Stars and Chevrons: A Visit with Laura DeMarco VanSlyke

VanSlyke Laura 225 Stars and Chevrons: A Visit with Laura DeMarco VanSlykeWelcome 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.

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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:

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Laura’s home studio has wonderful natural light

I think this quilt could be made in many different color combinations.  I hope you enjoy making this quilt.

flat 500 Stars and Chevrons: A Visit with Laura DeMarco VanSlykeThanks, 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!

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Tuesday Tutorials: Soft Fast-Fused Applique

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Soft Fast Fused AppliqueFusible-web techniques make appliqué quilt patterns achievable for nearly any quilter. But they can also add unwanted stiffness to the finished quilt if the appliquéd areas are large or many-layered. The amount of fusible web in a quilt is directly proportional to that stiff, cardboard-y feeling.

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“Window” fusible web shapes to help keep quilts soft

To make fusible web projects as soft and drapable as possible, try “windowing” your traced fusible web shapes. We have a free video available with step by step instructions for this technique. Watch this quick, free video here!

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Stacking similar shapes can save a LOT of fusible web!

 

There are also bonus tips to save fusible web and to make fused appliqué lie flat in pieced areas of a quilt.

 

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A big thanks to Timeless Treasures Fabrics, who sponsored this free Tuesday Tutorial video.

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

Ready to try some fusible web quilt patterns? Check these out!

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Book Review: 50 Fat Quarter Makes

Patterson Kathy 70px Book Review: 50 Fat Quarter MakesLet me begin with my heartfelt Ode to the Fat Quarter:

Oh lovely cut of fabric, you’re the size that I adore
I can’t resist your siren song at any fabric store
Just eighteen inches by half a WOF, petite as fabric goes
And yet the fun I have with you thrills me from head to toes.

So here’s to you, fat quarter cut, and all our ever-afters
Let others fill their stash with yards, I’ll stack you to the rafters
Variety, convenience, eye-candy on my mat,
All make me proud to tell the world, hey fat is where it’s at!

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If you feel at all as I do about fat quarter cuts of fabric, you need to get a copy of 50 Fat Quarter Makes, edited by Ame Verso (David & Charles, 2015), right away. The subtitle of the book tells it all: Fifty Sewing Projects Made Using Fat Quarters. Each pattern in the book requires anywhere from one to ten fat quarters, and the eleven contributing designers came up with wonderful and versatile designs to make the most of any fat quarter stash.

 

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There are quilts, and they are adorable and cute, but there are also a lot of easy patterns for small items for home dec, fashion, and gift giving.

 

 

 

 

 

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You don’t have to have garment or home dec sewing experience to make these projects, just basic quilt making skills. I was amazed at the variety and number of projects I’d be happy to make for friends and family.

 

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There are even hedgehogs. Need I say more?

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With holiday gift giving always in mind, I highly recommend this book to quilters of all skill levels and interests. It will help you turn your favorite fat quarters into gifts and items for your home for many years to come.

Get a paperback copy of 50 Fat Quarter Makes here, or download the eBook instantly and start turning fat quarters into fun fresh projects today. Enjoy!

 

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garnet Trace

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garnet TraceIf you already have your copy of the new July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you know we promised the Garnet Trace free queen/king size quilt pattern as part of our I Love This Quilt! series. Chosen by art director Tracee Doran, the quilt was designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth. Traditional, lovely, scrappy, and fun to make…here’s this week’s Friday Free Quilt Pattern, Garnet Trace!

Garnet Trace 500px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Garnet TraceAlthough Tracee recently left the McCall’s Quilting staff, we do have notes about this quilt pattern in an Editors’ Blog post for you. Download the FREE Garnet Trace queen/king size quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie.

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all!

 

Order your copy of the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting here:

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Spring International Quilt Market Wrap-Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinson

Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer, and author Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs! Read on and don’t miss the fabric and Quilt Dots giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.

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We just returned from Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis where we launched our new division for Planted Seed Designs – PSD2.

What is PSD2?
PSD2 is Pure and Simple Designs for the NOW generation.

Why PSD2?
When I started designing fabric for Red Rooster Fabrics, my 3 adult sons asked me to design fabric for them!  Fabric with NO flowers or leaves and quilts with NO stars and pinwheels.

You may have already seen two of the quilts made with PSD2 fabrics. . . .
Mixed 400 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinson“Mixed Metals” (above) appeared in the May/June 2015 McCall’s Quilting magazine.

