Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 6

Amish w QA logo Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 6Episode 6 of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along video series is here! This is the sixth of our nine-lesson series that takes you step-by-step through the entire quiltmaking process, from cutting the fabric to the last binding stitch. In lesson 6 of the series, Sherri Bain Driver and Tracee Doran show you how to frame your quilt with a border, demonstrating how to:

  • Determine the size of your border
  • Mark and pin the border
  • Stitch the border to your quilt, and trim to size

Click here to purchase the related Lesson 6 download, which includes instructions on how to add the quilt’s border.

Are you new to our Accent on Amish Quilt Along? If so, we’ve designed this video series so that you can pick up and start at any time. All of our videos are completely free, and can be accessed 24-7, so if you’re just now joining us you can easily catch up for the rest of the series or even take it at your own pace. Find all past episodes of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series by clicking here. You can also subscribe to McCall’s Quilting‘s YouTube channel to be notified each time a new episode is posted, or follow along as we post new episodes on Pinterest.

As part of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series, we’ve created an optional kit that you can purchase in our Quilt and Sew Shop as you quilt along with us. Click here to purchase the optional kit including all fabrics needed for the quilt top and binding, plus the complete set of printed Lessons 1-9. Coordinating backing fabric is also available— click here.

Stay tuned for episodes 7-9 of the Accent on Amish Quilt series where we’ll demonstrate how to:

  • Layer, baste and quilt – Episode 7
  • Prepare the quilt for binding – Episode 8
  • Apply the binding – Episode 9

For more information regarding upcoming episodes and related pattern downloads, kit options and more, click here.

Special thanks to our Accent on Amish Quilt Along sponsors:

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4th of July Special: Free Shipping

As the 4th of July often comes with a couple extra days off for the holiday weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new quilt.

From now through July 8th, we’re offering free standard shipping on all U.S. orders of $25 or more from our Quilt and Sew Shop when you use promo code QASSFREESHIP at checkout. That means you can order that quilting kit that you’ve had your eye on and start a new summer project!

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Take a look at all of our new kits from the August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, including those for Whole Lotta Love, Hey Girl…, and Firehouse Friends. The entire August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is full of fun and summery patterns for every style of quilter.

Click here to purchase this issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts from our Quilt and Sew Shop.

If you visit our Quilt and Sew Shop, you’ll find Heartstrings, a fun applique wall hanging with a cheery pieced binding that’s a great project for a long weekend. You can find a lesson in our August/September 2013 issue of Quick Quilts on how to make a perfectly pieced binding.

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Another gorgeous quilt in the Quilt and Sew Shop that speaks to the colors (and flavors!) of summer is Ellie Brown’s Sweet Heirlooms pattern found in the July/August 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting. With juicy reds and leafy greens, this pattern is the perfect gift for any gardener!

Click here to purchase the kit for Sweet Heirlooms in the Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday Freebie: Hometown Tradition Red White & Blue Quilt Pattern

 

Blog image Friday Freebie: Hometown Tradition Red White & Blue Quilt PatternBeginning to feel the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming holiday, today I have a free red white and blue quilt pattern to help us all get in the spirit for Independence Day. My family usually celebrates the 4th of July at a nearby lake with a cooler full of fun soda-pop flavors, pop corn and other snacks…it makes me feel like a child again the way the evening seems to drag on forever waiting for the fireworks to finally begin! It still gives me a thrill to see the show, and always makes me tear-up as the radio plays “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood during the grand finale.

 Friday Freebie: Hometown Tradition Red White & Blue Quilt Pattern

Gerri Robinson’s Hometown Tradition lap quilt patterned in McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2010 (digital issue may be purchased here) is shown below; the free download is for a queen size bed version.

Hometown Large 5654 Friday Freebie: Hometown Tradition Red White & Blue Quilt PatternThis quick two-block quilt features lots of flying geese in step 2. Watch our free Block Builders Workshop video lesson, No Waste Flying Geese, to learn a different approach to making flying geese.

The free queen size bed quilt pattern finishes at 85½″ x 97½″. Click here for link to download the free Hometown Tradition quilt pattern.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 5

Amish w QA logo Accent on Amish Quilt Along/Lesson 5Episode 5 of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along video series is out, and we’re excited to share it with you! This is the fifth of our nine-lesson series that takes you step-by-step through the entire quiltmaking process, from cutting the fabric to the last binding stitch. In lesson 5 of the series, Sherri Bain Driver and Erin Russek teach you how to assemble the quilt’s center, demonstrating how to:

  • Assemble the block rows with directional units
  • Pin for perfect points
  • Sew the rows together
  • Follow a pressing plan and more!

