Type of item: Functional
I had a set of Tonga Treat-strips: Java Jungle in shades from ink (dark navy) to air (off white). The background is a small patterned beige quilting cotton.
What was your inspiration?
I was going to use the strips to make a half log cabin quilt using an assortment of batiks for the squares and these strips for the the "logs" - but I realized the quilt would turn out to be much larger than I wanted. So I thought I'd try using the strips as they were, with one edge justified, the other edge ragged (I used half the strips in the package). I was about to use my background fabric for backing when I realized I could use the other half of the strips with the batik fabric interspersed to create a jelly roll race panel. I used 34 strips to get a panel 42" X 64" - to work with my front panel.
What are you most proud of?
Th tricky part of this quilt was putting the front and back panels together so the strips were aligned precisely otherwise the quilting stitching would be skewed - it took a couple attempts at pinning the front and back together before I got the strips aligned the way I wanted them.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Quilting this quilt would have been easy had I used a single piece of fabric on the back - I originally tried using decorative stitching along the background strips, but I didn't like how it looked on the stripes on the back so I took it out and just stitched in the ditch along the strips edges.