Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting July/August 2016!

Summer quilting is more colorful, fun, and relaxing than ever before with the new July/August 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Three patriotic quilt patterns, updated classic designs, tips for making your sewing space more functional, and an intriguing small sampler quilt are just a few of the treats you’ll find inside these pages. Check it out:

COVER 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting July/August 2016!That sparkling cover quilt is Rocket’s Red Glare by Abigail Dolinger. At a finished size of 60″ x 80″, it’s a perfect pattern for making a Quilt of Valor for a veteran or member of the Armed Forces. But you may need to make two…your family will love this as a picnic quilt or a cuddle-up for watching 4th of July fireworks!

There are two additional Americana quilts in this summer-fun issue, one a starry table runner and the other a cozy lap quilt that looks like it could have come from Grandmother’s trunk:

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Land of Liberty by Thelma Forrest

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Fort Carson by Maria Umhey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And limited-edition quilt kits are available for two new quilts in the magazine:

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Berry Berry Blue by Ramona Sorenson

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Sunbleached by Kate Colleran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But we’re just getting started! There are 10 MORE creative quilt patterns in this magazine, from the fat-quarter-friendly Twilight Garden on page 6 to the mesmerizing 40″ x 44″ Molly’s Sampler on page 80.

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 the convenient kits available for projects in this and other issues right here!

July/August McCall’s Quilting is available on newsstands not later than May 31, 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: Roses, Daisies, Violets, and More

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! Many of the editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines were at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City all weekend, but those who stayed behind did some stitching in our home sewing spaces. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Deb McDonald

Administrative editor Deb McDonald finished up a heart-felt wall hanging: “On a pretty fall day a little over 3 1/2 years ago my husband proposed to me while we were sitting on a wood bench overlooking Evergreen Lake with mountains in the background. When I saw this pattern at quirksandquilts.com, I knew it was the perfect design to commemorate our engagement. I’ve been working on it in stops and starts for several months. It’s all appliqué, so there was a lot of tracing and cutting by hand. I finished the edges with a small machine buttonhole stitch. I was pleased I already had matching thread for every fabric color in this project. Now it’s finished and will hang above the couch in our front room.”

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Kathy Patterson

I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and I spent many hours this weekend preparing and glue-basting applique shapes for the remainder of the wreath blocks in my niece Lara’s wedding quilt. I’m happy to say all 12 blocks now EXIST, and only 4 still need to have their pieces stitched down. I also attended the York (PA) Quilters Guild biannual quilt show and have lots of photos to share with you in a future blog post!

 

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Tricia Patterson

Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “I love roses. I’ve filled my gardens with rose bushes of many colors and scents. So, naturally, Theresa Eisinger and Peg Spradlin’s Blushing Buds quilt in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker inspired me. I’ve had the pattern on my to-make list for a while.

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I’m visiting my mother-in-law in Phoenix over Memorial Day; she is an amazing rose gardener. I thought a table topper using a few of the foundations from Theresa and Peg’s quilt would make a perfect gift. I’ve been working on it as time allowed for the last two weekends. I made it scrappy, with coordinating batiks I found in my stash.  It’s finally ready to quilt.”

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And from editor Erin Russek: “I have been feeling under the weather these last few days so I decided to sit quietly and make the rest of the appliques for my Be Happy quilt. It was very restful and I think it helped me recover.”

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Diane Harris

Editor Diane Harris has been super productive! “I made the last few blocks for my Snapshots quilt, which is a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. They are longtime partners of Quiltmaker and our other titles, and they’ve raised a nice sum for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through this project. I finished up the bike (my favorite), the car, the kitty on a quilt, the sailboat and the picnic basket. I love the size of the wine glass in relation to the basket—they must have designed that on a Friday afternoon! I put a tree on top of the car instead of the surfboard, using instructions from Greg Jones at Grey Dogwood Studio. I can’t recommend the patterns from Fat Quarter Shop highly enough because they’re always creative, attractive, and nicely written.

