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I only used a few strips from the pack and have been wondering what to do with the rest of it. Then I remembered my friend Sharon's first quilt - a really gorgeous quilt made up of diagonal squares from a jelly roll!
Here's Sharon's quilt:
It starts with joining 4 strips together:
The idea is to then fold the right sides together and stitch again (along the top in the photo below), and what you end up is pretty much a "tube" of strips.
I wanted to be sure my "tube" would lay flat nicely, so before sewing the final seam, I pressed the top seam down toward the center seam.
Then I folded the right sides together and pressed the "bottom" seam toward the edge, so the both seams will lie flat and in the same direction
I left the center seam alone, didn't press it down. Below you can see the seams from the four strips, and how the center steam is standing up a bit. Next I folded the right sides together and sewed in that final seam, making the "tube".
Next I put the tube on the cutting board and used my triangle cutting template to cut a diagonal line from one side of the tube to the other.
And here we are (below)! A super-fast, super-easy 5.5" square of diagonal strips.
|Finished size: 48" x 68"|
And here it is: mounted on the longarm:
And here it is! I'm simply wild about this design:
|48" x 68" - free motion loop-d-loop quilting on the longarm|
I'm finding that I like free-motion quilting more and more, but I need to get out of my loop-d-loop rut and get some other stitch patterns into my repertoire. To that end, I've ordered a couple of books which will hopefully give me some usable ideas.