Strip Quilt Secrets
Welcome to my blog!
I hope you’ve been enjoying seeing what
Strip Quilt Secrets is all about.
I love it when I pick up a quilting book and learn something new.
Since I’m not a scrappy quilter I learned a LOT about buying fabric, cutting strips & even the best ways to store your fabrics for scrap quilting.
I never even gave thought to these things before now.
No wonder her scrappy quilts are so beautiful & precise!
In reading her book cover to cover
(can’t tell you the last time, if ever, I’ve done that.)
I was fascinated by Diane’s instructions to cut triangles from
2 1/2″ (jelly roll) strips
to make half-square triangles that measure 2 1/2″ (unfinished)!
I rather like her Aunt Elsie Quilt.
And although I don’t have an Aunt Elsie,
my husband’s dear grandmother was named Elsie.
I decided to try out Diane’s “Triangles from Strips” technique
& make an Elsie block.
I was amazed that the pressed half-square triangle was exactly 2 1/2″!Pretty awesome!
Diane also suggests the best way to press the hst’s to get them the flattest they can be.
I quickly made the 8 hst’s
& cut a few 2 1/2″ squares from the same 2 1/2″ strips for the block.
Before I sewed the squares together I decided to audition the block both ways…
Just one more 2 1/2″ square could change the whole look of the block.
I decided to sew it as first imagined.
But if you know me…
You know that I literally cannot imagine sewing something without little Dresden plates!!!
Instead I belabored a couple of border fabrics
then completed a preemie quilt top.
Once again I contemplated including a Tiny Dresden plate in the center…
These things can literally go just about ANYWHERE!
But alas I quilted & bound it without the Dresden addition.
How cute is just one little Aunt Elsie block?
I have to say, these tips have changed the way I think about scrappy quilts!
They’re not scary at all anymore.
Would you like a chance to win a copy of Strip Quilt Secrets?
(Sorry but the drawing is closed.)
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to be entered into a drawing for your own copy of Strip Quilt Secrets.
I’ll draw Sunday by 6 p.m.
Just Keep Sewing…