The final photo is my design wall today. I’m adding the red frames to the blocks now. I hope to have the quilt top finished this week.”

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Managing editor Paula Stoddard shares,  “I have 5 quilts to bind for some Quiltmaker and McCall’s quilts that I’ve sewn the last several weeks. Saturday I put on a good movie and settled in for a binding session. You can see I had lots of help from my sewing buddy, Sami.”

 

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Superwoman acquisitions editor Lori Baker reports, “I didn’t have much time to sew this week because of Quilt Market but I did do a test block of this machine embroidery quilting design on the Baby Lock Destiny. It’s a fun machine. I’m going to be playing lots. I’ll bind this little test block and it will be a cute mug rug.”

 

 

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Mary Kate Karr-Petras

And editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras says, “This  weekend I got all of my delectable mountains blocks put together. Next I’m going to add some narrow  borders, and then it’s going to go back into the UFO stack until after I get started on quilting some other  tops. But at least I got this top completed – I’m happy about that!”

 

Mary Kate Quilt Design Wall Monday: Roses, Daisies, Violets, 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 Patterns: Stash Dash

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stash DashFree quilt patterns using fat quarters are favorites among our readers. And 10 to 12 fat quarters (plus fabrics for inner and outer borders and binding) are all you need to start on your own version of this week’s Friday Freebie! Stash Dash, designed by Julia LaBauve and Tammy Silvers, is a fast, fun fat quarter quilt pattern you’ll love to make and to display on wall or table – perfect for summer picnics! At 50 7/8″ square, it’s also a nice size for a crib quilt or play mat. Best of all, the 9 large Churn Dash Blocks that make up the quilt center are a fun place to mix and match stash fabrics you love. Let’s take a look:

Stash Dash 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stash DashThe classic Churn Dash quilt block design is easy enough even for beginning quilters; in fact, it’s a great first pattern to try. Strip piecing and fast half-square triangle units are the basic building blocks. This is a straightforward, traditional quilt pattern ready for you to personalize. The designers made their version with 40s repro prints, but picture it in soft pastel florals, Asian-themed prints, batiks…any favorite style of fabrics will look great in this design.

Stash Dash FLAT 400px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Stash DashAnd when you download this pattern you’ll get two more bonus free fat quarter quilt patterns, Log Cabin Squared and Fun A’Fair!

Download the Stash Dash quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

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Need help with half-square triangle units? LiZ and Elizabeth Evans of Simple Simon & Company have a great online course starting Monday, May 23 that teaches everything you need to know to make quilts, pillows, and more using this versatile quilt design unit. Check it out here!

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Silver Linings: A Visit with Tammy Silvers

Silvers Tammy 225px Silver Linings: A Visit with Tammy SilversWelcome guest blogger, quilt designer, and teacher Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis! Tammy’s big-block lap quilt pattern, Silver Linings, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!

I was thrilled when McCall’s invited me to guest blog for them – what an honor to be able to contribute to such a wonderful magazine!  My quilt, Silver Linings, is in the current issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts and I have to say (completely unbiased, of course) I really like it!  Allow me for just a moment to gush slightly over the charming, softly colored Faraway Forest line from Blend Fabrics.  It really does have a fairy tale feel – and I hope you agree the quilt captures some of that.

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The Silver Linings quilt pattern finishes 51″ x 76 1/2″.

It was such pretty fabric – look how lovely with just the strip sets all lined up:

Tammy1 Silver Linings: A Visit with Tammy SilversI did my block piecing a little differently than in the pattern in the magazine, and I almost didn’t even mind matching up all those intersections – it was totally worth it in the end, right?

