Instructionspattern is from "Quilt with Confidence" by Nancy Zieman
strip piecing - 1 1/2 inch top and bottom; 4 1/2 inch middle
inner border 1 inch
outer border 5 inch (I made mine wider than the pattern)
Type of item: Functional
Meadow Friends by Deb Strain; Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR Fabrics; 100% cotton batting;
What was your inspiration?
My friend Katie's nursery colors will be pink and green. I bought the Meadow Friends coordinating green dragonfly print, the white print, and a stripe from another collection, but it was just too much together. I was going to do a tube quilt with the 4 fabrics, and use the large print for border and back, but after sewing the strips and cutting the blocks it was just awful - lesson learned - just because fabrics go together, doesn't mean they go together, lol. So now I have lots of blocks for free motion practice! I went back and bought the dot fabric and decided to just do a two-color quilt with a more simple pattern. The quilting is basic straight-line diagonal. I wanted to free motion quilt it but chickened out. I've done a few smaller projects with FMQ, and they turned out good, but I was afraid to mess this one up. How am I going to get over this fear?
What are you most proud of?
Doing a pieced back was new for me and I'm happy with the way it turned out. I did not want to go get more fabric, and I didn't want that huge pink print in my stash!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This is a great pattern for beginners! You can make it as big or small as you want with more rows/columns. When you cut the strip sets (or strata as Nancy calls them), line up your ruler with the horizontal seams rather than the top and bottom of the strip.