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July 4, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Charm Quilt Patterns from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

It’s hard to believe that June is over and we’re already one third of the way through summer (or what I consider summer to be June, July and August). Some of the editors of Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting are away on vacation, but those of us who are here in the office did some weekend sewing. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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I got a lot of sewing done this weekend. I’m working on a quilt for Quick Quilts Dec/Jan issue and got ...

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June 13, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday: Quilt Appliqué from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Three of the editors for Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting were busy stitching away this weekend. Erin likes to listen to audiobooks while hand stitching her applique. What’s your favorite thing to do while working on a hand project?

From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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Nearly done

I finished quilting this queen-size quilt and trimmed all the edges so it’s ready to bind. I’ve even made the binding. I’m hoping tonight – even though it’s a week night – I’ll finish this one.

From Associate Editor, Erin Russek:

Russek Erin 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday: Quilt Appliqué

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I am always looking ...

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May 2, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday: Machine Embroidery from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to see what some of our editors from Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been working on.

From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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Deb McDonald

This weekend I decided to do a bit of quick and easy piecing. Every year the Quilts of Valor(R) Foundation holds a Block Drive, where they collect blocks to be sewn into quilts for veterans. It’s a great way to support this organization without the commitment of making a whole quilt.

Blocks requested this year are the Snowball and Floating Star. I went through my ...

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April 4, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday: Fixin’ to Get Ready from McCall's Quilting

Welcome back to Design Wall Tuesday!

The editors who make McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines did some fun stitching this weekend, and we hope you did, too. Here’s what a few of our team members are working on in their home sewing spaces:

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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Carolyn Beam

I’m at the “fixin’ to get ready” stage with the quilt I’m working on for a future issue of Quiltmaker.

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I’m working with a lovely collection of Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics and got a couple more quilt blocks cut out. I hope to start ...

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March 24, 2017
Bearly Making Progress On My Bear Paw, But I've Been Busy! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

The month of March has flown by in a flurry of activity, and the month of April is looking just as busy.  Since my last post, I did manage to get the bear paw baby quilt top assembled with the sashing and sawtooth star blocks:

Quilt Top Assembled, Ready for Borders
Ignore those wrinkles -- the quilt top is flat and square, I promise -- I slapped it up on the design wall in a hurry because I had nowhere else to put it and I knew it would be coming right back down to get borders anyway. 

This most likely will ...

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November 28, 2016
And Now, Happy ADVENT! Let the Madness Begin... from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Pineapple Log Cabin, Block 26 of 36, 17 3/4"
Man and Boy versus Christmas Lights
We all survived Thanksgiving!  The tablecloth and fine china are all washed and put away, I had my three pieces of pumpkin pie for breakfast yesterday, and we finished off the last of the turkey leftovers for tonight's dinner.  Bernie and the boys put up two of my three Christmas trees, garland, exterior lights, stockings...  So we're more than ready to kick off the first Sunday of Advent tomorrow.  I made another pineapple log cabin block today to celebrate.  That's 26 ...

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October 17, 2016
Alphabet Quilt Blocks — Design Your Own Quilt with a Personalized Message! from McCall's Quilting

When the staff at McCall’s Quick Quilts saw Kathryn Simel’s Best Day Ever quilt, we all fell in love with the infinite possibilities of letter quilt block designs. It wasn’t too long before we were all thinking of ways to put words on quilts. We expanded Kathryn’s idea to include the full alphabet, which is available as a web bonus from the Quick Quilts December/January 2017 issue.

Using letter blocks is a fun way to personalize a quilt! It’s such a simple way to design your own quilt. It’s perfect for so many ...

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October 5, 2016
Something to Tweet about from Podunk Pretties

 In 2011 Erin Russek of One Piece at a time shared her My Tweets BOM patterns for free.  During 2011 the monthly blocks were free for the entire year but to finish the quilt quilters needed to purchase the center block at a very reasonable price.  How could I not make this quilt, it was love at first sight.  I quickly gathered my fabrics and began the My Tweets journey.   Well here we are 5 years later and I just finished hand stitching my center block. 

Each block is unique and with a few repeat applique pieces in the blocks ...

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