2.5 Fabric Strips - The Quilters friend

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Introduction

2.5" fabric strips are a very useful contents of a fabric stash.  They are most commonly available as a Jelly Roll which is 42 strips of coordinating fabric.  However there are lots of other companies that put together their own fabric/colour combinations.   These usually come in smaller quantities too.  Many quilters will cut their own 2.5" strips for various projects.    You can also purchase 1.25" strips again these are available as a pack called a Honey Bun.  I have never purchased the narrower strips.  Suffice it to say precut strips are very useful and versatile too.  Search ebay for 2.5" fabric strips there is an amazing selection on there.   A useful addition to your stash!

Quilts

There are multiple ways of assembling quilts using strips of fabric and by putting together combinations of strips and clever cutting your quilt can look very clever/complex.

Simplest of all is just assembling them in rows which I did to make an ironing board cover and it has to be the fastest quilt I have ever made.  Another way of doing this is Jelly Roll Racing - check out The Missouri Star Quilt Company videos to see how Jenny Doan does this.

There are multiple blogs and books on assembling Jelly Roll quilts.

Scrappy quilts are another way of using  strips of fabric from your stash.  Sewing together 6 strips of minimum 12 " long making a tube and cutting them into strips and unpicking - makes some lovely diagonal patterns.  Again lots of blogs for this - Red Pepper Quilts and I'm a Ginger Monkey being another.

Binding

Strips ironed in half length ways can become binding for quilts again lots of blogs on exactly how to do this.  Binding can look very good plain, patterned or mixed fabrics.  It can be finished by hand sewing down or you can cheat like I do and machine it down as I hate hand sewing,

Ironed in half length ways and iron the raw edge into the midline then it becomes binding for bunting.
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