McQ&A: Your Questions, Our Answers!
How do you like to use stars and stripes in your quilts? We asked four of our editors to share their ideas for the McQ&A page in the July/August 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting, on sale everywhere May 29!
I frequently use stripes as borders because I love the motion that they add to a quilt. Although some people may think that striped borders can make a quilt too “busy” looking, I think that stripes add just the right amount of pizzazz!
I love star blocks and have used them in many quilts. I have a weak spot for star prints too, especially navy backgrounds with yellow or metallic stars. A few years ago I made a modified log cabin quilt in scrappy blues and whites, and so many of my blue prints had metallic stars that they gave the quilt a pretty celestial sparkle. I also love using stripes in my quilts, whether the stripes are pieced bands or printed stripe fabric. They’re so great for giving directional movement when you use the stripes deliberately. I can’t recall ever putting stars and stripes together in the same project, so I have something to add to my to-do list!
I love to use striped fabric for binding quilts. Cutting the stripes on the diagonal makes an interesting binding. I think it works best with narrow stripes but I always audition wide stripes just in case. And stars … the possibilities are endless. Stars can be the center of attention or play just a minor part in the design. My favorite star quilt has pieced stars, appliquéd stars, foundation-pieced stars and uses fabric with printed stars. The quilt is embellished with metal stars cut by one of my sons. It a super fun quilt.
Group Editorial Director
The word “and” adds a thoughtful pause when I respond to a question about stars and stripes. I honestly don’t recall any quilt project, other than a patriotic-themed one, that I’ve designed or made that incorporates both stars and stripes. I use strips of fabric when I’m strip piecing blocks; I suppose those could be considered stripes. I incorporate star blocks in many of my quilts. And lately I’ve been placing them in pieced borders. I like to use them to add a very fine finish to a quilt edge, like a punctuation mark!
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