How to make a strip quilt: 16 striking ways (+ fabric giveaway!)

Got Jelly Rolls? Stash strips? Skinny scraps? It’s easy to unite them—all you need is the right quilt pattern. Or the right 16 quilt patterns!
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If you follow quilter Kate Henderson at her Two Little Banshees blog, you know she’s a lively Australian mother of four who loves to design quilts—and she’s quite a seamstress too (most recent finish: this Star-Wars-geek-worthy Stormtrooper shirt). Now Kate, bestselling author of Strip Savvy, is back to share more clever ways to transform 2½" strips into fresh designs that stitch up quick—and we mean quick. Most blocks in Kate’s new book Striking Strip Quilts measure between 12″ and a whopping 36″ square!
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Left: Heading Home, finished block size 16" x 16". Right: Rainbow Twist, finished block size 24″ x 24".

Today we’re happy to welcome Kate as a guest writer to the Stitch This! blog. Don’t miss her smart tip below for how to cut up your stash and scrap fabrics so they’re ready to jump into a strippy quilt as soon as you’re ready to make one. Hi there, Kate!

But first…

FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Ella Blue Fabrics—featuring collections from Australian designers for the modern quilter—have given us this beautiful bundle of 24 fat quarters from their "Cotton Forest" line by Rosalie Quinlan to give away to you!


Learn how you can win this pretty collection plus a copy of Striking Strip Quilts at the bottom of this post.

Kate-HendersonHi, I’m Kate Henderson and I’m so excited to share with you my new book Striking Strip Quilts. After finishing Strip Savvy I thought I’d run out of ideas for strip quilts, but just when I think I’m out of strip-quilt ideas another one pops into my head.

The easiest way to get 2½" strips is to buy them precut. Many fabric companies package them this way (think Jelly Rolls), which is perfect for those with limited time to sew. You know the fabrics will coordinate, and most of the cutting is done for you. Just grab some background fabric and get sewing.
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Island Dreaming
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The Same but Different
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Strips are also easily cut from yardage and fabric in your stash. TIP: I keep all my scraps and cut them into strips or 2½" squares so they are ready to go when I want to sew. Rainbow Twist is perfect for showing off all those small scraps of favorite fabrics you’ve saved.
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Rainbow Twist
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I’ve included quilts of all different sizes, from baby quilts to lap quilts to big bed quilts. Most quilts in Striking Strip Quilts are easily made bigger or smaller just by making more or fewer blocks. Starburst is the perfect gift to make for a new baby.
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So grab some strips from your stash or unroll a Jelly Roll and get sewing. Tag your quilts with #strikingstripquilts on Instagram—I love to see what you’re making!

Thanks for telling us more about your truly striking strip quilts, Kate!

Are you: A) a Jelly Roll collector, B) a stash stripper like Kate, or C) a little bit of both? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Striking Strip Quilts in eBook form! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Buy-it-NowCan’t wait to start a striking strip quilt? Buy the book now and instantly download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Karen, who says:

“Hi, I’m new to quilting (just under a year) and I believe I am building a love for stashes! My 1st quilt was a disappearing pinwheel bed runner made with Kaffe Fassett fabric that I fell in love with until my eyes were opened wide at the world of online fabrics! I now have a stash started with Kaffe Fassett, and added Michael Miller, Tula Pink, Moda, and Kona solids . . . I’m also still working full time so when I saw your article on your new book, Striking Strips Quilts the word "QUICK" caught my eye. I would love to be considered to win a copy of your book and would share it with the MQG (Modern Quilt Guild) in The Villages, Florida that I am a part of, these encouraging and lovely women continue to inspire me with their beautiful ideas and quilts. We meet once a month for an all-day heavenly sew—in that I would love to share your book at. Please also consider me for that gorgeous Australian fabric, presently I’m working on a disappearing hourglass quilt but would love to try a pattern from Striking Strip Quilts with that gorgeous Australian fabric! Thanks so much for a chance!”

Karen, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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