I am the kind of quilter that loves short cuts. I like things done….the quicker the better.
Mitered corners are not my favorite to do– however, when you don’t have to worry about matching up the lines/stripes, and it turns out a little bit cranky, I can totally handle it. In fact I almost enjoy it!
Before we start, let’s talk about the fabric. Stripes give you a lot of option! As you can see from the examples though, they don’t have to be perfect stripes. The lines will not line up, so don’t get all fussy over that.
Striped fabric that has variation make the best quilt blocks. The pink and red striped fabric I used is actually scarfs! See them now? So, think outside the box. You are looking for a somewhat random repeating print.
To audition your fabric you can fold the fabric back on itself at an 45 degree angle. It’s fun to see the different combinations! I also found that even if the fabric didn’t have a traditional stripe- like the bottom right corner, it is still possible to use this method.
Mitered Striped Quilt Block Tutorial:
1) Cut striped fabric into blocks. For the example in this tutorial, I used 6″ X 6″ squares. Cut 4 per block you are sewing
2) Lay right sides together 2 squares— you will need to make sure the stripes are going the same direction!
3) Draw a line from corner to corner using a pencil
4) Sew 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line
5) Cut on drawn line and iron
6) Lay 4 new quilt blocks in order and sew together- you can play with the placement of the quilt blocks
If you are ready to go and loving the stripes- here is a tutorial for a large quilt block and quilt!
Have you ever made a quilt block using this method? What kind of striped fabric did you use?
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