My original plan was to cut these fat quarters into squares and arrange the blocks by alternating the direction of the stripes and therefore creating a woven design. This seemed like a quick fix and perhaps a little too easy, so I got out may trusty triangle ruler (any 90 degree angle ruler with horizontal lines will do).
I have placed masking tape on the line that marks the outer edge of the block (which greatly assists placing the ruler accurately), and have then fussy cut four triangles that have the exact same repeat of stripes. The four triangles are sewn back together to make one square block.
Numerous blocks have been completed and I soon discovered that ...
narrow stripes make you feel dizzy!
Selecting a range of different stripe widths and colors helps negate this nauseating effect. The blocks pieced with wider striped fabric gives the eye a place to rest.
The above pictured layout was arranged rather quickly (without thought for placement as I was competing with the elements - wind, shadows, sun, dog) just to get an idea of what the quilt will look like.
Although I have added some of my own striped fabrics to this mix, it is rather satisfying to be recycling these reclaimed bed linens.