*Up Front* January/February 2012

*Up Front* January/February 2012

18 Fresh and Fun Patterns

Start your new year quilting along with a new & easy 3-part mystery quilt. Big stitch quilt and embellish a trendy large-print throw pillow designed by Anna Maria Horner. Learn the fast and easy way to tie your quilts with fancy yarns...by machine! We show you how to add warmth to a traditional wall quilt with wool appliqué. Our art director, Ellie Brown, designed a dimensional Valentine wall quilt, just for you. There are also quilts for Jinny Beyer fans, cat (and dog) lovers, and those whose tastes run to 1960s retro fabrics...and much more!

Editor's Letter

Editor-in-Chief Beth Hayes talks about quilting together, and extends an invitation for you to submit stories, photos, and quilt designs that illustrate the fun of quilting in small or large groups. We are planning a special issue with a quilting together theme, and you may email your materials to mcq@creativecraftsgroup.com with the subject line QUILTING TOGETHER.

Quilter to Quilter

Friends challenge each other to make versions of Love in Bloom from McCall's Quilting January/February 2010; women helping women with a raffle quilt benefit; a Canadian quilt guild creates many versions of Apple Cider from McCall's Quilting, February 2009; two quilters in Kentucky make a raffle quilt for Habitat for Humanity, tripling their anticipated profit after reading The Business of a Raffle Quilt. Sisters separated by the miles make their first annual "sister quilts" using Nana's Nine-Patch from McCall's Quilting, February 2009. Click here for these stories and more.


Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics documentary series; Susan Ezzo's young daughter makes her first quilt with her Hello Kitty sewing machine; Yvonne Wells quilt exhibit. First mention: McCalls Quilting University western Caribbean cruise planned for January 26 to February 2, 2013.

Fresh Picks

NEW! Click Fresh Picks to see highlights of our editors' newest favorite finds of cool books + trendy fabrics.


The staff at McCall's Quilting answer the question: How do you make time to work on your personal projects? Any hints for sneaking in a little quilting during the day?

Layer, baste, quilt!

Sherri Bain Driver gives you tips on tying your quilts by machine.

Tying a Quilt by Machine


McQ U Video



Watch the MQU Extra-Credit Video!


Visit McCallsQuilting.com

What's happening on our website:

Click to enter McCall's Quilt Happier Giveaway:

Quilt Happier Giveaway

Contest open through January 2, 2012. Click image to enter! Contest is over - congratulations to our winners; Crystal Smith of North Port, Florida, Jenny Sloan of Apex, North Carolina, and Ruth Reynolds of Lawrence, Michigan.


Facebook Fabric Giveaway:

Follow 2 steps to enter

1. "Like" us on facebook (you must have a facebook account).

2. Leave a comment on our Editors' Blog telling us you've done so between October 1 and November 30, 2011, and you'll be automatically entered for a chance to win this scrumptious pack of 9 cotton velveteen fat quarters from Windham Fabrics. Winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries on December 1, 2011, and will be announced in our Editors' Blog, as well as on facebook®.

Contest is over - congratulations to our winner, Tracy Johnson of Austin, Texas.


Click to enter EQ7 Giveaway

Electric Quilt 7/EQ7

Contest open through December 1, 2011. Click image to enter! Contest is over - congratulations to our winner, Peggy Sindelar of Bedord, Texas.




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