Bevels: A Visit with Patti Carey

Carey Patti 250px Bevels: A Visit with Patti CareyMeet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer, and Northcott’s Vice President of Public Relations Patti Carey. Patti’s quilt Bevels is featured in the October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabulous fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!


For this quilt, I wanted to do something easy, since it is McCall’s Quick Quilts, so the STRIP-R fabric from the Ambience collection made this quilt super easy.  I also wanted to make something that was kind of modern – I joined a modern quilt guild recently, and it has me rethinking the style of quilts that I make.  With this in mind, I included a lot of background (negative space).

20707 44 Bevels: A Visit with Patti CareyThis quilt, surprisingly, uses only 2 fabrics: the white background and the STRIP-R fabric.  What is a STRIP-R?  It is a fabric with twenty-one 2” wide lengthwise strips across the width.  I pitched the idea of this fabric design to Northcott’s Creative Director Deborah Edwards, and, happily, she was able to bring my idea to fruition, including them in a large selection of current and upcoming Northcott collections.

Why 2” strips? Because they are like a jellyroll that is already sewn together, eliminating the need to sew the strips together.  The possibilities for STRIP-R’s are endless!  They work in so many of the jellyroll patterns available today – simply start at step 2!  They can be used in so many creative ways – Northcott has added a STRIP-R video to their YouTube channel showing just some of the ways in which quilters can use this innovative fabric for quick and easy quilts and projects.

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Bevels finishes 91″ x 103 1/2″, a generous queen size.

I wanted to use the Ambience STRIP-R to its advantage, letting the fabric do the work in the quilt.  The Bevels quilt uses big pieces of STRIP-R fabric cut from lengthwise strips, and equally big pieces of background fabrics.  It went together very quickly.

quilting detail 600px Bevels: A Visit with Patti CareyThen on to the quilting.  For inspiration, I flipped through 2 of my favorite modern quilting books – both are by Angela Walters.  Angela says that there is nothing wrong with feathers, and they are my go-to when I don’t know what else to do, so that’s where I started.  I was only going to do a bit of feather quilting, but before I knew it they were flowing all over the quilt top.  I added some ¼” parallel lines between the blocks and the feathers to fill in the space and to get back to a modern mode, then bound the quilt with more STRIP-R – it makes great binding when cut on the bias!


Prizes 300px Bevels: A Visit with Patti CareyThanks so much, Patti! And thanks to the folks at Northcott, we are giving away 3 luscious fabric packs of the Ambience fabric collection. Each prize package includes a yard of the STRIP-R stripe, a yard of the No Sew Circles print, and 8 coordinating fat quarters. Leave a comment below before midnight September 30, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on October 1 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

Congratulations to our winners: Kathy Dedmore of Brookings, Oregon; Cynthia Key of Clawson, Michigan; and Anna Brown of Parkman, Maine!

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If you’d like to make your own version of Patti’s Bevels quilt and don’t already have a copy of the October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Bevels quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And there are still a few Bevels quilt kits and backing fabric packs available for preorder, too!

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246 Responses to Bevels: A Visit with Patti Carey

  1. Pamela Zajicek says:

    My niece and sister-in-law have both asked for blue quilts, so this is such a helpful suggestion and I love the feathers running in between. Thanks for sharing this new product from Northcott. I will be looking for it. Enjoyed your blog, Patti.

  2. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful quilt and lovely fabric! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  3. Andrew says:

    I like how they’re making it “easier” to do more fancy things. I don’t have a lot of patience, but I like to make nice looking quilts!

  4. Celene Thelen says:

    What a great idea for fabric! And I absolutely love the quilt. The colors make me think of the sea and the beach – just the ticket with winter fast approaching. Gorgeous!

  5. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    Oh my so beautiful. I would love to win your gift, as I’ve been wanting to make a quilt that reminds me of the ocean and these would work great. Thanks.

  6. Dale Wallace says:

    What a wonderful conception, I love time saving ideas because I have Muscular dystrophy and that saves a lot of stress off my body. Love the quilt pattern and I am definitely getting some of this fabric! Thanks.

  7. Kathy says:

    I watched the video for “Strip-R”, and it is fantastic! I’ve wanted to do a bargello quilt for some time, but was afraid of choosing the colors. The Strip-R is perfect. The colors are chosen for you with those gorgeous blues.

  8. MHH says:

    These fabrics are very colorful. I look forward to working with them.

  9. bev b says:

    my favorite colors all in one- NICE!!!

  10. teri says:

    Such beautiful colors and I love the quilt!

