Design Wall Tuesday – Hexies and more

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! It’s been busy in our Golden, Colorado offices—some of us attended Quilt Market in Houston and left the rest holding down the fort! Here’s what some of the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have been sewing:


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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design-wall-tuesday-hexies-and-more-carolyn-1I’m working on a couple of different projects. It’s time for another free charm square pattern. So I’m using fabrics from Patrick Lose in a fall color palette for my Charmed, I’m Sure blog post. You can find previous Charmed, I’m Sure posts here.

I’m also working on my English paper piecing project for the May/June issue of Quiltmaker. I lose interest very fast when I’m working with the same shape over and over, so I designed a little sampler. Each hexagon is the same size, but each will have different patches. I really like the variety. I’m using a charm pack of the new Pepper & Flax collection from Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics. Here’s a little sneak peek:

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From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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design-wall-tuesday-hexies-and-more-gigiIf you’ve looked through the September/October 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you may have seen the color option I made for Night Brigade, the cover quilt designed by Pam Boswell. I think it came out pretty nice, so when a friend announced her pregnancy I thought it would make a really nice baby quilt. I basted it and started quilting over the weekend. I’m doing parallel lines in the stripes and an orange peel motif in the background, and so far, so good!


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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design-wall-tuesday-hexies-and-more-loriIn the midst of the busyness of Quilt Market and getting our house ready to sell, I am still thinking about my next project. I grabbed a roll of 2 1/2″ strips from Patrick Lose. I’m thinking that I’ll do a really fast and easy quilt top and just sew the strips together with a bit of black between them and see what happens.


From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:

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My thoughts are still dancing around quilt designs, block patterns and fabrics to complement my dark rich Riley Blake Confetti Brownie fabric. I’ve been imagining the pairing of a brown background fabric with an assortment of holiday red, green and cream prints. I couldn’t decide on a specific collection of patterns, although know I want to use traditional pieced quilt blocks. So, last weekend I turned to the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, compiled by Barbara Brackman, to identify the block designs that I think would show off the fun details in the design of many holiday fabrics, and at the same time give the brown fabric the space to hold it’s own. To start my block collection I selected Hens and Chickens, circa 1928, Hour Glass, which was introduced about 1929, and Squared Chain, which first appeared in 1976. Here is a start to my holiday quilt blocks using a Moda Fabrics Layer Cake of Eat, Drink & Be Ugly, designed by Sandy Gervais.

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Hens and Chickens quilt block

Hens and Chickens quilt block

Hour Glass quilt block

Hour Glass quilt block

Squared Chain quilt block

Squared Chain quilt block


That’s it for this week. Please stop by next week for more quilty inspiration!

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