Here is my tutorial on how to make Petunia Strings by the River quilt. Batik fabrics really look beautiful in this easy to make string quilt pattern.
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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
Press both of these and now sew them together to make a long tube. I folded it over so you could see.
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.
Line up the bottom of your ruler along a straight line on your seam line, you will cut along the angle as shown.
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.
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.
I thought I would show this picture of what happens if your fabrics are too similar.
Now we will take the 4 blocks and lay them out like this and sew them together.
You could also do your blocks this way…..for a completely different look.
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!
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 enjoyed this tutorial and make a beautiful batik strip pieced quilt!
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