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strip piece quilting??

sewmpls's picture

Over ten years ago (?) I saw a Threads article in the library about strip piece quilting...I am not sure that was the exact title. Later I went back to take notes and it was cut out. Went to our regional library archives and it was cut out of that magazine. Apparently lots of interest.
It showed a way to quilt with irregular scraps of fabric. A base fabric is used. Irregular pieces are added one at a time to the base fabric with curved stitching lines. If I remember correctly the finished product was a silk evening bag.
I am not a quilter. Did anyone remember this? If it sounds familiar, is there a book I could buy about it?

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #1 of 121)

That is called crazy quilting.  Try this site.  I hope this is the right site.  http://www.geocities.com/soho/lofts/6531/


Edited 12/1/2008 10:37 pm ET by rodezzy2

gailete's picture

(post #30413, reply #2 of 121)

That does sound like crazy quilting and there are a lot of books about crazy quilting especially when embellished with threads, beads and things. It is a great way to use up bits and pieces of lovely (or not so lovely) fabric to go with a special outfit.

summer's picture

(post #30413, reply #3 of 121)

Gailete,


Go to the HGTV message boards, and click on Quilting and Needlework.  Click on any of the threads that have to do with Crazy Quilting. The ladies there are a great resource for Crazy Quilting. They have instructions and chats and they will have answers to many of the questions you may have. There are also pictures of their work. You'll enjoy it.


summer


 

gailete's picture

(post #30413, reply #4 of 121)

Hi Summer, I think your reply should have gone to the original poster as I was answering her question. Although I don't do much crazy quilting, I have shelves of quilting books for reference for many types of quilting although I prefer scrap quilts/log cabins.


 


Josefly's picture

(post #30413, reply #5 of 121)

Since you mentioned that the strips of fabric were sewn onto a base fabric, I wonder if it's an application of "foundation quilting" - you might search on that term.

woodruff's picture

(post #30413, reply #27 of 121)

Here's foundation quilting:

http://www.quilt.com/HowTo/FoundationHowToPage.html

I've used it to make some cute little cell phone bags out of silk tie remnants.

Josefly's picture

(post #30413, reply #28 of 121)

That's a very clear instruction sheet. Thank you for the link. So, from this discussion, it appears that the difference between foundation quilting and strip piece quilting is that though both methods use a foundation or base piece of fabric, the foundation quilting uses a paper pattern attached to the base fabric, and requires specific shapes and sizes of fabrics, while the strip piecing uses any-shape strip as long as it's wide enough to cover the base fabric, and the strips don't have to have parallel edges. Is that correct?

I like the use to which you've put your silk tie remnants, too. I bet those cell phone bags are very attractive.

woodruff's picture

(post #30413, reply #36 of 121)

The definitions of foundation and strip quilting seem pretty flexible. In the version that I used, there was no paper shape, and in fact, I suspect that the little central pentagon was employed only because it offered a choice of five sides to stitch fabric to.

The little cell phone bags are from Vogue 8407, which I reviewed at pr, and one view of the orange patchwork shows that central pentagon pretty well:

http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=34814

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #37 of 121)

Here is a strip pieced quilt I made.


 

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Josefly's picture

(post #30413, reply #39 of 121)

Gorgeous quilt - so well done, and I love the colors. I really respect you quilt-makers and your skill.

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #51 of 121)

That's gorgeous, Rodezzy!  I love the bright colours!  Great job!


Gloria

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #61 of 121)

Thanks sweet lady, I made a monocramtic one in dark and light linen/cotton for my son, but I can't seem to find the pictures.

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #68 of 121)

You'll eventually find them &, hopefully, you'll post them for all of us to enjoy & compliment you!  I'm working on a quilt-as-you-go table runner right not.  Hopefully, it'll turn out fine, as it's a first for me.  I know what you mean, though, about quilting a full-sized quilt in a home machine - it's a big job!  I'll let you know how this table runner turns out.  As for larger quilts, I'll have a go at them - we don't know if we don't try, eh?  I have a few books on quilt-as-you-go, & am willing to try a few, as there are several quilts I want to make.  I can certainly see the sense in doing it this way, but then, Annie does her big quilts on a home machine, so it obvioudly can be done, so I'll have a go at that method, too.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


Gloria

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #69 of 121)

I'm signed up for a Betty Cotton/Cotton Theory quilt as you go class in February.  I've always wanted to try it.  Hope your table runner turns out well and you will share photos!  Mary

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #71 of 121)

Is that on-line on at a quilt shop?

