Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2016!

Fresh summer quilt patterns fill the pages of the new June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. When you browse these inspiring designs, you can almost smell line-dried laundry and sweet summer flowers! With several beach-themed quilts, one crowd-pleasing patriotic quilt pattern, and lots of other unique, easy designs, we’re sure you’re going to love this issue. Let’s take a look:

COVER500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts June/July 2016!That beautiful, breezy cover quilt is Sea Glass by Kate Colleran. Kate used fabrics from the Soft Dreams collection by P&B Textiles for this quilt, and they give her simple design a soothing yet energizing ocean feel. A limited number of quilt kits are available, and we have a FREE web bonus queen size pattern for this design, just for you!

Here are a few more of the exciting new quilts patterned in this issue:

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Quick Nines by Carolyn Beam

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Silver Linings by Tammy Silvers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intertwined by Heidi Pridemore

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By the way, the Quick Nines quilt pattern includes step by step photos demonstrating the use of our new Wonky Nine-Patch acrylic template set. You can also make this quilt with the included paper templates, but the acrylic templates make things so much faster, easier, and more fun! Watch the templates in action here.

And there are 6 MORE tempting quilt patterns in this magazine, every one a winner. From the sweet Summer Safari baby quilt to the modern-meets-traditional Red Hots lap quilt, there are quilt patterns here for every taste and sewing need.

You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library. And browse all the convenient kits available for projects in this issue right here!

June/July McCall’s Quick Quilts is available on newsstands not later than May 3, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and More

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! One of the best parts of any weekend is when the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines get to stitch in our home sewing spaces. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreEditor Diane Volk Harris says, “I completed the binding on this quilt for a great-niece. This design, called Dozens of Daisies, was featured during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party in 2011. I started it then because I needed samples for the tutorials I was writing. It’s finally off my UFO list! The pattern is available free on our website here.

 

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Russek Erin Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreEditor Erin Russek writes, “I am currently in love with these little Dresden Plates. I made these for a different project but I wasn’t liking how that looked so I designed this block for an upcoming issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.”

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Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreOnline editor Kathy Patterson here and I’m making good progress on my niece Lara’s wedding quilt. This week I finished tracing and cutting all the applique patches, and I did the prep work to turn under edges on more leaves and some hearts. I even glue basted a sample block (I like Roxanne’s Glue Baste It) and put it up on my design wall with some of my Mom’s Chicken Foot Blocks to see if I’m going to be happy with the effect. I’m loving it so far!

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McDonald Deb Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreAdministrative editor Deb McDonald reports, “This weekend I worked on a color option for an upcoming Quiltmaker feature. Be watching for a cute crib quilt made from these cheerful fabrics and a few more I’m saving as part of the reveal. There were a lot of stitch and flip blocks and I hate drawing a stitching line. I tried a new-to-me product, Clearly Perfect Angles. It works great and made those stitch and flip blocks so quick and easy!”

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Beam Carolyn Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreContent director Carolyn Beam shares, “Since my husband was out of town this past weekend, I had a lot of time to sew. I got all the feathers finished along with all the parts and pieces I need for the remaining Feathered Star blocks – now to sew them all together!”

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Stoddard Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreAnd from managing editor Paula Stoddard: “I’ve been working on a lot of big quilt projects lately, and last week I realized that I really miss just sitting and doing handwork. Something about sitting in my comfy chair, snuggled in with my dogs, and working on a small hand project feeds my soul. I found these adorable little Snow Happy Hearts on Ann Sutton’s website, Bunny Hill Designs, and dove right in. I did a lot of prepping this weekend, and am now ready to sit and stitch.  I.Love.Them.”

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreAcquisitions editor Lori Baker writes, “I nearly finished quilting my quilt this weekend. I have only the black parts of the 9-patch blocks to go. Would you believe I didn’t have any black thread?”

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: Free Quilt Pattern, Tools We Love, and MoreEditor Gigi Khalsa reports, “I finished piecing the back for my Nuts & Bolts remake. I used some leftover strip-pieced scraps from the back, a bit of the border fabric, and two amazing pastel fabrics that I found at the thrift store. I love the pastel plaid fabric, and that pastel 1980s-style print with the dolphins, convertibles, and stylish ladies, well, despite the coarse weave and lesser quality of the fabric itself, I couldn’t resist it.”

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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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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby QuiltIs there anything sweeter than a fresh new baby quilt? Free baby quilt patterns are some of my favorites among all the web bonuses we offer at McCallsQuilting.com. Even when there’s not a baby expected anytime soon in my family, I like to keep a baby quilt project going all the time. You never know when you’ll need one for a charity, a friend’s grandchild, or any number of other happy occasions!

