*Up Front* March/April 2012

*Up Front* March/April 2012

16 Fun-to-Sew Patterns

See...Learn...Make! Try a new 3D petal and leaf appliqué technique, stitch a cute posy accessory, explore an exciting technique for getting a Cathedral Windows look with no hand stitching or curved piecing. If you love scrap quilts, this issue features 6 patterns suitable for quilting from your fabric stash. You'll find a sophisticated and sylish black and white quilt, a bright and cheerful fat-quarter-friendly fun-to-piece quilt, and a trendy, fast and easy quilt for a casual, colorful accent. Issue includes patterns for a modern baby quilt in either a girl or boy version, a handy quilted tote, a modern take on a classic melon block...plus much more!

Editor's Letter

Editor-in-Chief Beth Hayes reviews a few fall 2011 International Quilt Market trends, talks about changes that quilters would most like to see in their quilting lives, and extends an invitation to join McCall's Quilting on one of the upcoming trips.

Quilter to Quilter

3 grandmothers share their versions of quilts from past McCall's Quilting issues; Blue Delft from March/April 2011, Paradigm Shift from May/June 2010, and Li'l Skipper from July/August 2009. A Bessemer, Pennsylvania quilter shares her finished To Have and To Hold wedding ring quilt from May/June 2011, and a Dover, Pennsylvania quilter shares her batik version of Pinwheel Princess from July/August 2010.


Fresh Picks

NEW! Click Fresh Picks to see highlights of our editors' newest favorite quilt shop finds, trends & tools.

  • Tend to the Earth, Deb Strain's newest fabric collection for Moda (unitednotions.com).
  • Bobbin Quiltin' & Fusin' Fun, Michele Scott's newest book of original, eye-catching quilts. (piecefulquilter.com)
  • The Craft Locker™ by Creative Options®, a perfect take-along storage unit for quilt classes and trips. (creativeoptionscrafts.com)
  • Joen Wolfrom's Magic Design-Ratio Tool helps quilters and other artists understand and use fundamental ratios to improve the impact of their designs. (ctpub.com)
  • Famoré Cutlery's Duckling, a 4½″ hardened steel version of the classic duck bill appliqué scissors. (famorecutlery.com)


The staff at McCall's Quilting answer the question: What are your top tips for a brand new quilter?

Layer, baste, quilt!

Sherri Bain Driver gives you tips on quilting straight lines without marking.

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