Moving Along …

So…here we are again.  Let’s get all these strips and bits together so that they actually look like something.  Above you can see the center strip.  It measures 12×3.  But, as with the whole approach to this quilt, exact measurements are not crucial and an extra quarter to half inch in any direction only adds to the improvisational look and great off-kilter feel.  Around this strip I’ve arranged some of the sub strips I made in the last post, in a way that looks good to me.

Here, I’ve pieced the strips together, and I’ll be sewing them to the center strip.

Ok, so that was easy!  And before I can put on the other two strips, those little straglers have to go.

Ahhh…that’s so much better.  Now we can proceed with the other two strips!

Still with me?!  I’ve sewed on the other two strips and things are beginning to come together.  Almost there…

Voila!  Here’s the inner block.  Tune in next time when we’ll add outer borders and talk about putting these blocks together!

Next Steps

So, moving along…here we go with making multiple strip sets.  Making several different strip sets helps ensure that each block is slightly different.  Here, I had some three strip sets, and some four strip sets.  I have a few others made as well.

A word on piecing the strips.  By all means, perfection and an accurate 1/4 inch seam are not all that important.  In fact, I made it a point to let the seams go together as they wanted to.  This was in keeping with an improvisational and off-kilter, imperfect design.  Which I love.  Here’s a closeup of the back of one of my seams.

Then, when you have all your strip sets made and  without your straight edge ruler, cut perpindicularly.  The width of each cut should be 2 to 2 1/2 inches.  You’ll end up with many pieces of three and four piece  sub strips.

Pictured are four different strip sets beginning to be cut into sub strips.

Keeping up?  Have I lost you?  Please put all questions in the comments section and I’ll answer them all.  Next post will be about piecing the rectangle together!!

Shall We Begin?

Thanks for joining in!  Let’s get started with the basics.

I’m using the prints above – 10 in total.  You can use all the prints in the Hope Valley collection if you like, or as few as perhaps 7.  I particularly liked these together.  But I think the use of a few solids is an important element to modern quilting, and is also very much a Denyse Schmidt part of quilt design. For a discussion on what solids work with the Hope Valley range of fabrics, look here.

The main technique of the block we’ll be making is strip piecing.  So let’s start cutting.

It starts with a quarter yard.  I purchased long quarter yards, but fat quarter yards are just fine.  You’ll want to cut a strip along the width of fabric, or if you’re cutting fat quarters, along the longer side.  Put your straight edge away!  Your strip should look a bit like this:

It’s not a perfect edge and it’s not exactly straight.  And that’s good.  Do this with 4-5 other prints or solids.

After measuring these strips, I found them to be from 2 – 3  inches in width.

Now, go forth and sew these together.  Tomorrow, we’ll work on the next part!