Design Wall Tuesday | McCall’s Quilting Blog

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Thank you for joining us to see what some of our editors from McCalls Quilting and Quiltmaker are quilting this week. Get a peek at design wall inspiration, upcoming Quick Quilts and free motion settings.


From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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Gigis Design Wall Inspirations

This weekend I was working on quilting and finishing up a few projects to share later, but while I was working, my room seemed a little lackluster because there wasnt anything colorful on my design wall. I have a few tie-dyed scraps given to me by a friend and I think I decided upon a way to use them, so I put them up on the design wall, along with some coordinating Northcott fabrics, for a burst of color and inspiration. I think the quilt that Ill make of these fabrics will be a little more complex as far as cutting and piecing, but this is a good start to get my creativity flowing. I find my design wall is one of the most useful tools to support my creativity. If you dont have a design wall of your own check out the Fons & Porter Design Wall.


From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:
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Loris Quick Quilt Block Design

Two weeks after I finished cutting the patches, with a multitude of interruptions (and a whole lot of evenings when I didnt even turn on a sewing machine), my quilt top for an upcoming issue ofQuick Quiltsis finished. Im excited about it. I love the beautiful blue and green batik fabrics from Island Batik Fabrics. Here is one block. Youll have to believe me when I say the quilt top is wonderful. It is ready to be sent off to the quilter. I cant wait to see it when she gets done with it.


From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:
Karr Petras Mary Kate 150x150 Design Wall Tuesday: Free Motion Quilting

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Mary Kates free motion waves

My weekend sewing was spent making pillow shams to coordinate with My Not-Precious Quilt that I finished last week. (You can read about my quilt here.) I decided to quilt the shams with wavy horizontal lines just as I did the quilt itself, the difference being that Im quilting them on a new-to-me domestic machine as opposed to a longarm, which is how I did the bed quilt. As I wrote a few weeks ago, Ive spent a good amount of time troubleshooting the free-motion settings on this machine; Ive got the tension issues largely sorted out, so now my focus is on coordinating speed and stitch length with the goal of quilting pretty lines. As you can see, Im not there yet.I keep waiting for free-motion quilting to get fun or even mildly satisfying, but I know Im just going to have to put in a lot more time to get there. I have a quilt top for someone special that I want to free-motion quilt, so I have more motivation to practice than Ive ever had before. I will gratefully accept all good FMQ vibes or words of advice you care to send my way.


Join us for Design Wall Tuesday next week to see what quilting fun our staff is having!

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