Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrapalicious Queen Size

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrapalicious Queen SizeAs a quilter, I am SO ready to start working with some spring-inspired fabrics! There’s nothing like fresh color and pretty prints to lift my weather-weary spirits. This week’s Friday FREE Quilt Pattern fits the bill perfectly. Here’s Scrapalicious, designed by Lisa Bee-Wilson:

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The FREE queen size pattern for Scrapalicious finishes at a generous 92 1/2″ x 108 1/2″.

Don’t you just love the dappled sunshine in that photograph? I can almost feel the warm breeze…but I digress! Lisa’s original quilt was a lovely throw size patterned in the December/January 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, and we liked it so much we also upsized the pattern to fit beds. Patterns for queen size quilts are always popular, and this one is super easy to piece. The clever sashing gives a lattice look to the completed design.

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Download the FREE Scrapalicious 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!

 

Here’s some more cheery queen size quilt inspiration:

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Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videos

Patterson Kathy 70px Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily VideosHoliday prep is fun, but it has me just a little tired! Shopping, baking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping gifts, last-minute quilting tasks…it all adds up to sore feet, stretched nerves, and an aching back. I’ve been longing for an excuse to sit down with a cup of tea and just…chill.

header logo 300x93 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily VideosAnd now I have my excuse! CraftDaily.com is offering a Risk-Free Trial Weekend December 4th-7th and I’m planning to take full advantage of it. That’s 4 full days of free access to any and all of their interesting crafting videos, including quilting (of course) plus crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, sewing, and more. Here are a few quilting videos I’m planning to watch:

1600 300x126 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videos I’ve been wanting to make a 1600 quilt, but looking for a way to make it just a little special. Jennifer Parks has a video with 4 different tweaks to the basic 1600 design…can’t wait to see them!

I’m always looking for Baby 300x142 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videosideas for baby quilts, and so are lots of you. Many of us are at that grandma/great-aunt age, after all! So I’m looking forward to the video Make a Fast, Modern and Scrappy Baby Quilt. I think there’s some improvisational piecing involved, so this should be fun!

Pojagi 300x172 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily VideosAnd I’m VERY intrigued by Katrina Walker’s videos on Modern American Pojagi. The preview video says pojagi is a single-layer patchwork style begun in Korea, and the piece shown behind Katrina looks like it would make an amazing curtain. As a new homeowner, curtains are on my mind and patchwork ones could be awesome.

Of course, there are a few non-quilting Crochet 300x171 Cuddle Up with FREE Craft Daily Videosvideos I’m planning to watch as well. The stitches in Bonnie Barker’s Celtic design afghan video look scrumptious. Check out those textures! I can’t wait to see if they’re within my crochet skill level.

 

Just those 4 videos would be the equivalent of over $64 of professional instruction, and it’s all FREE. If I need another excuse for cuddling up with Craft Daily, those savings are the clincher! I hope you’ll join me. Residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), leave a comment below with the title of a Craft Daily video you’d like to watch, and you’ll be automatically entered in a random drawing for a wonderful fat quarter pack of famous manufacturer fabrics (my surprise choice!). I’ll post the winner’s name here on December 8. Now curl up and watch some primo craft videos…free! Use coupon code CDFTDEC.

Congratulations to Vicki H., the winner of our fat quarter fabric pack. Vicki, watch your email for a message from McCall’s. We’ll get your address and send your fabric out. Enjoy! -Kathy-

 

 

 

 

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Make Fast, Fun Fabric Gifts…It’s Not Too Late!

Patterson Kathy 70px Make Fast, Fun Fabric Gifts...Its Not Too Late!You’ve got fabric (yes, I’m looking at you, quilters). You need holiday gifts. But it’s getting a little late to start massive quilt making for everyone on your list. Kirsty Neale to the rescue!EP11605 Make Fast, Fun Fabric Gifts...Its Not Too Late!

