McCall's Quilting May/June 2021

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.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
english gardens

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. —attributed to Henri Matisse I’m so pleased with this issue of McCall’s Quilting. The theme we selected is English Gardens. I love to grow things, flowers in particular. My mom and my maternal grandmother always had beautiful gardens. Their gardens were not formal; I’d call them country gardens. There were lots of flowers (many native to northeast Colorado) in the beds surrounding their homes. Their vegetable gardens were farther away from the house. I always loved to visit my grandmother. Often, we would walk through her yard to see what was blooming and what was about to bloom. When I think of English gardens, I think of formal gardens with a full-time gardener; paths of stone, brickwork, and the like; and dozens of…

1 min
fresh picks

• trends • tools • cool stuff Gardener's Puddle-Proof Tote Wouldn't this be a perfect place to keep all those often-used tools? Or perhaps you could use it to carry all your supplies to a class or quilting bee? You could put a rotary cutter, scissors, thread and other small supplies in the outside pockets, then put fabrics and pattern in the tote. Everything would be gathered in one place and ready to go! MagnaFingers Invented by a teenager to collect spilled fish hooks, this magnet tool easily picks up errant needles or pins, then releases them where you want without poking your fingers! You need only two fingers to maneuver the clothespin-like mechanism. Manufactured with a 3-D printer in small batches, the color choices are practically endless. Check out the original story video on their…

1 min

Vivika DeNegre Creative Director Sometimes a hint of florals is all a quilt needs. If that is the case, stitching a rose motif or an improvised daisy using free motion quilting does the trick. If I want to get really fancy, I’ll intersperse the flowers with a few leaves or branches. Annette Falvo Technical Editor My favorite way to add a floral pop to quilts is to use wool. Wool is strong enough to hold up to most embellishments including embroidery and beads. Plus there are so many colorful and pretty dyed wools to use! Lori Baker Acquisitions Editor I really like to use machine-embroidered flowers to add that extra “something” to quilts (and clothes). I generally embroider the flowers to be a stand-alone embroidery that I can then appliqué to the quilt. I’ve found that I need…

3 min
tudor knot

Quilt Designed & Made by Natalie Crabtree Machine Quilted by Holly Seever Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 54¾" x 54¾" Finished Blocks 13 Units 9" x 9" NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for appliqué templates, which are printed without seam allowances. Planning The mix of pieced units and appliquéd vines and flowers makes Natalie’s quilt so charming. Natalie used short pieces of bias to make the vine. If you choose to do that, you’ll need 1½ yards of medium taupe tonal. See Bias Cut Strips for further instructions. 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 40” usable width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted. • Light gold tonal ⅝ yd. for units• Black tonal ½ yd. for units and appliqué•…

1 min
natalie says:

When I design an appliqué quilt, my goal is to make it achievable and approachable for all skill levels. I start with raw-edge appliqué for comfort, knowing that lovers of turn-under appliqué will opt to take that approach on their own. My quilt design, Tudor Knot, features delightful raw-edge appliqué that is easily achievable for a beginner to intermediate quilter. I opted to use vines that were individual pieces with the ends hidden underneath the flowers to make this design even more achievable for the average quilter. Sometimes long continuous vines can be challenging and intimidating! Originally, this quilt was colored using print fabrics. However the longer I analyzed this design, the more I longed for simplicity. The Moda Grunge fabrics by BasicGrey offer this simplicity with a touch of texture. The…

3 min
whimsical, reckless, & raw-edge

creating art quilts with reckless abandon is one of my favorite ways to make whimsical appliqué. I have been teaching this fast and fun technique for about six years now. What makes it different from the rest? It allows everyone to be a successful artist by combining a wide variety of fussy-cut botanical fabric motifs with free-motion threadwork. After all of the design and stitch work have been done and before the image is appliquéd to the background, it is manipulated with water and friction to make each individual element “bloom.” This technique is fun, whimsical, improvisational, and even slightly imprecise—in a good way—allowing your inner designer to shine. DIRECTIONS 1. Place the muslin on a work surface. The muslin acts as a base for the collage, and will be barely visible in…