Design Wall Tuesday: Machine Embroidery

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to see what some of our editors from Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting have been working on.

From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

Deb McDonald

This weekend I decided to do a bit of quick and easy piecing. Every year the Quilts of Valor(R) Foundation holds a Block Drive, where they collect blocks to be sewn into quilts for veterans. It’s a great way to support this organization without the commitment of making a whole quilt.

Blocks requested this year are the Snowball and Floating Star. I went through my stash of red, white and blue fabrics and found plenty of patriotic prints to choose from. For free patterns, size requirements and mailing information go to

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Snowball block

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Floating Star

From Associate Editor, Erin Russek:

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Erin Russek

I spent some time this weekend preparing pieces for a hand applique project. Stay tuned!

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From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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I didn’t have my typical weekend. Instead of my usual things; shopping, cleaning and then sewing on a quilt, I went on a road trip to take a machine embroidery class from my friend, Louis Carney, who is an educator for Brother. The class was held at Country Traditions in Fremont, Nebraska. My friend (and a frequent contributor to our magazines) Scott Flanagan is the Creative Center Coordinator at that store. We were embroidering with the Brother Dream Machine II. I loved the store, the machine and our projects but most of all, I loved seeing Louis and Scott.

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Lori with Scott and Louis

From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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Mary Kate Karr-Petras


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Audrey Hepburn movie poster

In last week’s Design Wall Tuesday blog post I said I was working on the binding for my queen-size Not-Precious Quilt, and that I figured hand finishing the binding would end up taking longer than the longarm quilting had.

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Boy, was I right. At approximately 350 linear inches, I estimate it took me about 8 to 10 hours to bind, but I finished it and the quilt has been laundered and is in use on our bed. It’s the first queen-size quilt I’ve completed, and I’m really happy with it. I’m especially tickled by the pieced panel backing that includes Audrey Hepburn movie posters, featuring one for my favorite romantic comedy of all time, “Roman Holiday.” I made sure to put that panel on my side of the bed.

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The Not-Precious Quilt replaced a scrappy vintage quilt I found at a thrift shop in 2013 and that we’ve been using for an extra layer. I blogged about the scrap quilt for the Quilters Newsletter blog (which you can read here). In that blog post, I described how one printed stripe fabric was shredding and that I planned to applique patches over the problem areas. Well, I finally started to make good on that plan this weekend using vintage feedsack scraps I bought from a vendor at a quilt show; if you compare this photo against the photos from 2013 you can see that the fabric really disintegrated from use. After I finish the applique and do some binding repair (more hand stitching!), I’ll wash it carefully and put it away for the time being.

We hope you find some time to sew this week! Stop by next week to see what’s new from our editors. Happy Sewing!


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