Tuesday Tutorial: Easy Curved Piecing

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorial: Easy Curved PiecingCurved piecing is a wonderful way to expand your quilting repertoire. So many classic and modern patchwork patterns call for it, and it can create such wonderful designs. Drunkard’s Path, New York Beauty, Lover’s Knot, Mill Wheel, and Double Wedding Ring are just a few of the traditional quilt patterns impossible to make without curved piecing. And modern quilters are getting on the curved piecing bandwagon as well, designing many fresh quilts featuring circular and spiral patterns.

pinning 300px Tuesday Tutorial: Easy Curved PiecingWhy the hard sell? Because many quilters are very curves-resistant. Maybe it’s the need for pinning (which actually some people don’t need in order to piece curves!), or the template cutting, or scary stories from other quilters, but many of us avoid curved piecing like the plague!

 

 

 

Planet Block 300px Tuesday Tutorial: Easy Curved PiecingMcCall’s Quilting editor Gigi Khalsa designed a cool Planet Block (right) for the Block Builders Workshop page in the January/February 2016 issue of the magazine, and taped a short, helpful video to get you started on your curved piecing adventure. Watch the free video here!

 

 

 

See? You can do this! Now download one of the free curved piecing quilt patterns in the list above and get started on your next wonderful project!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all at this link.

Gigi recommends the Steady Betty® Steady Stiletto in her video. Get details here!

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting January/February 2016!

Happy New Year of fabulous quilting, everyone! If you’re ready to create some of your best-ever patchwork quilts, the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine is here to help! The 15 fresh quilt patterns inside are sure to inspire you, and we also have new columns and an article on the International Quilt Study Center & Museum to help get your creative fires blazing!

Cover 500px Hot Off The Press: McCalls Quilting January/February 2016!The quilts shown on the cover are (top to bottom):

The bright Digital Geode you see a detail of on the left of the cover is a striking lap quilt designed by McCall’s Quilting editor Gigi Khalsa. Altogether, these quilts make a truly tempting cover, don’t you think? And there’s much more inside!

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 all the lovely kits available for projects in this issue right here!

January/February McCall’s Quilting is available on newsstands no later than November 24, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop.

Take our short survey before February 1, 2016 to let us know what you think of the projects in this issue and you may win an exclusive McCall’s Quilting travel tote with quilters’ goodies! This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting Boxes

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting BoxesFresh, interesting scrap quilt patterns are always popular with quilters. Being able to see a free quilt pattern you like and immediately start sorting through your stash fabrics to begin your own version is one of the true joys of being a quilter! Although we love shopping for fabric, it’s also a thrill to take what we already have and make something beautiful. So I’m excited to present this week’s Friday Freebie quilt pattern, Nesting Boxes designed by Lynn Lister!

Nesting 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting BoxesIsn’t that just about the coziest quilt you’ve ever seen? The warmth of the reds anchored by the cooler grays and tans just works so perfectly.

Nesting FLAT 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting BoxesAt 58″ x 71″, this is a great cuddle quilt for a sofa or the foot of a bed. And since it’s a scrap quilt, your version will be totally unique!

Download the FREE Nesting Boxes lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Lynn Lister is one of our most popular quilt designers. Here are some more patterns for her unique, heartwarming quilts:

DPMQ02 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting Boxes            DPMQV1501P Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting Boxes            MQCRAZY Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Nesting Boxes

 

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Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF Studio

AGF logo 200px Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF StudioMeet our guest bloggers, the girls from AGF Studio at Art Gallery Fabrics! The AGF Studio’s beautiful pastel Dew Drops quilt is patterned in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the super fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!

 

Hello! We are really excited to have been invited to be guests on your blog. We are thrilled about our Dew Drops quilt on the magazine, so of course we want to share a bit about the process behind the design and making of the quilt.

Anna Elise Art 600px Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF StudioWhen we created this quilt we were inspired by Bari J.’s use of color in her collection Anna Elise. Combined with the playful florals and beautiful textures, we wanted to create a quilt that was subtle in design but interesting to the eye. By having only straight seams, but an illusion of curves, we think we achieved that combination. Here at the studio we are constantly looking for ways to make things visually appealing, things that will make someone think twice at what they are perceiving.

