Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweater Weather Bed Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Sweater Weather Bed RunnerWhen your toes are so cold you just can’t get to sleep, a quilted bed runner draped over your feet may be the remedy you need. Bed runners are also a wonderful way to switch out the décor in any bedroom without the time investment of making a new complete quilt. In honor of toasty toes, this week’s Friday FREEbie is Sweater Weather, a quilted bed runner pattern based on a quilt designed by Bea Lee!

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The Sweater Weather bed runner finishes 26 1/2″ x 62 1/2″.

Isn’t the design fun? Bea was inspired to create her design by a favorite ski sweater, and you can definitely see the Nordic influence in the bed runner as well. The pattern uses strip piecing to speed construction, and has a Beginner difficulty rating. Wouldn’t this look great at the foot of a twin or full size bed in your home?

Download the FREE Sweater Weather quilted bed runner pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

We’ve got more fun Bea Lee projects available, too!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts February/March 2015

What’s pink and green and pretty all over? The cover of the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, of course! This spring preview issue is packed with fast, easy quilt patterns that will have you thinking posies, shamrocks, babies, and hearts:

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One of the coolest, most on-trend quilts in this issue has to be Squares Plus, designed by Sandra Clemons. Sandra is a new designer with a fresh eye for fabric, color, and line. Limited edition kits are available for this quilt, which features fabrics by Cotton+Steel. The quilt pattern is written to use 30 assorted print fat eighths…fun for quilters who love precut fabrics!

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The Squares Plus quilt pattern finishes 67 1/2″ x 79 1/2″.

There are 2 enchanting Irish-themed quilts in this issue as well. Celtic Circle designed by Kate Colleran combines easy piecing with fast fusible appliqué for a memorable wall or table topper quilt,

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Celtic Circle finishes 40 1/2″ square; exclusive kits are available in our online shop.

and the Shamrock Chain lap quilt pattern takes the basic Irish Chain quilt design up a notch with appliquéd shamrock shapes. Either (or both!) will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day quilters’ style.

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Shamrock Chain designed by Maria Umhey finishes at a nice lap size of 56 1/2″ x 76 1/2″.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need a quilt pattern for baby or toddler, check out Snails & Blooms designed by Heidi Pridemore. Smiling snails, pretty posies, and a cute bird fabric make this a whimsical quilt sure to be enjoyed by your little one.

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Kits are available; order early to avoid disappointment!

 

There are 14 super quilt projects in this issue; preview all the quilts and 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: New New York Beauty

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: New New York BeautyThis week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern is an absolute classic, and a favorite of quilters everywhere. It uses foundation paper piecing and also some template piecing of curved patches, so it’s definitely not a beginner’s quilt pattern. But when you’re ready to make a New York Beauty quilt, you’ll want this free quilt pattern in your personal library:

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The New New York Beauty quilt pattern finishes 84 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Why did we call it New New York Beauty? Because it originally appeared in our newsstand-only special issue Heritage Quilts Made Modern 2014, and was made “new” by Mary Beth Krapil, Handi Quilter® national educator, who added amazing modern quilting to what was an unfinished quilt top by an anonymous maker. Can you imagine doing all that piecing and not adding your name to the quilt somehow? Maybe the maker was unexpectedly interrupted before she could quilt it and never got to sign it as she had planned.

Download the FREE New New York Beauty quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

More classic quilt patterns are waiting for you in our online shop!

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BLOCK Friday: Dutchman’s Puzzle Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Dutchmans Puzzle BlockThis week BLOCK Friday is all about the Dutchman’s Puzzle Block, a classic design that requires 2 sets of 4 flying geese units for each block. This block is easy to put together, but does require some attention to piecing to get those nice sharp points.

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Fabrics from the Moonlit Blooms collection by Connecting Threads were used to make this 12″ block.

We used this block pattern to demonstrate the no-waste flying geese construction technique, and the FREE Block Builders Workshop video I taped showing the step by step process turned out to be one of our most popular to date. Quilters love this technique because it’s fast, fun (almost magical!), and completely frugal. I hope you enjoy the short No-Waste flying geese video tutorial!

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If you’d like to make your own Dutchman’s Puzzle Blocks, you’ll need the pattern provided in the MQ10713 BLOCK Friday: Dutchmans Puzzle BlockJuly/August  2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, in addition to the free video. If you don’t already have a copy of the magazine, you can purchase a print copy (while supplies last) or an instant  digital copy from our online shop.

Enjoy the technique video, and happy BLOCK Friday!

