On Saturday we decided that we would concentrate this month on making filler strip and border sections. We are all going to make tubes with 5 1/2 inch by half the width of the fabric strips of black on white fabric (mostly white) and 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches by half the WOF of bright fabric. We will slice the tubes into rings and cut the white fabric a bit off center and sew the resulting strips together. It was Fran's idea to do it this way and I like it.
I wanted to see how it was going to look, this is step by step how I did mine.
Step 1 The 2 strips are sewed together and pressed to the bright
Step 2 On the right, fold up along the length so the right sides are together and the raw edges meet and stitch to form a long tube. Don't press the seam at this time.
Step 3 Cut the tube into strips (rings) of various widths I think I like 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 inches. I forgot to take a picture of this step.
Step 4 Fold so the seams are offset by 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch and cut the white fabric with a scissors. Press to the bright fabric at this time.
Step 5 Sew the strips together with a 1/4 seam. Press all the seams in one direction.
Step 6 Trim to the determined size. We will be trimming to 6 1/2 inches. You can see that the top strip here will determine where this piece is trimmed as it is narrower than the other strips. The reason for that is that I had 2 1/2 inch strips of that white fabric and made a regular strip set, my bright fabric was cut at 3 inches. To be able to get a good offset I should have made the bright strip 3 1/3 inches. I think maybe the bright strips should all be closer to 3 1/2 inches give or take an 1/8 inch. It would give enough variation to just vary the width of the slices, that would make it easier to offset. Next time I will know. Maybe someone else will have a better idea. We are all doing this off the top of our heads so there are bound to be more ideas. It seems to me a good idea to pretty much line up one side when sewing the strips together as you can see on the right side in Step 5.
Here is the strip all trimmed. The photo on the left shows the top 3 strips are wider. I thought they looked too chunky and stitched another line 1/4 inch away from the existing seams between the blue and red and the red and yellow. I like it better.
Next month when we get together we will all bring the tubes and we will slice them up and mix them up and stitch them together.
So far we don't have a concrete plan about what we will do with them. Will they go on the quilt we have been working on or will they go in another quilt? We'll see. Sounds like fun to me.