Click here to purchase the related Lesson 5 download, which includes the quilt center assembly diagram.

If you’re new to our Accent on Amish Quilt Along, we’ve designed the video series so that you can pick up and start at any time. Videos are completely free, and can be accessed 24-7, so if you’re just now joining us you can easily catch up for the rest of the series or even take it at your own pace. Find all past episodes of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series by clicking here. You can also subscribe to McCall’s Quilting‘s YouTube channel to be notified each time a new episode is posted, or follow along as we post new episodes on Pinterest.

As part of the Accent on Amish Quilt Along series, we’ve created an optional kit that you can purchase in our Quilt and Sew Shop as you quilt along with us. Click here to purchase the optional kit including all fabrics needed for the quilt top and binding, plus the complete set of printed Lessons 1-9. Coordinating backing fabric is also available— click here.

Click here for more information regarding related pattern downloads, kit options and more.

Stay tuned for episodes 6-9 of the Accent on Amish Quilt series!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2013

Lara Blog Image Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2013The August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts just arrived, and it’s filled with so many fun patterns for appliqué, modern pieced quilts, and traditional quilt designs. Having recently returned from the Spring 2013 International Quilt Market in Portland, our editorial team put together an issue that shows you how to borrow from this year’s colorful market trends and create something beautiful for anywhere in your home.

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This issue is packed with bright prints and funky pattern designs, with a few features that call upon really neat retro colors that speak to summer. Bea Lee’s Retro Tulip lap quilt is a gorgeous pattern for fusible appliqué that lets you quickly create lush flowers to complement elegant pieced stars. We love Bea’s use of retro floral prints!

Note: Retro Tulip is a great pattern to use paper-backed fusible web.

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Another awesome modern pattern in this issue is One Way or Another, by Michelle Freedman. Bright bold fabrics including Maywood Pearl Gemstones combine with Michelle’s clever design to make this super-fun lap quilt. Michelle added one orange and one green strip to her binding for a bit of visual pop.

Find more modern quilt patterns, including Susan Guzman’s Hey Girl…, and John Kubiniec’s Whole Lotta Love below, in the Exclusive Fabric Kits section below.

 

Fun Kids Quilt Patterns in Red, Blue and Black!
Heidi Pridemore’s Highway Heroes is filled with easy-to-appliqué rescue trucks and cars that make a wonderful gift and add fun colors to any little hero’s bedroom. Heidi uses the Planes, Trains & Automobiles collection from Timeless Treasures. This is another great pattern for those of you who like using the fast and easy fusible appliqué technique!

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Wall Hangings and Mini-Quilts
We’ve included several patterns for smaller quilts that are great to hang on a wall in a studio, kitchen or bedroom. In Melinda Honn’s pattern, Cute as a Button, you’ll learn to machine-sew buttons for a fast finish. Melinda uses pinwheel blocks that are made up of assorted prints—a perfect use for scrap fabrics!

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In this issue you’ll also find Diane McGregor’s beautiful hanging, Heartstrings. A modern applique completed with a pieced binding, this is an adorable accent piece that can be made in a day or less. Diane uses Rowan prints for this sweet wall hanging, and we’ve created a fun kit with these prints so that you can make yours just as bright!

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Note: Heartstrings is a McCall’s Quick Quilts Kit! Click here to find it in our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Finally, for those of you who are already preparing for back to school, Cheryl Almgren Taylor’s Apple of My Eye is a great appliqué table runner that sets a sweet table to welcome guests. Click here to find a free pattern for  cheerful apple appliqué pot holders, and create a kitchen set.

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More Traditional Quilt Patterns
Designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, Old Sage Road is a gorgeous pattern that’s also fast! Prints from the Townhouse Gardens collection by Paula Barnes for Marcus Fabrics give this simple one-block quilt a timeless look.

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Another great traditional quilt is Gerri Robinson’s Moonlight Stars— a quick one-block lap quilt pattern. This classic design features one simple-to-piece block that creates an intriguing secondary pattern that will make your quilt sparkle. Click here for a free Moonlight Star quilt block pattern, and click here to download a free bed size version of this pattern.