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New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!

Patterson Kathy 70px New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Lifelong learning is so important. It keeps us young, exercises our brains, and gives us endless topics of conversation for family dinners, quilt guild, and overlong grocery store lines. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about 4 new web seminars that we’re hosting in January 2015!

What’s a web seminar, you ask? It’s a really fun way to learn new things online and at your own convenience and pace. A one-hour live event is held in which a presenter narrates slides and/or video (you see this on your computer screen) and you can interact by asking questions in real time, and the whole thing is also recorded so you can re-watch and enjoy as you like for an entire year. It’s easy to register, connect to the event, and access the archived presentation and any other materials that go along with it.

But I digress! This January’s web seminar offerings are pretty mind-blowing in terms of topics, presenters, and potential for changing your life. I hope you’ll click the photos below and read the details of each…these are really great learning opportunities at a VERY affordable price. Lifelong learners, rejoice! Here are your January 2015 web seminars:

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Who: Bill Volckening, quilt magnet and author
When: January 14, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Bill has photos of over 250 amazing American quilts made in the last 250 years, plus great advice for aspiring quilt collectors. Admit it, you’re drooling just a little.

DPWNR0119151 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Quilting Ergonomics: A Healthful Approach to Comfy Quilting
Who: Mike Engman, certified personal trainer and wellness coach
When: January 19, 2015, 8-9pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Because sometimes poor posture, body mechanics, or sewing space design cause aches and pains or even injury when you quilt. Fix that, and sew longer and happier!

DPWNR012215 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Building an Art Business from the Ground Up
Who: Lynn Crawczyk and Cheryl Sleboda, fiber artists/authors
When: January 22, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: You’ve dreamed of turning your quilting or sewing hobby into a business, but aren’t sure if it’s possible or how to start. These ladies have the answers.

DPWNR012815 150x150 New Year, New Quilting Web Seminars!Color Me Quilter: WHITE
Who: Mary Fons, quilter and member of the Fons quilt mafia
When: January 28, 2015, 1-2pm ET
Why You Want to Attend: Mary’s series of color-based seminars for quilters is well researched, informative, and fun. White, boring? NEVER and Mary tells you how and why. Plus there’s a bonus lesson on 10 essential quilting tools.

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No More Quilting Aches and Pains!

Erin Russek 175px 57073 No More Quilting Aches and Pains!Since I need to live to be at least 120 to finish all my quilting projects I decided to get in shape about a year and a half ago. Without a doubt hiring Mike Engman as a personal trainer has been the best investment I have ever made. Running, hiking, and push-ups are now a regular part of my life and no one is more shocked than me. The best part is that I am no longer bothered by the nagging aches and pain that used to be a regular part of my life.

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Cutting at a low height can wreak havoc with your back!

One thing that most quilters know is that long hours of sewing can definitely lead to injuries and discomfort. Mike’s interest in body mechanics and ergonomics has been a huge help. He has taught me about the proper body alignment for each step in the quilting process and has even taken pictures of some of my bad habits to raise my awareness. Eeeek!

Now this wealth of information is available in an online Quilting Ergonomics web seminar specifically designed for quilters! In this seminar you will learn the fundamentals of ergonomics for quilters, how to customize your sewing space for maximum comfort, and tips to avoid common injuries. There will even be a section on gentle stretches for hands, wrists, shoulders, and necks. You won’t want to miss this! Even if you can’t make the live seminar January 19 at 8PM ET, don’t worry. It will also be available in an on-demand format after the live event.DPWNR011915 150x150 No More Quilting Aches and Pains!

A small investment in yourself can make a huge change in your life…I know! I hope you’ll join Mike and me for this very important evening. Now sit up straight! Just kidding icon smile No More Quilting Aches and Pains!

Erin

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Philadelphia Pavement

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Philadelphia PavementI just added another quilt to my bucket list. In browsing our free vintage quilt pattern downloads, I came upon one called Philadelphia Pavement, and it is a stunner! Admittedly, as a Pennsylvania native, the name was already appealing. But the colors! The amazing colors! Just look at this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern.

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The Philadelphia Pavement quilt pattern finishes 86″ square.

I SO want to make this. At first I thought my design wall might not be big enough to keep track of all those little squares, but I looked over the pattern and the quilt center actually has 4 identical quadrants, so much less space will be needed. It’s definitely on my list.

