Design Wall Tuesday: Sew Squeezed


Hello! Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday. It’s looking festive around our office, and the holidays are on everyone’s mind. Between all the shopping and baking (and also moving), we’re even finding some time to sew. Here’s what the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker have been up to.

From Content Director Carolyn Beam:
20171212-design-wall-tuesday-sew-squeezed-carolynI worked on a quick charm square pattern for my blog Charmed, I’m Sure. This little block uses a charm square cut in half diagonally with a rectangle sewn between the two halves. There are lots of options for sewing these blocks together – with or without sashing and cornerstones. My quilt will be a throw size with sashing and cornerstones. Be sure to check out the blog for the free pattern.

From Acquisitions Editor Lori Baker:
20171212-design-wall-tuesday-sew-squeezed-loriIn the midst of all the hassle of packing and moving, I got a text from my sister showing one of her Christmas presents. She was making a shopping bag. I asked her if she made boxed corners and she said no, she wasn’t sure she remembered how. So I made and photographed step-outs for boxed corners.

I made my little bag with 2 1/2″ squares of fabric. It’s pretty cute. My sister says that it could be used for either a diamond ring or Hershey’s Kiss. The roll of duct tape is just to give an idea of how very small the bag is.

From Associate Editor Anissa Arnold:
Anissa Arnold
20171212-design-wall-tuesday-sew-squeezed-anissa-1This weekend I binged on work-related projects. The first project I tackled was making a mini-pinwheel quilt. This is made out of leftover from a color option that I sewed for Quiltmaker a few months ago. This one I will quilt, bind and use a candle mat.

For National Jelly Roll Day (third Saturday in September) Moda kindly sent our staff some jelly rolls to play around with. I used the pattern Astrodelic by Frances Newcomb for Art Gallery Fabrics. The pattern calls for 3.5″ strips and completes at 42″ square but since I was using a jelly roll, my strips are only 2.5″ wide and my project finished out at 36″ square instead. For the fabric, I used solid white for the background pieces and two Moda jelly rolls for the rest – Grunge Hits the Spot and Ombre Confetti Metallic. I plan to put a colorful binding on this quilt and hang it on the wall in my sewing room.


20171212-design-wall-tuesday-sew-squeezed-anissa-3When I started working at here at the magazine several months ago, I noticed that my co-worker Lori was using a jelly roll as a doorstop in her office. Well, I was in love with this particular jelly roll and Lori told me I could have it if I had a purpose for it. I quickly found a pattern for a fun little quilt and told Lori of my plan. She gave me the jelly roll and I have started my mini-quilt. The quilt involves making (99) 9-patches that have a finished size of 1.5″ each! This weekend I got all of the cutting done and pieced a bunch of strips together. This project will take a bit of time!

From Associate Editor Gigi Khalsa:
20171212-design-wall-tuesday-sew-squeezed-gigiOver the weekend I was able to make a lot of progress on my Freeform Block of the Month blocks. I’ll be posting about this making month’s block soon on the Editor’s blog, so please stay tuned!

I hope you’re finding time to sew during the busyness of the season! Until next week, happy quilting!

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