I have been at it again, and I have a new design to share with you all, the next one in the Scrap Dance Series. This design idea was so simple ( as in ridiculously simple), I am amazed that it hasn’t been done already and all over the web. But, I wasn’t able to find anything like it, so here goes! You know we all have leftover jelly roll strips, ends of bolts, and various strips from projects, all 2-1/2 inches wide by the width of the fabric. Quickstep will give you a way to use them up, and create a great top faster than you would think! Just a couple of Quicksteps!
Start by sewing together 16 different jelly roll or WOF strips in sets of four. I had a bunch of floral fabrics that I used.
After they are sewn, press the seams going all the same direction.
Cross cut into 2-1/2 inch strips.
Arrange the units in a pleasing way.
Sew the units together, with one from each set of fabrics to make a square.
Cut 16 squares of solid fabric 8-1/2 inches square.
Mark a diagonal line on the back.
Pair a solid square with a pieced square right sides together. Sew 1/4-inch on either side of the line just like making the little HSTs.
Cut apart and press toward the solid color.
Now you have 32 blocks! These can go together however you like, in whatever way suits your style. Just like the light/dark log cabin blocks, these can create the same looks, and much faster.
Maybe you are a bargello fan.
Or maybe the offset diamond fits you better.
How about all going one direction?
Or a square set on point?
Double your strips to two of each color, and 32 solid squares and get 64 total blocks. This will allow some larger design opportunities. I made more and decided to use an asymmetrical placement. The floral fabrics and green solid look like garden paths of grass to see all the pretty flowers. I am not much of a modern quilter, but this really appeals to me.
I kept playing with the blocks, adjusting and changing the design.
I started thinking about it like a maze, with some of the paths having no way out.
I have been working on it for a couple weeks, between trips out of town and other projects. I’ll show you how I finish it soon. It has a lot of stretch due to the bias edges in the center of the blocks, so I think I will use a pantograph. I still haven’t decided whether or not to put a border on.
This idea lends itself to other combinations too, like using only three strips and 6-1/2 inch solid squares. It would use up those ends of jelly rolls you used for other quilts. You can also cut strips from your fat quarters. Want a larger block? Use five strips and 10-1/2 inch solid squares. Versatile and fast!
What do you think about Quickstep?
Update! I have completed a pattern for Quickstep, and added 14 different setting designs!! It is available on my Craftsy store at a low introductory price until July 30th, available HERE. I appreciate all purchases from my stores as they support the costs of the blog.
Scarp Dance Quickstep, copyright Carole Carter at From My Carolina Home
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