Free Wall Quilt Pattern

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Have you ever wandered around a quilt shop and fallen in love with a gorgeous large-scale print that you absolutely, positively, cannot begin to imagine how you would use, but you still wanted it? This Spring Splash wall quilt pattern designed by Shelby Morris just might be the answer!

Spring Splash Friday Freebie: Spring Splash Wall Quilt PatternWhen a large-scale print is cut apart and sewn back together, a sparkling effect is created. This pattern is great for building your speed-cutting and piecing skills, too. Click here to watch our free video lesson that shows you helpful tips on how to sew with accurate 1/4″ seam allowances so all your pieces fit together well.

Spring Splash is a super-fun quilt to make, and requires only 2 fabrics. So grab that must-have large-scale print you adore, pick a coordinating fabric and go for it! Click here to download your FREE Spring Splash wall quilt pattern.

Does a certain fabric come to mind for you? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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Making And Using Quilt Templates

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation, Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams, Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric, Simple Fusible Applique and Introduction to Half Square Triangles – be sure to check them out!

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Welcome back to our weekly tutorial for quilters! In today’s free video lesson, we’ll go over how to make and use the templates that are sometimes necessary in various quilting designs. With the modern popularity of rotary cutters, today many people tend to think of templates as being used only for hand appliqué designs, but templates can also be used for cutting patchwork shapes for traditional piecing. You’ll appreciate having an understanding of this technique as part of your quilting skill set, as templates may still be the best approach for some pieced quilt patterns.

Follow along with Beth Hayes, editor-in-chief of McCall’s Quilting, as she shows you how to work with templates.

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TT template 1 Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting TemplatesIn this video tutorial Beth demonstrates how to transfer template shapes, whether intended for appliqué or piecing, from a magazine pattern section to template plastic. You’ll learn a nifty tip for marking templates with curves, too. As you watch each step in the lesson, you’ll learn what materials you’ll need, how to mark and cut the template plastic, how to use match points for traditional patchwork piecing templates, and how to transfer the design to your fabric using the template you create. Beth also shows you how to pin your patches for an accurate seam.

tt2 Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting TemplatesOnce you’ve watched this video lesson on making and using templates, you’ll be ready to take on quilt pattens calling for templates with confidence. Remember to bookmark the helpful free video tutorial, and refer to it anytime you may need a refresher. Steps are listed in text below the video, as well; you may like to print them out for an easy reference to keep in your sewing area.

Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to make and use quilting templates.

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Free Lone Star Sampler Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this freebie from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting.

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Have you made your first Lone Star quilt yet? When senior editor Kathryn Patterson made a block for the how-to photos for Lissa Alexander’s gorgeous large lap quilt patterned in McCall’s Quilting‘s January/February 2014 issue, she turned her block into this elegant wall hanging. Now you can download the wall hanging pattern for FREE!

(Note: Please refer to the issue referenced above for the beautiful series of how-to photos and tips.)Lone Star Wall 300px Friday Freebie: Lone Star Sampler Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern

This is the perfect opportunity to give a Lone Star quilt a try. Fabric requirements are provided for either yardage or precut 2½″ strips, and the wall hanging finishes at 36½″ x 36½″.  Click here for the link to download the FREE Lone Star Sampler wall quilt pattern.

Perhaps you plan on spending this day after Thanksgiving shopping, but you’ll likely find me relaxing and sorting through my stash of Jelly Roll™ strips in my sewing room between happily snacking on leftover turkey & fixin’s.

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Introduction to Half Square Triangles

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation, Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams, Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric and Simple Fusible Applique – be sure to check them out!

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Welcome to our Tuesday Tutorial, where we share a short FREE quilting video lesson each week. Let’s jump right in and learn about one of the most common pieces used in traditional patchwork, the half-square triangle, also known as HST.

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tt HST1 Tuesday Tutorial: Introduction to Half Square TrianglesWhy you’re going to love this technique: HSTs refer specifically to right isosceles triangles, meaning triangles in which two sides of equal length form an interior angle of 90°. When a pattern calls for HSTs, you’ll find that the longest side of each triangle is cut on the bias, which means additional piecing challenges due to bias edges tending to stretch quite easily. Feeling a little frightened at this point?!  Never fear – we’re here to show you the easy-peasy way to make quick work of this common quilting shape!

tt HST Tuesday Tutorial: Introduction to Half Square TrianglesTricia Camp explains and demonstrates how to layer two simple squares together, stitching them in such a way that you’ll end up with two HSTs, without needing to handle the raw bias edges of the patches. You’ll also learn the easy formula for determining what size to cut your squares to end up with the exact HST size your pattern calls for.

