After looking around at various ideas on Pinterest, I decided to make a quilt-as-you-go strippy quilt. My main inspiration came from MaryQuilts.com. First I chose a focus fabric (the one on the left end) and a fabric for the backing (the monkey print.) Then I pulled one light print and five brights that coordinate well with the focus fabric.
I didn't have time to put together a whole tutorial and series of photos of my process, but the construction is a basic stitch-and-flip technique. I can tell you what sizes I cut the strips. These will make a quilt that measures 36" x 42.5".
Focus fabric: Cut 4 strips @ 5" x 37"
Light fabric: Cut 8 strips @ 2" x 37"
Brights: Cut 1 strips from each fabric @ 3" x 37"
My backing and batting were both cut at 38" wide x 48" long. I laid the backing out wrong side up, then spread the batting over it. I marked a horizontal line across the center of the batting as a guideline for my first strips. I started at the center of the quilt with the red strip right side up and one light strip, wrong side up, with the two strips laid along the guideline. Stitch the strips down through all layers (batting and backing.) Press the light strip flat.
Next lay another light strip wrong side up against the other edge of the red strip. Stitch light strip down, then press. Continue adding strips, working out toward both ends of the quilt. Once all the strips have been stitched down, you can square up the quilt, trimming along the four outer edges. Add a binding and your quilt is finished!
I will be sharing this with the following linky parties.:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Julie in GA