Design Wall Tuesday – Chillax


Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Hi – Happy Halloween! The editors at Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have some frightfully good weekend sewing to share with you!

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam


design-wall-tuesday-chillax-carolyn-1I was finally able to spend some time on the Q’nique 14+ longarm machine by Grace and finish quilting my Halloween quilt. You can find the free pattern here. This is only my second time quilting on the Q’nique 14+, and I feel so much more comfortable. One of the main things that I have learned is that I need to calm down and relax more when I’m quilting. I know it sounds easier than it actually is, but it really helped my quilting become a lot smoother when I wasn’t so tense. My loops and swirls were rounder without any (for the most part) jagged points.

design-wall-tuesday-chillax-carolyn-2And since the quilting is now complete, I pieced together random strips of black Halloween prints for the binding. I’ll finally get this quilt on display before Halloween!

From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa


Over the weekend I used one of my favorite easy patterns to make a glasses case as a gift for a friend. I really like to make these but I’ve been having to focus on bigger projects recently, so needing a gift was a good opportunity for me to revisit a favorite easy, fast project. This pattern was published in the 2013 Quilters Newsletter Best Christmas Quilts special issue.


From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson


design-wall-tuesday-chillax-tricia-1I used the pattern I designed for Scarlet & Silver, published in the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting, to make another panel quilt this week end.

design-wall-tuesday-chillax-tricia-2I selected a Robert Kaufman panel, a digital print designed by Jan Patrik Krasny called Sweet from the Picture This collection for my alternate design. Instead of using all 4 sections to create a stain glass star block, I used 2 sections to make half stars for the border of my quilt. To learn more about these projects go to the October 26th blog post, Panel Fun, Exploring Scarlet & Silver. You can purchase the Scarlet & Silver kit here.


From Associate Editor, Anissa Arnold

Anissa Arnolddesign-wall-tuesday-chillax-anissa-1This weekend I went to my quilt group’s semi-annual retreat in Allenspark Colorado. This is a quilt block that was rejected for a quilt but matched my living room very nicely. So I made the block into a mini-quilt for my coffee table.

design-wall-tuesday-chillax-anissa-2My 2016 Happy Days BOM is nearing completion. Two more applique blocks to complete and then a pieced and applique border to finish it up. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of this year (only 1 year behind schedule – not bad!)

I also started piecing together Midnight by Fig Tree Quilts. This quilts uses Moda Fabrics’s Chestnut Street jelly rolls pieced into a chambray background. I only have 5 more blocks to piece.


Please stop by next week for more quilty inspiration.

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