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One fabric quilts? Say What?!

For some quilters, picking out fabrics for their next quilt is a daunting task.  It can be a struggle to pick the right colors with the right amount of contrast, and you're frustrated before you even begin sewing.  Personally, I LOVE picking out and coordinating fabrics!  If there was a job opening for a position like that, I'd be all over it.  Picking out and matching up fabrics all day? You bet! (*swoon*)

So for those of you that don't like to figure out what fabrics to put together, I have a unique solution for you (for those of you who like choosing fabrics, this is still a cool technique that you will enjoy!).  What if I told you that you could make awesome quilts with only one fabric?  AND that it would be super easy but look really impressive?  Well, hold on to your hats, because I'm going to show you how to do just that.

First, you need to pick out a colorful striped fabric.  This kind of fabric will give you the visual wow you would normally get from traditional piecing, but without all the work!  Here are some examples of fabrics you can use.  As you can see, any kind of striped fabric will work.

Now you need to decide what size squares you want for your quilt.  For this tutorial, I chose 6½" squares, but any size is fine.  The bigger the square, the faster the quilt goes together!  Bonus!

Next, cut the fabric into squares.  There are two ways to do this.  You can cut the squares so the stripes are straight, or you can cut the squares so the stripes are on the diagonal.

You can leave the squares as is and create quilt blocks that look like this.

Put a bunch of those blocks together and you'd have a pretty awesome quilt!

But you can take it one step further and use the original squares to make half square triangle blocks like this.

Now you can make some really awesome layouts!!  Here are a couple of examples.

Isn't that amazing?!  So little work gives you such impressive results!  It gives you a cool 3D effect too! You can play around with arranging the blocks to get tons of eye-catching quilts!

Click here to watch a video tutorial of this technique.

Give it a try and have fun!

Teresa

 

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