McCall's Quilting - March/April 2018 - 56
Assembling the Quilt Top
NOTE: Refer to Assembly Diagram for
following steps, watching block placement and orientation.
10 Sew 3 rows of 3 blocks each as
shown. Stitch rows together.
11 Refer to Bias Binding in Quilt Basics to make blue stripe bias binding.
Quilting and Finishing
12 Layer, baste and quilt. Catherine
machine quilted around the applique,
leaf motifs in the white part of the
ﬂowers, loops in the colorful part of
the ﬂowers, swirls in the leaves and
an allover swirling leaf and vine motif
in the background. Bind with blue
stripe bias binding.
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Designer Proﬁle: Nancy Halvorsen
Nancy Halvorsen of Salt Lake City, UT, has been designing quilt
patterns and project books since 1992 and designing fabric
for Benartex since 1996. "I have always been interested in
creating, drawing and sewing since I was a little girl," she said.
"I sewed by hand, before I was old enough to use a sewing
machine, to create dolls and accessories. As I got older, I sewed
my clothes and things for my home."
It was by pure chance that she got involved in quilting, and
very soon after she began designing her own patterns. "A friend
who was teaching a class on hand piecing introduced me to
quilting," Nancy recalled. "It didn't take long before I was having
fun designing my own quilts and projects and pulling together
my love for all sorts of artistic expression." After receiving lots of
positive feedback for her quilt designs, she decided to take her
newfound love for quilting even further.
"So many friends asked me where the designs had come from
that I decided to try publishing a few pattern packets," she
said. "I felt comfortable self-publishing my patterns because
I worked for a printer all through high school and college. I
published my ﬁrst patterns in 1992 and exhibited at my ﬁrst
wholesale quilt show in 1994. That's when Art to Heart really
took off and I've loved every minute of it!"
Nancy's innovative and appeal-ing Art to Heart designs are
recognized and loved around
the world. She just published
her 52nd book, Imagine (Art to
Heart, 2017), a Block-of-theMonth project book with an
uplifting word in each block.
She is constantly working on
new patterns, fabric collections and project designs,
ﬁnding inspiration everywhere. Many of her designs have
positive, uplifting messages and
images, and the Life in
Full Bloom quilt is no exception! She talked to McCall's Quilting about her inspiration for this design.
"We all have trials and adversity in our lives," she said. "We
might not have any control over these situations, but we do
have control over how we react to them. We can choose to
be happy in any circumstance, no matter what. I designed this
quilt to remind us to always choose to be of good cheer and
to live life in full bloom!"