Download the FREE Philadelphia Pavement quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

 

Vintage quilt lovers may enjoy these patterns as well:
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BLOCK Friday: Joseph’s Star Block

Patterson Kathy 70px BLOCK Friday: Josephs Star BlockWhen I was asked to design a quilt block to demonstrate a basic quilt making skill for the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, my mind immediately went to strip piecing. This technique is used for so many block and quilt designs, and it’s deceptively easy-looking. Sew some straight lines, right? But once you sit down to do it, you realize things can go awry very quickly and very badly if you’re not paying attention. To demonstrate some tips for accurate strip piecing, I created the Joseph’s Star Block.

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The Joseph’s Star Block finishes at 12″ square.

I’ve always admired Joseph’s Coat quilts, in fact the design is on my bucket list. So this block gave me a little preview of using a similar color scheme while I played with strip sets.

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Joseph’s Coat photo courtesy nebraskahistory.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I taped a short FREE Block Builders Workshop video that includes tips for accurate strip piecing (from cutting to sewing to pressing). I hope you enjoy it!
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If you’d like to make your own Joseph’s Star quilt blocks, you’ll need the pattern included in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting. If you don’t already have a copy, it’s available in print version (while supplies last) and digital version in our online shop. Happy BLOCK Friday!

 

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Top 12 FREE Quilt Patterns and Tutorials of 2014…For You!

Patterson Kathy 70px Top 12 FREE Quilt Patterns and Tutorials of 2014...For You!There are free quilt patterns and videos all over our website. Truly, they’re popping off the pages and stacking up like planes over Kennedy. But sometimes it’s nice to have a group of them organized for easy reference. So here are links to the 12 most popular, most downloaded, most appreciated free McCall’s Quilting quilt patterns and videos of the last year. Enjoy!

  1. Lone Star quilted wall hanging pattern
  2. No-Waste Flying Geese video tutorial
  3. Graphic Red two-color bed quilt pattern
  4. Urban Windows easy pieced lap quilt pattern
  5. Mill Wheel updated classic throw quilt pattern
  6. Peas in a Pod bright pieced twin size quilt pattern
  7. Brick-a-Brack lap and baby size quilt patterns
  8. 1893 Nine-Patch vintage quilt pattern
  9. Scarlet Stars one-block traditional lap quilt pattern
  10. S’mittens cute appliquéd table runner pattern
  11. Tiny Tannenbaum quick quilted wall hanging pattern
  12. Sweater Weather quilted bed runner pattern

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Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCall’s Quilting!

Patterson Kathy 70px Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!Where’s the most exciting place YOU will quilt in 2015? If you dream of stitching hexies on a tour bus headed for Shanghai, appliquéing flowers while resting on a park bench in London, or perhaps just soaking up quilting inspiration while touring a castle in Germany…now your dreams can come true.

McCall’s Quilting has 3 different international quilters trips scheduled for 2015, and I invite you to dream big.

Street Art Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!

London street artists, 1985

I’ve only traveled to Europe once, way back in the 80s, but it was life-changing and left impressions that are still with me to this day. It was expensive (at the time, I was in my 20s and just a few years into being a single homeowner, so you can imagine my financial picture), risky (I needed to get 3 consecutive weeks off from a very demanding social service job), and a little scary (I’d never been in a plane before. Never.) but it was SO worth it.

Trevi Quilters Trips 2015: See the World with McCalls Quilting!

At the Trevi Fountain in Rome. That’s me on the right, 1985.

What can you expect to get from a McCall’s Quilting tour? Here are just a few of the benefits our travelers tell us they appreciate:

  1. Personal and attentive tour hosts. Whether your trip is hosted by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Beth Hayes, or by Jim West of Sew Many Places and his staff, you will have one or more 24/7 leaders to answer all your trip-related questions and smooth your travel.
  2. Similarly, your local tour guides will be the best available anywhere. We have ongoing relationships with professional, trusted guides in all the regions we tour, and our travelers love their energy, spirit, and encyclopedic knowledge.
  3. You’ll see your destination point(s) from a quilter’s perspective. Beth plans these trips to include the maximum contact with local quilters, quilt shops, textile museums, and other sites related to the fiber arts. These are not generic tours like you’ll find in some other places. These trips are planned by quilters, for quilters.
  4. You’ll be pampered. All McCall’s Quilting trips and events have always featured the highest level of attention to detail and careful consideration of our travelers’ needs.
  5. When you travel with other quilters, you’re always among friends. Even if you’re traveling solo, you won’t be alone for long in a group of quilters and their companions!

Ready to learn more about our 2015 tours? Click the images below to visit the trip landing pages, which include links to complete itineraries. And dream big!

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