments included garments such as psychedelic colored bell bottoms and evening attire for athletic banquets, along with mending chores. An occasional set of curtains and other small projects were accomplished as well. In the mid 70s to early 80s she seamed up a few baby garments. In the late 1980s, she zigzagged off in a new direction and stitched her first log cabin quilt, which still exists to this day.  With that feeling of accomplishment, she eventually fabricated over 25 other quilts, mostly her favorite, simple log cabins, but also some nine patches, a double wedding ring (which only took 12 years to finish as she despised the taste of the invisible thread and refused to work on it), several memory quilts with pictures (one was for the 100th birthday of her companion’s grandmother) and appliqué, a flannel biscuit quilt (which caused considerable congestion) and a variety of baby/toddler quilts. In more recent years, never too old to try new things as long as they weren’t too complex, she tried her arm and foot with craft items such as tote bags, placemats, microwave bowl hotpads, toy sacks, cosmetic bags, pillows, aprons, children’s hooded capes and whatever various semi-useful things her companion could claim were gifts. Finally, this week while working on a lovely blue and yellow log cabin quilt block, her internal anatomy suffered a catastrophic failure. Her gear was stripped, broken.  She stopped dead in her throat as it seamed her foot and arm were no longer spooling with her bobbin. CPR was attempted with a limp response and a trip to the urgent care center confirmed that she had seamed her last. Hospice was called in and her life support was disconnected forever. May she always RIP.

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My Stash and Singer

She had no fancy stitches to offer and her operator has no special expertise, but together they seamed to get along, making many stitches in time, saving 9…or more. A memorial service was held August 1, and was attended by many of her colorful offspring that still reside nearby. Then, surrounded by her beloved fat quarters and tattered user manual, she was gently sealed in her case and interred in the garage. Her feet, needles, bobbins and attachments have been preserved for future possible transplantation. She will be missed but always remembered.

 -Barbara Harris, Magnolia, Texas

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm Fuzzies

Warm Fuzzies WEB BONUS flat Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Warm FuzziesPlanning ahead for Christmas gift quilts? Don’t forget that adding plush fabrics to simple piecing can make for a textured-treat quilt for your favorite kid. This snuggle-friendly lap size quilt may be just what you’re looking for!

Originally featured as a pink version from our McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2011 issue, Warm Fuzzies is this week’s Friday Freebie!

Download the FREE Warm Fuzzies lap size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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Workshop Wednesday: Panel Parade!

A lot of my work recently, both at the office and in my own quilting projects, has revolved around using fabric panels. I can’t get them off my brain; there’s just something (OK, several things) about them! They’re attractive just as they are, they’re easy and fun to use in a quilt, and they make quick work of most projects. The panel projects I’ve been working on for McCall’s will have to wait to be shared until they’re published, but I can share my personal panel project at the end of this post (I’ve been sharing it a lot recently; forgive me if you’ve seen it but I think it’s pretty neat!)

There’s lots of different types of panel prints and I would consider any fabric whose design runs from selvage to selvage to be in the panel print category as well, like ombre print fabrics where it’s very light at one selvage and very dark at the opposite. Lots of panel prints are a collection of images, with one larger central print and several smaller blocks. I like them all; do you have a favorite type?

So the first thing you’ll want to do when using a panel print is to cut it out accurately. This may be old news for some, but I like to think that someone, somewhere wants to start quilting today and I’d like to be a good resource for him or her, so I’d recommend this short video about fussy cutting from Sara Gallegos. I’m a big fan of fussy cutting, panel print or otherwise, so I found it interesting.

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Another really cool and kind of adventurous technique is to splice the panel and insert fabric strips to get a unique, graphic look. Sarah can walk you through that process too!

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Once you’ve got the panel cut (and spliced, if you care to), then it’s just a matter of figuring out how you want to frame it! The sky is the limit for this step, really, and one is only limited by their imagination. There are plenty of patterns to refer to, which I’ll get to in a bit, or you can try designing your own using basic piecing techniques. Here’s Sarah again, showing us how to make a piano key border, which would be an excellent choice for framing a panel.

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You could also use your favorite blocks, a combination of blocks, a series of border strips, and probably other ideas I haven’t even considered yet. Luckily, I’m not the only one thinking hard about working with panels. Many of the designers we work with like to use them as well and there are quite a few patterns available at Quilt&Sew Shop. But since a number of panel patterns can be pretty specific to the featured panel, sometimes kits can be a better choice. There are some great kits available too!

