I’m enjoying new release Mondays! If only I had enough quilt patterns to keep this up! This week, I would like to introduce Bangles & Beads. This quilt pattern is simple to make. It involves sewing strip sets and cutting them down to size, and making a few half square triangles. I think it would be beginner friendly. On point blocks, in just a few variations, create this look of beaded curtains, where the gray rows are shorter than the colored rows–I love that feature.
The quilt design was inspired by one of the fabric designs in my Improv collection. I loved the little triangle bows and dots and wanted to create a quilt layout with the same feel. If you make this quilt, either colorway of the bow print would make the perfect backing!
And I always love a new neutral print, don’t you? Both colorways of this print are neutral and they combine gray and light cinnamon making it easy to combine various shades of white, ivory, beige and gray with them.
This quilt was pieced for me by Nancy Peach. It was so wonderful to have her help while trying to get all these samples made before market! Nancy reports having used her June Tailor Shape Cut Plus Ruler to cut the strips and to subcut the units. She said it was very helpful. Apparently there is also a Stripology Ruler that is similar that could work too. No special tools beyond a regular quilting ruler are necessary but these specialty rulers might save you some time and aid in precision.
Carrie Zizza quilted it on her longarm. We settled on a “ball and chain” pattern that was modern and minimalist but in keeping with the idea of strings of dangling beads.
My Bangles & Beads pattern is currently available as a pdf download from any of my pattern shops. The printed version is being sent to distributors this week!
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