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Exclusive Fabric Kits
We offer limited edition fabric kits for a handful of quilts patterned in each issue. Click here to find them in our Quilt and Sew Shop and have a complete fabric kit delivered right to your home! In the August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, we include several patterns that offer a kit for purchase, including Heidi Pridemore’s Firehouse Friends, John Kubiniec’s Whole Lotta Love, and Susan Guzman’s Hey Girl….

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Pick up your copy of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine, August/September 2013 from your local quilt shop or newsstand, or click here to purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop. By subscribing to McCall’s Quick Quilts, you’ll find out when new QQ Kits are available!

As with every issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, we include a handful of free web bonuses like fun blocks and patterns. Click here to find the web bonuses from this issue.

Want to win a copy of this issue?
Click here to preview all of the quilt patterns included in this issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and then tell us which is your favorite pattern in the comments below. We’ll choose 4 random winners from the comments!*

  1. Click here to see all of the quilts featured in the August/September 2013 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.
  2. Tell us your favorite quilt pattern by submitting a comment below.

*We’ll choose 4 random winners from comments entered below on July 3, 2013. Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of selection.

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Friday Freebie: Caribbean Sunset Island Batik Bed Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Caribbean Sunset Island Batik Bed Quilt Pattern

Break out your batik stash or head for your nearest quilt shop…it’s time for a tropical batik quilt! Gather up some cool blues, aquas, lavenders and greens, add an assortment of warm island sun colors, and you’ll be ready to begin Ellie Brown’s popular Caribbean Sunset quilt pattern.

Caribbean Sunset Friday Freebie: Caribbean Sunset Island Batik Bed Quilt Pattern

This fun, contemporary quilt is perfect for beginners, and works up quickly with easy strip-piecing and fusible web appliqué techniques. Be sure to watch our helpful video for tips on how to keep your fusible appliqués soft—click here.

The queen size bed quilt pattern finishes at 80½″ x 90½″. Click here for the free Caribbean Sunset quilt pattern.

Watch our free video tutorial demonstrating the fusible web appliqué method, and learn three different approaches for finishing the raw-edge appliqués—click here.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Friday Freebie: Pineapple Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Pineapple Wall Hanging Quilt PatternHow about a little appliqué this week? Lately I’ve been drawn to soft tones of yellows and golds in quilting fabrics, so I was delighted to find this classic pineapple pattern buried in our archives – a perfect opportunity to use some of my new fabrics. (See? It really can pay off to buy that favorite fabric, even when you don’t have a clue how you might use it!)FF Pineapple Wall Hanging Friday Freebie: Pineapple Wall Hanging Quilt PatternA single block would finish at 15 inches without borders, and could be made into a pillow, mounted to a mat board and framed, or finished as a simple table topper. Pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome…what a sweet housewarming gift this could be!

FF Pineapple Block Friday Freebie: Pineapple Wall Hanging Quilt PatternThe wall quilt pattern finishes at 38″ x 38″. Click here for the free Pineapple Wall Hanging quilt pattern, and/or here for the free Pineapple Quilt Block pattern.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity to enjoy some peaceful, relaxing handwork. Here are a few wonderful free resources you’ll find on our website:

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Friday Freebie: Zippy Strippy Lap Quilt Pattern

Blog image Friday Freebie: Zippy Strippy Lap Quilt PatternWith Father’s Day around the corner (June 16, 2013), are you up for a mad dash to the finish to make him a new quilt? I know it can be challenging to not only find a pattern suitable for men, but one which will also fit into our home decor. I’m visualizing this scrappy Zippy Strippy Lap quilt pattern worked up in light and dark neutrals, such as creams and browns. What colors might your dad like?

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Abigail Dolinger designed the delightful table ensemble (pictured below) featured in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013, and we were so inspired by her innovative use of leftover precut 2½″ strips, we adapted her idea into a lap quilt pattern.

Zippy Strippy 300px1 Friday Freebie: Zippy Strippy Lap Quilt PatternThe lap quilt pattern is suitable for beginners, and makes up at a cozy 64½″ x 64½″.

Click here for the link to download the FREE Zippy Strippy lap quilt pattern from McCallsQuilting.com.

Click here if you’ve missed any of our previous Friday Freebie patterns!

