Let’s have fun creating intricate blocks with stripes!
Probably many of us like using strip piecing in our quilts. But how about using striped fabrics ? Instead of piecing strips use some striped fabrics.
The fabric I used for this tutorial is a heavy cotton canvas from Ikea. My recent obsession is making bags and this is a nice fabric for bags.
I always prewash these fabrics because they shrink. The washing must be done with much care to not distort the stripes. I don’t use steam for pressing.
Quilt weight fabric – if used – should be pre-washed with the same care.
So, what can we do with these fabrics ? Let’s see…
Cut a square then cut it on both diagonals.
From two squares we can make two blocks like these ones:
or these ones:
The next two methods apply to fabrics with stripes of the same width.
From a long strip cut rectangles; the width of a rectangle = the width of a strip +0.5″ (for seam allowances) ; offset the rectangles and sew them together.
The method described above is called Seminole patchwork. Many variations could be created by changing the number of the strips (stripes), the angles of the cuts and the way the pieces are sewn together.
I used a triangle ruler ( Kaleidoscope ruler from Quilt in a Day) to cut the triangles.
I used a 15-degree fan ruler (any degree ruler works).
Here is how to cut these quarter triangles using a rectangle ruler. May I say that I am a big fan of Creative Grids rulers ?
Align the 45-degree marking line of the ruler with the edge of the fabric and cut.
– or using the rectangle ruler, in a similar manner used above.
This time, align the edge of the fabric with the 60-degree marking of the ruler.I hope this tutorial is helpful. Imagine all the possibilities!
If you love piecing quilts, check out
my collection of patchwork quilt patterns.