The new March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting is full of changes, and we think you’ll agree they’re all good! A new larger format with more pages and more quilt patterns (at the same price), more detail photos of quilting and fabrics, more photo tutorials with step by step technique pictures, and a new Quilt News column – we’re really shaking things up! One thing never changes here at McCall’s though. We are dedicated to bringing you the best, most original quilt patterns you’ll find anywhere. There are 16 in this issue, and we can’t wait to show them off!
The gorgeous cover quilt, Wild Orchid by Marti Michell, is a refreshingly beautiful Pineapple design made with Maywood Fabrics. We know many quilters will want to duplicate this quilt exactly, so we are featuring quilt kits for this project in our online shop.
There’s something about a red and white quilt that says “instant heirloom”, and the Jack in the Blocks pattern in this issue is a case in point. Colleen Hall-Patton designed her queen size quilt to use a wide variety of scrappy red fabrics, adding to its texture and interest. Despite its beautifully complex appearance, there’s nothing complicated about the piecing in this design. If you can make a pinwheel unit, you can make this quilt! And if your fabric collection is short on reds, quilt kits are available as well.
Is there a wedding coming up for someone you love? This Day Forward by Kathy Patterson and Jeanne Saylor was designed with a very special bride in mind, and it’s a satisfying project to make and to give. The pattern is rated Advanced, and it’s achievable with patience and our step by step piecing photos.
The Chicken Foot block design is an old classic, one you don’t see much anymore due to the need for hand piecing. But if you, like many quilters, are enjoying the resurgence of hand work, this quilt pattern is for you! Each of the blocks can be its own take-along project. You’re just a couple months’ worth of doctor visits and sports practices away from having this stunning quilt ready to assemble.
For those with a need for speed and an eye for color, White Nights by Rachel Hayes is a must-make quilt pattern. Black and white chains give order to a riotous assortment of prints by Amy Butler for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Strip piecing speeds construction of this queen/king size beauty.
For your own version, select a wide variety of colorful fabrics, keeping in mind that their value should be darker than your light solid and lighter than your dark solid. This will help your chains stand out as Rachel’s do, even if you make an entirely different colorway. Speaking of which, there’s a photo in the magazine of a second colorway created with this pattern – see the design in understated neutrals!
Allison Jensen is one of the new young quilt designers who excels at interpreting traditional patchwork in modern fabrics. For Full Bloom, she used a fat quarter pack of Moda Fabrics from the Olive’s Flower Market collection and a beautiful block featuring triangle squares, stitch-and-flip corners, and a bit of foundation (paper) piecing for the center. The pattern is rated Confident Beginner, and we’re confident you can make this lap quilt in just a few fun sewing sessions!
There’s much more inside the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting; preview all the patterns for a more complete look.
And don’t miss the new free bonus patterns associated with this issue. There are several alternate size patterns and even a bedskirt pattern!
The McCall’s Quilting Team