QQ Magazine Winners

16 05 2018

Thanks for your congratulations and comments on the publication of “Americana” and “Stepping Stones” in the June/July 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

As promised, I held a random drawing for two winners of free copies of the issue. The winners are Gail Randall and Janeanne Weidl. Congratulations! I know you will enjoy all the projects patterned in this magazine issue.

If you are not already a subscriber to Quick Quilts, click here to link to the subscription department of F+W Media. Click here to order a copy of the magazine.

You might be interested in details about the quilting of “Americana.” I quilted it on my longarm machine. Generally, when longarming, I begin at the top of the quilt and quilt toward the bottom. However, for this quilt, I began about 10″ down from the top. I chalked a wavy line using a curved ruler as a guide. After quilting the line, I echoed above it until the quilting ran off of the top of the quilt, keeping the quilting lines roughly 1″ apart. Then I echoed below my initial line until I needed to roll the quilt in order to reach the next section. I chalked a line in the next section for uniformity, but  I did not worry if my quilting did not exactly echo or if the spacing was not exactly 1.” After all, when the wind blows, flags ripple a bit unevenly.

Trinity and I intentionally designed “Skipping Stones” with three diagonal bands of negative space knowing that quilting would best be seen in those areas. I quilted a spiral design all over the quilt, and I love the texture that shows up in the white areas. Click on the quilt to zoom in and view the quilting. My grandson was pleased to pose in front of the quilt (with his Hotwheels cars).

The 4″ patchwork units comprising this quilt are quite versatile. They can be found in several traditional designs. For example, I incorporated them in the patchwork blocks for a table runner and pillow cover.

If you make either “Americana” or “Skipping Stones,” I would love to see a picture of your quilt!




Quilts Published!

8 05 2018

Exciting news! Two wonderful quilts from my studio were published in the June/July 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! You can find this issue now on newsstands and in fabric stores.

“Americana,” a 64″ x 40″ wall or lap quilt is on the magazine cover. It was constructed entirely from half square triangles – how easy is that! And you can use charm packs of 5″ squares from Wilmington Prints as I did. Wait until you open the magazine to page 28 and see the flag photographed as a wall quilt along with the instructions. You will love it!

Super exciting for our family is the publication of “Skipping Stones,” a quilt designed by my daughter Trinity and me. It’s our first quilt published as a “design team,” although Trinity usually gives me candid feedback on most of my design ideas. You’ll find “Skipping Stones” on page 8.

Trinity stays particularly busy in the fall and winter as a substitute mail carrier, so I undertook the construction and quilting of this quilt last fall. Moda graciously provided quarter and half yard cuts of a variety of yellow, green, gray, and black prints from “Pepper & Flax” designed by Corey Yoder. I employed a speedy technique for making the “square in a corner” units. Check it out!

McCall’s provided me with two copies of the magazine to give to lucky blog readers. If you’d like to be in the drawing which will occur on May 15, leave a comment below stating which quilt you would make first, “Americana” or “Skipping Stones.”


Magazine Winners

12 03 2018

Thanks to the 21 quilters who responded to my previous post about being published in the latest issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The results of the drawing for free magazines are as follows:  Judy Sandman and Janeanne Weidl are the winners this time! Congratulations, ladies!

If your newsstand is sold out of this issue, you can purchase one from The Quilting Company online. Click here to link to the magazine sales section.

It was interesting to learn that most of the commenters favored machine rather than hand applique. I chuckled aloud at Carol Leak’s comment; she wrote, “I like to do both, but very rarely take the time to applique by hand – isn’t that why we have machines – to hurry up the process, because there are so many quilts to make, and it seems like too little time!”

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. Are you working on a green and white quilt, an Irish Chain quilt, a shamrock project, or other quilt suited to the “lucky” holiday?

Guest Blogger at The Quilting Company

6 03 2018

Do you “subscribe” to the blog of The Quilting Company? If so, you read my article entitled “Shortcut to Dresden” on March 5. If not, here’s a link to the article.

The blog article appeared just as the April/May 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts hit newsstands. What a fun issue this is! And, believe it or not, two of my quilt designs are published in this magazine.

I made the published “Shortcut to Dresden” with the “Flower Mill” collection from Moda designed by Corey Yoder. I enjoyed working with these beautiful fabrics. What a lovely herald to Spring!

When you link to The Quilting Company’s blog, you’ll read a description of the techniques I used to create a second “Dresden Plate” quilt made from Civil War reproduction fabrics. While “Shortcut to Dresden” espouses fusible webbing and machine applique, this second quilt calls for hand applique. It was my take-along project for several trips last summer.

