First, you need to cut 7 strips 2 1/2 inches wide. I used my Accuquilt Studio Fabric cutter. You can just cut them by hand with a rotary cutter, but I love the accuracy and quickness of cutting all of these strips at the same time. With one roll of the Studio, I can have all of my strips cut out and know they will all be exactly 2 1/2 inches.
I got my Studio cutter about a year ago, when we started making quilts for the Tsunami survivors in Japan. I am the area coordinator for Binky patrol and we make quilts. Lots of quilts. If you don't make 1,000 quilts a year, you might not need the Studio cutter. The Go! cutter might be more your speed. I have one of those too and love it for my personal quilting.
One of these days I'm going to do a comparison between the two fabric cutters. I love them both, for different reasons. It's like saying pick your favorite child. Depends on the day :) I love them all equally, just some days...well, if you have kids, you understand.
Ok, back to the quilt. You need 4 colors of fabrics, and 7 strips of each fabric. That's about 1/2 yard of each color. I got 1 yard of the purple, because that was my friend's first choice and I used it as the inner border color. You need 3 1/2 yards of black.
Cut 7 2 1/2 strips of each color
Cut 20 13 inch squares of black- you will be trimming those down to 12 1/2 inch after sewing
Cut 6 4 1/2 inch strips of black for outer border
Backing fabric and whatever you want to use for binding (I haven't quilted it yet, so I can't say how much, but I'm going to guess 3 yards and about 7 2 1/2 inch strips, maybe 6?)
|Sew along the edge of the strip. I used my foot as a guide and just sewed along the edge of the strip|
|Take the strip to the iorning board|
|Press after sewing a whole bunch of blocks. I get impatient and sew about half the strips and then press, but you can sew all of the first strips and then press. The pressing is important...don't skip this part!|
|Place your block on the cutting board and using your 12 1/2 inch square ruler center the diagonal line on the ruler in the center of the block.|
|Trim two sides.|
|It would be really nice to have a lazy susan revolving cutting mat that was big enough to put this block on. I have one, but it is small. I love it for cutting smaller blocks. But, since this block doesn't stretch, it worked out ok.|
|Flip your block and square up the other two sides.|
Lay out your blocks any way you like. I chose to have the same color stripes going diagonal. See how the green goes from top left to bottom right. I also decided to add another row of blocks to the bottom of the quilt.