I am playing with 2.5 inch strips. You can buy pre-cut strips in nice color combinations. I am going to start with those and probably supplement from my fabric stash. This is a simple design because it uses all the same size pieces and they are cut from strips. This design will allow me to play with the colors as I go along, and that is one of my favorite things.
I used Excel for this design. I used borders, format copy/paste, and fill colors to make my design. Oh, yes and I used a macro to make the cells square.
The "blocks" are not square blocks but why do they have to be?
The design is just the idea to get started. The quilt I make will not be colored like this. It will have more variation and probably very different colors. Who knows what else will be different... I often change things as I go along. I don't like being locked into a plan.
I am still thinking about construction. I may highlight the texture by using an extra layer of batting in the vertical strips. I think I will sew the five strips parts together right sides together in the convential manner. I may use the zig zag stitch on the vertical ones. Then I can quilt that extra batting layer at the same tie I piece those together.
Here are my notes on fabric requirements and cutting the pieces.
|Use 2.5 inch strips|
|finished blocks are 16 wide by 10 high|
|40 blocks total (5 blocks wide by 8 blocks high)|
|quilt is 80 inches square|
|320 strips total (8 strips per block, x 40 blocks)|
|all strips are cut 10.5 long (or cut full width strips in quarters)|
|80 fabric strips (320 block size strips/ 4 strips per fabric width)|
|To use two colorways as pictured:|
|120 vertical weave colorway block strips (3 strips per block time 40 blocks)|
|30 vertical weave fabric strips (120 divided by 4 per strip)|
|200 horizontal weave colorway blocks strips (5 strips per block times 40 blocks)|
|50 horizontals weave fabric strips (200 divided by 4 strips per block)|