Quilting LIVE! Surprises – Come See Us in Atlanta!

Things are getting really exciting in the McCall’s Quilting offices as we prepare for the first Quilting LIVE! event in Atlanta September 11-13.

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Quilting LIVE! is at the Cobb Galleria Center near Atlanta, Sept 11-13

Content director Susan Guzman and assistant editor Erin Russek will both be there throughout the event, teaching classes, doing demos at the make-and-take center, leading quilt walks through the amazing quilt exhibits, and answering quilters’ questions in the McCall’s Quilting booth.

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McCall’s Quilting Content Director Susan Guzman

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McCall’s Quilting Assistant Editor Erin Russek

Susan and Erin are true quilter’s quilters. In addition to managing more-than-full-time jobs with McCall’s Quilting, they are prolific, super-talented quilt designers and makers. Not to mention, they are both sweet as pie, funny, and they love to spend time with other quilters! You won’t want to miss a chance to quilt with them up close and in person.

So, here are the big surprises…we are running not one, but TWO giveaways so more of you can join us at this exciting event.

Giveaway #1 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
We are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Quilting LIVE! You and a friend can just stroll up to the Registration Desk at Quilting LIVE!, collect your tickets, and enjoy the show as our guests! Leave your email address in a comment below by midnight September 8, and 5 winners will be chosen randomly and notified on September 9, 2014. Please note that contest is open only to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) – official rules here.

We have our ticket winners! Congratulations to Fay Dixon, Nancy Green, Sandy of SanDanceDesigns, Mary Farus, and D. Sharlene Allen. You’ll have email soon detailing ticket pickup. Brush off your walking shoes and get ready to head out for Quilting LIVE!

Giveaway #2 QUILTING LIVE! VALUE PACKAGE
We are also going to give away one Value Package (retail value $114). This includes admission to 6 Quilting LIVE! classes (materials fees not included), 3 days’ general admission, and a Quilting LIVE! shopping bag. How do you enter? This one’s a little more complicated, but fun!  Mention Quilting LIVE! on your own blog or website by midnight September 1, and include this link to the Quilting LIVE! web page. Once you’ve done that, leave the link to your blog or website posting and your email address in the comments section below. A random winner for the Value Package will be chosen and notified on September 2, 2014. Again, please note that contest is open only to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) – official rules here.

If you can’t be in Atlanta in September, don’t be sad…our company also hosts many sewing and quilt expos around the country each year. Find information on all of them right here!

Hope to see you in Atlanta…as our guest!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2014!

Cover 500px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts October/November 2014!The October/November 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is on newsstands and in subscriber mailboxes now, and it’s jam-packed with creative quilt projects you’ll want to make! From traditional to trendy and monochromatic to rainbow-bright, there are quilt patterns here for every quilter’s taste and needs.

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Cheddar Is Better cheddar solid fabric packs are available in our online shop

Cheddar Is Better, designed by Dana Followwell, is a scrappy traditional lap size quilt pattern perfect for diving into your fabric stash. No cheddar solid fabric in your collection? No worries! We have cheddar fabric packs available in our online shop.

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Exclusive quilt kits for this design are available at QuiltandSewShop.com

Makes Me Happy, a lap quilt designed by our own Susan Guzman, will bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees it. It’s a perfect design for using precut 2 1/2″ wide fabric strips, which are included in the optional quilt kit. Just sit down and sew!

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The String of Hearts quilt is like love on your lap!

String of Hearts, designed by Gerri Robinson, is an easy lap quilt that shows how much you love them. The pieced heart blocks are unique and fun to make.

There are many more fast and fabulous projects in this magazine…preview the entire issue here. And check out the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, so you can shop early and avoid disappointment. Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns to your personal pattern library.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Trip Around the Rainbow Mini Quilt Pattern

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

 

Miniature quilt patterns are enjoying a major revival right now, and this week’s Friday Freebie is exactly on trend. We’ve adapted Trip Around the Rainbow, designed by Bea Lee, into an adorable 16″ x 19″ mini version, and the sewing is so easy it’s achievable by any quilter with a bit of experience.

