Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Seminole

 A few months ago I promised I'd show more information about making simple seminole patchwork bands of on point squares.

These strips are all the same, the outer ones are cut 2" wide, and the inner ones are cut 1-1/2" wide, and sewn together with a 1/4" seam, The seams are pressed toward the outer edges.

When cut crosswise 1-1/2" wide, staggered and sewn together you get a band of on point squares.

If you make the outer strips contrasting colors, you get something that looks different.

But you really get something different when you rotate every other strip when you sew them together.

Of course, you have to trim those pesky triangles and sew straight strips on either side to stabilize the seminole band. Remember, these are all bias edges.

Now let's add two strips...

This symmetrical band has a dark center strip surrounded by lighter strips, then the background.

You knew this was going to happen, right?  But check this out...

This is the same five strip band, but the center strip is the background fabric, and the other two are contrasting.  Cut these crosswise 1-1/2" just like all the others, but rotate every other strip, stagger them and sew them together and you get this:

Pretty cool, huh?  But we're not done yet. We can add two more strips...
and make something symmetrical...

or not.

And no, you don't need a pattern. All the inner squares finish out at 1" square. Cut those strips 1-1/2" wide, and cut the outer ones 2" wide, or wider. Sew the strips together with a 1/4" seam. Cut crosswise into 1-1/2" pieces, stagger and sew together. You can find slightly more detailed instructions here.

And if you think a quilt made from simple strips this way is boring, then check this out.



Megan said...

Always fascinating to see how this kind of piecing turns out.

Thanks for sharing.

Sydney, Australia

Quiltdivajulie said...

I MUST try making some of these . . .

Marei said...

Love Seminole work and your little quilt is gorgeous with it's turquoise and brown (burnt umber?). Just wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.