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.
Lately, I have played a little more with such fabrics and I love them. And I love even more what I can make with them.
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:
from half of the triangles, we can make these 2 blocks:
or these ones:
and using the other half ( see the placement of the white stripes on these triangles)
we can make one of these three blocks ( hard to choose just one ! )
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.
Cut two squares and cut them on the opposite diagonals. Set aside the inner triangles and piece them to make squares. Repeat with the outer triangles.
I used this method for this quilt
I used a 15-degree fan ruler (any degree ruler works).
If we don’t close the circle, we can make a beautiful tree skirt (cut out a larger circle from the center if needed). Quilt then bind around the edges.
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.
Rotate the ruler, align the other 45-degree marking with the edge of the fabric; keep the already cut edge of the triangle parallel with a marking line 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.