Gold 400 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonAnd “Gold Dust” is in the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine.

The Steel Collection is a 21 piece collection of black, charcoal, gray, tan, goldenrod, and cream geometric prints with streaks of silver metallic threads creating the print’s design.

CallMeTextMe Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonThe Steel Collection has a fun Call Me/Text Me print too of area codes and common text abbreviations.  All three of our boys live out of state.  Every time they travel back home, I always ask them to text me when they arrive so I know they made it home safe.  I used to say call me before text messaging took its place.

We had quilts at Market and so much more.  To show the versatility and beauty of the Steel Collection,

we had bears . . . . .Bears Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinsonand jackets . . . .Jackets Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri Robinsonand bags, totes, and home dec, oh my!Bags Totes Steel 500 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonIn celebration of a new division, a new fabric line, and a successful quilt market, we’re giving away fabric stacks and Quilt Dots to inspire you to create!

Good luck, have fun and cheers to creativity!

Gerri

P.S. Curious about the red quilts in the pictures?  Coming soon to both McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts later this fall, stay tuned!

 

Gerri prize 300 Spring International Quilt Market Wrap Up: A Visit with Gerri RobinsonThanks so much, Gerri! We are giving away 2 prize packages each containing a fat quarter pack of Gerri’s Steel fabric collection for Red Rooster Fabrics PLUS 6 Quilt Dots and a necklace to wear them in! Leave a comment below before midnight June 21, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Two names will be drawn on June 22 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Cathryn Hepburn of Chico, California and Janey Cook of Blackfoot, Idaho.

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Hot Off The Press: McCall’s Quilting July/August 2015!

Summer often means extra leisure time, and how better to use it than quilt making? The July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting is now arriving in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands, packed with 16 enticing, fresh quilt patterns. Let’s get ready to stitch!

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Ready to see what’s inside? Here are all the quilts patterned in this issue, in a 3-minute preview video. Click the image to get inspired!

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Don’t forget to download all of this issue’s FREE web bonus quilt patterns for your personal pattern library. And browse all the lovely kits available for projects in this issue right here!

This issue is available on newsstands no later than June 2, and may also be purchased online in print or instant digital download format at our Quilt and Sew Shop. Grab your copy and your sticky notes and find your next quilting project (or 2 or 3) right here!

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Show Your Pride Wall Quilt

Patterson Kathy 70px Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Show Your Pride Wall QuiltWith Memorial Day weekend upon us, a patriotic quilt pattern seems appropriate for this week’s Friday Freebie. In fact, this week’s free quilt pattern is so quick you could actually start it now and have it ready for Monday’s celebrations if you were so inclined! The Show Your Pride wall quilt pattern combines simple piecing with fast fused appliqué for a classic design with impressive graphic punch. Here is Show Your Pride, designed by Cheryl Almgren Taylor!

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Show Your Pride finishes 54 1/2″ x 54 1/2″, perfect for wall or table top.

Wouldn’t this make a great quilt for a porch wall? If you’re looking for a project to represent patriotic quilt making, this is the free quilt pattern for you! I can see this made in softer red, white, and blue prints as well, for a more cottage chic look.

Download the FREE Show Your Pride wall quilt pattern now…it’s a Friday FREEbie!

Have you missed any of our previous Friday Freebies? Click here to find them all.

 

Don’t miss the Memorial Day sale in our online shop! Use coupon code QSMD20 to get 20% off nearly everything in the store through Monday, May 25, including more patriotic patterns like these:

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Perky Posies: A Visit with Kate Colleran

Colleran Kate 200 Perky Posies: A Visit with Kate ColleranWelcome back guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs! Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway contest at the bottom of the article.

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be guest blogging again here on the McCall’s Quilting blog. I love starting a new quilt. The process can be so exhilarating, but it can also have its challenges.

How to begin? For me, sometimes a design starts with an idea or a feeling I want to convey. Other times it starts with the fabrics; I see some yummy fabrics and I try to figure out what I can do with them. I often get asked if I design using paper and pencil or if I use a computer program. I actually do both. Some designs start on paper and then end up in the computer; others are done completely in the computer.

Perky Posies 450px Perky Posies: A Visit with Kate ColleranFor my quilt Perky Posies, patterned in the June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, I started with an idea. I wanted a fun  appliquéd and pieced project. I wanted it to have a flower but not feel “floral”; I wanted  the flower to be simple. Graphic. And I wanted  a light, spring look to the quilt. So I made the flower out of circles with just a couple of leaves. Then I added pieced blocks to surround the cute little posies.
Perky Posies quilting and applique 227x300 Perky Posies: A Visit with Kate ColleranOnce I had my design, I started to look for fabrics. And these fabrics from the line Aloha Girl by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics fit the bill perfectly! I just love them.