  11. JerseyJane says:

    The fabric would be great for a sea and sky quilt!

  12. Susan Toukatly says:

    I love the modern pattern and the blue/green colorway! I like the idea of having the striped fabric with all the colorways on it. I can see many different possibilities for combinations and can’t wait to try it!

  13. Linda Taylor says:

    I love that all the gradation is done for me, and I don’t have to spend time wondering if I am making the right choice for a transition. Love the colors.

  14. Donna says:

    Oh so pretty! Blue is just so bluishous!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  15. Bev M. says:

    What a great idea for a quilt you would need in a hurry. Makes your pricing so much easier.

  16. marta says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I like the gradation in the quilt…marta

  17. Judy schwarzmann says:

    Wow, blue fabrics and feathers. What’s not to love?

  18. Rosalie says:

    Looks great…I have used something similar in a kit quilt.

  19. Pat K says:

    This blue color combination is one of my favorites. Love the quilt.

  20. Susie De Soto says:

    Wouldn’t you just know that blue is my favorite color. There are so many ideas just percolating around in my mind involving this beautiful fabric. I would love to give it a go.

  21. Ginger. Lindsay says:

    Blues for views. So striking

  22. Rita Scott says:

    I love this fabric and how wonderful to be able to use it as if it were a jelly roll. Would make doing a quilt in no time. Thanks so much for coming up with such a great fabric.

  23. Deborah says:

    The fabrics look lovely and the pattern looks lovely. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  24. Diantha Howard says:

    What a great idea for fabric! Beautiful too.
    Thanks for the chance at a giveaway.

  25. Rhonda Davis says:

    Love the color combination. The STRIP-R fabric would be fun to work with.

  26. Rebecca Schmitt says:

    Oh my goodness! This is a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to get my hands on some!!!

  27. Theresa says:

    Toremalines and aquamarines, a real jewel of a quilt. I’d love a chance to win the fabric please.

  28. Judy Smith says:

    I’ve always liked the idea of different prints printed together.

  29. Tonya Tingey says:

    I love what you’ve done here and I can’t wait to try this. I would love to win the material and hope that you draw my name!!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Bambi Pearson says:

    Awesome fabric design! Will definitely have to purchase some yardage of each color scheme it comes in for my fabric stash.

  31. Doreen S says:

    Love the shades of blue and you did such a wonderful job of designing the bevels! Thank you! And thank’s for the chance to have my own chance to make this beautiful quilt!

  32. Love the idea if strip quilting. The color gradations are great.

  33. Sandy W. says:

    What interesting fabric. I’ll have to look for it in the stores. It would make a lovely quilt for my newly repainted guest bedroom.

  34. Debbie Williams says:

    Feeling ‘blue’. ; )

  35. Delaine says:

    This is one beautiful quilt! My favourite colour is blue. Thanks!

  36. Loved the idea and the samples in the video. Beautiful.

  37. Laurie Weimar says:

    I love the quilt and the fabric choices!

  38. Tammy Ahrens says:

    What a wonderful way to use the fabric. I bet the squares on point would look great as pillow shams!

  39. Peggy says:

    Such beautiful colors and I love the gradation of colors. So many possibilities of using the fabric. My mind is full of visions of using this material. The quilt is beautiful.

  40. DarlaC says:

    A great idea. Beautiful fabric. I love the quilt.

  41. collette Mcmanus says:

    Beautiful colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Sue Fender says:

    I love your use of colors in your quilts.

  43. Lynnette Wilson says:

    I love the beautiful but easy pattern. Make a beautiful modern quilt.

  44. Janie Lloyd says:

    This is fantastic.
    Instead of sewing strips, you can get right to the main bevel pattern.
    This is a pattern I have been looking at for a while, but just did not look forward to sewing all those pieces together.
    Really, really like this fabric.

  45. Bridget says:

    What a great idea for this fabric. I look forward to using it. It will save so much time.

  46. Kathleen says:

    Wow! Not only is this fabric a cool concept, it’s in my colors too!! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  47. Terri says:

    How pretty! I can think of so many ways this fabric can be used in quilting! Awesome idea, and what a timesaver!

  48. Karen P. says:

    Neat idea! Have a easy to use fabric for increasing textures with out increasing the amount of sewing. I do really like the colors and patterns shown.

  49. Elizabeth Kuntz says:

    I love the pattern and colors. That is the most unique fabric I’ve seen.

  50. carol says:

    This new fabric is great- would eliminate the need to sew all those strips together and less bulk . It does look nice with the negative space to do some creative quilt stitching.

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