Twenty-five years. Are we the only ones who feel like 1993 was just a few years ago? Well, that was the year McCall’s Quilting debuted, and this year we’re celebrating our silver anniversary in every issue with classic patterns made new.
The Early Years: Anniversary Gift
We kicked things off in the March/April 2018 issue with Anniversary Gift to represent our earliest years. It’s a remake of the Southwest-inspired Paño Picante by Flavin Glover that was published in the July 1994 issue, a contemporary spin on a Log Cabin pattern that looks just as great today. We kept the color placement very similar to the original but lightented things up by using batiks in place of prints.
Longtime Friend: Anniversary Stars
Anniversary Stars was the May/June 2018 remake of Sherri’s Scrappy Stars, originally published in the November/December 2010 issue. It was designed by Sherri Bain Driver, who is familiar to McCall’s Quilting readers as a quilt designer and longtime associate editor and video instructor.
What you may not know is that Sherri is an award-winning quilter in her own right and has had quilts juried into International Quilt Festival in Houston. We are very fortunate to have had Sherri’s input and skills here at McCall’s Quilting for as long we did and are so happy to have included her in our celebration. (A kit for Anniversary Stars is available, and you can read more about how to make Anniversary Stars with a fat quarter bundle of your choosing here.)
Accentuate the Strength: Anniversary Surprise
Anniversary Surprise, featured in the July/August 2018 issue, is a remake of a quilt from the August 2000 issue designed by Emily Senuta, Doreen Perkins, and Anita Shackelford. We switched up the palette and used batiks in innovative patterns to emphasize the strong lines and shapes of the composition.
More Silver Anniversary Patterns in Store
So that’s three patterns down, and three anniversary patterns yet to go!
Keep your eyes out for the September/October 2018 issue, available now in our store and hitting newsstands later this month. For this issue, we remade a pattern by Colleen Reale and Chloe Anderson from the October 2008 issue, naming it Anniversary Sunset. The new version takes advantage of the current trend of ombre fabrics in a gorgeous throw that’s perfect for autumn. (A kit is also available.)
Our anniversary patterns will continue in the November/December 2018 issue and into the first issue of 2019. We’re having a blast revisiting our past 25 years with patterns that are just as fun to make and beautiful to look at now as they were when first published, and we hope you are, too. Stay tuned—there are more silver celebrations coming your way!