Canvas fabrics from Northcott the right choice of a soft colored quilt by Paul Leger February 9, 2018 written by Paul Leger February 9, 2018 717 Over the past 4 days we’ve completed a quilt top by making hundreds of HSTs and QSTs! The 6 vibrantly-colored fabrics from the Northcott Canvas line I chose, make it easy to create a cheerful quilt to banish the January blahs. Yesterday I promised you a surprise and the big reveal is just at the end of this post! The vibrant Northcott Canvas fabric used to make a variation on the Ohio Star Block quilt. Now that the quilt top is completed, it’s time to get it ready for quilting. Quilt Backing Among the great variety of fabrics in my stash, the one type I don’t have is wide-back. The reason for this is that I have way more fabric than I can ever use, so I try to use up the yardage I have before getting more! With our quilt measuring 84½” x 84½” and using fabric with an average width of 40” to 42”, I knew that even if I sewed 2 pieces of fabric together edge to edge, it still wouldn’t be enough width to span the back of the quilt top. Knowing that my long-arm quilter, Kim Mullen of Eye Candy Custom Quilting, wanted a backing measuring 8” longer and 8” wider than the quilt top, I knew I had to find a way to make the backing the required size. I needed more width! Necessity is the mother of invention, or so they say! Well, I remembered all the part strips that were left over from cutting the quilt top and decided to sew them end to end. Problem solved! I got my width! Backing with pieced strip in center to provide width. Batting The batting I used is FAIRFIELD Low-Loft® Quilt Batting – Queen – 228 x 275cm (90″ x 108″). It’s a polyester batting, so, it won’t shrink and will dry quickly after washing. FAIRFIELD Low-Loft® Quilt Batting – Queen Once the quilt backing was suitably widened and prepared and the batting selected, everything was sent to my longarm quilter, Kim. The quilt was loaded onto the longarm machine, look at how beautiful it looks! Quilt top and backing prepared for quilting. Binding The last step is to add the binding. To give the outer edge a bit of pop I decided to use Northcott Canvas green 9030-76. You should have already cut eight 2½” strip for the binding on day one of this week’s posts! As we did yesterday with the outer border, all the strips need to be sewn short edge to short edge. Use your preferred method to do this: • straight edge seams or • edges sewn on a 45o angle. In my opinion, for binding, the 45o angle method looks better. The reason? With seams pressed open, the bulk of the seam will be spread out over 2½”. If you use the edge to edge method, a lot of bulk will be concentrated in an area that will be at most ½” wide. 2 different methods to sew strips together. With the binding strips sewn together, the long strip must now be sewn to the edge of quilt top by machine then finished off by hand. Binding sewn to quilt top. What a great week we’ve had! From selecting, cutting and sewing the fabrics, to having Kim machine-quilt and quilt bound, I’m happy to announce that the quilt is now completed! As promised here’s the reveal! Ta-Da! The finished quilt using Northcott Canvas fabrics Quilt made with a variation of the Ohio Star block using Northcott Canvas fabrics. It sure was a fun week going back to basics and making a traditional pattern. What I loved about this week’s project was using the vibrant colors of Northcott Canvas fabric line. They really gave a fresh and soft look to the quilt in the middle of winter. I do hope that you had fun making this week’s quilt. Come on back next week to learn more new techniques! All quilted, it’s a beauty! It’s amazing how colors like these can banish the winter blahs. Paul Leger and his variation on the Ohio Start quilt block This is part 5 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 4: A refreshing take on the Ohio Star block using bright colored Canvas fabric [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs193canvasfabricsfree patternsnorthcottohio star quilt blockquilt blocksquiltstutorials FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Paul Leger I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging! previous post A refreshing take on the Ohio Star block using bright colored Canvas fabric next post More fun with twin needle quilting – creating a needle organizer YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... QUILTsocial Giveaway 288: Jungle Rose 12-Fat Quarter Fabric... Get your Banyan Batiks Baralla, we’re making a... QUILTsocial Giveaway 284: Baralla 12-Fat Quarter Fabric Bundle! 5 tips to create the best ever quilt... The secret to modern quilting using the straight... How a short stitch, in quilting, can save... How to choose a quilt design for fabric... Falling in love with Banyan Batiks Kayana autumn... Banyan Batiks Kayana Autumn fabric steals the fall... 10 comments Heather J February 10, 2018 - 4:06 am Paul, your quilt looks fabulous. Learned a new way to do 1ST. Reply Paul Leger February 10, 2018 - 10:20 am Thank you Hearther Reply Christine S February 10, 2018 - 12:40 am I love this quilt. So bright & cheerful. Reply Paul Leger February 10, 2018 - 10:21 am Thank you Christine Reply Elaine February 9, 2018 - 9:25 pm Love the quilt. Love the quilting. Love the photos at the warehouse Reply Paul Leger February 9, 2018 - 9:39 pm Thanks Elaine Reply Ruth Liscumb February 9, 2018 - 5:37 pm Nicely done Paul, I really enjoyed this blog and have heard many wonderful comments from other quilters about it. You are amazing. Reply Paul Leger February 9, 2018 - 5:41 pm I see a hug in your future Reply Mary Ammerman February 9, 2018 - 12:04 pm I love Northcott Fabrics, and I have many yards collected over the last 10 years. Reply Paul Leger February 9, 2018 - 12:09 pm You can never have too much Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.