If you love baby quilt patterns like I do, you’ll REALLY love today’s Friday Freebie. It’s a smaller version of the Red Hots lap quilt design by Sandra Clemons, which is patterned in the new June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Let’s look at the lap quilt from the magazine first:

Red Hots Composite Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby QuiltSandra has a real knack for taking traditional patchwork designs and giving them modern flair with fresh fabrics, in this case prints from the Lil’ Red collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics. Simple Nine-Patch and Snowball Blocks set together create the sparkling stars.

Now on to the Red Hots free baby quilt pattern:

RedHotsBabyQuilt600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Red Hots Baby QuiltIt’s simply adorable. And so fast you’ll never go to a baby shower without a quilt again!

Download the Red Hots baby quilt pattern here…it’s this week’s Friday Freebie! And if you’d like to make Sandra’s Red Hots lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the pattern separately from our online shop.

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Nature’s Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth

Melanie.Joanie Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethWelcome guest bloggers, quilt designers, and authors Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton! Their lap quilt pattern, Nature’s Harmony, is featured in the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Thank you for the opportunity to share one of our new quilts with you today. This is our first time blogging and we’re excited to be here.  Working with Blend Fabrics has always been a favorite of ours, and Brenda Walton’s Flora  and Fauna collection is no different. The beautiful floral and damask prints caught our eye right away. We wanted this fabric to be the focal point of the quilt. McCall’s even has quilt kits and backing fabric available so you can make a quilt just like ours.

Inspired by the Grandmothers Flower Garden design, we enlarged the hexagon shape to highlight the  prints in the fabric.

NaturesHarmony600px Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethWhen working with large hexagons the following tools are necessary:
• Spray starch
Template material
Marking utensil (pen or pencil)

It is very important to starch fabrics before working with them. This will ensure less  stretching when sewing rows together. Trace the template pattern to the template material. Once you have cut the hexagons out using the template it is important to mark the 1/4” points on each corner of the hexagon. This will ensure accurate corners when sewing these together.
A Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethThe place where the lines cross is the 1/4” point.
Now sew the first row together, starting and stopping at the 1/4” points.

B Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethOnce the vertical rows are sewn, lay out rows next to each other. With right sides together pin the straight sides together to keep their placement.

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Start at the 1/4” point, sew down to the next 1/4” point – leaving the needle down, raise the presser foot and pivot the work to continue down the other side of the hexagon.  Continue in this manner all the way to the end of the vertical rows.

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E Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethWe recommend pressing seams open on this project to alleviate the extra bulk in the
corners. Your end result will be much smoother, and easier to quilt.

We hope you enjoy making this project as much as we enjoyed designing it together. We have a lot of fun working together to create unique ways to merge our two styles. Using modern fabrics and color palettes can be challenging at times but we love the chance to blend the modern with the traditional.

Have fun quilting and best of luck in the contest (below)! We hope you enjoy our new book, Easy Sew Quilts for Urban Living (Landauer, 2016).

Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth

 

MAIN EasySewQuilts Natures Harmony: A Visit with Joanie Holton and Melanie GresethThanks so much, Joanie and Melanie! To celebrate the Nature’s Harmony quilt, we are giving away a copy of Easy Sew Quilts for Urban LivingLeave a comment below before midnight May 1, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on May 2 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Kathy Erickson of Dubuque, Iowa!

 

 

 

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Quilt Binding Techniques Videos – FREE!

Some of our most popular free quilting videos have to do with quilt binding. That’s because binding is one of the more challenging aspects of making a quilt. Many quilters feel unsure of how to create a binding that accents a quilt while providing a secure finish for the quilt edges. While there are lots of different methods, traditional double-fold or French fold binding is considered by many to be the standard and most desirable technique.

BindingComposite Quilt Binding Techniques Videos   FREE!Because binding a quilt in the traditional way is a multi-step process, we’ve created a free 4-video collection designed to demonstrate the entire process step by step. Award-winning quilter Sherri Bain Driver explains every aspect of the traditional binding technique, from making the binding itself, to machine sewing to the quilt (including handling those mitered quilt corners!), to joining the binding ends and hand stitching the binding to the back of the quilt. Whenever you need to refresh your memory about a particular part, you can go back and watch the corresponding video to get exactly what you need when you need it! It’s like having a quilting pro on call 24/7.

Follow this link for details on each video in the collection, including techniques demonstrated and run times. You’ll be surprised how little time it takes to learn each step in the binding process. Before long, you’ll be making beautiful quilt bindings you’ll be proud to display anywhere, even at judged and juried quilt shows.

Signing up to access this free video collection will automatically subscribe you to our free biweekly newsletter, McQ News. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you’ll stick around for all our magazine previews, contests and giveaways, free quilt patterns, and more. If you’re already a member of our community, enjoy the free videos. If you’re a new member, welcome and happy quilting!

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery – You Can Do It!

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery   You Can Do It!Research tells us that roughly 40% of quilters have an embroidery-capable sewing machine, but they don’t use the embroidery features very often. Why is that?