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #73 of 121)

No, it's at the shop that took over my favorite Viking dealer.  (Now they sell Pfaff).  I will have to drive a long way to find a new Viking dealer and to go to the classes to learn digitizing embroidery designs.  The three closest to me all closed!  Hopefully they will teach both of her methods.  One is like you described stripping....did I say that?  he he  he I'll share what I learn next month.  Mary


 

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #95 of 121)

yes you did...giggle

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #75 of 121)

Good luck with your class.  If you receive the MacPhee Workshop newsletter, you'll notice that Linda is doing a class in Denver soon on sewing with Slinky, in case you're interested.  She says it's guaranteed to make you look 10 lbs. thinner :) (the Slinky outfit, that is, not just the course)  :)


I haven't been able to get back to working on my table runner since Christmas, but hope to soon.   I'll post pics if it turns out OK.


Gloria

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #77 of 121)

Thanks for letting me know about her class.  There are so many that I'd like to take, lots of good ones at the Denver Expo this year.  I'm still trying to decide.  Mary

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #81 of 121)

That's the trouble with some expos - you spend all your time taking classes & have no time for shopping :(.  You'll squeeze in as much as you can on both the classes & shopping, no doubt, as it's a fun day or two.


Gloria

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #85 of 121)

I'm really looking forward to it.  I've had some unexpected expenses so don't know if I'll be taking any classes. I sure want to but will have to decide this week or they might be full.  Wish I could go to Pullyup this year, so many great artists/teachers there that I'd love to meet and learn their techniques!  This one is smaller but still has a great line up. 

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #88 of 121)

If you can obtain the program sheet for Puyallup, you might be able to save enough to attend just that one, depending upon what classes/teachers they have.  There's always a way, even if time & money are short, it seems - you have to limit your priorities (which is always hard), because these expos are always like a second Christmas; you just can't wait to go & see all that is offered (& try to resist most of it, unfortunately).  Or is boils down to 'maybe next year' :(.


Gloria

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #90 of 121)

I'm daydreamin'!

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #92 of 121)

Daydreaming doesn't cost a penny!  Go for it - it's a pleasant pastime. :)


Gloria

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #70 of 121)

What quilt as you go process are you using on the table runner?

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #76 of 121)

I don't know which process I'm doing, Rodezzy - it's similar to the quilt you made.  I do each square (my runner is reversible, so different colours on each side) &, when they're all done, I abut the squares (& triangles) & sew them together with the sashing strips.  Are there several ways to quilt-as-you-go?  This is the first time I'm trying it, so I hope it turns out OK.


Gloria

rodezzy2's picture

(post #30413, reply #79 of 121)

Oh yes, there are a few.  I like the sashing strip idea, must try it.  My son came over and assisted me with getting some more stuff out of my apartment.  I am actually close to being able to sew again.  But not close enough to getting this job I've given myself to completion, but every step helps.  I'm tired tonight from the work, but I am happy to be able to see my sewing room floor again.  Some of it anyway.  I found a pair of brand new boots I'd been looking for all week.  They were on my sewing table, still in the box,,,,giggle,,,ha ha ha!  What a world, what a world.

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #80 of 121)

So those new boots were playing hide and seek with you, huh?  It's so exhausting sorting through everything and purging.  The thing I really hate is going through all the old paperwork I've put into boxes to sort "later".  I have to look at every piece because I tend to write quick instructions, notes, drawings, and poems on envelopes and scraps of paper.  This year they shall be purged!!!  I've already found two checks to me from several years ago that I never cashed so I had to void them.  (They were from my elderly mother and it would just confuse her if I cashed them now.) 


I've found my New Years' resolutions:  no more scrappy notes!!!  have the urge to purge  and no putting things in boxes or drawers to go through later!!!  One in box one out box and no "round tuit box(s)!!! 

Gloriasews's picture

(post #30413, reply #84 of 121)

Oh, Mary, I know what you mean about storing stuff in boxes!  Yikes!  I have 3 to go through, but I have dividers between a lot of it, so it just has to be put into binders now (hopefully, I can throw away another bunch when I go through it again).  I'm embarrased to say I also have a pile of filing to do, as well (most of it is in my 'round tuit' box), so, you're right - that is a super resolution to not do this anymore, eh?  Good luck with clearing up yours.  (You probably wouldn't have been able to cash those cheques, anyway, as they usually expire after 6 mos.).


Gloria

MaryinColorado's picture

(post #30413, reply #87 of 121)

Yeah, I found another one last night, oh well, it gave her a good feeling to think she sent a gift and that's what's important.  She will never know that I didn't cash them.


I have several about 5 of the 3 ring binders and a hole puncher that will keep me busy organizing all those pages I tore out of magazines, instructions for techniques, paper copies of embroidery designs, etc.   Guess I should buy a scrapbook or 10 for all the cards and letters or let them go....I'm determined to "just do it"!  (or light a match to it and send it all on it's way to the great beyond!)