Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Of Strips and Strata...tutorial three

Hello everyone!  Here's the last tutorial on strip blocks.  This time I'm using telephone book pages as my foundation block.  This allows me to use smaller sized strips in creating my blocks.  Remember to change your stitch length to a smaller setting when using foundation paper, it makes it much easier to remove the paper afterwards!


Cut your blocks to desired size.  I made these 8 inches.  Place your first strip diagonally across the block, right side up. If you wanted a uniform look, you could use the same colour fabric in the center.

Place a second strip, of different width, right side down on first strip.  Sew together, using your standard 1/4 inch seam.

Press open.  Although you could finger press the strips, I prefer to use an iron.  Again, it's a matter of preference. Continue adding strips of different widths on both sides of the center strip until the paper is covered.

It will look something like this.

Here's the flip side of the block.

Place a ruler on the block and trim down to size.  Keep those scraps for another project.

Your finished block.  Be sure to remove your foundation paper at this time.


  1. Here you get to use up scraps and recycle the phone book - which may not be printed in the future...

  2. Now that is more my style!

    Your tutorial series was great.

  3. Wow I had no idea this was how it was done...very interesting and informative - thanks for sharing!


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