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Sewing a diagonal strips quilt block can be a fun and easy project for both beginners and experienced quilters. Here are the steps to sew a diagonal strips quilt block:
- Fabric strips in various colors and prints
- Sewing machine
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Quilting ruler
- Iron and ironing board
Cut fabric strips: Using a rotary cutter and mat, cut fabric strips in various colors and prints. The strips can be of different widths, but they should all be the same length.
Arrange the strips: Arrange the strips in the order you want them to appear in the block. You can arrange them randomly or create a pattern.
Sew the strips together: Take the first two strips and place them right sides together. Sew a ¼ inch seam along one of the long edges. Press the seam to one side. Add the next strip in the sequence and sew it to the previous strip, again pressing the seam to one side. Continue adding strips until you have a strip set that is the desired size.
Cut the strip set into triangles: Using a quilting ruler, place it on top of the strip set and align the diagonal line on the ruler with the seam line on the strip set. Cut along the ruler to create two triangles. Repeat this step with the remaining strip sets.
Sew the triangles together: Take two triangles and place them right sides together, making sure to match the seams. Sew a ¼ inch seam along the long edge, and press the seam to one side. Continue sewing triangles together until you have a square that is the desired size.
Trim the block: Using a quilting ruler, trim the block to the desired size. Make sure to trim off any uneven edges.
Repeat: Repeat steps 3-6 to create as many diagonal strip quilt blocks as you need for your project.
Once you have created your diagonal strip quilt blocks, you can arrange them in various ways to create different quilt designs. You can sew the blocks together in rows, or you can create a quilt top with alternating blocks of different designs. The possibilities are endless!
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