I love to do quick strippy quilts when I need a kiddie gift. My sister Mary does these, but hers are a bit different than mine. I cut all my strips the same size and prefer to add applique, plus I do mine completely on the longarm. This one I did a while ago, all on the longarm...piecing, applique and quilting. Very fast and very easy...cute too!
But I needed 2, so time to whip up another. I cut all my strips 6 1/2" x WOF. I cut 6 solid and 5 in a cute mermaid print.
Then I cut out hearts with my die cutter...the fabric was pre-fused with misty fuse
Next, I fused the hearts in place on the solid fabrics
All ready now to go. I loaded backing and batting on the longarm, then stitched the first strip down at the top. (sorry, I forgot to take photos) Then place the next strip right side down on the first one and stitch along the bottom edge. I use my channel lock to get a perfectly straight seam. Flip the strip down and press. Continue doing the same stitch, flip and press until all your strips are sewn in place. Stitch across the bottom edge of the last strip and now your top is all pieced and stabilized. I then stitch up one side back to the top of the quilt.
Back at the top again I'm ready to quilt and applique each strip as I go. On these I did a blanket stitch around the hearts. I did a little video on this technique back in 2009...you can find the post here if you want to see how I do it. I just made my way back down to the bottom row by row, completing the applique and the background quilting working back and forth from side to side. The whole quilt can be pieced, appliqued and quilt all with only one stop and start. On this particular quilt, it took me 15 minutes to piece all the strips, 10 minutes to applique and quilt each solid row, and 5 minutes to quilt each print row for a grand total of 1 hour and 40 minutes! The finished quilt measures 40" x 66"....perfect size for a 7 year old little girl.
And one of my drip dyed backings
I also made a little shoulder bag for her ipod touch
And I made a couple pencil rolls for budding artists to carry their colored pencils around
I still have a few more things to make this coming week. And looky what came in the mail today...
My 8" round Gelli plate! Can't wait to play with this! That's it for today, have a great weekend!