Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Antidote! A baby strippy quilt to make and a quilt-a-long.
Cut four strips 3 1/2" x 20 1/2" from a novelty fabric.
Cut five strips 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" from a companion fabric (I like contrast, you might something less bold like a matching solid).
Sew them in alternate strips, and press towards the darker fabric.
Cut batting and backing approximately 24" x 22". Baste (I spray baste) and quilt - I tend to use a fairly loose stipple so that the quilt stays drapeable.
Finally, cut approx 90" of binding and use to finish the quilt. Adding the binding takes me as long as all the other steps put together, as I like to hand sew the reverse of the binding. If you'd like a faster finish, then you can bag out (or 'birth') your quilt before the quilting stage and finish with top stitching instead.
A good result for an otherwise idle hour, and a great antidote to more troublesome quilts!
I'm going to sign up for this 'quilt-along' too - called the Super Nova Quilt-Along on Freshly Pieced - I like the design, and feeling short of brain power, like the idea of piecing where someone else makes the decisions. Are you going to join in too?
I think that I'll probably use these FQ's (thank you Nicky!) and this background picked up in a sale last year.