I Love This Quilt: Garnet Trace

Patterson Kathy 70px I Love This Quilt: Garnet TraceWe regret to report that Tracee Doran has left the staff of McCall’s Quilting. We’ll all miss her energy, talent, and sweet heart very much! But “the show must go on”, so as promised here is the free quilt pattern for Garnet Trace, Tracee’s choice for the I Love This Quilt! page in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The pattern for Garnet Trace originally appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

 

Garnet Trace, designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth, is a large quilt, big enough for a queen or king size bed depending on mattress depth. Carrie Nation quilt block I Love This Quilt: Garnet TraceCarrie Nation quilt blocks and repro fabrics give the design an antique feel. Traditionalists will absolutely love making this pattern, which is faster than you might think thanks to clever use of strip piecing at every opportunity.

 

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Download the Garnet Trace FREE quilt pattern here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday Tutorials: Curved Piecing

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Curved PiecingWhile it’s true that you can quilt for a lifetime and never need to make a single curved seam, curved piecing adds a very versatile skill to your bag of tricks. Without it, there would be no Drunkard’s Paths, no Orange Peels, no Whirling Pinwheels! A whole other world of classic and contemporary quilt designs opens up once you master the simple technique of curved piecing. So let’s take a step-by-step look with this week’s Tuesday Tutorial:

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Finger-press both template patches in half. Use folds as your pinning guide. Position both patches, right sides together, folds aligned, and the inner-curve patch on top. Pin together at folds.

 

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Aligning straight edges and corner raw edges, pin patches together at 1 corner. To help keep straight edges aligned, insert pin so it enters and exits fabric twice.

 

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Repeat with remaining corner. You can add more pins if desired, but you may be surprised how well 3 do the trick!

 

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With inner-curve patch on top, stitch 1/4˝ seam slowly, turning and easing to align curved edges as you go. An awl or other pointed tool makes this easier. Remove pins
as each is approached.

 

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Continue stitching around curve, smoothing out any tucks on the layers.

 

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Open and press seam towards outer-curve patch (red in this photo) to complete curved unit. Make in color combinations and quantities needed for your quilt pattern.

And that’s all there is to it! The first time you try curved piecing, it looks weird and it feels weird. But after just one or two curved seams, you’ll totally get the hang of it and be ready to tackle any number of curved quilt designs.

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

Ready to try some curved piecing? Check out these designs!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars for Sydney Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars for Sydney Queen SizeMaking quilts for veterans and active members of the armed forces is an activity enjoyed by many quilters. It’s a way to give back to those who defend us, while doing something that we love…what could be better? This week’s Friday Freebie is a free queen size quilt pattern perfect for such patriotic stitching, or even just to decorate your own home for the summer holidays. Here’s the queen size pattern for Stars for Sydney, our Friday Free Quilt Pattern!

Stars for Sydney Queen 500px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stars for Sydney Queen SizeDebbie Taylor of It’s Sew Emma designed Stars for Sydney as a bright pastel lap size quilt, and we loved the folksy star shapes in combination with easy nine-patches so much that we enlarged the design and colored it patriotic as well! With 12″ blocks and a fusible web appliqué technique, this quilt is fast to make even in bed size.

Download the FREE Stars for Sydney queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Want more patriotic quilt patterns? Check these out!

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Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen-Potter

Meet guest blogger and quilt designer Karin Janssen-Potter. Karin’s Patriotic Star wall quilt is featured in the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Janssen Potter Karin cropped Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen Potter To make the Patriotic Star banner, I began with a typical Square in a Square Block. The light fabric center square was cut at 5 1/2”, and the squares for the corner patches at  3”.

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Next, I created 4 Flying Geese to finish the star. Flying Geese units are common, but getting them perfectly squared up is always a challenge. And then there are wasted triangles…all those left over triangles. We feel guilty throwing them away, don’t we?

Using the no-waste method for making your flying geese is not only fast, it makes 4 units at a time, and it does so with no wasted fabric!! You can use this method on any size Flying Geese. The question I hear most frequently is: How do I alter my block pieces when a pattern calls for the traditional stitch-and-flip method of assembly? How do I know what size to cut my fabric squares?

The answer is simple and works every time!! So here is the secret formula to perfect flying geese every time with no wasted fabric!!

A squares 450px Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen PotterStart with the fabric for the larger center triangles of the units. You need one light square, the size of the finished width you desire the Flying Geese unit to be plus 1 1/4″.  In the Patriotic Star the Flying Geese unit measures 5”  finished.  5″ + 1 1/4″ = 6 1/4″ square of the light fabric. One square will yield 4 flying geese units.

Now the dark fabric. You will need 4 dark squares that are the height of the finished unit, plus 7/8″. Our finished height is 2 1/2″, so 2 1/2″ + 7/8″ = 3 3/8″ squares. Cut 4 dark squares to yield 4 flying geese units.

 

B first stitching 450px Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen Potter Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of two dark squares. Lay the two dark squares right sides together, on opposite corners of the large light square. The dark squares will overlap slightly in the middle. Sew a scant 1/4″ on each side of the marked diagonal.

