Strips & Stripes

Supplies Students Need To Have

Tools & supplies:  Sewing machine in good working order.  You should have basic sewing supplies including thread, pins, rotary cutter, ruler (24 inches, if possible) and mat.  A 6 ½ inch square is also very helpful.

Fabrics:  I usually design the blocks as I go along, based on the fabrics I have.  You can use full cuts, fat quarters or large scraps, depending on what you have available.  How much fabric you need depends on how many blocks you want to complete and how many fabrics you want to have in each block

Stripes – You can use all kinds of stripes.  Choose your favorites; Bright woven stripes, Traditional stripes, Modern graphic stripes, International stripes from India, Guatemala or Africa.  They don’t have to all be from the same fabric line.

Directional Designs – you might have some fabrics that are not exactly stripes, but have strong directional designs.  These are great too.

More to Consider:

Solids.  Choose some solids that coordinate with the stripes you are working with.  We will use these in strip piecing and to add contrast to the centers.

Large Scale Prints – If you have large scale prints they are ideal for fussy cutting into these centers.  You can go as detailed or as streamlined as you like!

Preparation before class:  I include this because some folks like to do homework!  Any preparation before class is TOTALLY OPTIONAL.  Please don’t stress over preparing for the class if you are short on time.  However, if you like to come in with prep work done, there are a few things you can do.

If you look at the blocks pictured here, you can see that I’ve chosen to do some piecing in the centers to provide interest.  I generally like things detailed and full of pattern.  Depending on the look you are going for, you can use fussy cutting or piecing to achieve this look.  If you are fussy cutting, look through your stash to find fabrics with interesting patterns or designs.  Cut your 6 ½ inch squares prior to coming to class and choose your accompanying fabrics for that block to align with or contrast with that center.

If you want to do some fancy piecing, I’m including a couple of options for piecing your centers. You can use these or you can devise your own. You will want your center square to measure 6 ½ inches (6 inches finished dimension plus ¼ inch seam allowance all around). 

Have fun pulling your fabrics and get ready for a fun session of combining stripes, playing with directionality, and discovering the design potential of a simple traditional block.