Dew Drops 600px Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF StudioWithin our team we have girls that are more into traditional blocks, and girls that are more into modern quilting. Having both sides is great for perspective and helps us achieve balance so that we don’t go too much toward one side (unless we want to).

Dew Drops FLAT 600px Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF StudioWith this quilt there is really a play of very simple patchwork and fabric placement. We have the Triangle in a Square units, squares, and the squares with two connector units each. After that, it is all in the fabric choices and placement. We decided to use Snow White as our base color as it really makes the prints pop, while simultaneously letting the eye rest from all the movement. What we love the most is that every time you look at this quilt you will see it in a different way, making it an interesting and fun quilt to make.

block 375px Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF StudioHaving those three simple different shapes really made the making of this quilt super easy, as you can see on the magazine. This kind of block is also great for a table runner as it is beautifully concentric.

Since we do really want to experiment with this kind of design, and of course, “Feel The Difference” with our fabrics, we’re happy to host a giveaway (below) of two FQ bundles which include prints in the Anna Elise collection.

We’d love to hear any questions or comments you have about this designs and of course, the fabrics! Thanks for letting us hang out with you today. Happy sewing!

The AGF Studio

Thanks so much, girls! If you’d like to make Dew Drops and don’t yet have a copy of the December/January issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop. Quilt kits and backing fabric are also available.

Grosso prizes 300px Dew Drops: A Visit with the Girls at the AGF StudioAnd now for the GIVEAWAY! We have 2 prize packages of 10 fat quarters each from the Anna Elise fabric collection!

Leave a comment below before midnight December 6, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Winner names will be drawn on December 7 and notified by email.

 

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

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I Love This Quilt! Nuts and Bolts

Gigi 225px I Love This Quilt! Nuts and BoltsGigi’s pick for the I Love This Quilt! page, Nuts & Bolts by Sandy Klop, appears in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Download the Nuts & Bolts free lap quilt pattern here, and read on about Gigi’s plans for a fresh version of this quilt!

Read Part Two of Gigi’s Nuts & Bolts blog post here.

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by! There are so many quilts in past issues of McCall’s Quilting that I love, but I had to choose just one to remake and share with you. I chose Sandy Klop’s striking, graphic pattern Nuts & Bolts, from McCall’s Quilting January/February 2010 issue. (Speaking of striking, graphic patterns, one of my quilts, Digital Geode, is featured in McCall’s Quilting January/February 2016 issue. Get the magazine or the digital quilt pattern at QuiltAndSewShop.com.)

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Sandy Klop’s original Nuts & Bolts quilt

The first thing I do when I decide to make a pattern is to think about fabrics, colors, and prints and how my fabric choices might make my quilt different than the one in the picture. It’s really fun, but daunting too, since there are literally endless possibilities.

I knew when I chose this pattern that high contrast fabrics would be pretty important. The bullseye motif wouldn’t really have much impact without significant contrast. I decided to use the same two dark fabrics throughout the entire quilt and coordinated them with pastels from my stash, with the idea that each bullseye would have a different pastel color. Here’s the initial group of fabrics that I pulled.

Photo 1 fabric stacks I Love This Quilt! Nuts and Bolts

I pulled potential fabric choices from my stash.

Once I had my idea in place, it was time to see how well it would actually work in real life. The number of bulleyes that I could do depends on how many strips I’m able to cut (I keep thinking of the bulleyes as blocks, but they’re not!). I cut all the dark fabric into strips and lucky me, I can make 12 bullseyes, just like the quilt in the photo! So now that I know I have 12 bullseyes to plan, I can decided where I want which pastel color to be for optimal layout.

It always helps me to look at my fabric choices at each stage of the process. I can see sometimes that what works beautifully in a stack of coordinated fabrics doesn’t look as good when laid out in a block format. I had to eliminate the white/cream/beige prints since the lack of hue commanded too much attention in the layout, and not in a good way. I played around with different colors and prints from my stash until I was happy with my mock bullseye layout. Here’s the pastels all laid out in the order I like.

