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Simple strips & string quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes for Val’s strips & strings quilt

Using various widths of fabric sew together along the longest edge with a seam allowance until you have a width you like;

Trim back to a square (in the video it was 5 ½”)

Produce sufficient squares for your quilt size and lay out on point so that the rows are set on the diagonal.

You will now need some setting triangles; these are cut four from each square (so that the straight grain of the triangle runs along the long edge) – in the video example this was 9 ¼” (i.e. Cut a square of 9 ¼” and then cut across on each diagonal to give you 4 triangles)

You will also need corner triangles which will again be cut from a square, but this time the square will only be divided once on the diagonal (so that the grain runs across and down the triangle) – so each square gives you two triangles. Again in the video example that would have been 5” (so to produce four triangles you need to cut two squares)

Add these to your laid out quilt and sew the diagonal rows together one at a time (place them back on the floor to make sure the setting triangles face the right way! – you will know what I mean when you get it wrong!!!!!!

You can then add the rows together – if the quilt is large do this in sections to avoid handling the whole quilt the whole of the time.

Once the quilt medallion is made you can trim back the outside edges of the triangles to an accurate ¼” seam allowance and square off the corners if you feel//find this is necessary.

Add borders in the usual way

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Strip Piecing with Scraps

This is a very simple idea inspired by the left over fabrics from the jelly roll strips that were a prize giveaway from Fabric Freedom. By being able to trim the squares back to being very accurate, the quilt goes together really easily and the added twist of setting the rows on point give more movement. You can even add another fabric for the setting to give yet more flair.

For those of you who like gadgets, the EZ Companian Angle template allows you to cut the setting triangles from strips easily and accurately with the Rotary cutter. - to learn more click here for a free workshop with Jennie Rayment.

Rotary Cutting Turntable

With all that squaring up, the turntable rotary cutter really comes into its own.

If you are having difficulty in finding this product you could contact www.creativequilting.co.uk

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