With the holiday season just around the corner (no, really, it is, especially in terms of sewing projects), I wouldn’t mind easing into it with this colorful, cozy quilt, Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch, designed by Elaine Theriault. I love the look of bright colors glowing against a dark background and this project does it perfectly.

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Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch by Elaine Theriault

The holiday season doesn’t slow down for anyone, so once this one is done it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Christmas lovers are lucky since there are so many choices for them. Here are a few of my favorites–Frosted Holiday and The Magic of Christmas. I think the images are really cute and I especially like the border treatments on both.

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Frosted Holiday by Katie Doucette

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The Magic of Christmas by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar

Panels are especially great for kids’ quilts too. However, I came across the Ready for Takeoff kit and I am just about ready to buy it for myself! I think Renae used all the different elements so well, and the illustrations on the panel are great. I hope you agree!

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Ready for takeoff by Renae Lindgren

Speaking of kids and Christmas, have you seen this little Disney movie called Frozen? Did you like it? Do you want to build a snowman…quilt? We are lucky to have an exclusive kit design for Love of Quilting featuring that Olaf from Frozen and it’s pretty cute.

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Frozen Olaf Quilt

And since you’ve made it this far, I assume you like panels, and maybe even Frozen! So I should tell you about another panel that’s available, featuring sisters Elsa and Anna from the movie. It’s not a quilt kit, just a panel, but it’s currently on sale for about $5. I know many quilters don’t care about fabric bargains (LOL) but I’m letting you know since you may be the exception (LOLOL).

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Disney Frozen sisters panel

At the top of this blog I said I’d share my recent project using panel prints. I didn’t use them in a traditional way, though, I cut them all up! Read about my version of Santa Fe Sunrise here.

Happy quilting, panel print or otherwise!




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Design Wall Tuesday – Quilting with a Walking Foot

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to in our sewing rooms. We’ve been busy!

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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As I was organizing my sewing room, it became very obvious that I’m building quite a collection of quilt tops. I decided to tackle my pile and machine quilt one of them. I chose the I Spy quilt I worked on last week. Up to date, the machine quilting I’ve done on my domestic machine has been freeform. I really wanted to try some quilting using my walking foot, and this was the perfect top for it. I used the guide on my foot and quilted lines down the center of the sashing and 1″ inside each novelty charm square. It was easier than I thought.

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From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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I’m making a lot of progress on my version of Santa Fe Sunrise! I wrote about my design, color choices and building of this quilt earlier, read about it here. I finished cutting the outer squares and I’ve started thinking about borders. I may do a dark inner border, then I have some beautiful gradient fabrics I could use for the side outer borders, which will fit the theme and look perfectly. I’ll have to think about an outer border for the top and bottom though. I’m going to leave this up on the wall for a while and think about it before I make a final decision.

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Santa Fe Sunrise

From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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I started making a pieced back. It’s primarily pink and brown but there are a few green and blue fabrics too. When I get things sewn together a bit more, I’ll put the pieces on my design wall and if any of those green and blue fabrics “jump out at me,” I’ll either remove them or cut them into smaller pieces so I can spread them around a bit. What’s it for???I’m not sure. I just wanted to do some mindless sewing and improv piecing is super easy for me.

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From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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Here’s a peek at the final units in production for my “I Love This Quilt!” remake of Geese in My Kitchen. I’ll be blogging about the completed quilt top soon (ICYMI, here’s my first blog post about this quilt).

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Flying Geese

From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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My big sewing project for the weekend was to make some bed pillow covers.
They’ve been on my To Do list for quite awhile. I made eight covers to complement
quilts. I currently have on the beds. I don’t typically tuck pillows under the
bedspread or quilt, instead leaving them outside, propped against the bed’s
backboard. A regular pillow cover, if fitted to the pillow size, exposes the pillow
inside. Not the best look. So, to get a nice almost-sham appearance I extend one side
of my pillow fabric 11” and use the extra length to create an envelope for the pillow
to fit into.

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Pillow flap

I hope you’re getting some sewing done this summer. Let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll see you next week.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Winter Galaxy Lap Quilt Pattern

Winter Galaxy Large1 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Winter Galaxy Lap Quilt PatternIt may be summer now, but winter isn’t *too many turns of the calendar away…as the year begins to wind down and we watch winter settle in, seize the freeze, slash your stash, and make a wintry lap quilt!

