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How to: Make a stripy quilt (which can be a quilt top or quilt backing)

If you are looking for a super quick quilt make OR an interesting yet simple backing, have I got the project for you. This pattern calls for any fabric which has a wider Width of Fabric (WOF) - at least 53" and means you can whip up a decent size throw (78" x 78") in no time!

For this project, I used 100% linen which you can purchase here- I also have kits if you would like to make one yourself! I used this as the "backing" for my 100% linen Lottie quilt. 

To make this, you need:

  • 1 yard Fabric A* (accent) (it uses 30" exactly)
  • 2.75 yards Fabric B* (background) (it uses 93.5" exactly)

*This calls for fabric which has at least a 54" WOF


Fabric A

  • (6) 2.5" x WOF
  • (2) 6.5" x WOF

Fabric B

  • (5) 2.5" x WOF
  • (2) 10.5" x WOF
  • (5) 12" x WOF - subcut (1) of these strips in half (12" x ~ 27")

If you are using linen, take a look at some tips and tricks for using it which you can find here.

Start by taking (1) of your 12" x WOF and (1) 12" x 27" and sew them together, as follows. Repeat for the other two pieces so you have two strips which are approximately 12" x 80". These strips will be sewn on last and sewn on vertically to all of our strips- we will come back to them


Now we are going to sew all of our horizontal strips. If you are using linen, I recommend pressing your seams open

Once you have sewn all your horizontal strips together, we need to trim the sides so they are all even - you may have something that looks like this:

Once you have trimmed them, it's time to add the strips we made earlier- they may be slightly longer but that's okay as we can just trim them off at the edges!

And now you are done! This makes a large enough backing to have some excess for your Lottie quilt or will be approximately 78" x78" finished. 

Want to make your quilt extra special? Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Consider using curved edges- all you need to do is take a large bowl or plate and trace/ cut around the curve.
  • Use checked bias binding- you can find a tutorial here.

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