Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by to see what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to in our sewing rooms. We’ve been busy!
From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:
As I was organizing my sewing room, it became very obvious that I’m building quite a collection of quilt tops. I decided to tackle my pile and machine quilt one of them. I chose the I Spy quilt I worked on last week. Up to date, the machine quilting I’ve done on my domestic machine has been freeform. I really wanted to try some quilting using my walking foot, and this was the perfect top for it. I used the guide on my foot and quilted lines down the center of the sashing and 1″ inside each novelty charm square. It was easier than I thought.
From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:
I’m making a lot of progress on my version of Santa Fe Sunrise! I wrote about my design, color choices and building of this quilt earlier, read about it here. I finished cutting the outer squares and I’ve started thinking about borders. I may do a dark inner border, then I have some beautiful gradient fabrics I could use for the side outer borders, which will fit the theme and look perfectly. I’ll have to think about an outer border for the top and bottom though. I’m going to leave this up on the wall for a while and think about it before I make a final decision.
From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:
I started making a pieced back. It’s primarily pink and brown but there are a few green and blue fabrics too. When I get things sewn together a bit more, I’ll put the pieces on my design wall and if any of those green and blue fabrics “jump out at me,” I’ll either remove them or cut them into smaller pieces so I can spread them around a bit. What’s it for???I’m not sure. I just wanted to do some mindless sewing and improv piecing is super easy for me.
From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:
Here’s a peek at the final units in production for my “I Love This Quilt!” remake of Geese in My Kitchen. I’ll be blogging about the completed quilt top soon (ICYMI, here’s my first blog post about this quilt).
From Associate Editor, Tricia Patterson:
My big sewing project for the weekend was to make some bed pillow covers.
They’ve been on my To Do list for quite awhile. I made eight covers to complement
quilts. I currently have on the beds. I don’t typically tuck pillows under the
bedspread or quilt, instead leaving them outside, propped against the bed’s
backboard. A regular pillow cover, if fitted to the pillow size, exposes the pillow
inside. Not the best look. So, to get a nice almost-sham appearance I extend one side
of my pillow fabric 11” and use the extra length to create an envelope for the pillow
to fit into.
I hope you’re getting some sewing done this summer. Let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll see you next week.