These pretty pastels were part of a box of fabrics that a friend of mine was destashing. I thought they were lovely, soft and perfect for a little quilt for charity.
I originally planned to write this up for a guest blogger post for another blogging event, but I changed my mind and decided to show it here. I actually started it a couple of weeks ago during a Zoom Virtual Retreat.
This is an easy and fast way to put together a quilt top, just sew long width of fabric strips together in any width you want. These are cut 3-1/2-inches wide. I cut 8 strips and alternated pink and lighter ecru.
When you have them all sewn together, press the seams toward the darker alternating strips, in this case the pink.
Sew the two long raw edges together.
Now you have a tube.
Lay it on the cutting table, smooth it out. Cut off the left edge to even it up, then crosscut strips of the same width, in this case 3-1/2-inches.
Determine a starting point, and pick out the stitches between two squares.
On another strip, pick out the seam one square off from the first one.
The pressing towards every other strip will allow the seams to nest all the way down the strips.
Sew the first two strips together, then pick out a seam one square down from the second strip.
Continue until all your strips are used. This little top is now 24 x 36 inches. It is a simple diagonal squares design, but looks like it takes a lot longer than it does.
I added two borders to finish it off. See my tutorial on Borders, Understanding the Why to learn why it is so important to measure and cut your borders and not put them on with the slap-and-sew method.
At this point it is loaded on the longarm, and I’ll quilt it next week. I used this same technique to do my Christmas Trip Around the World, where the squares form a large diamond shape.
See the finish on this post – Finishing the Low Volume Quilt
What are you working on this week?
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