America the Beautiful - Part 2 of 6

Designed by LYNN LISTER Made by JANE NORMAN Machine Quilted by CONNIE GRESHAM
America the Beautiful - Part 2 of 6

Our 2011 series sampler quilt, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates' beloved lyrics, continues with these bountiful trees and majestic purple mountains.

This reader-favorite America The Beautiful sampler quilt pattern is available in its entirety in the McCall's Quilting special interest publication America Quilts Together, Autumn 2012. Print (while supply lasts) or instant digital download available at our Quilt and Sew Shop—click here.

America Quilts Together, Autumn 2012, McCall's Quilting special interest publication


Finished Size 72½˝ x 92½˝

Fabric Requirements

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Part 2 of 6 is patterned in the March/April 2011 McCall’s Quilting issue shown below. Click here to purchase a copy.



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Response to ddonnell
It's your choice how many assorted fabrics to use, depending on how scrappy you want your quilt to look. I hope that helps!
america the Beautiful
Define Assorted: I am not sure if that means 3-4 or 5-6 or how many assorted creams, golds, blues, pink brown, green fabrics?
Applique Problem
Hi chickenlittle, I checked with our resident applique expert, and here is what she said: For the points: Cut straight across (perpendicular to) the point of the star as close to the point as possible while still leaving some fabric to turn under. Trim close along the 2 sides of the star point, angling back from a 1/16"-1/8" seam allowance at the point to the 1/4" seam allowance further back from the point. Wait to do this trimming until you are actually stitching the appliqué to prevent fraying along the narrow seam allowance left after trimming. For the inside corners (valleys): Clip/snip the fabric into the inside corners to within approximately 2 threads of the stitching line. Fold the sides of the star "arms" under, and as you applique around the inside corner, stitch an extra/reinforcing stitch or two at the clipped point, to prevent fraying in the future. A tiny drop of permanent fabric glue or Fray Check™ applied at the corner after stitching can be helpful. Test first to make sure glue dries invisibly on your fabric. I hope this helps with your problem. If you continue to have problems, you might try your local quilt shop. thanks! - Kathy
applique problem
I am having a terrible time trying to applique the star points. I've hunted on internet, books I have and just can't get it. They are lumpy or bare threads sticking out. Please give me the secret. (I know practice helps but I've tried 3 times and they just look worse.) Thanks
Hello RAChap - We do provide the sizes of each block in each issue. If you look in the Mar/Apr issue (for example), you will see "Blocks in this issue and Finished Sizes" on page 69. Make sure and send us a picture of your quilt! - Kathy
I love the America the Beautiful quilt & have done the 1st 2 segments:however it would be so very helpful if you could have included finished measurements for each finish at 9.5x2.5. I rrealize the pattern is already complete for the magazine but is this something you could consider as a web bonus/exclusive? thanks for you consideration of this idea.


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