Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele Scott

Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter! Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

Michele 200 Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele ScottWhen McCall’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger, of course I said yes.  It was actually a “Heck, yeah!”  I would do anything for these broads.  I’ve been working with this publication for about 15 years now, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences.  They are the most caring, considerate and personable ladies in the industry!  I’d do their laundry if they asked.  (Well, maybe not that….)

So I say yes, and then comes the question, “WHAT do I write about?”  I really don’t have anything important to say…no words of wisdom to impart to my fellow quilt addicts. They suggested possibly writing about the experience of designing the fabric, Dino Pals, for Northcott.  Or perhaps about the making of the quilt Dinosaur Parade for the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts with my amazingly handsome husband.  (Yes, ladies and gents, he cut and ironed as I sewed.  I chose husband #2 carefully, and it’s really paying off, I have to say!)

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Dinosaur Parade finishes 64 1/2″ x 74 1/2″; kits are available

As I was thinking about what I would write about the designing, I begin reminiscing about exactly what was going on in my life at the time.  I remember doing the majority of the work as we drove to Michigan for a speaking engagement.  I remember us laughing and listening to The Grateful Dead on our 10-hour journey.  I treasure every minute of my time with Tom, but this was a highlight.  Then I thought about the quilt and the making of it.  It was when my mother just suffered a brain bleed and then 2 subsequent strokes.  It was such a sad time.  We weren’t sure how she was going to pull through.  I remember teaching all day (I’m a 4th grade teacher in “real life”), then to the Rehab center for visiting hours and then home by 9 to work on the quilt.  Thankfully, she’s recovering beautifully, but when I look at that quilt, it takes me back to that painful time and how grateful I am that she has rallied like a boss.

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The more I thought about this, the more it made me realize that every quilt tells a story, doesn’t it?  It may not be what one would think either.  When I look at my next collection coming out with Northcott, Whoo Loves You, I don’t think about owls or how amazing my Art Director Deborah Edwards is by editing my work to the point of complete and total awesomeness.  I think of the Finger Lakes.  I was tight on my deadline (shocker…this another reason for Deborah’s greatness…her patience with the terminally late designer known as me!) and leaving for a weeklong trip with our dear friends.  I was working half the night and up at 6am, making the changes furiously before leaving on our adventure.  Hitting the send button at 10am was literally the start of my vacation.

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Fabric 225px Dinosaur Parade: A Visit with Michele ScottThanks so much, Michele. We are giving away 3 prize packages of 9 flannel fat quarters each from Michele’s Dino Pals collection for Northcott! Leave a comment below before midnight March 22, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 23 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Sue Guday of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Mary Ann Wolf of New Ulm, Minnesota, and Lori Morton of Mansfield, Ohio.

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cozy Up Queen Size Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Cozy Up Queen Size QuiltCozy Up is such a great name for a quilt, don’t you think? Aby Dolinger‘s lap quilt pattern featured in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts was such a great modern update to a classic quilt block style that we decided to offer a free web bonus pattern for a queen size quilt as well. This week’s Friday Freebie is Cozy Up, sized for your bed!

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The queen size quilt pattern for Cozy Up finishes 98 1/2″ square.

This free quilt pattern is easy to customize to any color scheme…just pick two border fabrics, a background fabric, and 4 coordinating fabrics for the center piecing and you’re ready to roll! If you can sew four-patches and flying geese, you can make this pretty queen size quilt!

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Aby used several fabrics by Denyse Schmidt to give her lap quilt a fresh modern feel.

 

Download the FREE Cozy Up 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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Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!

In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-

Tink Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!Tink Linhart of Fox Point, Wisconsin, wrote to tell us about two “Quilts of Thanks” she made for Marines who served in Iraq. Tink was inspired by Bev Getschel’s Reflecting Pools quilt patterned in the September/October 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Reflecting Pools 300px Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!She made her quilts smaller than Bev’s, using scrap fabrics left over from other projects.

