Design Wall Tuesday: Charm Squares, BOMs and UFOs


Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday. I hope you had a nice productive weekend! Here’s what the editors of Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been working on:

From Content Director Carolyn Beam:

I recently blogged about using charm squares to make Valentine’s blocks and included a couple of free patterns. I used one of the blocks to make a pillow—a little different from the one of the blog. For this pillow, I made nine blocks. I sewed 1½” x 4½” strips of background between the blocks and separated the rows with 1½” x 4½” strips sewn alternately with 1 ½” squares of red. I framed the pillow with a 1½” wide border. This makes a real quick 16” (finished) pillow.


charm-squares-boms-ufos-carolyn-2I also finished sewing the top of another charm square quilt that I blogged about here. I used Uppercase and Uppercase vol. 2 from Windham Fabrics. Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, this year I’m challenging myself each month to learn a new machine quilting technique on my domestic sewing machine. I’m going to use this quilt for my first challenge—quilting with a walking foot. I’ll share my adventures with you in a future post.


And, finally, I spent some time sewing strips together for the sashed border for my I Love This Quilt feature for the McCall’s May/June ’18 issue. Have I mentioned before how much I love this fabric—Pepper & Flax designed by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics?


From Associate Editor Anissa Arnold:
Anissa Arnold

We had beautiful weather in Denver this past weekend and although I planned on quilting all weekend, the weather got me in a cleaning mood and I ended up cleaning and organizing my house and yard. However, we had Monday off from work as well and it was frigid and snowing that day. The perfect sew day and happily, I accomplished quite a bit. I was finally able to get my Happy Days BOM blocks pieced together, now I only have a border left to do – woohoo!


I spent about a week continually moving blocks around until I came up with an arrangement that I like. Happy Days took up most of my day but I was also able to make some more tiny 9-patches for my Bea Lee quilt.


charm-squares-boms-ufos-anissa-3Only 34 more 9-patches to complete and then I start assembling to top. I also did some cutting – I started cutting out a quilt top that I am making for Quiltmaker magazine. It’s a “Christmas in July” color option to be featured in Quiltmaker July/August 2018 and using Vintage Holiday by Moda Fabrics.

charm-squares-boms-ufos-anissa-4Unfortunately, I ran a bit short on fabric, so this project is on hold until more fabric arrives. And last but not least, I made a tiny bit of progress on my Down the Rabbit Hole BOM. I cut out some applique patches. Oh yes, I also had to repair a sofa pillow AGAIN as my puppy seems to think pillows are giant chew toys!

From Features Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras:
Mary Kate Karr-Petras


I’ve been working on finishing piecing an Amish-style, queen-size, double nine-patch quilt that is my oldest UFO. For over 20 years it’s been stuck at almost-pieced—all it needed was borders—and now it’s all pieced. Before I could move forward with finishing the assembly I had to make peace with the piecing I did way back in the late-20th century, which you can read about here. One thing I did all those years ago that I am quite happy with is choose those beautiful, jewel-tone solids for solid patches in the blocks and the pieced first border. Just finally joining those borders to the quilt center made such an improvement in my attitude toward the quilt, chopped-off corners notwithstanding, that it made it easy to continue on to adding the second border. Now it’s on to the quilting!

You can follow along with more of our adventures by subscribing to any of our family of magazines!

See you next week!

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