Be inspired to use those precut fabrics with Michelle Marvig, as she shows you how to create a fun, modern quilt featuring the Ocean Waves quilt block made in 2 1/2in fabric strips. Follow along with Michelle and you’ll be able to create your own version of Michelle’s Oceans of Colour Quilt pattern.
Includes instructions for creating your own version of Michelle’s quilt pattern
Full materials list included in instructions
Michelle shares her advice and tips on selecting a precut fabric strip set, such as a jelly roll, to use for your quilt, and how to separate the different prints into colour groupings
After you’ve sorted and cut your fabrics, you’ll learn how to cut your fabrics into triangles, squares and rectangles, piecing them into their units and blocks, and finally, Michelle takes you through assembling the quilt layout and border
Detailed step-by-step instructions take you through making the quilt, from cutting your fabrics through to completion
Instructions include Michelle’s quilt layout diagrams, as well as blank diagrams for you to colour with your fabric selection’s colour range
A great project for intermediate-level quilters looking for a quilt pattern using precut fabrics and requiring organisation and detailed planning
Chapter 1: Meet Michelle Marvig (3 min)
Meet quilt designer and teacher, Michelle Marvig as she introduces you to the project quilt featuring a traditional quilt block you’ll be making using 2 1/2in precut fabric strips.
Chapter 2: Fabric selection process (12 min)
Before you start sewing, Michelle talks you through how to select your fabrics for the project, looking at colours and fabrics, and how to choose the right ones for your quilt and then how to sort your fabrics for the quilt layout.
Chapter 3: Cutting the triangles, squares and rectangles (10 min)
Michelle then takes you through breaking down the units you will need to cut, and then moving on to cutting them from your fabric strips with templates and rulers.
Chapter 4: Piecing the triangles and blocks (30 min)
Then its time to head to the sewing machine, as Michelle shows you how to piece the individual units then how to join them together to give you the different units for your block.
Chapter 5: Assembling the blocks and borders (10 min)
Michelle then shows you how to join the block units to give you the overall effect of the quilt design, and then finishing off with a border.
Chapter 6: Michelle’s quilt gallery (12 min)
Michelle takes you through a gallery of her other quilts with some more examples of triangle designs and quilts made with precut fabrics.
How would you describe your particular craft style? Traditional patchwork with a twist. I love starting with a traditional design, but updating the technique or layout to create something new. I general piece and appliqué by machine, however also enjoy hand piecing.
Did your distinctive style happen over time or was it immediate when you started stitching? When I first started making quilts, I simply made quilts from other people’s patterns. But then I started to work as a sample quiltmaker for a fabric importer and needed to be able to publish my own original patterns. I have been designing my originals for 25 years now. As I develop my skills, my patterns change to reflect the new skills. Also, a change in house has altered my quiltmaking style, as my new home has a more modern feel.
Are you good at all the crafts you’ve tried? I used to knit and make clothes and dolls, but since patchwork, I’ve not really had the time or inclination to go back to these crafts. But I now have a granddaughter, so making dresses for her may be in my future. I love the look of crochet but have never mastered the art. Can’t keep the loops even!
What sorts of crafts do you avoid like the plague? Paper crafts. I have so much sewing paraphernalia that I could not fit the tools required for paperwork in the house.
Other than crafting, how do you like to spend your time? Working as the creative director for Quilters Companion magazine, taking QC tour groups overseas for patchwork adventures, designing fabric ranges for Leutenegger and spending time with family.
Do you listen to music/radio or watch TV while you sew - what do you like to listen to/watch? I listen to the radio or will have the TV on while I sew. I enjoy home shows, travel shows, cooking shows and documentaries. Something that I can learn from.
Do you like craft shopping alone or with friends? I love shopping with other people. I’m lucky that I get to take people shopping overseas while on tour for QC. It is fabulous to help others select fabrics, throw in a few pieces they may not have considered, and open up the possibilities of fabric combinations. Actually, it is the same when I teach. Helping select fabrics for a new project for a student and seeing it through to the end result is very rewarding.
What are you top five favourite craft blogs? Due to my busy schedule, I don’t have time to read blogs. The only one that I have followed is Barbara Brackman (barbarabrackman.blogspot.com.au), who writes about antique quilts. We have a lot to learn from those who came before us.