When the older issues are removed from newsstands to make room for the new, we take a moment to review the magazine and pick some of our favorite patterns and make PDF versions of them.
Pam Boswell’s Filigree is one of my favorite quilts, and one of those sophisticated designs you expect from McCall’s. Classic construction with a crisp look, this 72” x 72” quilt design relies on just 5 fabrics. If you’re overwhelmed by scrappy quilts, this is perfect. The patriotically hued color option helps provide some color direction if you aren’t as wowed by the black, gray, and yellow of the original quilts as I am. The other good thing about this quilt, is that it has a Finishing Touches sidebar, meaning the alternate quilting motif is free! Pam’s straight line quilting is an energizing option, whereas the free Versatile Ivy quilting motif we show as an alternate is very classic.
We selected Vickie Hunsberger’s Walk Among the Stars because the pieced borders are just a blast to make. Finishing at 72” x 94”, this quilt requires a bit more attention when it comes to all those seams. The sweet pastel batiks are cheerful and play delightfully with the pattern. I’m using the Color It Your Way page to test drive some snowy, Christmas-y colors, and I can’t tell which I like more!
The last quilt we selected from the McCall’s Quilting July/August 2019 issue is Lilacs for Mother. Sandra Walker’s 80” x 80” quilt fascinates me. I love purple and green, for starters, and a mitered border print is one of my favorite design elements in a quilt—it just looks so polished! More than that, though, Sandra played with scale in a really interesting way. I love that she features two sizes of blocks…or three, if you count the setting as an oversized quilt block! This pattern also features a Color It Your Way page. I’m pretty enamored with the purple and green, but maybe a blue-and-white quilt would be charming…
As summer makes way for fall, and the Quiltmaker July/August 2019 issue yields to the September/October 2019 edition, we decided that the patriotic quilts were the right choice for our batch of digital patterns.
Rockets Red Glare by Karen Ackva is truly fun. As the issue’s cover quilt, this 72” x 92” quilt is a showstopper. Patriotic colors, check! Clever piecing, got it! Unique column-style setting, you betcha! This pattern also shows a spectacular edge-to-edge quilting motif that is a perfect choice for this quilt, as well as featuring a Color Your Own page and a Christmas in July color option.
Soaring Heights is a Mary Hertel classic! The foundation-pieced eagle with its button eye is absolutely darling. The three-dimensional red waves (totally fun to make!) give the effect of the flag blowing in the wind. We just had to make this pattern available as a PDF!
The last pattern we selected from the July/August 2019 issue is called Bright Stars. It’s very traditional with its classic red-and-white color palette that never goes out of style. The scrappy star blocks (2 types!) and the pieced lattice setting is nothing short of perfect for a traditional design. You can see the Baptist Fan quilting motif that Carl Hentsch chose for his lovely design, but we’ve also included a Finishing Touches sidebar with this pattern to show an alternate motif. The Garden Vine motif is absolutely free!
We hope you enjoy our top picks—happy quilting!