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I haven’t been doing much quilting lately but yesterday I pulled out some of the 5 inch strips I had received from Island Batik and decided to make a few 45 degree angle quilt blocks for another fast and easy quilt project.
45 Degree Angle Quilt Blocks
I lucked out and had three 5 inch strips of a beautiful multi-color batik and some yardage of the teal batik that I had used for my Churn Dash placemats which I cut into 2½” strips. I decided to make some easy strip tube blocks.
At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to make so I just cut and sewed enough strips to make one tube.
- Cut 2 – 2½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips of the batik multi-print
- Cut 2 – 2½” x WOF strips of the teal batik
- Sew strips of both colors together lengthwise with a ¼” seam allowance
- Repeat this step
- Carefully press the strips toward the dark fabric
- Sew both sets of strips together to make a tube
- Press the seams
Cut the 45 Degree Angle Quilt Blocks
Normally I would use my Strip Tube ruler to cut the blocks but….it is packed away in a box and I’m not sure where it is. I still can’t find my favorite Olfa 45mm rotary cutter but I did finally find my favorite Olfa Lip Edge long ruler. I was just about to buy another one as I love it so much!
I really should do a review on it as the lip edge works like a T-square to help you get straight cuts. Every time I did some strip cutting lately the ruler I was using would move on me. I am so glad to have the lip edge ruler back!
Most long rulers have a 45 degree line on them, I laid that line on the seam allowance of my strip tube and then cut off the corner.
The rest of the cuts
Next I turned the ruler around so the writing is backward and line up the 45 degree line with the seam allowance again and cut the block. There will be a couple stitches at the top of the block but they will pull out easily.
Many times I have said that I don’t get stressed about perfect blocks. I know some of you will cringe when you find out how I cut the rest of the blocks. I just laid the first one on the tube and cut another one. Then I kept repeating this.
Are the blocks exactly the same size? I didn’t measure them but they are close enough for a small quilt project.
Would I use this method with a large quilt? No
I was able to cut nine small blocks and I only need eight to make 2 large blocks.
The blocks have bias edges so be very, very careful pressing.
I almost forgot to show you the oops that I did. Take a look at the photo of the first cut that I made. I didn’t pay attention to the fact that the strips weren’t the same length. I was lucky that I ended up with one extra block that I didn’t need.
It would be impossible to use this block. Don’t worry, I’ll use it for something else!
Here you can see the way I am thinking of sewing my blocks together.
Here is the block arrangement I decided to go with.
In my next post I’ll show you what I decided to make with the blocks.
If you are a visual learner, you will like this Strip Tube Video by Jordan Fabrics
Here are a couple other 45 degree strip piecing posts:
Update: I have finished the 45 degree strip piecing quilt project with these blocks, check it out!
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