 

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Cut on the marked line and you’ll have two triangle units.

 

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Press the seams on each of the two triangle units to the darker fabric.

 

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Add another small square to the corner of each larger triangle, again right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of the dark small squares, and then sew a scant 1/4″ on each side of the marked lines.

 

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Cut apart on the marked line again. Repeat this step with the other triangle pieces. You can see the Flying Geese peeking out!!

 

G finished Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen Potter Press the all the seams to the darker fabric and you’ll have 4 finished Flying Geese units.

 

Before I sew the units together, I like to take the time to trim off any tails sticking out on the edges. I find that when I take the time do this extra step, it eliminates any bumps created in the seam when the needle hits the bulky area. Eliminating this bulk creates a smoother seam. This is also a good time to remeasure and square up your unit. Sewing with scant 1/4” seams give you a little extra area for squaring up.

Styled 500 Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen PotterI used the entire width of my fabric to create the stripes on the banner. I sewed 2 1/2” strips by the width of fabric, alternating 3 red with 2 cream.  I then squared up and cut off the selvages. I wanted my stripes to be as long as possible. Don’t have room for a really long banner? You can cut your striped section to any length you desire!

A kit of fabrics for quilt top, binding, and backing plus the cute star quilt hanger is available while supplies last for $45.75 ppd. (WI residents, $43.75 ppd.) from Sew ‘n Save of Racine, 3701 Durand Ave., Racine, WI 53405; 262-554-6445; snsfabric@tds.net; sewnsaveofracine.com.

Karin

Cover 200px1 Patriotic Star: A Visit with Karin Janssen PotterThanks, Karin! If you don’t already have a copy of our June/July issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Patriotic Star quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. The pattern includes step-by-step photos and instructions for making a hanging sleeve for your wall quilt!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket Handles

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesBasket quilt patterns are much-loved by quilters with styles from traditional to very contemporary. The classic basket motif has appeared in quilts for many generations, and there are also many ways to handle the creation of a basket handle. Perhaps the most commonly-used is appliqué, since it can make a smooth curve that looks much like the real thing.

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Detail of Buttercup Baskets by Erin Russek

 

For tips on appliquéing basket handles, we turned to one of our resident experts, Erin Russek. Erin’s Buttercup Baskets quilt, patterned in the January/February 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting, is a lovely example of what appliquéd handles can do for Basket Blocks. Isn’t that block sweet?

 

So, here’s how it’s done:

 

A 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesFold the background patch to which you want to add a handle in half, finger-pressing a light crease.

 

B 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesUsing removable fabric marking pen or pencil, trace the basket handle template onto the background patch, centering. If your quilt pattern doesn’t have a handle template, you can use a plate or bowl to trace a pleasing placement line for the inner curve of the handle.

 

C 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesApply dots of applique basting glue above the traced line.

 

D 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesDepending on the width of the bias tube you are using for the handle, you may want to apply a second row of basting glue dots. Erin’s handle was 1/2″-wide bias tube, so she did a second row of dots.

 

E 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesWith inner edge of bias tube handle aligned with marked line, gently press handle to background patch, covering dots of glue. Leave ends of handle overhanging the edge of the background patch.

F 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesUsing scissors or rotary cutter, trim ends of handle even with raw edges of background patch.

G 400px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Applique Basket HandlesTa dah! A pretty basket handle with a lovely smooth curve, ready to be stitched down by hand or machine.

 

Practice your new skill with the Buttercup Baskets quilt pattern or any basket quilt design, and enjoy!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Lavender and Sage Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Lavender and Sage Queen SizeDiagonal quilt settings can be intimidating for beginning and time-challenged quilters alike. Diagonal sets look complicated, and adding edge (setting) triangles can be a bit tricky. So maybe you’re looking for a quilt pattern that appears to be a complicated diagonal setting, but is actually make with straight-set, simple blocks.

Look no further! The Lavender & Sage quilt designed by Tammy Silvers for the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting is exactly that…a simple quilt with blocks set in straight rows which gives the illusion of a more complex diagonal design.

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The lap size version of Lavender & Sage is patterned in the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting

What could be better? How about a FREE queen size version of this quilt pattern? That’s today’s Friday FREEbie!

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The FREE queen size pattern for Lavender & Sage finishes 91″ x 100″

Same intriguing design, just a few extra quilt blocks. When making your own version, watch your choice of fabrics making sure the value (dark vs. light) of your selections is similar to those in Tammy’s quilt. That’s what makes the “diagonal” setting pop out.

Download the FREE Lavender & Sage queen size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Kits, backing fabric, and instant digital pattern download are available in our online shop for the lap size version of Lavender & Sage:

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Argyle: A Visit with Terry Albers

Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, teacher, and author Terry Albers of Hedgehog Quilts. Terry’s Argyle quilt and pillow sham ensemble is featured in the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Terry Albers 200px Argyle: A Visit with Terry Albersbacking 300px Argyle: A Visit with Terry AlbersI started out to create a design featuring the taupe, yellow, and lavender large print you see at right and in the 4th border of the finished quilt.  But the combination of the purples, grays and black kept calling me into this more sophisticated woven look, below. It happens that way sometimes…I start out with an idea and end up with something I wasn’t expecting.

