Meet 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).
This 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.
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.
Then 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!
Thanks 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.
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!