Welcome to Design Wall Monday! What patchwork designs did the editors and artists who make McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines stitch this weekend? You’re about to find out! Here’s what some of our team members are working on right now:
Content director Carolyn Beam had a super productive weekend. “I worked on a couple blocks for the 365 Challenge. I’ve fallen far behind (still working on January) but hope to catch up soon.
I also finished the top for a future magazine project.
My main creative endeavor this weekend was spending some quality time organizing my sewing studio. Now I feel like I can really get in there and sew.”
Administrative editor Deb McDonald finished a quilt top for Quiltmaker‘s Row Quilt special interest publication on sale the end of June, but we can only show you a sneak peek. Deb says, “It’s red, white and blue with stars and stripes but it’s not a patriotic quilt. Other rows are sailboats. Nice baby/toddler boy quilt.”
I’m online editor Kathy Patterson, and once again I was working on the Little House on the Prairie quilt designed by Laura Stone Roberts. I finished all the braid-framed bonnet blocks, and moved on to the first of the 12 bow blocks. I love intricate piecing, so this was a fun romp for me. I can’t wait to see this bow design in blue, lavender, yellow, and green…many more blocks to make. But as you can see, I’ve run out of design wall space!
Editor Diane Harris writes, “I worked on two projects this weekend. I added borders to “Honeycomb,” a pattern by Karen Griska of Selvage Blog. This was so much fun! I’m very anxious to start quilting it.
Another project I finished up was this teal and green scrappy quilt top. It began with reject/leftover blocks from my friend Carol Baker from Centennial, Colorado. She’d made a Disappearing Nine Patch and she shared her castoffs with me. I made more blocks and came up with this way of setting them. I added the orange accent at the last minute. I don’t think I’ll add another border. Instead, a dark binding will be the final frame for it.
On to the next UFO—I’m determined to make progress on that enormous pile!”
Editor Gigi Khalsa had to put aside her quilting from last week, since a new deadline is approaching! “I’m working on finishing a quilt for an upcoming Christmas special publication, using pretty fabrics from Robert Kaufman. It’s a little different from my normal design style since I’m only using 4 fabrics! It’s all the design calls for, though. I can’t share the whole thing yet, but here’s a sneak peek of part of it.”
Managing editor Paula Stoddard, like content director Carolyn Beam, is working on the 365 Challenge. “Here’s what I worked on over the weekend. I’m participating in the 365 Challenge, and so far I’m keeping up! So far we’ve been working on the partial center “light” section, and the 3″ “dark” blocks that will border the center section. I’m totally addicted.”
Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras enjoyed her weekend stitching, too. “This weekend I turned a UFO back into a WIP…all I needed to do was stitch the rows together to complete the top. I’d always planned to use different panel prints I’ve taken home from office fabric grabs for the backing, so finishing the top allowed me the opportunity to have fun auditioning different panels from a variety of fabric manufacturers.
The backing is going to have absolutely nothing to do with the front in terms of color or pattern, and I’m loving it. This is a photo of my final placement of the panels before I started sewing them together, and I’m hoping to get the whole quilt basted before the coming weekend so I can start the quilting!”
That’s it from us for this Design Wall Monday. Check out our progress by reading previous Design Wall Monday blog posts here. And visit the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page and post photos of YOUR work to join the fun and the conversation. We’ll see you there! #designwallmonday