Pick up your copy of the August / September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts today! It features this easy-to-sew creation by Dolores Smith (left) and Sarah Maxwell, done in HINT OF PRINT and CLASSIC WOVEN YARN DYES by Molly B’s Studio for Marcus.
Strip piecing speeds construction of this big, handsome quilt. The Lake Itasca king size quilt pattern (102″ x 126″) includes blocks in 2 different fabric combinations, which create a chain-like secondary pattern when set together.
After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way. With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout! I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt. On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilter – yippee!!
It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment” ; ) and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt. — lisa
Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.
Decorating trends featuring red and blue remain strong — from Redwork embroidery and Americana country settings to more contemporary looks, their appeal continues. The addition of cream gives each color a fresh, clean look. So as we were launching COLLECTORS’ GALLERY by Faye Burgos, we were especially excited to see so much quilt inspiration available to go along with it. Case in point: Red, White, and Sometimes Blue, published by Martingale. The book is a compilation of classic red and white, blue and white, and combined color projects from the pages of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Choose from the 17 projects, including pieced and appliqued, scrappy and tailored that go far beyond patriotic themes. You’re sure to find lots of ways to highlight Faye’s lush florals, textures, and 1″ Strip-It prints, too.
We figured it was a natural giveaway, so we’ve partnered with our quilt buddies at Martingale to offer a “Book & Bundle” prize to a lucky winner, Comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book along with a 12-pack of BLUE half-yard cuts!, then visit the Martingale blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning! Good Luck, everyone!
Have you seen ANTIQUE COTTON, the latest from Pam Buda? You’ll love this range of colors, inspired by her personal collection of quilts from the past. Her palette allows you to mix and match freely for a random, scrappy look, or to carefully select from the blues, purples, browns, reds, greens, pinks and light neutrals to create your own look. Look for this pretty collection in your local quilt shops beginning August!
You might remember back in January, our Lucy Boston block challenge held at the Road to CA quilt conference? Well, over 130 blocks pieced by our quilting friends are now in the skilled hands of Vicki Bellino, as she creates a beautiful quilt for the 6th annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, sponsored by Quilters Dream Batting.
ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a debilitating disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone. The disease gradually paralyzes the patient, usually leading to death within 6-months to 5 years of diagnosis. Those suffering from ALS are fully aware mentally, but are trapped in a non-functioning body with no hope of treatment or a cure. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS, to raise awareness about ALS, and to raise money with 100% of the proceeds being used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.
Thanks again to everyone who stitched all those Lucy Boston blocks that weekend…Right now, Vicki is completing the quilt for the July 31 deadline, so watch for the next installment of her in-progress pics, and for the Big Reveal of the finished quilt! And we’re not alone – check out this Quilters Dream blog post to learn more about the challenge.
Spring 2015 marks the debut of TWO collections from designer Susan Cousineau. You might recognize her name as a top designer of kids’ and craft patterns for Kwik Sew and McCalls’.
With the launch of her Lollipop Rainbow fabric collections for Marcus, Susan is “over the rainbow” with excitement as she takes her creative passion for kids’ design into a new and exciting chapter.
Now, crafters and quilters can create a well-rounded look in home décor, quilts, clothing and accessories, beginning with MAGICAL MERMAID and POLKA DOT POND. Susan’s stylized mermaid fairies and pond pals themes include prints that work beautifully by themselves, or with the coordinated pre-printed panels. See the entire collections online (they’ll be in quilt shops this October!), and learn more about Susan.
We always love to see what Lynn Wilder’s been up to, and this particular blog posts shows off her interpretation of Judie Rothermel’s PAST ENDEARMENTS collection. Judie’s mix of cool pinks and blues with warm neutrals create a beautiful trans-seasonal look. Once you’ve taken it all from this in-progress photo, be sure to read the full post at her Sew’n Wild Oaks blog, because there Lynn explains her Patchwork Math method for creating the blocks. Thanks, Lynn!
APQ clearly loves Picking Violets; they chose Nancy Rink’s MILLWORKS collection for the August 2015 issue of American Patchwork and Quiltingmagazine. Nancy designed the quilt as well as the fabrics, so who better to showcase its beauty with her signature combination of applique and piecing! You’ll love the plum / sage / burgundy palette all year ’round…
Check out this adorable sewing machine cover, cleverly disguised as a vintage camper! Even as it was being unpacked and still on the hotel luggage cart, it quickly became one of our more eye-catching – and amusing – booth samples. Can’t you just imagine the little quilter stitching away inside it?
If you love vacationing with your sewing machine, you pretty much have to have one of these… This one was sewn up by Miriam Rawson in GRACIE’S SCHOOLHOUSE CLASSICS by Judie Rothermel – no better choice for a vintage camper than everyone’s favorite 1930’s reproduction fabrics! Note that Miriam made hers a bit longer than the original pattern to accommodate her Bernina machine.
< Need pattern information? The original design for the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover is by Janine at Rainbow Hare in the UK.
Here in the US, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 25. Yesterday, I came across a Facebook post (in the Quilting group) by Tiffany Pellizzari, and am sharing one of the photos with her permission. She lovingly recreated our LOVE & GLORY quilt for her father who was fighting cancer, and who passed on just five days after it was draped over him. It was also used at his memorial service, shown here.
“I hadn’t known how important it is to quilt with love until you know the person receiving it feels the love when they use it. My step mother asked to use the quilt at his memorial as you see here. It ended up being a great representation of his personality — eagles and patriotic colors on the front and vintage planes on the back (he was a pilot). Thanks for letting me share and helping me to learn something I am forever going to cherish being able to do.”
Tiffany, we are sorry for your loss, but are sure he found comfort in your beautiful quilt. This weekend and always, we join all of our quilting friends in honoring those who have served, and continue to serve our country.