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June 23, 2018
Quilt Inspiration from Craft Gossip

This week I really wanted to share this quilt pattern I cam across, You put the Good in Good life. This adorable quilt has appliqued letters to create the quote. You can see more photos of this amazing quilt over at Jedicraftgirl.com

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April 5, 2018
Tips for Finding Your SewJo from Carol Lyles Shaw

Finding your sewjoWe probably all have those days or weeks when our quilting inspiration, motivation and energy just disappears.  It could be burnout (too much deadline sewing) or we might have lost our confidence (no one wants my quilts and, anyway, my quilts aren’t good, perfect or pretty  enough).  We have the time, we have the fabric, we have a pattern—-what we are missing is the energy to get in our sewing space and make something. What we need are easy ways for finding our SewJo. When our energy and motivation are back to healthy levels, we can tackle our ...

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November 15, 2017
International Quilt Festival 2017 – Two Special Exhibits from McCall's Quilting

There is always a wonderful, varied collection of quilt exhibits at the International Quilt Market/Festival in Houston every fall. This year two in particular were among my favorites and really spoke to me.

Yoko Saito is a Japanese master quilter with the expert ability to combine subtle taupe textures and prints into gorgeous quilts. Her exhibit—Yoko Saito Through the Years – My Quilt Journey—showcased several of her unique creations. Several of us got to meet her at a reception sponsored by Lecien.

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Karen Johnson (Martingale), Yoko Saito, Jean Nolte, Carolyn Beam, Ruth DeBoer and Lori Baker

Here are ...

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November 14, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Hexies and more from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! It’s been busy in our Golden, Colorado offices—some of us attended Quilt Market in Houston and left the rest holding down the fort! Here’s what some of the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have been sewing:


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Hexies and more

design wall tuesday hexies and more carolyn 1 300x225 Design Wall Tuesday – Hexies and moreI’m working on a couple of different projects. It’s time for another free charm square pattern. So I’m using fabrics from Patrick Lose in a fall color palette for my Charmed, I’m Sure blog post. You can find previous Charmed, I’m Sure posts ...

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November 2, 2017
I Love this Quilt! Silhouette Stars from McCall's Quilting

I am having bunches of fun playing with the fabric from Victoria by Three Sisters for Moda Fabrics. For my adaptation of Gerri’s block I wanted to use one print for the center star and one for the outer star. I thought this would be a fun way to combine prints and textures. I can make 2 blocks from each pairing. Here are a few of my favorite pairings so far!

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Block 1

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Block 2

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Block 3

If you want to make your own version be sure to click here and download your free pattern.

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October 31, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Chillax from McCall's Quilting

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Hi – Happy Halloween! The editors at Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have some frightfully good weekend sewing to share with you!


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Chillax

I was finally able to spend some time on the Q’nique 14+ longarm machine by Grace and finish quilting my Halloween quilt. You can find the free pattern here. This is only my second time quilting on the Q’nique 14+, and I feel so much more comfortable. One of the main things that I have learned is that I need to calm down and relax more when ...

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October 26, 2017
Panel Fun – Exploring Scarlet & Silver from McCall's Quilting

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Scarlet & Silver, designed by Tricia Patterson
McCall’s Quilting November/December 2017
Kit available here.

scarlet and silver Scarlet silver flat shot 254x300 Panel Fun   Exploring Scarlet & SilverWhen I heard in a meeting, “I just don’t get it.” referring to the design of Scarlet & Silver in the November/December 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I thought I might need to take another look at my design. I took an improvisational approach to the placement of the stain glass blocks in my quilt, laying them in a scrappy fashion while keeping the gray stars in formation. I agree this organic layout may not be to everyone’s taste. So, I figure ...

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October 25, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: Strip-Pieced Triangles from McCall's Quilting

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cutting strip-pieced units from bands to make a Nine Patch

Strip piecing is a great technique for adding distinct design elements to a pattern, particularly when triangles are involved. Cutting triangles from strips sets or bands results in striated patches that can be rotated and arranged to create unique designs.

In general, strip piecing is a huge time-saver when it comes to having to make multiple identical units. Instead of cutting individual patches for something like a Nine Patch block, you piece long strips of fabric into strip sets or bands, cut them into segments, and then join the segments ...

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October 24, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Using Brown and More from McCall's Quilting

Hi! Welcome back to Design Wall Tuesday. We’re in the middle of a beautiful Indian Summer—warm days, cool nights and beautiful color. I’m sure it won’t last for long, so we’re trying to enjoy it now! The editors at McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker also found some weekend time to work on projects.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Using Brown and More

The May/June ’18 issue of Quiltmaker will have a focus on hand projects—perfect takealongs for summer travel or enjoying time outside. I’m working on an English paper piecing design for this issue and spent ...

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October 19, 2017
Go with the (Color) Flow! from McCall's Quilting

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Hattie’s Choice, designed by Jean Nolte
McCall’s Quilting January/February 2018

It’s not breaking quilting news to declare that color makes a big difference in a quilt’s design, and it can look drastically different depending on how color is chosen and applied. The challenge is figuring out which colors to choose and where to put them to get the best possible effect. It gets even trickier when value (how light or dark a color is) is introduced into the equation, which it almost always is since most successful quilt designs have plenty of value variation to ...

