Design Wall Tuesday – Taming the Scraps

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

Hi! Welcome back. We’re excited to share what we’ve been working on lately. Several of the editors of McCalls Quilting and Quiltmaker was away on vacation, but we still have some weekend projects to share with you!


From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

Hi! Since I have finished (for the time being) my magazine projects and other projects with a deadline, I decided it was time to clean up my sewing room. I had really let it go, and it needed a top to bottom cleaning. And when I was done, I decided it was time to tackle my scrap basket.

I have a laundry-sized basket that I put my scraps from various projects into. I thought I could tackle the whole basket, but decided to work on one pile of scraps at a time. I like to cut my scraps into usable-sized patches. For me, that’s 5″ squares (charm squares) and 2 1/2″ squares. After cutting, I had strips left from some of the fabrics that I added to a plastic bag to save for future string-pieced projects. I made a dent in the basket—still have a lot of scraps to go through.

I have been obsessed with charm squares and like to design quilts that use these squares (either whole or cut into smaller squares, rectangles or triangles). I’ve got lots of ideas in my head that I’ll share in future posts. The 2 1/2″ squares I use as Leaders & Enders (thanks, Bonnie Hunter).

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Scrap pile

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Charm squares


From Associate Editor, Gigi Khalsa:

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Over the weekend I was very happy to finish quilting my version of Nuts and Bolts! I started this quilt top way back in November 2015 (read more here!) and it’s finally quilted and now I just have to decide on the binding and get that done. I did all free-motion quilting, with spiderweb and leaf motifs. I’m only showing the back since I want to keep it under wraps until I can write a dedicated blog about it when its finally done (also because my cat wanted to keep sitting on the back of the quilt).

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Quilt back

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Quilt back


From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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This weekend I worked on piecing the flying geese for my I Love This Quilt! The remake of Geese in My Kitchen; you can read my first blog post about this remake here. These bright FreeSpirit prints remind me of beach towels and cool ocean breezes; considering how hot it’s been in Denver, this is a perfect summer piecing project.

I’m almost done making the 54 sets of 4 matching geese I need using the Fast Flying Geese method. My next step is to pick out the solid colors for the background, which is a lot easier said than done! Stay tuned to our blog, though I expect to have this quilt top finished by the end of the month.

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8 sets of Fast Flying Geese in progress

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Halfway there: 3 full colorways of 36 Flying Geese each

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer and finding some time to sew. Please share your projects with us, and stop back again next week!

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