Design Wall Tuesday – Christmas Quilts

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

We’re setting record high temperatures here in CO. I hope you’re all staying cool and finding time to sew. Here’s what some of the editors at McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been working on.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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I finished the baby quilt I was working on, just in time for the baby shower. The baby shower itself ended up being just in time as well, as the new mama went into labor the day after the shower! I wanted to find something meaningful to add to the label, so I did a search online for a nice “baby saying.” Here’s what I found and added to the label:

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And now on to the next project. I designed a Christmas quilt for McCall’s Quick Quilts Dec/Jan issue using the Eat, Drink and Be Ugly collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics. I got patches cut and marked for triangle-squares and got a couple blocks sewn. I’ll share some pictures of my progress next week.


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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20170621 094032 resized 300x168 Design Wall Tuesday Christmas QuiltsThis quilt came back from the quilter and I finished the binding so you get to see a sneak peek. It’s scheduled for the February/March issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. You can see the whole quilt when that issue comes out. I love my quilt. It has lots of beautiful blue and green batiks from Island Batik. Blue seems to be my favorite color when it comes to decorating and quilt making so this one is a keeper.


From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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It’s almost the middle of the year and I don’t know if I’m behind or really ahead on my Christmas projects. I fell in love with Moda Fabric’s Hometown Christmas Edition collection from Sweetwater when we received a sample layer cake at the office a couple of months ago. I just had to make a quilt with it! Last weekend I spent some focused time working on making a quilt I designed with the fabric line for the Nov/Dec issue of Quiltmaker. It seems like I’m always trying to figure out ways to save some of the tedious sewing; I’m anxious to see what the quilt is going to look like. I decided to use one of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. Cake Mix Recipes to speed up making the triangle-squares. And I saved a lot of time sewing my triangle-squares together with Bonnie Hunter’s chain piecing technique. I didn’t have to stop and start the sewing machine as often, less threads to take time to snip and I saved thread. Can’t beat all that for efficiency. 


From Video Content Strategist, Caitlin Dickey:

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Snowflakes – unpressed units for block A

This pile of units which are waiting on my ironing board to have their recently sewn seams pressed open is eventually going to become most of the Block A’s in a two block quilt. I’m pressing all of the seams open on this project to reduce bulk at the intersections where many points meet, and I haven’t yet clipped any of the dog-ears because when piecing the odd template-cut shapes, matching them up helps me align match points and seams with as little fuss as possible.


That’s it for this week. We’re officially into summer and coming up on the 4th of July. Do you have any seasonal quilts you use to decorate during the summer? Check back next week to see what we’ve been up to in our sewing rooms.

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