 

 

Here’s what Tink had to say:

Both Quilts of Thanks were presented, one to a Navy medic attached to our son’s Marine unit during Operation Phantom Fury in Iraq in 2004-’05.  The other went to a former Marine who grew up with our son and deployed to the war zones at a different time.  We heard from him that he was extremely moved by the quilt.  Our warriors struggle with their war experience and we’ve found over the years that the quilts are very powerful; they let the recipients know that someone really does care about them and appreciates their service.

Tink Quilt 1 Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart! Tink Quilt 2 Quilter of the Week: Meet Tink Linhart!As a small, locally based organization, Quilts of Thanks encourages volunteer quilters to identify Veterans in their own communities who have served during war time and present them with a tangible “thank you” for their service.  It is our honor to create these quilts. Thank you “sew” much for the inspiration! -Tink-

If you’d like to make quilts for service men and women but don’t have a local organization like Quilts of Thanks, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is another great resource. Visit them at their website. And thank you, Tink, for your lovely story and photos!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Preparing Shapes for Applique Patterns

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Preparing Shapes for Applique PatternsClassic turned-edge appliqué can be easy and fun. Oh yeah, I said it, and it’s true! For most of my quilting life I avoided appliqué quilt patterns like the plague. When I absolutely had to use an appliqué pattern to get the design I wanted, I resorted to a fusible web technique with machine blanket-stitched edges. Easy, fast, and acceptable, but those raw edges with machine stitching always bothered me a bit. What happens over time, with repeated washings? Would my quilts have even a prayer of holding up like those our ancestors appliquéd so carefully by hand? So I basically considered myself a piecer and settled for admiring the work of true appliqué artists.

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Erin Russek’s Daisy Wreath Block is patterned in the September/October 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

 

That was until I met Erin Russek. When Erin came to work for McCall’s Quilting I was already in awe of her appliqué expertise and her absolutely gorgeous quilts. And then one day she gave a demo of her technique for the entire staff and I was thunderstruck! It was easy, achievable, FUN! We couldn’t wait to get Erin on camera to show everyone the basics of her method, and this week’s Tuesday Tutorial is that amazing video.

 

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Heat resistant template plastic is essential for this applique technique.

 

Watch Erin’s short free video and you will be running to your stash to try her technique! Vines, leaves, flowers, birds…all these and so much more can be part of your quilting life with just a tiny bit of practice and the help of this video.

 

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Pre-assembling flowers and similar units makes for even faster hand stitching.

 

It’s not needle-turn, so it has none of the challenges of that approach, but it IS classic turned-edge appliqué and that’s what I wanted to learn to do. I hope you’ll enjoy this Tuesday Tutorial and go on to make many wonderful appliquéd projects. Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Celtic Twist Lap Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Celtic Twist Lap QuiltThis week’s Friday FREEbie is a gem of a pattern from deep in the McCall’s Quick Quilts archives. The Celtic Twist quilt design by Susan Purney Mark was originally published as a wall quilt pattern in the April/May 2009 issue, and we loved the technique Susan used so much that we also offered a web bonus free lap quilt pattern adapted from the design. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s time for an Irish-inspired design! Here’s the original Celtic Twist quilt:

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The Celtic Twist wall quilt finishes just 24 1/2″ square.

Susan’s Give and Take Appliqué™ technique makes fast, fun work of creating positive and negative shapes for this Celtic design. That means no fabric or fusible web is wasted, either…gotta love frugal techniques!Block 300px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Celtic Twist Lap Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

The Friday Free Quilt Pattern is for the lap quilt version of Susan’s design, but since the pattern includes both sizes of the templates, you could easily make fewer blocks and recreate the wall quilt as well if you like. The magazine with the original pattern is no longer in print, but some of you may have it in YOUR archives! So, here is the Assembly Diagram for the free lap quilt pattern, to give you an idea of the results you can expect:

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The Celtic Twist lap quilt pattern finishes 60 1/2″ x 68 1/2″

Download the Celtic Twist free lap quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

Here are some more Irish-inspired quilts to help you celebrate!