 

Sometimes the challenging part about the design process is picking the quilting design and the thread color. I am so lucky to be working with a great long arm quilter, Crystal Zagnoli of the Quilted Cricket. The question we ask is what kind of quilting do we need to compliment the design? Sometimes the quilting just needs to support the quilt’s design, other times it needs to stand out a little and help “make” the quilt. Perky Posies, with it’s big blank areas, needed a great design to finish it.

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I think we chose a great pattern, don’t you? It is called Irish Chain Block 1 by Karlee Porter and the circles mimicked the circles in the flowers. Then Crystal used arcs in the chains and outlined the appliqué to make it pop. And if you look closely, we quilted the circle design in a light green thread. The more likely choice would have been a cream to blend into the background. But the light green allowed the design to stand out but not take over. A nice mix!

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Thank you for visiting with me and my Perky Posies quilt. Now, how about a giveaway? To be entered into the drawing leave a comment; we would love to hear about your favorite part of the quilting process.

Kate

book cover Perky Posies: A Visit with Kate ColleranThanks, Kate! And thanks to the folks at C&T Publishing, we are giving away 3 copies of Kate’s new book, Smash Your Precut Stash. Leave a comment below before midnight June 16, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on June 17 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

We have our winners! Congratulations to Lisa England of Ashland, Kentucky; Dorothy Munger of La Center, Washington; and Michele Timms of Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada.

If you don’t already have a copy of our June/July issue, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Perky Posies quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. We also offer Daylight Wafer 1 light boxes, featured in the Perky Posies pattern how-to photos.

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I Love This Quilt: Garnet Trace

Patterson Kathy 70px I Love This Quilt: Garnet TraceWe regret to report that Tracee Doran has left the staff of McCall’s Quilting. We’ll all miss her energy, talent, and sweet heart very much! But “the show must go on”, so as promised here is the free quilt pattern for Garnet Trace, Tracee’s choice for the I Love This Quilt! page in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The pattern for Garnet Trace originally appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

 

Garnet Trace, designed by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth, is a large quilt, big enough for a queen or king size bed depending on mattress depth. Carrie Nation quilt block I Love This Quilt: Garnet TraceCarrie Nation quilt blocks and repro fabrics give the design an antique feel. Traditionalists will absolutely love making this pattern, which is faster than you might think thanks to clever use of strip piecing at every opportunity.

 

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Download the Garnet Trace FREE quilt pattern here.

 

 

 

 

 

You may also enjoy our Friday Free Quilt Patterns and Tuesday Tutorials.

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Tuesday Tutorials: Curved Piecing

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorials: Curved PiecingWhile it’s true that you can quilt for a lifetime and never need to make a single curved seam, curved piecing adds a very versatile skill to your bag of tricks. Without it, there would be no Drunkard’s Paths, no Orange Peels, no Whirling Pinwheels! A whole other world of classic and contemporary quilt designs opens up once you master the simple technique of curved piecing. So let’s take a step-by-step look with this week’s Tuesday Tutorial:

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Finger-press both template patches in half. Use folds as your pinning guide. Position both patches, right sides together, folds aligned, and the inner-curve patch on top. Pin together at folds.

 

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Aligning straight edges and corner raw edges, pin patches together at 1 corner. To help keep straight edges aligned, insert pin so it enters and exits fabric twice.

 

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Repeat with remaining corner. You can add more pins if desired, but you may be surprised how well 3 do the trick!

 

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With inner-curve patch on top, stitch 1/4˝ seam slowly, turning and easing to align curved edges as you go. An awl or other pointed tool makes this easier. Remove pins
as each is approached.

 

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Continue stitching around curve, smoothing out any tucks on the layers.

 

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Open and press seam towards outer-curve patch (red in this photo) to complete curved unit. Make in color combinations and quantities needed for your quilt pattern.

And that’s all there is to it! The first time you try curved piecing, it looks weird and it feels weird. But after just one or two curved seams, you’ll totally get the hang of it and be ready to tackle any number of curved quilt designs.

Remember you can access any of our free how-to-quilt lessons any time day or night—click here to see the full selectionAnd don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—see them all right here!

Ready to try some curved piecing? Check out these designs!

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