Design Wall Tuesday: Charming Blocks and Mountain Tops

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We’ve been busy away from the office working on a variety of projects. Here’s what the staff of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker has been up to lately.


From Content Director Carolyn Beam:
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20180206-design-wall-tuesday-carolynIf you’ve followed my Charmed, I’m Sure blog series on our website, you know I’m obsessed with charm squares. Every month on the first Friday of the month, I post a new free pattern and tips for working with charm squares. Here’s a sneak peak of pieces for a block in my new pattern.  The one tool that I find invaluable when working with my charm squares (or most other fabric now that I think about it) is the Fons & Porter ¼” seam marker. If you haven’t tried it for marking lines for triangle-squares or stitch-and-flip, I highly recommend it.


From Managing Editor Tricia Patterson:
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I’ve been having way too much fun playing with the fabric collection Gustav Klimt by Studio RK for Robert Kaufman. I fell in love with the collection when I saw a co-worker’s color option floating around the office. (Look for it with the Summer Getaway pattern in the May/June 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting!) I couldn’t resist the Tree of Life fabric panel and felt I just had to design a quilt using it. (You know how that goes.) I’m incorporating 3 panels in my quilt and using a lot of fabrics from the collection around them. Working with the fabrics is just like adding embellishment–but it’s already in the fabric. all I have to do is bring them together into a lovely design.

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From Acquisitions Editor Lori Baker:
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I spent the weekend in the Rockies at the cabin of my friend, Mellisa. I FINALLY completed all the blocks for my jelly roll quilt. I started my quilt in September as part of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day.

My pattern called for one jelly roll and made a throw-size quilt. I used two jelly rolls and will add a 5-inch border to make a queen-size quilt. Hopefully, it won’t take long to get the blocks sewn together.

I thought I’d share with you what I could see out of the window by the sewing machine. Isn’t it beautiful? I kept getting distracted by the wonderful scenery.

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From Features Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras:
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20180206-design-wall-tuesday-mary-kate-1It only took 20+ years but my double nine-patch, queen-size quilt top is complete. The scrappy pieced backing is also ready to go; the dark blue fabrics down the center may not blend perfectly with with the panels on either side but I like how they reference the muted blues used in the quilt top. Next: setting up the computer-guided Grace Q’nique longarm we have in the office to quilt it!

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From Senior Graphic Designer Genevieve Stafford Hook:
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This past weekend I started the Sampler quilt from the Quilter’s Planner QAL and finished this block. The block wasn’t challenging, but it did create 4 extra HST blocks, which I recombined into 4 hourglass blocks I plan to use in my setting for the quilt. I’m using Beach Road fabrics by Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabrics, and Quilter’s Linen for the background fabrics.

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Stop by next week for more quilty inspiration!

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