Every now and then, we partner with our friends over at McCall’s Quilting and create a book together. Wonderful things happen when we do!
My office walls are covered in wall quilts that I’ve made for myself, as are many of the rooms in my home. I change them with the seasons, or with my mood. It seems I never run out of wall space! What I love about this new book, Best Wall Quilts from McCall’s Quilting, is the variety of quilt patterns for wall hangings. There’s something for everyone: easy, complex, modern, country. My personal favorite is “Shades of Colorwash” by Cindi Edgerton (right), because it feels Amish gone contemporary.
There are so many wonderful reasons to make wall quilts—and the editors at McCall’s Quilting are expert curators. What do they have to say about wall quilts? Let’s find out in this excerpt from Best Wall Quilts.
Although there’s nothing like a lap or bed quilt for comfort and utility, quilters who want their homes to reflect their sewing passion have long relied on wall hangings to showcase their work. McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines have published many wall quilt patterns through the years, and our editorial team has established what we consider to be distinguishing characteristics of successful wall quilts. A successful wall hanging includes one or more of the following attributes:
A wall quilt should be visually exciting, drawing the viewer in for a closer look. Lap and bed quilts may rely on long user exposure in order to exert their charm. But a wall quilt needs to make an impact quickly, as the viewer is walking past it or scanning a room.
Wall quilts can be seasonal or strongly related to a particular decorating style, since quilters often prefer to change wall hangings on a regular basis to refresh their decor.
A quilted wall hanging is a great place to try an unusual or challenging technique. The limited size of such a project makes these fun methods appealing and achievable, even for beginning or time-challenged quilters.
Nature themes are particular favorites among quilters for wall decor. After all, what room isn’t improved by a vase (or a little quilt) full of lovely flowers?
Wall hangings make wonderful gift quilts, and quilters love to create for family and friends.
In other words, a wall quilt is the perfect place to try out new designs, styles, and skills, packing a lot of quilting fun into a limited amount of time. Whether your decorating style is traditional or contemporary, elegant or homey, neutral or aglow with color, there are projects in this book perfect for brightening any room in the house at any season of the year.
Sounds like an excellent time to show you more eye candy! See the rest of the quilts from Best Wall Quilts from McCall’s Quilting at the bottom of this post.
How do you decorate with quilts? Is there an empty wall in your home waiting for a new project? Share your decorating story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Best Wall Quilts from McCall’s Quilting eBook! A winner will be chosen one week from today and notified by email. (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!