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Making a versatile Island Vibes curved strip pieced quilt block

Yesterday I showed you how to do some easy curved strip-piecing using fabrics from Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection.

2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing

Today I’ll show you how to re-cut those strip sets and create a unique, modern-looking block.

Let’s get started!

  • Straighten the left-hand edge of each strip set.
  • Cut each strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

Use a rotary cutter to cut the strip set into 5 - 4" segments; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Cut the strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

  • Using 3 segments from 1 strip set and 2 segments from the other one, arrange the segments as desired. I found it more interesting to off-set the segments a little. It’s also easier to sew them together when you do this.

Use a rotary cutter to cut the strip set into 5 - 4" segments; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Arrange the segments, off-setting them a little for a more interesting design.

  • Overlap the first 2 segments by about 1″.
  • Using a rotary cutter, cut a gentle wavy curve line through both fabrics. This is the same technique I shared yesterday to cut the first set of strips.
  • Sew the segments together. Press seam to one side.
  • Repeat this process with the 3 remaining strips.

Now you’ve created an original curved strip pieced block!

Square up the edges to the desired size. You could use this block for the front of a tote bag or cushion cover. You could add some borders and make a small wall hanging. Or you could make more blocks using the same curved strip piecing technique and use them for a small quilt.

Arrange the segments, off-setting them a little for a more interesting design. Using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
5 segments sewn together

You still have 5 – 4″ segments left over, so let’s use a different technique to create the next block.

For this block, you’ll need one more fat quarter from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection. I chose this pink fabric (#80274-21) because it would contrast well with my previously sewn strips.

Pink Island Vibes fabric #80274-21 to use for ; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Pink Island Vibes fabric #80274-21 to use for sashing

  • From pink fabric, cut 4 – 2″ x WOF strips. Trim them so they are a little longer than your strip segments. Mine were about 15″ long.
  • Lay out the pieced strip segments in the desired order and place pink strips between them.

Arrange pink strips between the pieced segments in preparation for sewing; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Arrange pink strips between the pieced segments.

  • Overlap one pink strip by about 1″ on top of the first segment. Just as you did before, use a rotary cutter to cut a gentle wavy line through both layers of fabric.
  • Remove excess fabric.
  • Sew pink strip to blue segment. Press seam toward pink.

Sew the curvy pink strip to the pieced segments; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Sew the curvy pink strip to the pieced segments.

  • Continue until you have all the pink strips and blue segments sewn together.
  • Now you have another original curvy, strip pieced block!
  • Trim the block to the desired size. Remember it’s OK to have a rectangular block. My block squared–up to 13″ x 17″. Again you could add borders to make a small wall quilt or use the block for another project such as a tote bag or placemat. And of course, you could keep making these curvy strip-pieced blocks until you have enough for a quilt!

Curvy strip pieced block ready to be trimmed to the desired size; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Curvy strip pieced block ready to be trimmed

I’m sure you’ll enjoy using these Banyan Batik fabrics. They’re so easy to cut and sew and the edges don’t fray – bonus!

Be sure to check out the other colorways in this Island Vibes collection – Bermuda Breeze and Junkanoo.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to get started making a small baby quilt – it could also be used as a wall quilt – using some different Island Vibes Palm Bay fabrics.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Curved strip piecing with the NEW Banyan Batiks Island Vibes

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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