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October 10, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Auditioning fabrics and Log Cabin Quilts from McCall's Quilting

Hello! Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday. We’re sliding into shorter days and cooler temperatures—perfect quilting weather! Here’s what a few of the editors at McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been working on:


From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

Gigi 225px 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Auditioning fabrics and Log Cabin Quilts

Over the weekend I got started on the Freeform Block of the Month. It’s my first BOM and I really don’t want to fall behind, so I made sure to get all the cutting done, as well as quite a bit of sewing. Keep up with my progress on the project at the Quiltmaker blog; I’ll ...

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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

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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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October 3, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday – Tips for Sewing Strips from McCall's Quilting

Hi! Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! It was a rainy weekend in Colorado—perfect weather for staying in and doing some sewing. Here’s what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have been up to.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Beam Carolyn 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Tips for Sewing Strips

design wall tuesday tips for sewing strips Carolyn DWT1 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday – Tips for Sewing StripsI had hoped to get my Jelly Roll quilt top, Vintner’s Bouquet from Quick Quilts Oct/Nov ’17 issue, that I started on Naional Sew a Jelly Roll Day finished, but I ended up getting only about 2/3 of it sewn. I love the way it’s coming together (right)!

I wanted to share a ...

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September 28, 2017
Quilting Legend Yoko Saito Traveling to Houston from McCall's Quilting

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Yoko Saito

Expert quiltmaking skills along with the ability to combine the subtle taupe textures and prints into breathtaking quilts are what makes Japanese quilt artist Yoko Saito a legend in the quilt world. I have admired her work for years and always look forward to seeing her quilts at major exhibits. I am in awe of the color mastery and technical skills of each and every quilt she designs and makes. Yoko Saito is standing in front of her “Around the World” quilt at Quilt Party, Ms. Saito’s quilt shop and school in Ichikawa City, Japan in 2016 ...

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September 26, 2017
Design Wall Tuesday: Pumpkins, Sketch the Cat, and Wild Ducklings from McCall's Quilting

Hi! It’s Carolyn Beam, Content Director for McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines. Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday. Most of the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker were busy participating in Moda’s National Jelly Roll Sewalong, but a few also found time to work on other projects as well.


From Senior Graphic Designer, Genevieve Stafford Hook:
Stafford Genevieve 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday: Pumpkins, Sketch the Cat, and Wild Ducklingsdesign wall tuesday Genevieve halloween charm squares 300x245 Design Wall Tuesday: Pumpkins, Sketch the Cat, and Wild DucklingsI’m working on a set of two Halloween-themed pillows as a gift for a Halloween-obsessed friend. The mini charm squares are perfect for a quick project – great for me as I was in a sewing mood, not a cutting mood ...

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September 21, 2017
Staff Jelly Roll Challenge – How We Rolled! from McCall's Quilting

We all had fun this past Saturday for Moda’s National Jelly Roll Day. Here’s what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker worked on:


Carolyn Beam
jelly roll challenge Carolyn JR 225x300 Staff Jelly Roll Challenge – How We Rolled!I looked through books on using pre-cut strips in quilts, but I kept coming back to a pattern I designed for McCall’s Quick Quilts Oct/Nov ’17 issue called Vintner’s Bouquet. There’s also a kit for the quilt in the same fabrics that was shown in the magazine. I have made this design several times and love the way it looks in all sorts of different fabrics. I ...

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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 18, 2017
Binding My Accidental PIG from McCall's Quilting

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An Accidental Pig

Sometimes, I finish PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) accidentally. I have so many PIGS. I’m trying to finish one each month and as I finish, I tell you about them in hopes that you’ll find something helpful in my process.

That’s what happened with this little quilt. I was working along without a thought of finishing a PIG and all of the sudden it was so close to finished that I had to complete it. Just by accident, I had it nearly done.

Here’s how it happened.

Last week, a couple of the ...

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September 15, 2017
National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is Coming! How Does Your Jelly Roll? from McCall's Quilting

 

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In the microwave?

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On the table?


Against the wall?Jelly Roll Against The Wall 300x200 National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is Coming! How Does Your Jelly Roll?


Or down the hall.Jelly Roll Down The Hall 200x300 National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is Coming! How Does Your Jelly Roll?


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How about… On the Cutting Table! 

This Saturday is National Sew A Jelly Roll Day.

Break out that roll sitting on your shelf that’s just waiting for a project and join our staff for the Project Jelly Roll challenge!

Jelly Roll Quilts Weekend National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is Coming! How Does Your Jelly Roll?

Jelly Roll Quilts in a Weekend

Need some ideas? Check out Jelly Roll Quilts in a Weekend, by Pam & Nicky Lintot, along with these Jelly Roll Projects.

And, here are some tips on working with Jelly Rolls.

We’re ready! Check back on Thursday, September 21 to ...

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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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