Design Wall Tuesday: Flannel Quilting Fabric | McCall’s Quilting Blog

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

I know I’ve been away from my sewing machine lately—it felt good to finally find some time to sew. How about you? Have you been working on any quilty projects? Read more to see what the editors of Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been up to.


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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sampler blocks for QM Nov/Dec

Between a vacation that my husband and I took to attending Quilt Market, it seems my quilting time has been a little limited lately. But I did find a some time to work on the sampler quilt I’m sewing for the Nov/Dec ’17 issue of Quiltmaker.

I have mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Bonnie Hunter’s and use her Leaders and Enders method whenever I’m piecing so that I’m always working on two quilts at once. My stack of blocks is piling up—I’m almost ready to start sewing them together.

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my Leaders and Enders blocks


From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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We had a late Spring snowstorm in Colorado. This is the view from one of our office windows.

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late snow in Golden, CO

Later that day I was cozy in my sewing room making snowballs, not throwing snowballs. Watch for this adorable flannel quilting fabric in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

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cozy flannels

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sneak peek of Snowball block


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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What fun this quilt was! We found out over the weekend that The Grace Company was sending Marie to show us how to use their computer software with the Q’nique 14+ (so we could quilt computerized motifs). We needed a quilt loaded in the frame and ready to quilt. It needed to be something that was, as Mary Kate says, “not precious”, so I just sewed together some big pieces of fabric. We loaded the frame and all of us in the office got a chance to play doing allover designs and block designs, as well as border and corner designs. It was so fun. Marie was a delight and ever so knowledgeable … And I got a quilt out of the deal! Here is my quilt Mish Mash.


From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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What little time I spent sewing over the weekend was spent on, yes, practicing and troubleshooting my free motion quilting. I’m going to cover the details in a separate blog post soon, but the long and short of it is—and I don’t want to jinx anything here—that I may have solved the problems I was having with thread breakage. I filled a small test quilt sandwich with some different attempts at motifs, and my next step will be to practice the Candle Flame motif (from 501 Quilting Motifs from the editors of Quiltmaker Magazine) that I’m planning to use on the real quilt. Wish me luck!

Well, we’re back to more spring-like weather. I want to pack away my boots and winter jacket for good! Check back next Tuesday to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to.

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