The team at Robert Kaufman Fabrics kindly sent me a number of different size pre-cuts of my Designer Palette (Rita Hodge) ~ Kona Solids including a Skinny Strips pre-cut bundle. Skinny Strips pre-cuts are just like Jelly Rolls but rather than strips that measure 2.5 inches wide the strips are only 1.5 inches wide (by the full width of the fabric); perfect for sashing, inner borders and strip piecing.
My work and experience with Jelly Rolls is limited and I haven't previously seen a Skinny Strips pre-cut but I was curious to see more ... so I peeled off the label ... unfurled the strips ... only to then realize that there was no putting it back together again. The only thing to do was make something! Which I did, right then and there.
|Skinny Strips ~ Baby and Toddler Quilt|
34 inches x 43 inches
When sewing long strips of fabric together there is a tendency for the piece to curve or bow, and then it simply will not lie flat. One way to avoid this is to alternate the sewing direction of the strips. For example, with this quilt top I first pieced the strips into pairs sewing from the top down, then pieced the pairs of strips together by sewing from the bottom up. Skinny Strips are also precision cut (and the strips were cut remarkably on-grain) which eliminates inaccuracy as a result of rotary cutting the full width of fabric. All you need is a constant width seam.
I then went a little crazy with the quilting, stitching 5 vertical lines for every one inch wide strip and for the full width of the quilt, matching the top thread with each of the Kona colors. This I love to do! It's very labor intensive but the texture created by the closely spaced quilting lines is amazing, and worth every color change, every bobbin change, and every stitch.
For the back of the quilt I have used a text fabric from the Love Notes collection by Echo Park for Andover Fabrics; I rather like that the colors of the larger size words match the colors of the quilt top. You can also see that for the quilting I matched the lower/bobbin thread to blend with the quilt backing fabric. Quilting with different top and and bobbin thread colors poses no problems provided your sewing machine tension is well balanced. My machine was having a good day!
This quilt is for sale and is now listed in my Etsy Store.
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|Binding ~ Kona Cotton in Pepper|
I loved working on this project! More work with solid fabric is definitely part of the plan for 2015.
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