While I was on bed rest with my last baby the Pink & Purple Unicorn fabric from Michael Miller arrived. It was absolutely painful to not be able to get my scissors into it back then, but I did today!!! I feel like a little kid in a candy store when I walk through my shop choosing fabrics, and creating this bundle absolutely made my day!FUSSY CUTTING: The three measurements that I cut larger by 2" were to allow for fussy cutting the chevrons and Once Upon A Time fabric. Whenever sewing with directional, worded, or heavily patterned fabrics ALWAYS buy a little more fabric than you need! The extra 2" gives me enough wiggle room to be very specific and exact with my heavily patterned fabrics:
1) Pink & Purple Unicorns 14"
2) Pink & Purple Mini Chevron 8" (I cut 8" to create a 6" cut, details to follow)
3) Violet Mini Dots 5" for the top strip and 5.5" for the bottom strip
4) Once Upon A Time 14" (I cut 14" to create a 12" cut, details to follow)
5) Grape Ta Dot 6"
6) Pink & Purple Small Castles 12"
7) Pink & Purple Princess Chevron 8" (I cut 8" to create a 6" cut, details to follow)
To make a Quilt-As-You-Go Strip Quilt, you begin with the backing right side down.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Pink & Purple Unicorn Strip Quilt
The next step is to clean up the edges, so I use my rotary cutter and mat to cut the raw edges off.
So, as much as I LOVE to quilt as I go and make up a new pattern with every quilt I make, after I reached this step I realized I had planned to use the Grape Ta Dot as my binding fabric...but I had already used it for my backing. Sigh. I really love the look of contrasting fabrics so the thought of using the same fabric as the binding was too boring. So...I created a two-sided binding, problem solved!
To make this Two-Sided Binding I cut 5 strips of 1.5" x 44" of each fabric: Grape Ta Dot & Spot On Purple Mini Dots. 10 strips total, 1.5" x 44" each. I sewed all five strips of Grape Ta Dot together, then all five strips of Spot On Purple Mini Dots together. Next, I sewed both of these fabrics together. Next, I pressed the edges to the middle and voila - Two-Sided Binding, crisis averted! I have to admit, I REALLY LOVE Two-Sided Binding and it might just become my new favorite thing to add to my quilts!
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