Category Archives: string quilt

What if quilt block – an experiment

This block has so much potential that I have made it before, twice with different colour schemes.

Fabric needs

  • Ten 10″ x 1 1/2″ strips in assorted prints or colours
  • One 10 inch square piece of coordinated fabric

This tutorial makes 4 HSTs which, arranged in different ways, make different blocks. Each block can make one or more quilt layouts.

For the tutorial I used Michael Miller’s collection Strata and matching Cotton Couture solids from the new solid collection colours.

I hadn’t used Cotton Couture until now, but I quite like the fabric, it’s silkier than other brands of solids I’ve used in the past. And it has a huge range of colours to choose from.

Main square

Strips

Each block has 4 pieces and you can put them together in endless ways.

So how did I make this block?

Have a look at a different colour scheme for the same block.

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

 

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

 

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

 

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

 

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

 

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Possible quilt layouts

Kites quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Flying geese plus quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

White diamonds quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

White diamonds and crosses quilt

Mini quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Ribbons quilt

Mini quiltOne modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Medallion quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Medallion quilt inverted

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Kaleidoscope quilt

Mini quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Zigzag quilt

Mini quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Other blocks

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Video tutorial: Strip quilt blocks

Quilt blocks with strips video tutorial

I’ve been experimenting with fabric strips again.

Check out my video tutorial and learn to make lots of different blocks in 2 minutes:

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Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block 1 video tutorial

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block video tutorial

How to make this jelly roll block 1

Learn in just over 2 minutes:

Finished block size

About 10 inches.

Materials

For the first rectangle:

– 2 white 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 grey 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

For the second rectangle:
– 2 white 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 red 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

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Some block ideas and quilt ideas that can be made with this technique:

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block 1 video tutorial

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block 1 video tutorial

Visual process

Jelly roll block - quick and easy video tutorial

Headband in 15 minutes or less

Fabric

  • 1  15in x 5in rectangle and
  • 2  8in x 4.5in rectangles
  • 7 in elastic band 1/5 in wide

Method
Cut 15x 5 inches ectangle, fold with right sides together and stitch with a 1/4′ seam allowance.

Turn inside out and iron with seam in the middle and the edges turned inside.

Cut second rectangle and fold in half. Then cut the corner off one side like in the picture.

Snip the pointy edge and make a cut in the corner so that the angles are neatly ironed. Turn inside out and iron.

You’re now ready to put everything together.

Slide elastic band in one side together with one of the side bits like in the picture. Pin in place.

Do the same on the other side.

I made a little fold on each side so that the headband wraps better around the head. This is particularly important with wider headbands.

Fold is more visible in this photo. Stitch in place.

Tie the sides to match the head size.

Done!

Simple headband without the sides

This headband is slightly wider at 6 1/2′ wide.

Patchwork headband

I still have leftovers from my celtic string quilt so I thought I’d make a headband out of it.

Same method as above, but without the flaps.

You can adjust the width to your liking. Only make sure that you make folds on the sides for wider headbands.

And a couple more – I seem not to be able to stop making headbands!

The finished headbands.

One with quilted flower.

Reversible headband made with Heather Bailey fabrics.

Quilted laptop folder

Original design. I used the left overs from string quilting from one of my quilts.