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Vídeo tutorial: make a block out of 5 strips of fabric

A while ago I made a similar block with 4 fabric strips of the same width. This time I tried with 5 fabric strips of different widths and this is one of the blocks I got.

The choice of fabrics is important. It works best with high contrasting fabrics and colours.

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How to make this block from 5 fabric strips

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  • 1 red 1 3/4 x 10 inch strip
  • 1 light green 2 1/2 inch x 10 inch strip
  • 1 yellow 3 1/2 x 10 inch strip
  • 1 light red 2 1/2 x 10 inch strip
  • 1 dark green 1 3/4 x 10 inch strip

Block size

12 1/2 inch square.

Arranging the block

After the tutorial you get 4 pieces, two of each:

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

Arrange the 4 pieces to make the block:

Video tutorial: make a block out of 5 strips of fabric


Quilt layouts with this block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

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  1. Susan, The look would be a bit different with all the strips being the same size but it would work.


  2. I have a couple of strip bundles and was wondering the same question Susan posted. I am intrigue so I’ll try it out. Thank you so much for this idea.

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  3. If using a jelly roll use only 4 strips cut to make a square and all other instructions are the same. Looks great.

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  4. I have made a quilt that was similar to this. It was very difficult to work with, especially on the outside edges. All of the edges stretched and got rippley. Do you have any suggestions? Love the pattern and would like to give it another shot. Thanks.

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  5. Hi Janice, I agree that working with blocks that have edges on the bias can be challenging . You could try and starch your fabrics so they don’t stretch as much.


  6. What am I missing? I sewed the strips together (1/4″ seam) and I get a 10″ x 9 1/4″ block. Your instructions say it makes a 12 3/4″ block but how could you get that with a 10″ strip? Losing my mind…


  7. I think I know what you’re missing or what I didn’t explain well. You need to make 2 lots of 10″ strips. The two 10″ squares are sewn around the 4 edges and then cut in the diagonals to make 4 more squares which are 6 1/2″ each.

    There’s an error which I just corrected.The block is 12 1/2″ unfinished, 12″ finished.

    I hope this makes sense.

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  8. The block is 12 1/2″ unfinished. Did you double check the sizes given on the blog? There could be some differences in sizes because there’re lots of bias seams but not a great differece.


  9. Than you for that. I can see all photos. Maybe the post failed to load in full when you visited the page.


  10. I have a similar concern as Lois did a year ago. I measured each strip as indicated (and together they total 12 inches with no seam allowance). With 1/4 inch seam allowance on each seam, that reduces the width to 9 inches – which doesn’t make a square with a 10 inch long strip. Did you use a different seam allowance?


  11. Looking at the video the 1 3/4” side strips look like 2” strips now. I may have written the size down incorrectly. In any case, this is a technique that scales very well. If you want a bigger or smaller block use more strips or wider and longer strips. You can’t go wrong:)


  12. Hey, Teresa! I can’t wait to see this quilt made up in Christmas prints, of which I have plenty in my stash!!!! Love your tutorials! Even though they go lickledy split, they are so easy to learn from! Thanks for sharing your creativity with those of us who COPY what others dream up!

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