Photo 2 fabric layout I Love This Quilt! Nuts and Bolts

If I plan the layout ahead of time, there are less things to worry about later.

You may be wondering why there are 2 pastel fabrics in each stack. Since each bullseye is made with strip sets of 7 strips each, I thought it would be fun to mix it up, if just a little bit. I did not want to make the strip sets asymmetrical, since the template is placed both upside down and downside up on the strip sets. But I could use 2 similar but different pastels for each strip set, as well as the 2 similar but different dark prints. I haven’t sewn all the strip sets yet, but I think my idea is going to be pretty cool. Here are the strip sets I have so far.

Photo 3 strip sets I Love This Quilt! Nuts and Bolts

I put the lighter pastel prints towards the center of the strip sets. I think it will be a subtle but cool design element in the end.

And then let’s cut the strip sets into the wedges for the bullseyes, why not.

Photo 4 bullseyes I Love This Quilt! Nuts and Bolts

I like where this is headed, so I’ll keep going.

While I haven’t gotten too far yet, I’m well on my way! I’ll finish up the remaining strip sets, cut them into wedges, and then I’ll have some more decisions to make, like what should I use for those kite-shaped wedges in between the bullseyes? Should I add borders? I have a few ideas, but meet me back here in a month or two and we can go over them. See you then!

Gigi

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Simple Scallops

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Simple ScallopsThis week’s Friday Freebie is one of the prettiest quilt patterns for beginners that I’ve seen in a long time, thanks in large part to sweet fabrics from LakeHouse Dry Goods. In the Simple Scallops quilt design, printed fabric is fussy-cut to make best use of scalloped motifs, and the results are adorable. Here’s a glimpse of the fabric in question:

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Pretty cute all by itself! But when you follow the free quilt pattern and cut and piece the scallop strips as instructed, you end up with a queen size quilt that looks like it came from a high-end bedroom show room:

 

 

Simple Scallops FLAT 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Simple ScallopsI think it’s a great blend of contemporary style and old-fashioned sweetness!

Of course, you can use the free quilt pattern with other fabrics as well. Construction is simple and fast, especially for a queen size quilt. Check out this version I drafted in Electric Quilt 7 software, using fabric swatches from the Always the Season collection by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics®:

Always the Season1 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Simple ScallopsThe scallops are gone, of course, but other Christmas-y fabrics are swapped in, giving this version a cheerful, warm effect.

No matter what fabrics you use, the Simple Scallops pattern designed by Holly Holderman is fun to make! Download the FREE Simple Scallops 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!

Kits are available for the Simple Scallops quilt. Backing fabric is also ready for orders.

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Cabin in the Woods: A Visit with Beth Shibley

Shibley Beth Cabin in the Woods: A Visit with Beth ShibleyWelcome back guest blogger and quilt designer Beth Shibley of Love Laugh Quilt! Beth’s whimsical lap quilt Cabin in the Woods is patterned in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Hello Quilting Friends and thank you McCall’s for inviting me to be a guest blogger here today. I am a quilter, lover of fabric (old and new), and designer. The quilt I’m sharing about today is a simple Christmas quilt that began with some vintage triangles. I LOVED the little pieces of green and red that were passed on to me by another quilter and thought I’d turn them into trees!

Cabin in the Woods 600px Cabin in the Woods: A Visit with Beth ShibleyThis quilt reminds me of one of my very favorite books – Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper, 1932). I read the Little House series as a child and then when my children were young I read the books MULTIPLE times out loud. The story opens with a description of a little house. “The  great, dark trees of the Big Woods stood all around the house, and beyond them were other trees and beyond them were more trees. As far as a man could go to the north in a day, or a week, or a whole month, there was nothing but woods……..”

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The trees in this quilt aren’t dark….but you can imagine, can’t you, the forest and the miles and miles of green trees?? I named my quilt “Little Cabin in the Woods” which McCall’s shortened to Cabin in the Woods for layout purposes.