Tammy2 Silver Linings: A Visit with Tammy SilversAh, but what else can I say?  As I am writing this, I am fresh from a lecture at a local guild.  I do so love being able to speak to guilds – it is getting that feedback on new and not so new projects and being able to talk “quilt” with like-minded folks that is so rewarding.  Now, I know you may be thinking – feedback?  Designing quilts is frequently a fairly solitary affair, and try as they might, my in-house opinion team (Felix the cat, Indie the grumpy cat, and Bob the “I-don’t-really-care-about-quilts” dog) isn’t much help.  So I always look forward to opportunities to air out the quilts and talk fabrics, colors and blocks!

These ladies were particularly awesome – and were even kind about my “mud” quilt, a not-so-successful attempt at a pink/brown/red/black color scheme (yeah……).  Yes, I share the good and the bad!  We all have some of those, right?  Good thing beauty is in the eye of the beholder – or quilter, in this case.  I kinda have a soft spot for Ol’ Muddy – which was intended for our bed, but my hubby isn’t beholding any beauty when he looks at it.  Sigh…..oh well.  But the guild ladies – well, they showed it some love today!

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Ol’ Muddy – see…not so bad, right? Love those elephants!

Guilds are such an essential element to the quilting community.  Where else can we talk shop, gossip (c’mon, you know……), eat (required!), and sometimes sew?  Where else can we encourage each other to try new things?  To keep working on that one project that really seems to sometimes be too much?  To share our somewhat obsessive love of all things fabric?

I miss that camaraderie – I’ve let that part of my social world slide, between a job and quilting, I have failed to fit it in.  And I plan to correct that ASAP!  Today was a fresh reminder of how wonderful it is to spend a few hours in the company of quilters.  I did just join the Modern Quilt Guild – the national guild – and can’t wait to find a local chapter!  What about you?  Do you belong to a guild?  Or two?  And what’s your favorite aspect of your guild life?

Aside from guilds on the brain, I’ve also got International Quilt Market (the industry trade show that is held twice a year) on the brain, and as you are reading this, I (and many other designers, publishers, shops, fabric companies, and manufacturers) will be winging our way to the Spring Market in Salt Lake City.  I can’t wait to see all the latest and greatest the industry has to offer!

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Leave a comment for a chance to win!

And speaking of latest and greatest – the wonderful folks at Blend Fabrics have offered up 3 lovely stacks of fabrics from the Faraway Forest collection by Lizzie Mackay – the same collection used to make Silver Linings.  So three lucky winners will get this awesome collection!

Ummm…..but not the Silver Linings quilt.  Sorry, but I’m keeping that!  I just thought it would be nice to see them together!

Good luck to all that enter!  And I do hope you’ll visit my website, my blog, my Instagram feed, and of course, my Facebook page!

As always,

Tammy Silvers
Tamarinis
www.tamarinis.com
404.388.9820

Thanks, Tammy! If you’d like a chance to win 1 of the 3 Faraway Forest fat quarter packs, leave a comment below before midnight May 31, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. Three names will be drawn on June 1 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

SilverLiningsFLAT200px Silver Linings: A Visit with Tammy SilversIf you’d like to make your own version of Silver Linings, quilt kits and backing fabric are available in our online shop. Or order print and digital versions of the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The Silver Linings quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download.

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Baby, Wedding, and Man-Cave Quilts and More

Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! The editors who make McCall’s QuiltingQuilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines were stitching up a storm in our home sewing spaces this weekend. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:

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Deb McDonald

Administrative editor Deb McDonald reports, “Several weeks ago my weekend project was sewing together a lot of bright and cheerful half-square triangles. What I couldn’t show you at the time was that the triangles became blocks, the blocks became rows and the rows became this quick and easy baby quilt. Bubble Gum Baby is featured in the July/August 2016 issue of Quiltmaker magazine. Use your AccuQuilt cutter to make cutting a breeze. Rotary cutting directions are also included. Subscribers, you should see this issue in your mailbox any day now. For those of you not subscribing (and why aren’t you?!?), look for the magazine on newsstands the end of May.”