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Lilli’s Pond: A Visit with Bev Getschel

Meet quilt designer and author Bev Getschel! And don’t miss the book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

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Bev Getschel can’t remember a time when she wasn’t sewing. And her discovery of quilt making in 2003 opened all kinds of exciting new doors. Bev has now published many, many quilt patterns in national magazines, including McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. Her newest design for us, Lilli’s Pond, is patterned in the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting, now on newsstands. It’s a scrappy, fresh lap quilt pattern, easy to piece and stunning to display. Here’s Lilli’s Pond!

 

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Lilli’s Pond finishes 54 1/2″ x 72 1/2″

Looks complex, but it’s quite simple to make. Split Nine-Patch Blocks are rotated in a straight-row setting to create the white and blue patchwork areas. Super fun pattern! Check it out in the magazine, or get an instant download of the digital pattern.

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Split Nine-Patch Blocks finish 9″ square

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Bev has just published her first book, Classic Quilts with an Upscale Twist (Annie’s®, 2014). And we have copies to give away to 3 lucky quilters! Bev book 300px Lillis Pond: A Visit with Bev GetschelLeave a comment below before midnight March 15, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 16 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Lisa England of Ashland, Kentucky, Joanne Bayles of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Becky McCoy of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Partial Seam Technique

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Partial Seam TechniqueMany quilt blocks are assembled by stitching their units together row by row. But some quilt block designs are more unusual in their construction. In cases where units are added surrounding another patch or unit, the partial seam technique is an easy, accurate way to get your quilt block together.

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The Spin Dance Block is pattered in McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014.

 

The Spin Dance Block shown here has a central patch surrounded by pieced rectangle units each consisting of 2 white and 3 assorted print patches. To assemble this block, and others with similar construction, the units are added to the central patch one at a time. The trick…the first seam is a partial seam, which is completed as the final seam after all other units are added.

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Partial seaming is definitely one of those things where a picture (or better yet a video) is worth a thousand words. So we made a short video to demonstrate this technique in action. Click the photo at right to watch…you’re less than 5 minutes away from mastering the partial seam technique!

Remember, you can watch any of our free MQU how-to-quilt video lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selection.

And don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—access them all right here!

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Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2015!

The April/May 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts is bursting with 13 fast, fresh projects, from wall quilt patterns to queen size quilts. Fun techniques, original designs, cool new fabrics…this issue has it all!

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Seaside Breeze by Tammy Vonderschmitt, with fabulous machine quilting by Angela McCorkle, is our “cover girl” quilt and features fabulous Moda Fabrics by Kate Nelligan. You won’t believe how simple the piecing is in this design! The graphic punch of this quilt is remarkable, and the open white spaces will showcase your quilting beautifully. A limited number of kits are available.

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The Seaside Breeze quilt pattern finishes 76 1/2″ x 88 1/2″.

Mod Girl by Heidi Pridemore is a fresh-as-spring lap quilt pattern perfect for that sweet “tween” girl in your life. Easy piecing, fast fusible appliqué, and on-trend fabrics by Michael Miller guarantee this design is as much fun to make as it is to snuggle under!

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Mod Girl finishes 50 1/2″ x 65 1/2″; kits are available!

Quilters love to make projects featuring pet motifs, and Fluffy Pups by Betsy Brown is already getting rave reviews from our readers. We liked this cuddly flannel quilt so much, we decided to offer Fluffy Kittens appliqué shapes as a free web bonus, so you can customize the design with pups, kittens, or both!

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Fluffy Pups finishes 36 1/2″ square.

And that’s just 3 of the 13 wonderful patterns in this issue; preview all the quilts here! And don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library.

