Pictured on the shores of Lake Michigan is a quilt inspired by Jen Kingwell pattern, “Gypsy Wife.”
I did not follow the pattern but used it as a guide. I began by making various sized blocks from scrap fabric and tossing them in a bin. I did not use all of the blocks from the bin.
I cut 1 1/2 inch strips from scraps and tossed them in a bin. I was so tempted to use 2 1/2 inch strips because I had tons of them and that way I did not have to cut them. I am so glad I did not take this short cut. The pattern called for 1 1/2 inches and also 1 inch strips. I found that 1 inch strips were necessary in certain places. Mostly I grabbed strips out of the bin, not paying too much attention to color.
I worked on adding blocks and strips until I had two large sections.
This picture shows that I added a block when the 1 1/2 inch strips were not long enough to meet the next added block.
I used a stencil on the black border because I wanted to use cream colored thread. Typically, I’d use black thread on a black border but I did not want black thread showing on the back side. I’m not that great at free motion so I welcomed the use of the stencil.
This was a fun scrap buster quilt to piece. Here are a few recommendations if you want to jump into making a similar quilt.
don’t worry about color
let the strips dangle until you know for certain what you want to add next.
use a background fabric even though there’s not a background. I used the background fabric as a go to when I needed a long strip because I was working from a scrap bin for my strips.
make up your own rules and try to stick with them (ie, my strips could not end until they met with a block)
don’t make yourself crazy if the quilt looks a bit wonky
make it any size that works for you (mine is about the size of my dining room table)
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I used Kona solids to make this quilt called, Jewel Box Quilt. The directions can be found on Ye Olde Sweatshop. Ruth of Ye Olde Sweatshop shares tons of quilts and instruction with great photos that help us visual learners. I also plan to make the Shibori Style version that Ruth showcases on her site but first I wanted to try it out on a baby sized quilt. It turned out great!
I’m a fan of Angela Walters so I attempt her free motion techniques. After watching No-Waste Flying Geese Quilt Episode on YouTube. I gave it a whirl. I’ll probably use the same free motion pattern on the larger quilt.
I used Minky for the back and binding. It is so soft. I thought about making a wider. What are your favorite binding styles?
Stay tuned for pictures of my next version of this quilt, a copy cat of Ruth’s Shibori.
This quilt is definitely on the dark side because the directions link is no longer operational so I can’t share it with you. I first saw this quilt on Pinterest and was able to get directions by clicking on the visit tab. That click brought me to Moda Bake Shop but no more. I spent time searching for it on the Moda Bake Shop site with no luck. But. . . I did find a ton of easy, quick quilts patterns that Moda offers for free. Check it out.
When I saw the Pinterest post, I remembered that I had a layer cake in my stash similar to the one posted. I buy those deal of the day on Missouri Star. They end up in a bin for a long time because I can’t decide what I want to make. Does this sound familiar?
I used an all over swirl hook pattern and as much as it got tedious, it is finished. The backing fabric was some other stash fabric. I feel pretty good that I pulled this one out of hat. How do you use your stash stuff when it is overtaking your space?
I’d love to hear your comments so please let me know ways that you use your precious stash fabric..
I cut the fronts off and measured 16 inch squares to make this sports t-shirt quilt for my nephew. He plans to play sports in college so I hope I don’t have to do an update. The fabric took a toll on my sewing machine and my ironing board and iron got the residue of the iron on facing that I used on the back of the t-shirt squares. Any suggestions for getting this gunk off the iron is appreciated.
My local quilt store was closing its doors so I took advantage of a close out sale to purchase this Bargello pattern and fabric.
This pattern was fun and easy.
Naturally, I purchased several yards of excess fabric.
The pattern calls for 2 1/2 x 42 strips and two 14 inch width of fabric background fabric. I laid them out darkkest to lightest.
The 2 1/2 strips were sewn together and sandwiched between the 14 inch background fabrics. The number strips then get sewn on using a zig zag stitch. Cut using the paper strips as a guide.
