I have been having fun with the Strip Tube Ruler and this is a 50 x 68 quilt made using a Jelly Roll of Botany for Moda that I have had for some time.
I was finally able to take a photo outside, unfortunately, the sun was too bright but I wanted to share a picture of my quilt by the river.
The colors in this quilt are beautiful, I really like the combination of orange, green, yellow, brown, and teal.
I followed part of the directions that come with the Strip Tube ruler.
It uses 2.5 inch strips and also a 4.5 inch strip to make a tube. I used 2 different neutral colors for my large strips. I used a ¼-inch seam allowance.
I sewed two sets of 2 – 2½ inch strips together, then sewed all 4 strips together to make a tube. I am using my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine which I used for all of my sewing and quilting.
Here you can see that I sewed 2 – 2.5 inch strips and then a 4.5 inch strip into a tube (please ignore the fold line on my 4.5 strip….guess I didn’t press it out).
Then you use the template to cut out your blocks. The Strip Tube Ruler by Cozy Quilt Designs really makes it easy to cut your blocks the right size.
You can see that some of the blocks are half of the neutral color and the others are made from the 4 different jelly roll strips.
When I was putting this together I didn’t really have a plan….so it went on the floor in my quilt room and the kitties were locked out. Once I figured out the center I started making more tubes to see how far the Jelly Roll would go, I ended up using all of it other than a couple that were too neutral.
Many times I find it easier to piece a quilt top in sections. This is the way my layout looked before I sewed the sections together.
Here is the quilt top before quilting, doesn’t it look beautiful on the deck railing by the river!
Using my good old 15-91 Singer sewing machine I did a medium size free motion meandering on it. It is always a good idea to have an extra table behind your sewing machine to support the weight of the quilt.
I lucked out and found this striped fabric in my stash that happened to match perfectly for the quilt binding that I applied by machine with my tutorial.
Our bed is a king size but I just wanted to show the quilt on a bed.
I used some of the left over pieces from the tube ends to add a strip on the back.
I have enough leftovers to make a pillow too or I could make a table runner like this 45 degree strip tube runner.
You might like my Petunia Strings tutorial which goes into a little more detail on strip blocks.