Some of you may recognize the name Kate Bashynski. She’s been a guest on Sewing With Nancy and also a designer for Nancy’s Notions. Kate is one of the most meticulous stitchers I know. More importantly, she is a terrific designer. I know you’ll enjoy reading her description of her newest quilt template design.
By Kate Bashynski, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger
Quilters usually have many strips of fabric left over from previous projects and wonder what to do with them. As the designer of the Twisted Triangles Template, I wanted to find a new way to use the template to make it even more useful. My piles of leftover fabric strips got me thinking, and I found the template works great for designing a scrappy quilt top. I’m so pleased that this template has been a best seller since it was released last year. Customers are buying them faster than we can manufacture them! This template is currently on back order, but feel free to order yours today for delivery in February.
How to Make a Scrappy Quilt
- Gather fabric strips from your scrap bins and follow along. I’ll show you how to make this fun, stash-busting quilt top.
- You’ll need 40, 2-1/2″ strips, along with a rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, and the Twisted Triangles Template.
- Divide your strips into three piles: two piles of 11 strips each, and one pile with the remaining 18 strips.
- Pair up each of the 11 fabrics in one stack with one of the 11 fabrics in the other stack. Put them right sides together.
- Subcut each pair into 5″ lengths.
- Chain stitch each pair together along the short edges.
- Press stitching lines, then press seams open.
- Arrange pairs in whatever order you like. Then, stitch short edges together to create a strata.
- Press each seam open as you link the pairs together.
- Take one of the strips from your remaining pile of 18. Center it over your completed strata.
- Sew the lengthwise edges of the strips together.
- Repeat with the remaining strips.
- Place the Twisted Triangles Template along adjoining seams of the 5″ blocks and attached strip.
- Use a rotary cutter to cut completely around the template.
- Keep the “cut offs” to use in a scrappy border.
- Lay out cut pieces in a pleasing arrangement.
- Stitch pieces to form blocks.
- Arrange blocks in rows and stitch; sew rows together to create the quilt top.
- Add multiple borders to complete the quilt top to your liking. Layer, quilt, and bind using your favorite techniques.
If you prefer a more coordinated look, make your strata from a precut fabric strip pack that includes at least 40, 2-1/2″ fabric strips.
Click to watch a video demonstration of the step-by-step process to make this Scrappy Twisted Triangle quilt top. You can also download the free pattern with complete instructions from the video page.
Thanks Kate, what a clever idea!
Bye for now,
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