Snow and Shadows: A Visit with Sharon Holland | McCall’s Quilting Blog

It’s great to welcome back guest blogger,  fabric and quilt designer Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs! Sharon’s easy, modern Snow & Shadows quilt is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Today Sharon has a napkin tutorial for us, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!

It’s so nice to be back guest blogging on McCall’s Quilting! If you don’t know me yet, my name is Sharon Holland and I am a fabric designer with Art Gallery Fabrics. I love quilting and sewing and especially love the quilt I created for the McCall’s Quilting November/December issue called Snow & Shadows. This frosty looking quilt is made with Gossamer fabrics and Pure Element solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. Gossamer was my first fabric collection I designed for Art Gallery Fabrics and holds a special place in my heart.

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It may only be September but the holidays will be here before we know it. Why not get a jump start on your party preparations and stitch up some mitered-corner napkins? Cloth napkins will elevate any table setting into something special. My daughter uses cloth napkins all year round as an environmentally friendly alternative to paper napkins. Create the look you want with choosing the perfect print to match your décor. They are so easy to make you may even want to make sets to give as gifts!

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Mitered-Corner Napkins Tutorial by Sharon Holland

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Makes (6) 12” square napkins


Materials List

  • ¾ yard cotton print
  • Clear ruler and rotary cutter
  • Seam gauge
  • Starch (optional)
  • Coordinating thread


From the cotton print:

Cut (2) 13” x 42” strips then cut into (6) 13” squares


Step 1 Measure and mark ½” away from each corner on the wrong side of (1) 13” square. Using the ½” marks as a guide, trim off each corner between the marks.

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Step 2 Spray edges of square with starch if using optional starch. Using the sewing gauge, fold and press 1 trimmed corner ¼” to the wrong side. Repeat for all corners. Measure, turn, and press all long sides ¼” to the wrong side. Turn and press ¼” again so the corners meet to form a mitered corner. Pin if desired. Sew hems using a ⅛” seam allowance, starting by dropping the needle down into the mitered corner and backstitching. When you reach the next corner, pivot the needle in the mitered corner and continue sewing. Continue until all four sides are sewn, ending with a backstitch in the starting mitered corner. Repeat steps to make 6 napkins.

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Tip: Any size napkin can be made using this same technique. All marking and hemming measurements remain the same; you only need to change the cutting size of the napkin. To resize, add 1” to the finished napkin size to allow for hemming. Increase yardage accordingly.

corner 450px Snow and Shadows: A Visit with Sharon HollandThat’s it—easy as pie! Thanks for letting me hang out with you today. Happy sewing!


Thanks so much, Sharon! If you’d like to make the Snow & Shadows large lap size quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately  from our online shop. Quilt kits and backing fabric are also available.

prize 300px Snow and Shadows: A Visit with Sharon HollandSharon is also giving away a prize package of 10 beautiful fat quarters of Gossamer fabrics! Leave a comment below before midnight October 1, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winner’s name will be drawn on October 2 and notified by email.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Judy Book of Prescott, Arizona!






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