My fabric has arrived!
Thanks to Elaine at Northcott, my fabric arrived quickly and I’m able to get started on my quilt. I asked for more of the flying geese stripe and one of the Mod Squad panels that Nellie and I used for our Modern Vibe quilt pattern. I ordered more of the black tone-on-tone that I used for my retreat tote since it looks so nice with the other fabrics and a few more of the ColorWorks solids. I have an idea of the block I want to use, so today we’re going to be using strip sets to make quick and easy quilt blocks!
This week I’m going to be making a lap sized quilt. If you’d like to sew along with me, you’ll need the following fabrics:
- 1 panel mod squad panel #20794-44
- 44″ flying geese stripe #20792-99
- 44″ black tone-on-tone #20826-98
- 5 solids – 8″ each (ColorWorks #9000-28, #9000-45, #9000-54, #9000-71 and #9000-840 were used for this quilt)
- 8″ inner border
- 36″ outer border
- 16″ binding
- 118″ backing
- batting – 60″ x 80″
Cutting the strips
Since the flying geese stripes run the length of the fabric, I’m going to cut one strip that’s 42″ wide and then sub-cut it into strips. Using my rotary cutter and ruler, I trim each of the flying geese stripes so that there is get a scant ¼” seam on each side.
Cut 10 flying geese strips.
Cutting the other strips
From each of the 5 solid fabrics: cut 4 – 1¼” x WOF (width of fabric) strips.
From the black tone-on-tone fabric: cut 20 – 2″ x WOF strips.
Sewing the strip sets
Strip sets are long (often width of fabric) strips that are sewn together and then sub-cut into blocks. This is a fast and efficient way to make blocks since you don’t have to cut all the smaller sections of the blocks before they are sewn together. You can also chain piece the strip sets to make things go together even faster!
Sew one solid colored fabric to each side of one flying geese strip. Press towards the colored strips. To make sure that the striped fabric doesn’t show on the front, sew with the flying geese fabric on the top and sew right along the edge of the striped part of the fabric.
Sew one black tone-on-tone strip to each side of the strip set.
Sew the remainder of the strip sets
Repeat this process with each of the flying geese strips to make a total of ten strip sets, two of each solid color of fabric. Tomorrow we’ll sub-cut these strip sets into blocks and we’ll start arranging them into our quilt design. You’ll see that using strip sets to make quick and easy quilt blocks is a great way to make use of the flying geese fabric!