Give this easy technique a try the next time your quilting pattern calls for HSTs. Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to make Half-Square Triangles using two squares.

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Simple Fusible Applique

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation, Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams and Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric – be sure to check them out!

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Have you ever shied away from a quilt pattern simply because it featured appliqué? Take a few minutes to learn just how easy fusible-web appliqué can be!

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TT1 Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Fusible AppliquéLaura Stone Roberts walks you through every step of the process, sharing tips and clear explanations along the way. From tracing and cutting out the designs from the sheet of fusible web, to pressing the shapes onto your fabric.

TT3 Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Fusible AppliquéShe talks about layering fusible appliqués, and shows you several different options to further secure the shapes with edge stitching.

TT5 Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Fusible AppliquéRemember fusible appliqué when you need a quick, simple alternative to hand appliqué.  Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to use fusible web for quick, simple appliqué.

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Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation and Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams – be sure to check them out!

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Have you ever wondered where to begin when it comes time to choose fabrics for a new quilt? If so, you’ve come to the right place, because Karen Taylor, graphic designer and artist, has a wonderful video lesson with lots of helpful tips that you’ll enjoy in this weeks’ Tuesday Tutorial.

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TT color selection 1 Tuesday Tutorial: Color Selection Using a Focus FabricKaren begins the lesson by explaining what she means by “focus fabric”, and offers you some creative ideas how to better examine what hues are actually at play within your sample.

TT color 2 Tuesday Tutorial: Color Selection Using a Focus FabricKaren continues with more about color harmony, showing examples as she auditions many different fabrics, and explaining her reasoning for which selections will work, and which will not.

TT color Tuesday Tutorial: Color Selection Using a Focus FabricYou’ll have to watch the video to see the amazing selection of fabrics Karen finally ends up with! Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to use a focus fabric for color selection.

Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

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Black Friday Craft Deals & Steals!

We hope you’re having a Happy Thanksgiving and spending quality time with your family. If you’re getting ready for shopping Black Friday deals tomorrow, we wanted to make sure you knew about all of the fabulous deals we’ll be having here at KQ! Shop for the gifts you want – right from the comfort of your own home! No waking up at the crack of dawn or dealing with busy crowds.

Keepsake Quilting is offering 15% off your entire order now through 12/1 using promo code KQ1347C! Be sure to shop some of our holiday and seasonal quilt kits and supplies, our quick quilt kits (perfect for last minute gifts) or our fabulous fabric collections!

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For the knitter and crochetter in your life, Patternworks is offering 20% off your order (excluding Addi needles & hooks, club and gift certificates) with promotional code PW1381 through 12/2! Be sure to visit our yarn bargain bin, our knitting and crochet kits (fabulous for last minute gifts) and our knitting needles and hooks.

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For those who love needle work and crafts, Keepsake Needlearts is offering free shipping on orders with promotional code NA1347 through 12/1. Be sure to check out our holiday needlework kits (perfect for giving as a gift), our tools and notions collection and our popular Christmas Village kits.

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25% Off Of 25 Kits Through November 26, 2013!

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Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies and Quilt Fabric Preperation sure to check them out!

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Welcome back to our Tuesday Tutorial! Today we’re going to review chain piecing and opposing seams. If you’re an absolute beginner, you may have heard of this technique, but not really know what it means. Kathy Patterson, our senior editor, uses squares from a simple baby quilt to demonstrate the chain piecing approach while telling you about several benefits of this method.

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chain1 Tuesday Tutorial: Chain Piecing and Opposing SeamsKathy continues with her demonstration by pressing the seams of her rows in opposing directions, and showing you how that enables you to stitch those rows together with perfectly nested seam allowances.

chain4 Tuesday Tutorial: Chain Piecing and Opposing SeamsClick here to watch our FREE video demonstration of chain piecing, pressing and piecing with opposing seams.

chain5 Tuesday Tutorial: Chain Piecing and Opposing SeamsTo save time, and improve your piecing results, you’ll want to use chain piecing and press your seams in opposing directions whenever you have the opportunity.

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Quilt Fabric Preparation

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, and Basic Quiltmaking Supplies be sure to check them out!

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Today, we’ll review a commonly debated question: whether or not to prewash our quilting fabrics before use.

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fabric prep Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Preparation, To Wash or Not to Wash

In this free McCall’s Quilting University video lesson, Kathy Hannah discusses the pros and cons of washing fabric before use in quilting. She’ll show you an easy way to test color fastness of fabric, and tips for preparing fabric for the washing machine. Did you know there are specific times when you’ll want to be sure to prewash your fabrics, as well as times when you’ll want to be sure not to prewash your fabrics?

You’ll learn lots of valuable tips from Kathy, and you may wish to print out the summary web page for easy reference.

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