I had a bag of red, white and blue pre-sewn fabric strips sitting….wait, you’ll never guess – in a box which was in a closet down in the basement for ohhhhh, about a year. Just waiting to be made into a patriotic quilt for a local Quilts of Valor group.
The only thing that each of these strip sets has in common is that they are composed of three different fabrics, and that they are all mainly red, white and blue. The width of the individual strips varies as well as the seam – so making anything with exact matching was completely out.
For this project, I modified a pattern that makes use of fabric strips and decided to go with a completely scrappy look.
The strips had to be sewn together to get a width of 12.5 inches. I then cut the strip sets into 12.5 inch squares. This required quite a bit of squaring up since the strips were a bit wobbly – but I can’t complain – someone had sewn the sets together for the QOV group as their gift of time.
Two 12.5 inch blocks are then placed right sides together but with one of the two squares turned a quarter turn so that the stripes are perpendicular to each other.
This 12.5 inch block is then sewn together along the 4 outside edges of the block with a 1/4 inch seam.
Once the seam is sewn all the way around the block, the large 12.5 inch block is cut into 4 blocks. To do this, I place a ruler from corner to corner and cut first one way, then from the opposite corner to corner making an X cut through the center of the square.
The triangles from this “X” cut are pressed open at the seam, and the resulting 4 blocks ( from the original 12.5 inch square) each have a unique pattern. You can see that the stripes switch directions in the middle of the block.
I decided to go with a random pattern when putting all of the blocks together, so that with the variation in strip width and variation in fabrics, the scrappiness – is that a word?- would work in the overall pattern.
The resulting quilt has 36 twelve inch (finished size) squares in six rows of six. While not in a specific pattern, it has some continuity as the strips end up forming square shapes or “arrows”. For a border, I used the left-over strip sets created by the QOV group. Unfortunately, they were not long enough, so – again scrappy and a bit hodge-podge, but all in all a good day’s work.
It is my wish that this finished quilt keeps a deserving veteran warm and cozy!
To find out more about a QOV group near you, the requirements for quilts, and how you can help, click the link: http://www.qovf.org
Good Luck with your project – let me know how it turns out!