Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening

Harmening Marcia 225px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningWelcome quilt designer, author, and first-time contributor to McCall’s Quilting Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts! Marcia’s lap quilt, Blown Away, is patterned in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!

A great big thank you to McCall’s Quilting for featuring my Blown Away quilt in their September/October 2016 issue!

Blown Away 600px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningIf you have a collection of pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips of fabric in your sewing room staring at you and begging to be used, let those strips know their lucky day has arrived! Simply scoop them up and be blown away by a quick and easy method of machine appliqué.

I used a log (containing 26 strips 2 1/2″ in width) from the Chirpy Lola Collection by Ella Blue Fabric. This was enough fabric for the little whirligigs in the quilt, but I had to find my own binding. If you use a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop containing 40 strips you will have enough for the appliqué pieces and binding.

BookCover Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningSo here we go. Welcome to the wonderful world of Flip & Fuse appliqué! Although the Blown Away quilt pattern in the magazine includes step by step instructions for turned-edge applique, my Flip & Fuse technique is what I used to make the sample quilt. This technique is featured in my book Flip & Fuse Quilts by C&T Publishing.

How to Flip & Fuse:

CAM01671 300x177 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening1. Simply trace a Melon Shape (Applique Template in the magazine) onto the smooth, non-glue side of a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing. I like to use Pellon 911FF — it is strong enough to resist ripping, yet light enough to keep your appliqué pieces from feeling rigid.

2. Place the traced piece of fusible interfacing on a piece of fabric so the glue side of the interfacing is directly against the right side of the fabric. Sew along the drawn line.

CAM01672 300x139 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening3. Trim the unit 1/8” beyond the sewn line and make a slit in the interfacing. Be careful not to cut the fabric!

 

CAM01674 300x189 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening4. Turn the unit right side out by pulling the fabric through the slit in the interfacing. Use a small Phillip’s head screwdriver or another blunt instrument to gently push out the points of each melon.

 

CAM01673 300x132 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening5. Finger press the edges of the melons when you are pleased with the shape. Now the right side of the fabric is on top and the glue side of the interfacing is on the bottom. Notice that all raw edges are turned under! Pretty nifty!

 

CAM01675 300x296 Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia Harmening6.  Use a hot iron to fuse the melon piece to the background as directed in the pattern. You can use a straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, or a blind hem stitch (my personal favorite) to sew the appliqué piece to the background fabric.

Note: I like to use clear .004 polyester thread to sew all of my pieces in place. However, you may also use cotton threads that match your fabrics. The pretty quilting on the sample was done by Laurie Vandergriff.

Blown Away FLAT 600px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningPlease hop over to my website to check out more patterns and books.

Happy Quilting!

Marcia

Thanks, Marcia. Marcia is giving away a copy of her Flip & Fuse book to a lucky blog reader! Leave a comment below before midnight July 24, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on July 25 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winner! Congratulations to Teri Clark of Enumclaw, Washington. Marcia will get your book out to you pronto!

Cover 200px Blown Away: A Visit with Marcia HarmeningIf you’d like to make your own version of the Blown Away quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Blown Away digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Yummy Chocolate, Wool and More!

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday!  The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines had another busy week in their home sewing spaces. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Erin Russek

Editor Erin Russek is making great progress on an applique quilt: “We had a super hot weekend so I decided to stay inside and sew. I’m calling this quilt Chocolate Bon Bons because when I saw that one of the Moda Bella Solids was called Hershey I just knew I needed to use it. I probably would not have graduated from college if it weren’t for Hershey’s Kisses! I just finished designing the corner blocks. The other blocks are from my Florabunda quilt from several years ago. These blocks are just glue basted and I look forward to many happy hours of stitching them while listening to audiobooks.”

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Paula Stoddard

 

Managing editor Paula Stoddard reports, “This time of year will always find us parked in front of the TV watching the Tour de France. It’s good timing for me because I’ve been stitching like crazy on Quiltmaker’s 2017 wool appliqué series quilt.

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This weekend I almost finished sewing the top together, along with my trusty side-kick Sami. A stitching weekend is a good weekend!”

 

 

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Kathy Patterson

Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and this week I worked on another UFO. My friend Lisa tried her hand at applique when I was making my version of Erin Russek’s Fancy Flowers. We worked together in all our free moments for about a month, and had so much fun! My version went out to a professional quilter along with everyone else’s from the McCall’s Quilting staff, but Lisa’s really cried out for hand quilting. She wasn’t too interested in quilting it herself, so now I’m working on it for her. I have all the quilting in the background done – I LOVE the texture! Oh, and that’s my buddy Zuzu standing guard. She’s the quality control inspector.