Thanks for stopping by…enjoy!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013

Blog image Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013

I’m so pleased to present our July/August 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, packed with 15 new summer-treat quilt patterns! Take a few minutes and join me for a preview of the quilting delights that await you in this issue – let’s jump right in:Cover 200px2 Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013You’ll find patterns for bright, colorful quilts like the scrap-friendly Tickled Pink by Tonya Alexander (pictured below), Erin Russek’s appliquéd Dresden Plate beauty Miss Kyra (on the cover), and Bea Lee’s foundation paper pieced Baja Sunset. Learn a near-magical technique for preparing curves for appliqué as you make Kelly Gallagher-Abbot’s whimsical Sunflowers in Shades quilt.
Tickled Pink 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013Speaking of color, Christine Barnes contributed a wonderful article about managing color intensity when selecting fabric combinationsyou won’t want to miss it! (For even more inspiration on color, check out her latest book, The Quilter’s Color Club.)
TTcolor1 Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013Sew along with us as we begin Glorieta, a new 3-part series classic bed quilt pattern designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.Gorieta 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013Raid your stash for 16 coordinating fat quarters, add background/border and binding fabrics, and you’ll be ready to begin Konda Luckau’s Blowin’ in the Wind bed quilt pattern glimpsed below.Blowin in the Wind 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013Have you become addicted to English paper piecing (EPP) yet? Give this technique a try as our experts show you how to English paper piece with the step-by-step photos and instructions in the Folk Blossoms wall quilt pattern designed by Vicki Bellino.  We make it easy to get started with our limited-edition kit that includes all the fabrics shown plus the paper pieces – just click here to find the kit on our Quilt and Sew Shop. (Can’t get enough of English paper piecing? Check out more of Vicki’s EPP designs in her book, English Paper Piecing; Fresh New Quilts from Bloom Creek.)Folk Blossoms 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013Short on time for quilting? Gather up 2 1/2″ batik strips and try Abigail Dolinger’s easy, colorful table ensemble, Zippy Strippy…you could make it in a night!Zippy Strippy 300px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013To help you save even more time, we’re offering limited edition kits for a handful of quilts patterned in this issue – just click here to find them on our Quilt and Sew Shop, and you can have complete fabric kits delivered right to your door!kits Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2013Pick up your copy of McCall’s Quilting magazine, July/August 2013 from your local quilt shop or newsstand, or click here to purchase the print or instant digital download edition from our online Quilt and Sew Shop.

How would you like to win a copy of this issue? Click here to preview all the quilt patterns included in this issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, then tell us which quilt pattern is your very favorite in the comments below; we’ll choose 4 random winners from the comments!

  1. Click here to see all the quilt patterns featured in this issue.
  2. Tell us your favorite quilt pattern in the comments below.

We’ll choose 4 random winners from comments below on Monday, June 10, 2013. Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of selection.

Contest is over…congratulations to our winners: Kathy Russell, Colette DeGroot, Sheila Wiedersatz and Anna Taylor. (Please check you emails for instructions to claim your free issue!)

Psst…Don’t miss out on this issue’s FREE Web Bonuses—click here!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design Element

Blog image Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design Element

Welcome back to our Tuesday Tutorial – I’m so glad you could join us again! The last couple of tutorials have been focused on technical quilting skills, so today we’ll relax and absorb a helpful lesson on the value of fabrics. (Okay, we all know the value of our fabrics in terms of its usefulness to us as quilters, but we’ll be talking about the relative lightness and darkness of our fabrics here!)

Note: please click any image to go directly to the video lesson.

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What exactly do we mean when we refer to the “value” of a fabric? Does the color (hue) of the fabric make a difference? How can we determine the value of our fabric?

Ellie Brown, art director for McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts, has put together a wonderful video to answer those questions and more. In this free video lesson, she discusses the use of value (darkness or lightness of fabric) in quilt design. She includes tips and video effects to clearly show you value, and gives you advice for combining fabrics in quilts.TTvalue3 Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design ElementClick here to watch the FREE video lesson on using value as a quilt design element.

If you’d like to learn more about effective use of color in your quilt fabric selections, don’t miss Christine Barnes‘ tips in her Color Intensity: Beyond the Basics article featured in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013 issue.TTcolor Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design ElementClick here to purchase the print issue (available while supplies last) at our Quilt and Sew Shop, or click here to purchase and download an instant digital edition of the issue.Cover 200px Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design Element

Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—click here to read them all, or click any link below to go directly to your topic of interest.

  1. Pressing Basics
  2. Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances
  3. Rotary Cutting Basics
  4. Basic Quiltmaking Supplies
  5. Fabric Preparation
  6. Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams
  7. Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric
  8. Simple Fusible Appliqué
  9. Introduction to Half-Square Triangles
  10. Making and Using Quilting Templates
  11. Quick Quarter-Square Triangles

Enjoy!

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