Kirsty’s December 5 web seminar Quick and Clever Gift Ideas with Embroidery Hoops, Fabric, and More can help you turn random bits of fabric plus basic crafting supplies into adorable custom gifts your friends and family will love.

Web seminars are a fun way to learn online. If you attend the live event this Friday, you can even ask Kirsty questions in real time. But if you can’t attend the live presentation, you can register and receive the recording and all related materials to enjoy at your leisure as many times as you like for an entire year.

So, what kinds of projects are we talking about? How about a stylish perpetual calendar using a square embroidery hoop? Or an appliquéd pear, perfect for a kitchen wall? Want something more…quilty? Showcase hexi shapes in a cute wall hanging. And then there’s Santa…need I say more? He’s cute as can be!

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Time is running out for handmade holiday gifts. Make the most of every minute, take the pressure off, and create something they’ll love to display and use. You’ll have fun in the process, and come December 26, you can get back to quilting…for Christmas 2015!

Get more information or register for the seminar at QuiltandSewShop.com.

 

 

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See One. Do One. Teach One.

Patterson Kathy 70px See One. Do One. Teach One.That’s the best way to truly master anything, right? And if you’re reading this, you probably want to master quilt making. So if you’ve seen (taken classes, watched videos, etc.) and done (made a bunch of quilts), the next step to mastery is to teach. You learn things by teaching that you never would in purely solo quilting. But teaching is a big leap for many quilters. They lack confidence, or need help with teaching skills, even if their quilting skills totally rock. What’s an aspiring quilting teacher to do?

Unfortunately, there’s no Quilt Teacher University cranking out diplomas…you have to search out teacher training from different sources and create your own degree. If you’re ready to take this next step, then Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training is something you should definitely check out. Up until this year, students had to travel to do this course in person, but thanks to Sulky partnering with Craft U, now anyone can enroll for online teacher training. Here are some course highlights:

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  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • The unlimited opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name
  • Best of all, you can save $100 on this course until the end of 2014 by using code SULKY100 when registering!

This would be a wonderful gift to yourself to start 2015 right. Classes begin February 2, 2015. By the beginning of May, you could be a certified teacher. Read more or register here…you’ll be glad you did!

December 31 update: This is the last day to save $100 on registration for the course beginning February 2, 2015. To get everyone excited about starting classes, we’re giving away a pretty box of 10 spools of Sulky thread, “Life in the Tropics,” a special cotton blendables designer collection.IMG 0235 300x183 See One. Do One. Teach One. US and Canada residents (excluding Quebec) are eligible to enter. Just leave a comment below by midnight tonight (hey, it’s New Year’s Eve, after all!) and a random winner will be chosen on January 5 and notified by email. Good luck to all!

January 5 update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Carrie Thomas of Warrensburg, Missouri. Your thread is on its way!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweet Somethings

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweet SomethingsMaybe it’s because I’ve been working on a hand-pieced project this week, but I think it can be so relaxing to sit down with needle and thread and make something pretty in old-school style. If you’re looking for a project like that, check out this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern, Sweet Somethings:

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This sweet little embroidered quilt finishes 11 1/2″ square.

Designed by Maggie Bowles of Sweet Pea Garden Design, this adorable miniature quilt can be used as a table mat or wall hanging, or displayed on a table-top quilt rack. It requires only the simplest of embroidery stitches and a bit of basic piecing. An adorable mini embroidered quilt pattern!

Download the FREE Sweet Somethings 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 more miniature quilt inspiration here!

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27 Days to Christmas – Let’s Get Shopping!

Patterson Kathy 70px 27 Days to Christmas   Lets Get Shopping!Finding just the right quilt-related gifts can be a challenge, whether you’re looking for supplies to make something special or a manufacturer’s product. No worries…I’m here to help. I asked our Facebook fans what hard-to-find quilty things they need this holiday season, and I’ve been researching their must-haves. Without further ado, here’s my debut as a quilters’ personal shopper!

