McCall's Quilting March/April 2020

Written for hand and machine quilters, McCall's Quilting publishes original projects of both heirloom patterns and seasonal designs with beautifully illustrated directions that easy to expert skill level quilters can follow. Throughout the year, McCall's Quilting also features patterns inspired by the holidays and seasons, as well as gift ideas for baby showers, weddings, and more! Its complete how-to projects include bed-size quilts, wearables, wall hangings and small projects.

United States
Peak Media Properties, LLC
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
inspiring women

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate the amazing contributions of women than through quilts? From biblical times to today, the quilts and accompanying stories we received through our call for submissions are pretty spectacular. To start, don’t miss the article written by Barb Eikmeier about the First American Women quilt by Marci Hainkel. Marci made a stunning crazy quilt that features women who were the first in their field and she was sure to use approriate fabrics to match their skills—take a closer look. In McQ&A, a few of our editors share their personal stories about the women who inspired them to quilt and sew. Charisma Horton designed a quilt to tell the story of Esther from the Bible. Be sure to read what Charisma wrote about…

2 min
fresh picks

• trends• tools• cool stuff Why We Quilt In a world of instant messaging, on-demand TV, and same-day delivery, cutting fabric into small pieces and stitching them back together makes little practical sense. Yet quilting as both a craft and an art thrives. In this deeply personal and profoundly thoughtful tribute to quilting past and present, Knauer highlights 40 contemporary makers who share not only their stunning quilts but also powerful insights into what compels them to keep quilting in the twenty-first Farm Girl Vintage 2 Welcome back to Lori Holt’s farm with Farm Girl Vintage 2! It’s Sew Emma is excited to bring even more quilt blocks and projects for all Farm Girl Vintage fans to enjoy. Lori has rounded up 45 unique 6” and 12” quilt blocks inspired by her rural…

1 min
quilter to quilter

• your photos• ideas• stories In 2018 three sisters, who do not live near one another, decided to make a quilt together. We live in different states, but once a year we travel to Mexico for a girls trip. On a recent trip, we brought brought several magazines to share while relaxing at the pool. We selected a pattern from McCall's and set a schedule to finish by October 2018. The oldest sister, Cindy, has been quilting for about 8 years while the younger sisters, Margaret and Maria, had never completed a quilt. Cottage Romance (McCall’s Quilting 2015) was selected as our pattern, but we each would choose our own fabric. Margaret was going through some health issues and couldn’t get out to shop for fabric for her quilt. Instead of…

2 min

• your questions• our answers Anissa Arnold Managing Editor I met my wonderful friend Lois in 1997, a year or so after I had moved to Colorado. I went to work for her as a part-time home décor seamstress and the rest is history! I had been sewing for many years but had never considered quilting. Lois immediately informed me that I needed to become a quilter and a hockey fan–I am now obsessed with both! Tracy Mooney Editor My sister was an amazing garment sewist. She could look at a garment and recreate it! She taught me how to do counted cross-stitch and how to keep the threads from tangling—she is the reason that the backs of my quilts are always neat and tidy. When I was in high school, I asked her to teach…

3 min
for emma

Quilt Designed & Made by Annette Falvo Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 67" x 84" Finished Blocks 18 Blocks 12" x 12" Planning Based on a block called Hand Weave that was popularized by the Ladies Art Company, Annette made this quilt for Emma Mildred Brockstedt (read more in sidebar). Unit 1 is mitered to create a pretty effect. If you want to call attention to this part of the block, consider using a small stripe or other print that would be enhanced by using this technique. Use an accurate ¼" seam allowance throughout to ensure all elements of the quilt fit together well. Handle all bias edges carefully to avoid distortion. Fabric Requirements Fabric yardage assumes 42” usable width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted. • Yellow print ⅝ yd. for blocks • Turquoise print 2⅜ yds. for blocks and border…

1 min
how to add mitered borders

Center and pin border strips to sides, top, and bottom of quilt. Strips will extend beyond quilt top. Starting and stopping ¼" from quilt corners and backstitching to secure, sew strips to quilt top. Press seam allowances toward quilt center. Fold quilt on diagonal, right sides together. Align border strip raw edges and border seams at the ¼" backstitched point; pin together. Align ruler edge with fold, extending ruler completely across border. Draw line from the backstitched point to the border raw edges. Stitch on drawn line, backstitching at both ends. Press seam open. With quilt right side up, align 45° line of square ruler on seam line to check accuracy. If corner is flat and square, trim excess fabric to ¼" seam allowance. Repeat for all corners.…