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In the spirit of a productive week, I decided to write up a tutorial on this scrappy strip quilt I made last weekend. I have made a few quilts of this type and it's one of my favorite ways to make a quick baby quilt, use up a lot of scraps, and get a great effect.
|Scrap management in action|
|I don't have step-by-step pictures, so these will have to do|
Step 3 is to begin sewing the scraps together into one looooooong strip. Start by sewing them into pairs, then sew the pairs together, and continue sewing the scraps together into longer and longer sections until you have joined all your scraps into one long strip several hundred inches long.
Step 4 is to do some math. If you'd rather avoid math at all costs, trial and error is also a fine method. There are a couple of ways to go about this. What I usually do is decide on the width I'd like my final quilt to be (in this case I chose 36"). I put something like a yard stick on the floor and begin folding my long strip back and forth in sections the width I'd like my quilt to be. However many folds you can make, that's how many rows of strips you'll have for the finished quilt. Multiply that by the height of your finished strip (3" for me) and you'll have the height of your finished quilt. If it's enough, move on to step 5, if not, add some more scraps to the end of your strip.
Alternatively, you can determine how many linear inches of strip you need to make a quilt of certain dimensions, then compare it to how many you have so far. Say I want to make a quilt 36" wide and 42" long and my strip will finish at 3" tall.
42" total/3" per row= 14 rows of scraps needed
14 rows x 36" wide = 504 linear inches of scrapsSo once my long strip of scraps reaches at least 504" long I have enough.
|My scraps even included some pieced pieces!|
Step 6 is to stack the rows up on your design wall and decide what order they should go in. When you are happy with the arrangement start sewing the rows together into the finished top. Square up the edges and ta-dah, you're done!
This quilt, blogged here, is another made using the same technique with a few tweaks. First, instead of using just one common dimension I used three, so I had strips that finished at 3" tall, 4" and 5". I subcut the strips to a common length and arranged them just like in the steps above. Then, before sewing the rows together, I added a thin sashing between the rows.
You could also easily add a vertical sashing between each of the scraps as you sewed them into your long strip for a sort of crooked bricks look. There are endless variations you could make with this same technique!
If you enjoy this tutorial please comment and let me know. I love to hear your feedback! I am planning another scrap quilt tutorial for tomorrow and then a Finish post about these scrappy baby quilts on Friday.
Linking up to WIP Wednesday.