This is a strip quilt, done using Molli Sparkles's tutorial for string piecing without a foundation. I varied the width of the strips to maximize scrappiness. I wanted my finished squares to end at 5", which they almost did. His tutorial yields 3.5" finished squares, so based on careful math, I determined I'd need my initial fabric strip to be... bigger.
My math was totally correct, but then I did something wrong making the first cut of the second set of cuts (perpendicular to the first set) and was left with a couple pieces that were almost squares, but not.
|Scrappy back - this shot shows the quilting better than the ones of the front.|
The back is something of a mess, but it's a thrifty mess. I threw together a second set of strips, cut more squares that were fully squares, and finished the main part of the top. Then it sat on my design wall for a while, until I made a decision about borders.
|My favorite block is the top left.|
At first I was thinking about a checkerboard using the darker fabrics of the strips but decided that the center of the quilt was busy enough that the border needed more of a "Go home, quilt, you're drunk" vibe. So the plain white-on-white is like a place for the eye to rest/a lamppost to lean against on the stagger home.
The binding is a 13-color floral print from JoAnn's that I've had for years. It's used in the top, too, and I liked how it was dark enough to provide a nice frame for the quilt, but still variegated. I sewed over half of it down in the car on a long trip to and from the vet yesterday. Not sure me + sewing needle + moving car is the best combination, but it did help me finish in time for this post.
If I ever make another quilt this way, I'll use thinner strips - the biggest finished at a bit over 2", and I like the effect more when they're under 2".
Linking again to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.