McCall’s QQ Magazine Winners

We have two lucky winners for the best of McCall’s Quick Quilts:  Luann and Lola. Congratulations, ladies! I know you will find a quilt that you “must” make in this magazine.

If you didn’t win this time and would like a magazine, click here to link to the Quilting Daily store. A digital copy is only $5.99.


“Shortcut to Dresden” Republished

Quilting Daily, the company that publishes many of your favorite quilting magazines, has issued a special edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Included are twelve of “our most popular patterns.” If you are a regular subscriber, you’ve seen and appreciated these beauties in the past few years. I was pleased to see my “Shortcut to Dresden” quilt included in the roundup. Click here to read my original blog post about this quilt.

The fabric line, “Flower Mill” by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics, is an all time favorite. It is so fresh and pretty, perfect for spring. I felt that the design and coloring were perfect for girls, so I gave the quilt to my niece who has three daughters.

Some insider information for you:  The instructions call for adhering fusible web to the wrong side of all the wedges and machine appliqueing around all with a blanket stitch. This construction technique was my editor’s prerogative, making the quilt “quick, modern, and stress free.” When making this quilt, I actually added 1/4″ seam allowances to the sides of the wedges and sewed them together with a traditional construction method. Once the plates were assembled and seams pressed open, I machine appliqued them on the white background squares with a blanket stitch.

You can see that the “Dresden Plate” lends itself to many fabric styles. Using Civil War reproduction fabric with shirting backgrounds lends a comfortable, homey look. Whereas all twelve wedges for each Plate of the published quilt are of different fabrics, each Plate of the CW repro quilt uses just two alternating fabrics. I added seam allowances to the points of the wedges and hand appliqued the Plates on large shirting “Four Patches.” Illustrating two setting options, the blocks in the published quilt are set on point, and the blocks of the second quilt are straight set with pieced sashing and “Nine Patch” cornerstones.

My friend, Carol, says that “Dresden Plate” is on her quilt bucket list. How about you? Are you planning to make a “Dresden Plate,” or have you already made one? Leave your answer in a comment if you’d like to be in a drawing for a free issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, June/July 2020. Two winners will be notified on May 2, 2020.

You can order a digital copy of this and any other magazine published by Quilting Daily on their website. Click here to shop for magazines.

Magazine Winner

Barb K. is the lucky winner of the May/June 2020 issue of Quiltmaker magazine. Congratulations!

Thank you to all who commented, describing their charm square packages just waiting to be made into a “Magical Squares” quilt. Several quilters suggested that this design lends itself to an “I Spy” quilt using a variety of theme prints. Great idea!

If you would like to purchase a copy of this issue, click here to link to the magazine shop for Quilting Daily. (When ordering magazines, pay attention to the description and order your preference of a print or digital edition.)

Have a lovely weekend, and I hope it includes an hour or sew of sewing/quilting!


“Magical Squares” Published!

My quilt, “Magical Squares,” is the cover quilt for the May/June 2020 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.  I am sew excited! You are going to love the quilts in this issue; from cover to cover, the colorful quilts are a delight to see and to contemplate making. To encourage your purchase of this issue with the “Hip to be Square” theme, I’ll show you two pictures taken while making this charm square friendly toddler-sized quilt.

You have got to admit, it is so easy to assemble a quilt of charm squares and sashing with cornerstones. What could be simpler?

After assembling the quilt top, the magazine diagrams how to cut it apart, move pieces, sew together, cut it apart, move pieces, and sew together again. And the result (plus two borders) is . . .

This truly is a magical technique, and I hope you’ll try it! Admittedly, is it a bit unnerving to cut apart a perfectly fine quilt top, but the results are so worth it. And you don’t have to fiddle with setting triangles or assembling the quilt in diagonal rows. Some of you have made my “Prest-O, Change-O!” quilt; the technique is the same, but the addition of sashing and cornerstones jazzes up the presentation.

I have one copy of the Quiltmaker magazine to give away to a blog reader. To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment below stating the name of the charm square package you’d use for this quilt. (I bet you have a spare charm pack lying around in your sewing area!) The drawing will be April 16.

McCall’s Magazine Winner

The lucky winners of the May/June 2020 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine are Lyna W. and  Connie G.! I have emailed these ladies requesting their USPS addresses.

Thanks everyone for your compliments on my “Star Baker” table runner and also for your suggestions for other colors and fabrics for the project. It really is fun to envision the runner in other fabric combinations. You suggested patriotic, Halloween, blue and silver, pastels, as well as purple and green.

If you didn’t win this time and your newsstand is sold out of the issue, you can purchase a digital copy from Quilting Daily. Click here to link to the online shop.

“Star Baker” Published!

Guess what showed up in my mailbox this past week?! The May/June 2020 issue of McCall’s Quilting is hot off the press, and I’m excited to say that my table runner design is included.

I made the runner with a charm pack of 5″ squares of “We Whisk You a Merry Christmas” and some solid black yardage. The editors suggest that spring is the perfect time to steal a march on holiday sewing for your own decorating or gift giving. You might even have a charm pack or two lurking in your sewing room just begging to be used. “Star Baker” is a quick and easy project; I know you will love the results!

Here’s Karen showing her runner in yellow and blue florals – so popular just now.

Quilting Daily has graciously provided me with two copies to give away to blog readers. If you would like to be entered in the drawing, leave a comment below stating what colors or theme you envision making “Star Baker” with. The drawing will be March 30.

Magazine Winner

Congratulations to Judy R. for winning a copy of the March/April 2020 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. (I have emailed Judy requesting her USPS address so I can mail the issue to her.)

Thanks to all who commented positively about my “Twisted Hexies” table runner. There were so many thoughtful suggestions on fabrics that would look great made up in this design:  1930’s reproductions, batiks, summer colors, spring florals, Easter, Christmas, Fall, red/black/white, and rainbow. I particularly like Beth’s suggestion of making an “I Spy” quilt for her nephew’s stuffed toy. She suggested cutting the center hexagons from theme prints and surrounding them with trapezoids of primary colors.

I hope you will try piecing this patchwork block; it’s easier to construct than you might think.

If you are not yet a Love of Quilting subscriber, and your newsstand is sold out of this issue, you can purchase a print or digital issue from Click here for a link to the website.