I have a few theories based on my interactions with quilters over the years. Some quilters purchase embroidery-capable machines thinking they’ll learn to do something with the embroidery features “someday”. Others want to use these features but aren’t sure how to get started. The threads, stabilizers, software packs, etc. make them feel overwhelmed. Still others feel confident about the process, but don’t know how to incorporate embroidery into their quilting projects. And there’s another subgroup of quilters who don’t have embroidery features on their current machine(s), but are curious about what they can do.

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SeriesTitle578px 300x167 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery   You Can Do It!No matter which group of quilters you fall into, Sara Gallegos’ new online class, Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery, can help. Starting today, a new episode will be available biweekly to take you through all the basics of the machine embroidery experience and beyond. Sara is one of my favorite online quilting instructors. Her clear information and encouraging style are great for learn-at-home students. And her projects are always full of creativity and flair. Watch the free intro video here and see what I mean!

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Hoop size is a critical feature to consider.

In the first episode, Sara discusses the different types of embroidery-capable machines, and which features are important to consider when purchasing one. Even if you already own such a machine, if you’re not getting maximum usefulness and fun out of it, this video is worth watching for the information on what you can accomplish with different size hoops, etc.

ChickenFoot600px 298x300 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery   You Can Do It!There are some quilting projects that just call out for the addition of embroidery. For example, blocks like the Chicken Foot at left can be enhanced with any number of embroidery designs, but only if you move past your roadblocks and learn to use machine embroidery features. I hope you’ll give Sara’s classes a try and embark on a new chapter in your quilt making journey!

Kathy

 

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New Projects

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: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsContent 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!”

 

 

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Patterson Kathy Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsOnline 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!

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Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsEditor 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.”

 

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Khalsa Gigi Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsEditor 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!”

 

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Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsAnd 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.”

 

 

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Stoddard Paula Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsManaging 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!”

 

 

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Patterson Tricia 240px Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsOur 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.

Holiday Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsThe 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.

Geese Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsI 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.

Elizabeth Quilt Design Wall Monday: Finished Tops and Lots of New ProjectsMaybe 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

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Welcome to the Summer Garden Quilt Along!

When a patchwork quilt pattern has “good lines” many fabrications are possible. Our new Summer Garden Quilt Along project is a perfect example of this. Designed by Gerri Robinson, it began life as a quilt named Midnight Garden, patterned in the March/April 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine:

Midnight Garden flat Welcome to the Summer Garden Quilt Along!The variety of star blocks, opportunities for different value placements, and creative pieced border that extends the patchwork outside the blocks all contribute to this quilt pattern’s interest and adaptability. It was a great candidate for a remake!

So take a look at the new Summer Garden quilt:

Summer Garden FLAT 600px Welcome to the Summer Garden Quilt Along!POW, right? Scrumptious colors, gorgeous Northcott Fabrics, and a slightly more scrappy look created by the broader color palette turn the good bones of this design into a quilt any gardener-at-heart will love.

This quilt pattern has been completely rewritten to guide you step by step through making your own version. Best of all, we’ve recorded 12 free videos with instructor Laura Stone Roberts to take you through the entire quilt making process. Laura has super tips for all the different techniques used in piecing and finishing this project. In the end, quilters will have a queen size quilt that brings a beautiful garden indoors all year long.

MQK16QA13B Welcome to the Summer Garden Quilt Along!All 12 of the video lessons in this series are available to watch free for a limited time at QNNtv.com. We’re highlighting them one per week on our Facebook page (#‎summergardenquiltalong‬), and you can watch at your own convenience. The complete pattern is available for purchase in our online shop. Of course, if you purchase a quilt kit, the complete pattern is included. Backing fabric (right) is also available.

Ready to stitch your own everlasting garden? Get your Summer Garden quilt pattern or quilt kit and watch the free videos airing now!

 

We’d like to thank our generous Summer Garden Quilt Along sponsor:

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Frosted Candy

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Frosted CandyThere’s something about spring that makes me think pink…and yellow…and green…and lavender! Colorful quilts are on my mind, especially colorful FREE queen size quilt patterns. Snuggle quilts for the sofa have had their season. It’s time to freshen up a bedroom or two!

If you’re ready to give a queen size bed a spring facelift, this week’s Friday Freebie is for you. Frosted Candy was designed by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs, and the sample quilt showcases fabrics by Holly Holderman for LakeHouse Dry Goods.

FrostedCandy500px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Frosted Candy The pattern is so easy, you can have this quilt top pieced in a weekend, especially if you use strip piecing to make the four-patch units instead of piecing a patch at a time as in the pattern. Either way, it’s a truly fast quilt with a very nice secondary pattern of diagonal chains. Highlight them by repeating dominant fabrics, or keep it all scrappy like Gerri did!

Download the Frosted Candy queen size quilt pattern here…it’s this week’s Friday Freebie!

 

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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.

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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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