This week’s Friday FREE pattern download is for a 65½″ square lap quilt version of Winter Galaxy (the image to the right is of a bed size version). In this free project, four large Star Blocks combine with a clever sashing to create nine sparkling stars. Strip sets made with 4 width-of-fabric strips also make quick work of the 16-patch blocks.

Click here for the link to download the FREE Winter Galaxy lap quilt pattern.

Not *quite feeling like giving in to the call of cooler weather? While the Winter Galaxy quilt *does look great in icy batiks, you could always consider something different: multiple colors instead of monochromatic, or a different color palette altogether. What do you think?

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ‘17

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McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ’17 | On the cover: Night Brigade by Pam Boswell

Stars are the focus for McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ‘17 issue and we have a stunning variety of traditional and modern designs to share with you. Learn how to applique with felted wool while making Jo Moury’s elegant design Fall Stars. You will also find twenty-two different color combinations for all seasons, in patterns from table runners to bed runners and throw quilts to bed quilts. Let’s preview some patterns featuring curves, arrows, kaleidoscopes and more!

Night Brigade: Stars, stripes and a patriotic color scheme—what could be better? Pam Boswell’s clever design looks more complicated to make than it is. The units are made with basic patchwork techniques and it comes together quickly and easily. The stripes continuing into the 2nd border is a great finishing touch.

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Fall Stars designed by Jo Moury

Fall Stars: Jo’s lovely bed quilt embodies all the best things about fall—the warm, inviting colors, fluttering leaves, sparkles of golden light and comforting coziness. Wool leaf appliques add a warm, dimensional effect to the quilt. This design finishes at
93 1/2″ x 93 1/2″.

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Hocus Pocus designed by Jen Daly

Hocus Pocus: This Halloween table runner is no trick and all treat! Traditional blocks come together to make a frightfully delightful entertaining centerpiece that everyone will die for. An eye-catching composition makes this versatile pattern suitable for any holiday just by changing the color choices. Kit available.

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Up designed by Elaine Theriault

Up: With a quilt this dynamic, you’ve got nothing to hit but the heights! Easy Fast Flying Geese grouped according to a gradation of color and value create an uplifting pattern in this large 60″ x 72″ modern throw. Pattern includes alternate layouts and design option ideas for you to make your own version of this fun and easy quilt.

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Dreamcatcher designed by Denise Russart

Dreamcatcher: Finally, an extra long twin size quilt pattern to make all your dreams come true! Large blocks and basic piecing techniques mean that this modern, stylish bed quilt sews up fast finishing at 72” x 96”. The dynamic block design works with any prints or color combinations. If you’ve dreamed about a fun pretty bed quilt pattern that you can make in a snap, this may be just the pattern for you!

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Sprockets designed by Tammy Silvers

Sprockets: The Space Age may not have brought us flying cars or robot maids, but it did give us the fun and quirky sense of design seen in this batik throw that gradates from light to dark. A mix of easy foundation piecing and template piecing creates the Kaleidoscope Blocks. Kit available.

There’s much more inside McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ‘17 issue; preview all the patterns for a more complete look.


We are giving away print copies of McCall’s Quilting Sept/Oct ’17 to three lucky winners! Leave a comment about what you find most inspiring from the Sept/Oct ’17 issue preview, by midnight July 31st. Winners will be chosen and notified on Tuesday, August 1st.

Winners of the Sept/Oct ’17 Issue Giveaway are: Nancy Lewis, Kaye M. and Cathy Cavagnaro. Winners have been notified by email.

Warm Greetings,
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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Workshop Wednesday: Selecting Fabric for Scrap Quilts

In a recent Workshop Wednesday post, I wrote about the basics of selecting fabric for a quilt. This week, let’s take things up a notch and talk about selecting the right fabrics specifically for a scrap quilt.

I can hear some of you saying, “But if it’s a scrap quilt, then why do I need to worry about how to select fabric? Anything goes when you’re making a scrap quilt, right?”
In theory, yes, you’re right. In practice, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You may have heard the quilters’ maxim, “Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work,” and boy, does it bear repeating in terms of scrap quilts. The best, most sparkling scrap quilts prioritize a fabric’s value—how light, medium or dark it is—over color and print every time.

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Case in point: the 1940s bow tie quilt I found in my local thrift shop a few years ago. I truly love this quilt and the fantastic variety of vintage fabrics in it, but it’s a great example of how putting fabrics together willy-nilly actually detracts from their effectiveness and makes it harder to see and appreciate them. Continue reading

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