Our Favorite Reader Quilts from 2017

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Ask any of the editors and designers on the quilting team and we’ll tell you we really do love seeing the quilts people make from the patterns we publish. In most of our quilt magazines we regularly include photos that readers send us of completed projects—we find them inspirational and know other quilters do, too.

While it’s common for people to send us photos of quilts they made from patterns that were originally published two, three or even 10 years beforehand, some people must start making their own versions the minute they read their latest issues, because we see a number of quilts made from patterns that were just published a few months prior!

Here are some reader favorites from patterns published in 2017 in McCall’s Quilting, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines. Great job, everyone! And keep the photos coming!


Ellen Lewellen with her version of Romance, from McCall’s Quilting March/April 2017

Ellen Lewellen with her version of Romance, from McCall’s Quilting March/April 2017

Ellen Lewellen of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, increased the block count from 81 to 100 to make a king-size version of Romance from the March/April 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting for a wedding gift. She added some green fabrics to the red, blue and cream palette requested by the bride to differentiate it from a patriotic quilt. She fussy cut the birds in the corner blocks, and free-motion quilted an organic motif in the blocks and vertical lines in the piano key border.


Ruth Martineau with her version of Vino Row, from McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017

Ruth Martineau with her version of Vino Row, from McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017

When Ruth Martineau of Methuen, Massachusetts, saw the Vino Row table runner in the May/June 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, she knew she would be making it. Ruth said the slight curve went together nicely, making this project a joy to sew. She found wine label fabric and added labels to the bottles.


Concentric Squares made by Rose Vitale, from Love of Quilting May/June 2017

Concentric Squares made by Rose Vitale, from Love of Quilting May/June 2017

“I’ve been wanting to make a wall hanging for my powder room but just couldn’t find a design that excited and inspired me. The moment I saw the beautiful Concentric Squares quilt by Marianne Fons in the May/June 2017 issue of Love of Quilting, I knew I had found my wall hanging! I loved Marianne’s red and white version, but I decided to go with a more neutral gold and white scheme to match my décor. I enjoyed every minute of working on this project—from selecting the fabrics to perfecting my log cabin blocks and to the quilting, scalloping and binding. My proudest moment was hanging this lovely quilt on my powder room wall. Thanks so much for a wonderful pattern and for the inspiration to try something new!”

Rose Vitale
Blue Ash, Ohio


Peek-a-Boo Bunnies made by Lovina Keim, from Quiltmaker March/April 2017

Peek-a-Boo Bunnies made by Lovina Keim, from Quiltmaker March/April 2017

“I became a first-time great grandma in July 2017, and greeted the little one with a Peek-a-Boo Bunnies quilt from the March/April 2017 issue (No. 174) of Quiltmaker. The original pattern had four bunnies, so I added two additional bunnies to make a larger quilt. I machine pieced and appliqued the quilt and it was quilted by 5 Little Monkeys Quilts in Weaverville, North Carolina.”

Lovina Keim
Mills River, North Carolina


Beach Bum variation designed and made by Diane Palmer and grandson Nathan, from Quiltmaker Sept/Oct 2017

Beach Bum variation designed and made by Diane Palmer and grandson Nathan, from Quiltmaker Sept/Oct 2017

“I was looking at the quilts in the September/October 2017 issue (No. 177) of Quiltmaker with my 4-year-old grandson, Nathan. He really liked Beach Bum, so we decided to use the pattern for inspiration and make our own using a picture he could draw.

“Nathan drew the picture, picked out the fabric, helped rough cut the palm leaves and crab, and drew the crab net. As I was preparing to fuse the boat to the top, he stopped me, saying he wanted the boat to move. After much discussion and clarification, I fused the boat to very stiff Pellon, then sewed three small craft beads to the back and strung the boat on two dental floss lines to provide a stable line to move the boat. I put one line along the water line and a shorter line about an inch below the top of the sail. Nathan is thrilled.”

Diane Palmer
Eugene, Oregon


Lucretia Winters with her version of My Only Sunshine, from McCall’s Quick Quilts Aug/Sept 2017

Lucretia Winters with her version of My Only Sunshine, from McCall’s Quick Quilts Aug/Sept 2017

Lucretia Winters of Ormond Beach, Florida, used My Only Sunshine from the August/September 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts to make a baby shower gift using pink, blue and yellow juvenile fabrics.


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