“Ring Around the Rosie” is also published in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. It is a spin-off of the “Garlic Knots” design I’ve been working on this past year. I increased the number of rows from six to eight and arranged every four blocks to form diamonds. I was hoping that the design would resemble “Double Wedding Ring.” What do you think? Have I achieved a faux “Double Wedding Ring” with the advantage of no curved piecing? Interestingly, the fabric line for this quilt is “Abigail” by Dover Hill for Benartex. Of course, I jumped at the chance to create a quilt from fabrics bearing my name!

McCall’s graciously gave me two copies of the magazine to share with blog readers, so we’ll have a drawing. If you would like to win a copy, leave a comment below stating the type of applique you prefer, machine or hand.

P.S. Don’t think, “It’s no use to enter the drawing; I never win anything.” Usually only about 30 people comment, registering for a chance to win a magazine. The next winner could be you!

P.P.S. Click here to link to The Quilting Company’s blog to read my guest blog post.

Magazine Drawing for Quick Quilts

29 01 2018

While shopping at JoAnn’s last weekend, I saw copies of McCall’s Quick Quilts, Feb/Mar 2018 shelved on an end cap near the clothing patterns. Have you had the chance to thumb through a copy?

This issue contains eleven awesome projects including two by yours truly, “Over and Under” and “Partly Cloudy.” You’ll also find a heart pillow to make for someone special as a Valentine’s Day gift and a shamrock project for St. Patrick’s Day.

Gray is trending as a neutral in decorating schemes; perhaps you have been collecting gray yardage or fat quarters. “Partly Cloudy” is a fun, quick way to combine your collection into a quilt. This quilt would look great draped over a black, white, or gray sofa, wouldn’t it? And I have several cousins who would pack it off to their college dorm rooms in a heartbeat.

Have you perused F + W Media’s new online resource, The Quilting Company? quiltingcompany.com is the URL for quilting news, blogs, tutorials, magazine issues, digital patterns, fabrics and notions. A kit for my table runner design is currently for sale. To take a look, click here. (No, I don’t receive a commission if you purchase, but I think you would LOVE making this project. And, yes, you have time to make it before Valentine’s Day.) The pattern for this quilt was published in McCall’s Quilting Jan/Feb 2018. If you order a kit, the pattern is included; here’s a link to simply order the magazine.

And now, the part you have been waiting for – a chance to win McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar 2018. Leave a comment below if you’d like to be in the drawing which will be held Feb. 5.

“Over and Under” and “Partly Cloudy” Published!

11 01 2018

Have you seen the latest copy of McCall’s Quick Quilts? The February/March 2018 issue contains two of my quilts!

“Over and Under” is made with tone-on-tone fabrics from Wilmington Prints. The patches are an easy to handle size and units are assembled by partial seaming around the central orange squares. Setting the blocks on-point accentuates the over-all woven appearance of the fabrics. With light gray thread, I quilted a freehand all over design of E’s and 3’s.

Do you need a birthday or graduation quilt for a young man? This is it! It would also make a great wedding gift or retirement gift.

Interestingly, McCall’s Quick Quilt editors selected another of my quilts to publish in the same issue. “Partly Cloudy” was made with rainy spring days as inspiration. The colorful 2″ squares represent rainbows peeping out from behind the clouds. Again, Wilmington Prints graciously supplied fabrics for the quilt. Originally, I planned for black narrow borders on both sides of the pieced border of colorful squares, but the color contrast was too stark. A charcoal gray choice keeps the viewer’s eye on what is most important, the interior patchwork surrounded by the colorful pieced border. I designed and pieced this quilt during the time my longarm was packed away in preparation for our move, so my friend, Irene Grimes, quilted “Partly Cloudy” for me. With gray thread, she quilted cloud arcs and loops on the interior, curved arcs in the pieced border, and straight lines in the outer print border.

If you are searching for a quick and easy quilt in popular decorating hues with a fun punch of color, your search is over! The construction is suitable for young sew-ers; perhaps your daughter or granddaughter would like to help make a new quilt for her bedroom on the next snowy or rainy day.

If you are not yet a Quick Quilts subscriber, click here to order your copy from The Quilting Company’s online store.

And the Winners Are . . .

15 12 2017

As promised, I held a drawing for two free magazines:  McCall’s Quilting, January/February 2018 issue. “Chain of Hearts,” both the throw size quilt and a table runner, are featured in this issue. McCall’s editors graciously sent two complimentary copies to gift to faithful blog readers like yourself. Out of 19 comments, all of which I enjoyed reading, the two quilters chosen were #5 Mary and #14 Brenda E. I have written to these ladies requesting their USPS addresses. (I have sent Mary her magazine, but I have not heard from Brenda. Brenda, please contact me at aby.quilts@gmail.com.)

If you are not a winner this time and your newsstand does not carry McCall’s Quilting, click here to link to The Quilting Company to order a copy directly; copies should be available soon.