Design Wall Tuesday: Charming Blocks and Mountain Tops


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:

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:

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.


From Acquisitions Editor Lori Baker:

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.


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

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!



From Senior Graphic Designer Genevieve Stafford Hook:
Genevieve Stafford Hook

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.


Stop by next week for more quilty inspiration!

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