Time to Celebrate!
When there is a big event like a wedding, graduation, or baby, quilters make and give quilts. If you are like me, sometimes you don’t give yourself enough time to finish said quilt, but that is a conversation for another day! Today we are talking about quilts for gift giving occasions.
This issue is packed full of beautiful quilts to make and give. If you love appliqué, don’t miss Garden Wedding by Barb Eikmeier. It is a classic that is destined to become an heirloom. Speaking of heirlooms, we have three quilts that are remakes of family quilts by Abigail Dolinger, Bev Getschel, and Connie Kaufman. Don’t misss the photos of the original antiques and their miniature versions.
If you want an interesting twist on a memory quilt, take a look at Terri Vanden Bosch’s Mountain Memories. She makes a base quilt that is taken on vacation and used as a journal, writing special thoughts each night. Finally, she prints photos taken during the trip onto fabric and adds them to the quilt, creating a lovely keepsake. How cool is that?
We have several quilts that are perfect for the men in your life (it’s all in the fabric choices, right?) such as Stars of Time by Scott Flanagan and Emerald City by Lori Baker. Lori actually made this quilt as a gift for her husband. These would be perfect for a graduation or even a wedding gift.
For the women in your life, Tulip Twinklers by Geraldine Wilkins and the lovely tote bag, Natalie’s Choice are perfect to make for Mother’s Day or a birthday.
I hope you love these quilts as much as we loved putting this issue together for you.
Tracy Mooney, Editor
- Editor’s Letter: Time to celebrate!
- 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 how they like to present quilts as gifts.
- Quilt Basics: The quiltmaking techniques you need to make the patterns in this issue.
- Heirloom Inspirations: Three designers recreate fresh versions of family heirloom quilts.
- But Wait! There’s More! These online articles and free patterns will help you master the techniques in this issue.
- I Love This Quilt! Tracy Mooney falls for a McCall’s classic to embrace her inner Anglophile.
- Garden Wedding: Create a family heirloom that will last for generations with this classic flower appliqué quilt.
- Mountain Memories: Create a modern memory with a quilt that has room for personalization.
- Emerald City: Green batiks shimmer in this medallion quilt by Lori Baker.
- Stars of Time: A complex quilt design with a variety of blocks is a stunner by Scott Flanagan.
- Family Tree: Bev Getschel recreates a family heirloom in miniature.
- Pathways: Abigail Dolinger is inspired by a family quilt and a classic McCall’s pattern.
- Baby Blue Baskets: Connie Kauffman remakes a family quilt.
- Natalie’s Choice: Make a gorgeous tote bag and show off your piecing prowess.
- Summer’s Crest: Bright colors and a medallion style quilt are the perfect combination for warmer weather.
- Borealis: Two blocks connect to create movement across the surface of this pretty quilt by Elaine Theriault.
- Tulip Twinklers: Bright batiks plus large patches equals a quilt with punch!
Pattern Pull-Out Section
- This section contains the templates and foundations for the quilts in this issue.
- Download the His Royal Union Jack pattern from I Love This Quilt!
- Download the Sun Feathers quilting motif pattern.