McCall's Quilting January/February 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.

United States
Peak Media Properties, LLC
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
expanding skills

A while back when we were talking about free-motion machine quilting possibilities, my friend (and quiltmaker extraordinaire) Ramona Sorensen said, “What do you already know how to do and what else can it be?” Then she sent me a drawing of ways to expand on a simple concentric teardrop design I had quilted and examples of how to add more quilting to make it much “fancier”. That idea of taking an existing ability and adding to it was so helpful that I made a sign and put it on the wall in my studio to remind me to keep growing my skills. As we move into the new year, we are all thinking of ways that we can make ourselves better—how we can do more. I think Ramona’s idea can be applied…

1 min
fresh picks

• trends • tools • cool stuff Wool Pressing Mat The firm surface of wool makes a great surface for pressing and pinning your quilting, sewing, and other craft projects. Mountain Mist's mats are available in sizes from 4" x 4" up to 24" x 48". Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting This delightful book by Teri Lucas (subtitled Learn to Stitch with Reckless Abandon) includes discussions on color, thread, and of course, machine quilting with lots and lots of motifs included. Reliable Velocity 261ir Compact Vapor Generator Iron A powerhouse of an iron, Reliable's Velocity creates steam from the water before it reaches the soleplate, so there is no more spitting. Decide just what you want to press and choose from the 8 pre-programmed settings. Applipops Thinner than a dime, the metal circles help you create perfect circles for your…

3 min

Annette Falvo Technical Editor I initially bought Highlighter Tape to mark whatever line I was working on in knitting patterns, but I found it has some great additional uses for quilting. When I need to make several cuts of the same width, I use Highlighter Tape to mark the width on my ruler or cutting mat, which helps me be consistently accurate. I also use it to mark seam allowances on my sewing machine. It adheres to surfaces temporarily and doesn’t leave any residue. It doubles as a project box label, and pencil markings erase easily. It also comes in several colors! Denise Starck Editorial Director I was recently given a wool pressing mat by my mother. I was skeptical the first time I tried one, thinking “Why would I need something like this? My…

3 min
warm apple pockets

There is just something about the apple core shape that makes us think about yummy treats,great smells,and a fire crackling in the fireplace Quilt Designed & Made by Pepper Cory Machine Quilted by Sandi Irish Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 62" x 62" NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for template. Planning Pepper found men’s plaid shirts at a thrift store. She used the pockets of the shirts to add extra fun to her design. Pepper notes, “In order to keep the quilt’s overall effect balanced, when designing this quilt make sure to plan for an odd number of pieces across and an odd number of rows. This Odd-By-Odd formula ensures that every other Apple Core piece—the ones you cut from the pocket sides of shirts—remain upright. You don’t want some pockets sewn sideways so things can spill…

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pepper’s inspiration

I love thrift stores and often wander through the men’s clothing section since expensive dress shirts sometimes wind up on those racks. But this winter trip on a thrifting expedition, I was thinking ‘cozy, warm, masculine’ and found myself fondling plaid shirts. Inspiration struck. Plus, there was a bag sale and for $5 I could fill a grocery bag with clothing items. Twenty shirts and $10 later, I was out the door with my loot and eager to start drawing. At the drawing board (a huge pad of graph paper propped up on the cutting table) I sketched out some patchwork using the Apple Core template. The Apple Core is a one-of template, meaning only that shape is used in the whole quilt. While one shape might seem to make the…

5 min

Quilt Designed & Made by Natalie Crabtree Machine Quilted by Holly Seever Skill Level Challenging Finished Size 52" x 52" Finished Blocks 1 Block 20" x 20" NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for templates. Planning The angular parts in the center of Natalie’s quilt are beautifully framed by the curving units in the outer border. Natalie suggests that you test out the curves using scrap fabrics before piecing with your actual quilt fabrics. That way you can really hit your stride before attempting the small curves with your quilt fabrics. 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. • Navy solid 2 ⅛ yds. for block and piecing • Medium blue solid ⅞…