Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!
The editors who make McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker magazines have had so much fun sharing our sewing with you over the years, that we decided to bring back our weekly Design Wall write-up. Each Tuesday, be sure to stop by to see what we’ve been working on.
Here’s what some of our team members are working on right now:
From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:
I enjoy every bit of the quilt-making process, but I think I the beginning might be my favorite. I enjoy the excitement of planning, selecting and purchasing the fabric, laying out all the materials and making the first cuts for the patches. We’re still thinking of December holidays at Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting—the one at the end of this year. I spent time this weekend starting a couple of projects for the November/December 2017 issues.
I’m making a color option to accompany a feature quilt designed by Pam Boswell (Photo A). I selected Sound in the Woods by Katherine Lovell for Robert Kaufman. Using the Triangle-Squares technique, these patches will be ready to sew together for the quilt center.
I also made progress on a queen-size quilt I’ve designed for A Cardinal Christmas collection from Hoffman California Fabrics (Photo B).
I ended the weekend, relaxed on the sofa with a good movie, to finish sewing on the binding of a quilt made with a Winter’s Grandeur panel from Robert Kaufman (Photo C). Watch for it in the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting.
From Content Director for McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker, Carolyn Beam:
I’ve been working on a Halloween project for the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker. It seems strange to be sewing with Halloween fabric when I can look out my window and see the first signs of Spring. I’m using a fun collection from Maywood Studio called Halloweenie by Robin Kingsley.
From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:
This weekend I started on a project using RJR’s Mirage collection by Alex Anderson. The quilt has a lot of triangle-squares, some stitch-and-flip corners and a gaggle of fast Flying Geese. Watch your newsstands in late June for Quiltmaker’s Reader Favorites and see for yourself how all these pieces come together.
From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:
Over the weekend I put the binding on my first longarm quilted quilt! I won’t say much about the binding since the exciting part is about the longarm quilting. I was allowed to be a guinea pig for our sewing studio’s new Grace Company Q’nique 14+ longarm quilting machine last week. I chose to quilt a top I’d made a few years ago, one that has very basic piecing, but it is very colorful and busy to better camouflage my beginner-style quilting. My stitches are pretty bad at the top of the quilt when I was just getting used to the movement of the machine, even with just a simple outline around the print motifs. But I kept at it and I showed a lot of improvement towards the bottom of the quilt. Check out some pictures of the quilting (the binding done over the weekend is in some of the photos, too)!
From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:
I spent time in my sewing room, but not doing anything particularly fun. The main thing I did over the weekend was sewing related — sort of. I cleaned the sewing room, really well. That should make it easier to work on my projects. No photos there either — the before was just plain scary. But I’ve been working on a project for a future issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Very fun!
From Video Content Strategist, Caitlin Dickey:
When I first saw Kimberly Einmo’s Fire and Ice in Quilters Newsletter presents Best Modern Quilts 2014, I knew I wanted to make a miniature version. The original is 80″ x 80″, and mine is going to be a quarter that size at 20″ x 20″. Sometime last week I realized that when I’d sewn the center four blocks together, I wasn’t looking at the pattern — you might notice by looking from the picture of the original to my in-progress picture, what I did wrong. Since I like the way mine looks, and don’t care to unsew it, I’m changing the orientation of some of the other quilt blocks as I complete them to make the accidental effect intentional.
And one more…
From Associate Editor, Erin Russek:
I wanted to try adding a little appliqué to a color option I have been making for Quiltmaker. Wouldn’t this make a pretty little baby quilt?
Well, that’s it for this week. Be sure to tune in next Tuesday to see what we’ve been working on.