Seminole Strip of the Month

This page is devoted to our 2022 Seminole Strip of the Month

Welcome to SSOM 2022!

These strips are fast and fun to do, and can look dramatically different depending on your fabric choices, as demonstrated by my two samples below.
Finished size will be a moveable feast because you will have quite a lot of flexibility: making it longer by adding horizontal sashings, and wider by adding borders. Each of the pattern strips is 42 inches wide finished, so will be perfect for a small bed. But you could make two of each strip for an 84 inch centre to a large bed quilt. I also think that any of these strips could be adapted to use as a border for medallion style quilts.

Finally, you really don’t need to use only five fabrics (in fact I ran out of some halfway through, and brought in substitutes). You can approach every strip as a new pattern and use up some of your stash. The chart below shows fabric used on version 1, but please feel free to choose your own colours .

Have Fun!
Sarah Quilter

 

Fabric Requirements for SSOM22

  • All measurements are in inches.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all lengths are based on full width of fabric (WOF), measuring around 43 inches. I had one that was only 40 inches wide, and it was a pain!
  • Requirements for strip 5 varies depending on whether you choose to have floating crosses or an on-point nine patch effect. This also affects the totals for each fabric.
  • You will also need nine strips of fabric for “sashing” between the rows. I made them very thin (1 inch, which is 0.5 finished), but you can adjust this width (or add more horizontal strips) to make the quilt longer. It is your decision.

 

Floating Point Version

Nine Point Version

Monthly Seminole Strips

This section will be updated as each  strip is released. Optionally, you may download the monthly strip as a PDF file.

SSOM - Strip 1

Strip # 1 - Make a 42 inch wide strip as follows:
Fabric requirements:

  • Fabric A: Two* strips 1.5 inches wide
  • Fabric B: Two* strips 3.5 inches wide
  • Fabric C: Two* strips 3.5 inches wide
  • Fabric E: Two* strips 1.5 inches wide

*In each fabric, you will only need about 14” of the second strip.

Stitch together into base strip blocks as shown.
Press all seams in the same direction.
Cut into 2.75 inch slices.

You will need 18 or 19 to make a 42” final strip, depending on your seam allowance.

Sew back together, flipping every second slice.

This is our February block. Experience tells me that some of you will have yours finished by the February meeting, but you have the whole month before our show-and-tell at the March meeting.

 

I doubt you’ll have any problems, but you can contact me at sarah_quilter@hotmail.com, or call on 0422 801 789.

Have fun!
Sarah Quilter

 

Tips: A very straight-forward construction, this is good practice for seam nesting. I would suggest that, despite it being tiresome, pinning really helps you get a nice sharp line.

 

SSOM - Strip 2

Strip # 2 - Make a 42 inch wide strip as follows
Fabric requirements - all strips are width of fabric:

  • Fabric B: Two strips, 3 inches wide
  • Fabric C: One strip, 3 inches wide
  • Fabric D: Two strips, 3.5 inches wide

TIPS:

  1. As with Strip 1, flipping every second strip makes seams nest nicely, and pinning really helps.
  2. Think about seam allowances when trimming the peaks in the final step

Step 1: Stitch together into base strip blocks as shown. Press all seams in the same direction.

Step 2: Cut into 3 inch slices.
You will need twelve or thirteen to make a 42” final strip, depending on your seam allowance.

Step 3: Sew back together, flipping every second slice, and staggering the strips so they form a staircase shape.

Step 4: Cut vertically through the new strip, and join the two slanting ends to create your final strip.

Step 5: Trim the top and bottom peaks, making sure to leave enough seam allowance so you don’t cut off the top of the inner diamonds when you sew the finished strips into a quilt.

This is our March block. We will have a show-and-tell at the April meeting. If you have any questions or problems please contact me at sarah_quilter@hotmail.com, or call on 0422 801 789.

Have fun! Sarah Quilter

SSOM - Strip 3

Strip # 3 - Make a 42 inch wide strip as follows:
Fabric requirements - all strips are width of fabric:

  • Fabric A: Two strips 1.25 inches wide, plus one strip 1.5 inches wide
  • Fabric D: Two strips 1.25 inches wide, plus one strip 1.5 inches wide
  • Fabric E: Four strips 1.5 inches wide, plus two strips 1.25 inches wide

 

Step 1: Stitch together four strips as shown.

Press all seams towards the darker fabric.

Keep the 1.5 inch strips of fabrics A & D aside for later.

Step 2: Cut strips 1 and 2 into 3.25 inch pieces.

Cut 8 of each.

Step 3: Sew the slices at right angles along the appropriate strip as shown (Strip 1 pieces to Strip 3, and Strip 2 pieces to Strip 4)

Trim into "T” blocks, and stitch together, alternating colour sets, and flipping every second block. Depending on seam allowance, you will use seven of one colour, and eight of the other to make a 42" strip.

Step 4: Sew on the reserved 1.5 inch strips of fabrics A & D, matching the colours as shown.

 I doubt you’ll have any problems, but you can contact me at sarah_quilter@hotmail.com, or call on 0422 801 789.

This is our April block. We will have a show-and-tell at the May meeting.

Have fun!
Sarah Quilter

Tips:

  1. This is much simpler than it looks - Hold your nerve!
  2. All the cut strips are similar widths so pay attention to which attaches to which.