 

 

 

Quilting 600px 225x300 Cabin in the Woods: A Visit with Beth ShibleyI enjoyed quilting swirling “snow” around the trees and cabin and wavy garlands on the trees. I am pleased to be included in the Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. I am hosting a giveaway for one magazine this week on my blog, lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com. Stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win!
Happy quilting,
Beth

Thanks so much, Beth! If you’d like to make the Cabin in the Woods quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the December 2015/January 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here.

This quilt pattern is also available as an instant digital download in our online shop.

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Applique Quilt Patterns – FREE!

Whether your preferred appliqué technique is fast fusible web or traditional needle-turn (or anything in between!), the 4 free appliqué patterns gathered in our new, inspiring eBook will help you create many memorable quilts. Appliqué divas will love the diversity of size and style in these projects, and if you don’t know how to sew appliqué quilts, these free patterns are a great place to start! With step by step instructions and diagrams and beautiful photographs, you’ll soon be putting the final stitches into an appliqué quilt you’ll be proud to display or gift.

COVER 550px Applique Quilt Patterns   FREE!Follow this link for details on the designers, dimensions, and construction techniques for these 4 unique appliqué quilts. Let’s Celebrate!, Miss Ashley, Field of Flowers, and Turkey Tracks are all rated either Beginner or Confident Beginner difficulty level, and they are some of McCall’s Quilting’s reader-favorite patterns. Now you can add them to your personal library FREE!

Download your free Appliqué 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 new offerings!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Felting Wool for Quilt Making

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Tuesday Tutorial: Felting Wool for Quilt MakingIf you have admired quilts and other projects with felted wool appliqué but recoiled at the high cost of supplies, this week’s Tuesday Tutorial is for you! It’s easy and fun to felt your own wool, and you can start with closet castaways and thrift shop finds, keeping this technique super affordable as well.

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Many thrift shops sell wool skirts, suits, and shawls for a tiny fraction of their worth as wool. With our tips compiled by Laura Stone Roberts, you can turn these garments, or even wool by the yard that you find on sale, into beautifully felted wool.

Check out these samples of what happens to wool fabric during the felting process:

 

 

 

 

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Woolen Welcome 300px Tuesday Tutorial: Felting Wool for Quilt MakingAren’t they amazing and tempting? Especially in the colder months, there’s something so cozy about stitching a project using wool. Here’s a bonus felted wool appliqué pattern to get your creative juices flowing: download the FREE Woolen Welcome quilt pattern. And if you’ve never worked with felted wool before, your first project doesn’t have to be this involved. Just substitute felted wool for a few appliqué shapes in a simpler pattern and see how you like it!

So, have I whetted your whistle for wool? Read Laura’s article for her simple steps to beautifully felted wool. It’s a Tuesday Tutorial!

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all at this link.

Here’s another inspiring quilt pattern using felted wool. Check it out!

DP130570 Tuesday Tutorial: Felting Wool for Quilt Making

 

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Home for the Holidays Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Home for the Holidays Table RunnerWhat would any holiday season be without a pretty table setting to welcome friends and family? And what’s a table without a pretty table quilt? Patterns for quilted table runners and place mats are always popular with our readers, and with the holidays fast approaching, this week’s Friday Freebie is the pattern for the Home for the Holidays table runner designed by Kate Colleran using Jim Shore/Springs Fabrics:

Home for the Holidays 600px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Home for the Holidays Table RunnerThe fabrics totally make this design, don’t you think? Jim Shore’s figurines, fabrics, and other products are much-loved by quilters and I can surely see why. The quilt block motifs and winter scene print are just lovely, and so evocative of a homey, cozy winter evening. Stitch up this fast table runner pattern, and make cozy memories of your own around a pretty holiday table!

Download the FREE Home for the Holidays quilted table runner pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Kits are available for the Home for the Holidays runner and also for the 4-placemat set, and include backing fabric and complete patterns.

Home for the Holidays Runner FLAT 125px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Home for the Holidays Table RunnerHome for the Holidays Placemat Set 200px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Home for the Holidays Table Runner

 

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