Sunday, August 19, 2012

Economy Quilting

I was working on Peri's quilt yesterday and I thought I would share this with you. Peri's quilt and dog collars I make and other quilts use 2.5" strips. You can buy 2.5" strips in rolls from almost every fabric company. So what do you do with the leftover strips when you make a quilt? I always seem to have 6" to 8" leftovers when I use a 2.5" by WOF strips. These strips are perfect for a circle block. You can cut a wedge shape from these leftovers with any wedge ruler. Each block for my measurements uses 40 strips so I piece them by 10's. It takes just a little time to cut and sew these segments up. Here's a pic of 4 segments that will eventually end up in what I call a gypsy quilt.

This will go on an 18" block background. BTW, I know the black and white ones stick out. There will be more of them in the finished blocks...or they might be taken out.

The AUGUST GIVEAWAY ends today. I thought about using the random number generator but found out it costs money to do that! I'll figure out some other way to draw numbers (not with the dogs...I'd have to write the numbers on liver for them to be interested in doing that). Be sure to check tomorrow for our winners and on Tuesday for our next giveaway!

Have a happy Sunday! Cheery wave from Bev


Gill said...

I love your block!
Is the wedge ruler just a large dresden ruler??

Bev said...

To Gill: Yes, it's the large Dresden ruler because I couldn't find my small one-lol. I use a 5" wedge which is really a 5.5" unfinished wedge. It fits on a 2.5" strip. Thanks for commenting!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh I like that block! And what a great idea for leftover strips! Thanks!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I've wanted to try a dresden design and this ruler would make it sooooo much easier. Your block is lovely. =)

Maxine said...

I'd leave the black and white strips in the quilt. They add a sparkle and something for the eye to travel to throughout your quilt.