Welcome back to Design Wall Monday! Wow, the editors who make McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines were busy quilting this week! Here’s what a few of our team members are working on right now:
Editor Erin Russek started a new (secret) project for the upcoming December issue of McCall’s Quilting: “Been working on a fun holiday project for McCall’s. Here is a sneak peak of what I have done so far…”
Can you guess what this beautiful non-quilt project might be?
Online editor Kathy Patterson here, and I just finished my first-ever Feathered Star Block. I had started it awhile back using a book by Marsha McCloskey, and now that Marsha is teaching an online course in Feathered Stars I was inspired to get back to it. I’m pleased with the results, and SO grateful to have an expert like Marsha to get me through this challenging block style. It takes time, but it’s definitely achievable with her techniques and tips! This 15″ block will be a throw pillow to go with my City Safari quilt.
Here’s the latest from content director Carolyn Beam: “I made Bitty Blocks – 3″ and 4″ blocks – last year using the free patterns on Quiltmaker’s blog. Each month during 2015, a free block was given on the blog. I’ve finally started sewing my blocks together into rows. You can also find a pattern for a Bitty Blocks quilt, Bitty Love, in Quiltmaker Row Quilts, on newsstands July 14 and available now online.”
Editor Tricia Patterson writes, “Several women here in the office have made the bike block from the Snapshots Quilt-Along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can download loads of patterns and make a contribution to a very worthy cause at the same time! I was so smitten I had to make a bike too. I made a sample project, with a 4th of July theme, for another blog so had a lot of extra fabric handy to make my version this weekend. Bicycles and the 4th of July brought to mind riding in the parade as a kid with my sister and our decorated bikes. This is my version, along with links to earlier posts from my buddies at work.”
And from managing editor Paula Stoddard: “I’ve spent the last few weeks redoing my sewing space, and I think I’m just about there. I just have a few more odds and ends to do. I actually had to work on an upcoming project for Quiltmaker this weekend, so I had to put down the hammer and screwdriver and get some more sewing done!
I made the bulletin board from an old ladder: I cut off the top and bottom legs, painted it red, turned it sideways and put foam board/bulletin board sections in between the rungs. The small quilts are from various sources: Lori Holt’s Farmgirls Vintage, Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along, Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox, and Bitty Blocks from Quiltmaker. My awesome chair is from Pier 1 and my sewing table (which is actually a kitchen island) is from Ikea.
Editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras reports, “Over the weekend I finished piecing my Stack of Books block from Penny Layman’s “The Paper-Pieced Home.” I had been trying to stitch a book title on the spine of one book using size 8 perle cotton thread but it just wasn’t working, so I switched to 3-strand floss and was satisfied enough with the results. Now all I have to do is quilt it and add an envelope backing to make it a 16″ pillow sham for the living room.”
Acquisitions editor Lori Baker had some stitching issues: “My weekend sewing had mixed results. I was multi-tasking, embroidering on one machine and foundation piecing on another. The embroidery is not good – I didn’t get one of the designs placed correctly and I was stitching from the top to the bottom so the fact that the second design is 1/4″ off wasn’t obvious until I’d stitched out more than half of it. I wonder what I’m going to do about that?
Editor Gigi Khalsa cooled off with a new project: “It was too hot to continue quilting my Nuts and Blots remake, so I decided to cut out patches for a baby quilt instead. Here are the patches, right before I sewed them into blocks. I finished sewing the blocks but I still have to put them all together. This turned into a fun little project that I should be able to finish up soon!”
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