Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday. Many of us at McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker are busy finishing up Christmas gifts. Read more to see what we’ve been up to.
From Managing Editor Tricia Patterson:
My daughter-in-laws are very special to me, particularly because of all the things they do for their families, and especially around the holiday season. I celebrated their efforts this year with a little gift– delivered before the holidays–to remind them to take some time out for themselves during this very busy time of the year. The pattern for the Warm & Toasty mug rug, designed by Jen Daly, was featured in the December/January 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. I used Moda’s Eat Drink and Be Ugly fabric collection by Sandy Gervais for the patches in my mug rugs. I found more treats of the season, pottery mugs with a bit of branches and pinecone embellishments. And, to complete the package before I sent it, I added several bags of gourmet teas. The perfect little gift, made quickly, and sent with love.
From Associate Editor Anissa Arnold:
This past weekend I attended a 10 year-old’s roller skating birthday party (it took a while for me to be comfy on a pair of roller skates again!) and went shopping for a Christmas tree with the birthday boy and his brother. With birthday and Christmas things to take care of plus nearly 70 degree temperatures in Denver, there wasn’t much time for being home and sewing. However, I managed to squeeze in a couple hours of sewing around everything else. I made a bit more progress on my jelly roll mini quilt – I finished cutting all the strips into units and now I’m ready to start making them into 99 teenie 9-patches.
As you can see, Izzy like to try to help me with my projects! I also worked on two Queen of the May blocks for another quilt which I hope to finish by the end year. This was my first time making this particular block. I got one entire block pieced together but I have yet to press it – I’m hoping it actually lays flat once I press!
From Associate Editor Gigi Khalsa:
Did you catch my blog post on Gifts for Co-workers a few weeks ago? I’ve been doing a lot of work to make a bunch of those glasses cases I wrote about, and I ended up with enough to give one to each of my co-workers here at The Quilting Company, with a few to spare! Now the hard part is deciding which one to give to whom.
I’m moving along on my gift quilts for Christmas—you can read about them (and download the quilt patterns for FREE!) in The Gifts Our Staff Are Making. My goal is to get them quilted by early next week and then bind them by late next week. The pressure! You can see, if you look closely, that I only have the top row pieced and sewn together. I have a tight deadline… can I do it??
It may have taken all year, but I finally hit a groove with free-motion quilting the Ohio Star quilt I pieced last December. After quilting in the ditch around all the blocks, sashes and borders, I started with free-motion quilting continuous leaf motifs in the blocks and smaller continuous leaves in the 2″ sashes. I’ve learned that, at this point in my development, the smaller motifs are easier to quilt than the larger 4″ leaves in the blocks. I think the curved lines are just easier to control when they’re covering less distance. So while I think the quilting in the blocks is passable, I’m pretty happy with the quilting in the sashes.
Also, I was reminded of the lessons I learned while I was working on FMQ troubleshooting back in the spring. After I broke two needles from two different manufacturers within just a few minutes, I realized I hadn’t turned off all of my machine’s automatic settings. Once I got all my settings correct for free-motion quilting, I didn’t encounter any more technical problems.
I hope you’re finding time to enjoy the season and get some sewing in as well! See you next week.