This issue is available on newsstands no later than March 3, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop beginning March 3. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Prism Table Runner

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Prism Table RunnerFree table runner quilt patterns are among our readers’ most-requested favorites. There’s something about starting and finishing a fast project to freshen up the look of your home that makes quilted table runners perennially popular. This week’s Friday FREEbie is the table runner version of Prism, a wall quilt pattern by Abigail Dolinger that first appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

I’ve actually been working on a version of this quilted table runner for my own kitchen. I can vouch for how fast, fun, and easy this table runner pattern is, and I’m looking forward to getting mine quilted, bound, and on display!

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The Prism free table runner quilt pattern finishes 12 1/2″ x 48 1/2″

Download the FREE Prism table runner quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

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

And here are some more fun table runner quilt patterns…enjoy!

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Fast Panel Print Baby Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Fast Panel Print Baby QuiltThis past weekend I decided on the spur of the moment to make a quilt for my great-niece who is having her first birthday in a few days. The time available for this project was quite limited…the entire quilt needed to be designed, made, quilted, and bound somewhere between a Friday evening and a Sunday morning. With a need for speed, my thoughts turned first to fabric panel prints.

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This Ric Rac Rabbits panel by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover measured 25″ x 44″, minus the missing chunk!

Panels are a nice place to start when you’re in a hurry to make a quilt. I have a few panels in my stash, mostly taken from sample header cards…hence the missing chunk in the panel I selected for this quilt! That’s where the fabric was riveted to the cardboard card identifying the maker, SKU, etc.

I’ve been making quilts since the 1980s so my automatic frame of reference when designing a quilt is generally pretty traditional. I looked at the panel, measured it, tried to figure out what size blocks I could surround it with. If I used 5″ blocks, I’d have to cut the panel down quite a bit to make the math work, so then I’d also need extra borders to get the size I wanted. I sketched 3 or 4 traditional pieced designs with blocks of different sizes and arrangements and didn’t like anything I came up with.

Then it occurred to me…why not do something slightly more modern? After all, the print itself had a modern feel and with so little time, making 30 or even 12 blocks seemed like a recipe for disaster.

In the end I decided to treat the panel like the center of a one-sided Log Cabin Block. I added pieced strips to the left side, the top, and the left side again and ended up with a 36″ x 45″ quilt, perfect for a one-year-old princess:

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Total time spent figuring out a design and piecing the quilt top…2 1/2 hours. That’s where I called it a day on Friday.

Of course, I tossed and turned part of the night, figuring out how to machine quilt it  icon smile Fast Panel Print Baby Quilt   I knew I wanted to stitch in the ditch along the pieced strips, to stabilize the whole thing. I also wanted to outline quilt the bunny and his little star on a string and the pink rectangle. After that, I decided to use star, heart, and flower motifs as the basis for some free-motion quilting. When I do this, I like to cut shapes from freezer paper, press and pin them to the quilt top, and use them as a guide, adding looping lines to connect the motifs as I go. I don’t like to mark quilting lines directly on a quilt…too many bad past experiences! And completely random free-motion quilting is hard for me to keep consistent and even.

E freezer paper shapes Fast Panel Print Baby QuiltSo I quilted stars and flowers around the bunny, and a row of flowers on the pink pieced strip, hearts on the red pieced strip, and stars on the black/gray pieced strip. Done! I decided to do an all-machine-stitched flanged binding to complete the quilt quickly:

F finished quilt Fast Panel Print Baby QuiltElapsed time to layer, baste, quilt, trim, and bind…6 hours. That’s a grand total of 8 1/2 hours from idea to quilt. It would have taken MUCH longer if I’d had to design something to fill that panel area and appliqué a bunny or lots of bunnies!

So, yay for panels, and for thinking in a slightly modern way about quilt design. I’m hoping to approach more projects this way in the future. And I hope to keep on personalizing baby quilts right through at least another generation.

Get more tips for customizing baby quilts here!

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