Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! The editors who make McCall’s Quilting, Quilters 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:
Content director Carolyn Beam writes, “It was a snowy weekend in Colorado and perfect for staying inside to sew. I worked on the feathers for my feathered star quilt. I still have many more to go!”
Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and I made good progress on my applique assembly line this weekend. I have 40 of my 48 violets (those are stacks of 4 each) and all their centers made, started a few leaves to see how it would go (MUCH easier than violets!), and pulled the 12 pink fabrics I’ll need for hearts. That was the most fun of all. I started with about 25 maybes and narrowing it down to the 12 that related best to the blocks my Mom already made had me feeling very artistic!
Editor Diane Volk Harris reports, “I gifted this scrappy star quilt to a favorite little cowboy this weekend, in honor of his First Communion. Although seven-year-old boys aren’t the most expressive creatures, I think he liked it. The triangle-plus block, upper left, is the family’s cattle brand. In true farm-kid fashion, he may have enjoyed the label most: it features a photo of him with his first show heifer, Lucy.”
Editor Gigi Khalsa finished a quilt top this weekend! “Some people might remember my remake of Nuts and Bolts from previous blog posts. I decided to put some borders on it! My version looks very different from Sandy Klop’s original quilt. It reminds me of rainbow tie dye designs. I was able to start on a pieced back for this quilt top, but I didn’t finish. Maybe next weekend I can finish it up and baste!”
And from acquisitions editor Lori Baker: “I spent the whole snowy day on Sunday sewing. I completed a quilt top that I can’t show yet but here is the pieced back for that quilt. It’s ready to send to the quilter.”
Managing editor Paula Stoddard has been busy, too! “This is a project for the upcoming Quiltmaker’s Quilts From 100 Blocks issue. I loved the original block by Jennifer Dick, and had fallen in love with these fabrics and decided they would be perfect together. I love how it turned out. Now I just need some grand babies!”
Our newest editor, Tricia Patterson, writes, “I wasn’t really too sad when, as happens every year, Colorado weather interrupted spring to bring a week-end of snow and the road conditions to keep me inside. I took advantage of the time to clean out a few closets, do a little baking, and work on a few quilting projects.
The weather actually put me in the holiday spirit to start on a few quilting projects. Watch for the quilts that morph from these Halloween and Christmas fabrics (right) in the fall issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.
I was fortunate to meet Carolyn McCormick last week. Carolyn is one of our designers and owner of CM Designs. I learned that Carolyn created the Add-A-Quarter Plus ruler. I’m not sure how I missed this handy tool. After hearing all about it I ordered one. While waiting for it to arrive I borrowed a 6” version from work. I used the ruler to put together a Flying Geese border for a reproduction quilt my daughter-in-law asked me to make. WOW! Is it awesome! I highly recommend the investment for foundation piecing.
I also took some time to audition block patterns for fabric from the Tula Pink Elizabeth collection; one she designed for Free Spirit Fabrics. I’m working on this quilt for my oldest granddaughter who is enamored with Queen Elizabeth I. My focus blocks will be the ones featuring the queen. I plan to take patterns from Rosemary Youngs’ The Quilt Block Bible to make companion blocks for the quilt.
Maybe it’s not so bad to have a good healthy snow in April.”
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