There’s an error in the Yule Glow pattern, my recent design in McCall’s Quilting. A mistake is a drag for everyone: the editors who wrote the pattern, the designer who wants the pattern to do well, and the reader who just wants to make a quilt without a lot of hassle.
But do you know what can make all the difference in the world?
How someone asks about an error.
This time, the reader was gracious and sweet. She emailed me this:
I think there might be an error in the quilt pattern, “Yule Glow”, McCall’s Quilting. p.20
In the Cutting Instructions, I believe the 3 squares, Red tone-on-tone, (E) should be 2 3/8″ not 5 1/2″. If I’m wrong, or if it’s already been reported, please ignore and forgive my note.I’m loving the pattern and construction process, using scraps. Your directions are very clear.
Thank you, thank you.
My daughter and her family live in Hong Kong and I’m visiting for Thanksgiving. I arrived on Nov. 15 and will be here until Dec. 2. A number of people have asked about the protests and how that situation is affecting us.
Just above is a map to give you an idea of where Hong Kong is in relation to Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam. (I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to consult a world atlas when my kids first decided to move here.)
I’d never been to New Hampshire until this week, and only to Massachusetts once. It surprised me to hear locals call it “Mass,” as if Massachusetts is just too much of a mouthful.
Being from the Great Plains, I’ve sometimes been led to believe that New England folks are cold and aloof. But I haven’t found that to be true. When your hostess hails you at the airport holding a nearly life-size logo for your little quilting business, you know it’s going to be a good week.
I love small quilts!
Small quilts don’t take up a lot of time or space. They quickly satisfy my need to create. They’re fun to use in my home as the seasons come and go. And they make great gifts. What’s not to love?!
I have been making small quilts ever since I started quilting in 1984. That’s 35 years.
I’ve had Halloween on my mind the past few weeks. As I worked on my Halloween improv quilt, I decided it needed some trick or treat candy, and that’s how this little block was born. I’m presenting it as my latest freebie for you! These instructions are for a 6″ block.
I’ve been steadily working on a new sampler quilt from Fig Tree & Co. called Halloween Figs. I’ve rarely made anything related to Halloween because for decades I went to an ultra-conservative church that forbade us to have anything to do with that holiday.
Now I’m more middle-of-the-road and I think it’s fine if children want to dress in costumes and ask for candy. It’s only evil if you make it evil. Anyway…
This is the original quilt and isn’t it wonderful? I like it a lot but I wanted to sew from my stash so mine is going to be scrappy. I pulled fabrics from the color drawers a few weeks back.
This is Yule Glow, my latest design for McCall’s Quilting and their Nov/Dec ’19 issue, on newsstands now.
I’m within half a breath of being caught up with my deadlines, which means I have a rare opportunity to sew what I want to sew. There are many projects on my personal list but because it’s almost October, the new Halloween Figs has risen to the top.
The fabrics in the original quilt are from a Moda line by Fig Tree called All Hallow’s Eve, but I didn’t wish to buy a kit and it seems that little yardage is still available. I’ve heard rumors that it will be reprinted but in the meantime, I want to make my quilt.
It’s not hard to find Pine Burr inspiration online. The quilt above is listed for sale at lstDibs with a price tag of $7500. It’s described as “exceptional African American pine burr quilt. All hand quilted and pieced. Found in Selma, Alabama. Fantastic color placement and design. These quilts were made with leftover fabric and clothing.”
The date is given as 1920s and the style is designated as folk art. It’s 60″ x 75″ which makes each block around 12″ square.
Two things piqued my interest in Pine Burr. One was the Bellevue Arts Museum’s exhibition “Bold Expressions: African American Quilts” of more than 50 pieces from the Corrine Riley Collection in the fall of 2012. The quilt above was part of the exhibit.