The pattern directs the number and orientation for each panel.
I have enough fabric to make this same quilt, or use the fabric in another quilt. In the meantime, I miss my LQS. It sure was fun selecting all this fabric in one shopping spree.
I bought fabric, I think it was a fat quarter, and it lasted forever. I made at least three quilts using the same fabric. Take a look at three that I was able to retrieve from my photo library.
I braved record low temperatures in the Midwest to snap an outdoor picture of this Crosshatch baby quilt.
I tried to strategically place the colors. I had no way to lay it out because I had a confined space. I made sure to have a yellow, dark blue and white in most rows. Sometimes I’d rip and add a square where needed.
Here is a shot of the back.
Here is a different quilt with the same fabric.
This quilt is the reason why I bought the fabric.
This scrappy baby quilt was a try and see how it works quilt. I pieced a bunch of scraps together and came up with this mix. It looks like I used 2 1/2 inch squares but actually I used pieced strips. The picture is deceiving. It looks like 2 1/2 inch squares but they’re not so that is why the corners don’t line up. I wanted to try out the pounce and stencil method so I incorporated solid white squares. I also had a ruler that I wanted to test out. The back was a 1 yard piece that I had on hand and it matched perfectly.
I used Pounce with a flower stencil on the solid white 5 inch squares just so I could test out the method. I could not remove the blue chalk so I washed the quilt and the chalk came out in the wash.
The colors in the animal print went great with the colors on the front.
I used a ruler to make the arches in the blue border. I filled it because I wasn’t happy with the plain arches. It is going to take a lot of practice for me to master the rulers.
After watching an Angela Walters YouTube video about using various designs inside a defined spaces, I gave it a whirl. I used the same pattern in the 2 1/2 inch squares but tried out different patterns in the rectangular ones.
The back side looks ok. . . Here is the link for the Angela Walters Video https://youtu.be/vRzlqfUAKfA
The name of the video is A Stash-Buster Quilt Pattern. Angela sure is an inspiration to all of us. My quilt doesn’t compare to her finished product. But I agree with Angela’s motto, “Finished is better than perfect.”
2016 Start and 2017 Finish
This quilt is a scrap buster. I pieced about 1/2 of it and put it in a box.
It measures 83 x 98. No wonder I had to put it away for awhile.
I chain sewed the 2 1/2 squares to 2 1/2 strips of solid.
When I pulled it out of the box, I did not think I would remember what I was doing or where I was at on this project. It is pretty simple. The layout is the grey to the side, grey up on next block. Alternate on next row. The chevron pattern appears.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017! Thanks for visiting. Best, Mary
I was in the fall mood so I dug into my bin of 5 inch squares. I also cut into a few layer cake prints for this quilt.
I acquired the leaf print pictured in the left corner in a pack of random charm squares. It became the inspiration for this quilt. Years ago, I ordered sets of 100 five inch squares off ebay. Most of them were sold by individuals who wanted to unload their scraps and make a buck. So, I ended up with a large collection of 5 inch squares.
I used the Jelly Race method of quilting (16 rows of 16 squares). I laid out the rows and placed a different print on top of ones that I wanted to swap out. Once I had what I liked, I sewed the rows together. I added the border and free motioned a leaf motif on it.
I enjoy creating quilts like these because it takes little planning. It takes me a long time to find all the fabric that I want to use in a specific quilt pattern. Often times, by the time I bargain hunt for the fabric, I've switch gears and no longer feel like making it. Or, I use fabric earmarked for another quilt. I plan to start my New Years resolution to improve my planning with the help of 2017 Quilt Planner. The Quilt Planner is perfect for me and it also includes quilt patterns. What about you? Do you make a plan and stick to it? I love to hear from you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Best, Mary
Happy Halloween to all!
Here is a quilt that is made from a panel with a 5 inch border added to it. At first I thought I'd quilt a stitch in the ditch and then at the last minute I changed my mind and made a meandering stitch. It looks a bit more spooky, I decided.
