Hello! Welcome to the fifth post in my Sew Your Stash series. Today’s post is part one of a scrappy strip quilt idea.
I’ve been wanting to start this scrap quilt for quite a while now. A couple of
years ago I saw a wonderful strip quilt while I was attending a quilt retreat. While the quilter hadn’t used a specific pattern for her quilt, she did have a little handout with some of her ideas for piecing scrap quilts.
Begin by cutting strips of various widths: she recommended cutting strips from 1 ½″ wide to 3″ wide. As I started sewing I found that I will probably use fewer of the wider strips, though. (I like the occasional addition of a 3″ wide strip every once in a while, but I don’t want too many of them in order to keep the proportions better).
I’ll be using different lengths of strips for this quilt, too…for my first section I used strips cut to 10″ in length. You don’t have to trim them to this exact length, but use strips close in length.(Extra layer cake squares would work perfectly for this…simply cut 4-5 strips from each layer cake and add them in).
This quilt is going to be somewhat controlled as I’m using mostly blues, greens, taupes, and greys. I began by separating my strips into two piles: lights and darks.
I then began sewing strips together in pairs. Sometimes I sewed two contrasting darks together, and at other times I sewed a dark with a light.
Next I made groups of four strips, again paying attention to the contrast between the fabrics that were placed next to each other.
I kept sewing strips together until I had a pretty good sized piece (I measured it and it is about 10″ wide by 42″ long). This will be trimmed a little after all of the quilt sections are complete.
This really didn’t take much time at all…I probably spent 30-40 minutes finding and preparing the strips and another 15-20 minutes sewing them together. This is just one section of my scrap quilt. I’ll start out with longer strips for the next unit–and the unit after that will use shorter strips.
I’m so excited about this quilt…It was so rewarding to get such a big segment finished so quickly. I’ll share my progress on this each week and give the width and length of the segments I make. Then in just a few short weeks I’ll be putting this together and sharing those instructions as well.
Before I go today I just want to share some scrap quilt inspiration sent to me this week by Sigi, who is a regular reader of my blog. She has made several scrap quilts recently (the log cabin quilts are from last year, and the rail fence quilts were made this year). I sure never get tired of seeing scrappy goodness…thank you Sigi!
Let me know if you’re interested in joining in and we can have a parade of strippy scrap quilts in March!
Thanks so much for stopping by!