This is PART I of a series about SEMINOLE piecing. PART II is here and you can download all these instructions.
Seminole patchwork is just a fun and quick process of piecing strips that helps you create intricate designs with ease. There are so many patterns you could sew using this technique! It works with strips in any size but I find it particularly interesting and helpful when you need small designs. Look at the design below – it is almost perfectly sewn and the squares measure 1”. You can’t achieve such result with a regular piecing.
I think this is the easiest seminole design; usually the squares are made out of the same fabric (one color) but what I want to show you here is how the design can be enhanced in the easiest possible way: it’s all about your fabric choice!
So here is what you need to make a design like this:
- one strip of rainbow fabric 1 1/2” wide x 42” long (cut along the width of the fabric); this fabric is from the Effervescence collection by Robert Kaufman; you can use other fabric too, but one that offers a great variety of colors works best.
- two strips of solid fabric 2” wide x 42” long (cut along the width of the fabric).You can use other measurements too, keep in mind that the solid strips must be 1/2” wider than the rainbow strip.
Piece the strips together, with the rainbow strip in the center. Sew with 1/4” seam allowance and press the seam allowances away from the center strip.
Cut the long piece into 1 1/2” (the size of the center strip) pieces as shown below.
You have to piece them as shown below. I selected a few pieces…
Piece two strips as shown below: place them right sides together, nesting the horizontal seam. It is easy to do this, the seam allowances run in opposite directions.
Press the seam allowances open.
then piece the pairs together.
View from the back.
In order to straighten the edges of the design, you have to cut at 1/4” from the top and bottom corners of the center squares (see the black line below).
Place a long ruler so that the 1/4” marking line touches the top corners of the colored squares. Cut along the top edge of the ruler.
Rotate the piece and straighten the other edge.
Here is a band design that can be inserted into other designs.
All the steps in one picture!
Here is what I made with my piece: a pouch (pattern for this pouch here).
I made one mistake!
I wanted to finish this pouch faster and instead of layering the piece with batting and doing a simple quilting, I chose to fuse it to a medium weight interfacing( Vilene S320, a great interfacing). Due to the seam allowances, it is ALWAYS a bad idea to fuse such a piece to interfacing. A heavyweight interfacing is better, like foam, but I think the best option remains batting/fleece.
Creating this tutorial took me way more time than sewing this little piece!! I hope you will give this technique a try.
If you want to download these instructions and learn more about seminole patchwork, check out PART II of this series – click here!
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