Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer Laura DeMarco VanSlyke! Laura has been designing quilts for McCall’s Quilting for many years, and this is her first time appearing on our Editors’ Blog. Her fat quarter quilt, Stars & Chevrons, is patterned in the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.
I’ve been quilting for about 25 years. I love scrappy quilts and traditional patterns.
I was out running one morning and thought about this quilt. I love sawtooth stars and thought it would be fun to combine them with a chevron pattern. My mother is active in the Quilts of Valor program and she was also an inspiration for designing the quilt.
I took most of the fabrics out of my “stash”, but did have to go to my local quilt shop to pick up a few more fabrics. My mother and I owned a quilt shop that was opened for thirty years. She wanted to retire, so after closing the doors five years ago, I have found that I love designing quilts again, now in my home studio:
I think this quilt could be made in many different color combinations. I hope you enjoy making this quilt.
Thanks, Laura! If you’d like to make Stars & Chevrons and don’t have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy in our online shop. The pattern is also available as an individual digital download. And if your stash is short on red, white, and blue fat quarters, check out our Patriotic Prints fat quarter pack!