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Lori Baker

Acquisitions editor Lori Baker writes, “I’ve started making a quilt for an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting. I won’t show you the whole design but the quilt has 80 of these little 9-patch units. They finish at only 3″. What was I thinking when I designed this? That means that each little square in the 9-patch finishes at 1″. I spent most of my free time on Sunday constructing the parts for the blocks.”

 

9 patches Quilt Design Wall Monday: Yummy Chocolate, Wool and More!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 Pattern: Blue Moon

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Blue MoonQuilters love free queen size quilt patterns, and there’s so much to love about this week’s Friday FREEbie, Blue Moon! It’s a scrap quilt, perfect for using up a lot of stash fabrics. The pattern is full of beautiful stars, and is classically elegant. Wonderful secondary patterns emerge when the quilt top is assembled. And it’s just stunning! Here’s Blue Moon, designed by Charlotte Angotti:

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Blue Moon finishes 91 1/2″ square.

See what I mean? This quilt just sparkles. This pattern involves some template piecing for those sharp star points, so it is a bit challenging. But it’s SO worth the effort!

Blue Moon FLAT 600px 298x300 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: Blue MoonDownload the free Blue Moon queen size quilt pattern here. It’s a Friday FREEbie! It also comes with two more marvelous queen size quilt patterns, Vintage Violets by Kay M. Capps Cross and Two Simple by Janice Davis.

 

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Windfarm: A Visit with Bev Getschel

Bev 200px Windfarm: A Visit with Bev GetschelBev Getschel is a self-described “quilter, not writer.” Over the past 10 years, she has had well over 160 featured patterns in major quilt magazines. She also did a book with Annie’s called Classic Quilts With an Upscale Twist in October of 2014.  Many of her quilt designs are featured on her website, with links to the publishers.

 

Bev Getschel’s Windfarm quilt in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is a study in dynamic simplicity. This scrappy twin size quilt pattern is in no way complicated to make. But the creative geometry of the design makes it interesting to look at and fun to sew. Bev started working on her design with a simple patchwork block:

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That perky pinwheel is called a Turnstile Block in Electric Quilt (EQ7) software, which Bev uses in designing her quilts. Once she settled on this block, she got busy trying it out with different settings and partner blocks. Here’s what she came up with:

 

 

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The diagonal setting adds excitement and the frame Bev created of Rail Fence Blocks and red setting triangles and border pulls the design together into a medallion effect. Here’s the finished quilt:

WindfarmFLAT600px Windfarm: A Visit with Bev GetschelOnce you get that nice range of scrap fabrics added in, this quilt design really comes to life. And the quilting by Lynette Gelling adds so much dimension and movement!

The Windfarm quilt pattern includes detailed photos showing a trick for pressing pinwheels perfectly flat. Many seams intersect at the center of a pinwheel, so this trick is a really good one to have in your bag of skills!

 

Cover 200px Windfarm: A Visit with Bev GetschelIf you’d like to make your own version of the Windfarm quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and instant digital copies of the magazine here, or download the Windfarm digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

 

 

 

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Suggested Quilt Sizes for All Bed Types

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Suggested Quilt Sizes for All Bed TypesThere are many variables to consider when selecting the size quilt pattern to use for a particular bed, or when designing your own quilt pattern. What size is the mattress? How deep is it? Do you want the quilt to cover just the mattress, or to hang even longer, over part or all of the box spring? Do you want a pillow tuck? How heavily do you plan to quilt the top? A quilter’s head can spin just trying to get a handle on size, and that’s without even considering fun stuff like block design, colors, or fabric selection!

So we decided to pull together a chart showing all standard mattress sizes and suggested quilt sizes for each of them. Keep in mind that these are just suggestions, based in most cases on a mattress depth of 15″. The download also includes a very simple way to figure out ideal width and length quilt to make for ANY mattress size, so you can customize to your heart’s content.

Download our free Quilt Sizes Guide now – it’s our gift to all McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts fans!

You may also enjoy:

Make Quilt Blocks in the Sizes You Want on-demand web seminar

Creative Quilting for Home Decor online course

Getting Started: Quilting Basics for Beginning Quilters on-demand online course

 

 

 

 

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Quilt Design Wall Tuesday: Something Old, Something New…

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday Tuesday! With an extra day this past weekend, some of the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines had extra time for quilting. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Erin Russek

Editor Erin Russek writes, “I wanted to try designing an applique block with these beautiful prints from the Baltimore Blues collection by Barbara Brackman for Moda Fabrics. The background fabric is also by Moda. It’s one of the prints from their Miniature Gatherings collection.”