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From content director Carolyn Beam: “I got all of the red and white triangle-squares sewn and have started on the Flying Geese. I’m slowly making progress on the feathered star quilt that I’ll be able to unveil later this year.”

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Kathy Patterson

Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and I’m still working away on the wreath blocks for my niece Lara’s wedding quilt. I have six completely finished, a seventh in the stitching stage (my favorite part), and then 5 more to finish prepping the leaves and hearts, glue baste, and stitch. It’s going pretty quickly, and has reached that awkward stage where it won’t all fit on the design wall, and the pieces start to take over every available space in the sewing room and beyond!

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Erin Russek

Editor Erin Russek writes, “I’m finishing up the borders of my 2015 BOM, Be Happy. I love the look of applique borders but they are a bit harder than regular blocks because they are so long and cumbersome.”

Gorgeous, Erin! See more on Erin’s blog.

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Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras shares, ” This weekend I got the itch to dig out a 10+-year-old UFO, a delectable mountains quilt I had intended as a bed quilt. I already had 36 blocks and about a dozen pair of half-square triangle units ready to be made into blocks. I made 9 blocks to bring the total up to 45, which will suffice for a good-sized throw for our downstairs ‘man cave.’ Now I’m just playing with the layout.”

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Diane Harris

Here’s the latest from editor Diane Harris: “My first weekend task was to tidy up the studio, which was a tall order. What a mess! But now that it’s  straightened, I feel like the creativity can flow again. I worked on several small tasks, including adding the borders to this black and gold quilt which was a group project for a guild I’m in. It will be gifted to the church where we meet, and they’ll use it to raise funds for their congregation.

Diane1 Quilt Design Wall Monday: Baby, Wedding, and Man Cave Quilts and MoreI added a hanging sleeve to a quilt using a dynamite tutorial by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio. The instructions were terrific, and the sleeve has just the right amount of slack built in so that your quilt will lie flat when a rod is inserted.

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Finally I worked on the Snapshots quilt from Fat Quarter Shop. It’s a great free pattern with the cutest blocks ever. I finished the apron, and will work on the bicycle this week. My other favorites are the sewing machine and the tea kettle.”

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A cute story from acquisitions editor Lori Baker: “I was working on a big project with lots and lots of machine embroidery. Our nearly five-year-old granddaughter came to visit and wanted to go for a walk so I told Bake (my hubby) how to stop the sewing machine and asked him to listen and if it started sounding weird to stop it and come get me. I thought he’d sit in his recliner and read or watch TV but when I got back to the house, he was sitting in front of the machine watching it stitch out the embroidery. He was a very dutiful ‘babysitter’.”

Bakebabysitting Quilt Design Wall Monday: Baby, Wedding, and Man Cave Quilts and MoreThat’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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Book Review: Happy Quilts

Patterson Kathy 200px 150x150 Book Review: Happy QuiltsHappy Quilts
by Antonie Alexander

Fons & Porter, 2016; $24.99

 

Happy Quilts Cover 600px Book Review: Happy QuiltsOK, I admit I was in love with this book before even opening it. Why? Because some of the kids on the cover quilt are wearing glasses. As an eyeglasses-wearing nerdy kid back in the day, it always made me sad that no dolls or books or movies featured any other kids wearing glasses, so these bespectacled cuties immediately touched my heart.

THEN…I opened the book.

Oh. My. Goodness. The ten kid-friendly quilt patterns inside are absolutely adorable. Hound dogs, bears, superheroes, princesses, friendly farm animals, robots, race cars, and the cutest monsters anywhere are just some of the characters included in these designs. Here’s one of my favorites:

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Purrfectly Pretty Kitties finishes 63″ x 75 1/2″.

I’m usually more a dog person than a cat person, but these pussycats have personality! And I love the kittens and mice added into some of the blocks.

Besides 10 must-make quilt patterns, every project also includes an optional soft-toy pattern. Some of them are so sweet, they’d be great even without their quilts! Here are Deep Blue Sea and the coordinating mermaid softie:

Sea Composite Book Review: Happy QuiltsI’m on cuteness overload!

