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October 9, 2017
I Love This Quilt: Silhouette Stars from McCall's Quilting

I Love this Quilt!

Giving a published McCall’s Quilting pattern a different spin

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McCall’s Quilting January/February 2015

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Silhouette Stars, designed by Gerri Robertson

Russek Erin I Love This Quilt: Silhouette Stars

Erin Russek

Erin Russek, Associate Editor

I love finding ways to use fat quarter bundles to make quilts. I think that’s because I am looking for a way to justify buying them! My latest favorite bundle is Victoria by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. Once I saw this bundle I just knew I needed to find a pattern for it and Silhouette Stars, designed by Gerri Robinson, featured in McCall’s Quilting  January ...

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September 19, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Easy Pieced Quilt Backing from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Hello, welcome back to Design Wall Tuesday. We’re so glad you stopped by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker worked on over the weekend. We’re also sharing tips, techniques and any challenges from our weekend sewing as well. We hope you find some inspiration and advice!


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Easy Pieced Quilt Backing

I didn’t get as much sewing done this weekend as I had hoped, but I did end up doing a little organizing in my sewing room. Working in a cleaner space seems to give me more ...

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September 12, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Christmas quilt from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Welcome back to Design Wall Tuesday. I hope your weekend was productive and you found time for sewing. The weather is getting cooler and the days a little shorter. Here’s what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have been working on.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Christmas quilt

design wall tuesday christmas quilt Carolyn 225x300 Design Wall Tuesday – Christmas quiltNow that my Stacked Bricks Halloween top is finished, I was able to spend time working on the charm square Christmas quilt I started a little while ago. This is another quilt for my Charmed, I’m Sure blog over at Quiltmaker.com. Most of ...

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September 5, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday: Circle Quilt Pattern from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Hi! Welcome to September. It’s hard to believe summer’s winding down and the kiddos are back in school. Are you finding more time to sew? Here’s what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker were up to this past weekend.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday: Circle Quilt Pattern

design wall tuesday circle quilt pattern 11 225x300 Design Wall Tuesday: Circle Quilt PatternI finished sewing the top of my Halloween charm square quilt. It’s fun to see how all the different prints and colors work in this Stacked Bricks quilt. Find the free pattern over on Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.

I also traveled to St. Louis ...

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August 22, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Charm Quilt Patterns from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Even though we’re still in summer, the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have found some time to spend in their sewing studios. Read more to see what they’ve been up to:


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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As you may have noticed from previous Design Wall Tuesdays, I’m obsessed with charm squares and finding different ways to use them in quilts. I’m working on a couple more new designs. Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll show the finished quilts when they’re done, and sometime down the road, I ...

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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:

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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:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday: Fixin to Get Ready

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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