(Get ready to make a BIG dent in the scrap stash!)
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Quilted and bound!
Close up of really weird fabrics and border quilting detail!
Want to try the braided border? Click HERE for directions!
I am ALWAYS looking for quick, fun patterns that use up lots of odds and ends. I think I will go through life trying to use up all these abundant odds and ends, never making a dent in the big pieces I have collected! There must be something true in the saying that scraps never totally go away, they have a tendancy to multiply while you sleep!
This quilt is a good one for using up EVERYTHING...even really ugly stuff. And since fabrics are placed randomly...it is almost magic how everything just looks GOOD together, no matter how yuck you think that old print is, or that weird colored solid, etc....
The quilt center will measure 48X64 without borders.....
Carefully CAREFULLY fold your tube so it is straight and flat....align the edges as best as you can, and trim off the edge so it is straight. Cut the panel-tube into SIX 2-1/2" Sections.
Set one of the strips aside to use as your first "uphill" or "downhill" strip, and then take the other 5 strips and sew the last square to the first square with right sides together so you are forming loops as if you HAD cut them all from a tube. I find this helpful the longer my panels are. It helps keep my squares straighter.
The lap quilt has 4 Panels....2 up hill, 2 down hill....
I added 4" borders to the lap quilt above... If you are really ambitious and want to make the large quilt....you will need over 360 2 1/2"X 16" strips! Make your panels 46 strips long for a 92" length. My large quilt has 6 panels with 6 rows (3 uphill 3 downhill) and two side panels with 4 rows....for a total of 88" wide.
September 2005: The week that Hurricane Katrina hit. I am making quilts for refugees like crazy. I just feel the need to do something MORE than just click a button on the computer to send money. I have a bin of 3" scrap strips, and with a bit of math and figuring have revamped the Scrappy Bargello to work with these larger strips.
This quilt finishes at 72X82. This is perfect since the Red Cross is asking for twin size.
I made 6 panels 40 strips long. (A total of 240 strips) It gave me a quilt center that measures 72"X80" before borders.