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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Strip Tango Quilt

Hey y'all, this tutorial was originally included in the Oh Sew Baby! tutorial series at Fort Worth Fabric Studio last summer, but it's been awhile, and I felt like it was time to include it here as well!

 This quilt is one of my favorite go-to quilts to make when I need a fast and fun baby quilt.  It's easy to put together, simple to vary, and is fat quarter friendly.  That's a win in my book!


 You'll need at least nine fat quarters for this quilt.  Trim your fat quarters to 20.5 inches.  Then from each fat quarter, cut four strips, 4.5 x 20.5 inches for a total of 36 strips.


This quilt really is a snap to put together if you just remember a couple of important "rules."  First, one full strip length is equal to five strips sewn together in the opposite direction-


 This is going to be important to keep the proportions of your quilt correct.  Secondly, the quilt will measure 48 inches in width, which equals two full strip lengths, plus two "short sides" by 60 inches, which is three full strip lengths.

When I make this pattern, I always like to play around with the layout until I am happy with it, then take a picture.  Trust me, the picture can really help if your layout gets messed up. (ahem, pets and children anyone?)


I chose to lay my strips out into thirds.  Notice that the top third of the quilt has two horizontal strip sets, plus two vertical strips?  The other two thirds each only have one horizontal strip set, but seven vertical strips (remember, five vertical strips are equal to the width of one horizontal set).


Once you've decided on your layout, just start sewing your strips together in sections!  ps- I'm a quilting rebel and I do NOT press this until the very end.  Shhh...don't tell the quilt police!


Just join your sections together and, voila!  Your quilt top is finished!  The important thing to remember with this quilt is to have fun with it.  I like to think of it as a puzzle, but you get to decide where the pieces go!  The result is a modern, random look that appears more difficult than it really is.

This quilt is also really easy to modify to suit your size needs.  Bohemian Charm is another example of a quilt I've made with this pattern.  This one measures 60 x 64 inches, so it is three full strips in width by three full strips, plus one "short side" in length.  I did not choose to construct this one in thirds, and it's actually tough to tell where the different sections are, which I love!


The finished quilt measures 48 x 60 inches.  A perfect size for a baby, but still big enough to be useful for years!


I hope that the next time you need a quick baby quilt, you'll give Strip Tango a try!



25 comments:

  1. Just pinned this one! This looks like a good one to have on hand for a quick baby quilt.

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  2. Thanks for an easy tutorial. I didn't see the series. I knew about it and just let time get away. I love the baby quilt and the larger quilt is fantastic. It's a great way to utilize some of the 4.5 or larger scraps of fabric with which you are in a snit. Sometimes I have small yardage left and just don't know what to do with it. I hate to cut it and waste it. 4.5 isn't quite enough for the 2 - 2.5" cuts, so this helps solve that issue and much left time consuming than HST.

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  3. Everyone needs a quick quilt to make! Either for a fast gift or just for fun! Love this one very much!

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  4. I love both these quilts but must say that the bohemian charm fabric is just pipping the other to the post lol. Quilty hugs

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  5. Thanks for sharing this one again! I've been starting to keep my eye out for fat quarter friendly projects to use my Sherbet & Lace fat quarter bundle with and this is one of my favorites!

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  6. So cute and easy! I may some perfect fabrics to give this a try this weekend!

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  7. Wow! You caught me with those Amy Butler fabrics. What a great idea for my own Amy Quilt! I think you are wonderful!! Italy be awhile but this is the pattern for me. Thank you very much!! Judy jlblvn at gmail dot com

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  8. What a great and fast quilt. The impact it makes with really bold prints is great. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. many thanks for this I have a great nephew/niece due in the next couple of weeks and this I am sure will be very acceptable

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  10. I think I will definitely be keeping this one on Pintrest for future reference! Thanks for sharing! It's a goodie!

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  11. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This quilt is proof that you don't need a complicated pattern to have a gorgeous quilt. The pattern really let's the fabric shine and I love it! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  13. I just finished my first quilt using your pattern. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/7534002@N05/15205400047

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  14. I love this quilt I will be making it for my granddaughter, thanks.

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  15. Am I wrong, I see 36 strips in this quilt. It isn't that I don't love it but I'm having a little trouble with it.

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    1. you're right! I will edit that in the post! Thanks for pointing it out. I think if you choose a different layout, you could make it work with less strips.

      :) Kelly

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  16. I just finished this pattern and am totally in love with how quickly and beautifully this quilt came together. I am a beginner quilter and it was the perfect pattern to start with. I am wondering if there is an easy 'formal' to know how much fabric to buy/strips to cut to make this into a queen sized quilt?

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I've never made one that big in this pattern. I would suggest that you do what I would do- sketch it out! Then count up the number of strips you need and divide by four (number of strips per fabric). Good luck!

      :) Kelly

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  17. I like how wuick and easy this pattern is. It would be a good stash buster too!!!

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  18. I had printed this tutorial out ages ago because I liked the fact that it showcased large print fabrics. I finally made it this weekend at a day retreat. I had mine up on the wall as I pieced together the rows and I think at least five or six women commented on your pattern and got your blog name from me. My version is pink and green.

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  19. Thanks for the great pattern. I just whipped this one up today. It looks great. I'm making it for a niece of mine who is expecting her first baby. Now to figure out how to make a back for this size quilt. I look forward to checking out more of your patterns. BTW--I'm in East TN (formerly of the Houston area)--love TN and the 4 seasons we have here.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoy it! It is so great to have a fast quilt pattern in the arsenal when you really need one. We love the four seasons of TN as well, though I could do with just a little less winter. Small world- we moved here from the Houston area as well (Pearland). We loved living there too. My husband's parents are in The Woodlands, so it was nice to have some family close by and my parents were only 4 hours away. We are much further from family here, but still love where we live.

      :) Kelly

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  20. Definatly going to try this one. Looks great!

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  21. Definatly going to try this one. Looks great!

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