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How to Sew an Easy Strippy Set Quilt
Quilting projects don't get much simpler than this easy strippy set baby quilt pattern. This simple quilt is made by assembling columns of squares, with rectangles at the ends of a few columns to create offsets that simulate a wavelike appearance in the finished design. The project is an excellent choice for beginning quilters who are making their first quilt.
Fabrics of different color values help make the waves appear and any type of fabrics will work just fine for this easy quilt.
The 44-1/2" x 50-1/2" quilt works for a baby quilt but can be used as a wallhanging, too. Be sure to construct a quilt hanging sleeve if you plan to hang the quilt on a wall.
Make copies of the drawing on page 3 to experiment with color and value to discover how altering those elements changes the quilt's appearance.
- Cut patches from a variety of fabrics to make a scrap quilt.
- Make longer and/or additional columns to increase the quilt's size.
Choose Quilting Fabrics
Be sure to see the last page of this pattern before choosing fabrics. The quilt shown on that page is slightly larger and illustrates a somewhat different layout for lights and darks.
Beginning quilters -- read How to Cut Long Strips of Fabric before you begin.
Very dark #1 -- lower dark path and upper dark path
Cut a 6-1/2" wide strip from selvage to selvage. Square up one end of the strip and cut (6) 6-1/2" squares from it.
Cut a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" segment from the remainder of the strip long. Use additional yardage to cut (2) more 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles.
Very dark #2 -- central dark path
Cut (6) 6-1/2" squares from a 6-1/2" wide strip cut from selvage to selvage
Bright warm fabric -- sits under the dark fabric on the bottom and under the light and dark fabrics near the top (shown as yellow print)
cut (2) 6-1/2" strips from selvage to selvage and cut (6) 6-1/2" squares from each
Cut a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" segment from the remainder of each strip
Cut one more 6-1/2" square from remaining yardage
Neutral #1 -- shown above bottom dark
Cut (1) 6-1/2" wide selvage to selvage strip; cut (6) 6-1/2" squares from it
Neutral #2 -- near the quilt's top
Cut a 6-1/2" strip from selvage to selvage; square up one end and cut (6) 6-1/2" squares from it
Cut a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" segment from the remainder of the strip.
Cut (2) more 6-1/2" squares from remaining yardage
1/3 yard for crosswise grain borders
5/8 yard for crosswise grain borders
See Page 2 for finishing materials.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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How to Make the Strippy Quilt Top
- Arrange the squares and rectangles in vertical rows as shown. Step back and view the layout from a distance to make sure the patches are where you want them to be.
- Sew the patches together in vertical rows as shown and then join the rows. If you do that, press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions before sewing rows side by side.
An alternative is to sew groups of shapes into block-like units, in a similar was as shown for the sixteen-patch scrappy quilt blocks. And then join the "blocks." Grouping units in this way can help avoid stretch.
Add Borders to the Quilt
Use my straight border instructions to measure and sew borders. Beginners -- never measure the length along quilt sides because they might be skewed. Borders offer an opportunity to square up a quilt.
- Sew the inner border from 2" wide light strips.
- Sew the outer border from 3" wide dark strips.
Finish the Quilt
- About 50" x 56" (or 3 yards; you will have leftovers) Backing Instructions
- About 50" x 56"
- About 215 running inches of continuous binding (Binding Strip Instructions)
Finish the Quilt
Mark for quilting if necessary. Sandwich the quilt with batting and backing and baste. Quilt by hand or machine quilt. Trim excess batting and backing, carefully squaring up the edges. Sew binding strips around the quilt's edges.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Easy Rag Quilt Pattern with a Strippy Setting
Convert the Pattern to an Easy Strippy Rag Quilt
It's easy to make a rag quilt from the strippy set Road Quilt pattern. Cut the same pieces for each layer you include in the quilt and sew them together with a 1/2" seam allowance. Remember... when you make a rag quilt, patches are positioned wrong sides together for sewing.
Refer to my Rag Quilt General Instructions for basic construction methods if you've never made a rag quilt, or if you'd like a refresher.
To make a rag quilt from the pattern, replace fabrics with the following sizes:
Continue to 4 of 4 below.
- 7" x 7" squares to match original dimensions; cut for each of the three layers
- 4" x 7" rectangles to match original dimensions; cut for each of the three layers
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Alternate Quilt Layout
Here's what the quilt would look like with an extra column added to its right-hand side. Notice that the quilt is square. You'll need seven extra squares to create this layout, plus a bit of additional fabric for borders, backing, batting and binding.
How to Calculate Yardage will help you determine how much of each fabric is required.