Thursday, August 30, 2012

Petunia Strings by the River Tutorial

Pin It Here is my tutorial on how to make Petunia Strings by the River.
Petunia Strings quilt by Freemotion by the River
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Petunia Strings by the River
Petunia Strings by the River Pillows
Petunia Strings Pillow by the Freemotion by the River
I used 2 jelly rolls that had 40 strips in them for my projects but you could also cut your own 2.5 inch strips of fabrics in your stash. I used a premium muslin for my solid color. The strips are cut the width of the fabric and are about 40 inches long.

Edit: I used yardage of muslin for the quilt - I just figured it out and it takes 4 and 1/4 yd - every tube uses 3 - 2 1/2 inch strips (7 1/2 inches) - you will have lots of odd pieces at the ends that can be used for other projects.

First you will make 2 pieces:
  • one will have 2 prints with 1 solid strip in the center
  • one will have 2 solids with 1 print in the center
batik fabrics for strips
Press both of these and now sew them together to make a long tube. I folded it over so you could see.
Making your strip tube
We are going to make a 45 degree cut to make our blocks. You don't need a special ruler - it does help to have a ruler longer than the width of the tube but if you don't you could make a template. Below I have shown you what a 45 degree angle is....very easy....anytime you have a square and cut it diagonally you have made a 45 degree cut.
45 degree angle
Line up the bottom of your ruler along a straight line on your seam line, you will cut along the angle as shown.
diagram of cutting the blocks
Then flip your ruler to the other side and line up along the seam line again for your next cut. My blocks are about 8 1/2 inches. Note: you could also line up along the edge of your tube.....your blocks will be bigger. Whichever way you do.....be consistent or your blocks will be different sizes.
diagram of cutting the blocks
You will get 6 blocks out of one tube - it takes 4 of these blocks to make one big block for the design. You'll have 2 leftover  - hint - if you make 2 tubes with the identical fabrics you will have enough small blocks to make 3 big blocks.

The next diagram shows you the fabrics I used and how they work for the corners. The strip with 2 prints and 1 solid is the one that gets used to create the center of the design.
Colors in the blocks
I thought I would show this picture of what happens if your fabrics are too similar.
Choose different colors for strips
Now we will take the 4 blocks and lay them out like this and sew them together.
placement of blocks
You could also do your blocks this way.....for a completely different look.
Blocks with the muslin in the center
Be very careful handling your blocks as all sides are bias edges.

Here is a diagram of my blocks sewn together so you can see how the blocks look in this setting. This is really a fast and fun way to make blocks and would be beautiful scrappy!
diagram of laying out the blocks
This design takes 80 small strip blocks - 4 to each large block design equals 20 blocks for this quilt.

Each pillow used 4 small strip blocks.

I don't recommend using the 2 1/2 inch strips pieces for a border.....it stretched because of the bias edges on the blocks. I bought 2 jelly rolls so I could use the fabrics for a border...I just sewed strips together and added them around the sides.

For my binding I cut some of the strips in half and also added some leftover pieces for a completely scrappy binding cut at 2 1/2 inches. It is a straight edge binding not a bias. I only do bias binding on a quilt with curves edges. I sewed it to the front side of my quilt after quilting and then I machine stitched it down.

Edit: Each tube uses 3 strips from your jelly roll - you get enough blocks from one to make 1 large design block (4 small blocks) - you will have 2 small blocks leftover from each tube.

One jelly roll - using 39 strips will give you 13 large blocks and you will have 13 small blocks leftover that could be used another project or you could mix and match them.

I actually used only 21 of the strips from the 2nd jelly roll for the blocks since I have 20 blocks.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you have any questions on something I didn't explain clear enough just email me. Have fun!

32 comments:

Melissa said...

Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing :)

Pat said...

Thanks for posting the tutorials. I hope to try this soon - but first I have to finish my Intertwined quilt. :D
Connie, I'm trying something out - I hope you can reply to my comments now.

Sheila said...

Beautiful quilt. Your tutorial was easy to follow, your pictures were very helpful. This quilt idea is definitely on my bucket list. Thank you for taking the time to post a most excellent tutorial, Connie.

Linda said...

What a great tutorial! Thank you so much. The quilt and pillow are so pretty!

Denise said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I do have a question: when you say you used 2 jelly rolls, was that 1 print jelly roll and 1 solid jelly roll or 2 printed jelly rolls and yardage of the solid? I hope this makes sense! ha!
Thank you1

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing. Great tutorial and great quilt. It is on my To-do List!

Needled Mom said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. Is that a 40 piece jelly roll or a 20?

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Thanks Connie! Great job on the tute. I love the colors you picked to make this one.

Kiera, It's Sew Kiki said...

Great tutorial Connie!! That would be a new technique for me!

Jan said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

Rachel said...

Awesome! Thanks for the clear instructions! This will be new for me!

Melissa Corry said...

Such a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it!!

shez said...

thankyou so much for sharing Connie.xx

SewCalGal said...

Great tutorial. The Strip Tube Ruler, by Cozy Quilt Designs, also makes this technique, and many other designs, go really fast & easy. You may want to check out: http://www.cozyquilt.com/Aspx/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=517
I love strip tubing techniques.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Barbie Mills said...

This quilt is beautiful, I never would have thought of doing it with a tube. Thanks for sharing! This is on my to-do list now!

Karen said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you Connie -- I LOVE this quilt !

Tutorial much appreciated!

Karen

Cyn ;-) said...

Very nice, Connie. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm gonna! Thanks for a great tute!

kc said...

I ♥ stripping! Makes things LOOK like you spent hours piecing!! This layout is really pretty. I'm working on a similar one now...I used a whole piece of white (or cream or white on white) paired with strings. When I opened the block up, it looks like a giant half-square triangle & I've got them laid out so the strips line up diagonally. Took longer to make all the strings than it did to cut all the blocks!

Quiltingranny said...

Very pretty!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. It is going on my to-do list for sure!!
Amanda

Margaret said...

I absolutely love this quilt. You picked such awesome colors. I might just have to make one. I will put it on my bucket list. By the way, my bucket list will now stretch from here to the moon. I have to buy more paper, I used the last piece writing this down. I could now be officially called a paper hoarder with all the patterns I have copied and saved to make some day. They could probably consider this a fire hazzard. No smoking allowed, my room would burst into flames. Oh, I have gone off track again. I am so enjoying seeing all of your quilts. Now if I would spend as much time in my sewing room as I do in front of this computer reading all the amazing quilting blogs I might get to this pattern before I pass on to quilt heaven.

Denise :) said...

I really appreciate how you show how to use rulers the way they're meant to be used! Great tutorial, Connie ... thank you!!! :)

KatieQ said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. The colors really make this a fabulous quilt.

Jeanne said...

Thank you for the wonderful tute on making your quilt. I love the photo of it by the water. Nice work all around.

Debuko said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, Connie:)

mara said...

Very Nice this is on my to do list, I just had to pin it.
http://pinterest.com/pin/271130840037665717/

Ellie Q said...

Beautiful! I have a quilt like this in mind to do shortly and this just makes me more excited

JanetK said...

Great tutorial! I love this quilt.

Sarah Craig said...

Whoop whoop!! Beautiful quilt, and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Wonderful tutorial with a great project! Thank you so much for sharing! I was visiting through can I get a WHOOP WHOOP? :)

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

I absolutely LOVE the fabrics you used!

Elly D said...

Great tutorial Connie :) I think I may have to try this soon :) Thank you for taking the time to make and share it. Ellyx (a little behind ;))