Terry Semke Holland asked for ideas for gifts for quilters who “have everything”. This is a common problem among dedicated quilters, who tend to keep their sewing spaces well-stocked and don’t hold back in treating themselves to the latest greatest stuff. But how about these options?
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Give the gift of organization with a Stash Management web seminar. If she’s got everything, chances are she could use some help organizing it all! Or how about a Keepsake Quilting gift certificate? Any quilter, no matter how well-stocked, would appreciate that. And something off the beaten traditional quilter path might be nice, like a book on Japanese quilting. Hope one of these suggestions works for you, Terry!

Kathy Durance is trying to find the “right” marking pencil. Unfortunately, that’s a bit like asking what’s the “right” pair of shoes. A quilter needs lots of different markers for different purposes and there’s no single answer! However, I can heartily recommend all of these:
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Roxanne Quilter’s Choice marking pencils are chalk-based in white and silver and great especially for marking darker fabrics. Wrights has a reliable water-soluble blue marker and it’s on sale now at JoAnn’s. I also often use a fine-line permanent marker; Dritz’s version is also on sale at JoAnn’s. Stock up, Kathy!

Teresa Anderson asked for a source for the best beginner’s learn-to-quilt book.
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In my humble opinion, you can’t get much better than the classic Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. I know super-accomplished quilters who swear by this one as the best beginner’s book, and the third edition (Breckling Press) is available online at Create for Less. I’m also partial to our own Make Your First Quilt, which is a project-based book. For a modern spin, check out Beginner’s Guide to Quilting, which includes basic instruction plus quilt patterns.

Susie Lockwood Sheriff is looking for quilting-related refrigerator magnets…so fun!
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I LOVE the vintage fabric-covered magnets from The Homemade Haven‘s Etsy shop. They even come in a gift tin! The bright ceramic magnets from the Obsessed with Vintage eBay shop are available as a “buy now” option with free shipping, and they make a great graphic statement. And Zazzle offers a larger magnet (2″ square) with a log cabin pattern, which can actually be customized with your own artwork of appropriate size. Images are printed on paper and covered with UV-resistant Mylar. You could design your own magnets, Susie!

Lena Jackson needs a good source for fat quarters. If you’re looking for fat quarter packs or collections, it’s tough to beat the deals at KeepsakeQuilting.com. They are many quilters’ favorite online and catalog fabric source.
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Individual fat quarters are easiest to find at your local quilt shop or fabric store. Online, best resources are Etsy and eBay. Happy hunting, Lena!

Kit Kucinkas asked about Benartex precut fabric strips in graded pastel shades. Found!
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Nancy Severa Zimmers wants a pattern designed to use Layer Cake fabric squares from the Zen Chic Figures collection by Moda.
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Zen Chic fabric designer Brigitte Heitland’s website has several quilt patterns that showcase this collection. The photos above are of the quilt patterns designed for Layer Cake squares. However, it looks like most are not yet available for purchase as pdf file downloads. One of these may be the quilt you’re remembering; if so watch for the pattern to become available or contact Brigitte through her website for further information.

That’s it for now! If you have one or more hard-to-find quilting items on your holiday shopping list, leave a comment below. Other quilters may be able to help, and I’ll check back, too. Happy shopping!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting January/February 2015!

New Year, new quilt patterns! Start 2015 right with all the fresh, inviting quilts featured in the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting. These designs range from on-trend to classic, miniature to big bed size, and beginner to advanced skill level. There’s something here for every quilter!

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Our 2015 series quilt pattern, Cottage Romance, begins in this issue with the Pinwheel Galaxy Block. This 24″ block centers the medallion-style bed quilt and gets you started on the project in grand style. A limited number of kits are available for this gorgeous quilt, which features Marcus Fabrics from 2 different collections by Faye Burgos.

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Cottage Romance finishes 95 1/2″ square.

