McCall's Quilting November/December 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

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Like many in my generation, I was raised by a household of makers. My mom was a fabulously talented needlewoman who always made creative tokens of affection for every holiday. My dad loved to putter at his workbench until all hours of the night. One year I spied a few empty soda cans near his hammers and nails. I had thought they were destined for the recycling bin, but he had other plans. My gift that year was folk-art dollhouse furniture made from cans he had meticulously cut, shaped, and painted. I treasure them to this day because he cared enough to make something special just for me. Holidays tend to bring out the maker in all of us. A quick poll of the editorial staff had me in stitches! I…

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Karen Baggs Karen is a self-taught quilter from Utah whose friend inspired her to start quilting. Abigail Dolinger Abigail enjoys sharing her love of quilting with children and is the Children’s Ministry Director at her church. Mary Hertel A former children’s art teacher, Mary’s paper-pieced designs are whimsical and adorable. Joanie Holton Born and raised in Minnesota, Joanie comes from a family of sewers and makers. Connie Kauffman A prolific designer, Connie has authored several quilt books and enjoys teaching. Carol Moellers Carol is a long arm quilter, award-winning designer, and teacher from Iowa. Sue Pfau Currently living in New York state, Sue is an author and enjoys designing patterns that are pre-cut friendly. Lisa Pridgen A prolific quilter who also works in the real estate industry, Lisa lives in Portland, Oregon. Kristi Schmits Kristi is a quilter, a crafter, a seamstress, a software engineer, a writer,…

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Vivika DeNegre Director of Content Our family loves to share the tradition of wine and cookies on Christmas Eve. We gather the week before with aunts, uncles, and cousins to bake and decorate the family favorites. After arranging them in boxes, platters, and trays, we deliver the tasty treats on Christmas Eve along with a bottle of wine to friends and neighbors. Even now when my kids are grown, we continue this tradition and enjoy the visits as a prelude to the holiday. Annette Falvo Technical Editor When our kids were little, we had a Christmas eve tradition of driving through the neighborhoods to look at the lights and decorations. My husband and I had an ulterior motive, hoping the car ride would lull the kids to sleep so that Santa could put together the…

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frosty flakes

Quilt Designed & Made by Kristi Lea Schmits Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 66" x 75" Finished Blocks 24 Block Y 5" x 5" 12 Block Z 14" x 14" Planning Kristi combined crisp white and a frosty blue to create her wonderful winter quilt. The inclusion of her smaller block within her larger block adds cohesiveness to her design. 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. • White solid 2½ yds. for blocks• Blue solid 4⅝ yds. for blocks, sashes, border, and binding• Backing 5 yds• Batting 74" x 83" NOTE: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Kona Cotton Solids collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Cutting Instructions Patches are…

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gnome cooking

Apron Designed & Made by Mary Hertel Skill Level Intermediate Finished Size 26" x 32" Finished Block 1 Block 7½ " x 7½ " NOTE: See Pattern Pull-Out Section for foundation sections. Planning What better way to get ready for the baking season than to make your very own festive apron? Foundation piecing is the perfect way to create a fun gnome block. Our instructions have you include this block as a pocket for your apron. Use quilting cotton for a light apron or substitute cotton canvas for something sturdier. This project is a great way to try paper piecing—and aprons are great gifts for your foodie friends! Fabric Requirements Fabric yardage assumes 40" usable width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted. • White print 1 fat quarter* for block• Red solid 1 fat quarter* for block and pocket•…

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santa’s log cabin

Quilt Designed & Made by Sue Pfau Skill Level Easy Finished Size 55½ " x 55½ " Finished Blocks 16 Blocks 11½ " x 11½ " Planning Here’s a chance to use that enticing fat eighth bundle you’ve been eying. Just add a couple of coordinating fabrics and you are all set. Make one for everyone on your holiday list! Sue’s clever twist on the log cabin block gives a whole new look to this traditional quilt. Be sure to use an accurate ¼ " seam allowance to ensure your blocks fit together well. Fabric Requirements Fabric yardage assumes 40" usable width of fabric (WOF) unless otherwise noted. • Red print 1 fat quarter* for blocks• 16 Assorted light prints 1 fat eighth** each for blocks• 16 Assorted medium/dark prints 1 fat eighth** each for blocks• Green print ⅞…