McCall's Quilting November/December 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
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor winter quilting

Do you remember when you were a child and the holidays seemed to be extra magical if there was snow? I do—I especially remember one year when my siblings and I got saucer sleds for Christmas and spent much of our vacation from school sledding down the hill just a little way from our back door. I must have been pretty young at the time because that little hill was the bank of an irrigation ditch. Thinking back as an adult, I bet it was only about a 10-foot drop. But we had a ball going down that hill again and again. Because of those fun childhood memories, I’m ready for snowy weather. After the very strange year we’ve had because of the pandemic, I want it to snow. I know…

1 min
fresh picks

• trends • tools • cool stuff C & T Publishing - Kraft-Tex Marketed as a vegan leather, this durable, washable paper product sews and cuts like fabric. A wonderful way to add texture, it mixes well with fabric, denim, and wool. It can be the main focus of a project or you can use it as an Banyon Batiks - Rayon Banyan Batiks’ rayons have such a soft-as-silk feel to them! The rayon drapes wonderfully for either garments or quilting projects with luxurious and affordable Windham Fabrics - Cork Cork is renewable, eco-friendly, and stitches easily. Available with colored and metallic Shannon Fabrics - Sparkle Cuddle Glitter This eye-catching Cuddle minky plush fabric adds special sparkle to any project. The metallic foil is good for the life of the fabric so you can use it for…

1 min

Vivika DeNegre Director of Content I love adding hand-dyed cheesecloth to art quilts for additional texture and dimension. It is easy to sew by hand or machine and can be sourced in a wide variety of luscious colors. Lori Baker Acquisitions Editor I frequently use white eyelet instead of white-on-white quilting cotton. Eyelet gives the look of white-on-white with different shades of white with a bonus of added texture. I’m careful to choose eyelet that doesn’t have big holes so the batting doesn’t peek through. Tracy Mooney Editor I love to embroider on cork. The stitches look so great and the cork is easy to sew. I have made multiple in-the-hoop projects with it, such as key fobs, coasters, and small wall hangings. In quilts, I have used vinyl. It is perfect for adding see-through areas to appliqué…

4 min
christmas finery

Quilt Designed & Made by Dodi Lee Poulsen Machine Quilted by Cathy Dahl Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 67" x 67" Finished Blocks 1 Block X 32" x 32" 4 Block Y 9" x 9" 16 Block Z 9" x 9" NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for foundation section. Planning This medallion-style quilt from Dodi uses wonderful Christmas fabric to give it great holiday pizazz! The center of this quilt is constructed with easy-to-piece triangle-squares. The stars are foundation pieced for accuracy. 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. Dodi recommends use of starch to control bias. Be sure to read her tips in the sidebar. Fabric Requirements Fabric yardage assumes 40” usable width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted. • Cream letter print 2¼ yds. for blocks •…

1 min
dodi’s starch tips

Ever wonder why your quilt blocks don’t turn out just right? The correct preparation of the fabric makes all the difference! Starching quilt fabrics makes cutting, piecing, appliquéing, and quilting easier. Starched fabric cuts easily, even when stacked together, and sews together beautifully. It will hold sharp creases, including those made by finger pressing. A block made of starched fabric when pressed during construction will not shrink or become otherwise distorted. It’s extra work, you say! But it’s worth the effort because… Starching tames the bias edge. Starch makes all fabrics equal. Homespun will behave just like batik, once it is starched. Starched fabric will give you more control as you stitch. Starched quilt fabric doesn’t shift as you rotary cut. Appliqués turn easier with a crisper fold. It makes it…

2 min
roaring twenties

Quilt Designed by Reed Johnson Machine Quilted by Ann McKinney of Florida Quilting Center Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 56" x 56" Finished Blocks 16 Block 12" x 12" Planning Make one block in different colors then rotate every other block to create Reed’s attractive design. The fabrics Reed used give a fun masculine feel to his quilt. Reed’s design used 11 fat quarters. Because you can cut enough patches for 2 blocks from a fat quarter, you can use as few as 8 fat quarters or as many as 16. 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. • Assorted prints 8–16 fat quarters* for blocks • Cream print 1⅝ yds.…