My First Strip Quilt!

I must be a sucker for punishment or something. We’re immersed in a gut bathroom reno, and our next child is due in less than 2 months which we have made NO preparations for, and somehow I decided I was going to attempt my very first quilt for my 2-year-old daughter. Luckily it turned out all right…

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I might even go so far as to say, it turned out much better than my expectations. (By the way, please don’t pay any attention to my very dusty floor. I’d like to blame my daughter’s chalkboard, which is right outside of the frame, but really, I’ve just been lax on vacuuming that corner.)

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at simple quilts and decided that simple straight strips of fabric would be the easiest, quickest, and most forgiving for my less-than-stellar sewing skills. (To be precise, I literally have to look up how to wind a bobbin every time I use the sewing machine.)

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All of the fabrics are scraps/remnants that I’ve picked up over the last couple years at Joanns. I always check their remnant pile for cute fabrics, which are always 50% off, and turned out just perfect for this project. The quilt back is an old fitted sheet that no longer fits any of the beds we own now.

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I made this quilt approx 40″ by 55″ so that even when Brownie outgrows it she’ll still be able to use it as a throw blanket to snuggle with. I bound it with store-bought bias tape, because after putting together the quilt top I was in no mood to cut and make my own bias tape (although it might have been cuter). The store-bought stuff is great! The filling is polyester, because I already had a piece of polyester batting in my stash, though next time (if there IS a next time) I’ll try cotton.

I quilted it “in the ditch” aka along the seams. Straight line quilting seemed the easiest to handle for me.

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There are far better tutorials than I could provide out on the Net (by people who actually know how to use their sewing machines), so I’ll just link to a few of them here.

How to sew a strip quilt top

How to baste and quilt your strip quilt

How to bind your finished quilt

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I feel that after sewing this quilt I have a much better idea of how to work my sewing machine. Next time I might attempt…dum dum dum…square blocks!

What do you think? Is quilting something you would attempt? Do you get intimidated by sewing in a straight line like I do?

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7 Comments on My First Strip Quilt!

  1. Allison
    October 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm (3 years ago)

    The colours are so pretty and playful. I’m in the process of making my first quilt and am not enjoying it. Despite that, I’m already planning my next one, which will be a strip quilt.

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  2. Jenny
    October 8, 2014 at 4:48 am (3 years ago)

    It looks adorable! Your story sounds surprisingly similar to mine about a year ago: baby due in a couple of months, wanted to make a quilt for my 2 year old, still learning the whole sewing thing – but mine changes in that you finished yours! I have all my pieces cut, but just need to get to sewing it. I will definitely use your tip about the bias tape, though!

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  3. Kyla @ HouseOfHipsters
    October 13, 2014 at 9:55 am (3 years ago)

    This turned out great! Found you on the Remodelaholic link up!

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  4. Camilla
    October 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks guys!

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  5. Susan T
    December 2, 2014 at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

    I love It! How are the measurements of your strips?

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    • Camilla
      March 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Honestly, the strips are all random widths!

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