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The Argyle quilt pattern finishes 97″ x 113″, great for a king or queen size bed.

Fabri-Quilt has some of the most beautiful paisleys in their lines, season after season. And, once again, I was drawn to the paisleys (a long-time favorite of mine). The small paisleys in the Chelsea fabric line seemed more contained and almost like an elegant suit and silk tie.

I had been playing with some woven designs and decided to see how they worked with this line. The simple four-patch blocks, with a positive-negative feel, fit neatly into the woven sashing and created the Argyle pattern. I used medium gray for one direction of the sashing and purple for the other to emphasize the over-under woven look.

Argyle 400px Argyle: A Visit with Terry AlbersThe original design seemed a bit stark so I started framing it with borders which softened the edges. It also provided the perfect spot for me to use the original taupe/yellow/lavender print that first grabbed my eye. The final wide border calms and contains the rest of the design, for a sophisticated yet restful feeling.

I love how pillows dress up a bed so I created companion shams to complement the quilt; repeating some of the design elements without trying to “match” the quilt.

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Cover 200px1 Argyle: A Visit with Terry AlbersThanks, Terry! If you don’t already have a copy of our June/July issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Argyle quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. The coordinating pillow sham pattern is a free web bonus…download here!

Argyle quilt kits, backing fabric, and kits for pillow shams are all available in our online shop.

 

 

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Tuesday Tutorials: How to Sew a Quilt by Hand

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: How to Sew a Quilt by HandHand made quilts are really a special breed, don’t you think? When every stitch is made by a hand pulling a needle and thread, so much love is in the finished quilt that it’s almost a magical object. And the art of hand sewn quilts isn’t a lost one…many quilters keep a hand sewing project going at all times to take with them anyplace where there’s likely to be a lot of waiting. Doctor appointments, kids’ sporting events, car trips, even on a plane…these are all wonderful opportunities to get some work done on your hand sewn quilt.

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Small, even stitches are the goal in hand piecing.

 

So, where to start? Hand piecing is a great technique to begin learning how to make a quilt by hand, and this week’s Tuesday Tutorial shows you how to do it, step by step. Some quilt blocks are actually easier to make by hand than on a sewing machine, so hand piecing is a nice skill to have in your quilting repertoire.

 

 

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Set-in or Y seams can actually be easier to sew by hand than on a machine!

Grab the supplies for making any favorite quilt block (one with template shapes is ideal), and give the hand piecing technique a try. You just may find a new favorite quilt making activity!

Download the free tutorial here, and remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

 

And step up your hand techniques even further with live instruction on hand quilt binding, with Laura Roberts!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Liberty Starshine Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Liberty Starshine Table RunnerFree table runner quilt patterns are always in demand. Making a fresh new table runner pattern is a fast and fun way to update your décor any time of year. With the summer months approaching here in the States, what could be better than a free table runner pattern in a patriotic theme, perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, and every day in between? This week’s Friday Freebie is the table runner version of Liberty Starshine, a quilt designed by Deanne Eisenman for the May/June 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting:

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The Liberty Starshine table runner finishes 18 1/2″ x 54 1/2″.

Deanne used Civil War repro fabrics from her stash to make the coordinating lap quilt. You can read about her design process in her guest blog from April 2. Don’t you love how the machine quilting by Annette Ashbach accentuates the piecing? And those subtle red-on-red stripes…delicious!

Download the FREE Liberty Starshine table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Download the digital pattern for the Liberty Starshine lap quilt here:

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Hometown USA: A Visit with Cheryl Almgren Taylor

Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Cheryl Almgren Taylor of A Time to Sew Quilt Designs. Cheryl’s quilt, Hometown USA, is on the cover of the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Cheryl Almgen Taylor 175px Hometown USA: A Visit with Cheryl Almgren TaylorHometown USA was created on a quilt retreat with friends and was inspired by the words “Land that I love” from the patriotic tune, God Bless America. I wanted to create a Fourth of July quilt that not only included the traditional red, white, & blue with stars and stripes, but something that touched upon the hearts of the American people. I thought of rows of little houses, each similar, but with unique features, like the small towns scattered across America. This seemed especially appropriate for me since my family is literally scattered from “sea to shining sea” across America, from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California to the flatlands of central Ohio, and on to the western hills of New Jersey on the East Coast.

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Hometown USA finishes at 32 1/2″ x 36 1/2″.

 

Creating the quilt was easy, using basic piecing and familiar blocks. Usually I am an appliqué gal, but this quilt allowed me to do everything with plain piecing. When planning your quilt, it is fun to include your own house colors or maybe recreate the street on which you live. Whatever you decide to do, take a moment to not only enjoy your quilt, but to be thankful we live in Hometown USA! Happy Fourth of July!!

Cheryl

Cover 200px1 Hometown USA: A Visit with Cheryl Almgren TaylorThanks, Cheryl! If you don’t already have a copy of our June/July issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Hometown USA quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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