Carolyn’s pick for the I Love This Quilt! page, Nutmeg & Cinnamon by Janice Averill, appears in the July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.
Download the nutmeg & Cinnamon free quilt pattern here, and read on about Carolyn’s plans to make her version of this lovely quilt!
I’m always on the lookout for quick quilts and quilts made from pre-cuts. It seems there is less time in my schedule for quilting than I would like, so quilts that work up quickly are perfect! I like the plaid effect of this quilt formed by rotating every other block. It adds some fun interest to the design.
Even though I mentioned liking quilts made from pre-cuts, that’s not how I made my quilt. I fell in love with a fabric collection called Urban Artifacts designed by Leslie Tucker Jenison for RJR Fabrics while I was at the International Quilt Market in Houston in the fall of 2016. What I really liked best about this collection was one particular print and the way the design looked like it was layered. I thought I could use it in the same position in every block and then add coordinating fabrics.
I didn’t have pre-cut strips of this fabric, like the original pattern, but that was ok. It’s easy to cut 2½” widths of fabric, which I did for the 2½” x 4½” rectangles that I sewed from the light print (my focus fabric) and the 2½” x 2½” squares of the coordinating prints. For the 2½” x 10½” rectangles, instead of cutting 2½”- wide strips, I cut strips 10½” wide, and then cut those into 2½” x 10½” rectangles. Since I used less coordinating fabrics than the original pattern, this was the most efficient method for me to get more rectangles cut quickly.
I chose two different coordinating fabrics for each section and sewed the patches together.
Then I chose two different sections for each block. I laid the blocks out on my floor to find the best arrangement, trying to balance the different fabrics. I ended up taking apart a few of the sections and replacing the small squares with a solid light teal for a little more variety.
I still have the borders to sew on, but I like the way it turned out so far.