Design Wall Tuesday: Down the Rabbit Hole


Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday. It’s always fun to share what the staff of Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been working on. We also try to share our tips and any favorite tools we’re using with you to help you with your quilting projects.

From Content Director Carolyn Beam:

design-wall-tuesday-rabbit-hole-20180116-carolyn-1I finished all of my star blocks for my “I Love This Quilt” feature for the McCall’s May/June issue. You’ll be able to read about my sewing adventure for the remake of the quilt I chose on our blog as well as quilts our other editors have featured as well. It’s always interesting to see how different fabrics or techniques can make such a difference. The quilt I’m working on really explores value and how different value placement can make a big difference.

Experimenting with Value is a short video lesson that shows how value can affect a design.

Never being one to work on only one project at a time, I also starting cutting out the fabric for the McCall’s Anniversary Quilt remake for the November/December issue. I know I’m a little early, but I saw this Christmas fabric—Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics—and fell in love with it.


Every year I like to make a new Christmas quilt. The Christmas quilt I made for 2017 was Merry Making and appeared in Quick Quilts Dec/Jan ’18 issue. It’s a variation of the Churn Dash block.

From Managing Editor Tricia Patterson:

Ahhh… the quiet of January

After all the holiday craziness and clean-up I had a wonderful weekend focused on quilting. I worked on my I Love This Quilt project, announced in the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting. I selected the Tumbling Tiles (a.k.a as Building Blocks and Baby’s Blocks) pattern from the January/February 2005 issue to remake. I resized the pattern to create a modern king-size bedspread design. Check out the blog post about my quilt and download the FREE Tumbling Tiles pattern.

Check out the blog post about my quilt and download the FREE Tumbling Tiles pattern.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

I have a typical cobbler’s children situation at my house. My kids have lots of experience receiving partially completed quilts. They’ve learned to be patient, and hopefully feel the gift of a quilt is worth waiting for (I like to think that anyway).

My block design, Flywheel, was published in the Winter 2016 Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. My son, a mechanical engineer, shared the design of a flywheel he developed for one of his Nascar clients. I leveraged his flywheel to create an abstract of it in a quilt block for 100 Blocks. I decided to use the block design in a lap quilt to give him for Christmas in 2016. I selected bright colors, made the 4 blocks I had time to make before Christmas and gave them to him TBD (To-Be-Done). He gratefully accepted them–with a sigh and a grin. I took the blocks back and studied them for a couple of months. I decided I wasn’t excited about the colors I’d used. He’s an introverted kind-of-guy and I’ve never really seen him wear anything beyond blue, dark green and gray. In my heart, I knew the fabrics I’d chosen were not really “him” and decided, like me, he probably didn’t like the blocks either. So, I studied them a few more months, knowing I wanted to finish the quilt to give him for Christmas 2017. About mid November the lightbulb burst and I decided to make the quilt in the colors of his alma mater, Purdue University. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with that combination because he has worn through a lap quilt of the same colors from years of using it. You can see in the second photo that I progressed this year; I finished 6 blocks in the new color way. And, I love the difference the fabric choice made. You can actually see the movement of the Flywheel! I added a note to his gift this year, “The gift that keeps on giving. And, will likely gift again”. I think maybe sometime later this year. His birthday is in October. I have some time.

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From Associate Editor Anissa Arnold:
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I haven’t had much sewing time over the last week but I did make a little bit of progress on Down the Rabbit Hole. I started selecting and prepping fabrics for the final applique border. I’m hoping that with the dark, cold evenings of January, I can get this border done by the end of the month.

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Have a fun week sewing, and I hope to see you next week.

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