Big Time: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard | McCall’s Quilting Blog

Welcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring! Wendy‘s new queen size quilt pattern, Big Time, is in the April/May 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the quilt book giveaway at the bottom of the article!

Hello to all McCall’s Quilting blog readers! First, let me introduce you to my quilt, Big Time:

BigTime600px Big Time: A Visit with Wendy SheppardDesign phase:
I have to say I love the Go Big or Go Home fabrics by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics – they are fun, a little quirky and they are colorful!  The aqua, lime and gray fabrics are probably my favorites in the entire line.  I knew when I saw all the fabrics, I wanted to include as many colors as I could in the design.  I generally have no problem just throwing in all the colors in the mix, as long as I contrast the busy feeling with either white or gray in the quilt.  In Big Time, I used both white and gray.  Those who know me know I love gray.  So, in Big Time, I showcase the gray in rather “big” measures, and used the bright colors to act as accents in the overall design.

BigTimeFLAT600px Big Time: A Visit with Wendy SheppardBigTimeBlock300px Big Time: A Visit with Wendy SheppardConstructing the quilt blocks:
I wanted the blocks to be easy to construct so that quilters don’t end up taking a huge amount of time to finish piecing the bed quilt top.  So I chose big and simple blocks.  There  are also no seams to match up sewing the blocks into rows.  So, that speeds up the  piecing process as well.  I would suggest starch-pressing the fabrics before cutting the thin pieces in the square blocks.  That would help the blocks to not go “wonky” since some of  the thin pieces are actually placed at the outer edge of the square blocks. McCall’s has prepared a free pattern for the chain-effect Big Time Quilt Block for you to download!

Envisioning the use of quilt:
I can see this quilt being used on a teenager’s bed, or even a bright and cheerful guest bed.  It will definitely also fit any contemporary style in home decor.

If there are leftover fabrics, I can see individual blocks being made into table/candle mats  or throw pillows to match the quilt.  If enough fabrics are available to make a few blocks,  they can be used to make a runner or banner.

BigLove300px Big Time: A Visit with Wendy SheppardFree quilt pattern using the same fabric line:
I have designed another quilt to support this line for Windham called Big Love.  You can download this free lap quilt pattern here.






book300px Big Time: A Visit with Wendy SheppardThanks so much, Wendy! We have 3 signed copies of Wendy’s new book,  Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash (Landauer, 2015) to give away to our readers! Leave a comment below before midnight March 17, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 18 and notified by email with a subject line beginning YOU WON!. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

If you’d like to make your own Big Time quilt, we have a limited number of quilt kits and backing fabric packs available for order in our online shop. You can also order print and digital magazines, and the Big Time quilt pattern is available separately as an instant digital download.

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