Orange Strip Quilt Part Two

I finished the quilt top for the orange quilt. It took me a little longer than I thought it would but I am very happy with it. Last time I posted about it I was about half way done so this is the Orange Strip Quilt part two.

orange 2 re 1This was the next step and what I thought might be the last set of strips. It wasn’t nearly long enough, I am not sure what I was thinking. orange 2 re 2I settled on a total of 30 strips.

Once it was as long as I wanted it I set about evening up the sides.

First I made the edge of each individual side the same width just by eyeballing. I cut off the variances so it looked straight.

Then I set about squaring up the quilt. Each look was another bit cut off.

Then I starting measuring and cutting off more. It took a fair amount of time but finally it looked straight to me.

A bonus was a bunch of tiny skinny pieces on the floor, hooray. Do you think I made it, is it straight?

At this point I also had the binding made as each piece of orange I cut off the strips as I pieced that top was sewn together. I think this is a very clever idea and I hope I like the way it looks when I am all done

If I don’t like it, I will bind it in white. Speaking of white strips, I cut a few more for the borders.

I sewed them together and first measured the middle of the top lengthwise and cut two strips to that measurement. I pinned and Orange 2 re 3sewed them on both sides.

Once the sides had the white border I repeated the measuring, pinning and sewing. All the borders were pieced but I put the seams in the middle part of the quilt and but off pieces from each end. Orange 2 re 4

You can see the finished top on my design wall and out on my back deck. I really love it! The crispness of the white really contrasts well with the oranges.

Now I am going to make the back. I already have the length cut and the piece cut into two pieces. I am going to piece together skinny and regular strips to create a 16.5 inch strip to increase the back size.

Being this far along makes me sew happy.

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Did you miss part one? You can read it here.

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