If you quilt and/or sew for children, I urge you to order this book NOW. There is so much inspiration and creativity in these pages, and the patterns are very well written and easy to follow. There are also sections on quilt-making and toy-making basic skills, so even a complete beginner can have success with these projects. Simple piecing and fast fusible applique make all the quilts a joy to assemble and personalize. I can’t say it too strongly…these are unique, creative patterns kids are going to love SO MUCH!

I hope you give this fun book a look. For your convenience, it’s available in our online shop here.

Let’s quilt!
Kathy

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Girlie Girl

Patterson Kathy 200px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Girlie GirlMaybe it’s because spring in the Northeast has turned into a major cloud-fest, but I’m drawn more and more these days to images of pink quilts. Especially scrap quilt patterns made up in pink colorways. There’s something about all those assorted pink fabrics harmonizing together that lifts my spirits and brings a smile to my face. It’s like a fabric garden! I hope you feel the same way when you see this week’s Friday Freebie, Girlie Girl by Toby Preston:

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Another reason I love this free twin size quilt pattern is the block itself. It’s a fun combination of log-cabin-like piecing and strip piecing that makes great use of a scrappy assortment of fabrics with the added element of a green “frame” that unites all the blocks. It’s kind of genius!

 

 

Girls of all ages will love this pretty, easy-to-piece quilt. Make it for a single bed, a couch cuddler, or use as a bed topper on a larger bed – it’s all good!

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Cross It Out: A Visit with Sarah Maxwell

Maxwell Sarah 225px Cross It Out: A Visit with Sarah MaxwellWelcome back guest blogger, quilt shop owner, and quilt and fabric designer Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth! Sarah’s newest project is designing patterns and fabric under the “Designs by Sarah J” brand for Marcus Fabrics. Sarah’s queen size quilt pattern, Cross It Out, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!

I’m so excited to have my Cross it Out quilt featured in the McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2016 issue! This marks one of the first publications of my designs under my Designs by Sarah J imprint and it features my fabric, Revved Up Retro.

When I got the go-ahead to design my own line for Marcus Fabrics™, one of the first prints I worked on involved dots. Like so many quilters, I love dots—scattered dots, evenly spaced dots, micro to mega, dots rock! As I started playing, I decided that layered dots in lots of colors really intrigued me. So, “Mar-teeny Bubbles” is one of my favorite pieces of my Revved Up Retro line. Doesn’t it remind you of bubbles floating to the surface of your favorite drink?

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While I spent many years working with 1800s reproductions, my friends who know me from the beginning of my quilting career know that I’ve always loved BRIGHTS. I actually spent an entire week at a national show one year collecting only fuchsia and orange prints and batiks because that was my combo interest at the time.  (I still have that stack of fabrics in my closet and will make them into something some day.)

Anyway, another favorite combo has always been turquoise and purple. Let’s be honest here—I just flat out love purple—from eggplant to lavender, from dusty mourning purples of the 1800s to cheery orchids of the 1930s to bright, contemporary amethyst—purple calls to me.

CrossItOut600px Cross It Out: A Visit with Sarah MaxwellSo, I focused Cross It Out on purple and the prints and solids that played best with it. The quilt showcases another current interest—large block quilts. Like everyone, I have such limited time and too many ideas vying for attention. Making a quilt from larger-sized blocks means that I can still quickly produce a bed size quilt. Best of all, the large blocks showcase today’s larger, more contemporary prints.

Read about the inspiration for all of the Revved Up Retro prints in my online lookbook.

You can purchase a kit to make Cross it Out here!

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revvedgiveaway 350px Cross It Out: A Visit with Sarah MaxwellThanks so much, Sarah! Sarah is giving away 3 sumptuous fat quarter packs (right) of her Revved Up Retro prints by Marcus Fabrics to our blog readers. Each prize package includes  10 gorgeous fat quarters. Leave a comment below before midnight May 22, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. Three names will be drawn on May 23 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Liz Herbst of Middleton, WI, Louann Fisher of Seguin, TX, and Sue Salo of Ann Arbor, MI!

