Heritage Quilts Made Modern

Run, don’t walk, to your local quilt shop to get the McCall’s Quilting special interest magazine Heritage Quilts Made Modern. It goes on sale on September 2, 2014.

This issue was the brainchild of both McCall’s Quilting magazine and Handi Quilter’s marketing director Brenda Groelz.

COVER FullBrenda began collecting vintage quilt tops more than 30 years ago, when as a new farm wife she attended estate auctions in Nebraska. Her intent then evolved into having these fabulous flimsies brought to life with innovative machine quilting.

Enter some of the Handi Quilter educators who selected tops from Brenda’s collection to quilt. Their mission — and they were up to the challenge — was to quilt them using modern themes and techniques. Yes, that also meant quilting them on a Handi Quilter machine — something that would amaze the nameless, creative quilters who lovingly made these long-forgotten quilt tops.

Are you ready for a quilt show? (Click any image to see the quilt full size.)

Be sure to get a copy of the magazine because not only does it have the patterns for each of these vintage quilts, each of the quilters describes how she approached the quilting to turn these into Heritage Quilts Made Modern.



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HQ Studio Educators’ Quilting Featured in American Patchwork and Quilting

Once again the fabulous quilting by the HQ studio educators was featured in the current (August 2104) issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.


They quilted the color  variation of the Chocolate and Cherries quilt designed by Tammy Vonderschmitt, featuring the Collection for a Cause Mill Book Series Circa 1852 fabric collection by Howard Marcus for Moda Fabrics.

Here’s the original color variation of Chocolate and Cherries:

chocolate and cherriesDesigned by Tammy Vonderschmitt. Used with permission
from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2014 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

And here’s the color variation, using neutral batiks and print. Click the image below if you’d like to download the pattern and make your own variation.

APQAugust quilt

Here are some close-up photos of the quilting:



We hope you enjoy seeing the work of the HQ studio educators and that it inspires you as you too finish quilts!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Loris of Cambria, CA. Your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 9 is coming from Quiltmaker magazine! Thanks to all who left such kind comments about the block and the quilt!

We’re so happy to be part of the kickoff of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 9 blog tour! Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on Thursday, May 1 for a chance to win a copy of the special issue.

Our favorite block in Vol. 9 (and we’re not showing any favoritism here) is by HQ employee Nancy Allen. The block is called Folk Art Mexican Rose because according to Nancy “it was inspired by a hand-carved Mexican chest purchased in Guadalajara, Mexico.”

Vol9 block 801

Nancy’s original block was done with warm colors that reminded her of the summer she lived in Mexico. But we love the colorful version she made into a table runner with pink, red, aqua, and white fabrics.

vol 9 table runner

Thanks to HQ education coordinator Vicki Hoth for quilting the table runner.



And, ta da! Here are some closeups of the great quilting that Vicki did.

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It almost looks like the block was done in a trapunto style. But it was just the fabulous micro quilting, in contrast with areas left unquilted that created this dimension.

Be sure to visit Nancy’s blog, Bountiful Heirlooms, as part of the blog tour on Thursday to see more about how she did this block.

And definitely leave a comment before midnight on May 1, 2014 to possibly be the lucky winner of a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9. Good luck!


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