Trip Around the Rainbow Mini 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Trip Around the Rainbow Mini Quilt PatternThis quilt pattern is great fun to make, relying on strip-pieced nine-patches (instead of individual squares) to create the Trip Around the World look. Bea’s rainbow version is wonderful, but we could see this pattern made up with repro fabrics, pretty florals, or any number of other fabric themes.

Download the FREE Trip Around the Rainbow mini quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday Freebie!

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

Check out our website for more mini quilt fun!
The House That Kaffe Built FREE mini house quilt pattern
Patriot’s Home FREE mini hexagons quilt pattern
Little Bits miniature quilt pattern digital download

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How to Bind a Quilt: Q & A

Photo C 300x195 How to Bind a Quilt: Q & ASo many quilters have questions about traditional quilt binding. What’s the best width of strips to cut? How do I piece the strips together? How do I get nice mitered corners? How do I stitch down the back of the binding?

The toughest part of binding a quilt, for me, has always been joining the ends. For many years, I kept a “cheat sheet” in my sewing table drawer and had to refer to it carefully every time I came to that part of the process. But not any more!

McCall’s Quilting associate editor Sherri Bain Driver has taught many, many quilters to create lovely bindings, and her tips were what finally allowed me to get rid of my “cheat sheet”. The way she joins the ends is so simple and natural, it’s easy to remember once you’ve tried it. We have FREE videos available on our website 24/7 showing Sherri demonstrating every step of her binding method. So even if you reach a critical step in the process at 3AM…we’ve got answers ready for you when you need them!

Watch Sherri demonstrate every step of the traditional quilt binding process right here:

Quilt Binding: Joining the Strips
Quilt Binding: Sewing Binding to the Quilt
Quilt Binding: Joining the Ends
Quilt Binding: Turning and Hand Stitching

We hope you’ll show us your finished projects! Post photos on our Facebook page:

McCall’s Quilting on Facebook

And check out even more quilt binding tips here:

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HAPPY QUILT BINDING!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrappity-Do-Dah!

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

This week’s Friday Freebie has been successfully made by many, many McCall’s Quilting readers. Scrappity-Do-Dah is a super-fun design for using up fabric scraps. It also makes a wonderful group block exchange quilt.

Scrappity Large2 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrappity Do Dah!Designed by Ann Weber of Gingham Girls, the bed size version was patterned in the Fall 2009 issue of America Makes Fast Quilts. Now you can make your own throw size
(63 1/2″ x 81 1/2″) version of the design with our free quilt pattern download. Enjoy your Friday Freebie!

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

Check out our website for…

More FREE Scrap Quilt Patterns
Past Issues of America Loves Scrap Quilts Magazine

Scrap Bag Fat Quarter Packs

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DOUBLE Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Brick-a-Brack Lap AND Baby Size Quilt Patterns

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

 

 

This week we’ve got double the quilting fun with not one, but two free scrap quilt patterns for projects designed by Abigail Dolinger.

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Lap and baby size versions of Brick-a-Brack

Aby’s Brick-a-Brack quilt design is a favorite with our readers, and for good reasons. It’s a wonderful way to use up scraps and individualize your next quilt, it’s fun and easy to piece, and it’s simple to alter the quilt size by adding more rows to the center and/or wider or more borders to the outside edges.

Finished Sizes
Lap Quilt: 55½ x 55½˝      Download the FREE lap quilt pattern.
Baby Quilt: 43½˝ x 43½˝ Download the FREE baby quilt pattern.
(Problems downloading our pdfs? Click here for troubleshooting tips.)

See more quilts by Abigail Dolinger on her blog, abyquilts.wordpress.com, and enjoy these Friday Freebies!

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

Check out our website for…

More FREE Scrap Quilt Patterns

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Checkered Star Scrappy Lap Quilt Pattern

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

 

Happy Friday, quilters!

