Strips of orange quilt part one

I am still in my orange period, orange you so glad? (Oh the puns are getting worse around here.) I got lots of orange fabric when I was in Portland last fall. I washed it and put it all on the side of my ironing board.

The other day the fabrics started yelling at me that they were done marinating, they wanted in on some quilt action. I knew I wanted to make a strip quilt that would be a mixture of the Christmas quilt I made for Zara and the Modern Baby quilt I made for Anna.

Orange strips re 1I put these fabulous fabrics on my cutting table that were washed, dried and ironed so why not cut them up? Strips of orange quilt, here we go.

I had a quarter yard of 19 different orange fabrics and 3 yards for the future back. I cut each quarter yard into three 2.5″ strips.

That left me with a bit of a leftover which I evened up into a mini strip. I think I can use those when I eventually get around to the back. How? We’ll see.Orange strips re 2

I also started out with 6 white strips that are 2.5″ as well. I know I will need more but I don’t want to waste any of the white.

I started out sewing a half of a white strip to an orange strip. I cut off various sized lengths from each orange strip. I sewed all those little pieces together and I plan to use them as the binding.

Orange strips re 3I sewed all the seams open to reduce bulk and played with them on my design wall.

I did six at a time. Sometimes I added a shorter or longer white strip. When I was happy with those six, I sewed them together and again, pressed the seams open. Orange strips re 3

I was pretty happy with the result.

As I evened up the strips, I saved the white pieces that were left and used them on new orange strips.

Are you wondering, who is this woman who is preplanning and not only saving but using left overs? I am actually wondering the same thing. Did aliens come down and switch me out for a new model?

I figure I will do this quilt in groups of six until I am satisfied with the length.

I want to end up with a lap quilt for myself to use in the fall. Right now I have a blue tea cup lap quilt for summer and a flannel red and green one for the holidays. I want an orange one for fall and an Irish one for spring.

But first, onto the next group of six strips.

orange strips re 5

Here are the next six, planned and evened up but not sewn together. If you sew too quickly you don’t get as much time to fiddle around on the computer make sure it is the design you really want.

Today I will sew those together and keep going. I will definitely keep you posted.

Making a new quilt, for me, that’s orange?

Sew happy!

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I think I was motivated to make this quilt after I finished a blue and orange one for my husband.

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