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Kathy Patterson

I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and one of my oldest quilts unexpectedly came home to roost (temporarily) this weekend. I made my friend Kris a lap size Ocean Waves quilt about 25 years ago as a wedding gift. Kris is from PA Amish country so I went with an Amish color scheme. Her family of 4 has used this quilt hard, and it’s in serious need of repair, with the fabric in shreds in some places. I’m no expert on how to repair a quilt, but so far my plan is to remove and replace the binding and outer border, and to do patch repairs on the few smaller holes in the center of the quilt. It was so fun to see one of my earlier quilts up close and check out how my techniques have evolved over time! I still love the hand quilting.

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Carolyn Beam

Content director Carolyn Beam reports, “When my husband and I spent the weekend in Grand Lake, CO a couple weeks ago, I stopped at the quilt shop in town (go figure!). I saw this pattern called Whisper by designs by jb and liked the simplicity of it and the overall effect when the blocks were sewn together. I played with it a little bit this weekend working with a neutral palette with pops of darker colors.

 

CarolynA Quilt Design Wall Tuesday: Something Old, Something New...I always have a “Leaders and Enders” project going as well using Bonnie Hunter’s method. I sewed some more Two Patches together and started sewing partial blocks while working on the Whisper pattern.”

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Tricia Patterson

And from editor Tricia Patterson: “I had a wonderful relaxed holiday weekend. My husband and I spent some time with our youngest son, adding a winch to our jeep to be ready for next weekend’s camping trip. While they were focused on the car, I spent some time exploring my son’s garage workshop. I was surprised (and pleased) to see a quilt I made him a long time ago hanging on his shop wall. It features his love of jeeps; one appliqued with a fussy-cut Guinness beer can. Doesn’t everyone have a shop quilt?

TriciaComp1 Quilt Design Wall Tuesday: Something Old, Something New...I also spent some time organizing some quilting projects, making patterns, figuring yardages and cutting all the pieces for holiday gift quilts and a couple of work projects. I feel like I have the projects all under control now. I just have to get busy with making them!”

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That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday Tuesday. 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 Pattern: News Flash Lap Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 150px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Pattern: News Flash Lap Size QuiltThere are scrap quilt patterns, and then there are controlled-scrappy quilt patterns. This week’s Friday FREEbie falls into the latter category. The original News Flash quilt, a queen size beauty designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, combined groups of light neutral background fabrics (cream, tan, light gray), a group of gray fabrics, assorted blacks, and assorted reds for a very scrappy look in essentially three colors. Kind of “black and white and red all over”!

NewsFlash600px Friday Free Quilt Pattern: News Flash Lap Size QuiltThe sashing and sashing post fabrics help bring order to the controlled chaos of this lively quilt. The News Flash quilt pattern is easily adaptable to other color schemes, too. Just pick a background-color family and two contrasting favorite feature colors and you’re on your way!

Here’s the FREE lap size News Flash quilt – 5×6 blocks plus sashing make a nice 63 1/2″ x 75 1/2″ quilt:

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Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen Shaffer

Shaffer Jen 200px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferWelcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and first-time contributor to McCall’s Quick Quilts Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen! Jen’s queen size quilt, Criss Crossing, is patterned in the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on and don’t miss the pillow pattern giveaway at the bottom of the page!

I am thrilled to be the guest blogger today for McCall’s Quilting and to share with you my first magazine submission. I admit, when I opened the email that said they wanted my work to be in their magazine, I cried, then laughed and then cried and laughed at the same time. It’s exciting and rewarding to have someone acknowledge your work!

My designs all start on graph paper. I have a spiral graph-book that I carry with me because you never know when an idea will pop up and need to be drawn out quickly before it disappears into the deep recesses of your mind. I usually start with a block and build from there, though I sometimes have an idea for a whole quilt that I have to break down into pieces. Criss Crossing came from a desire to have a simple “snowflake” block quilt without cutting diamonds or strips at a 45° angle. I love the look, I don’t even mind the work, but some days it’s nice not to have to think too much.

I wanted simple. I came up with the design, dove into creating and testing the quilt and found everything is not as simple as it seems. Which is usually the case, isn’t it? I designed two sizes for the blocks, 12” and the 24” in Criss Crossing.

Block600px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferThe 12” block is so pretty, but it was time intensive (like one thousand 1 1/2” squares intensive), and the testers and I decided to scratch it for Criss Crossing. I still plan to use it in other quilt patterns I am designing, I love the 12” block and can’t just let it go, but this gave me time to focus on the larger quilt. My testers rock, and deserve a huge thank you for their input on that 12” finished block insanity.