Mini Logo 125px Hot Off the Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2015! This issue also marks the debut of two new regular columns, Mini Madness and I Love This Quilt! A new miniature quilt design will be featured in each issue, complete with pattern and gorgeous photography. And the back page of each issue will showcase a quilt selected as a favorite by a McCall’s Quilting staff member. First up in I Love This Quilt!…art director Ellie Brown discusses why she loves the vintage Sunny Days design. The pattern for the quilt is a FREE download!

If winter weather has you feeling blue, imagine the smile on your face as you work on the cheery Rows of Posies quilt! Neither sleet nor snow nor gloom of night will be able to dampen the spirits of anyone cuddled up in this adorable quilt designed by Christine Stainbrook.

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Rows of Posies finishes 63 1/2″ x 80 1/2″; limited quantity kits are available.

 

Emerald Dawn is one of those wonderful quilts that looks super complicated, but is actually really easy to piece. Fussy-cut special prints give the look of pieced panels, and our pattern walks you step by step through fabric placement to achieve the ombré effect of the sample quilt, designed by Patti Carey of Northcott.

I could go on and on about the beautiful projects in this issue, but better yet, why don’t you preview all the quilts for yourself? I think you’ll agree this is one magazine you definitely want to add to your collection! And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal library.

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

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Her Happy Hearts

My work colleagues have had some baby arrivals recently, so I’ve been browsing our free baby quilt patterns this week. I found one that many of you may not have seen, and I LOVE that it is made using the cute little shirts and onesies that tiny babies outgrow so quickly. This week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is Her Happy Hearts!

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Her Happy Hearts finishes 58″ square.

This quilt was designed by Megan Johnson, and it could easily be made into a version for little boys by substituting blue fabrics for the pinks. Ask the new Mom to give you 8-12 of her baby’s outgrown garments, and you’re on your way to a one-of-a-kind sentimental favorite! And did I mention the piecing is fast and easy, too?

Download the FREE Her Happy Hearts 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 more baby quilt inspiration here!

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Students Design Quilt Blocks – Show ‘Em Some Love!

Patterson Kathy 70px Students Design Quilt Blocks   Show Em Some Love!My friend and McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2012 finalist Barb Wilke is a member of one of the most important professions…she’s a teacher. More specifically, she’s an art teacher at Central York High School in York, PA. She is also an accomplished quilter and a member of the York Quilters Guild. When she needed a new project to inspire her students, she decided to challenge them to create quilt blocks, using nothing but paper and glue. The members of the guild agreed to vote for their favorites.

Enter McCall’s Quilting! When Barb showed me the finalist blocks, I HAD to take this opportunity to show them to you. There are 6 finalists, and whoever gets the most “viewer’s choice” votes from you will win the grand prize, which is to have Barb make a quilt based on their original block design. These young people have a wonderful fresh take on what a quilt block is. Remember, none of them are quilters and their samples are made of paper. There were no “points” for blocks that are easy to sew or even actually able to be made. That’s Barb’s problem icon smile Students Design Quilt Blocks   Show Em Some Love!   All we are asking you is which design do you like best.

Here are the blocks and the students who made them, in randomly-assigned order:

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Gordon

 

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Carly

 

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Aren’t they great? Please leave a comment below with the name of the student whose block you love, and any feedback for any or all of the students. They are anxiously awaiting input from the real quilting world…that’s you!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sunny Days

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sunny DaysWhen the weather turns nasty, it’s time for some bright, cheerful quilting! The new feature “I Love This Quilt!” in McCall’s Quilting magazine is showcasing staff favorite quilt patterns from our enormous archives, and the January/February 2015 issue has a beauty chosen by art director Ellie Brown. Here’s Sunny Days:

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The colorful Sunny Days quilt measures 86 1/2″ x 98 1/2″.

Read about Ellie’s reasons for choosing Sunny Days, and her plans for a remake, in her Editors’ Blog post. And download the FREE Sunny Days quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie!

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

Here are some more inspirations for colorful, cheerful quilting to fight the winter blues:

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