Yikes, that is a big spider on the quilt!
The folks in the Midwest sure can deck out their homes for the Trick n Treaters. I took advantage of a neighbor's good nature to show this Halloween quilt. Below are some more Halloween decorated houses that I found on my walk around the neighborhood.
Dats, some of the flying figures don't show up in the pictures. You'll have to take my word for it, it was scary. I'll have to wait for my son to come home this weekend to set up ghosts hanging from trees in front of our house. My husband scoffed at it when I mentioned it. I know what that means, he won't help.
Happy Halloween and keep the faith that your husband or significant other will eventually get into the swing of things and help with the Christmas decorations. Best, Mary
I cleaned out bins of scraps this summer. This is a string quilt that I made. I used the itsy bitsy scraps for a back to school project for my fifth grade students.
This activity was a great back to school activity. I printed out positive character traits using a large bubble font. I bagged small scraps in zip lock bags and distributed bags to students.
Students worked to glue scraps into the letters.
It was a relaxing activity and a chance for kids to get to know each other on the first day of school.
Positive character traits were displayed on a class bulletin board.
I made 12 inch blocks of string scraps and sewed blocks together to make the scrap quilt.
The scrap string quilt is a good size and I'm happy that I put my scraps to great use. The small scrap pieces went to a good cause (possitve character traits). Pass on your scraps to teachers and they will find a way to use them. How might you use very small scraps for other crafts or school projects? Let me hear your ideas! Thanks for visiting. Best, Mary
I want to thank Cheryl, Yvonne, & Stephanie for organizing the blog hop and inviting me to participate in the Cloud9 Block Project. This is my first experience with blog hops, block making, and participation in an organized quilting group. I used Cloud9 fabric and love the look and feel of it. When this opportunity came up, I jumped in feet first. It didn't occur to me that I may be "shooting above the rim" for my skill level until after I had started. I gave it my best shot anyway. Here is my block!
I began my block by gathering up a lot of templates that I have purchased. I do not remember exactly why I bought them or how and when to use them. (I hope I'm not the only one out there guilty of doing this). I played with some of them and then it occurred to me that I can use that large triangle and adjust to a smaller size by cutting the strips of fabric to my desired size.
Cut a 5 1/2 inch strips and make 4 triangles.
Look at the photo below to position the template so that there is less waste.
Cut a 5 1/2 strip of the second fabric choice and make 4 triangle cuts.
Sew the triangles with the same fabric on top.
Press toward the dark side and sew two together to make 2 sets.
Sew the two halves together to make a circle.
Make two - 4 inch squares. Cut from corner to corner to make 4 triangles.
Sew triangles to light fabrics and press out. Sew a 2 1/2" border to each side. Square off to 12 1/2.
Here's my block. It was really fun to create my own design for the first time. I can't wait to see what all of you created and I'm excited for the finished project. Hoping to continue to learn and create. Best, Mary Maloney
Please hop over to the other sites to see their finished Cloud9 blocks.
Monday, September 12th
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Anne @Said With Love
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Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
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Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
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Tuesday, September 13th
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Sarah @123 Quilt
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Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
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Days of summer for teachers are among other things, time to get the house in order and get geared up for the next school year. I spent the last two days in my sewing area. I sorted and organized and then came up with three quick quilts that I pieced in an attempt to make a dent in the mounds of scraps that are taking over my space. I have it all sorted now and the smallest of scraps are bagged and ready for a first days of school project in my 5th grade class. Students use fabric scraps to make a collage of positive character traits. I'll post it when it's complete. The below image shows scraps left over from a baby quilt I made a few years ago. I had a few squares left so I incorporated them into a selection of layer cakes that I had in my stash. The squares are 5 1/2 and I have 12 going across.
The below top I pieced from a bin of left over jelly rolls. I used a free pattern called Jelly Roll Jam.
My plan for the Jelly Roll Jam is to use a solid border, a 2 inch patterned border and then the same solid border. I'm undecided on the binding fabric. This will make for a larger sized quilt. This Jelly Roll Jam pictured above only measures 36 1/2 by 36 1/2.