Bucket400px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferI have my own bucket of pieces cut out, just waiting to be pieced (right). I think I need to make it my leader/ender project soon; the top of the bucket is getting pretty dusty.

I had two options I could use, with sashing or without. It gets a bit busy without, but I did not want the sashing to take away from the blocks. I chose to work with a thin sashing, and while it doesn’t take up much space, I think it really sets off each block. Adding the sashing also means there is no need to match seams, always a nice little bonus.

CrissCrossingFLAT600px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferMarking your stitch line on the diagonal and then stitching just a scant ¼” seam are important steps to getting great looking blocks. When I am putting together blocks that require accuracy, or have a lot of seams, I like to turn the speed on my machine down one level. It gives me a little more control over my stitching and my blocks still come together quickly.

CrissCrossing300px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferCriss Crossing is a very quick sew, but it does need accurate stitching. A point that is off just a tish is ok though, it really will quilt out. Quilting should be enjoyable and relaxing, not stressful and frustrating. We have all had those moments when we want to throw our machines out the window, but it shouldn’t be over little things like angles that just won’t line up. Give yourself a little room for imperfections, your quilts are beautiful.

Criss Crossing looks great in a single, two, or multiple colorway. Play with some of your favorite colors and find the combination that inspires you.

Pillow400px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferI have put together a free 18” pillow cover pattern. I’m going to make a million of them when I get a chance. It’s an envelope back, and is easy to switch out whenever you are ready for a new look. Enjoy!

Jen

Thanks, Jen. Download your free Criss Crossing pillow pattern here, everybody! We’ll keep the free pattern available through July 31, 2016.

Free pattern offer has expired.

Cover 200px Criss Crossing: A Visit with Jen ShafferIf you’d like to make your own version of the Criss Crossing quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Criss Crossing digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.

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Nine-Patch Quilt Patterns – FREE!

The nine-patch is kind of like the pasta of the quilting world – fast and simple to make, everyone loves it, and it goes with so many other things that its versatility is unlimited! This basic patchwork unit is often the first design a new quilter will try, and there is something so classic about a 9 patch quilt that variations on the design are beloved by even advanced quilters.

That’s why we’ve updated our free nine-patch quilt patterns eBook and added a 4th pattern – we just can’t get enough nine-patches, and we know you feel the same way! Let’s take a look:

NewNinesCoverWOutline550px Nine Patch Quilt Patterns   FREE!Great eye candy, right? Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, whether you like big blocks or tiny pieces, there’s a nine-patch quilt pattern here that’s sure to please. Follow this link for details on the designers, dimensions, and construction techniques for these 4 comfy cozy quilts. Cloud Nine, Nine-Patch Fondant, Pesto Presto, and Nana’s Nine Patch are beautiful examples of nine-patch quilt patterns at their best. Now you can add them to your personal library FREE!

Download your free Nine-Patch Quilt Patterns eBook today…it’s a $9.99 value and signing up for the free download 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 this is your first McCall’s Quilting free eBook download, welcome to our community. And if you’re already downloading our free patterns regularly, enjoy these 4 fun offerings!

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2016!

If “fun” is one of the main reasons you quilt, you won’t want to miss the August/September 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! The 12 fast, fabulous quilt patterns in this magazine are super fun designs that will make your time at the sewing machine breezy and blissful. Plus, they’re awesomely original – a real bonus in truly fast quilt patterns. Ready for a peek?

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quick Quilts August/September 2016!The beautiful blue and white quilt on the cover is Easy Breezy, designed by Will Bennett. Will used an ombre fabric by Timeless Treasures to give his piecing a graded, assorted-value look. Yes, there are only 2 fabrics in the entire quilt! And even better, quilt kits and backing fabric are available. The smaller quilt photo on the cover is of A Little Bird Told Me, designed by Tammy Silvers. The quilt pattern includes step-by-step photos showing an easy technique for lining up block patches perfectly every time.

And there are 10 more unique quilt patterns in these pages! Here’s the adorable Zoo City baby quilt designed by Abigail Dolinger using Wilmington Prints. Cute animals travel the world in this playful quilt, which starts with a fabric panel:

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Zoo City finishes 55″ x 55″; kits are available

Ready to see the rest of the original quilts in this magazine? You can preview all the quilts in this issue on our website, or in a fun all-quilts video we hope you enjoy.

August/September McCall’s Quick Quilts is available on newsstands now, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

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