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Easy Strip Quilt – Valentine

Easy Strip Quilt – Valentine

Easy Strip Quilt – Valentine

 

I bought this terrific heart fabric over a year ago. It was on sale and I knew that I would use it one day even though all of the coordinating fabrics for it were gone. I like to match my own fabrics anyway (so much fun!).

heart fabric
heart fabric

With Valentines only days away I decided to use it for a strip quilt for a baby girl. Today I am showing you the fabrics that I picked and I must say it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Pinks can be like reds and hard to match at times. The back of the quilt will be this fabric of hearts. The top fabric is the white muslin with the strips in pink, orange, tan and burgundy.

coordinating fabrics
coordinating fabrics

I found the idea for this strip quilt on Life Frosting Blog. I am going mostly by her instructions and here is a link to her blog.

You will need the following:
1 yard of pretty fabric for the back
1 yard batting or a 35 x 35 inch piece
1 yard of white muslin or white Kona cotton
6 – ¼ yard pieces for the strips (coordinating fabrics)
¼ yard fabric for the binding around the edge of the quilt (I used left over pieces from the 6 different quarter pieces.)

fabric stack
fabric stack

Iron your fabric.

Cut your strips: It is easier to cut the width of the fabric and then cut the lengths together on the fold 17.5.
3 x 35
5 x 35
4 x 35
6 x 35
3 x 35
4 x 35

For the binding you will need 4 pieces (cut 2 inches x the length of the fabric on each side).

binding strips
binding strips

Next, I arranged my coordinating strips and sewed them onto the white fabric using a 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the fabric. ( I thought this would be easier but I think it was just more work.)

Then I layered the three pieces together, starting with the heart fabric right side facing down, next the batting and finally the top fabric with the strips. Make sure all your layers are aligned correctly.  Next I pinned all three layers together.  Trim the sides of your quilt to make sure all layers are even. Ready to sew!!  I sewed all layers together stitching in the ditch.

quilt layers
quilt layers

After all the layers are sewn together you can attach the binding.  Fold your binding strips together lengthwise and iron.  Attach the strips to the edges of the quilt with pins.  Sew the binding using a 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the binding fabric. Let the end edges of the last two strips overlap the edges of the first.  (Hope that makes sense.)  I actually cut my strips in sections and sewed onto the quilt.  I felt like my binding needed something more.  See photo below.

binding attached
binding attached

Now for the final step.  I washed the quilt on the gentle cycle with a small amount of detergent and dried on low heat.  Super easy and fun to make.  (Will post the final result tomorrow.)

And I am already thinking about making another one with little boy fabrics…….

 

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