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Cross It Out finishes 93″ square, a nice queen size.

If you’d like to make your own version of the Cross It Out quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Cross It Out quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And Cross It Out quilt kits are available in Homestead Hearth’s online shop!

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Quilt Design Wall Monday: Applique, Finishes and Low Volume

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

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Paula Stoddard

Managing Editor Paula Stoddard shares: “My husband was out of town all weekend so I took advantage of the time by stitching away on an upcoming project for Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue.

“I only got out of my pajamas to go to the gym, I ate cereal and soup, snuggled with my pups and watched about 100 movies. I can’t remember the last time I could just stitch and stitch and stitch. It was wonderful!”

 

It looks like Paula’s project includes some yummy wool applique for the holidays.

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Sneak peek of an upcoming wool applique slated for Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec issue

 

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Gigi Khalsa

Associate Editor Gigi Khalsa was busy, too. Here’s what she had to say: “This weekend I basted my remake of Nuts and Bolts.

“Instead of starting the quilting for that however, I pieced a back for the quilt top I worked on last weekend.”

 

 

 

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Gigi’s quilt front…

 

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…and the quilt back, pieced over the weekend.

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Erin Russek

Associate Editor Erin Russek is an applique artist. She says: “I’m designing four corner blocks to go with this version of my Florabunda quilt (a BOM I did on my blog a few years ago).

“The new quilt is going to be called Chocolate Bonbons.

“The first corner block is going to be available on my blog this Friday.”

 

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This new corner block for Chocolate Bonbons will be available on Erin’s blog this Friday, May 13, 2016.

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Erin’s Chocolate Bonbons

Baker Lori Quilt Design Wall Monday: Applique, Finishes and Low Volume

Lori Baker

Acquisitions Editor Lori Baker wrapped some things up: “It was a weekend of finishing for me. I got two quilts back from the quilter on Friday and had finished the quilting on a smaller quilt myself so I put binding on all of them.

“Sketch, my sewing companion, is holding down the quilts while I prepare the bindings for all three.”

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Sketch is Lori Baker’s helper.

 

Harris Diane Quilt Design Wall Monday: Applique, Finishes and Low Volume

Diane Harris

Associate Editor Diane Harris spent more time piecing the scrappy quilt below with many light fabrics for the background.

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Many different light fabrics will make up the background for this quilt.

 

Kathy Patterson was on holiday with her family this weekend, but we’re betting she’ll be back next week with more progress on her niece’s wedding quilt.

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: Scrap Sensation

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrap SensationIf you’re a quilter, you almost certainly have fabric scraps. What do you do with them? Stuff them in a bag or drawer for a “someday” project? Well, today can be that day with this week’s Friday Free quilt pattern! Created by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, Scrap Sensation is one of our readers’ all-time favorite free vintage quilt patterns where all your scrap fabrics can come out and play! Check it out:

Scrap Sensation Styled 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrap SensationThis free scrap quilt pattern is perfect for using any and all scrap fabrics from your stash. Make this queen size scrap quilt all at once, or stitch blocks one by one as you accumulate fabric scraps for a “scrapbook” of your past quilting projects.

Scrap Sensation FLAT 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Scrap SensationFabric scraps as small as 3″ square are perfect to use in this striking quilt. Divide your fabrics into darks and lights and start sewing pieced squares (half-square triangle units) for the 80 Mosaic Blocks that make up this queen size beauty. The download even includes a link to a free lap size version of this pattern in case you run out of scraps! Scrap Sensation is equally at home in traditional and modern interiors and will add a cozy feel to any bedroom. The finished size of the quilt is 84″ x 102″.

 

 

Download the Scrap Sensation 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!

 

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