Quick Strippies

Susie had a question about how I trim these Quick Strippie quilts to keep the sides even without losing a lot of the width. Hopefully this makes sense.

First, you’re working with 3 different fabrics and cutting them all width of fabric … From selvage to selvage. I DO NOT remove the selvages.

I start with sewing my two narrower strips together and trim them even — because fabrics widths vary, one most likely will be will be shorter than the other. Once all of these sections are sewn and trimmed, I sew each of wider novelty fabric strips to one of the smaller strip sets and trim even. I then finish assembling the top.


The top still has selvages on both sides but the sides are fairly even at this point. I layer and quilt the top now and once I’m done, I lay out the quilt on the floor and trim the sides just barely inside the widest selvage on both sides. I use my ruler and the edges and seams of the quilt to keep it square as I move up the sides of the quilt.


9 thoughts on “Quick Strippies

  1. Lynne

    Thanks for that. I hadn’t thought about the “how” because I’m not quite ready to make one yet but I appreciate the advanced warning.

  2. Lyn Latham

    Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderfully EASY and QUICK quilt pattern. It has become the go-to for quilts in our Project Linus group here in Central Florida. We have found that the strips stay straighter if you always sew with the 1.5″ strip on top. By doing this, sewing direction is alternated, and you don’t end up with the dreaded curves due to the pulling by the feed dogs. Has anyone else found this to be true?

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