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. Bonnie Speck says:

    I love this material but having problems finding it.

  2. Jill Voyles says:

    What a great idea and beautiful fabrics!

  3. Debbie says:

    Beautiful colours. Love the quilting.

  4. Betty says:

    Very interesting new fabric. I noticed it on a website and wondered how to work with it.

  5. Judy says:

    What beautiful fabric. It’s blue! My favorite!

  6. Nancy A says:

    Wonderful idea for producing a quilt quickly. I am going to have to look for some of this fabric.

  7. Sue Byrd says:

    Love the fabric! Lots of quilting possibilities.

  8. Bernadette says:

    This is just stunning! What a great idea for fabric. I love the shades here, do they come in other colorways?

  9. Kathy says:

    Bernadette, click on the following link or copy/paste it into your browser. You’ll see all the Ambience colorways on the right side of your screen. All yummy, too! -Kathy-

  10. Maureen says:

    What a great idea for a fabric. Love the colour and the Bevels quilt.

  11. Vivian says:

    I had to read about the fabric twice to realize it was ALREADY fabric, and not strips to be sewn together! (I’m a bit slow at times…) Anyway, after I realized it was regular-width fabric, then it made perfect sense!! Thanks so much for the giveaway, and the fabric is brilliant!! (and gorgeous!!) :-) And I love the quilt!!

  12. Candy says:

    Lovely cool colors and a very practical way to use this specialty fabric.

  13. Donna says:

    What a clever idea!

  14. Janie says:

    Strip-R fabric sounds heaven-sent!

  15. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    There won’t be any fabric rippling in these pre-done strips & a great idea for a log cabin quilt.

  16. Elaine M. says:

    This fabric has so much potential and your Bevels quilt is so slick and modern and yet has a bit of an optical illusion thrown in. Love it.

  17. Mary Ann Taylor says:

    Wonderful colors

  18. AS says:

    Fabric looks great. Would love to win it.

  19. Laura Reuter says:

    Love the colors, and the speed it will take to make a lovely quilt. Laura

  20. L. Ann Ramsen says:

    Love the colors – so soothing. So many possibilities with these gorgeous fabrics. Thanks for the lovely ideas!

  21. Cynthia says:

    The colors are so bright and I am in awe of the quilted feathers in the background. I am sure this quikt will catch the attention of anyone that walks in the room where this quilt is!

  22. Alicia DeRoche says:

    Gorgeous quilt!

  23. Nancy A says:

    Quite a striking quilt from a distance with the STRIP-R fabric in the diamonds.

  24. AS says:

    What fun it would be to win this beautiful fabric.

  25. AS says:

    Fabric looks beautiful–and I love blue.

  26. Pam Dykhuizen says:

    What beautiful colors and a very clever quilt idea.

  27. Annmarie says:

    That is a beautiful quilt! The oceany colors on the stark white are stunning!

  28. Linda says:

    Cool and calming colors in such and energizing and modern quilt design…spectacular!

  29. Verna says:

    What a great idea for fabric! And blue is my favorite color. The quilt is beautiful!

  30. AS says:

    Fabric looks great–I’d love to win.

  31. Darlene Crosby says:

    This fabric and quilt are beautiful! I would love the chance to make this quilt. Thank you.

  32. AS says:

    Many possibilities with this fabric.

  33. Myrna says:

    Lovely quilt, luscious color! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Mary Field says:

    I love the fresh look that Patti created with the fabric. The feathers add some fun movement to the negative space. Also love Patti’s haircut! I haven’t seen her since we took Elaine’s Q’s class @ Quilt Canada 2014.

  35. Roxanne Brunet says:

    The colours are very pleasing for me. I would love to create a captivating bed runner with this fabric.

  36. Barbara Stolzoff says:

    Wonderful invention. I hope my local quilt shop will order these types of fabric.

  37. AS says:

    Thanks for having this great giveaway of beautiful fabric.

  38. Dorothy Hudspeth says:

    You certainly accomplished your goal of creating a modern quilt. Your choice of background and design made this quilt a standout. Loved the colors and look forward to using some the features of this material in a quilt of my own.

  39. Christa Dunn says:

    Beautiful! Thanks!

  40. Christa Dunn says:

    I just love this!! Thanks!!

  41. Arlene King says:

    This is a beautiful pattern!

  42. Toni says:

    Simple and Beautiful! I can see this on the bed of my all white bedroom. Love it!

  43. Lillian Lawson says:

    This is a very beautiful quilt. I just love the colors!!!

  44. Lillian Lawson says:

    I am a beginner and I am just lost for words on the quilt. It’s beautiful!!!!

  45. Jo Baker says:

    What a fantastic looking quilt. Maybe some day I can get that good. A girl can dream.

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