McCall's Quilting July/August 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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in this issue

1 min
is it time to travel?

As I write this letter, travel restrictions caused by COVID are just beginning to ease. (Thank goodness!) It’s been a crazy year of staying at home, cancelling visits with friends and family, bringing vacations and special trips to visit new places to a screeching halt. It’s a good thing to make a quilt to keep someone warm or to decorate a wall but there can be more to what we create than just that. As quiltmaker-artists, we are able to express concepts in our quilts. In this issue, we’ve given you some ideas to illustrate a physical location—a chance to visit someplace new without leaving your home or a way to remember a really special place you’ve gone to in the past. There are different ways to make the viewer of your…

1 min
fresh picks

• trends • tools • cool stuff Destinations Fabric This fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs includes many exciting travel locations: Hawaii, Alaska, Chicago, London, the Great Lakes, and Boston to name a few. Here's perfect fabric to preserve those vacation memories. It's available at quilt shops Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool Here is the tool Rosemarie DeBoer tells about on page 31. It makes trimming those 6" and 12" Log Cabin blocks a snap. You trim after each round of logs for a wonderfully square and straight Log Cabin block every time. The tool is available for other sized blocks as Emma, Lucie & the Quilted Animals This sweet story, from Joy Troyer and the Mount Tam Quilt Guild, features quilted animals made using all different techniques and all skill levels. Although the book…

2 min

Vivika DeNegre Creative Director “The Gates” is a mixed-media quilt that features snippets of actual orange gate fabric distributed to onlookers at the Christo installation in New York’s Central Park. The buildings and background were made primarily of paper from maps, vintage postage stamps, and magazines. It was stitched by machine, and then framed. Annette Falvo Technical Editor In 2013, my husband and I traveled to several European countries. I browsed a couple of quilt shops in Amsterdam where I purchased the fabrics that comprise this quilt. I based my quilt on a pattern, Little Amsterdam by North Sea Quilters, that I purchased at one of the quilt shops. Denise Starck Editorial Director Years ago, my Dad traveled to Japan for work and I asked him to bring me back some fabrics. Cotton fabrics weren’t readily available but…

4 min
sweet vines

Quilt Designed & Made by Susan Geddes Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 48¼" x 48¼" Finished Blocks 8 Block Y 8½" x 8½" 8 Block Z 8½" x 8½" NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for appliqué templates. Planning Inspired by plants in her yard, Susan found a very yellowish green fabric to create the vines and leaves and perfectly portray sweet potato vines. Study the quilt photo to see how Susan placed the medium and dark blue print A’s. Susan appliquéd the flowers and vines in a very free-form way. The arrangement of the parts isn’t exactly the same from block to block or on the setting triangles either, so arrange the yo-yos, vines, and leaves in a way that pleases you. We’ve provided a count of the yo-yos and leaves and a length of the vine Susan…

3 min
baby dala

Quilt Designed & Made by Bev Getschel Skill Level Easy Finished Size 44" x 44" Finished Blocks 11 Block Y 8" x 8" 1 Block Z 8" x 8" NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for appliqué templates, which are printed without seam allowances. Planning Bev made this baby quilt with beautiful Dala horses to reflect her Swedish heritage. Babies will love the bright colors she used. It’s a good size to put on the floor for baby’s tummy time. 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. NOTE: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Cue the Confetti and Watercolors collections by Hoffman Fabrics. Fabric Requirements Fabric yardage assumes 40” usable width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted. • White print #1 1 yd.…

1 min
swedish tradition

The name of the Dala horse comes from Dalarna, a province in central Sweden. Legend says in the winter of 1716, King Charles XII of Sweden was waging war all over Europe and had soldiers staying in private homes. The winter was especially harsh, so the soldiers were often cold and hungry. One soldier carved a horse, painted it red (a color of paint procured from copper mines in the area), added some flourishes for the bridle and saddle, and gave the small horse to a child in the home. The child’s mother gave the soldier a bowl of soup. Soon all the soldiers in the area were making horses and trading them for food. The Dala horse is now a symbol of the Swedish culture. Bev says, “I grew up in a…