Strip It Down: A New Quilt Theory Pattern

October 14, 2016

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to share with you my newest project, and the day has finally arrived!

I have teamed up with some great friends to create a new pattern company called Quilt Theory and my first pattern for Quilt Theory is called Strip It Down.


Photo credit, Michelle Bartholomew, Quilt Theory

Strip It Down focuses on simplicity and balanced beauty.  It features just 6 fat quarters and two neutral background fabrics, so it’s perfect for highlighting your favorite coordinating prints.  I love that this is a quilt I can make in an afternoon… it’s the perfect palette cleanser project (you knows those moments when you’ve just finished up something really challenging, and you just want your next project to be relaxing and low stress).  It’s also ideal for beginners!


I used 6 of the incredible screen printed fabrics of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman Fabrics for this version of Strip It Down and Kona gray and Kona white for the backgrounds.


I’m thrilled to have discovered that Kaufman makes a delicious gray jersey knit fabric, from their Laguna Cotton Jersey Collection, which I used for the backing of this quilt. Finally, a quilt that my picky kids will fight to cuddle with!  The backing, combined with the organic grid quilting led to a soft, supple, snuggly lap quilt.

Here’s a close up of the quilting…


This is one of my all-time favorite methods of modern quilting – the organic crosshatch. The lines don’t need to be perfectly straight, or perfectly measured.  This easy and relaxing quilting design fits the fabrics and pattern perfectly.  Thank you Aurifil for the perfect Dove Gray thread – I LOVED quilting with it.  It was the first time I’ve used Aurifil 50 weight on my longarm (it’s the same thread I use to piece!), and it was divine.

How To Buy Quilt Theory Patterns

quilt-theory-urban-26-smallPDF patterns are available now through our website for only $3 a pattern!  Totally affordable! Pattern cards are coming soon to a local quilt shop near you. Please let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns.


How Quilt Theory Got Started

In February 2016, a group of quilters connected to cultivate relationships with others running businesses in the quilting industry. A tight-knit group was quickly woven together as we shared successes, answered questions, and supported one another. What started as a way to collect real-time insight and expertise quickly evolved into an opportunity to collaborate.

Our goal at Quilt Theory is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, and we challenged ourselves to design a line of patterns printed on small cards. As a group, we have become a strong team as we worked through pattern writing, testing, editing, and quilting.

Quilt Theory designers have been featured in 20+ major quilting publications and international quilt exhibits. Combined, we have 47 years of quilting experience, and we are excited to share our debut collection for Fall 2016.


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  • Reply Lisa October 14, 2016 at 5:22 am

    This is a very striking and beautiful quilt Stephanie.

  • Reply Helen October 14, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I love the really clean fresh lines of all these quilts . Good luck with the new business

  • Reply Liz October 14, 2016 at 7:01 am

    So pretty guess I just found something new and quick to make before Christmas hopefully!

  • Reply Liz October 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I’ve never worked with a knit backing before, how hard is it to keep still Stephanie? I do use pins and I spray baste but I hand quilt I still haven’t gotten around to putting my quilts under my sewing machine it has a very small throat.

  • Reply Sherry VF October 14, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Love these patterns and the prices too!

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life October 14, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I love all the patterns in Quilt Theory line. All of the designers did a fantastic job. Also, I’d love to hear more about using a jersey knit for a quilt back. Did it stretch at all while quilting or did you use a different size needle than you typically would?

  • Reply Kathy h October 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Beautiful quilt. I was also happy to hear that the Aurifil thread worked in the long arm. I love their thread for piecing.

  • Reply cheryljbrickey October 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Beautiful design!

  • Reply Pieces to Patch October 14, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I LOVE the colors!

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl October 14, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I can definitely see myself making this design in the future. Beautiful, Stephanie!

  • Reply Michele October 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Beautiful quilt design and I love the colour choices!! Dreamy????

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts October 14, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Congratulations. This is an awesome pattern. It never occurred to put jersey knit on the back. Something to think about….

  • Reply Lisa Tucker October 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Oh sew pretty

  • Reply emmacvr October 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful! I love the quilt and I love Blueberry Park!

  • Reply jayne October 14, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I love quick quilts and love this one! Beautiful colors and quilting. I’ve never used jersey anything, but can imagine it is pretty luscious! The photos for these quilts are stunning!

  • Reply Lynne Tilley October 14, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I love that quilt design so much. What a fabulous giveaway!!

  • Reply Sue Wozniak October 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Definitely making this quilt so I can try different quilting background fills. Great design to show off quilting.

  • Reply Allison in Alabama October 14, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations on the successful launch of your endeavour!! (yet another one!!! you are so energetic!!!). Love the idea of other jersey knit backing to make the quilt more comfy – terrific! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Ilana October 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I love your quilt. It looks simple and striking. I love the fabric too. I haven’t seen that line before.

  • Reply Lana Russel October 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Love it! Thanks for the giveaway,

  • Reply Karen October 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

    What a great quilt–one I think even I could make 🙂 And jersey knit for the back–genius!

  • Reply Sharon October 14, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Your “Strip It Down” pattern will be perfect for my son. Thanks for the help:).

  • Reply Ellen Owens October 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Great use of colors! Hope to win the pattern! Aloha!

  • Reply Gloria Dasch October 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love your story about the new business, aren’t quilters great people?

  • Reply Christine October 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Love those fabrics and the simplicity of the pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply Melissa Ryther October 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    What a perfect idea to form a new company. I love the looks you have come up with!

  • Reply Jen R October 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I am just loving all of these Quilt Theory patterns. And the concept too! Simple and Striking … all of them.

  • Reply Jessica October 14, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Super cute quilt! Organic crosshatch is my favorite, too. 🙂

  • Reply Susan McGregor October 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I love the simplicity of this design. Congratulations on the business.

  • Reply Joy October 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    You have the perfect combination of pattern, fabric and quilting here. Lovely.

  • Reply JUDIE HARRON October 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Congrats on the wonderful simplicity in your design and fabric choices. I could be tempted to make a quilt like this for my grandson’s high school graduation. I think he’d love it.

  • Reply kingcooper0001 October 14, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Interesting patterns, lovely colors and ideas.

  • Reply Paige October 15, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Love the design and quilting! Great job, Stephanie!

  • Reply Bonnie Romney October 15, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Really beautiful quilt! I’m just starting to make less traditional quilts and play with more modern patterns and this would be perfect!

  • Reply Jen October 15, 2016 at 9:34 am

    So simple and pretty! I always do “organic quilt lines!” Haha!

  • Reply Denise in PA October 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I love this pattern – so simple and striking!

  • Reply Cindy Shelley October 16, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful quilt, love the colors.

  • Reply Margo October 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Such a beautiful quilt! Congrats on another successful business. You’re an amazingly talented gal.

  • Reply Traci H. October 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I like everything about this beautiful quilt! Your simple design paired with striking colors in the delicious Blueberry Park fabrics and perfect quilting, I can’t wait to make this quilt and I may just keep this one for me!

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