It’s not often you find a triple-generation quilt. This Checkered Star antique quilt has quite a history.

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The Checkered Star quilt pattern finishes at 68″ x 83″.

First, Variable Star blocks were pieced about 1900 from indigo prints and muslin. Sometime during the Great Depression, the forgotten blocks were unearthed and combined with 25-Patch blocks pieced from a decades-old stash. The quilt top was probably finished in the 1940s, when it was bound with a WWII sailor print.

Now it’s your turn to make a quilt with history! Download this FREE Checkered Star lap quilt pattern today. It’s a Friday Freebie!

 

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

Check out our website for…

FREE Vintage quilt patterns

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns Are Back: Button Tree Wall Hanging Pattern

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Online Editor
Kathy Patterson

Welcome back to our series of Friday Freebies quilt patterns! Today’s freebie is the pattern for this wonderful little wall hanging designed by Terri Dobitz.

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Button Tree by Terri Dobitz finishes 21 1/2″ square.

 

Button Tree is beginner-friendly, as cheerful as can be, and a great way to feature all the holiday buttons and pins you’ve been collecting (or hope to collect soon!).

 

The pattern for Button Tree is just 1 in a collection of 3 easy quilt patterns in our new eBook, Quilts for Beginners.

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

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting September/October 2014!

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Fall quilting season is just around the corner, and the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting is ready to inspire you! We’ve got 16 fabulous, fresh quilt patterns to carry you all the way from late summer to Thanksgiving and beyond. Whether you love pieced quilt patterns, appliquéd quilts, or both, there are designs here to appeal to every quilter.

Fans of modern/contemporary quilts will love the look of the Indigo Frames bed quilt designed by Susan Guzman. The piecing plan is a fun puzzle to put together; be sure to use an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance!

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Limited edition Indigo Frames quilt kits are available while supplies last in our online store.

Traditionalists will love Gentle Taupes, designed by Gerri Robinson. The pattern includes step by step photos with tips for adding triangles to a center square.

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Lovely Quilt Gate fabrics make the kit for the Gentle Taupes large throw quilt a must-have!

And if you’ve been tempted to get in on the Dresden Plate revival, check out the Pretty Plates lap quilt designed by John Kubiniec. Just 12 blocks…you may have so much fun that you want to make a second version!

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Visit our online shop for your Pretty Plates quilt kit…quantities are limited and going fast!

There are so many more great projects in this issue, including a breathtaking basket quilt by associate editor Sherri Bain Driver, an autumn table runner pattern by Cheryl Almgren Taylor, and a bright mini quilt by online editor Kathy Patterson. Check out every pattern in this issue right here, and don’t miss the Cities of Angels article about the quilters of the twin cities of Los Angeles, CA and Pueblas de los Angeles, Mexico.

Click here to see the limited edition quilt kits available for a few patterns in this issue, and shop early to avoid disappointment. And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns here.

This issue is available on newsstands now, or may be purchased in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

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Editor’s Favorites Make Searching Easy for You!

EdFaves icon300px 150x150 Editors Favorites Make Searching Easy for You!When you’re frustrated with searching for the perfect quilt pattern, kit, or book, where do you turn? We’d like to suggest the McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Faves website pages! Our carefully curated “super pages” group quilt patterns, blocks, kits, and more by subject and season, making them your one-stop private search engine. Let us do the looking for you…that leaves you with more time for quilting!

Halloween is fast approaching, and our Halloween Editor’s Faves page has lots of free quilt patterns, adorable quilt kits for sale, and other treats (no tricks!).

And it’s not too soon to think about Christmas quilting projects. Our Christmas Editor’s Faves page is packed with ideas for everything from super-fast to super-fantastic quilting. It’s sure to be your go-to place for filling out your holiday quilting gift list.

Take the grind out of your quilting search engine…check out the McCall’s Quilting Editor’s Faves pages today!

 

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