I feel like I accomplished a lot in the last few days. The only problem was that I lost the clear bobbin cover to my machine in the mound of scraps that I had on my table. I scoured the area and I still haven't located it. So, I'm out of commission til I get another one. I plan to use nail polish to make a huge X on the next one to make it easier to see. Some of you may have more than one machine so that you never experience down time. I guess this is an omen that means I should stop quilting and enjoy the last of the summer days out in the sun. Do you sometimes feel that you spend too much time quilting? I know that I felt that way a little this summer. When I am back to school, I'm way too wiped out to quilt in the evening . I know I have to pack it in sometime now that my space is so organized. I guess once I get my bobbin cover replaced, I'll have to get at it on the weekends. When are you able to get quilting time? Let us hear from you and thanks for visiting. Best, Mary
This quilt pattern is a friendship braid. I saw this quilt on Pinterest and loved it. I wish I can credit this person but there is not a website to reference. I wanted to make it, I went through my patterns that I had on hand, Internet and Youtube and figured out a way to duplicate it. I used Moda fabric jelly roll strips and other fabric from my stash.
I viewed the Missouri Star Quilt tutorial on making a friendship braid using a binding tool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpHAp_pyVXQ
Greetings! I went off the deep edge and experimented with a jelly roll. I usually find a quilt pictured online, copy it, and/or follow the directions for an online tutorial or pattern. One day I just grabbed a jelly roll from my stash and attacked it. I can't say that I'm ready for prime time. But, I had fun creating this quilt. I just went with it. I did not stress out on the outcome.
I attempted to duplicate a technique that I used when I made a Bargello quilt. I sewed 7 WOF strips together.
Cut the strips into 2 1/ 2 inch strips.
Rip 2 1/2 squares form the top and sew to the bottom of the strip. This is a technique I learned when making a Bargello quilt. It makes a diagonal pattern. However, I used a jelly roll so it made a scrappy looking diagonal quilt. As pictured, rip seam between the gray and patterned black and add the solid black to the red at the place of the arrow.
Create blocks. Sew blocks together. I had a piece of batting and measured the borders to fit the batting. I know, usually you cut the batting to fit the quilt. I didn't do that. In fact, the top and bottom borders are larger than the side ones. This makes for a longer quilt.
I love the periwinkle with the burnt red.
This is the back. This is a close up but really the comfort of the quilt is not lost on the imperfection of the free motion quilting.
I hope the take-away is to get out of your comfort zone. There are no rules in quilting. Have you ever made a quilt to fit the batting? What other rules have you broken? Let me hear from you. I love your comments. Thanks for visiting! Best, Mary
I am happy to join this Blog Hop and want to thank Stephanie Palmer for coordinating this fun. Also, I received the most detailed blog critique from one of the members. I left my lap top open and my husband saw it and asked me in all seriousness, if I paid to have my blog critiqued. (Thank you Jennifer F. for your valuable and "free" advise). My husband is good at getting his digs in when he adds up fabric charges for the month. He spouts that a crack addiction would be cheaper than my fabric one. I counter argue that quilting is less expensive than golf.
I started my blog as a way to archive my work and meet other quilters. I've achieved these objectives. When I began quilting, I started with jelly rolls, so hence, the name, StripQuilts. The pass it on, part comes from family who pass on treasured quilts and for those who pass on the love of quilts and share their ideas online.
I live in Chicago area and have 3 grown children. I'm a 5th grade teacher and talk to students about how quilts play a part in our American heritage. My other interest include computers, gardening, and elegantly sipping wine.
Here are pictures of my most recent finish called Sugar Almond. I used jelly roll by Moda, "Flow Zen Chic." I recalculated the tutorial to make a baby sized quilt. The tutorial is found at Samelias Mum at this link: http://www.sameliasmum.com/2012/07/sugar-almonds-quilt-pattern-tutorial.html#.V1tJI_krKM-