Challenge Accepted!

What is the most challenging quilt you have ever attempted? Do you enjoy a challenge, or shy away from it? These are the questions that we contemplated for this issue. For me, it’s a little of both. I was really curious to learn what other quilters think, so I asked our staff about the most challenging project they have ever attempted in McQ & A. Can you relate to their successes and failures?

With challenging quilts as a goal, our pages are filled with quilts that look complicated, but many of them are easier than you might think. Filigree by Pam Boswell has a stunning woven look, yet it is made of simple patches and units. Connie Kaufman’s Walk Among The Stars also looks incredibly complex. Award-winning Claudia Pfeil graces our pages with Flabbergast, a design that is made of repeating units with a simple “trick” in the final piecing that confuses the eye.

Elijah Baker, son of Love of Quilting Editor Lori Baker, joins us with Gearing Up. This gorgeous work of art features a metal sculpture in the center of the curved pieced and appliquéd quilt. Don’t miss learning about the story behind this quilt in the article Getting Geared Up.

Lilacs for Mother by Sandra Walker makes stunning use of a wonderful Jackie Robinson border print. (Be sure to look at Sandra’s quilting on this beautiful quilt.) If you prefer a smaller project, we have 3 runners in this issue that will add a splash of color to your home décor. Abigail Dolinger’s Summer Bounty incorporates simple piecing and fun appliqué to create a quilt block that looks difficult to make, yet is oh-so-easy.

Whether you are a quilter who loves a challenge or wants easy-peasy sewing, you are sure to enjoy this issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Happy Quilting!
Tracy Mooney, Editor

In the July/August 2019 issue of McCall’s Quilting:

Up Front

  • Editor’s Letter: Challenge Accepted!
  • Fresh Picks: Check out our latest finds.
  • Quilter to Quilter: See what your fellow McCall’s Quilting readers have been making.
  • McQ&A: We ask our editorial team about the most challenging project they ever attempted.
  • Quilt Basics: The quiltmaking techniques you need to make the patterns in this issue.

Special Interest

  • I Can Quilt That! Mandy Leins talks about design approaches for quilting challenging quilts.
  • Getting Geared Up! Lori Baker tells us the story behind the making of Geared Up.
  • But Wait! There’s More! The online articles and free patterns you don’t want to miss!
  • I Love This Quilt! Lori Baker finds the perfect quilt to make for her son and daughter-in-law.


  • Filigree: Pam Boswell designs a quilt that looks intricately woven.
  • Tranquil View: Soothing beach colors and simple piecing elements combine in this classic quilt design.
  • Gearing Up: Make a striking piece of art that combines metalwork and curved piecing.
  • Addie’s Garden: The name of a new fabric collection spurs this designer to complete a promised quilt.
  • Flabbergast: Claudia Pfeil creates a puzzling quilt that baffles the eye.
  • Broken Diamonds: Large blocks and addicting techniques will have you stitching this stringpieced beauty in no time!
  • Walk Among the Stars: Stunning batiks and easy piecing is the perfect combo for summer sewing bliss!
  • Modern Trellis: Your eye dances across the surface of this quilt yet the piecing couldn’t be easier.
  • Lilac’s for Mother: A stunning remembrance in cloth for a mother who loved flowers and the perfect design to use border prints.
  • Crackle: Three blocks, five fabrics, in one runner that will jazz up your decor.
  • Marble Inlay: Marbled fabrics take center stage in this pieced runner.
  • Summer’s Bounty: You will love the fun and speedy techniques used in Abigail Dolinger’s runner design.

Pattern Pull-Out Section

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